Civil Trials

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Fort Worth Joins Arlington and Many, Many Landowners in Suing Chesapeake Energy Over Royalties

    More plaintiffs are lining up to take a crack at Chesapeake Energy, this time joined by the city of Fort Worth. It's the second major North Texas city to file suit against the first player to make a big splash extracting natural gas from the Barnett Shale. Arlington brought its $1 million claim to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Farmers Branch Is Now Being Sued for Being Too Soft on Hispanics

    Farmers Branch has spent a remarkable amount of time, money and energy over the past several years battling to limit the influence of Hispanics. It's infamous rental ban on people living in this country illegally cost the city seven years and $6 million in legal fees before it was struck down as unc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Neiman Marcus is Fighting Back Against a Notorious Dallas-Based Patent Troll

    In the decade since it was founded in Dallas, IP Nav has established itself as a global leader in the increasingly lucrative business of "patent assertion," offering clients the ability to "maximize the value of their IP assets." Put more bluntly, it's a patent troll, shaking down companies by threa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Two Dallas County Men Are Suing Blue Cross, Claim Its Market Share Lets It Screw Texans

    If you live in Texas and have health insurance, chances are your coverage is through either Aetna or Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and it's about twice as likely to be the latter. The insurance giant covers 7.7 million Texans, controlling roughly 40 percent of the market. Some might argue th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    The NTTA's About to Drop 6,000 Lawsuits on Repeat Toll Violators

    In June, as part of its ongoing effort to further endear itself to the driving public, the North Texas Tollway Authority announced it would post the names of its top toll violators for all to see. Done. The agency simultaneously announced it would be filing civil lawsuits against some of those indiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Fight Over Fracking and Flaming Water in Parker County Hits Snag in Appeals Court

    A Parker County man who can ignite a 2-foot flame with gas siphoned from his well water won't get relief in a state appeals court under a law intended to stifle abusive litigation. Steve Lipsky says natural-gas producer Range Resources contaminated his water well with its nearby fracking operations. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Former Bus Monitor Sues Dallas County Schools After Being Fired For Urinating On Himself

    Paul Green was not in the best of health in 2009 when he was hired as a bus monitor by Dallas County Schools. He had been battling colon cancer for more than a decade and, several years before, had been diagnosed with hypertension and congestive heart failure. As a result, he took a slew of medicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    EPA-Bashing Judge in Fracking Case Recuses Himself, Predictably Blames the Media

    It must be codified somewhere in the Conservative's Guide to Crisis Management: Ensnared in scandal? Come across like an uninformed buffoon? Or are you a judge whose campaign fliers dispelled any appearance of impartiality in a really important case? Just blame it on the media. Sarah Palin became ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    IHOP Sued For Employment Discrimination By Fired Muslim Managers

    In pancake-related news that's already gone national, four Muslim men of Arab descent are suing IHOP, claiming they were all fired from their managerial positions at DFW-area locations because of their ethnicity and religion. In the suit, filed Tuesday in federal court, Hussein Chamseddine claims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Dallas County Constables, Commissioners Court Agree to End Federal Lawsuit. At Least For Now.

    ​Noticed on PACER this morning something that's gone unnoticed since its filing at the end of last week: That heated lawsuit pitting Dallas County constables against the Dallas County Commissioners Court -- the one involving allegations of retaliation and corruption, the one that dragged everyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Strippers Who Sued Jaguars Claim the Chain Retaliated. And That, Judge Says, Is a No-No.

