News from October 2014

Lamar professor alleges he was denied tenure because he opposed GRE

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 3, 2014

A professor at a Beaumont university alleges he was denied tenure because he opposed the use of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) to screen incoming students.Steve Jenkins alleges he was working for Lamar University where he was elected to serve as chairman of the Department of Educational Leadership in December 2010. At the time of his appointment, Jenkins was recommended for tenure, according to

Company seeks damages after investor allegedly backed out of agreement

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 3, 2014

A wholesale outlet alleges a Jefferson County resident backed out of an agreement to pay the company $5,000 per month in return for a profit interest in the company.Muhammad T. Javed and Starco Impex Inc., doing business as Wholesale Outlet, filed a lawsuit Aug. 28 in Jefferson County District Court against Ehtisham Ul Haq. In their complaint, the plaintiffs allege they entered into an agreement with

Port Neches company alleges it is owed more than $70K

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 3, 2014

A Jefferson County company alleges it is owed more than $70,000 for materials delivered.InterCity Carriers LLC, of Port Neches, claims it sold defendant Camin Cargo Controls goods or services for $70,799. It sold the materials on credit, but has still not received any money for the goods, according to the complaint filed Aug. 27 in Jefferson County District Court. 

Port Arthur woman charged in tax scheme

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 5, 2014

A 61-year-old Port Arthur, Texas woman has been charged for her role in the Syam Tax Service scheme in the Eastern district of Texas.

Class action plaintiff using ‘shotgun’ approach, eBay claims

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 6, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Online auction company eBay has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against it for an alleged data breach, claiming the plaintiff failed to state a claim.

Texas Tech law school professor named to governor’s disease preparedness team

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 6, 2014

A member of the faculty of the Texas Tech University law school has been appointed to the governor’s newly created task force that will review the state’s readiness against infectious diseases.

PERSONNEL FILE: Truncale receives international arbitration diploma

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 6, 2014

Michael J. Truncale, a partner in the law firm of Orgain, Bell & Tucker LLP in Beaumont, recently received a Diploma in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (CIArb), and was made a Fellow in the CIArb.

Our View: It's much too early to tell how influential 'Bostic' will be

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 6, 2014

When we think of contagions, we generally think of diseases and the symptoms by which they manifest themselves, the methods by which they spread, and the policies and procedures (such as quarantine and vaccination) used to contain them.

RBC Capital Markets will pay $990K to Houston-area utility districts

By Ashley Perry | Oct 6, 2014

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) – RBC Capital Markets LLC will pay $990,000 in restitution to 63 Houston-area municipal utility districts as part of a settlement reached with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday to resolve allegations of anticompetitive activities involving underwriting fees paid by the utilities.

Texas company suing Acer, Olympus, others for patent infringement

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 7, 2014

MARSHALL (Legal Newsline) – A Texas company is suing popular laptop maker Acer, camera company Olympus and two other companies for patent infringement.

Abbott continues school funding fight with appeal to Texas high court

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 7, 2014

Even though a judge has once again declared the system Texas uses to fund its public schools is unconstitutional, the state’s attorney general is not giving up his fight.

Number of DePuy hip implant cases increases while first trial underway

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 7, 2014

The number of lawsuits filed in Texas over problems with DePuy hip implants is nearing 7,000, while the first trial over the alleged defects continues.

Mostyns inject $200K into coffers of former judge seeking Texas House seat

By David Yates | Oct 8, 2014

GALVESTON (Legal Newsline) – The law firm that profited the most from insurance suits in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike is funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into the war chest of the former judge who presided over the lion’s share of the litigation.

Son of deceased man files lawsuit against nursing home

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 9, 2014

The family of a man who allegedly died from an infected pressure ulcer seeks thousands of dollars from the nursing home where he was living.Clyde Johnson filed a lawsuit Aug. 26 in Jefferson County District Court against Windsor NHR Partners of Beaumont, doing business as Jefferson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 

Construction company claims it was not paid more than $250K for work performed

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 9, 2014

A construction company claims it was not paid more than $250,000 for work it performed and materials it supplied to a Beaumont company.MK Constructors filed a lawsuit Aug. 27 in Jefferson County District Court against Signature Industrial Services.In its complaint, MK Constructors claims Signature, a prime contractor, hired it to provide labor and materials for the International Paper project in Orang

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