A former city employee says he was forced into early retirement almost two years ago after a Caterpillar compactor caught fire and exploded near him while was working at a landfill. Kenneth Allison and his wife Genevieve have filed suit against Caterpillar, Inc. and Mustang Tractor & Equipment Co. (the company that sold the compactor to the city of Beaumont) , claiming the exploding compactor's hydraulic hoses "were defective and unreasonably dangerous."
Kenneth Allison is suing for past and future lost wages, medical expenses and mental anguish. His wife is suing for loss of consortium.
Case No. B181-388
Brett Jackson, Sr. vs. Atlantic Scaffolding
PA - Jonathan Juhan, J - Gary Sanderson
Nearly two years ago, a refinery worker slammed his shoulder into a piece of protruding scaffold metal while climbing a ladder. Now, Brett Jackson, Sr. has filed suit against Atlantic Scaffolding, claiming the company negligently failed to "safeguard from the dangers of the scaffolding system.
Jackson is suing for past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, impairment, physical pain, mental anguish and disfigurement.
Case No. B181-390
Betty Briscoe vs. city of Beaumont
PA - Thomas Moses, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Gary Sanderson
The city of Beaumont has been ordered to appear before Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, on March 18 and show cause why it should not be restrained from destroying Betty Briscoe's home. Briscoe, who owns a piece of condemned property at 2250 Harrison, was able to obtain a temporary restraining order against the city on March 6.
Case No. B181-395
Joel Jones vs. ExxonMobil
PA - Vuk Vujasinovic, J - Donald Floyd
A routine drop off at an ExxonMobil plant went sour for the delivery guy after one of the oil company's employees switched on a conveyor belt while the man was unloading cargo. Joel Jones says his foot was caught in the conveyer belt when the ExxonMobil worker allegedly prematurely flipped the on switch.
Jones is claiming ExxonMobil negligently caused his injuries and filed suit against the oil company. Jones is also suing for past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, impairment, lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life.
Case No. E181-404
Cloy Williams, Jr. et al vs. Interceramic, Inc. et al
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ Michael Ratcliff, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Bob Wortham
Williams and his wife Jan are suing Interceramic and its driver James Brown for an auto collision Brown caused on Oct. 16, 2006. Williams was traveling North on Highway 69 when Brown, driving a tractor truck while working for Interceramic, negligently rear-ended Williams. The couple claims they were severely injured.
Williams and his wife are suing for past and future pain, mental anguish, impairment, loss of consortium and medical expenses.
Case No. A181-406
Donald Ray Thompson, Jr. vs. Union Pacific Railroad
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ Bristol Baxley, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Milton Shuffield
A jerky train ride and lack of protective gear were cited by a Union Pacific Railroad Company employee who sued his employer under the Federal Employers Liability Act.
Donald Ray Thompson Jr. claims UPR negligently caused his leg injury and filed suit against the railroad company seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
Case No. D181-407
Thomas Hall vs. Academy
PA - Mark Faggard, J - Donald Floyd
While shopping for new boots at Academy, Thomas Hall tripped over a metal shoe shelf. Hall is suing the sports retailer, claiming Academy had a duty to warn shoppers of the dangerous condition and barricade the hazardous aisle.
Hall is hoping to recover exemplary damages for Academy Sports & Outdoors alleged negligence and malicious conduct.
Case No. E181-408
Orvell Ross et al vs. Ford Motor Co.
PA - Susan Landgraf, J - Donald Floyd
Convinced their year-old Taurus is beyond repair, Orvell and Patsy Ross have filed a Deceptive Trade Practices suit against Ford Motor Company.
The couple claims they have brought their fairly new Tarsus in for repairs on several occasions but still experience a variety of problems with the vehicle. Finally fed up with "ineffective repair jobs," the couple asked Ford for a refund. When the automobile maker refused, the Rosses sued.
The Rosses are suing for actual and consequential damages, plus attorney's fee.
