The 5th Circuit Court of Appeal has dealt another blow to the Knight Oil Tools family’s quest to dodge a potentially expensive civil lawsuit against them filed by a former designer. The ruling by the federal appeals court increases the likelihood that plaintiff Judy Lyons, who once worked for the Knight family as a designer and who was accused by the family of forging checks for tens of thousands of dollars — a charge she was arrested on, tried and acquitted in state district court — will get a crack as suing the wealthy Oil Patch family for defamation and malicious prosecution.
The case has had many twists and turns, but as it now stands a stay order on proceedings has been lifted, discovery is taking place between the defendant and plaintiffs and depositions are being scheduled.
For the back story on Judy Lyons V. Knight Oil Tools click here and here.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.