News from 2010

Judge considering dismissal of United Scaffolding from injury suit

By David Yates | Jan 12, 2010

While working near a scaffold, Louie Meiers, a Performance Contractors employee, was allegedly injured when a co-worker inadvertently pushed a 4-by-4 board off the scaffold's walkway and struck him.

Trial bar seeks to expand liability, end arbitration clauses

By Chris Rizo | Jan 12, 2010

Tarricone WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)�The national trial lawyers group outlined its 2010 legislative agenda Monday, announcing that the group plans to take aim at mandatory arbitration clauses and push to expand civil liability, among other initiatives.

High court urged to hear False Claims Act case

By Chris Rizo | Jan 12, 2010

Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)�A leading conservative public interest law firm has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that allows trial lawyers to use the federal False Claims Act as a tool for regulating the marketing activities of pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

Judge: No bond money to bulldoze South Park

By David Yates | Jan 12, 2010

For months, graduates of South Park High School waited in suspense while Judge Bob Wortham mulled over the fate of their old school building.

Cisco reaches agreement with attorney in second Troll Tracker suit

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jan 12, 2010

T. John Ward Jr. TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Cisco Systems has agreed to settle the second defamation lawsuit stemming from blog posts on the Patent Troll Tracker site. Terms of the Jan. 8 settlement were not released.

This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts

By David Yates | Jan 13, 2010

Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts, Dec. 31, 2009 - Jan. 6, 2010

Ladder should have included warnings, suit claims

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jan 13, 2010

MARSHALL -- After falling from a ladder, a Tyler man is suing the ladder's manufacturer seeking stronger warnings or instructions regarding the product's risks.

Texas constable crashes into gate, sues Toyota for defective pickup

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jan 13, 2010

Frank L. Branson MARSHALL -- A Texas constable driving on a highway near Canton claims he swerved to avoid a dog that was standing in the roadway. His attempt failed and his 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup truck hit the dog and he lost control of the vehicle.

Jurors hear emotional testimony from doctor in malpractice trial

By David Yates | Jan 13, 2010

The doctor who treated the late Stacy Meaux recently testified during a malpractice trial that he could have done more to prevent her fatal heart attack.

Roofer alleging lack of safety equipment sues employer for $500,000

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 13, 2010

GALVESTON - A Harris County laborer claims he was injured while working on a home last summer because he was not provided with any safety equipment. He is suing his employer for $500,000.

Man smells something fishy in bank's seizure of vacation home

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 13, 2010

GALVESTON - When Houston resident Alan Schroit entered his Galveston vacation home to prepare for a Halloween party, he was greeted with the putrid odor of rotten fish.

Young Lawyers group offers workshop on legal rights of autistic children

By The SE Texas Record | Jan 13, 2010

The Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association will host a free legal workshop for parents of autistic and special needs children.

Structural failure of truck during collision blamed in wrongful death suit

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jan 13, 2010

MARSHALL -- Randall Newman was fatally injured when his Chevrolet pickup was hit by another truck at an intersection.

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 13, 2010

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County, Jan. 6-13, 2010

Shopping center, tenant in dispute over vacated retail space

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 13, 2010

The former location of Texas Careers/Kaplan College at the Gateway Shopping Center. A landlord has filed suit against the tenant of a Beaumont retail space, alleging they failed to return the premises to its original condition when they vacated.

Ship engineer files Jones Act suit in Galveston

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 14, 2010

Plezia GALVESTON - An Alabama seaman is suing his employer for $75,000 for injuries he reportedly sustained on the job.

Legally Speaking: The 411 on 911 'Emergencies' (Part 2 of 2)

By John G. Browning | Jan 14, 2010

In the previous installment of this series, we examined the unusual "emergencies" for which people have justified calling 911.

Republican candidates Hutchison, Perry and Medina to square off in debate

By The SE Texas Record | Jan 14, 2010

Hutchison Republican candidates in the highly-anticipated Texas gubernatorial race will square off in "The Texas Debates: Race for Governor" at 7 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 14.

Capitol Comment: Americans deserve greater transparency in health care bill negotiations

By U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison | Jan 14, 2010

On Christmas Eve, just as Americans were getting ready to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, Senate Democrats passed a partisan health care bill without a single Republican vote. It was crafted in secret and packed with sweetheart deals. A majority of Americans were rightly opposed to the bill, but it was rushed through without regard to the rising concerns raised by citizens throughout

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