Halliburton has managed to dodge some of the notoriety that has dogged British Petroleum in the wake of the massive BP oil spill (partly because it was called the BP oil spill and all) but the Houston-based company has still been all wrapped up in lawsuits. Some of those lawsuits may soon be resolve ... More >>
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 >>
A federal judge has set a trial date for the civil suit against a white Bellaire police officer who shot an unarmed black man in his parents' driveway. A federal magistrate on Wednesday put Robbie Tolan's lawsuit against Bellaire police officer Jeffrey Cotton on course for a September 2015 trial, c ... More >>
It's possible dozens of DNA samples linked to criminal cases could be retested after a lab tech in the Houston police crime lab resigned. In all, 185 criminal cases may have been affected. According to reports that includes 53 murders or capital murders. The Harris County District Attorney's Office ... More >>
A Mexican national notorious for trafficking women in the Houston area landed in the U.S. yesterday and will face charges from the U.S. Attorney's Office relating to his smuggling of women. Gerardo Salazar, 47, of Mexico City, arrived in Houston yesterday after being arrested in Mexico. He will mak ... More >>
Michael "I Hope There's Tons of Cocaine in Heaven" Brown's widow, Rachel Brown, has sued three of her attorneys, accusing them of looking out for their own financial interests instead of protecting hers. Filed March 31 in Harris County District Court, the suit accuses David Brown (no relation), Je ... More >>
We don't know how 17-month-old Tristen Rivet died. Neither does the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. The problem is, that medical examiner once thought she knew how Rivet died. Patricia Moore believed the toddler was murdered. And Moore testified to that effect in a Montgomery County c ... More >>
Next week, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that presents some interesting First Amendment issues in regard to the Internet. In short, here's what happened. An employee (Robert Kinney) of an attorney employment search company (owned by Robert Barnes), quit his job with Barn ... More >>
Back in 2008, Steven Mark Weinstein was convicted for murder after a man was found dead and decomposing in the trunk of Weinstein's car. Now Weinstein might be granted a new trial by the Court of Criminal Appeals, if the court decides a witness gave false testimony in the murder trial, according to ... More >>
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina not only almost destroyed New Orleans and wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. The hurricane may also have opened the door for human trafficking for one company, according to lawsuits filed in Texas and Mississippi on Tuesday. The swathe of destruction Hurricane Katrina cut ... More >>
Craig Malisow of the Houston Press has been named a third-party defendant in a lawsuit that pits Swamplot against former homeowners' association president Mark Thuesen and vice versa. On August 27, 2012, Laurence Albert, a co-founder of the real estate blog Swamplot, filed a malicious prosecution l ... More >>
Two more men have joined a lawsuit accusing a deceased Beaumont priest of molestation. Identified as John Does, the two men join another anonymous plaintiff who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont and Bishop Curtis Guillory in April over abuse that allegedly occurred in 1976 and 1977. The ... More >>
Families suing the maker of anti-clotting drug Pradaxa will have their cases consolidated in an East St. Louis, Illinois, court -- a decision the Texas-based law firm leading the suits is calling a coup. Pradaxa hit the U.S. market in 2010, hailed by manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim as a major le ... More >>
Police can keep your cash, car and other property, regardless of whether you've been convicted of – let alone charged with – a crime.
Roak, the former Upper Kirby funeral home turned trendy, South Beach-esque oontz-oontz lounge, was taken to court twice last month. Alleged assaults on the premises figure in both cases. On May 23, attorney J. Michael Moore asked for and was granted a temporary restraining order and a temporary inj ... More >>
A Dallas County man is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, and Bishop Curtis Guillory, over sexual abuse the man allegedly suffered by a now-deceased priest in 1976-1977. Filed last week in Jefferson County District Court, the man -- identified as John Doe 104 -- claims that Father Ronald ... More >>
A federal judge has refused to toss out the suit filed by texas actress Junie Hoang, who anonymously sued Amazon for revealing her true age on its subsidiary movie-info website IMDb. Hoang, 41, a Texas A&M graduate who studied martial arts in Houston, sued the site for taking her age from informati ... More >>
He knows peopleHouston criminal defense attorney Abraham Moses Fisch is facing a slew of federal charges this morning: conspiracy, obstruction of justice, money laundering, conspiracy to commit money laundering and failure to file tax returns, They all stem from what the U.S. Attorney's Off ... More >>
UT study touts teen relationships
A dirty jobWho knew the crime scene/trauma clean-up business was so, um, cut-throat? If the allegations in a local civil court case are to believed, only rival drug lords conduct their business more ruthlessly. According to plaintiffs John DiGulio and K.P. Management, two area men and their ... More >>
A friendly handshakeA Texas family that successfully settled a wrongful-death suit for big bucks is suing to get back $5.7 million in attorney's fees and expenses because the lawyers used part of that money to bribe the judge. Whatever it takes, right? Be happy with your winnings, right? App ... More >>
Photo by Jeff BalkeThe Hi-Miler claimed a life at the rodeo.The death of 46-year-old Brian Greenhouse, who plummeted from the Hi-Miler roller coaster on closing night of the rodeo last Sunday, is the centerpiece of a lawsuit filed late yesterday in Harris County court. The wrongful death laws ... More >>
Man claims he was chloroformed and raped as an altar boyThe Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is facing more allegations of abuse and fraud related to a Houston priest who died in 2000.In a lawsuit set to be filed today, Guadalupe Gonzales accuses the late Father Lawrence Peguer ... More >>
Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.
