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Man alleges he was illegally detained for extended period

Kelly Holleran Oct. 1, 2014, 8:48am

An incarcerated man has filed suit against the Montgomery County sheriff, saying he has not been released from jail in a timely manner.Bernardino Cuevas states he was arrested July 28 for allegedly driving while intoxicated. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail, according to the complaint filed Aug. 27 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. While Cuevas was incarcerated,

Chevron accused of gross negligence in alleged asbestos-related death

Andrea Dearden Oct. 1, 2014, 8:51am

The family of a Jefferson County man alleges asbestos exposure while working for Chevron caused him to die from lung cancer. Rosemary Philmon, surviving spouse of Jesse Philmon, and Terry and Ryan Philmon, his surviving children, filed a lawsuit against Chevron USA Inc. on Aug. 22 in Jefferson County District Court. 

Port Neches doctor files fraud, theft complaint against company

Andrea Dearden Oct. 1, 2014, 8:58am

A retiring Port Neches physician alleges a man who agreed to buy his practice stole money from him instead. Dr. Houston Hamby filed a lawsuit on Aug. 25 in Jefferson County District Court against Darran Dollarhyde, Qamar U. Arfeen and Diagnostic Group Integrated Healthcare System. According to the complaint, Hamby owned and operated a family medical practice in Port Neches for decades. The physician

Property owner asks city of Beaumont for time to rehab condemned property

Andrea Dearden Oct. 1, 2014, 9:04am

The owner of property set to be demolished by the city of Beaumont is asking for time to make required repairs. Andrew Michael filed a petition for restraining orders and injunctions against the city of Beaumont on Aug. 20 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the petition, Michael owns property at 4620 Cartwright Ave., Beaumont.

Beaumont woman accused of defaulting on credit card account

Andrea Dearden Oct. 2, 2014, 10:54am

A Beaumont woman is being asked to pay more than $13,000 after allegedly defaulting on a credit card account.LVNV Funding filed a complaint against Brandi Fisk on Aug. 21 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, Fisk has a credit card account that she failed to repay, creating a default. LVNV Funding says it bought the account and is owed the remaining balance which was $13,183

Owner of Nederland's Herbal Insanity accused of slander

Andrea Dearden Oct. 2, 2014, 11:05am

The owners of a Nederland organic and herbal store allege the owner of a similar company is slandering them. Alisha Ortego, individually and doing business as Down To Earth, and Vanlam Nguyen, individually and doing business as Down to Earth, filed a lawsuit Aug. 25 in Jefferson County District Court against Debra Peck, also known as Tina and Cindy and doing business as Herbal Insanity. 

Port Arthur man accused of defaulting on credit card account

Andrea Dearden Oct. 2, 2014, 11:12am

A Port Arthur man accused of defaulting on a credit card account is being asked to pay more than $11,000. LVNV Funding filed a complaint against Francisco Gonzalez on Aug. 21 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, Gonzalez owes $11,453 on a credit card account that he has failed to repay, creating a default. LVNV Funding alleges it bought the account and is owed the remaining

Man says company wrongfully fired him for reporting sexual harassment

Kelly Holleran Oct. 2, 2014, 1:28pm

A man alleges he was terminated from his job after reporting sexual harassment he says he witnessed.John E. Grisham filed a lawsuit Aug. 25 in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Baxano Surgical.In his complaint, Grisham alleges he was discharged from his job Oct. 14, 2013, after he reported the conduct of a fellow employee who he believed to be sexually harassing females.

Across America, Hurricane Mostyn spending millions in 2014 election cycle

David Yates Oct. 2, 2014, 1:43pm

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – Just as he’s done in previous years, plaintiffs attorney Steve Mostyn has spent millions this election cycle in races all across the country.

