News from August 2017

Dallas photographer awarded $1M, jury finds former clients defamed her with false TV interview, online posts

By David Yates | Aug 1, 2017

DALLAS – In 2014, a contract dispute between Andrea Polito, a wedding and portrait photographer, and her clients made headlines and went viral.

Man trips over package while exiting home, sues Fedex for $1M

By David Yates | Aug 1, 2017

BEAUMONT – Fedex was recently hit with a $1 million lawsuit, brought by a man who allegedly tripped and fell over a package while exiting his home.

Houston firefighters get signatures to ask voters for pay parity with police

By John Sammon | Aug 1, 2017

HOUSTON – Firefighters in Houston got the more than 32,000 signatures needed on a petition of people who supported to place before voters in November a ballot requesting parity in pay between themselves and police officers, which could jeopardize city plans to reform pensions, city officials said.

Austin federal court grants motions to dismiss University of Texas professors' complaint on carry law

By Zachary Lewis | Aug 1, 2017

AUSTIN – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas at Austin granted motions to dismiss three University of Texas professors’ complaints against Attorney General Ken Paxton, the University of Texas and the Campus Carry Law on July 6.

Atwood Oceanics shareholders file suit over proposed Ensco merger

By John Severance | Aug 1, 2017

HOUSTON – In May, two offshore drilling companies entered into a merger agreement, but a shareholder is not happy about it and filed a class action lawsuit in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on June 30.

UPS hit with $2M suit after delivery driver rear-ends Mercedes

By David Yates | Aug 1, 2017

BEAUMONT – The United Parcel Service is being sued for an automobile collision that ended with a fatality and was allegedly caused by one of its delivery truck drivers last June.

University blames firms for defects in building

By John Suayan | Aug 1, 2017

HOUSTON – Texas Southern University has pursued legal action in response to what the school alleges to be the defective design and construction of one of its facilities, according to recent Harris County District Court records.

Suit brought against Port Arthur over police lieutenant position

By David Yates | Aug 1, 2017

JEFFERSON COUNTY – A lawsuit has been brought against the city of Port Arthur seeking review of a decision by a commission that cost a police officer a promotion.

Man seeks more than $1 million in damages after injures at Baker Hughes well site

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 1, 2017

HOUSTON – A Duval County man employed by CC Forbes alleges he was injured at LaSalle oil well site because of unsafe working conditions.

Man files suit against St. Leon property owner after falling from ladder

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 1, 2017

GALVESTON – A Galveston County man alleges that he was injured in a fall at a St. Leon property because of the owner's failure to maintain a safe property.

Seaman alleges he is owed benefits from Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 1, 2017

HOUSTON – A Florida man is seeking more than $2 million after an incident on a Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. vessel.

Critics say Gov. Abbott stopped local control of industries to accommodate special interests

By Kacie Whaley | Aug 2, 2017

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott's latest decision to discontinue local government control of property development and construction industries has resulted in critics expressing that he is kneeling to special interests.

United Airlines employee caught on video pushing man down countersues

By David Yates | Aug 2, 2017

HOUSTON – In June, Ronald Tigner, an area attorney, filed suit against United Airlines, alleging two years ago a pair of employees laughed at him, cursed at him and physically injured him for asking for a new boarding pass.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By John Suayan | Aug 2, 2017


New York woman sues attorney Don Ford alleging negligence in father custody case

By John Sammon | Aug 2, 2017

HOUSTON – A New York woman and actress Juliette Fairley has sued Houston and Dallas-based probate attorney Don Ford for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, alleging that malfeasance led to her losing a custody case in which her father, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, was instead placed in an old-age home whose care she alleges is substandard.

Woman claims All American Clothing owes unpaid wages

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 2, 2017

HOUSTON – A woman formerly employed as a general worker/clothing sorter alleges she is owed unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation.

Consumer claims that Vance and Huffman invaded her privacy with collection calls

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 2, 2017

SHERMAN – A Colin County consumer has filed a class action against a debt collector over allegations it invaded her privacy.

Worker alleges negligence of Seabreeze Mobile Home Park owner caused fall, injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 2, 2017

GALVESTON – A Galveston County man has filed suit against the owner of Seabreeze Mobile Home Park after he was injured while working there.

Plastic Express forklift driver alleges it was only paid straight time for overtime hours worked

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 2, 2017

HOUSTON – A forklift driver has filed a class-action lawsuit against a packaging and warehousing company over allegations

Alanza Brook Apartments tenant alleges negligent security led to her attack on premises

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 2, 2017

HOUSTON – A Harris County resident alleges that the managers of the apartment community where she lives failed to repair a broken gate and provide rigorous security to ensure the safety of its tenants.

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