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Southeast Texas Record, September 8, 2016

WASHINGTON – On Sept. 7 the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held ahearing on five nominees tapped by President Barack Obama for U.S. district judgeships in Texas.

Southeast Texas Record, September 9, 2016

HOUSTON – Several high-profile Texas law firms have been sued a group of insurers, all of which claim the lawyers dipped into asbestos trusts and then failed to reimburse them for millions of dollars for medical coverage provided to their clients.

Southeast Texas Record, September 7, 2016

CALIFORNIA – Texas attorney Bill Voss is seeking to have a legal malpractice complaint dismissed.

Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2016

The agreement also came with injunctive relief: Subway agreed to quality-control measures — to “help ensure that the bread sold to customers is either 6 or 12 inches long — and to conduct regular compliance inspections.

Investor's Business Daily, September 7, 2016

Justice: Three recent court victories got little in the way of headlines, but should be required reading for every corporate executive in the country. In each, companies refused to do what so many have done before -- tuck their tails in and settle out of court.

Texas Lawyer, September 7, 2016

Less than a month after San Antonio lawyer Mikal Watts was acquitted of criminal charges related to BP oil spill litigation, a group of Vietnamese-American fisherman living in the Gulf Coast has filed a fresh complaint against Watts, his firm and others, seeking millions of dollars in penalties for civil barratry.

Southeast Texas Record, September 2, 2016

HIDALGO COUNTY – The Commission for Lawyer Discipline, an arm of the State Bar of Texas, has filed a disciplinary petition against attorney Kent Livesay, who allegedly demanded damages from Allstate on behalf of a client he did not represent.

Laredo Morning Times, August 28, 2016

Webb County may soon be at the center of a rising crisis in Texas due to a skyrocketing number of hail damage lawsuits being filed.

Dallas Morning News, August 30, 2016

A $1 million lawsuit filed by a Dallas pet-sitting company against a Plano couple who wrote a one-star review has been dismissed.

Legal Newsline, August 30, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to withdraw its arbitration rule that attempts to limit companies from including mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial agreements.

Southeast Texas Record, August 30, 2016

RIO HONDO – A Hurricane Dolly lawsuit brought by a Southeast Texas school district recently settled before the case could be tried – a piece of storm litigation that may have been solicited, according to the district’s records.

Southeast Texas Record, August 25, 2016

DALLAS - An insurance fraud referral filed by the international litigation firm Zelle LLP on behalf of its insurance company client, Strata Underwriting Managers, has resulted in the felony criminal prosecution of a building owner for insurance fraud and payment of restitution to the insurance company.

Forbes, August 25, 2016

Melody Stoops admits she was in the “business” of bringing lawsuits against companies over calls they made to her cell phones without her permission.

Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2016

Some grande good news: A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit against Starbucks alleging that baristas put too much ice in cold drinks. Credit to Judge Percy Anderson for stopping this shakedown, and for his amusing eye roll at the lawyers who brought the case.

CBS DFW, August 22, 2016


CEDAR HILL (CBS11) – Mary Burke has tried calling, texting and emailing Jorge Garcia.

Now, she’s protesting outside his Cedar Hill home.

“I will be here every weekend until we get some results,” said Burke.

Burke hired Garcia’s company House of Tomorrow to repair her mother’s roof after a hail storm.

Southeast Texas Record, August 24, 2016

HOUSTON – It’s not often that a defendant in a civil suit fights a plaintiff’s motion to dismiss, but that’s exactly the case in a storm suit against State Farm – a lawsuit that the insurer suspects may have been brought on the plaintiff’s behalf without her knowledge.

Institute for Legal Reform, August 25, 2016

Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, notes that Lincoln “was a trial lawyer who counseled against stirring up litigation.”

Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2016

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit accusing Starbucks of misleading customers about the ice-to-product ratio of its cold beverages.

Legal Newsline, August 23 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson believes it has “strong grounds” for appeals against two multimillion-dollar jury verdicts that linked the company’s talcum powder product and ovarian cancer.

Forbes, August 23, 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put a price tag on the deterrent effect it says it will unleash by banning class-action waivers in consumer financial contracts: At least 1,200 additional class actions a year, costing more than $100 million a year in legal fees.

The Hill, August 22, 2016

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau closes the comment period on its proposed rule to enrich trial lawyers at the expense of consumers.  The Bureau misleadingly styles its proposal as one to regulate arbitration agreements.  The truth is that the proposal is very intentionally designed for the singular goal of promoting class action lawsuits—the number one policy priority of the trial bar.  The Bureau’s next step will be to finalize the misguided rule and extinguish consumers’ ability to resolve simple financial services disputes outside the broken class action system.

Legal Newsline, August 19, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A company that has been frequently targeted by asbestos attorneys now wants the lawsuits it filed in June against two separate firms to be heard before a single judge.

Institute for Legal Reform, August 23, 2016

U.S. District Judge James Donato recently ruled that McDonald’s Corporation could be held liable in a class action lawsuit against five family owned McDonald’s franchises in California — a move that has plaintiffs’ lawyers seeing the gold in the golden arches.

Reuters, August 17, 2016

(Reuters) – It’s easy to understand why groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Tort Reform Association and the Coalition for Government Procurement are siding with State Farm in one of the most colorful business cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hearin its upcoming term. But the organized criminal defense bar?

Southeast Texas Record, August 17, 2016

HOUSTON – Mega attorney Steve Mostyn was racing another vehicle in his Ferrari when he caused a wreck, claims a newly amended petition in the lawsuit against him.

Institute for Legal Reform, August 17, 2016

Last year’s "Most Ridiculous Lawsuit" — over the infamous “Monkey Selfies” — is still making its way through the court system.

Moulton Advertiser, August 17, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a fraud case alleging a Texas lawyer and six others submitted fake oil spill claims. (all times local):

Southeast Texas Record, August 16, 2016

DALLAS – In May, the Record reported on a barratry class action alleging Texas hail lawyers, public adjusters and roofers are currently involved in an “elaborate web of fraud” to “line their pockets” by taking advantage of storm victims.

Southeast Texas Record, August 11, 2016

BEAUMONT – Funded by some of the most influential trial lawyers in Southeast Texas, the progeny of one current and one former district judge will seek to follow in the footsteps of their fathers this election cycle.