News from September 2014

Texas governor race: Abbott campaign asks for money to battle Davis’ ‘negative TV ads’

By David Yates | Sep 1, 2014

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) – By the end of August, Attorney General Greg Abbott had more than $35 million in his war chest appropriated for his run at governor.

Class action filed over Whole Foods allegedly ‘worthless’ homeopathic medicine

By Kyla Asbury | Sep 1, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Whole Foods Market after consumers claimed it misled purchasers into believing its products effectively treat the flu, coughing and other symptoms. 

Appeals court reverses lower court finding against religious discrimination, upholds dismissal of retaliatory firing claims

By Anna Aguillard | Sep 1, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has partly reversed and partly affirmed a district court’s decision in a suit dealing with Title VII religious discrimination and retaliation claims.

St. Tammany Parish sues to prevent fracking; Cites concerns over aquifer

By Anna Aguillard | Sep 1, 2014

COVINGTON, La. – Louisiana is, by and large, a state that welcomes new oil and gas projects. This comes as no surprise – the industry provides jobs for residents and a substantial tax base for the state treasury. From 20-year-old tax exemptions to the recent passage of Senate Bill 469, which blocks lawsuits against 97 oil and gas companies, the industry is secure and welcome in the state. 

Angelina County man pleads guilty to fraudulent insurance claim over Bugatti Veyron

By The SE Texas Record | Sep 2, 2014

A 39-year-old Lufkin man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Depuy Orthopedics and J&J sued over knee bone cement

By Andrew Stevens | Sep 2, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – A woman is suing a bone cement manufacturer claiming the product was defective and has caused her to need additional surgery.

Equipment rental company wants customer to pay up

By April Bamberg | Sep 2, 2014

An equipment rental company is suing a repeat client who they claim would return equipment but never pay the bill.

Man claims two other drivers' negligence led to injury crash

By April Bamberg | Sep 2, 2014

A Texas man is suing two other drivers, whose negligence, he says, led to severe injury from which he still suffers.

Woman says man's negligence, drinking led to accident

By April Bamberg | Sep 2, 2014

A Galveston County woman says that she was injured in a crash the defendant caused while driving under the influence of intoxicants.

BP files motion to remove Patrick Juneau as claims administrator

By Kyle Barnett | Sep 3, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – Oil giant BP PLC has filed a motion to have Patrick Juneau removed as claims administrator in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, arguing that he is biased and has not been forthcoming about potential conflicts of interest.

TLRPAC endorses state Sen. Glenn Hegar for Texas Comptroller

By The SE Texas Record | Sep 3, 2014

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC today endorsed state Sen. Glenn Hegar for Texas Comptroller.

Halliburton agrees to $1B settlement over Deepwater Horizon spill

By Marilyn Tennissen | Sep 3, 2014

Houston-based Halliburton Energy Services – a subcontractor on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig – has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle claims from coastal businesses that were damaged from the 2010 rig explosion and oil spill.

Deepwater Horizon special master Louis Freeh recuperating from car accident

By Kyle Barnett | Sep 4, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – Former FBI director Louis Freeh, who has investigated claims of fraud in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims process, released a statement days after he was seriously injured in a single car accident in Vermont.

Judge Barbier: BP was 'grossly negligent' in Deepwater Horizon disaster

By Marilyn Tennissen | Sep 4, 2014

A federal judge has ruled that BP is the main company responsible for the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and subsequent oil spill.

Trio says defendant refused to pay following settlement agreement

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 4, 2014

Three men say they have not received money owed to them following a lengthy court battle.Rodney D. Vannerson, Enos Cabell and Tom Roberson filed a lawsuit Aug. 7 in U.S. Court for the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Vincent Paul Young Jr., Vincent Young and Delphine M. James. In the complaint, the plaintiffs allege they originally were named as defendants in a case in which

Siemens files lawsuit against company it claims illegally downloaded software

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 4, 2014

A software manufacturing company has filed suit against a business it says is utilizing the company's software without a license.Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software, of Plano, says it developed a product called NX 8, which assists with product design, manufacturing and simulation. At some point, Siemens alleges it discovered BTL Machine, of Corona, Calif., was using its NX 8 software without

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