BEAUMONT – The old lines separating district court responsibilities in Jefferson County are starting to fade a bit, as several courts that primarily handle civil litigation will now start hearing drug-related cases.
HOUSTON - Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan recently obtained a court order against a Spring wastewater treatment plant that had been releasing 1000 times permitted levels of dangerous E. coli bacteria and other contaminates into Willow Creek.
SAN ANTONIO – Attorneys leaping from one law firm to another is a common enough occurrence, but the timing of two partners departing Phipps Deacon Purnell seems somewhat strange, as the firm is currently representing Bexar County in a billion dollar opioid lawsuit.
BEAUMONT – Following a three-week trial, a Jefferson County jury awarded a local man more than $17 million in damages for injuries he received when a truck driver for Genesis Energy slammed into the rear of his smoking vehicle.
WASHINGTON – In an annual report of “Judicial Hellholes” released today by the American Tort Reform Association, Philadelphia has claimed the No. 1 ranking – in part due to a historic $8 billion punitive damages verdict rendered this year in litigation connected to Johnson & Johnson’s anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.
HOUSTON – In August, Tammy Tran and her law firm filed a $10 million lawsuit against Spark Funding, accusing the lawsuit lending company of being a “loan shark” that charged her interest under hidden calculation devices.
DALLAS – Due to a recent change in the law, the Texas Attorney General’s Office is not approving contingency fee contracts signed before Sept. 1, calling into question the future of opioid agreements that were signed but not approved before the change.
New York’s surprising decision to drop half its case against ExxonMobil in the closing arguments of a closely watched trial over climate-fraud claims was unusual and probably indicates the state never had the evidence it needed, said an experienced litigator who has handled environmental lawsuits for government clients.
HOUSTON – Area trial lawyers Tony Buzbee and Eric Dick will have another shot at running town hall. Elizabeth Markowitz, the lone Democrat competing for the HD 28 seat, will square off with a Republican opponent in a runoff election.
SAN ANTONIO – If all goes as planned, Martin Phipps, one of the attorneys representing Bexar County in its opioid lawsuit, hopes to stand before a jury next October and ask them to award his client $1 billion in damages.
SAN ANTONIO - Three former employees of Phipps Deacon Purnell held on to passwords and login credentials for the firm’s laptops, computers, storage system and phone system and its not clear if they’ve returned them, according to court records.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York taxpayers might want a refund on their $500,000 investment in a $1,050-an-hour expert after the judge hearing the state’s closely watched climate lawsuit against ExxonMobil repeatedly interrupted his testimony with skeptical questions about his methodology and assumptions.
Compounding the state’s problems is a series of courtroom miscues by its lawyers that have led Supreme Court Judge Barry Ostrager to criticize and belittle them multiple times since trial began Oct. 22.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The ongoing trial in New York City is giving ExxonMobil another chance to show that nonprofits, private lawyers and elected officials have for years targeted the company as a scapegoat for climate change.