Case No. E181-409
Sharon Bob vs. Allstate Texas Lloyd's
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ Michael Ramsey, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Gary Sanderson
Bob is suing Allstate for allegedly failing to pay at least a portion of her Hurricane Rita policy claim. Bob is suing for actual and compensatory damages, plus attorney's fees.
Case No. B181-410
James Walter Murray vs. Kansas City Southern
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ David Wilson, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Gary Sanderson
Kansas City Southern Railway Co. employee James Walter Murray has filed a Federal Employers Liability Act suit against the railroad claiming he suffered a foot injury due to the company's alleged negligence. Murray's suit does not state where he was injured or how KCS negligence contributed to his foot injury. The suit only states that on March 4, 2008, Murray was injured "due to the negligence of KCS."
Murray is suing for past and future mental anguish, lost earnings, impairment, disfigurement and medical expenses.
Case No. B181-412
Paul Benson vs. Mallard Transport et al
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ Tommy Yeates, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Milton Shuffield
Benson, a Louisiana resident, was hit by Billy Graig, a Mallard Transport employee, when Graig negligently turned into Benson's lane. The incident occurred on Highway 171 in Louisiana on March 30, 2007. Benson claims he was severely injured in the incident.
Venue is proper because Mallard Transport's principal office is located in Jefferson County. Benson is suing for past and future pain, mental anguish, impairment and medical expenses.
S. Rao-kothapalli M.D. vs. Thomas Flanagan and Galveston Waterfront Ventures, Inc.
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ Clay Dugas, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Milton Shuffield
Rao-kothapalli claims he owns 10 percent of the shares of Galveston Waterfront Ventures, buying the shares back in April 2006. Flanagan, the president of the company, sold the company for "a substantial profit" and has allegedly refused to pay Rao-kothapalli his share of the profits.
The plaintiff is suing for actual and exemplary damages, plus all court costs.
Hendricks Roofing Co. vs. Emily Bowden et al
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ Wyatt Snider, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Gary Sanderson
Hendricks Roofing Co. has filed suit against Emily and Jason Bowden and the city of Beaumont, claiming the company was not paid for work done on a building located at 1792 Broadway. The company was hired on Jan. 31, 2006. The defendants borrowed money from the city in order to pay for the job. The company claims it has completed all work and has not been paid the full amount promised for its work.
Case No. B181-419
Mae Badeaux et al vs. Senior Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center Inc.
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ Mark Sparks, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Milton Shuffield
Nurses at Senior Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing told Mae Badeaux to call if she needed assistance. However later they found the woman on the floor after she attempted to go to the bathroom by herself.
Badeaux had injured her head and ankle in the fall and was in need of immediate medical care.
Acting as next of friend, Richard Bienvenue filed a medical malpractice suit against SRSNC on Badeaux's behalf. Bienvenue is suing for punitive damages, plus Badeaux's past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, pain, disfigurement and impairment.
Case No. D181-420
Arlicia Craven vs. Simoniz Carwash
PA - Quentin Price, J Ã¯Â¿Â½ Gary Sanderson
A business that washes your car while changing your oil may sound like a time-saving combination, but Arlicia Craven claims the service cost her a new engine.
Nearly two years ago, Craven had her oil changed on her 1999 Tahoe at Simoniz Carwash. After being serviced, Craven jumped on Interstate 10. A few miles later her Tahoe began smoking and she was forced to pull over.
Craven claims a Simoniz employee failed to tighten the oil drain plug after they changed her oil, ruining her Tahoe. She is suing for actual damages, court costs and attorney's fees.
Case No. B181-421
Herbert Martin vs. Globe Life Accident Insurance Co.
PA Ã¯Â¿Â½ Nathan Reynolds, J - Bob Wortham
Martin is suing Globe Life for life insurance policy proceeds it allegedly refused to pay him. The policy was worth $20,000.