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Family seeks $100 million in punitive damages from Cooper Tire for blowout fatality

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 15, 2008, 4:43am

David Matthews TEXARKANA -- Texas resident Tammy Ledbetter suffered fatal injuries when the pickup truck she was riding in went into a spin and flipped. Her family believes the vehicle's accident was caused by a "violent blow-out" when the tread separated from the tire and are seeking $100 million in punitive damages for the "wanton and willful recklessness" of Cooper Tire and Rubber Company.

The Lucas Company

The SE Texas Record Jan. 15, 2008, 4:36am

TX top bench allows insureds to file claims late

Rob Luke Jan. 14, 2008, 1:55pm

Justice Harriet O'Neill AUSTIN -- Insurers can't deny coverage if an insured is tardy in filing so long as the delay doesn't harm the insurer, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in a split decision Jan 11.

Central Mall named in suit over mishap on carnival moonwalk

David Yates Jan. 14, 2008, 12:30pm

Upset that her daughter spilled out of a "moonwalk" when a gust of wind knocked the inflatable playpen over, Gricelda Alvarez has filed suit against the carnival operator and the mall that hosted the event.

Family of shooting victim sues Club Tiffany for wrongful death

David Yates Jan. 14, 2008, 9:25am

Club Tiffany in Port Arthur The murder of Marcus Allen made headlines in November after the young man was gunned down at a Port Arthur night club.

Suit blames 60 companies for man's asbestos-related death

David Yates Jan. 14, 2008, 7:44am

Bryan Blevins While he was alive, Barney Tompkins sued and received a claim for his asbestos-related disease. Now deceased, Tompkins' family is seeking compensation for the "different malignant asbestos-related injury" that ended his life.

The Vioxx travesty

The SE Texas Record Jan. 12, 2008, 5:34am

It started with a bang and a flurry.

Texas Times: Working to reduce childhood obesity

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Jan. 10, 2008, 10:33am

Our health care system, in Texas and nationally, leads the world in many respects. Most citizens are now well served, with excellent choices for their care, and we should make certain the access they enjoy is preserved.

Only you! Exhibit promotes wildfire awareness

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 10, 2008, 10:16am

The Fire Museum of Texas and the Beaumont Fire Department have teamed up with Texas Forest Service prevention specialists to promote wildfire awareness and deliver fire safety messages to the community.

Trial over attorney's fees ends with $460K award

David Yates Jan. 10, 2008, 9:19am

Following eight years of litigation, countersuits and appeals, jurors finally heard the breach of contract case of Pyramid Constructors Inc. vs. the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District. But after all that time the lawsuit spent floundering in Texas court systems, the trial ended up as a battle over attorney's fees.

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 10, 2008, 9:00am

Orig. Filing Date: 01/04/2008 Certificate #: 71958

Settlement reached after med-mal mistrial

David Yates Jan. 10, 2008, 9:00am

Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital In June 2007, The Record reported on a $3 million medical malpractice trial that tied up Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th District Court only to end in a mistrial June 4.

Foti rapid-files suits as Louisiana AG term ends

Rob Luke Jan. 10, 2008, 7:33am

Charles Foti BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti appears set on spending a legally-active final few weeks as AG before handing the reins to fellow Democrat Buddy Caldwell.

West Brook bus crash suit moves to federal court

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 10, 2008, 6:50am

Kent Adams In the nearly two years since a bus crash claimed the lives of two young soccer players, the lawsuit filed by the survivors has evolved into a complex litigation that has now been moved to federal court.

Employee sues after vehicle plows into office building

David Yates Jan. 10, 2008, 5:34am

Any white-collar American employee will admit most days at the office are routine and uneventful. However, Mary Nixon's work day went from mundane to extraordinary after an out-of-control motorist came plowing into her building.

This Just In: Recent civil filings in Jefferson County district courts

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 10, 2008, 5:18am

Dec. 28

Seniors file class action against sellers of living trusts

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 10, 2008, 3:00am

Editor's Note: Plaintiffs voluntarily withdrew their allegations against defendants CLA USA Inc., CLA USA Insurance Services, CLA Marketing, CLA Estate Services, CLA Insurance Services, Charles Loper Jr. and Charles Loper III on March 5, 2012. Read about problems caused by defending the litigation here on the Southeast Texas Record

Construction, traffic changes ahead as Texas Capitol gets security upgrade

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 10, 2008, 2:43am

The Texas Capitol building in Austin AUSTIN -- Tourists and those with business to conduct at the Texas Capitol need to be prepared for construction and traffic changes as the building undergoes a security upgrade.

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

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 9, 2008, 9:39am

Marshall Division, Eastern District of Texas

Suit: Company negligent for worker's death after fall from roof

David Yates Jan. 9, 2008, 9:24am

Richard Mithoff A 29-year-old construction worker lost his life last year when he fell from a scaffold. Michael Spurlock's surviving family members have filed suit against his former employer, K & R Construction, and several of its owners/employees, claiming they negligently caused his death.