Civil Trials

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Scott Wizig's Shell Companies File for Bankruptcy in Baltimore

    Seven shell companies managed by Houston-based absentee landlord Scott Wizig, who was ordered to repair 49 dilapidated properties he owns in Baltimore, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in an apparent bid to sidestep the circuit court judge's order. (Wizig is the subject of this week's cover story). Bal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Former Kroger Worker Sues Grocery Chain, Says Managers Ignored Sexual Harassment

    Months of unanswered complaints about disturbing sexual harassment by a coworker led a local man to file suit against a Texas grocery store chain last week.

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Texas Supreme Court Rules in Internet Smear Case

    The Texas Supreme Court last week issued a ruling that could change how Texas lawyers fight defamation in the internet age. The State Supremes ruled in the case of Robert Kinney, a Texas legal recruiter for BCG Attorney Search, Inc. who left the firm in 2004 to start a competing venture. Some time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Drugmaker Will Pay $650 Million to Settle Pradaxa Claims

    The manufacturer of a blood thinner will pay $650 million to settle claims brought by 4,000 consumers and next of kin who claimed to have been injured by the drug. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, makers of Pradaxa, agreed on the settlement this week, resolving litigation that began in Novembe ... More >>

  • News

    May 1, 2014

    Texas Is Losing Out on Millions of Dollars Thanks to Its Defective Property-Tax System

    Across the state, private companies are able to slash their property-tax assessments, but homeowners aren’t as lucky with their county appraisal districts.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Promoter Sues Owners of Club Where Jay-Z, Beyonce, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade Celebrated All-Star Weekend

    A group called All Pro Management is suing the owners of Rich's, where Jay-Z (aka Mr. Beyonce Knowles) hosted an NBA All-Star par-tay, accusing them of cheating All Pro out of proceeds from liquor sales. The promoters claimed to have paid $25,000 to host the event, according to the Courthouse News ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Judge Bitch-Slaps Mark Thuesen's Bizarre Motion in Swamplot Lawsuit

    The malicious prosecution lawsuit filed against former West University condo owner association head Mark Thuesen keeps yielding precious fruit, with the latest being a Harris County District Judge's order expressing his befuddlement over a rambling motion filed by Thuesen. For the uninitiated, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Noise Complaining Nimbys: Not Just an Inner Loop Hassle Anymore

    The owner of a historic Oak Forest ice house is suing a neighbor for assault, claiming that the man's violent threats and overall pattern of harassment are harming his business. Plaintiff Edward Sanchez owns the Catty Corner Ice House on Wakefield Street, a storied avenue of near Northwest Side div ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2012

    Millionaires Clash Over Shadyside Mansion

    Despite all the Tenth Commandment strictures to the contrary, coveting the mansion next door has led millionaire executive Tony Petrello to years of depositions and lawsuits.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Nick Saban's Daughter Gets Sued For Beating The Snot Out Of Her Sorority Sister

    Alabama head coach Nick Saban is known for a few things: winning national championships (two in the last three seasons), a steely demeanor (and by steely, I mean he's kind of a jerk), meticulous attention to detail (ask the Dolphins office worker who misplaced his Little Debbie snack cakes), and a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Federal Lawsuit Filed in Corpus Christi Over Lobster Baked Potato

    It's the clash of the Longhorn Steakhouse titans down south in Corpus Christi, where a local chain of steakhouses with a similar name to the national LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants has filed a federal lawsuit over a lobster baked potato. It's more complicated than that, of course, but the lobster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    You Got Served: The Top 10 Legal Battles In Rock History

    Ten years ago last week, one of the most vicious legal battles in rock history took another ugly turn. Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl found themselves in King County Superior Court over a dispute with Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, over the band's considerable royalti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Spindletop Sued for Gross Negligence After Toddler's Foot Is Caught In Rotating Floor

