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Legally Speaking: Perverted Journalism - Part One

John G. Browning Aug. 1, 2007, 9:14am

On Nov. 5, 2006, with police knocking on the door of his home and a camera crew from "Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator" waiting in the street, Rockwall County assistant prosecutor Louis "Bill" Conradt, Jr. shot himself rather than face accusations of soliciting sex online from a decoy posing as a 13 year-old boy.

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The Texas Nexus -- Why state justices owed an apology to George Strait

Steve Korris Aug. 1, 2007, 9:42am

Anyone on earth can sue in a Texas court over an injury that happened anywhere on earth, as long as the injured person lives in a nation that allows personal injury lawsuits.

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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.

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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.

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Suit faults generator fumes for campers' deaths

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Aug. 1, 2007, 10:16am

While sleeping in a camper attached to a pickup truck, Dalton Ray Howell and Douglas Ray Curry were "overcome" with carbon monoxide fumes resulting in their untimely deaths.

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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.

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Bridge City couple wants Allstate to pay full claim

Marilyn Tennissen Aug. 1, 2007, 12:45pm

Following Hurricane Rita, homeowners Michael and Audrey Louviere filed a claim with their insurer Allstate. Now the company has filed another claim, this one for damages in civil court after they say Allstate did not fulfill its contract.

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Simpson seeks proceeds from Allstate

Marilyn Tennissen Aug. 1, 2007, 12:55pm

Like many other residents in Southeast Texas, O.D. Simpson Sr. of Orange sustained damage to his home from Hurricane Rita in 2005. And like many others, he is filing a lawsuit against his insurer Allstate for wrongfully denying his claim.

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First Rita, then insurer deal blows to Orange County resident

Marilyn Tennissen Aug. 1, 2007, 1:50pm

It was bad enough that Hurricane Rita left Carl McFarlane's home unlivable, but the Orange County resident says on top of that his mortgage company had let his homeowners' insurance lapse.

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Construction company says not responsible for Orange woman's injuries

Marilyn Tennissen Aug. 1, 2007, 2:51pm

In an ongoing Orange County lawsuit, a construction company recently denied that it was in any way responsible for a woman's fall at a residential facility.

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New business licenses/assumed names issued by the Jefferson County Clerk

Marilyn Tennissen Aug. 1, 2007, 5:21pm

Orig. Filing Date: 07/26/2007 Certificate #: 71078

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Recent patent/copyright infringement cases filed in U.S. District Court

Marilyn Tennissen Aug. 2, 2007, 5:00am

Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division

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Real Estate Foreclosures

News Service Aug. 2, 2007, 5:00am

Jefferson County

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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.

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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.

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'Colossus' class action costing defendants more than $293 million

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Aug. 2, 2007, 6:41am

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Proposed and approved settlements from Miller County Circuit Court's infamous "Colossus" class action could cost defendants more than $293 million.

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Texas lottery commission might run raffles if AG Abbott gives nod

Rob Luke Aug. 2, 2007, 7:33am

Greg Abbott AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is currently mulling whether Texans could soon play a type of lottery more often seen at social fund-raisers.

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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."

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