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Courthouse gets 'all clear' after bomb threat

Marilyn Tennissen Mar. 2, 2009, 6:20am

Police keep employees and the public out of the Jefferson County Courthouse after receiving a bomb threat March 2. For about 45 minutes, hundreds of residents and employees had to drop what they were doing and vacate the Jefferson County Courthouse after a bomb threat on Monday.

Family blames auto fatality on poor visibility, sues TxDOT

Kelly Holleran Mar. 2, 2009, 7:54am

Five children of a woman have filed suit against the Texas Department of Transportation and MD Johnson Tractor Service, alleging their mother was killed because she was unable to see oncoming traffic due to high, uncut grass.

First mother, now father files wrongful death suit over helicopter crash

Kelly Holleran Mar. 2, 2009, 8:27am

In little more than a week after his mother filed a lawsuit, James Smalts' father has filed suit alleging that his son died in a helicopter crash because of the negligence of the manufacturer and owner of the aircraft.

Suit alleges hospital administered drug despite patient's allergy

Kelly Holleran Mar. 2, 2009, 8:44am

A Jasper County couple has filed suit against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, alleging the man was administered morphine after he told doctors he was allergic to the pain medication.

Ward at center of flight-plan change in Texas 'rocket docket'

The SE Texas Record Mar. 3, 2009, 3:00am

Judge T. John Ward After thousands of patent infringement cases have passed through the federal court in Marshall, Texas, it may take only two recent court rulings to undo the district's docket.

Suit against 'sarcastic' lawyer dismissed as frivolous

David Yates Mar. 3, 2009, 4:17am

Frank Calvert A lawsuit insinuating local attorney Frank Calvert verbally assaulted a woman by employing "sarcasm" was dismissed with prejudice last week.

Tough day for both sides of judicial recusal case

John O'Brien Mar. 4, 2009, 1:35am

John Roberts WASHINGTON -- Justices of a seemingly split U.S. Supreme Court took turns grilling attorneys on both sides of a key judicial recusal case during oral arguments Tuesday morning.

Local man seeks funds from Allstate over Hurricane Rita claim

Kelly Holleran Mar. 4, 2009, 2:36am

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against Allstate Texas Lloyd's, alleging he was not paid money to which he was entitled after Hurricane Rita destroyed sections of his home.

Beaumont homeowner goes after TWIA over Ike damage

Kelly Holleran Mar. 4, 2009, 2:42am

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, Mason Catastrophe Claim Services and three adjusters, alleging he was not paid money to which he was entitled after Hurricane Ike destroyed sections of his home.

Insurer, agency and adjusters sued by local couple over Ike claim

Kelly Holleran Mar. 4, 2009, 2:45am

A Jefferson County couple has filed suit against Empire Indemnity Insurance Co., ZC Sterling Insurance Agency Inc., Audit Services Inc. and an adjuster, alleging they were not paid money to which they were entitled after Hurricane Ike destroyed sections of their home.

Windstorm insurer named in suit by Beaumont couple

Kelly Holleran Mar. 4, 2009, 2:48am

A Jefferson County couple has filed suit against Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and two adjusters, alleging they were not paid money to which they were entitled after Hurricane Ike destroyed sections of their home.

Insurance suit alleges TWIA denied claim

Kelly Holleran Mar. 4, 2009, 2:51am

A Jefferson County couple has filed suit against Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and two adjusters, alleging they were not paid money to which they were entitled after Hurricane Ike destroyed sections of their home.

TWIA, adjusters named in Hurricane Ike suit by Beaumont man

Kelly Holleran Mar. 4, 2009, 2:53am

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, US Staffing and two adjusters, alleging he was not paid money to which he was entitled after Hurricane Ike destroyed sections of his home.

Port Arthur man seeks funds from TWIA over Ike claim

Kelly Holleran Mar. 4, 2009, 2:56am

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, U.S. Adjusting and three adjusters, alleging he was not paid money to which he was entitled after Hurricane Ike destroyed sections of his home.

Local judge says hurricane MDLs will save money, time for all parties

David Yates Mar. 4, 2009, 2:59am

Bob Wortham Consolidating the hundreds to possibly thousands of hurricane suits piling up in Jefferson County District Court into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) will save money and time for all parties involved, says one county judge.

This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts

David Yates Mar. 4, 2009, 8:00am

Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts, Feb. 10-23, 2009

Asbestos suit against 38 companies filed on worker's behalf in Orange County

David Yates Mar. 4, 2009, 8:14am

Black Brent Coon & Associates attorney Lou Thompson Black wrapped up the month of February by filing an asbestos suit in Orange that boasts more defendants than days in the short month.

Legally Speaking: The Memoirs Are Fake, But The Lawsuits Are Real

John G. Browning Mar. 4, 2009, 8:48am

Remember the old saying "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story?"

Potholes, funny signs and a bump on the head all part of recent Texas SC decision

Steve Korris Mar. 4, 2009, 10:00am

Photo included in Justice Hecht's dissenting opinion. He gives attribution to supanet.com. AUSTIN � Years of muscling 18 wheels across three miles of dirt road to a sand pit didn't warn trucker David Perry to watch out for potholes and neither did speed limit signs all along the road, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled on Feb. 27.

Recent patent infringement suits filed in U.S. District Courts

Marilyn Tennissen Mar. 5, 2009, 3:57am

Patent infringement suits filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Feb. 26-March 4, 2009