News from January 2014

Pharmacist asserts city of Sugar Land intimidating customers, demands $38 million

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 9, 2014

HOUSTON - A Houston pharmacist who runs a pharmacy in Sugar Land is suing the city for $38 million, claiming it is trying to ruin her business.

ATRA: Asbestos litigation ‘more incredible every year’

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – In light of the recent Judicial Hellhole Report released in December, it is clear that asbestos played a key role in the rankings, given what the report’s authors feel is a vast negative impact on the court system nationally.

League City man sues Galveston attorney for poor representation

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 9, 2014

GALVESTON - A Galveston attorney faces a lawsuit from a League City local who claims he was misrepresented.

Ga. man falls off dock, files lawsuit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 9, 2014

GALVESTON - A Georgia man blames Caribbean Breeze Boat Rental for injuries he claims to have sustained while on its premises back in October.

Comal Co. couple claims stranger sending them unwanted messages

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 9, 2014

HOUSTON - Alleging someone they do not know is harassing them, Comal County residents James and Kimberly Kissling pursue legal action and are seeking a half million dollars in damages.

Alleged dog attack victim trespassed on defendants' property, motion insists

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 9, 2014

GALVESTON - A Santa Fe couple sued after their dog purportedly attacked a local woman have filed a summary judgment in the case, according to recent court records.

Local man accuses business partner of shutting him 'entirely out' of venture

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 9, 2014

GALVESTON - Local resident Paul T. Young is suing his business partner after the latter allegedly shut him "entirely out" of their venture.

Lawsuit filed in accident between Seabrook residents

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 9, 2014

GALVESTON - An apparent auto accident between Seabrook locals is the focus of a lawsuit filed in Galveston County District Court on Jan. 6.

La. law school to revamp educational approach, make legal study more practical

By Kyle Barnett | Jan 9, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is set to unveil a reworked educational approach to legal studies it says will make legal education more practical when the Class of 2017 enrolls this fall. 

Louisiana noted as ‘mecca for litigation’ in WSJ editorial

By Kyle Barnett | Jan 9, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – A Wall Street Journal editorial published last week noted Louisiana’s rising reputation as a litigation friendly state.

Tobacco company facing asbestos suits; plaintiff’s attorney says it’s fighting dirty

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – According to the 2013 Judicial Hellhole report published by the American Tort Reform Association, more law firms are bringing lung cancer cases to America’s courtrooms, “which likely not caused by asbestos exposure.”

Texas Supreme Court justices will face Republican challengers

By David Yates | Jan 13, 2014

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) – With early voting around the corner, three out of the four Texas Supreme Court justices up for reelection this year will face competition from members of their own Republican party in the March primary.

Woman claims company fired her for refusing to attend meeting with alleged harasser

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 13, 2014

HOUSTON - Houston resident Kelly Guy alleges Asplundh Tree Expert Co. fired her for refusing to attend a meeting with a male co-worker she claims sexually harassed her and has pursued legal action.

Lawsuit: 'Inadequate' lighting caused worker to slip on trailer

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 13, 2014

GALVESTON - Following an incident which reportedly left him injured and dangling from his work trailer, Brazoria County resident Carl Tichacek is pursuing legal action.

Local homeowner says single-vehicle accident damaged property

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 13, 2014

GALVESTON - A Galveston man has filed a lawsuit over a single-vehicle accident he says was caused by an impaired motorist.

BP’s latest attempt to revisit settlement agreement shot down by appeals court

By Kyle Barnett | Jan 13, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – BP has suffered another blow in its bid to restructure a settlement agreement after an appeals court decided that the district court had no duty to revisit the agreement between the oil giant and those who have filed for economic loss claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

BP ad in Wall Street Journal takes aim at law firms who have received oil spill settlements

By Kyle Barnett | Jan 13, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – In the wake of continued revelations of possible corruption in the settlement program form the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP has published a new advertisement in the Wall Street Journal chronicling law firms seeking payouts for themselves through the settlement program. 

Former employee accuses Medicus of violating the ADA

By Thomas Kallies | Jan 13, 2014

SHERMAN - Kelly Coder filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas-Sherman Division on Jan. 6, naming Medicus Laboratories LLC as the sole defendant. 

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