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  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The 5th Circuit Gave Every Woman in Texas the Middle Finger Thursday Night

    Thursday night, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay that allows Texas to fully enforce House Bill 2 -- the anti-abortion measure passed by the state in 2013. As of this morning, there are eight healthcare facilities in the state that can legally provide abortion, one for every 675,0 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    The U.S. Supreme Court Upheld a Key Part of Texas' Abortion Law, but Not without Rancor

    When the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and more than a dozen health care providers took Attorney General Greg Abbott to court in September to challenge Texas' new anti-abortion law, they weren't trying to tackle the entire law. Instead, they narrowed in on a few key provisions that were supposed to take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Judge Blocks Texas' New Voter Registration Laws, Calls Registration Drives "Vital"

    A U.S. District Court judge in Galveston yesterday blocked five parts of Texas' new voter registration laws, all of which were aimed at curtailing large voter registration drives. Voting for America and Project Vote, two affiliated national projects that hire canvassers to register new voters, had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Frisco's Only Black Coach Says He Was Fired For Complaining of Racial Hostility

    Frisco High School's only black coach says he was fired earlier this year for complaining of racial discrimination. Former Frisco world history teacher and basketball coach Alvin Jackson claims in a May 22 lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that school and district administrators began retaliatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Dallas Man Helps Nordstrom's Famous Return Policy Finally Reach Its Breaking Point

    As the always fashionable friends of Unfair Park are surely aware, Nordstrom stands firmly on a reputation as the fairy godmother of customer satisfaction. If you've had a dress for a while and it no longer fits, they'll likely accept the return. If you used lipstick and decided you don't like the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    One Irving Man's Art of Pleading Guilty to Defrauding the I.R.S. Out of $400,000

    This Chucho Reyes piece is available right here, right now, for $765.​Mexican folk artist Jesús "Chucho" Reyes Ferreira died in 1979, leaving behind an estimable collection of works -- some of which, over the years, have turned up at auction at places like Sotheby's and New York's Swann Gallerie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Attorneys Wrestle to Take Lead on Those Class Actions Over Super Bowl Seats That Weren't

    Photo by Harry Wilonsky​A Friend of Unfair Park asks if there's any news about those federal lawsuits filed following those copious Super Bowl ticket snafus. As a matter of fact, at this very moment, U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Lynn is considering two things -- whether to consolidate the two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Former Waitresses Detail 'Sexually Hostile' Workplace Behind the Scenes at Randy White's Hall of Fame Barbecue

    Editor's note: Skip to the jump to see an update to this post.A pair of former waitresses at Randy White's Hall of Fame Barbecue detail their months spent in the "sexually hostile work environment" of the local chain's Mesquite location in a suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Dallas. In th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Dallas Attorneys Take on Apple, App-Makers in California Federal Court Over Privacy Issues

    Flickr user: Sigalakos​Today's Washington Post offers this heads-up: Last week in U.S. District Court in California, Greenville Avenue-based personal-injury attorney Majed Nachawati and West End-dwelling personal-injury attorney Jeremy Wilson filed a class-action suit in which three locals, among ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Female Officer Files Federal Suit Alleging Sexual Harassment, Retaliation At Dallas PD

    ​In a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court against the city of Dallas, an 18-year employee of the Dallas Police Department alleges that she's been sexually harassed by a sergeant, ignored by the chain of command and retaliated against by fellow officers for filing complaints. Casandra Jo ... More >>

  • News

    September 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Porsches, Drugs and Money: A Look Into ICE Investigation of Drug-Running Used Car Lot

    ​U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Dallas County constables had been watching Star Auto Sales, a North Dallas used car dealer, for nearly 10 months before they made their move on February 18; bearing a search warrant, officers from both agencies flipped through the dealership's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    As Roky Erickson Preps Brand-New Album, a Federal Lawsuit Over His First Solo Record

    ​As Pete mentioned a few weeks back, Roky Erickson's got a brand-new album forthcoming -- True Love Cast Out All Evil, due in April and featuring as his backing band Okkervil River. Hard to keep track of Roky's comebacks at this late date, but this one appears ready to stick -- thank God. And yet, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    What Does Judge's Ruling Against Corps in New Orleans Mean For the Trinity Project?

