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Family alleges hospital abused elderly veteran

David Yates Jul. 31, 2007, 11:24am

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Damaged gas pump canopy leads store owner to sue

David Yates Jul. 30, 2007, 11:24am

The owners of a Hardin County country store are suing Tri-Con Inc., a fuel supplier, for refusing to replace and remove one of its gas-pump canopies from the store's premises after Hurricane Rita tore it down.

Company wants $3 million for unwanted pipe

David Yates Jul. 30, 2007, 10:00am

Maverick International, a Beaumont-based company, agreed to design and manufacture a $3 million pipe for Intec Engineering and Suez Energy North America. Maverick claims it finished the pipe two weeks ago, but now nobody wants it.

Man receives eletrical shock from oven, sues hotel

David Yates Jul. 30, 2007, 8:59am

Shocked by the condition of an oven at the Deluxe Inns & Suites located on College Street, Johnny Shaw and his wife have filed a lawsuit against the hotel and its owners.

Cano files suit against dredging company

David Yates Jul. 30, 2007, 8:13am

John Stevenson Advento Cano claims he was injured while at sea. Invoking the Jones Act, Cano says his injuries were negligently caused by the dredging company he works for and has filed suit.

Deputy sues after staircase collapses

David Yates Jul. 26, 2007, 7:11am

Jason Gibson Crushed by a three-story staircase while conducting a criminal investigation in June, Harris County Deputy Sheriff Larry Pohlmeyer blamed his injuries on the apartment owner and a wrecker service and filed suit.

City reaches settlement with injured motorcycle driver

David Yates Jul. 26, 2007, 5:34am

Beaumont City Council agreed to cut Glenn McNeel a $75,000 check on Tuesday, July 24. Back in 2005, McNeel filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming he lost control of his motorcycle and wrecked when the bike's tire "struck elevated pavement."

Woman sues Allstate for not keeping her in "good hands" after Rita

David Yates Jul. 25, 2007, 9:38am

Eloise Gorman thought she was in "good hands" by insuring her home through Allstate. However, to date, her home remains "uninhabitable," and Allstate is still adamantly refusing to pay Gorman's Hurricane Rita property damage claim.

Not negligent: Jury says Mobil did not cause the death of Joyce Myers

David Yates Jul. 25, 2007, 9:28am

The asbestos trial of Joyce Myers et al vs. Mobil Oil ended Wednesday, July 25, with jurors' dismissing the accusation that Mobil "maliciously" and "negligently" caused Myers' cancerous death.

Injury suit filed over fall at Kroger

David Yates Jul. 25, 2007, 9:17am

Kroger on Dowlen Road Exactly two years ago, Marilyn Kaye Renfro paid a visit to the Dowlen Kroger, where she claims she slipped and fell because a Kroger manager allowed a "slip hazard to remain on the floor without any barricade or warning."

Couple sues for Rita claim

David Yates Jul. 24, 2007, 11:33am

A Beaumont couple, whose home was damaged when Hurricane Rita struck the Golden Triangle area, is suing their insurance provider and two of its adjusters for denying their property damage claim.

Fittz sues 16 companies for asbestos exposure

David Yates Jul. 24, 2007, 11:15am

Between the years of 1964 to 1985 Louie Fittz claims he worked at several area refineries. Now residing in Deweyville, Fittz says he was recently diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and is suing the American Optical Corp., along with 15 other companies, for "negligently exposing him to asbestos," while "fraudulently concealing" the mineral's latent dangers.

Benzene blamed for lab tech's lymphoma

David Yates Jul. 24, 2007, 11:00am

Darren Brown For nearly 40 years Paul Strother worked at a B.F. Goodrich Co. laboratory as a technician. 23 years after he retired, Strother died of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Blaming his benefactor's death on "needless benzene exposure," J. Frances Strother is suing Shell Oil and 24 other major chemical companies.

Smoker dies of lung cancer, children sue for asbestos exposure

David Yates Jul. 24, 2007, 8:49am

From 1946 until 1955 Floyd Williams Sr. worked as a pipe fitter at the Port Arthur Texaco refinery. Five decades later he died of lung cancer. Williams' descendants claim their father was negligently exposed to asbestos during those nine years and are suing his former employer.

The "strain" of buckling up leads to firefighter's injury suit

David Yates Jul. 24, 2007, 8:46am

1996 Dodge Ram Firefighter Herman Barber says having to buckle up has done him more harm than good. He claims the "strain" of repeatedly putting on his seatbelt has caused him physical impairment, mental anguish and the loss of enjoyment of life.

Blevins keeps asbestos suits rolling

David Yates Jul. 24, 2007, 4:10am

Busy trying a million dollar asbestos case in Judge Sanderson's 60th District Court, Provost Umphrey attorney Brian Blevins still finds time to dig up fresh asbestos lawsuits.

Blevins files Snowden asbestos case

David Yates Jul. 24, 2007, 4:00am

Provost Umphrey attorney Brian Blevins is no stranger to the Jefferson County courthouse, filing his third asbestos lawsuit in two weeks while trying an asbestos case in Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th Judicial Court.

Man sues BASF for crushed finger

David Yates Jul. 23, 2007, 1:54pm

Kevin Brown's left index finger was crushed when an "improperly" welded kick plate came loose. Now short one pointing finger, Brown is suing the BASF Chemical Corporation for negligence and premise liability.

Suit says manufacturers conspired to distribute asbestos products

David Yates Jul. 23, 2007, 1:50pm

Thurman Cash is suing A.W. Chesterton, along with 70 other companies, for conspiring to mine, process, sell and distribute asbestos products, suppressing the information pertaining to the fiber's hazardous influence on human health, and purposely inflicting him with an asbestos disease.

Expert: Only a 'crystal ball' could have predicted dangers of asbestos

David Yates Jul. 23, 2007, 12:28pm

Were Mobil Oil's actions to protect refinery workers and their families from asbestos reasonable in light of what the company knew during the 1930s, '40s, '50s and early '60s time period?