    A Dallas-based strip-club chain facing a class-action lawsuit tried to compel its dancers not to join that legal action -- and even fired a woman who wouldn't comply, or so the strippers claim. In a motion filed earlier this month, the dancers also claim that the clubs foisted the agreements on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    NCAA Antitrust Case Hits Dallas Federal Court After Conference USA Won't Turn Over Docs

    Via.​Yesterday's massive drop-off at the Earle Cabell is but a pit stop. Sooner than later, more than likely, it will head back to Oakland, where, in July 2009, former UCLA basketball great Ed O'Bannon filed the shot heard 'round the sports world: the antitrust suit alleging that the NCAA steals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Judge Will Allow Lawsuit Over Super Bowl XLV Ticket Snafu to Continue, But Jerry's Free to Go

    ​A little more than nine months after those aggrieved ticketholders left out in the Arlington cold during Super Bowl XLV brought their lawsuits, U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn -- she of tough sentences and no nonsense -- has refused to dismiss the breach-of-contract case. But: Lynn did remove th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Four Years Later, Judge Rules That Ministries' Case Over Homeless Food Distribution is a Go

    ​Four long years ago we wrote about two local ministries -- Big Hart Ministries and the Rip Parker Memorial Homeless Ministry-- that filed suit against the city of Dallas in federal court over an ordinance that they say kept them from serving food to the homeless and violated their religious freed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Locked Out at Lost Society, Again (Update: Owner in Rockwall Jail for Meth Possession)

    ​And now we return to the city's enforcement of the Lower Greenville Planned Development District Ordinance, which, as you no doubt recall, went into effect at midnight September 24 and says any venue without a specific use permit and a new certificate of occupancy has to close its doors at midnig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group Responds to Dublin Dr Pepper's Response to Corporate's Lawsuit

    Via.​Back to the Dr Pepper-on-Dr Pepper lawsuit ...Early this morning we posted Dublin Dr Pepper's response to the lawsuit filed in June by Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which is trying to limit Dublin's real-deal Imperial Sugar-spiked soda pop to a six-county area and alleges the oldest Dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Yet Another Federal Deceptive Trade Practices Suit Filed Against Wink!

    Via.​From time to time we'll come across federal suits filed by scorned subscribers to Preston Center-based, all of whom more or less say the same thing: The dating service is nothing but a tease, its "winks" little more than hollow promises of hook-ups between prospective partners -- on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Both Sides of the City of Dallas's "Billion-Dollar Lawsuit" State Their Case

    ​No doubt you'll hear plenty more about the city's billion-dollar lawsuit between now and the spring or summer of 2010, when the Supreme Court of Texas rules on whether the city is immune from rescue workers' claims stemming from a 1979 referendum concerning pay raises and two subsequent lawsuits ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009
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    March 27, 2009

    Food For Thought 3.27.09

    "At Brinker, we hold the utmost respect for the litigation system; however, we are disappointed in the jury's decision and plan to appeal. We remain steadfast in our belief of the merits of our case." (a spokeswoman for Brinker International Inc. on a federal jury verdict this week awarding $270,000 ... More >>

  • News

    November 13, 2008

    Texas Mutual Says Thanks, But No Thanks, to State Oversight

    Texas’ leading workers’ comp insurer says we don’t need courts and juries watching over them. Yeah, right.

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    American Toxic

    The railroad tie plant that gave birth to tiny Somerville may now be killing the town, residents claim

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Boning Up in Fort Worth, Baby

    A man from Weatherford has filed suit today against Meditronic -- "the global leader in medical technology [for] alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world" -- claiming the damnedest thing: "body-snatching." The full release is after the jump, but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2007

    Food for Kids or Terror Funding?

    While the Holy Land Foundation trial focuses attention on the role, if any, the Dallas-based charity had in financing Hamas, another Dallas-based charity has quietly dropped its lawsuit against author and former Bush administration official Matthew Levitt and his publisher over similar allegations. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2007

    More of Earth Biofuels' Investors Want Their Money Back -- Like, Now

    Dennis G. McLaughlin III, chairman and CEO of Earth Biofuels, is under siege from investors who want their dough-re-mi back. We were going to stop writing for a little while about Earth Biofuels, the Knox Street-based alterna-energy company that, on the surface, appears to have been running out of g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    Highland Park Village Among Shopping Centers Suing DCAD

    You think you're mad about your tax appraisal? Well, apparently you're not quite as pissed off as 11 local shopping centers, who today filed suit in Dallas County District Court claiming that the the Dallas Central Appraisal District and Dallas Appraisal Review Board jacked up their respective tax a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2007

    Law Briefs

    In random legal news... We just received word that five women who were treated at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas for anorexia and bulimia filed a lawsuit today in state district court in which the woman -- each a patient in Presbyterian's Eating Disorder Program -- claim "the hospital and doctors ... More >>

  • News

    April 12, 2007

    Bully on the Bench

    When big-city lawyers appear in the courtroom of Judge Gene Knize, they better be prepared to duck and cover

  • News

    April 5, 2007

    Ground Meat

    Native-born and immigrant both get bled at Swift's beef plant

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    TXI: Guilty. Now, Hand Over $20 Million.