    Set at the very top of the Hyatt Regency Houston hotel downtown, Spindletop is a popular destination for date nights and special occasions. The rotating floors in the restaurant spin guests slowly around for impeccable views of the city skyline, making Spindletop a draw since it first opened in 1972 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Deputy Constable Christopher Kerr To Handcuffed Woman: "Adjust" My Erect Penis

    A woman who says she was groped and fondled by a Harris County deputy constable has filed a civil suit in which she provides more details from the alleged August 2011 incident. The woman says deputy Christopher Kerr, a deputy in Constable Precinct 3, pulled her over, then handcuffed her and began g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Doctor Wants Ring Back, Doesn't Want Mexicans

    FRODO!​Wow, talk about having something blow up in your face: on Thursday, the Chron reported on the lawsuit filed by Dr. Craig Fischer against his ex-fiancee, wherein he demanded she return a $73,000 engagement ring. He also accused Nichole Johnson of defaming him to "thousands" of friends on ... More >>

  • Film

    August 11, 2011

    Invasion of Piracy

    Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?

  • News

    July 21, 2011

    The Unexpected Guest

    Suave, with impeccable but false credentials, "Dennis Shaw" moved easily through River Oaks society.

  • News

    January 6, 2011

    Outed at School

    Lesbian teen sues coach, Kilgore HS.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Strake Jesuit Sued: Man Says He Donated $40K And His Son Still Wasn't Admitted

    Michael Bardwil says he has a beef with Strake Jesuit​A Strake Jesuit alumnus gave $40,000 to the school in the belief it would get his son admitted, but the school took the cash and not the kid, according to a lawsuit filed in district court. Michael Bardwil is suing the school for fraud, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Lesbian Teen Sues Kilgore School District For Outing, Harassing Her

    Another gay student is allegedly bullied, this time at the hands of an East Texas softball coach. ​If two high school coaches lead a girl into an empty locker room and lock the door behind them, something bad can happen, and at Kilgore High School, according to a new lawsuit filed by the Texas Civ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010
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    September 21, 2010

    Troubles (and Lawsuits) Keep Coming for Bailey's American Grille in Seabrook

    Bailey's American Grille: As far as we know, the banana-pudding recipe is not under litigation.​After news broke last week that Brad Bailey, a Nassau Bay councilman in addition to the owner of Bailey's American Grille in Seabrook, had suddenly closed his popular restaurant and banquet hall, Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Laura Resendez: Another Woman Sues Over Alleged Sexual Assault In Iraq

    Not only the big players get hit with Iraq sex-abuse suits​Houston-based energy services companies have gotten plenty of ink over the past several years due to allegations and accusations that male employees working in places such as Iraq have raped and abused their female co-workers. Much of it i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Craig Washington's Shooting Targets Lose Their Victims'-Rights Case, Will Fight On

    Former Congressman shot at two kids​Debbie Brooks and Marti McAnulty, whose sons had been shot at by former U.S. Congressman Craig Washington last year, finally had their day in court on Wednesday, attempting to sue a Harris County prosecutor for violating their victims rights.The two mothers clai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Local Lawyers Unimpressed With Transocean's Bid To Limit Its Oil-Spill Exposure

    Photo courtesy US Coast GuardPLEASE let the oil-spill litigation be heard here, Houston hotel owners pray​Transocean, the Houston company that owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon rig that is currently gushing huge amount of oil into the Gulf, is looking to limit the amount of damages they may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Man Sues Over (Allegedly) Finding A Rat's Head In His Beer

    ​Probably the worst thing that could happen when you're knocking back a cool, refreshing Tecate Light is to suddenly realize you mistakenly grabbed a Milwaukee's Best. Probably the second-worst thing would be to find a rat head floating at the top.It's the second scenario that Everett Johnston of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Houston Company Hit With Claim Its Fish Contain PCBs

