News from October 2013

Opening arguments heard in phase two of BP oil spill trial

By Eliza Walker | Oct 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS – An attorney representing businesses, individuals, Transocean, Halliburton and the states of Alabama and Louisiana – “the aligned parties” – outlined BP’s lack of preparedness for what is believed to be the largest oil spill in recorded history during opening arguments in the second phase of trial involving the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill resulting from the explosion of the BP-owned

Perry appoints appeals court judge to Texas SC

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 1, 2013

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) — Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Jeff Brown to the Texas Supreme Court.

Longtime DOJ lawyer becomes first openly gay judge to serve on a federal appeals court

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Todd Hughes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Discovery proceeding in suit alleging home sold with termites

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2013

Following eight months of litigation, discovery is proceeding in a suit claiming a woman was sold an infested home.

Kroger, plaintiff engage discovery in slip-and-fall suit

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2013

Kroger Texas and plaintiff Jennifer Fontenot, who slipped and fell while pushing her grocery cart down a store aisle, are locked in discovery.

Final judgment entered in case alleging loose load caused injuries

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2013

Bo-Mac Contractors and Joseph Lemelle, who sued the company for injuries he received re-securing loose freight loaded by the company’s employees, have resolved the suit.

TALA: Tort reform is working in Texas

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 1, 2013

Ten years ago, unbridled litigation against doctors and hospitals had turned entire regions of Texas into lawsuit war zones. Doctors limited the scope of their practices or shut their doors altogether — and patients were losing access to needed care. Legislative leaders and voters heard the pleas and responded with landmark legal reforms, in the form of Proposition 12.

American agrees to daily flights from rural airports; Abbott drops objections to merger with US Airways

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 1, 2013

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced Oct. 1 that American Airlines has agreed to continue daily service to rural airports when it mergers with US Airways.

State agencies collecting photos of Texas drought for archives, display

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 1, 2013

AUSTIN — Several state agencies are working together on a photo project that encourages Texas residents to document how they have been affected by the ongoing drought.

Take nothing judgment entered in slip & fall suit against La Morenita Meat Market

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2013

A "take nothing" judgment has been entered in litigation brought by Juan Zuniga, who filed a slip-and-fall lawsuit against La Morenita Meat Market.

Defendant accused of drinking and driving designates attorney-in-charge

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2013

An allegedly intoxicated driver, accused of striking a parked vehicle and pushing it into a child, has designated a new attorney in charge of his defense.

Texas City nursing facility failed to prevent patient from developing ulcers, court documents say

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 2, 2013

GALVESTON - A Harris County man claims a Texas City nursing facility neglected to provide his wife proper medical care, recent court documents say.

La Marque woman's suit attributes fall in parking lot to poor lighting

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 2, 2013

GALVESTON - Claiming she fell in the parking lot of a La Marque business almost two years ago, Texas City resident Brenda Gregorcyk has filed a lawsuit.

Dickinson residents take alleged drunk driver to court over post-New Year's accident

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 2, 2013

GALVESTON - A two-vehicle accident with an alleged drunk driver earlier this year has prompted Dickinson locals Ken and Geraldine Garth to sue the motorist.

Collision in Frio County results in suit in Jefferson County

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2013

Jessie Curvin has filed suit against Strike LLC and its truck driver, Morgan Fleming, who caused an automobile collision in Frio County.

BP toxic release trial enters fourth week, defense witnesses testify

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 3, 2013

GALVESTON - Jurors in a trial focusing on an alleged 2010 toxic release at BP's former refinery in Texas City listened to a chemical engineer from Missouri on Oct. 2.

Motorcycle riders sue following September accident

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 3, 2013

GALVESTON - Two Katy residents filed a lawsuit over a two-vehicle accident last month in Galveston, recent court papers say.

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