Bank of America accused of trying to evict homeowner current on payments

Andrea Dearden Oct. 2, 2014, 1:48pm

A Hamshire man alleges his mortgage lender is trying to evict him after agreeing to allow him to bring the account current and maintain the loan.Travis Stark filed a lawsuit against Bank of America Aug. 22 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, Stark purchased property in the 13000 block of West Road with a loan financed through Bank of America. Stark says he fell behind on

Man blames driver for causing collision after allegedly failing to yield at stop sign

Kelly Holleran Oct. 3, 2014, 1:05pm

A Harris County man has filed suit against the driver whom he alleges failed to yield at a stop sign. David Alfaro alleges he was driving his 2004 Chevrolet 150 on 200 Marina Bay on April 30, 2013, when defendant Mark Jennings, who was driving a 2005 Dodge pickup, failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and struck Alfaro's vehicle.Due to the collision, Alfaro incurred medical costs, experienced

Beaumont company, owner accused of breach of contract over unpaid loan

Andrea Dearden Oct. 3, 2014, 1:09pm

A Beaumont company and its owner are accused of breach of contract for allegedly defaulting on a loan.RREF CB SBL-TX filed a lawsuit against Kirbow Transportation Enterprises and Joseph Bryan Kirbow on Aug. 21 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, Kirbow Transportation Enterprises executed a promissory note Dec. 29, 2004, payable to the order of Texas State Bank in the amount

Port Neches woman asks for testimony in anticipated wrongful death claim

Andrea Dearden Oct. 3, 2014, 1:12pm

A Port Neches woman is asking to depose a man in anticipation of a wrongful death lawsuit she expects to file after he passes away. Sharon LaRue filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of Aaron McBride. The petition was filed Aug. 25 in Jefferson County District Court. 

Montgomery County resident alleges injuries in collision

Kelly Holleran Oct. 3, 2014, 1:15pm

A man alleges he suffered physical pain and mental anguish after a driver sideswiped his vehicle.John Anthony Kopecky filed a lawsuit Aug. 26 in Galveston County District Court against Morgan Nichole Fearrington and Robert A. Fearrington. In his complaint, Kopecky alleges he was driving south on 69th Street and was trying to make a left-hand turn when defendant Morgan Nichole Fearrington, who was driving

Company alleges it is owed more than $600K for frac tanks

Kelly Holleran Oct. 3, 2014, 1:44pm

A Texas company has filed suit against Butch's Oilfield Services, alleging it failed to pay more than $600,000 for products delivered to it on credit.Dragon Products, based in Beaumont, claims it agreed to sell numerous frac tanks to Butch's under a credit agreement. Although Butch's accepted the merchandise it has failed to pay for the equipment, according to the complaint filed Aug. 27 in Jefferson

Family of recently deceased man files asbestos lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Oct. 3, 2014, 1:50pm

The wife and children of a recently deceased man have filed suit against his former employer, alleging the man died after exposure to asbestos. Dolores Belton, Carla Mahan and Myra Mitchell allege their husband and father, Jack Belton, was working for defendant Gulf Oil/Chevron in Jefferson County. During his employment, Jack Belton was exposed to toxic materials, including asbestos dust and fibers,

Lawsuit filed after man's foot allegedly crushed between two boats

Kelly Holleran Oct. 3, 2014, 1:52pm

A man suffered severe injuries to his foot after it allegedly was crushed between two boats.Charles "Chuck" Schuessler filed a lawsuit Aug. 25 in Galveston County District Court against Genesis Marine. In his complaint, Schuessler alleges he was dispatched to perform pilotage services on the boat "Gulf Service" on June 18. He safely brought the boat to the mouth of the Houston Ship Channel and was

Woman alleges injuries in collision in La Marque

Kelly Holleran Oct. 3, 2014, 1:55pm

A woman says she suffered mental and physical pain after a driver allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way, causing a collision.Sherry Vavra filed a lawsuit Aug. 25 in Galveston County District Court against Johnny Ray Johnson Jr. In her complaint, Vavra alleges she was driving north in the 700 block of state Highway 3 approaching its intersection at Cedar in La Marque on Feb. 8, 2013, when Johnson,

Woman files lawsuit against driver who allegedly ran red light

Kelly Holleran Oct. 3, 2014, 1:57pm

A woman has filed a lawsuit against the driver whom she alleges failed to yield at a red light, causing a collision.

Man alleges loss of tens of thousands of dollars when partner quit photography business

Kelly Holleran Oct. 3, 2014, 2:15pm

A man has filed suit against his former business partner, alleging he lost access to thousands of dollars worth of photography equipment when the partner quit.Paul-Scott Sealing claims he and defendant Stephen Brett Fuller were managing members of a company called Visual Velocity Studios. On Sept. 13, 2013, Fuller requested possession of the majority of the equipment that the company owned in order