News from January 2014

Our View: We’re starting to worry about Judge Barbier

By The SE Texas Record | Jan 7, 2014

When a judge gets so hard of hearing, blind, or feeble-minded that he can’t understand what’s going on in his courtroom and is unable to rule properly, maybe it’s time to retire.

La. woman sues Katy man for $195K over U.S. 290 wreck

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 7, 2014

HOUSTON - A Louisiana woman seeks $195,000 in damages from a Katy man following an apparent multi-vehicle accident between them, recent court documents say.

Spilled coffee case settled in mediation

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 7, 2014

GALVESTON - A lawsuit alleging an area woman suffered injuries when a hot cup of coffee fell on her at a local fast food restaurant more than a year ago was recently disposed.

Galveston hotel owner sued over falling marble tile files motion to compel

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 7, 2014

GALVESTON - The owner of a Galveston hotel named in an Oklahoma woman's personal injury lawsuit has filed a motion to compel, recent Galveston County court records show.

Catholic diocese settles suit over abuse allegations

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 7, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Beaumont recently settled a civil suit alleging a priest abused young boys for 30 years.

Texas courts enter digital age with e-file mandate

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 7, 2014

AUSTIN – The State of Texas has become the nation’s largest state to implement a mandatory electronic court filing (e-filing) system designed to digitize court filings.

Injured audience member files suit against circus

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 7, 2014

A Collin County woman is suing a traveling circus, claiming she was struck by an inflatable slide. 

Woman blames fall on dark parking lot at Texas Roadhouse

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 7, 2014

A Texas woman has filed suit against a popular restaurant chain, claiming improper lighting caused her to fall in a dark parking lot. 

Tyson sued after woman dragged down assembly line by hair weave

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 7, 2014

A chicken processor is suing Tyson Foods after an overhead hook got caught in her hair weave and pulled her down the assembly line.

Siemens sues company for using software without license

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 7, 2014

A software maker has filed a copyright infringement suit over its product management software. 

Abbott among 11 AGs to comment on proposed Obamacare change

By Bryan Cohen | Jan 7, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and 10 other attorneys general, including Greg Abbott of Texas, sent a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday about a proposed Affordable Care Act change.

Eighth Circuit says Neb. AG’s patent troll appeal not frivolous

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 7, 2014

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has ruled that Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning did not file a frivolous appeal over an order he issued against a Texas law firm representing patent trolls.

Litigation Look Back: Mother claimed cruise ship worker molested daughter

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 7, 2014

GALVESTON - When Harris County resident Bernadette Dale and her daughter embarked on a Carnival cruise in the summer of 2008, little did the two know they would return home to launch a legal battle against the company.

Mostyn hits TWIA with accusations of racism

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 7, 2014

Houston trial attorney Steve Mostyn is in another fight with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, this time claiming he has emails showing a culture of racism at the agency.

Class action lawsuit filed against Target for data breach

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 7, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Target Corp. for a data breach of up to 40 million customers’ credit and debit cards.

Texas trial lawyer: AG’s office should be about ‘bringing in money’ and protecting consumers

By David Yates | Jan 8, 2014

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – No one would argue that Sam Houston helped shape Texas’ role as a prosperous state – a state that, some would argue, continues to economically outshine its union counterparts to this day by fostering a business-friendly atmosphere.

Head of IP lawyers group calls Leahy patent bill the ‘better approach’

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The head of a national bar association made up primarily of intellectual property lawyers says a Senate version of a measure aimed at curbing abusive patent litigation is the “better approach.”

Cable malfunction during boat ride caused woman's head injury, court papers say

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 9, 2014

GALVESTON - A Houston couple claims the wife was injured during a boat ride almost two years ago and has pursued legal action, recent court papers say.

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