Valley immigrants sue high-profile attorney

Manuel Solis

Three immigrants living in Brownsville have sued a high-profile immigration attorney based on allegations of bait-and-switch advertising and deceptive trade practices.

The three immigrants filed a federal lawsuit against Houston-based attorney Manuel Solis.

The case was filed in Brownsville TMs federal court on Tuesday morning.

The three immigrants allege that they paid hundreds of dollars to be enrolled in an "insurance program where they were supposed to receive free legal help if they were ever arrested.

The lawsuit alleges that Solis TM office then tried to "upsell a number of unnecessary or bogus services.

The immigrant TMs attorney Marlene Dougherty declined to comment but lawsuit alleges that hundreds of immigrants could have been affected.

Solis TM office told Action 4 News that it TMs not the first time they TMve seen her in court.

Elena Monroy with Solis' Rio Grande Valley offices said Dougherty had been involved in another lawsuit filed against the Houston attorney.

Action 4 News learned that Solis sued Dougherty for slander in the 333rd state District Court in Houston in May.

A copy of the Solis TM slander lawsuit accuses Dougherty of malice and interference with his law firm TMs contracts.

State Bar of Texas records show Solis graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1990.

The State Bar TMs website reported no disciplinary action filed against the Houston-based immigration attorney.

Solis advertises heavily on Spanish-language media in Texas and other states with heavy Hispanic populations as well as TV stations on the Mexican side of the border.

The Houston-based attorney has an immigration infomercial that airs in the Valley on XHAB-TV, the Televisa affiliate based in Matamoros.

Click here to read a full copy of the lawsuit filed against Solis