    ​I am still trying to absorb the 189-page ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood J. Duval yesterday in the Corps of Engineers Katrina lawsuit in New Orleans, but an early read of it produces this clear and overwhelming impression: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just took one big and bad as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    In Federal Court, a Former Dallas ISD Principal Fights For Her Old Job, Salary

    While on PACER this morning, I came across a lawsuit against the Dallas Independent School District about which not one word has been written: 55-year-old Lilia Gutierrez, a former principal at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, is suing the district, claiming, among other things, that she was w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Use Your Illusory: Dallas Federal Judge Allows Privacy Suit Against Blockbuster to Proceed

    Flickr photo: sunsideAs if Blockbuster needed any more problems, now comes news that U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Lynn of the Northern District of Texas is allowing a Dallas woman to continue her lawsuit against the Elm Street-based video-rental company. The case stems from Cathryn Elaine Harri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    In Dallas District Court, that Preston Hollow Elementary Lawsuit You Forgot All About

    Illustration by Brian StaufferWith little fanfare and hardly any spectators, the trial in the case of Graciela McKay vs. DISD wraps up this week in U.S. District Court, with a verdict expected as early as tomorrow. McKay is the Preston Hollow teacher who filed a federal lawsuit against the district ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Don't Forget, the DISD Still Has a Preston Hollow Lawsuit to Deal With

    Illustration by Brian Stauffer The Dallas Independent School District has plenty of other things to worry about, especially today, as the district begins laying off 450 teachers to make up for its $84 million budget shortfall this school year. (And for those who may have missed it, DISD Superinten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Lawsuit Alleges SMU Women's Basketballers Told They Weren't Doing Their Personal Best

    Jennifer Colli Jennifer Colli's mighty impressive bio is still up on the SMU women's basketball page, but the 5-foot-10 guard from Flower Mound is no longer on the team -- which is why she has sued the school in U.S. District Court in Dallas. She claims the school illegally yanked her scholarship no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Yet Another Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Former "Father Nick"

    In February 2007, Rev. Nicholas Katinas -- described by The Dallas Morning News as "the longtime, beloved pastor of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in North Dallas" -- was suspended from the church because of allegations he'd sexually abused minors. At 1:30 today, one of those allegations will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2008

    DISD's Whistleblower Alleges District Retaliation in Federal Lawsuit

    If the name Becky Beck rings a bell, it's because she was the whistleblower who, two years ago, notified the feds that a $316,000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant intended to go toward HIV prevention education efforts was being used by the district on everything but HIV prevention ed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Sued and Expelled: The Battle Over the Battle Over Evolution

    One of the first rules of the movie business is: Make sure you aren't, ah, borrowing someone else's work in order to finish yours. It's called a "rights clearance," and, yup, it's frustrating and financially debilitating, but it's also a necessary evil -- no matter how many times you claim "fair use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    Indefinite Detention? That'll Set Those Damned Kids Straight.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement What this photo of the T. Don Hutto detention center doesn't adequately communicate is the smell of urine and fear. This month brings some interesting and troubling tidbits on our favorite immigrant detention center, the T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    The Best T.O.-Jerry Jones Conspiracy Theory You've Ever Heard, Read or Thought About Ever

    Awesome ultra-exclusive lawsuit alert, by which I mean, here's the nuttiest handwritten single-page complaint filed in federal court you're likely to read in the next 18 minutes. On Christmas Eve, the apparently infamous Jonathan Lee Riches© -- well, that's how he "spells" it -- filed suit against ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2007

    New Immigration Rules Could Empty Local Kitchens

    Tough rules leave restaurants looking for cooks with green cards

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2007

    Bodily Waste Not, Bodily Want Not

    If you have a few minutes to kill this morning, here's our pick for Federal Lawsuit Filing of the Week. On Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Texarkana, William T. Mason filed a complaint against the City of Dallas, claiming that on September 22, 2005, he was extremely hassled by security guards at t ... 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

    December 8, 2006

    A Teacher Sues DISD, Claiming It Manufactured Evidence, Scared Him Into Quitting and Landed Him in Jail. For Starters.

