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Appeals court: Children not property owners in refinery suit

David Yates Sep. 4, 2007, 12:32pm

Justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals granted a request by Premcor and Motiva to have children removed as plaintiffs from a class action lawsuit filed against the oil giants.

Exploding pump burns seaman's face

David Yates Sep. 4, 2007, 9:51am

Arnold & Itkin Exploding engine pumps seriously burned Maceo Carter's face, chief engineer for the Chesapeake Bay � a vessel owned and operated by the Omega Protein Corp.

Patient with dementia sues nursing home after fall

David Yates Sep. 4, 2007, 9:00am

Senior citizen Melba Taff, 77, says because she was suffering from dementia while living at the PHP Oaks at Beaumont nursing home, the facility had an obligation to minimize her falling risks.

Med-mal trail against Christus begins in Jefferson County

David Yates Sep. 4, 2007, 8:00am

Nick Nichols Jury selection for the medical malpractice trial of Irene Salas et al vs. Christus Health Southeast Texas et al began Monday, Sept. 4, in Judge Donald Floyd's 172nd Judicial District.

Fall over missed step lands plaintiff $700,000 verdict

David Yates Aug. 30, 2007, 11:43am

When Flo Wilson missed a step and broke her hip at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, her husband James Wilson testified in court that he put down his golf clubs, rushed to her side and then began "belligerently" yelling at the hospital's staff � threatening all the while to call renowned plaintiff's attorney Walter Umphrey.

Family files wrongful death suit against nursing home

David Yates Aug. 30, 2007, 9:21am

Dan Packard The family of Alice Wyatt claim their matriarch's final days were filled with unnecessary pain and suffering. They are suing the hospital, nursing home and medical personnel entrusted with Wyatt's care.

79-year-old sues for butadiene exposure

David Yates Aug. 30, 2007, 7:30am

A worker at Firestone's synthetic rubber plant in Orange for 43 years, Edward Blankenstein, 79, says he was "negligently" exposed to butadiene during his long tenure.

Recent real estate foreclosures filed in Jefferson County

David Yates Aug. 30, 2007, 7:16am

- The U.S. Bank National Association has filed a foreclosure application against the property of Annabella and Eric Hayes, located at 2020 Duff Drive, Port Arthur, Texas 77642.

Orange woman sues Allstate, adjusters over Rita claim

David Yates Aug. 30, 2007, 6:26am

With the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita approaching, Golden Triangle lawyers and area residents are scrambling to file policy claim lawsuits before the statute of limitations runs out.

Cop sues city over passed promotion

David Yates Aug. 29, 2007, 12:21pm

Many people fantasize suing their employer over not receiving a much deserved raise � but one of Beaumont's finest made it a reality.

Boat crash leads to suit

David Yates Aug. 29, 2007, 8:51am

Allen Parker A docking rendezvous ended badly when a Houstonian's vessel collided with the Pleasure Island Shrimp House.

'Heavy smoker' dies of lung cancer, benefactor sues for asbestos exposure

David Yates Aug. 29, 2007, 8:35am

A brick layer for most of his life, Wayne Williams sued and received a claim for his asbestos-related disease. Now deceased, Williams' benefactor is suing for a "different malignant asbestos-related injury." Williams had a 60 � 80 pack-year smoking history and died of lung cancer.

Trial over missed step begins in Jefferson County court

David Yates Aug. 28, 2007, 5:00pm

Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth Yellow is a color often used to signify caution. Flo Wilson testified on Tuesday, Aug. 28 that if Christus St. Elizabeth had bothered to paint a concrete step yellow, she would have never tripped and broken her hip.

Seven locals sue Merck for "jaw death"

David Yates Aug. 27, 2007, 11:49am

Seven local residents have put their names on a lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Merck, claiming a medication designed to treat thinning bones instead caused permanent bone decay.

Humiliated railway worker sues for personal injury, slander

David Yates Aug. 27, 2007, 9:43am

John Sloan Jr. Railroad worker Michael Scott Smith says he received a back injury while on the job for Kansas City Southern, but was told by his boss that his injury claim was bogus. Now Smith is suing his employer not only for the personal injury, but also for the slanderous comments made in front of his co-workers.

Gas truck driver slips on oil, sues Motiva

David Yates Aug. 27, 2007, 8:37am

Russell Gautreaux, a tanker truck driver, was picking up a load of gasoline at the Port Arthur Motiva refinery when he slipped and fell on a patch of oil.

Orange man says asbestos exposure was intentional, sues 50 companies

David Yates Aug. 27, 2007, 6:59am

Lou Thompson Black Vincent Cooper Sr. is suing A.W. Chesterton, along with 50 other companies, for conspiring to mine, process, sell and distribute asbestos products, suppressing the information pertaining to the fiber's hazardous influence on human health and purposely inflicting him with an asbestos disease.

Atrium sues JCAD over excessive appraisal

David Yates Aug. 27, 2007, 6:53am

Every year, thousands of people and businesses complain or protest that their appraised property values exceed market values.

LaFleur family sues DuPont over July death at plant

David Yates Aug. 23, 2007, 9:43am

The family of Lonnie LaFleur, the worker who lost his life last month while extracting a heat exchanger at the Dupont plant in Orange, Texas, has filed a wrongful death suit.

Recent home foreclosures in Jefferson and Orange counties

David Yates Aug. 23, 2007, 8:45am

Jefferson County