Photo courtesy notsuoh.comNot-sued-oh no longerLast February Hair Balls reported on a bizarre pre-dawn incident at downtown nightclub/art space Notsuoh in which a highly intoxicated man allegedly fell out of one the upper floors of the building at 316 Main. That man, now identified as Nathan Fis ... More >>
Found not guilty of the rape charges against him twice over, a former deputy constable still can't get his job back.
Welcome to Texas, dudeThe U.S. Attorney's offices of Houston and San Antonio have announced a major coup in the drug war: Mexican kingpin Juan Jose Quintero-Payan, 68, has been successfully extradited from Mexico to Texas.Quintero-Payan, of Guadajara, had fought extradition for eight years, but h ... More >>
In 2008 we wrote about the problems with Texas Mutual Insurance, a company accused of bad-faith dealings with people who had filed worker's comp claims through them.Two recent court actions have advanced things a bit, including what could be an important showdown at the Texas Supreme Court.The fi ... More >>
Photo courtesy Diocese of Corpus ChristiBishop CarmodyA Corpus Christi man is suing the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi for sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a priest who died in 2008.Identified only as "John Doe," the plaintiff says Thomas Meaney began abusing him in 1971, when ... More >>
A group of former condo owners say SMU defrauded them of their homes to make way for the new Bush library.
A fourth man has filed a $15 million lawsuit against the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and St. Stephen's Episcopal School for allegedly covering up his sexual abuse at the hands of the school's chaplain.Filed Thursday in a Corpus Christi federal court, the suit is the third to accuse then-headmaster Al ... More >>
Photo by Daniel KramerThe polluters who turned Somerville into the Toxic Town described in an award-winning Houston Press story may have had a good result in the first lawsuit they faced, but a second one -- beginning a week from today in the town of Caldwell in Burleson County -- may be different. ... More >>
Here's today's criminal justice system tip: If you're going to plead guilty in Harris County to repeatedly fondling young girls -- some of whom you're related to -- make sure you're a doctor. And we're not talking podiatrist, here.Hair Balls suggest you be a cardiologist, like Jeffrey Klem, who plea ... More >>
Vincent Salazar, a Houston man, is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Philip Morris and its parent company, Altria Group, in Texas, making the state one of four where similar lawsuits were filed in the last two days. The suits are seeking damages allegedly caused by years of advertising w ... More >>
If it's not one thing (such as accusations of sexual harassment) with those crazy cats at Kellogg, Brown & Root, it's another.A lawsuit against the company recently filed in Houston federal court accuses its workers of exposing military and non-military personnel in Iraq to contaminated food, co ... More >>
Remember Fen-phen, the obesity wonder drug that made headlines in the late 1990s when the FDA took it off the market because of abnormal heart problems in users? That same drug also sent product-liability lawyers across the country scrambling to courthouses, taking enough settlement money to pay for ... More >>
Watch out where you park at the Veterans Administration hospital. You never know, you might just get trounced by security. At least that’s the lesson Jimmy Claude Williams claims he learned one morning. Williams, a disabled veteran who uses a wheelchair, filed a lawsuit in federal court last wee ... More >>
It’s one thing to have the Texas Attorney General after you for potentially tens of millions of dollars in fines, but when average Harris County residents such as Allison Snoddy, Stefanie Brigance and Charles Ziegler join in on the hunt, watch out. Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a lawsuit ... More >>
While litigation over the 15 people who died in an explosion at the British Petroleum plant in Texas City in 2005 plods along and continues to make headlines, there is another legal battle being waged against the oil giant that has not received as much attention of late. A group of workers recent ... More >>
Former ambassador Arthur Schechter prevails in his court case, wins more than $3.5 million
The DA doesn't make deals. And that's why Jesus Salazar is living the free life in Venezuela while a teenage girl lies dead, stabbed 26 times.
Would-be Hispanic homeowners find out they don't own as much as they thought they did
A lawsuit accuses HISD insurance consultants of conning the district
A justice surprises critics by reversing the Yates verdict
A mother sets out to save her children, by killing them. Texas usually jails such women, but that may be changing.
A complaint against a paralegal gets dismissed
The antics of an ex-con raise questions about his paralegal role