    Whilst browsing through some federal court documents this morning, we stumbled across a case filed on Wednesday: Miguel Arango v. Dallas Independent School District et al. Certainly, any cases involving the DISD intrigue us, even one as seemingly routine as a wrongful termination suit -- the kind fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    Not MADI Anymore

    The ugly lawsuit between the owner and creator of the MADI Museum in Uptown has been settled. I know, you can breathe now. Seemed like every day, or every hour, in May we were running items about the federal lawsuit involving artist Volf Roitman and the MADI Museum. Maybe you remember it: Roitman's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2006

    Not Enough Flair, Looks Like

    This is what it might have looked like when Sabrina Balentine was fired from Razzoo's. Might. Dunno for sure. Hard to say. Yesterday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, on behalf of Sabrina Balentine, who was fired fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2006

    Hey, It's Not My Default!

    Yesterday, we reported that Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.--ya know, the embattled company with the red-light camera contract with the city and the duel federal investigations into its issuing of stock options--was suing its bank in federal court here. ACS isn't really angry with Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Whose Default Is It, Anyway?

    Almost two weeks ago, Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. got the contract with the city of Dallas to provide some red-light cameras; the deal's worth $13.29 million bucks over five years. On the same day the announcement was made, ACS also announced it would not be able to file on time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2006

    Statute Stomp

    A front page story in the Wall Street Journal this morning explored how Prohibition-era state and local regulations-- originally constructed to keep single brokers from controlling the booze trade much as mobsters did during Prohibition—are crumbing under the force of court challenges on const ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2006
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    August 15, 2006

    The World Accordion to Buchmeyer

    Last year in the paper version of Unfair Park, we ran a piece about the nuttiest dispute--over the control of the local accordion market. No, seriously. Accordion teacher and performer Natasha Geddie accused Texas Accordion Association (and, later, National Accordion Association) founder Norman Seat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2006

    Stalking the Kornman

    Hate to say it, but till this morning, I had never heard of Gary M. Kornman, a Dallas attorney awaiting trial in federal court here after pleading not guilty to criminal charges of securities fraud and lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission. There are also others waiting in line behind the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2006

    Getting MADI, Not Even

    Yesterday, we posted an item about the federal lawsuit pitting artist Volf Roitman against Kilgore Law Center Investment Group over the fate of the MADI Museum. In summary: The law firm is selling its building on Carlisle Street, advertising it as "vacant land" suitable for "multifamily" development ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2006

    Waste Not, Want Not

    In March we reported that the city was being investigated by the Department of Justice for violating the Clean Water Act by illegally dumping pollution into the city's stormwater system. Today, the DOJ and Environmental Protection Agency delivered their punishment: Dallas will be spending more than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2006
  • News

    March 30, 2006


    Wading in the city's dirty water

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2006

    In the Matter of Kirk v. Klingon

    If I had the time or the interest--or a car I thought could withstand a drive further than 12.8 miles--I might head out to Marshall on Wednesday for what oughta prove an interesting trial that just might have an enormous impact on the satellite and cable TV business. At long last, TiVo v. EchoStar, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2006

    Maybe PISD Does Love God After All. Or Maybe It Hates Lawsuits.

    Seems the Plano Independent School District was pretty surprised about Liberty Legal Institute's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sherman on Monday, that claims the district is engaging in religious discrimination regarding its treatment of a Christian organization called Students Witnessing ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2004

    Cupid's Quiver

    A gift from Texas Ballet Theater

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz

  • Music

    September 6, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    A few more area musicians make appearances on the Cartoon Network

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Take a nap

    Maximum Records lines up to lead the fight to keep Napster alive. Oh yeah, and to promote its bands too.

  • Dining

    August 26, 1999

    Hash Over

    Order in the cork

  • News

    June 27, 1996
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    April 6, 1995

    Feds win case against Cabaret Royale

    Decision could cost upscale topless club millions

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