The Dallas City Council's decision last week to repeal its anti-protest ordinance -- the one that has irked both the far left and far right, from the peaceniks railing against the Bush Presidential Library to the Obama-hating patriots -- was a tacit admission that banning people from protesting next ... More >>
It started out as a case that wasn't very dramatic or high-profile. Latoya Scott, a 26-year-old woman, was arrested by the Irving Police Department for an alleged fight at a mall. Prosecutors said Scott hit and scratched a woman she was dating. She was charged with family violence assault, a felony. ... More >>
Most people have no idea what getting convicted of a crime really would do to them. Really. Not like on TV. As a reporter you catch glimpses. The real damage does not have to do with cops or courthouses. It's not even prison. It's the kid in the window. A man I know told me once about a moment of e ... More >>
A Dallas County jury has found Donald Cuba not guilty of rape, The Dallas Morning News' Melissa Repko is reporting. Cuba, a 20-year-old junior, was accused of raping a fellow student in a dorm room early on the morning of February 10, 2012. As we wrote this morning, the trial has offered a few glim ... More >>
On February 3, Clay Carpenter and two golfing buddies went to hit around at The Golf Club at the Resort in Fort Worth. They made it through the front nine okay, but ran into a group of four golfers on number 12. Carpenter's group was fine with waiting behind the foursome, but they were soon approac ... More >>
Aftermath Inc. refers to itself as a "biohazard restoration company", more commonly known as crime-scene cleanup: The company's employees go in after murders, suicides, injuries, hoarding cases and other seriously unpleasant situations. But now three of their Texas employees are being sued in Dallas ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
In courthouses across the country, lawyers are fighting for strippers' rights -- and winning. But dancers are worried the lawsuits will cut into their cash flow.
The Lord doesn't always watch over fools.
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 >>
Patrick MichelsDallas City Attorney Tom PerkinsYesterday, you'll recall, those firefighters, police officers and assorted other first responders filed four amended lawsuits related to the 1979 referendum that gave 'em all pay raises (for how long's the billion-dollar question). We're still waitin ... More >>
Nine companies have joined the proposed class action lawsuit against Yelp, the San Francisco-based Internet giant, attorneys in Miami and California announced this morning. The new plaintiffs are located everywhere from Tujunga, California, to Washington, D.C. They include businesses rangi ... More >>
A couple of weeks back, we mentioned that the U.S. Trustee handling Bob's Steak & Chop House's Chapter 11 reorganization wanted Judge Harlin D. Hale to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee to replace owner Bob Sambol. Because, see, as far as Willliam Neary's concerned, Sambol -- operating here as Sil ... More >>
Back in January, we told you the sordid story of Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Standric Choice, who, with two other men, was arrested for plotting to steal cocaine so they could deal cocaine -- how HBO. Two months and one confidential informant later, the 36-year-old former law enforcement officer ... More >>
Texas leading workers comp insurer says we dont need courts and juries watching over them. Yeah, right.
The railroad tie plant that gave birth to tiny Somerville may now be killing the town, residents claim
The prison gang member and killer stands ready to clear his wife for his crimes
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 >>
As of today, Greg Wallis is suing everyone he believes responsible for his wrongful imprisonment. For the second time in two weeks, a Dallas County man exonerated with DNA evidence has filed a federal civil rights and malicious prosecution lawsuit. And this one has a couple of twists. Greg Wallis, ... More >>
Craig Watkins sure is putting the "DA" in "DNA." This week's Observer cover story on DNA exonerations will be available shortly, but recent news about the case of Clay Chabot proves that these revelations of dubious convictions are just going to keep on coming. And, as District Attorney Craig Watkin ... More >>
Emily Dowdy gets off the Oklahoma railroad
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 >>
When big-city lawyers appear in the courtroom of Judge Gene Knize, they better be prepared to duck and cover
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 >>
Friend of Unfair Park Scott Henson, who runs the terrific legal-issues blog Grits for Breakfast, has a suggestion for Dallas County District Attorney-elect Craig Watkins: "The new Democratic DA should announce an 'open file' policy similar to the one" in place in Tarrant County. The Austin-based Hen ... More >>
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 >>
Houston had one of its most shocking race murders 45 years ago. But exactly whose tragedy was it?
It's a man's world at Plano-based Rent-A-Center, a lawsuit alleges
A lawsuit complaining about election fraud could bust things wide open
Texas consumers take on the whirlpool business--and that mysterious black crud shooting out of their bathtub jets
Odell Barnes awaits execution on March 1 -- despite new evidence that he didn't commit the crime
After ignoring a 1979 ordinance guaranteeing pay parity among firefighters and police officers, Dallas may owe as much as $150 million
A cast of Fellini-esque characters claiming they possess new evidence keep the Routier murder case in the national spotlight
Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.
The race for judge in Dallas' domestic-violence court raises questions of bias
A legal loophole lets illegal immigrants get out of jail nearly free
To the grief of his children and his wife's family, Walker Railey is resurrecting his story
Liquor and lawsuits keep flowing at the legendary Crystal Chandelier
The Feds pitch a shutout in the area's first 'three strikes' case
Idaho's potato king accuses a dead Dallas oilman and his sons of a multimillion-dollar scam
How a giant lawsuit against General Motors could leave lawyers with millions - and Texas truck owners breathing fumes
How the Feds let S&L swindler Clifford Sinclair get away with millions
Sam Krasniqi was acquitted of sexual abuse. So why won't the state let two children have their parents - or their religion?