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Garlock says asbestos firm is forum-shopping racketeering lawsuit

By Marilyn Tennissen | Nov 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - Attorneys for Garlock Sealing Technologies say attempts by asbestos plaintiffs firm Waters & Kraus LLP to move its suit to Texas are only attempts at forum-shopping.

Texas Congressman proposes bill to fight frivolous lawsuits in federal courts

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- A lawmaker from Texas says meritless lawsuits are like "legalized extortion," and has introduced legislation to hold attorneys accountable for lawsuit abuse.

Abbott to run for Texas governor

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 15, 2013

SAN ANTONIO (Legal Newsline) -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has officially announced he is running for governor in 2014.

BP seeks reversal, says settlement easy set up for fraud

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 8, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) -- Attorneys for BP claim a judge's ruling has allowed payments for fictitious claims from the 2010 oil spill, and they are asking a federal appeals court to reverse the decision.

Texas railroad commissioner to run for state AG

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 27, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) -- The state's recently elected railroad commissioner is on track to make a run for the office of Attorney General.

Papa John's franchise owner says Obamacare may force job cuts

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 30, 2012

Nichols BEAUMONT - Papa John's pizza restaurant owner Judy Nichols' plan to expand her business in Southeast Texas with a fourth location is on hold because of uncertainty over the impact "Obamacare" will have on her operations.

Texas governor rejects implementation of Obamacare

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 9, 2012

Perry AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas has no intention of implementing a state insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, Gov. Rick Perry stated in a letter Monday to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebellius.

UPDATE: Suspect, victims identified in Texas courthouse shooting

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 14, 2012

Bartholomew Granger, 41, has been identified as the suspect in a shooting rampage that left one dead, three wounded outside the Jefferson County (Texas) courthouse Wednesday morning. BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Police have identified the gunman in today's deadly shooting rampage at the Jefferson County Courthouse as 41-year-old Bartholomew Granger.

One dead, three wounded in Southeast Texas courthouse shooting

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 14, 2012

The area in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse remains blocked off today following a shooting rampage that left one dead this morning. BEAUMONT, Texas (Legal Newsline) - One victim is confirmed dead and three others have been hospitalized after a gunman opened fire Wednesday outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont, Texas.

Texas facing May primary if redistricting not resolved, judge says

By Marilyn Tennissen | Feb 15, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Super Tuesday is out, April is out and now it may be the end of May before Texas can hold its Republican primary.

Supreme Court to hear Texas redistricting arguments

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 9, 2012

Abbott WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will step into the fight over Texas' redistricting maps.

Good news, bad news for Texas in latest 'Hellhole' report

By Marilyn Tennissen | Dec 15, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the loser pays legislation into law. WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The American Tort Reform Foundation has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and this year's report includes some good news - and some bad news - for the Lone Star State.

Health professionals refute report that Texas tort reform is a failure

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 21, 2011

Perry AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - In spite of a recent report calling the Texas reform of medical liability litigation a "failed experiment," a group of medical professionals in the state still maintains the reforms are a success.

Provost Umphrey, Dole reach settlement in pesticide suits

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 10, 2011

Sparks LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - After years of litigation, The Dole Food Co. Inc. and the Provost Umphrey Law Firm have reached an agreement to settle litigation the firm filed on behalf of more than 5,000 foreign farm workers claiming injuries from pesticides.

'Loser pays' bill passes Texas House in emergency session

By Marilyn Tennissen | May 10, 2011

Perry AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - In an emergency session on Saturday, the Texas House of Representatives passed a "loser pays" bill that could change who pays legal fees in certain civil lawsuits.

Texas lawmakers file 'loser pays' bills in House, Senate

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 22, 2011

Huffman AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Following the lead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in support of a loser pays tort reform initiative, two state legislators have filed bills that could make the reforms a reality.

AG Abbott, Republican SC justices hold on to offices in Texas

By Marilyn Tennissen | Nov 2, 2010

Abbott AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Democrats failed to unseat Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott or three justices on the state Supreme Court.

MDL judges pick New Orleans venue for BP suits

By Marilyn Tennissen | Aug 10, 2010

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - After a tug-of-war between plaintiff and defense attorneys, a panel of judges has decided the hundreds of lawsuits against BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be consolidated and heard in federal court in New Orleans.

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