facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Texas judge combines 5 of 6 lawsuits against Ethan Couch

Jan. 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM   |   Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Five of the six lawsuits against Texas teen Ethan Couch, who caused a car crash that killed four people and left 12 others injured, have been combined into one.

District Judge R.H. Wallace Monday combined the suits, all of which seek compensation from Couch, 16, his parents, Fred and Tonya Couch, and the family's company, Cleburne Metal Works, and transferred the case to the 96th District Court, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

A sixth lawsuit, filed in December by the parents of a teen injured in the crash, was not included in the combined cases.

In June, Ethan Couch was driving in his pickup truck with seven teenage passengers while intoxicated. He lost control of his vehicle, causing chain-reaction collisions. Last month, he was sentenced to 10 years probation and intensive therapy by a juvenile court.

Randy Nelson, a lawyer representing Couch and his family, said he is not surprised Wallace moved to combine the lawsuits against his client.

"It makes sense to have these cases in one court," Nelson said. "If there are multiple cases involving the same incident, it is common to combine them in court for judicial economy."

Consolidating the cases will also save time for attorneys and court costs, District Judge Bill Harris said.

The lawsuits that were combined the four deaths and injuries to two teenagers, the Star-Telegram said.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS
2
Boston Herald apologizes for 'racist' Obama cartoon Boston Herald apologizes for 'racist' Obama cartoon
3
John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims
4
Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas Court: Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate in Kansas
5
Loose mountain lion spotted in Brentwood Loose mountain lion spotted in Brentwood
Trending News
x
Feedback