News from January 2019

Judgment in Acme Truck Line's favor reversed in cellphone shipment theft case

By Carrie Salls | Jan 1, 2019

HOUSTON – An appellate court has reversed a summary judgment in favor of Acme Truck Line in a case over a settlement over an action of the theft of a shipment of cellphones.

First District Appeals Court orders dismissal of trade secrets claims filed by WSP USA

By Carrie Salls | Jan 1, 2019

HOUSTON – A state appellate court has affirmed in part and reversed in part a company's suit against three former employees over allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets.

Appeals court agrees Memorial Hermann not to blame in slip-and-fall accident

By Carrie Salls | Jan 1, 2019

HOUSTON – The Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas agreed with an order entering a judgment in favor of Memorial Hermann Health System in a personal injury lawsuit filed against it by Cynthia Holland, according to a Dec. 18 opinion.

Disposed: League City settles wrongful termination suit with former city manager

By John Suayan | Jan 1, 2019

GALVESTON – Christmas may be in the books, but a former League City city manager received a nice present in the form of a settlement just two days after the holiday.

Blowing the whistle on bogus whistleblowers

By The Record | Jan 1, 2019

In 2009, millionaire Texas attorney Mark Lanier filed suit against Facebook, alleging that the social networking site had violated the privacy of users who voluntarily signed up to share personal information about themselves.

Diner takes Vietnamese restaurant to court over head injury caused by falling television

By John Suayan | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – A Harris County man claims that he sustained a head injury more than a year ago while eating at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

Woman seeks more than $200,000 from ExxonMobil Oil after falling through rotted wood

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 2, 2019

BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County resident alleges she was injured while working in Beaumont when she fell through rotted wood.

Woman alleges fall at AGL Investments No. 21 property caused fibula fracture

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – A Houston woman alleges she was injured at a property in the city because of water that caused her to fall.

Consumer alleges A! Motorcars failed to transfer ownership of vehicle he purchased

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – A Harris County consumer alleges an auto dealership failed to transfer ownership of a vehicle he purchased to him.

Batie's shopper alleges phone cord caused her to trip

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – A Harris County woman alleges she was injured at a store in the county because of a phone cord left on the ground.

Townhome owners allege Shafaii Investments, others failed to obtain insurance

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – Townhome owners allege the sellers of the homes never obtained insurance and are suing over property damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

A wing and a prayer: ex-Hooters girl's suit accuses famed wing eatery of improper pay practices

By John Suayan | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – A former Hooters Girl has brought a federal lawsuit against the famed chicken wing restaurant, stating the eatery allegedly maintained several illegal policies and practices that deprive her and similarly employed women of minimum and overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

RBG’s Hubris Is a Gift for Donald Trump

By Mark Pulliam | Jan 2, 2019

The 85-year old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, is approaching her 25th anniversary as a justice. She is historic in many respects: the second female to serve on the high court, the first Jewish female justice, and the longest-serving Jewish justice ever. Her record as a reliable liberal vote on the court, along with her well-publicized background as a trail-blazer for women’s rights, has made her an icon on the Left—celebrated as the “Notorious RBG” and featured in the recent film “On the Basis of Sex.”

Mexican financial institution placed harassing phone calls to resident, court papers claim

By John Suayan | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – A Harris County man’s state district lawsuit claims that a Mexican financial institution abused and harassed him over the past year.

Dog day care named in employee's personal injury suit

By John Suayan | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – A local canine day care center is facing a personal injury lawsuit from one of its employees, recent Harris County District Court records show.

Plea to jurisdiction overturned for MD Anderson Cancer Center in PIA case

By Carrie Salls | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – The Court of Appeals for the 1st District of Texas overturned an order of the 151st District Court of Harris County related to whether the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has access to information held by the MD Anderson Physicians Network, which was requested by Dr. Michael Fallon, according to a Dec. 20 opinion.

Exception allowing Tyler to provide sewer services unconstitutional, Texas appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – The city of Tyler will not be able to provide sewer services within its own limits based on an exception to the state's water code passed by the state legislature because that exception is unconstitutional, according to a recent Texas appeals court ruling.

Lawsuit: gentlemen's club withheld wages from workers

By John Suayan | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – The law firm Young & Newsom, P.C. in Amarillo has filed a federal unpaid wages lawsuit against a local adult entertainment club.

THE LANIER LAW FIRM: Attorney Spotlight - Monica Cooper

By Press release submission | Jan 2, 2019

Each month, we like to feature one of our attorneys to help you get to know our team better.

Justices backtrack in asbestos suit against Jefferson County, substitute previous opinion

By David Yates | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – In August, a Texas appellate court found a Jefferson County judge, who retired in the mid ‘90s and died from mesothelioma nearly a decade later, was required to give six months notice after retiring before an asbestos lawsuit could be filed against the county.

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