News from September 2016

Letter to the editor

By Terry Evans | Sep 12, 2016

This is a letter to the editor submitted in response to a column authored by Mark Pulliam, entitled: "The Beguiling Myth of 'Mass Incarceration'"

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By John Suayan | Sep 12, 2016

MARSHALL DIVISION Sept. 6 Clean Energy Management Solutions LLC v. Cascade Energy, Inc. 2:16-cv-00995-RWS-RSP

New business licenses issued in Jefferson County

By The SE Texas Record | Sep 12, 2016

Sept. 2 - 8 License #:27794 Assumed Name:TITAN POWERWASHING Address:1605 CORNERSTONE CT, #602, BEAUMONT, TX, 77706 Owner Name:MOLINA JUSTIN License #:27818 Assumed Name:SETX PHOTO Address:1320 IH 10 SO, BEAUMONT, TX, 77707 Owner Name:LEE BRIGGS & ASSOCIATES INC License #:27822 Assumed Name:HOLY LIBERTY WORSHIP CENTER Address:515 MAGNOLIA, BEAUMONT, TX, 77701 Owner Name:LOVE OF GOD DELIVERANCE CHURCH HOLY LIBERTY WORSHIP CENTER License #:27845 Assumed Name:A L DURHAM & ASSOCIATES Address:P O

Study contends big business dominating state supreme courts, author says Texas’ laws stacked against plaintiffs

By David Yates | Sep 12, 2016

AUSTIN – A report released earlier this month purportedly analyzed the influence of big business on state supreme courts, finding high courts with multimillion-dollar elections favor corporations.

Musician blames Royal Caribbean for injuries aboard cruise ship

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 12, 2016

GALVESTON — A California man is suing Royal Caribbean Cruises, alleging negligence led to an unsafe work environment that caused injuries to the plaintiff.

Parents, next friend blame Port Arthur man for shooting death

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 12, 2016

BEAUMONT — Two Jefferson County parents and a next friend are suing a Port Arthur man, alleging his gunshot killed their daughter. 

Mostyn non-suited from legal malpractice lawsuit

By David Yates | Sep 12, 2016

HOUSTON – When Steve Mostyn answered a legal malpractice suit brought against him earlier this year, the Houston attorney called the action “groundless” and “brought for the purpose of harassment,” requesting the court award him sanctions.

Train operator blames tractor-trailer business for wreck

By Robert Creenan | Sep 12, 2016

&&&HOUSTON – A train operator for Kansas City Southern is suing a tractor-trailer business, alleging the defendant's negligence caused a crash that injured the plaintiff

Oral arguments set in National Lloyds fee discovery case before Texas Supreme Court

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2016

HOUSTON (SE Texas Record) – Oral arguments are scheduled for November before the Texas Supreme Court to review a lower court's ruling to compel discovery into attorney fees in multi-district litigation in a hail storm property damage coverage dispute.

Financial groups seek forum-selection clause appeal against Montgomery County trial court

By Michelle de Leon | Sep 12, 2016

BEAUMONT (Legal Newsline) – Financial groups have filed a petition for a writ of mandamus to compel the trial court to enforce a contractual forum-selection clause.

JC jury delivers $251K verdict against J.C. Penney, Parkdale Mall

By David Yates | Sep 12, 2016

BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County jury recently delivered a $251,894.58 verdict against J.C. Penney and Parkdale Mall following the civil trial of a trip and fall lawsuit.

A judge can’t plead ignorance of the law

By The SE Texas Record | Sep 13, 2016

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa has served as a Cameron County judge, a 107th District Court judge, and a 13th Court of Appeals judge. He couldn't possibly not know what barratry is or be unaware that it's against the law?

Lawsuit lender seeks to have lending agreements sealed from public eyes

By David Yates | Sep 13, 2016

HOUSTON – Next month, a district judge will hold a hearing on whether to keep the business transactions of a lawsuit lender sealed from the public as the litigation brought against it unfolds.

Texas bank wins collateral estoppel appeal against insurance agency

By Michelle de Leon | Sep 13, 2016

BEAUMONT – A Texas bank has won its appeal of a summary judgment based upon collateral estoppel.

Attorney General Paxton reaches $1.175 million settlement with Katz Boutique for selling synthetic marijuana

By Tara Mapes | Sep 13, 2016

Attorney General Paxton settles its first lawsuit against the Harris County Shops for selling synthetic marijuana. After increased reports of overdoses on the illegal drugs in Texas, the Office of Attorney General teamed up with narcotics investigators on cases resulting in a total of ten lawsuits filed against Harris County shops.

SEIU civil trial calls into question inner workings of labor union

By David Yates | Sep 14, 2016

HOUSTON – Earlier this month, a Harris County jury ordered Service Employees International Union to pay Professional Janitorial Services - Houston $5.3 million in damages, finding the Chicago-based labor union made false claims about the company’s business practices and treatment of employees.

Judge grants Voss motion to dismiss, but says allegations surrounding law firm ‘are concerning’

By David Yates | Sep 14, 2016

HOUSTON – After reviewing several “voluminous” filings, a federal judge has rejected an insurance company’s bid to keep The Voss Law firm locked in litigation it suspects was brought on a plaintiff’s behalf without her knowledge, agreeing the firm’s behavior was “concerning” but ultimately not a matter for the court.

Petroleum worker alleges energy business failed to pay overtime

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 15, 2016

HOUSTON — A Kentucky woman is suing a Katy energy company, alleging failure to pay proper overtime.

Customer blames supermarket operator for injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 15, 2016

HOUSTON — A Texas woman is suing a supermarket operator, alleging the defendant's negligence led to the plaintiff suffering injuries. 

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