Dallas Jury Verdict Highlights Dangers of Posting False Online Reviews

August 12, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Small businesses are not immune from negative/false online reviews. Thankfully, however, jurors are becoming more and more protective of the rights and reputations of small businesses, and are showing a willingness to award large damages when reputations are damaged online. A very recent example is the million-dollar plus jury verdict from Dallas County, Texas. The case … Continue reading “Dallas Jury Verdict Highlights Dangers of Posting False Online Reviews”

Houston Court of Appeals Extends Employer Defenses to Employees Injury Suits

July 23, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Our firm frequently defends companies sued by employees for injuries sustained on the job.  We find that not many areas of personal injury law cause as much confusion as this one. Texas companies that don’t carry workers compensation insurance can be freely sued by employees alleging that an employer’s negligence caused an on the job … Continue reading “Houston Court of Appeals Extends Employer Defenses to Employees Injury Suits”

SpaceX Wins Big in Wrongful Termination Trial

July 7, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

SpaceX is the frequent target of highly publicized lawsuits. The company’s wins are less frequently reported. But it scored a big one last month in Los Angeles, when a jury rejected an ex-employee’s six million dollar wrongful termination claim. The employee alleged that the company fired him in retaliation for reporting to his bosses that … Continue reading “SpaceX Wins Big in Wrongful Termination Trial”

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”

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