Month: November 2017

Special Appearances: Unique rules and procedures affecting personal jurisdiction in Texas

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“Special appearance” is Texas’ unique name for a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Made on a “sworn motion”, a special appearance must be filed before any other pleading or motion filed by an out-of-state defendant. If specific rules and procedures are not properly followed, unwary defendants may discover they’ve unwittingly waived important …

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Burn Injury Lawsuits

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Burn injuries can be catastrophic with severe emotional and psychological impact on both the victims and love ones. Burn injury treatment is extremely painful. When the wounds have healed, scarring can be so severe as to cause loss of mobility and disfigurement can be so extensive that victims withdraw from society and even their closest …

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Court of Appeals Overturns $663 Million Federal False Claims Act Jury Verdict

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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Trinity Industries and overturned a $663 million federal False Claims Act jury verdict from 2014.  As argued by Ethan Shaw at the trial of the case, the appeals court concluded there was no fraud committed on the government by Trinity since the government continuously approved and reimbursed …

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