First Suit Filed Against Southwest Airlines for Exploding Engine Incident

May 7, 2018  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Nine days after the terrifying Southwest Flight 1380 depressurization drama, the first lawsuit was filed against the airline. Also named as defendants are GE Aviation, LLC, Safran Aircraft Engines and CFM International, who are alleged to be the designers/manufacturers/sellers of the CFM56-7B engine that suffered a catastrophic failure during the flight. Plaintiff Lilia Chavez was … Continue reading “First Suit Filed Against Southwest Airlines for Exploding Engine Incident”

Sex, Lies and Non-Disclosure Agreements/The Stormy Daniels Litigation

April 22, 2018  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

On October 28, 2016 a company called Essential Consultants, LLC, “David Denison”(DD) and “Peggy Peterson” (PP) entered into a Confidential Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release, Assignment of Copyright and Non-Disparagement Agreement. I’ve quoted the names because neither is an actual person. The first paragraph of the agreement states that both names are pseudonyms. As we … Continue reading “Sex, Lies and Non-Disclosure Agreements/The Stormy Daniels Litigation”

Russian Oligarch Backs Lawsuit Against Icarus Star

March 5, 2018  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Icarus just won a well deserved Oscar for best documentary of 2017.   In it, a weekend warrior bicyclist begins making a documentary about his efforts to enhance his race performance using Tour de France-style performance enhancing drug protocols. He seeks out Grigory Rodchenkov, who helped develop and distribute banned performance enhancing substances for thousands of Russian Olympians from 2005 to 2015.  Grigory agrees to … Continue reading “Russian Oligarch Backs Lawsuit Against Icarus Star”

Bay Area Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Comparison

February 12, 2018  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Texas tort reform legislation has seriously limited, but not eliminated, medical malpractice lawsuits. The Bay Area of the Houston/Galveston area is filled with well respected hospitals. To get an idea of medical malpractice trends, I went back and compared medical malpractice filings against several area hospitals in 2016 and 2017. The area’s oldest hospital is … Continue reading “Bay Area Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Comparison”

Brothers Face Off in Massive Galveston Lawsuit

January 7, 2018  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

The University of Texas has described the Galveston Moody family as “among the most distinguished Texas families”.  According the website of the school’s Moody College of Communication, the “Moodys established one of the most prosperous entrepreneurial and philanthropic legacies in the country”.  The family’s varied business interests generate great revenue, and now an equally massive family fight. … Continue reading “Brothers Face Off in Massive Galveston Lawsuit”

First Lawsuit Filed Over Las Vegas Massacre

November 7, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

21-year-old college student Paige Gasper is one of hundreds of concert goers shot in Stephen Paddock’s October 1st rampage, which took place at the Harvest Festival concert of Jason Aldean in Las Vegas. The attack led to 59 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Gasper has now filed the first civil lawsuit stemming from the attack. Paddock’s … Continue reading “First Lawsuit Filed Over Las Vegas Massacre”

Cruise Line Sued in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

October 19, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

Passenger cruise lines are the frequent target of lawsuits. They have deep pockets and the number of things that can go badly wrong on recreational cruises is almost unlimited. On just one cruise several years ago we personally witnessed a bad fall, a nasty case of rotovirus (my kid) and an absolutely wild late night … Continue reading “Cruise Line Sued in Wake of Hurricane Harvey”

Hurricane Harvey Lawsuits Begin

September 10, 2017  |  The Law Office of Phil Griffis

The legal implications from Hurricane Harvey are staggering. The rain had not yet stopped falling when the first suits were filed. Just a brief Google check reveals the following storm-related litigation, either already on file or in the works: • A suit filed by three Texas churches, challenging an apparent FEMA policy excluding houses of … Continue reading “Hurricane Harvey Lawsuits Begin”

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”

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