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    August 8, 2013

    Craig Watkins' Reputation Tattered by Judge's Damning Ruling in Hill Case

    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 >>

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    May 22, 2013

    SMU Student Donald Cuba Found Not Guilty of Rape

    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 >>

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    September 18, 2012

    An Enraged, Drunken Golfer Nearly Killed a Guy Who Tried to Play Through, Lawsuit Claims

    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 >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Victims' Families Sue Crime-Scene Cleanup Company and Crew

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Strippers Have Rights. But Do They Want Them?

    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.

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    August 25, 2011

    Price Rally Lesson: Time for Plan B

    The Lord doesn't always watch over fools.

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    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

    May 7, 2010

    City Isn't Scared Of Those Lawsuits Filed Yesterday By Firefighters, Police Officers

    Patrick MichelsDallas City Attorney Tom Perkins​Yesterday, 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 >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Yelp Lawsuit Widens: From Washington to Chicago to L.A., Plaintiffs Charge Extortion

    ​ 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 >>

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    December 3, 2009
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    August 6, 2009

    On the Bob's Steak & Chop House Hotline, Bankruptcy and Criminal Cases Collide

    ​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 >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy to Plead Guilty to Stealing Coke So He Could Deal Coke

    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 >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    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.

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    December 6, 2007

    American Toxic

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

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    November 29, 2007

    For Love, Aryan Brotherhood Killer Confesses

    The prison gang member and killer stands ready to clear his wife for his crimes

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    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 30, 2007

    Those DNA Lawsuits Just Keep on Coming

    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 >>

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    August 1, 2007

    DA Watkins: "Justice at Its Best"

    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 >>

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    July 19, 2007

    Almost Home-Free

    Emily Dowdy gets off the Oklahoma railroad

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    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 >>

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    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

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    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 >>

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    February 22, 2007
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    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 >>

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    February 15, 2007
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    December 21, 2006
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    December 20, 2006

    Does the DA's Office Have an Open-Door Policy? Pardon, Open-File Policy.

    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 >>

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    September 14, 2006


    A B-actress, computer mayhem and families feudin'! Making a movie with your rich friends is just courting disaster.

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    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

    March 11, 2004

    The Icebox Revisited

    Houston had one of its most shocking race murders 45 years ago. But exactly whose tragedy was it?

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    March 7, 2002

    Where the Boys Are

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

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    July 26, 2001

    Bottle Rockets Downtown

    A lawsuit complaining about election fraud could bust things wide open

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    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

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    February 3, 2000

    Presumed guilty

    Odell Barnes awaits execution on March 1 -- despite new evidence that he didn't commit the crime

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    May 27, 1999

    Big-time payback

    After ignoring a 1979 ordinance guaranteeing pay parity among firefighters and police officers, Dallas may owe as much as $150 million

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    May 6, 1999

    The Cult of Darlie

    A cast of Fellini-esque characters claiming they possess new evidence keep the Routier murder case in the national spotlight

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    December 10, 1998
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    October 15, 1998

    The Race Not Run

    Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.

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    March 5, 1998

    Choosing sides

    The race for judge in Dallas' domestic-violence court raises questions of bias

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    January 15, 1998

    Crime and no punishment

    A legal loophole lets illegal immigrants get out of jail nearly free

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    October 3, 1996

    The haunting

    To the grief of his children and his wife's family, Walker Railey is resurrecting his story

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    August 8, 1996

    Honky-tonk from Hell

    Liquor and lawsuits keep flowing at the legendary Crystal Chandelier

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    July 4, 1996

    Playing Hardball

    The Feds pitch a shutout in the area's first 'three strikes' case

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    May 11, 1995

    Fit to be fried

    Idaho's potato king accuses a dead Dallas oilman and his sons of a multimillion-dollar scam

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    February 16, 1995

    Pickup Games

    How a giant lawsuit against General Motors could leave lawyers with millions - and Texas truck owners breathing fumes

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    November 24, 1994

    Crime Pays

    How the Feds let S&L swindler Clifford Sinclair get away with millions

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    November 17, 1994

    'Tell Mama Why You Cry' (Part II)

    Sam Krasniqi was acquitted of sexual abuse. So why won't the state let two children have their parents - or their religion?

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