News from December 2018

Recovering Exemplary Damages in Texas

By Clay Dugas & Associates | Dec 5, 2018

In Texas, a plaintiff can recover exemplary damages in certain situations (also called “punitive damages”). In order to recover exemplary damages in a personal injury case, a plaintiff has to show evidence of gross negligence.

Paxton files brief with U.S. Supreme Court over religious liberties case involving Oregon bakers

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 5, 2018

AUSTIN – Leading a coalition that includes 11 states, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to review the case of the two Oregon bakers last month.

Union Pacific Railroad worker alleges he was injured when Railcrew Xpress driver fell asleep at the wheel

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A railroad worker alleges he was injured when a transportation service driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed the vehicle into a fence.

U.S. HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Neal Rackleff To Rejoin Locke Lord’s Austin and Houston Offices as Partner; Strengthens Firm’s Highly Regarded Affordable Housing and Community Development Section

By Press release submission | Dec 6, 2018

Neal Rackleff, who most recently served as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), working closely with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, will rejoin Locke Lord as a Partner in the Firm’s Affordable Housing and Community Development Section based in the Austin and Houston offices.

HOLLAND & KNIGHT: Energy Attorney Adrian Talamantes Joins Holland & Knight in Houston

By Press release submission | Dec 6, 2018

Adrian L. Talamantes, an energy attorney who focuses on Latin America projects and transactions, has joined Holland & Knight’s Houston office.

MORGAN LEWIS: Morgan Lewis Receives Dell Legal Diversity Award

By Press release submission | Dec 6, 2018

Morgan Lewis was honored by Dell Legal with its 2018 Legal Diversity Award.

Settlement reached in JC auto collision lawsuit

By David Yates | Dec 6, 2018

BEAUMONT – An automobile collision lawsuit settled before a jury could judge the case.

Injured worker seeks damages from Excel Maintenance Services, Westlake Chemical

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A Galveston County man alleges he was injured by chemicals while working at a plant in Harrison County.

Woman files suit against JKB after falling at Sugar Land restaurant

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County woman alleges she was injured at a Sugar Land restaurant because of an expansion joint.

Sanctions sought: LaBelleCo claims Arnold & Itkins attorney should have known suit was ‘fictitious’

By David Yates | Dec 6, 2018

BEAUMONT – Last August, Jake Kemp filed suit against LaBelleCo Fab, seeking more than $1 million in damages for an on-the-job injury.

Worker who fell three stories seeks damages from Sevilla Services, Monsivais Construction

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A subcontractor is seeking more than $1 million in damages after falling three stories at a construction site.

Company counters ex-executive's wrongful termination suit

By John Suayan | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – One of two companies sued last August for allegedly firing its CFO for conducting an investigation into sexual harassment has responded to the litigation.

Woman's sexual harassment suit against catering service tossed

By John Suayan | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A federal lawsuit accusing a catering service of terminating a Dallas County woman for pushing back against sexual harassment was recently dismissed.

Man says he is owed funds from mature promissory note

By John Suayan | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A local man claims that he is owed funds from a promissory note had has filed a lawsuit, recent Harris County District Court records show.

Hospital visitor blames slip and fall on landscaping

By John Suayan | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A local woman has brought a slip and fall lawsuit against Memorial Hermann Health System after she allegedly sustained injuries at its hospital in Humble earlier this year.

'Not wanted there': woman alleges Sysco fired her for complaining about gender discrimination

By John Suayan | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A locally-based multinational corporation specializing in food service has been alleged in a federal lawsuit to have fired a female employee for reporting gender discrimination.

Lawsuit filed after laborer dies working in triple-digit heat

By John Suayan | Dec 7, 2018

HOUSTON – A state district lawsuit has been filed in response to a laborer’s death over the summer.

Law firm seeks $14K from client

By John Suayan | Dec 7, 2018

HOUSTON – A Fort Bend County law firm alleges that a Spring man who sought its services for a divorce and a child custody battle has not come forward with payment.

Court docs: heart procedure resulted in partial amputation of patient's leg

By John Suayan | Dec 7, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas man claims in a state district medical malpractice lawsuit that a procedure two years ago resulted in him becoming an amputee.

Va. man accuses HP of firing him for requesting FMLA leave

By John Suayan | Dec 7, 2018

HOUSTON – A California-based multinational information technology company has been sued for wrongful termination by a Virginia man, recent Houston federal court records show.

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