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AT&T files suit against appraisal district

David Yates Sep. 17, 2007, 8:22am

Not happy with the appraised value of its cellular service store in the Golden Triangle, AT&T Mobility has filed suit against the Jefferson County Appraisal District, claiming its property tax rate is "excessive and unlawful."

$47 debt leads to federal suit

David Yates Sep. 13, 2007, 10:00am

Fed up with harassing phone calls from a collection agency over a $47 debt, Donnie Schakosky is suing NCO Financial Systems, Inc. He says the debt is not his and yet the company has called his work numerous times and ruined his reputation with his employer.

Couple sues Farmers for denying claims on 14 properties

David Yates Sep. 13, 2007, 9:14am

When Hurricane Rita hit, Freddie and Zohreh Shahrodi owned 14 homes in the Beaumont area, most of which were in the West End. Once the couple assessed the damage to their properties, they submitted claims to their insurance companies, Texas Farmers Insurance and Fire Insurance Exchange, who "summarily denied at least a portion of the claims without an adequate investigation."

Recent real estate foreclosures filed in Jefferson County

David Yates Sep. 13, 2007, 8:13am

- Citimortgage Inc. has filed an order for foreclosure application on the property of Michael and Andrea Breen.

Appeals Court ruling keeps 'junk science' testimony out of lawsuit

David Yates Sep. 12, 2007, 11:21am

Justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals released an opinion on Sept. 6 banning the so-called "junk science" testimony of Dr. Andrew Campbell. Campbell theorized a local family's illness resulted from molds in their home, diagnosing them with indoor exposure to mycotoxins.

Falling merchandise injures woman shopping at Victoria's Secret

David Yates Sep. 12, 2007, 8:00am

Victoria's Secret at Parkdale Mall Normally the only danger lurking in a Victoria's Secret is a "significant other" lying in wait to catch a two-timer shopping for someone else. But there may be a far greater peril than jealous spouses � plastic fragrance spray bottles and aroma glass candles seated on high shelves.

Jury levies $1.5 M verdict against Christus

David Yates Sep. 12, 2007, 5:40am

David Matthews During the last minutes of the wrongful death trial of Irene Salas et al vs. Christus Health Southeast Texas, plaintiff's lawyer David Mathews told jurors that "the Salas family is not here to make millions (of dollars) but to make sure this never happens again," adding that he himself, however, would "reasonably compensate" the Salas' with a $10 million verdict.

Million dollar helicopter contract suit transferred to JC

David Yates Sep. 11, 2007, 8:24am

A Webb County suit claiming a helicopter company is refusing to transfer a certificate of ownership to a medical air rescue company has been transferred to Jefferson County District Court.

Beaudry sued for wrongful death after settling med-mal suit

David Yates Sep. 11, 2007, 7:10am

Patients consenting to surgery are informed of the risks. When Darlene Spears went under the knife, she emerged alive but suffered complications.

Two falls plus one backhoe injury equal one suit

David Yates Sep. 10, 2007, 11:34am

A former Turner Brothers worker has rolled three separate accidents into one lawsuit. John Ardoin is suing ISP Synthetic Elastomers, along with five other companies, for injuries he claims have left him crippled, partially deaf, blind in one eye and sexually impaired.

Another missed-step suit filed against Christus

David Yates Sep. 10, 2007, 11:25am

There is an old adage that says, "Don't kick a man when he's down." Evidently, the phrase does not apply to non-profit hospitals.

Med-mal suit says patient not viable candidate for surgery

David Yates Sep. 10, 2007, 10:47am

Before any operation, it is standard procedure for the surgeon to explain the risks to the patient. But a lawsuit on behalf of one Jefferson County woman alleges the doctor never obtained her consent and should have never done the surgery.

Businesses file deceptive trade suit against multiple insurance agencies

David Yates Sep. 6, 2007, 12:22pm

Back in 2004, Makas Management sought to acquire hurricane insurance for six Touchdown Trading Co. properties located within the Golden Triangle area.

Family claims asbestos caused man's cancer

David Yates Sep. 6, 2007, 9:48am

From 1977 to 1985, Ray Fontenot Sr. worked as an oil handler for the Sabine Towing and Transportation Company. Fontenot, who had a 40 pack-year smoking history, died of lung cancer in 2002.

Suit: Phantom vehicle may have caused collision

David Yates Sep. 6, 2007, 9:18am

It doesn't matter to Michael Volden whether it was a "phantom vehicle" or "intoxicated" driving that caused a Meaux Surface Protection, Inc. employee to lose control of his vehicle and slam into a highway guard rail.

Fall down manhole no trip to Wonderland for Orange man

David Yates Sep. 6, 2007, 9:00am

Reminiscent of a cliche comic strip, Karl Vanderstucken claims he was taking a casual stroll down Kitty Chapin Drive when he, "without warning," fell down a sewer hole.

Plan for gym detoured by non-compete agreement

David Yates Sep. 6, 2007, 9:00am

When a former Vidor Curves Gym employee put in her two-week notice, she told management, "God has another direction for me."

Man claims benzene exposure caused leukemia

David Yates Sep. 5, 2007, 11:49am

One of KMCO's Texas facilities

Blue Cross accused of theft in suit

David Yates Sep. 5, 2007, 11:39am

Quality Infusion Care Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas claiming the health insurance provider is stealing from its company � disguising its theft as a "fraudulent accounting entry."

Med-mal trail against Christus heats up

David Yates Sep. 5, 2007, 9:15am

Dump-truck driver Aurilano Salas suffered from an array of life threatening aliments. When he became ill on the job back in 2001, Salas was transported to Christus Hospital St. Mary in Port Arthur and diagnosed with sepsis. Eight hours after his arrival, Salas died.