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Texas Federal Judge Denies Remand In Reimbursement Dispute
Posted on 2 Jul 2012 by Mealeys

DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on June 27 denied a motion to remand a reimbursement dispute between health care providers and insurance companies, saying that federal law completely preempted one of the claims ( Paragon Office Services, et al. v. Aetna... Read More

Texas Federal Judge: Posting Class Notice Does Not Violate 1st Amendment
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by Mealeys

HOUSTON - A Texas federal judge on May 30 conditionally certified a class of Mexican restaurant workers who allege that they were not paid minimum or overtime wages, finding that requiring the employer to post a notice of the suit does not constitute... Read More

Bankruptcy Judge Rules Vitro Entities Liable, Can Be Forced Into Bankruptcy
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 by Mealeys

DALLAS - A federal bankruptcy judge in Texas on Dec. 4 ruled that 10 affiliates of bankrupt Mexican glassmaker Vitro Asset Corp. could be forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy involuntarily because all affiliates of the company are jointly and severally liable... Read More

Federal Judge Allows Bad Faith Claim To Proceed In Hurricane Ike Coverage Dispute
Posted on 8 May 2012 by Mealeys

HOUSTON - A Texas federal judge on May 7 found that insureds have sufficiently pleaded a claim for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing against their homeowners insurer, allowing the bad faith claim, as well as two claims under the Texas... Read More

Federal Circuit Reverses Claim Construction, Infringement Judgment
Posted on 8 Apr 2013 by Mealeys

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Texas federal judge"s determination that Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corp. (Cordis, collectively) infringed various claims of a coronary stent patent was erroneous, according to an April 4 ruling by the Federal Circuit U... Read More

Judge Rules In Favor Of Insurers In Coverage Dispute Over Hurricane Ike Damage
Posted on 26 Mar 2013 by Mealeys

HOUSTON - A Texas federal judge on March 25 found in favor of a primary insurer and an excess insurer in an insured's breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit arising from property damage caused by Hurricane Ike (S.R. Residence LLC v. Lexington Insurance... Read More

Issue On Insurance Policy Exclusion Is A Question For A Jury, Magistrate Finds
Posted on 4 Feb 2013 by Mealeys

SHERMAN, Texas - Whether an insurance policy excludes coverage for water damage and foundation problems is a question for a jury, a Texas federal magistrate said Jan. 31, recommending that summary judgment be denied to an insurer on breach of contract... Read More

Texas Supreme Court: Woman's Construction Defect Claims Are Time-Barred
Posted on 2 Apr 2013 by Mealeys

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on March 29 ruled that a homeowner should take nothing for damage allegedly caused by faulty construction work performed on the foundation of her home, agreeing with a Court of Appeals panel that her claims are... Read More

5th Circuit Affirms Bank's Summary Judgment Award In Foreclosure Action
Posted on 30 Jul 2012 by Mealeys

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on July 27 affirmed an award of summary judgment to U.S. Bank N.A. in a Texas woman's foreclosure action after finding that a federal judge did not err in ruling that there were no irregularities... Read More

Judge Rejects Government's Request To Empanel Jury To Determine CITGO's Fines
Posted on 8 Nov 2012 by Mealeys

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A federal judge in Texas on Nov. 6 rejected the U.S. government's request to empanel a jury to determine if CITGO Petroleum Corp. should face up to $1.1 billion in civil penalties as a result of being convicted on two criminal... Read More

Judge Trims Federal Securities Claims In BP Oil Spill Shareholder MDL
Posted on 8 Feb 2013 by Mealeys

HOUSTON - A federal judge in Texas on Feb. 6 granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss filed by BP PLC and certain of its subsidiaries and former executive officers, ruling that although shareholders have failed to plead scienter against... Read More

Texas Supreme Court Overturns Court Of Appeals On Medical Malpractice Issue
Posted on 3 Dec 2012 by Mealeys

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on Nov. 30 reversed a Court of Appeals decision in a medical malpractice action involving an injury suffered during a chiropractic procedure, ruling that a health care provider can be liable for failing to disclose... Read More

Texas Federal Judge Allows Amendment To Add Defendant In Reimbursement Suit
Posted on 6 May 2013 by Mealeys

DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on May 2 granted health care providers' motion to amend their complaint against insurance companies in a reimbursement dispute, saying that defendant the plaintiffs sought to add was a necessary party to the action ... Read More

Texas Appeals Court Reverses $10M Judgment Against Houston Fen-Phen Attorney
Posted on 1 Mar 2013 by Mealeys

HOUSTON - A Texas state appeals court panel on Feb. 28 reversed a $10 million judgment against a fen-phen attorney after finding that an expert for former clients was improperly allowed to testify that the attorney violated the state's rules of professional... Read More

Texas House Committee Passes Asbestos Medical Report Dismissal Legislation
Posted on 19 Apr 2013 by Mealeys

DALLAS - The full Texas House of Representatives will consider legislation seeking dismissal of asbestos claims with inadequate medical reports; the bill unanimously passed the state's House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence April 19... Read More

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