News from September 2014

Beaumont dance hall accused of negligence after alleged assault

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 4, 2014

A man is suing a Beaumont dance hall that he alleges failed to protect him from a physical attack. Daniel Brack filed the lawsuit against the Dixie Dance Hall, The Dixie Dance Hall Ltd. and Crockett Street Entertainment Inc. in Beaumont on Aug. 13 in Jefferson County District Court. Brack says he was at the Dixie Dance Hall in Beaumont on Dec. 28, 2013, when he was assaulted and seriously injured.

Fifth Circuit reaches split decision in Texas Optometrists v. Wal-Mart; $1.3M civil penalty evaporates

By Anna Aguillard | Sep 5, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has partly affirmed and partly reversed a district court’s decision regarding Wal-Mart’s regulation of its optometry doctors’ hours.

Fifth Circuit upholds decision denying attorneys’ demand for timely access to court records for advertising purposes

By Anna Aguillard | Sep 5, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court’s decision prohibiting attorneys from demanding “quick” access to criminal citations.

OSHA citations over practices at company that led to employee death upheld on appeal

By Anna Aguillard | Sep 5, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Texas-based Austin Industrial Specialty Services in its appeal of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) citations over circumstances that led to the death of a worker.

Trio says defendant refused to pay following settlement agreement

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 5, 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. District Court for the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Vincent Paul Young Jr., Vincent Young and Delphine M. James. 

Wal-Mart sued after woman slips on tissue

By Annie Cosby | Sep 5, 2014

A Gregg County woman is suing over claims she was injured after slipping on a tissue in a Wal-Mart store.

Beaumont dog owner sued over alleged pit bull attack

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 5, 2014

A Beaumont dog owner is accused of allowing four pit bulls to attack a passer-by.

Couple accused of failing to pay for Beaumont home

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 5, 2014

A couple is accused of defaulting on an agreement to buy the Beaumont home they lived in for more than a year.Estella M. Wendt filed a complaint against Miguel A. Lopez and Erica Lopez on Aug. 12 in Jefferson County District Court. On Dec. 16, 2011, Wendt says she executed and delivered to the Lopezes a deed "purporting to convey" a piece of property on Evalon Street in Beaumont. According to the complaint,

Beaumont man accused of causing crash in Port Arthur

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 5, 2014

A Beaumont man is accused of ramming into the side of a pickup truck and causing serious injuries to its passenger.Penny Cade filed the complaint against Jim Crawford Jr. on Aug. 12 in Jefferson County District Court. Cade says she was a passenger in a Dodge Ram pickup truck going west on state Highway 73 in Port Arthur on Sept. 12, 2012. She says Crawford, driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck, slammed

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services sued over claims of discrimination against employee

By Annie Cosby | Sep 8, 2014

A Texas woman is suing over claims she was discriminated against in her employment with a state agency.Yolanda F. Douglas filed a lawsuit Aug. 6 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, citing discrimination. According to the complaint, Douglas was employed by the defendant, known as DARS, as a management support

Enbridge Energy accused of discrimination

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 8, 2014

A former Enbridge Energy employee alleges she was discriminated against because she is an African-American female. Kenya Thompson filed the discrimination complaint against Enbridge Employee Services Inc. of Houston, Enbridge Energy Partners, Enbridge Energy Co. Inc. and Enbridge Energy LP on Aug. 8 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Kenya Thompson says she is an African-American

Tractor-trailer owner accused of negligence for faulty brake light

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 8, 2014

The owner of a tractor-trailer is being asked to pay more than $1 million for a crash allegedly caused by a faulty brake light.Rojaramani Bai Thronagiri Basisthagorata, also known as Roja Thronagiri, individually and as guardian of the estate of Rama Bhoopal Reddy Jammuladinne and as next friend of minors Meghana Reddy Jammuladinne and Kirthi Reddy Jammuladinne, filed a lawsuit against BTS Logistics,

International Paper accused of fraud and slander

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 8, 2014

A Jefferson County company is accusing International Paper of fraud and slander. Signature Associates, Signature Special Services and Signature Industrial Services of Beaumont filed a complaint against Tennessee-based International Paper Co., Greg Bennett and Alliance Engineers & Project Consultants of Beaumont on Aug. 8 in Jefferson County District Court. 

Equipment rental company wants customer to pay up

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 8, 2014

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

Texas tort reform group endorses SC Justice Jeff Boyd

By David Yates | Sep 8, 2014

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – On Thursday, Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed the election of Justice Jeff Boyd to the Supreme Court of Texas.

Study finds patent cases reach record high, but law professor says numbers are ‘misleading’

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 8, 2014

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – According to a recent study on patent litigation, the number of U.S. patent cases filed increased in 2013.

Law firm’s app block calls, evaluates Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims

By John O'Brien | Sep 8, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A prolific-filing law firm specializing in debt collection harassment cases has helped develop an app that it says could help those who download it make up to $1,500 per robocall or debt collection call.

BP spokesman tells environmental journalists they got it wrong

By Kyle Barnett | Sep 8, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – In a speech given to the Society for Environmental Journalists on Sept. 3, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell told the group that he was discouraged by speculative reporting that took place during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill regarding the impact the spill would have on the environment.

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