News from November 2017

Supreme Court Removes Patent Litigation from the Heartland of Texas

By Andrew T. O'Connor and Rebecca Harris (Goulston & Storrs) | Nov 30, 2017

For years, patent assertion entities have filed patent lawsuits against retailers in federal court in Texas. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC may give retailers the ability to insist they defend such lawsuits on their home turf.

Houston man says 'daily hostility' at organ donation facility forced resignation

By John Suayan | Nov 30, 2017

HOUSTON – A Houston man claims “daily hostility” he experienced as an employee of the Life Gift Organ Donation Center prompted him to resign.

RVOS Farm Mutual Insurance Co. not liable for hurricane damages, appellate court finds

By Dee Thompson | Nov 30, 2017

BEAUMONT – The Court of Appeals of the 9th District of Texas at Beaumont affirmed a judgment in favor of an insurance company in a case involving damages to a home from Hurricane Ike.

14th Court of Appeals finds background check company not negligent after man shot by co-worker

By Sara McCleary | Nov 30, 2017

HOUSTON – The 14th Court of Appeals of Texas has affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment in favor of a defendant accused of negligence in performing a background check on a potential employee.

Eastern District court denies transfer in Nichia patent infringement case

By Sara McCleary | Nov 30, 2017

HOUSTON – In a decision filed Nov. 15, the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas has denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss or transfer a patent infringement case filed by Nichia Corp.

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