News from August 2014

Female physicians claim they were treated differently than male counterparts

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 1, 2014

Two female physicians say they were paid less and treated worse than their male co-workers.

Man files lawsuit against construction company after 20-foot fall

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 1, 2014

A man who claims he suffered a lacerated liver and fractured vertebrae after a 20-foot fall seeks monetary damages from a construction company.

Punitive damages allowed in asbestos MDL maritime docket

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 1, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who oversees an asbestos multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia federal court, has decided that punitive damages awards are permitted in the maritime docket as a matter of law to seamen bringing unseaworthiness asbestos claims against shipowners.

African American women charge racial, gender discrimination against airline

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 1, 2014

Two African American females claim they were repeatedly passed over for promotions and were not recognized for their outstanding performances due to their sex and race.

Wheelchair-bound woman claims inability to access check cashing location

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 1, 2014

A wheelchair-bound woman claims she was unable to access Ace Cash Express without the help of other patrons.

OAG says employee's suit doesn't qualify under Whistleblower Act

By Marilyn Tennissen | Aug 3, 2014

The Texas Office of the Attorney General maintains a lawsuit against it by a former employee does not satisfy legal requirements under the Texas Whistleblower Act, even though two other courts have already said it does.

Woman claims she was evicted for helping disabled apply for tenancy

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

A disabled woman has filed suit against the apartment complex she claims discriminated against her due to her disability.

Woman claims repair shop failed to correctly fix vehicle issues

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

A woman claims she was forced to repeatedly replace the rear tires on her vehicle after a repair shop failed to correct a bent axle.

Probation officer fears injuries from wreck will lead to job performance problems

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

A probation officer says she fears she will face problems attending to the physical requirements of her job after she sustained multiple injuries in a collision.

Diabetic man says hospital's termination violated FMLA

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

A man has filed suit against his employer, alleging he was discharged after attempting to take leave from work due to his diabetes.

Car parts company claims repair shop failed to pay nearly $70K

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

An equipment company claims a distributor failed to pay it nearly $70,000 for parts it delivered.

Four sue driver blamed for causing crash after running red light

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

Four people have filed suit against the driver they claim ran a red light and struck their vehicle.

Man says insurance company failed to pay for medical costs from wreck

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

A man has filed suit against the driver he claims made an unsafe lane change, causing a collision. He also names his insurance company as a defendant, saying it refused to pay medical costs associated with the incident.

Bank files lawsuit against people who failed to make monthly payments on loan

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

A bank claims one of its customers failed to timely make agreed-upon loan payments for a vehicle.

Man blames driver for causing rear-end collision

By The SE Texas Record | Aug 4, 2014

A man claims he suffered physical pain and mental anguish when a driver rear-ended his vehicle.

Our View: A judge must consider sealing as the exception to the rule

By The SE Texas Record | Aug 4, 2014

Remember that candidate who campaigned for president promising to establish the most transparent administration ever?

Gas station owner files lawsuit against lessee, accuses him of libel

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 4, 2014

The owner of a gas station claims the man leasing his property has committed libel against him by wrongly accusing him of insurance fraud.

Legally Speaking: Can't we all just get along?

By John G. Browning | Aug 5, 2014

The courtroom is not supposed to be a violent place. After all, our modern system of justice where parties resolve their disputes before an impartial third party (the judge) and/or a jury of their peers was intended to replace trial by combat-in which parties settled their differences by fighting it out (usually to the death).  For most of us, the closest we’ve come to seeing trial by combat is our

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