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Judge won't broaden Katrina whistleblower case
A federal judge has ordered State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. to pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit after a jury found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina.
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Thu Mar 13, 2014
The Weekly Standard
Ordeal by Congress
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Settlement Reached in Ex-Student's Outing Suit
Skye Wyatt filed a lawsuit back in 2010 against the Kilgore Independent School District and two softball coaches, alleging that the coaches forced her in 2009 to admit she is gay and then told her mother without her consent.
Land-Based Jones Act Seaman Status, Emotional Damages, And The "Zone Of Danger"
Fifth Circuit Affirms Jury Finding for Land-Based Worker to be Covered by Jones Act but Reverses Award of Emotional Damages in Plaintiff, Larry Naquin, Sr., a vessel repair supervisor employed by Elevating Boats, LLC, was injured on November 17, 2009, when a shipyard crane he was operating suddenly failed, causing the boom and crane housing to ... (more)
Is An Employee Who Is Six Days out of Rehab "Disabled" Under the TCHRA?
The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act provides that a "current condition of addiction" to alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances is not a covered "disability."
Daily Business Review
Venezuelan Oil Firm Fights For Refinery's Liquidation
Attorneys for energy magnate Harry Sargeant III, who lost a $28.8 million lawsuit in Palm Beach Circuit Court involving wartime fuel sales in Iraq, appeared before a federal appellate court to keep the Venezuelan state oil company at bay.
Wed Mar 12, 2014
Texas Judge Blocks Red Light Camera Vote In Cleveland
Lawyers for American Traffic Solutions told a Texas judge that voters should have no say in whether red light cameras are used in their community.
It was no surprise that Texas's top officials denounced Judge Orlando Garcia's ruling, on February 26th , striking down the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage, and the ruling was bound to be appealed to the Fifth Circuit.
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Change would move abortion deadline up 2 weeks
A last-minute change to an abortion bill by state senators would ban abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy, not 20. House Bill 1400 originally calculated a pregnancy as beginning when an embryo implants itself in a woman's uterus.
Getting the last laugh: Kool Smiles preserves its defamation case, but wait
A San Antonio law firm got some lousy news Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit when it allowed a national dental chain to pursue a defamation claim.
Fifth Circuit Expands Coverage of Jones Act, Rules That Shipyard...
In a ruling that will likely send shockwaves through the maritime industry and be considered a landmark decision in years to come, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit in Naquin v.
For Too Many, Accessing Abortion Is Already an 'Undue...
For Too Many, Accessing Abortion Is Already an 'Undue Burden' - In the four months since the Roberts Court refused to block a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to allow the admitting privileges portion of HB 2, the massive Texas anti-abortion omnibus bill, to take effect
Sun Mar 09, 2014
Associated Press file photo -- In this April 21, 2010, file image...
Associated Press file photo -- In this April 21, 2010, file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
Fri Mar 07, 2014
Texan exonerated from death row goes after prosecutor
Anthony Graves, 48, who spent 18 years in US jail, including 16 years on death row, for a crime he didn't commit After surviving 18 years in prison and avoiding execution twice for murders he was eventually exonerated of, Anthony Graves of Texas is now going after the prosecutor who originally convicted him.
Insurance Journal West
Panel Rules BP Spill Claims Don't Require Direct Harm
A federal appeals panel ruled that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Dallas Morning News
Former council member fought Farmers Branch on immigration ordinance
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower-court ruling that knocked down the ordinance as unconstitutional.
Corporate Securities Law Blog
United States Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split and Narrows Scope of SLUSA
In Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice , Nos. 12-79, 12-86 and 12-88, 2014 U.S. LEXIS 1644 , the Supreme Court of the United States resolved a split in the circuits regarding whether alleged misrepresentations were made "in connection with the purchase or sale of a covered security" for purposes of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of ... (more)
The Daily Republic
Distracted driving just got harder to enforce
The Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled last week that California drivers could check maps on their cellphones while driving.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
The Austin Chronicle
A Step in the Right Direction
Sen. Kirk Watson celebrates U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia 's Feb. 26 ruling that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Dallas Morning News
Last abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closes
The last two abortion clinics outside of big Texas cities will close Thursday because they can't meet the restrictions placed on facilities under the state's new abortion law.