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Everybody Pays--Judges' order closed filing fee loophole

David Yates Aug. 9, 2007, 8:47am

Judge Milton Shuffield For years plaintiffs' lawyers exploited a loophole in the Jefferson County District Court civil system allowing them to avoid paying thousands of dollars in filing fees, which, in turn, created an "administrative nightmare" for the district's clerks and court coordinators.

Incident involving meter reader, vicious dogs leads to jail time, lawsuit

David Yates Aug. 9, 2007, 7:19am

A Beaumont resident says he was falsely accused and arrested for sicing his dogs on a CenterPoint Energy employee who hopped his fence to retrieve a gas meter.

Port worker sues over forklift flat

David Yates Aug. 9, 2007, 6:31am

Timothy LeBlanc was injured while working on a forklift at the Port of Beaumont. He claims the machine's tire blew as a result of sloppy maintenance and is suing Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems.

Class action suit accuses law firm of swindling property owners

David Yates Aug. 9, 2007, 5:41am

Gilbert Adams In the eyes of some home owners there seems to be a collection force worse than the IRS: lawyers hired by burdened cities to gather delinquent property taxes.

Orange couple sues Allstate over Rita claim

David Yates Aug. 8, 2007, 10:24am

Steve Mostyn Orange couple Patrick and Lesa Riley are the latest Hurricane Rita victims to sue Allstate for refusing to pay a portion of their policy damage claim.

Smoker dies from lung cancer, family sues for asbestos exposure

David Yates Aug. 8, 2007, 10:22am

Bryan Blevins Provost Umphrey attorney Bryan Blevins, who on a monthly average files half-a-dozen asbestos lawsuits in Jefferson County, will from time to time branch out.

Wayward bull lands rancher in court

David Yates Aug. 8, 2007, 10:16am

Animal-rights activists strongly advocate free-range livestock, but even they may have difficulty making a case for an Orange rancher who allowed a bull to roam an Interstate 10 service road, where a local police officer struck the animal with his cruiser.

Recent real estate foreclosures in Jefferson, Orange counties

David Yates Aug. 8, 2007, 10:11am

Jefferson County

Shoe on the other foot for contractor

David Yates Aug. 7, 2007, 10:44am

Contractors often find themselves on the wrong end of a lawsuit, facing allegations of incomplete or shoddy work or run-ups in construction costs. But in a recent Jefferson County suit it is the contractor that is crying foul.

No contortionist, seaman sues over valve placement

David Yates Aug. 7, 2007, 10:35am

Mark Lanier Armed with the Jones Act, Alton Adams is suing his employer for "forcing him to place his body in an unsafe position" while operating a ship's valves.

Suit says insurance should have covered wind damage

David Yates Aug. 7, 2007, 10:33am

Beaumont homeowner Wanda Lewis claims that the Capitol County Mutual Fire Insurance Co., along with three of its adjusters, wrongfully denied her Hurricane Rita damage claim, even though her policy covered windstorm damage.

Suit claims Wal-Mart employees allowed woman to fall

David Yates Aug. 7, 2007, 8:00am

Dowlen Road Wal-Mart in Beaumont A pair of Wal-Mart employees allegedly stood idly by and watched a bargain shopper slip and fall as she walked through a puddle of water while attempting to leave the mega store.

Sabine Pass resident sues over lapsed insurance

David Yates Aug. 7, 2007, 5:53am

A Sabine Pass resident, whose home was damaged during Hurricane Rita, is suing his insurance agent for allegedly neglecting to inform him that his windstorm insurance had lapsed.

Back injury leads to suit against M&I Electric

David Yates Aug. 6, 2007, 6:34am

Paul Pruitt claims while working for M&I Electric Industries Inc. he suffered a permanent injury to his back.

Property company sues for property damage claim

David Yates Aug. 2, 2007, 9:51am

Caliber Properties Inc., a local company, is suing its insurance provider and one of its adjusters for "denying at least a portion" of its Hurricane Rita claim without performing an "adequate investigation."

Groves man sues Farmers over hurricane claim

David Yates Aug. 2, 2007, 6:16am

Groves resident Jimmie Smith filed a policy claim for property damage with Farmers Insurance Exchange following Hurricane Rita in 2005. He received a sum of money but now, nearly two years later, says it wasn't enough.

Beaumont couple sues Farmers for denying hurricane claim

David Yates Aug. 2, 2007, 6:15am

Beaumont couple Gary and Karen Kiefer maintain that their insurance policy covered windstorm damage. However, after Hurricane Rita hit, the couple says Farmers Insurance Exchange denied their policy claim.

Seaman trips on trash, sues for $1.5 M

David Yates Aug. 1, 2007, 10:52am

Anthony Buzbee Eric Lozano's fellow ship mates evidently didn't catch the slogan: "Don't mess with Texas." Lozano is suing his employer for $1.5 million, plus court costs, claiming he tripped and fell on some trash.

Local lawyer tells advantages, disadvantages of Jones Act

David Yates Aug. 1, 2007, 10:00am

Michael Eaves For decades, the Jones Act has advantageously allowed injured seaman to file lawsuits in Jefferson County, even if the plaintiff's injury occurred thousands of miles away and the defendant's principle office was situated outside of Jefferson County.

Fort Worth criminal, civil courts come together to bring gang members to justice

David Yates Aug. 1, 2007, 9:50am

Tarrant County Courthouse Weary of gang members coalescing in its streets, Fort Worth has followed the lead of two other Texas cities and filed suit.