News from June 2018

Community college professor: institution disciplined her for complaining about racially discriminatory conduct

By John Suayan | Jun 1, 2018

HOUSTON – Houston Community College is facing a lawsuit from a professor who accuses the school of racial discrimination, recent Harris County District Court records indicate.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By John Suayan | Jun 1, 2018

MARSHALL DIVISION May 30 2:18-cv-00236-JRGPC COMA LLC V. XEROX CORPORATION

The Delusion of Good Faith Judging

By Mark Pulliam | Jun 2, 2018

The concept of written legal rules—of the law itself—assumes that their content is fixed and ascertainable. The rule of law likewise depends on citizens having advance notice of what they can and cannot do, pursuant to clear, knowable directives. Legal scholars expend enormous energy pontificating about the appropriate techniques judges should apply in the course of constitutional interpretation: textualism, originalism, and so forth. Libertarian theorists argue strenuously that judges must be given greater authority—through “judicial engagement”—over the political branches. Each day, lawyers across the country trot off to court, briefs in hand, hoping to convince a black-robed judge–enthroned behind a raised, magisterial bench—that the relevant legal rules, properly construed, compel a ruling in favor of their client.

Fluid technicians allege Clements Fluids failed to pay overtime wages

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 2, 2018

MARSHALL – Fluid technicians have filed a class-action lawsuit against Clements Fluids Inc. over allegations they were not compensated for overtime work.

ConocoPhillips wins contract dispute over drilling project

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – ConocoPhillips Co. has won a contract dispute over a drilling project after a state appeals court found that a drop in oil prices isn’t a natural or man-made disaster.

Plastic wrap alleged to have caused shopper's fall at El Ahorro Supermarket

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A shopper at a Houston supermarket alleges plastic wrap caused her to fall at the store.

Man alleges he fell off motorcycle because American Speed did not provide proper instruction

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A man alleges he was injured while learning to operate a motorcycle because he was not given adequate, proper and sufficient instruction.

Customers allege RG Home Renovations finished home's construction months past deadline

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County couple alleges a contractor they hired to build their house finished the project 10 months past the deadline and that the house has numerous defects.

Seaman alleges negligence of McDermott International, ALE Heavylift caused injuries

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County seaman alleges he was injured while working aboard a vessel because he was not provided adequate equipment for the job.

Former R&L Carriers driver alleges age, race were factors in his termination

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A local truck driver alleges his age and race were factors in his termination by his former employer.

Medical negligence suit filed against OBGYN Medical Center Associates by patient

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A patient alleges she needed a second procedure because of the negligence of a physician.

Individuals alleges USPS employee failed to yield at stop sign, caused crash

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – Four individuals are seeking damages from a federal agency over alleged injuries sustained in an auto accident in Harris County.

Harvey Insurance Claims Should Top $19 Billion

By Albert Betts | Jun 4, 2018

Albert Betts, executive director for the Insurance Council of Texas, says Texans are being harmed by misinformation and half-truths about their recovery.

Cigna, Connecticut General Life, surgical centers reach settlement in overpayment suit

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A federal judge in Texas has dismissed an $8 million fraudulent billing case after three health care centers and two insurance companies agreed to a settlement.

Gilstrap denies Huawei's motion to transfer patent case out of Texas to California

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 4, 2018

MARSHALL – A federal judge has ruled that a patent infringement lawsuit against Huawei USA Inc. will stay in Texas.

Patent suit against ZTE to continue after judge denies motion to dismiss

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 4, 2018

DALLAS – A patent infringement case against ZTE Corp. will continue after a federal judge denied the Chinese smartphone company’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a Texas mobile software developer.

Judge remands monopoly lawsuit against San Angelo Community Medical Center back to district court

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 4, 2018

AUSTIN – The case against San Angelo Community Medical Center (SACMC) will continue after an appeals court reversed a lower court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of medical center accused of creating a monopoly.

Houston attorney nonsuits United Airlines from assault suit

By David Yates | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – Last year, a video showing a former United Airlines employee pushing a Houston attorney to the ground went viral. A lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages soon followed.

Man disputes charges arising from treatment for car accident injuries, claims insurance not properly billed

By John Suayan | Jun 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A local man’s lawsuit alleges North Cypress Medical Center Operating Co. Ltd., doing business as North Cypress Medical Center, and Cypress Emergency Associates, PA misrepresented they accepted his insurance.

Mechanical bull rider seeks $1 million from Sunny Flea Market over thumb injury

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 5, 2018

HOUSTON – A Jefferson County resident alleges his thumb was "ripped" off because of cords in a mechanical bull at a Houston flea market.

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