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<br /> www.texaslawyer.<br /> DECEMBER 6, 2010 · VOL. 26 · NO. 36 · $9.00<br /> com<br /> FIRM SUES DEFENDANTS THAT SETTLED WITH<br /> by BRENDA SAPINO JEFFREYS<br /> H astings Law Firm of The Woodlands sued two<br /> Houston-based drilling companies on Dec. 1,<br /> alleging they “consciously and willfully” dis-<br /> regarded the firm's fee interest when settling<br /> a personal injur y suit lodged against them by<br /> the firm's former client.<br /> Hastings Law Firm alleges in the petition that it<br /> seeks unspecified actual damages, because it doesn't<br /> know the terms of the settlement between its former<br /> client, Juan Puga, and the two defendants, Hercules<br /> Of fshore Drilling Co. LLC and Hercules Of fshore<br /> Inc. 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