Highland Park Lacrosse Player Beat Up Chef After Being Kicked Out of Party, Suit Claims

A previous iteration of the Cornell University lacrosse squad

Dallas caterer and restaurateur Andrew Ormsby, who operates an eponymous catering company out of the Cityplace tower and is one of the people behind the Ku De Ta day resort, filed a lawsuit in Dallas County accusing Domenic Massimilian, a Cornell University lacrosse player, of assault.

Massimilian, who played high school lacrosse at Highland Park High School before heading to Salisbury, a Connecticut prep school, and then Cornell, attended an event held at Ku De Ta, which is part of a compound that includes Ormsby's home, on May 29. During the event, Ormsby says, the teenager both drank and smoked pot. Ormsby claims he kicked Massimilian out of the party, but the teenager returned, punched Ormsby and then stomped and kicked him after he fell to the ground.

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Parents Claim HEB School Officials Railroaded Special-Needs Kid So They Could Expel Him

Smartphones in schools have hidden dangers, like getting in trouble for photographing your buddy on the toilet.
From the sound of it, at least as his parents tell it, Charles and Kristie Cripps' son was a pretty normal kid. He had some behavioral issues, largely stemming from ADHD, like insulting his classmates' penis sizes and careening around his school in the manner typical of adolescent boys.

Because of these issues, the Cripps' son was provided special education services, including a service called "social skills training," intended to teach him the differences between acceptable and unacceptable social behaviors. But the training didn't take, the boy's parents say, and their son's behavior continued to deteriorate. Tensions grew between the boy's school, his special education advocate and his mother to the point that, according a federal lawsuit filed by the Cripps against the Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District, school officials conspired to catch him in behavior that would lead to a felony charge -- and allow his expulsion from the district.

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Dallas Lawyers Try a Mulish Approach in Defending Protest Law. Judge Cracks Whip.

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Occupy Dallas
Dallas Police Chief David Brown never gave a terribly convincing defense of an ordinance barring protesters from demonstrating near highways. He said it was intended to protect the safety of motorists who might be distracted by a sign-waving demonstrator, but as council member Philip Kingston highlighted as the City Council considered revising the ordinance, Brown produced not a shred of evidence to support his claim.

Several peace activists challenging the constitutionality of the law in court would also like to know the city's rationale for the law, both for the decades-old original ordinance and the updated version passed in January. If a government in America decides to abridge free speech, after all, the courts require there be a compelling reason. Vague allusions of public safety may satisfy two-thirds of the Dallas City Council, but hopefully not a federal judge.

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Katy Trail Ice House Outpost Sued for Allegedly Over-Serving Two Patrons, One of Whom Ended Up Dead

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Over the course of four hours, the Katy Trail Ice House Outpost in Plano served Benjamin Crosby and Joe Grams the equivalent of 43 alcoholic drinks, a lawsuit filed in Dallas district court on Thursday claims.

Robert and Cheryl Crosby, Benjamin Crosby's parents, say that the ice house did this even though the pair obviously was drunk.

Section 2.02 of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code says that an establishment serving alcohol can be held liable when it serves someone who is "obviously intoxicated to the
extent that he presented a clear danger to himself and others."

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The Companies Whose Fertilizer Blew Up West Say West Should Share in the Blame

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Francisco Antonio Ceron Garcia
Fifteen people were killed in the April 2013 West fertilizer plant explosion. A report by the state, and two fertilizer suppliers, say that could have been prevented.
In the year-plus since the West fertilizer plant explosion, the tragedy has made its way to where it was always destined: the courts. Around 200 plaintiffs, mostly people who had family members killed or property destroyed, have filed suits.

El Dorado Chemical Company and CF Industries are two fertilizer suppliers that have been hit with a barrage of lawsuits alleging their malfeasance, with victims arguing that the suppliers provided fertilizer chemicals that were unnecessarily dangerous. But the two companies are now fighting back.

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Uber and Lyft Are Being Sued in Texas for Discriminating against Disabled People

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The regulations the Dallas City Council might eventually maybe get around to putting on Uber, Lyft, and the like could include a provision requiring a certain portion of their fleets to be handicapped-accessible. But there are already laws in place requiring transportation providers to accommodate passengers with disabilities: the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and, on the state level, chapter 121 of the Texas Human Resources Code.

"Really, [Uber and Lyft] are similar to any other entity: You have to provide equivalent services to people with disabilities that you provide to people who don't, and you have to reasonably accommodate people with disabilities," says Wayne Krause Yang, legal director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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Alleged Phony FedEx Mastermind Responds to Company's Allegations

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Jacob B√łtter
Don't screw with FedEx. They'll get litigious.

Remember Brad Ward? He's the guy we told you about last month who FedEx says scammed more than $70,000 in free shipping from the company using a series of fraudulent shipping accounts. At the time, Ward told us he had no idea what FedEx was talking about. Thursday, Ward submitted his official reply in federal court.

See also: A Dallas Shipping Company Used an Elaborate Scam to Ship Everything Free with FedEx, Lawsuit Claims

In it, Ward admits several of the Memphis shipping behemoth's less significant accusations while strongly denying FedEx's primary contention, that he profited by shipping customers' FedEx packages through his Lone Star Shipping Co. without paying for them, something the company says he was able to do by charging the shipments to accounts tied to deceptive addresses and credit cards that would later be declined.

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Legal Saga Between T. Boone Pickens and Swift Boat Leader Takes Another Turn

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A million here, a million there and pretty soon you're talking about a college football stadium.

You don't get to be a billionaire -- or OK, now just a high multi-millionaire -- by letting people skate on debts. Our favorite local college football fan, YMCA patron and wind energy enthusiast is no exception.

Last summer, T. Boone Pickens sued William Franke, founder of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and former owner of the defunct St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper, for Franke's failure to pay back a $3.5 million loan. A judge ruled for Pickens in October.

Now, Pickens is suing Franke again in Dallas County district court, claiming that the defendant has conspired with his wife to hide assets.

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Former Denton Mayor Suing Dallas Over Tax Appraisal of His One Arts Plaza Condo

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Andreas Praefcke
One Arts Plaza

When last Unfair Park checked in on Mark Burroughs, the then sitting Denton mayor was holding hostage a piece of artwork belonging previous owner of his Arts District luxury condo, socialite Angela Barrett.

Barrett sued the Burroughs for the return of "Vertigo," a Teresita Fernandez sculpture. Earlier this month a mediator informed Judge Carlos Cortez that settlement negotiations between the parties were at an impasse and, as of now, they look set for a February 2015 trial.

See also: Denton's Mayor Bought a Condo at One Arts Plaza, Refuses to Return Seller's $175K Artwork

Burroughs, who was term limited and unable to stand for re-election this year and is an attorney by trade, has decided to put some of his newly found free time to litigious use, as he just filed a lawsuit disputing the condo's $2.175 million valuation.

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Plano Is Threatening to Close a Women's Shelter Because It Shelters Too Many Women [Updated]

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The city of Plano is threatening to shut down Agape, a women's homeless and domestic violence shelter in Plano, over zoning violations.
See update at bottom.Agape is a Christian organization that lends crisis housing support to women, their children and unaccompanied children in need. They provide shelter to homeless women and children, as well as community ministry and counseling. They operate out of four residential homes as Household Care Facilities, according to the city of Plano.

But a Plano city ordinance decrees that no more than eight people, and two caregivers, reside in a single home. And because Agape facilities are in a residential home, the number of women and children being housed, plus Agape members, often exceeds that limit. The City of Plano issued a cease and desist order to Agape, with the promise to close its doors if Agape does not comply.

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