    ​A Houston-based fish-oil manufacturer might be exposing consumers to a harmful carcinogen, according to a lawsuit filed by environmental activists earlier this month.Filed in a California Superior Court, the suit accuses Omega Protein and seven other fish-oil manufacturers of failing to warn cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Asking for Method Man's Autograph? That's a Shooting

    ​When Mary Anderson of Fort Bend County allegedly asked rapper Method Man for an autograph after a show last November at Houston's House of Blues, she claims she got a different kind of signature: A wound in the stomach from a pellet gun.Anderson is suing Method Man, more formally known as Cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Sex Claims Against High-Profile Lawyer Dismissed

    We took notice last year when high-profile plaintiffs' attorney Richard Laminack was sued for sexual harassment.So it's only fair to take note that the case has been dismissed."I have always had faith in the system and knew that the facts would speak for themselves," Laminack said in a prepared stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    A Gift For The New Sheriff: A $5 Million Lawsuit Over An Alleged Jail Beating

    Looks like the county's new sheriff has a $5 million jail lawsuit on his hands -- the first of his tenure, which began last month -- with a Dallas woman claiming she was beaten by two deputies during her lock up at the Harris County Jail. Jeanne Greer was arrested by the sheriff's department in Marc ... More >>

  • News

    November 13, 2008

    Bad Faith and Texas Mutual Insurance

    Houston attorney Mike Doyle and TMI are locked in a battle over truth, lies and an employee's right to workers' comp benefits.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2008

    Chuck Rosenthal Resigns

    Looks like Republicans and Democrats alike won’t have D.A. Chuck Rosenthal to kick around any more. Rosenthal resigned earlier today, citing several reasons in a press release, including possibly feeling a bit loopy of late due to a cocktail of prescription drugs. “Although I have enjoyed exce ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Toxic Town: Cancer and Birth Defects in Somerville

    In Somerville, chances are far better than normal that you will die of cancer or give birth to a deformed baby

  • News

    December 28, 2006

    The New KKK not quite what you'd expect

  • News

    July 22, 2004

    Sins of Omission?

    The local Catholic diocese gets accused of covering up a '96 sex abuse case

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    Catching a Big One

    Moody hooks a $75 million verdict against a fish farm and a law firm

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    Win a Few, Lose One

    Service station dealers record a couple of victories in their court battles with parent oil companies

  • News

    October 12, 2000

    Unnecessary Roughness

    Inmate Mark Knox claims Texas prison guards brutalized him. The ACLU fears that in an expanding and unwieldy TDCJ system Knox is far from alone.

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    We'll Pay the Filing Fee...

    NASA & Houston v. McLane, Dieker, and "Baseball Team"

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    The Dream Home: A Cautionary Tale

    The Youngs thought they did everything right. Apparently not.

  • News

    October 8, 1998

    Making It Right

    Jessie Phillips wants more than a not-guilty verdict in a five-year quest to clear his name

  • News

    October 8, 1998

    And the Winner Is

    If you're going to get hit by a bus in Houston, try Ryder

  • News

    December 4, 1997
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    September 11, 1997

    Jack's Big Payback

    How an arrogant, overbearing landlord fought City Hall -- and won

  • News

    January 23, 1997

    What Did He Do To Deserve This?

    Attorney John O'quinn says his big-business enemies are out to do him in. But the real source of his troubles may be closer to home.

  • News

    October 17, 1996

    The Victim's Victims

    Four years after his daughter's murder, Bob Carreiro crusades to bring criminals to justice and peace to lives wrecked by crime. But to the family who shared his tragedy, he shows no mercy.

  • News

    May 18, 1995

    No Way Home

    Texas City police can't go mosquito hunting with an elephant gun

  • News

    November 24, 1994

    Out of the Soup

    Yes, the city's settlement of a lawsuit was a good deal -- for Helen Huey

  • News

    November 3, 1994

    Turkeys (and Other Creatures) On the Ballot

    Quick! It's almost Election Day!! Do you know who your candidates are? Check this guide to the mother of all ballots!

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