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Ferguson Law Firm nabs 2 of 2017’s top 100 verdicts in U.S.

BEAUMONT - The Ferguson Law Firm placed two verdicts within the Top 100 Verdicts of 2017 – no other law firm in the U.S. was able to top the firm’s showing.

As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

Justices question whether Russell Budd’s testimony on asbestos memo still exists

HOUSTON – If a 20-year old court record, which may or may not be an actual court record, no longer exists, how can jurisdiction exist – is the question justices raised in an asbestos case that’s even caught the attention of Texas’ chief lawyer.

ESPN, Chick-Fil-A face copyright infringement suit over use of song in commercials

DALLAS – Platinum Jack Entertainment, LLC accuses ESPN and Chick-Fil-A of using a musical composition it reportedly owns in a commercial.

First District Court affirms dismissal of resident in sexual assault case against Baylor College of Medicine

HOUSTON – The 1st District Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by the 80th District Court of Harris County to dismiss a sexual assault lawsuit against Baylor College of Medicine resident Shafeeq Sheikh, M.D. filed by a former patient, Laura Perilla-Vargas.

Ninth Court of Appeals says trial court erred in denying Sinclair Group's arbitration motion in suit with former manager

BEAUMONT – The 9th Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the decision by the 284th District Court in Montgomery County to deny The Sinclair Group's motion to compel arbitration in their dispute with Henri Haggblom, a former manager of the company.

Tumble down the stairs results in $1M suit against Republic Chicken

BEAUMONT – A lack of a second handrail allegedly caused a Hardin County woman to tumble down the stairs at a local restaurant.

Walter Umphrey ‘seduced’ and ‘swindled’ by mistress, trial lawyer’s wife files $2M suit

HOUSTON – The wife of one of Texas’ most famous plaintiff’s attorneys is suing a woman who allegedly “engages in behavior designed to target, seduce and then defraud wealthy men.”

Federal judge mulling Carpatsky dismiss motion filed well after $145.7 million arbitration award

HOUSTON – A federal judge in Houston is considering a Texas oil company's motion to dismiss a Ukrainian oil company's nine-year-old lawsuit over a failed energy development deal following an arbitrator's $145.7 million award.

BestCare Laboratory Services ordered to pay U.S. more than $30.5 million for Medicare mileage billing

HOUSTON – BestCare Laboratory Services LLC has been ordered to pay the United States of America more than $30.5 million for allegedly deceptively charging mileage to Medicare.

SightLine Health to pay $11.5 million to settle kickback allegations

DALLAS – SightLine Health LLC has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit over allegations it violated the Anti-Kickback Statute regarding Medicare.

Tyler federal jury hands down $502.6 million verdict against Apple in long-running patent infringement case

TYLER – A federal jury sided with VirnetX, Inc. in the latest trial of its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, recent Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas records indicate.

Opioid lawyers pumped $110K into LaHood’s campaign after Bexar County DA hired them

SAN ANTONIO – Although he lost in the Democratic Primary last month, Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood had his campaign bolstered with $110,000 in contributions from lawyers he hired to represent the county in an opioid lawsuit.

State appeals court sides with Masonic grand lodge in property dispute with lodge members

HOUSTON – A Texas appeals court recently affirmed a Freemason Grand Lodge's ownership of property and assets of a constituent lodge in Houston, despite assertions to the contrary by members of that lodge.

1st District Court of Appeals denies motion for sanctions in mailing of CCEMS classified documents case

HOUSTON – The 1st District Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by the 165th District Court in Harris County to dismiss Wayne Dolcefino and Wayne Dolcefino Consulting's motion for sanctions against Cypress Creek EMS (CCEMS) after the trial court granted a summary judgment on conversion in favor of the consulting firm.

JC jury awards plaintiff $1.1M in fatal wreck suit, defendant driver was allegedly intoxicated

BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County jury was awarded $1.1 million in damages to a Hardin County woman, who lost her husband when an alleged drunk driver struck and killed her husband as he changed a tire.

AdjustaCam ordered to pay Newegg nearly $550,000 in 'exceptional' patent case

TYLER – The Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas has ordered AdjustaCam LLC to pay Newegg $546,865.85 in attorneys’ fees and expenses, ending a suit filed in 2010 against it and 55 other defendants.

Ruling upheld in 'death penalty' sanctions case involving East African Drilling

HOUSTON – A panel of judges has affirmed a 215th District Court’s decision regarding "death penalty" sanctions rendered against a drilling company.

Fatal crash lawsuit goes to trial in Beaumont, defendant was allegedly intoxicated

BEAUMONT – In February 2016, a Hardin County woman filed suit against a Beaumont motorist, alleging his negligence while driving drunk caused a car crash that injured her and killed her husband.

ACLU calls Galveston Co.'s bail system into question over allegedly discriminatory practices against indigent inmates

GALVESTON – A federal class action lawsuit alleges Galveston County implements a bail system that is unfavorable towards individuals who cannot afford to post bail.