Employment Litigation and Tips for Preventing Disputes

June 3, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Employment litigation continues to explode in Texas, as the petrochemical industry struggles with cheap oil and the resulting need to scale back work forces. Employment lawsuits may be brought for alleged violations of working conditions, overtime payment laws, company policies or other state or federal employee protection statutes. More specifically, employment disputes are most often … Continue reading “Employment Litigation and Tips for Preventing Disputes”

Fighting Cyberbullying at the Courthouse-Lawsuit Stakes Increase for Parents

May 14, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Cyberbullying has been an epidemic for years.  But like so many computer-age crimes, the law has been slow to catch up with the problem.  Criminals who use computers to destroy the lives of young people often escape criminal and civil liability due to victims’ fears of speaking out, police inaction, and myths such as “we … Continue reading “Fighting Cyberbullying at the Courthouse-Lawsuit Stakes Increase for Parents”

Guarding Against Company Liability for Employees’ Wrongful Acts

April 18, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Imagine these situations: Your company’s IT manager uses a company laptop to hack into a competitor’s network, access its secret customer list, and download a copy to the company’s system. Your company’s driver finishes her delivery. While returning to your warehouse she goes to the grocery store to pick up a birthday cake for an … Continue reading “Guarding Against Company Liability for Employees’ Wrongful Acts”

Data Breach Lawsuit Hits Highest Level of the Aerospace Industry

April 6, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

A newly filed lawsuit proves that even the most technologically sophisticated businesses and governmental entities are not immune from a costly data breach.   Space Systems Loral (SSL) has sued Orbital ATK in federal court in Virginia, claiming that an Orbital employee improperly accessed and viewed SSL’s confidential satellite technology information. SSL claims that NASA awarded … Continue reading “Data Breach Lawsuit Hits Highest Level of the Aerospace Industry”

Pasadena Refinery Sued for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

March 6, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

The Sierra Club and Environment Texas have filed a citizen enforcement lawsuit against Pasadena Refining System, Inc., claiming violations of the Clean Air Act.  The suit, filed in March in federal court in Houston, claims that PRSI has repeatedly violated the permits issued it by the Texas Commission on Environment Quality, which govern the emission … Continue reading “Pasadena Refinery Sued for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations”

How to Protect Your Trade Secrets

February 6, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

We’ve discussed in previous posts what to do when you think your company’s trade secret has been stolen, so it’s only logical to address how to keep trade secrets safe in the first place. Texas has joined 46 other states in adopting the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), which is designed to eliminate much of … Continue reading “How to Protect Your Trade Secrets”

NASA Sued for Alleged Discrimination

January 3, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Lealem Mulgeta has sued NASA, Administrator Charles Bolden and University Space Research Association.  Mr. Mulugeta’s suit alleges that he (an African male from Ethiopia) he was hired by USRA to work for NASA’s Digital Astronaut Project (“DAP”).  The suit claims numerous example of alleged discrimination against Mulugeta beginning in April 2009.  According to the Complaint, … Continue reading “NASA Sued for Alleged Discrimination”

Massive Hip Implant Verdict Proves Product Liability Suits Are Alive and Well

December 5, 2016  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Six hip implant patients were awarded over one billion (with a “B”) dollars by a Dallas jury last week.  The jurors found that Pinnacle hip implants, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Depuy Orthopaedics were defectively designed, and that the company failed to effectively warn the patients of the risks of the devices. Pinnacle hip … Continue reading “Massive Hip Implant Verdict Proves Product Liability Suits Are Alive and Well”

Overtime Lawsuits Against Texas Businesses Continue to Explode

October 20, 2016  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Lawsuits against Texas businesses for failure to properly pay overtime compensation continue to explode. These can be devastating for a company as they typically involve multiple employees. If the company has broken the law it can be held responsible for unpaid OT payments, penalties, attorneys’ fees (its own and the employees’ attorneys) and court costs. … Continue reading “Overtime Lawsuits Against Texas Businesses Continue to Explode”

How Your Business Can Avoid Being a Cyber-Victim

September 30, 2016  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Our firm is being called upon more and more to handle lawsuits arising from hacking, phishing and other forms of cyber-piracy. No business is immune, as Yahoo learned the hard way. But your company does not have to make it itself an easy target. Last week I attended a talk given by a cyber-crimes expert … Continue reading “How Your Business Can Avoid Being a Cyber-Victim”

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