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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wortham honored with Legends Scholarship at Lamar

The SE Texas Record 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.

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.

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.

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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Carrie Gonzalez Oct. 2, 2007, 5:22am


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.

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.

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."

Watchdog group launches Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

The SE Texas Record 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.

Free the BP jurors

The SE Texas Record Sep. 29, 2007, 11:47am

Campaigning for a slot on the Texas Supreme Court, Susan Criss dubs herself the "blogging judge."

Appeals court hears HP arguments on class certification

David Yates Sep. 27, 2007, 10:21am

Justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals heard arguments on Thursday, Sept. 27, from lawyers representing Hewlett-Packard Co. and Gateway US Retail Inc. as to whether or not the 58th Judicial District abused its discretion in certifying a statewide class action.

Rita suit filings for the month nearly double on anniversary date

Marilyn Tennissen Sep. 27, 2007, 9:15am

With the second anniversary of Hurricane Rita on Sept. 24, the statute of limitations has ended for most property owners to file a lawsuit against their insurance carrier regarding hurricane claims. Some policy holders may have additional time as specified in their individual policies.

Woman who slips in vomit sues Wal-Mart

David Yates Sep. 27, 2007, 8:47am

With the high volume of consumer traffic pouring through Wal-Mart stores everyday, accidental slip hazards are bound to happen. However, Kissa Madkins claims employees at a Nacogdoches Wal-Mart "intentionally" allowed the puddle of vomit she slipped in to linger.

Cornyn addresses debate over healthcare

The SE Texas Record Sep. 27, 2007, 7:11am

Texas Times: A Weekly Column from U.S. Sen. John Cornyn