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Watchdog group launches Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

News Service Oct. 1, 2007, 5:40am

AUSTIN� Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups across Texas are celebrating Oct. 1-5 as Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week (LAAW), an annual commemoration to call attention to how lawsuit abuse threatens the healthcare system, costs jobs, increases consumer prices and can cripple small businesses.

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Engineer with back problems sues railroad for chair choice

David Yates Oct. 1, 2007, 8:40am

Gilbert Adams III A locomotive engineer for Union Pacific Railroad Co. for most of his career, Michael Dromgoogle says he now suffers from severe back problems. He is suing the railway for "failing to provide ergonomic seats."

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Seaman sues after boat capsizes

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

Arnold & Itkin Seaman Sylvester Maye was thrown into the water and injured when the vessel he was serving on, the M/V Galveston Bay, capsized.

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Man files suit after television dropped on head

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 1, 2007, 11:15am

MARSHALL -- Shopping for two 27-inch televisions at a Tyler Best Buy store, Sam Fisher found what he wanted on a high shelf that he could not reach.

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Heavy smoking, asbestos exposure 'synergistically' causes lung cancer, suit says

David Yates Oct. 2, 2007, 9:32am

Bryan Blevins At the request of Provost Umphrey attorney Bryan Blevins, the Texas Occupational Medicine Institute reviewed Clothilde DeJean's medical records and concluded Dejean's "heavy smoking history" combined with asbestos exposure "synergistically" caused her cancer.

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Quartet sue Motiva for sulfuric acid exposure

David Yates Oct. 2, 2007, 9:37am

A quartet of Motiva Enterprises employees are claiming they were negligently exposed to sulfuric acid while working at the local plant.

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Woman sues PA doc for botched hysterectomy

David Yates Oct. 2, 2007, 9:41am

Teresa Sartor is suing a Port Arthur physician, Dr. Jacquin Coombs, for complications following a hysterectomy.

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Wortham honored with Legends Scholarship at Lamar

News Service Oct. 3, 2007, 5:34am

Judge Bob Wortham Lamar University and the Beaumont Foundation of America have announced the eighth of nine Southeast Texas Legends Scholarships � this one honoring Judge Bob Wortham, who, throughout his distinguished career as a federal prosecutor, district judge and private attorney, has been known as an innovator and legal pioneer whose landmark cases have had national impact.

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Wife of murder victim sues management for unsafe apartments

David Yates Oct. 3, 2007, 6:26am

Jarvis Mayfield was shot to death two years ago at the Prince Hall Village Apartments in Port Arthur, a murder still unsolved by the Port Arthur Police Department.

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Railroad worker settles $2 million case for $34,000

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 3, 2007, 11:12am

Reed Morgan MARSHALL -- Last year former railroad worker James Smith sued Union Pacific, seeking more than $2 million as compensation for exposure to the toxic chemicals he blames for his leukemia.

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Husband's laundry blamed for asbestos exposure

David Yates Oct. 3, 2007, 11:34am

On the surface,laundry doesn't appear to be an occupational hazard. However, a retired plumber is claiming his on the job asbestos exposure inadvertently contaminated his wife, causing her untimely death.

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Missing banister leads to suit after fall

David Yates Oct. 3, 2007, 11:38am

Michael Lindsay Charles McCray is suing Newberry Properties, Ltd. for "failing to replace a banister within a reasonable time." McCray was injured when he fell off some steps adjoining the absent banister.

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Heavy smoker' dies of cancer, benefactor sues for asbestos exposure

David Yates Oct. 3, 2007, 12:00pm

Bryan Blevins A plant operator for most of his life, Jack Jones sued and received a settlement for his asbestos-related disease. Now deceased, Jones' benefactor is suing for a "different malignant asbestos-related injury." Jones had an "extensive" cigarette smoking history.

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Legally Speaking: Brand Name Bullies

John G. Browning Oct. 3, 2007, 2:18pm

As a lawyer who represented companies on both sides of trademark infringement cases, I understand why trademarks can be so vital to a business.

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Parents sue West Brook for slander, civil rights violations over game controversy

David Yates Oct. 3, 2007, 3:23pm

A former West Brook High School student claims to have been forced to withdraw from school after administrators blamed the student for participating in a controversial game that was played after school hours and away from school property.

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

Marilyn Tennissen Oct. 4, 2007, 5:37am

Marshall Division, Eastern District of Texas

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Flying carpet suit successfully mediated

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 4, 2007, 5:46am

MARSHALL -- Although previous attempts at settlement negotiations were unsuccessful, Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven was able to achieve mediation magic in the flying carpet litigation at a conference held on Sept. 25.

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Orange man sues after doors couldn't stand the weather

David Yates Oct. 4, 2007, 5:57am

Clay Dugas Orange County resident David Hinds has filed a deceptive trade practices lawsuit against Parker Lumber and Jeld-Wen Inc. He claims the $20,000 weather resistant doors he purchased rotted.

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New business licenses/assumed names filed with the Jefferson County Clerk

Marilyn Tennissen Oct. 4, 2007, 6:00am

Orig. Filing Date: 09/27/2007 Certificate #: 71426

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