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Woman alleges she was arrested for complaining about hotel pool

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 20, 2014

A Galveston hotel is being sued after its manager allegedly had a guest arrested for complaining about the hotel's pool and hot tub.

Couple alleges defective lumber ruined tile floor

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 20, 2014

A Jefferson County couple wants a tile floor replaced after defective lumber allegedly was installed underneath it.Edward and Margaret Green filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 in Galveston County District Court against Mark Williams, doing business as MW Home Builders, BlueLinx Corp., a subsidiary of BlueLinx Holdings Inc., and Georgia-Pacific Corp. Emser, doing business as Emser Tile, and Parker Lumber also

Klein School District accused of discrimination

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 20, 2014

An employee of the Klein School District says he was subjected to derogatory comments and unjust scrutiny on the job because of the color of his skin.Douglas Watkins filed a lawsuit against the Klein Independent School District on Aug. 15 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas.According to the lawsuit, Watkins is an African-American man who has worked for the school district since

Driver asks for $1 million in Jefferson County crash lawsuit

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 18, 2014

A Madison County woman is asking a Jefferson County woman to pay more than $1 million after an alleged crash on state Highway 75. Phyllis Green Taylor filed a lawsuit against Jaclyn Nicole Carpenter on Aug. 18 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, the crash happened Dec. 27, 2012, at the intersection of state Highway 75 and Interstate Highway 45 when Carpenter crashed into

Groves man sued after alleged drunk driving crash

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 18, 2014

An Orange County man accuses a Groves driver of negligence for allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash. Allan Sauberan filed a lawsuit against Rafael Moreno on Aug. 18 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, Moreno was driving intoxicated Jan. 20 when he crashed into Sauberan's vehicle. Sauberan says he was seriously hurt in the collision. The lawsuit does not provide any

Beaumont man sued over relative's unpaid student loans

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 18, 2014

A Beaumont man is being sued for allegedly not paying back nearly $35,000 in his relative's student loans.National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2006-3 filed a lawsuit against Earl Bienemy Aug. 19 in Jefferson County District Court. Monique Bienemy agreed to borrow money from JPMorgan Chase Bank, according to the complaint, to fund her education at Prairie View A&M University for the 2006-07 school

Student loan company seeks money from Beaumont woman

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 18, 2014

A Beaumont woman is accused of failing to repay nearly $41,000 in student loans.National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2007-2 filed a lawsuit Aug. 19 in Jefferson County District Court against Belen Burks. According to the complaint, Burks signed a student loan promissory note with Bank of America to attend Stephen F. Austin University. The original loan, part of the Student Loan Trusts, allowed for

Beaumont men accused of defaulting on student loans

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 18, 2014

Two Beaumont men are being sued for allegedly defaulting on nearly $20,000 in student loans. The National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2005-3 filed a lawsuit Aug. 19 in Jefferson County District Court against Pimbly Guidry and George Fontenot.Guidry allegedly borrowed money from Charter One Bank to attend Lamar University for the 2004-05 school year. According to the complaint, the loan, guaranteed

Hays County couple sues over allegedly botched repair job

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

A Hays County couple says Allstate Insurance and a San Marcos auto repair shop failed to properly handle damage done to their SUV. Micah and Ericka Harrison filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 in Jefferson County District Court against Allstate Insurance Co., Ralph Villapando, Michael J. Roche, Brian Garret, Service King No. 85 Collision Repair Center and Chris Thurston. The Harrisons say they purchased Allstate

Old American Insurance accused of deceptive practices

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

An Orange County woman is suing an insurance company she alleges failed to notify her of a canceled policy until after she filed an accident claim. Alisa Lynn Lemoine filed a lawsuit against Old American Insurance Co. of Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 15 in Jefferson County District Court. Lemoine alleges she bought car insurance from Old American. Lemoine says she was involved in a crash Nov. 22, 2012,

Man accuses Galveston police of violating rights, seeks $1M

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

A Galveston police officer and the city's chief of police are being sued after a man's wrist allegedly was broken during an arrest.Timothy Lyons filed the lawsuit Aug. 14 in Galveston County District Court against Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto and Officer G. Gainer. According to the petition, Lyons called police to report that a prescription was fraudulently filled using his name on Jan. 3

Woman sues owner of LaMarque McDonald's for $200K over fall

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

A Frankston woman alleges she was hurt when she slipped on a wet floor at a LaMarque McDonald's restaurant.Dana Wilson filed a lawsuit Aug. 13 in Galveston County District Court against Robert Flores, doing business as McDonald's No. 17796. According to the complaint, Wilson walked into the LaMarque McDonald's in August 2013 and fell after slipping on some water that had been left on the floor.

Former teacher accuses Houston school district of discrimination

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

A former teacher with the Houston Independent School District alleges he was fired because of his race and for filing grievances against his school.Robert Green filed a lawsuit in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on Aug. 14 against the Houston Independent School District. Green, who describes himself as an African-American male, says he was working for the school district as a

Credit Union files foreclosure notice against Beaumont couple

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

A credit union has filed a foreclosure notice against the owners of home on Avie Lane in Beaumont. Education First Federal Credit Union filed the application for an expedited foreclosure order against Devlin W. McCraney and Traci L. McCraney on Aug. 18 in Jefferson County District Court. Education First Federal Credit Union says the McCraneys took out a home equity line of credit on their home at 5435

Discrimination suit filed against Houston plant owners

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

A Houston man says his former employer fired him once because of his ethnicity and a second time in retaliation for a discrimination complaint. Cleveland McGuire filed a lawsuit against Mundy Companies Inc. of Houston, doing business as Mundy Maintenance Service & Operations, on Aug. 14 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. 

Salsa maker accused of stealing name

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

A Houston salsa maker is being sued for trademark infringement for allegedly using a product name that already belongs to another salsa company.Salajo LLC filed a lawsuit Aug. 8 against Salinas Salsa Co. in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. Salajo began its business in March 2013, according to the complaint, and purchased online domain name "salinassalsacompany.com."

Houston car dealer accused of negligence over employee's crash

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 17, 2014

A Houston car dealer is being sued after one of its employees allegedly rear-ended another car while taking a customer's car to get serviced.Al N. Petit filed a lawsuit Aug. 8 in Galveston County District Court against William Cepica, David McClure and Westlex Corp., doing business as Northside Lexus.According to the complaint, Petit was traveling east on Kingwood Drive in Kingwood and stopped at a

Houston plastic bag makers in litigation over similar names, trademark violations

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 15, 2014

A Houston plastic bag company is suing a Chicago company for allegedly using a business name it says is too similar to its own trademarked brand.Better Bags Inc. filed a lawsuit Aug. 13 in the Houston Division of the Southern District Court of Texas against Better Bag Corp. According to the complaint, Better Bags has been making and selling plastic bags for use in grocery stores for more than 27 year

Jefferson County investor accuses business partners of fraud

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 15, 2014

A Jefferson County investor alleges his financial interest in dozens of companies has been fraudulently managed. Joe R. Chapman filed a lawsuit Aug. 18 in Jefferson County District Court against Qamar U. Arfeen, Arfeen Properties, Harbor Healthcare System and dozens of Harbor Hospice facilities in different cities in Texas. According to the complaint, Chapman was a partner or member in all of the hospital

Employee accuses Tyler blood center of racial discrimination

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 15, 2014

An employee alleges a Tyler blood donation center refused to promote her because of her race. Rosland Scott, also known as Rosland Scott Searcy, filed a pro se complaint against Carter BloodCare on Aug. 13 in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas. The complaint, written as a letter to the court, alleges Carter BloodCare violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by allegedly discriminating

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