News from March 2018

DC International Inc. alleged to owe former dispatcher overtime wages

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 1, 2018

GALVESTON – An Ohio resident formerly employed on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico alleges he is owed unpaid overtime wages.

Swift Technical Services alleged to have misclassified employees regarding overtime pay

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 1, 2018

GALVESTON – An Odessa man alleges a staffing company unlawfully misclassified him as exempt from receiving overtime pay.

Product liability suit states ice cream shop worker cut herself using piece of machinery

By John Suayan | Mar 1, 2018

HOUSTON – An ice cream shop employee has filed a lawsuit against Rockwell Automation after she allegedly injured herself using its Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 600.

Jefferson County 58th District Court Docket: April 2018

By John Suayan | Mar 1, 2018

HEMMENWAY FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP vs. CHEVRON PIPE LINE COMPANY

Texas City woman alleges racial discrimination at car dealership

By John Suayan | Mar 1, 2018

GALVESTON – A Texas City woman says a Dickinson car dealership discharged her from employment because she lodged a complaint about racial discrimination.

Purported lack of improvements to restaurant lead franchisee to pursue breach of contract claim

By John Suayan | Mar 1, 2018

HOUSTON – A fast food franchisee has pursued legal action on claims her restaurant in Crosby has not seen any promised improvements, per recent Harris County District Court records.

Rocio Harbison MD PA receptionist alleges she was not paid overtime wages

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 1, 2018

HOUSTON – A Houston woman alleges she was not paid overtime compensation as a receptionist at a medical office.

Endo Corp. invitee alleges wet restroom floor caused fall

By Philip Gonzales | Mar 1, 2018

OUSTON – A woman alleges she was injured at a Houston location because of a wet floor.

BP seeks to dismiss 20 securities actions against it

By Stacey O'Connor | Mar 1, 2018

HOUSTON – On Feb. 16, attorneys for BP presented the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas with a memorandum in support of their motion for judgment to dismiss several pending individual securities actions, citing a recent U.S Supreme Court case.

Texas Supreme Court to review crop insurance dispute

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 1, 2018

AUSTIN – In a dispute between insurance agency The Altman and Jody James Farms (JJF), the Texas Supreme Court has decided to grant JJF’s petition for review.

Court papers filed after worker pinned between machinery

By John Suayan | Mar 1, 2018

HOUSTON – An employee with Jacobs Field Services claims he was hurt while working at a Brazoria County chemical plant.

Man demands back pay for helping company shut down operations

By John Suayan | Mar 2, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County man is suing his defunct employer in an effort to recover back pay.

Big Lots shopper says 'poorly secured' chairs on top shelf fell on child

By John Suayan | Mar 2, 2018

HOUSTON – An apparent accident at a Pearland Big Lots store is the subject of a Houston woman’s lawsuit.

DOJ hits Houston with sex discrimination suit, alleges hostile work environment at fire station

By John Suayan | Mar 2, 2018

HOUSTON – Accusing the City of Houston of engaging in sex discrimination against two female firefighters, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit.

Smith Co. woman sues Tyler TV station for defamation, claims reports about her being a burglary suspect are false

By John Suayan | Mar 2, 2018

MARSHALL – A Tyler ABC affiliate faces a defamation suit from a Smith County woman who claims it reported about her being a suspected burglar, recent Marshall federal court records show.

Lawsuit: vehicle towing attempt from apartment complex knocks female tenant to the ground

By John Suayan | Mar 2, 2018

HOUSTON – A Brazoria County woman claims she was injured when a towing business tried to take a vehicle from her apartment complex’s parking lot last year, recent Harris County District Court records show.

Jacksonville couple sues after table fan bursts into flames

By John Suayan | Mar 2, 2018

TYLER – An East Texas couple is pursuing legal action after a table fan they purchased reportedly caught on fire two years ago.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By John Suayan | Mar 2, 2018

MARSHALL DIVISION Feb. 26 IMPLICIT, LLC V. MCAFEE, LLC 2:18-cv-00046-JRG

From Legal Newsline

Exxon-funded analysis criticizes study that claimed company misled public about climate change

By John O'Brien | Mar 3, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Harvard professors who say their analysis proves ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change were obviously biased, a colleague says, and the company says that data shouldn't be used to help a “corrupt enterprise” of private lawyers and California officials suing the energy sector.

In Austin, the ADA Lawsuit Mill Grinds On

By Mark Pulliam | Mar 5, 2018

The Americans With Disabilities Act may be the most widely-abused law in our history, spawning frivolous litigation against employers, retail businesses, and—most recently—spurious claims against websites that allegedly aren’t sufficiently compliant with the ADA. Nationwide, a cottage industry has developed among a bottom-feeding element of the plaintiffs’ bar that specializes in bringing a high volume of cookie-cutter lawsuits against small businesses for technical violations of the ADA, and extorting quick settlements of several thousand dollars each.

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