$11M Verdict Follows Trampoline Park Accident
With 500 trampoline parks operating nationwide and more than a dozen in Texas, Charlie Gustin hopes a Houston jury’s award of $11.485 million to a teen who suffered a head injury will light up as a warning message for those park operators.
“These trampoline places have been growing at an exponential rate, and the number of injuries are astounding,” said Gustin with the Crosley Law Firm in Houston.
Gustin helped represent the teen and his parents, who were also plaintiffs in the litigation. The teen and his
Trial lawyers have no way of knowing on the day of trial who will show up on a jury panel—it could be the most famous person who lives in any given city. That happened to Martha Hardwick Hofmeister on Aug. 5, who was watching her law partners Brian Shaw and Brandon Starling defend a landlord-tenant dispute before Dallas 14th District Court Judge Eric Moyé. “I just went down to watch them pick a jury. And Brian Shaw said, ‘Guess who’s going to be on our panel? He’s the most
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously ruled that Texas’ voter ID law, passed in 2011, violates the Voting Rights Act because it is discriminatory. The Fifth Circuit panel also, however, in the same ruling, reversed a lower court and determined that the voter ID law did not impose a poll tax, as civil rights plaintiffs had alleged.
Known as SB-14, the voter ID law required voters to show a government-issued photo ID at polling places before casting their ballots.
The Fifth Circuit panel also
Wenatchee-based Bitcoin ASIC mining and hosting company HashingSpace Corporation (OTCQB: HSHS) has announced that it has secured the services of Marco Santori, a legal expert on Bitcoin and blockchain.
Mr. Santori is a renowned name in the law of Bitcoin, digital currencies, and emerging payments. He lends his services to exchanges, payment processors, institutional miners and other companies making innovative applications of the virtual currency technology, including “Bitcoin 2.0.” He is also the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Timothy Roberts, CEO of HashingSpace said:
“I quickly realized we needed the
Gay Marriage Backers Win Supreme Court Victory
WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.
The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with
Angela Morris, Texas Lawyer
In a 5-3 ruling with four opinions, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the attorney general can’t intervene in the case of a lesbian couple who divorced years ago, meaning that the women will remain divorcees.
The state argued that same-sex divorce violates the state’s same-sex marriage ban, which defines marriage as between a man and woman. One of the ex-partners, Angelique Naylor, countered that the ban was unconstitutional and argued that procedurally, the state could not intervene in a person’s divorce case. The justices discussed intervention and
Angela Morris, Texas Lawyer
Judge Roy Ferguson
Here’s the secret for lawyers to win all of their cases: Don’t take losers.
That’s the first nugget of advice from a state district judge who shared a top 10 list for lawyers to win their cases during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on June 18.
“It sounds like a joke, but it is actually true,” said Judge Roy Ferguson of Alpine. “What you want is a client with realistic and reasonable expectations. What you don’t want is a client who comes to you and
Open carry law sweeping across Texas
Step in the right direction
Buck Steinke, local owner of Lone Star Shooting Supply, said the open carry law recently signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, is a step in the right direction but believes his Second Amendment right should not require a permit.
By Cathy Mounce
There’s a new law in the state allowing licensed open carry of holstered modern handguns in Texas under House Bill 910, approved by Governor Abbott Saturday.
The bill reverses a ban dating to the post-Civil War era. Texas’ ban on open
Texas abortion sonogram law not affected by SCOTUS ruling
Justices decide not to review appeal of similar N.C. law that was ruled unconstitutional by lower court
By Brian M. Rosenthal
June 15, 2015 Updated: June 15, 2015 8:22pm
AUSTIN – A controversial law requiring Texas women to undergo ultrasounds before getting abortion does not appear to be in any immediate legal trouble, even after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday effectively ended any hope for a similar law in North Carolina.
The high court decided not to review a federal appeals court ruling that found the North