News from October 2018

HEB Grocery shopper seeks at least $200,000 over fall in restroom

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 1, 2018

HOUSTON – A man alleges he was injured at a Harris County grocery store when he slipped on a wet floor in the restroom.

Legal watchdogs kick off awareness week by reminding Texans that protecting the courts ‘starts with you’

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2018

AUSTIN — When it comes to protecting Texas’ courts from frivolous lawsuits, “It Starts With You.” That’s the message that Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups are delivering as they kick off Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, which runs Oct. 1-5.

Jury finds YMBL of Beaumont and plaintiff equally at fault for gate-climbing injury, $778K in damages awarded

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2018

BEAUMONT – Both the Young Men’s Business League of Beaumont and the man who sued the organization are equally at fault for the injuries the plaintiff suffered while climbing a metal gate, according to a Jefferson County jury.

Paxton addresses legal disclosure obligations in question sent by Tarrant County attorney

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 1, 2018

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton responded on Sept. 24 to a request by Tarrant County’s Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson to clarify the legal disclosure obligations of her office under article 39.14 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Female Port Arthur police officer files suit over retaliation allegations

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 1, 2018

BEAUMONT – A female police officer for the city of Port Arthur alleges she was retaliated against for filing a discrimination complaint.

Property fraudulently transferred to individual, Bull & Barrett alleges

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 1, 2018

HOUSTON – A law firm alleges a property was fraudulently transferred to a Katy individual by an oil and gas company to delay and defraud creditors.

Crossroads Bowling Center guest blames punching bag machine for fall injuries

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 1, 2018

BEAUMONT – A Beaumont resident alleges he was injured at a bowling alley when he tripped over a punching bag machine.

Optimum Medical Weight Control and Family Wellness patient alleges injuries from hormone treatment

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 1, 2018

BEAUMONT – A patient of Optimum Medical Weight Control and Family Wellness alleges he was injured because he was prescribed unsafe doses of hormones.

Bannum Place of Beaumont resident alleges leaky washing machine caused him to fall

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 1, 2018

BEAUMONT – A man alleges he injured his head and neck in a fall caused by a leaking washing machine.

CRC Industries Inc., others named in suit by couple who allege products caused cancer

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 2, 2018

BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County couple alleges the husband developed kidney cancer as a result of his exposure to trichloroethylene-containing products.

Exxon calls Cali climate change lawsuits ‘abusive’ and ‘baseless,’ says attempt to challenge its counter litigation ‘falls flat’

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2018

FORT WORTH – California municipalities took aim at Texas-based speech by filing “baseless” climate change lawsuits and a Texas trial court was right to exercise personal jurisdiction over them, according to ExxonMobil’s recently filed appellate brief.

Customer brings product liability suit against Home Depot

By John Suayan | Oct 2, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County man has filed a lawsuit against The Home Depot U.S.A. after he allegedly suffered injuries while assembling a product that he purchased from the home improvement retailer.

Pets can’t be considered ‘stock’ for the purpose of awarding attorney’s fees, Texas appellate court opines

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2018

HOUSTON – Man’s best friend isn’t considered a stock animal for the purposes of awarding attorney’s fees, a Texas appellate court recently opined.

Georgios sales associate alleges he was paid straight time rate for overtime work

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 2, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County man alleges that his hours were reduced by his clothing store employer because of his complaints about not being paid the appropriate rate for overtime work.

Range Resources alleged to have failed to pay overtime

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 2, 2018

GALVESTON – An oil and gas exploration and production company is alleged to have misclassified workers as independent contractors and failed to pay them overtime.

Lawsuit: AC repair business tried to get employee with arthritis to quit

By John Suayan | Oct 2, 2018

HOUSTON – A local woman claims in a federal lawsuit that she “had no choice” but to quit her employment with Custom Comfort, Inc. because of discrimination based on her disability.

Former driver alleges Lattimore Materials terminated him because of disability, race

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 2, 2018

SHERMAN – A Plano man alleges he was terminated from his employment because of his disability, race and religion.

Couple alleges negligence of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, others caused pipeline explosion

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Oct 2, 2018

HOUSTON – A man and his wife are seeking more than $1 million from the operators of a pipeline for burns the husband sustained in an explosion.

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