    Since there have been rumblings about mayoral candidate Sam Coats sitting on the board of Texas Industries, the infamous Midlothian cement-manufacturing plant that's been condemned by environmentalists for burning hazardous waste, we thought we'd let you know that today, TXI lost a court battle with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2007

    Former Cowboy Great Claims Union Sacking Old Pros' Licensing Fees

    Herb Adderley, a former Cowboys great, is suing the players' union for licensing fees. Herb Adderley's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Green Bay Packer; appropriate, as he was the Packers' first-round draft pick in 1961. But he ended his career as a Dallas Cowboy, playing cornerback for Tom La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2006

    City to Club Blue: No, You Pay Up

    See ya at Club Blue Sunday night, right, mayor? On Friday, the city of Dallas finally responded to the federal lawsuit filed in October by the owners of Club Blue, who accuse the city of violating "rights, privileges and immunities secured to it by the Constition of the United States." As expected, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2006

    Something Stinks. And, No, It's Not This Cigarette.

    In the September 4 issue of Forbes is the story of Harry Kananian of Ohio, who died on June 24, 2000, of mesothelioma--"a cancer almost certainly caused by asbestos." Precisely how he got the disease is question that will never be answered. Asks writer Daniel Fisher: "Was it as a teenager working i ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Pubic Enemies

    The problems of pointing a laser where the sun don't shine

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2006

    Apparently, Plano ISD Doesn't Like God

    As of about one hour ago, the Plano Independent School District is involved in two lawsuits claiming the district is violating its students' religious freedom. Well known is the case Morgan, et al. v. Plano Independent School District, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Sherman in 2004 after ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    The Broke Leading the Broke

    Plus: Back to China

  • News

    August 4, 2005

    If You Can't Argue the Facts...

    Plus: Every Picture Tells a Story

  • News

    March 7, 2002

    Where the Boys Are

    It's a man's world at Plano-based Rent-A-Center, a lawsuit alleges

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Bottle Rockets Downtown

    A lawsuit complaining about election fraud could bust things wide open

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Bugs in the Tubs

    Texas consumers take on the whirlpool business--and that mysterious black crud shooting out of their bathtub jets

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    You Say Commie, I Say Nazi

    Dallas judges really go for that government authority thing

  • News

    March 9, 2000

    Bench press

    A pack of well-heeled lawyers calls for the head of mercurial Dallas Judge John Marshall

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    Impossible dreamer

    Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Black, white, and blue

    Dallas' African-American cops say they are being unfairly disciplined by a racist department. The numbers suggest they're right.

  • News

    January 7, 1999

    Look back in confusion

    Buzz remembers the year that might have been and proves that not only the winners write the history

  • News

    November 6, 1997

    Hypocritic oath

    Minutes of a power brokers' meeting show that Fort Worth is guilty of what it accuses Dallas of doing--breaking an agreement over D/FW airport

  • News

    June 26, 1997

    End run

    Did DISD attorney Dennis Eichelbaum try to cut a personal deal at taxpayer expense?

  • News

    November 14, 1996

    The Ice Man

    Diamond broker Bryan Wilson Taylor is so smooth, people say he can charm the horns off a billy goat. If he tries to sell you anything, run.

  • News

    April 25, 1996

    Rent check

    Christina Swann wins federal case

  • News

    September 14, 1995

    Attack of the Killer Gadflies (Part II)

    You don't take Rick Finlan and Don Venable seriously? That could be a mistake you live to regret.

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