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Expert: Only a 'crystal ball' could have predicted dangers of asbestos

David Yates Jul. 23, 2007, 12:28pm

Were Mobil Oil's actions to protect refinery workers and their families from asbestos reasonable in light of what the company knew during the 1930s, '40s, '50s and early '60s time period?

Unpaid hurricane claim leads to suit against Allstate

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 11:31am

After Hurricane Rita ripped the siding of Russell and Amy Gils' home, Allstate compromised with the couple and agreed to replace a portion of the house's siding. However, when the couple submitted their $16,500 policy claim, Allstate, through one of its adjusters, denied the claim.

Testimony continues in asbestos trial

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 10:49am

An asbestos expert and industrial hygienist says oil refinery pipefitters were not exposed to enough asbestos to develop asbestosis, as testimony continued this week in the multimillion dollar trial in Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th District Court.

Unfinished home repairs lead to lawsuit

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 7:53am

Jason Cansler After Hurricane Rita ravaged her home, Sandra Girard hired Gary and Nancy Robbins to repair her property, "paying them a substantial sum" upfront. To this day, the repairs remain unfinished.

New business licenses/assumed names filed with Jefferson County Clerk, July 12-19

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 7:00am

Orig. Filing Date: 07/12/2007 Certificate #: 70988

Woman sues housing authority after fall

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 6:48am

While strolling through her kitchen, Stacy Johnson claims a loose tile gave way causing her trip and fall. Blaming her spill on the organization that provided her home, Johnson is suing the Beaumont Housing Authority/Tracewood II Apartments.

Child slips at laundromat, mother sues

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 6:40am

An uneventful day at a Beaumont laundromat spin cycled for the worst when Marion Goodwin's young daughter allegedly slipped and fell, suffering "permanent injuries."

Recent Foreclosures

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 6:36am

Recent foreclosures filed in Jefferson County, July 12-13:

Insurance, injury cases on Clark's docket

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 4:28am

Orange County Judge Pat Clark, 128th District Court, will entertain special setting requests for three different plaintiffs on Friday, July 20, possibly granting them trial dates.

Family claims asbestos caused husband's lung cancer, sues Chevron

David Yates Jul. 18, 2007, 12:00pm

Kieth Hyde The family of the late Lee Robinson Sr. is suing Chevron U.S.A. and Texaco for negligently exposing their benefactor to asbestos during his employment at a Port Neches plant.

Man invokes Jones Act, sues for neck injury

David Yates Jul. 18, 2007, 12:00pm

An Orion Marine project Elton Moore injured his neck while attempting to load a cement saw unto a trailer.

Fall from ladder at Motiva leads to suit

David Yates Jul. 18, 2007, 11:58am

While climbing a ladder, Patrick Kennedy claims he was "overwhelmed by exhaustion and fumes," causing him to fall and injure himself. He is suing Connex International Inc. and Motiva Enterprises for "failing to provide (him) with proper training and supervision."

Dead mockingbirds lead to $10K fine for drilling company

David Yates Jul. 18, 2007, 9:43am

Northern Mockingbird In the Harper Lee novel of the same name, Atticus Finch says it is a sin "to kill a mockingbird." Turns out it's also against the law.

Dwight Harrison sues NFL over pension

David Yates Jul. 18, 2007, 9:27am

Dwight Harrison in 1974 with the Buffalo Bills Former professional football player Dwight Webster Harrison has asked Federal Judge Marcia Crone to stop the NFL from cutting off his benefits and pension.

Patent case against Halliburton moves to Texas federal court

David Yates Jul. 18, 2007, 9:16am

On July 9, the case of M-I SWACO vs. Halliburton Energy Services Inc. was removed from a California Federal Court and officially transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, Judge Leonard Davis presiding.

Suit against Bally Fitness moves to federal court

David Yates Jul. 17, 2007, 10:21am

In May, the Record reported on an Iraq Army veteran who was "worked up" over what he claims were fraudulent charges for a workout. On July 2, Army Lt. Col. Bryan Lawson's lawsuit against Bally Fitness and American Express was plucked from Judge Floyd's 172nd District Court and seated in federal court.

Suit claims asbestos caused refinery worker's colon cancer, death

David Yates Jul. 16, 2007, 1:17pm

J. Keith Hyde William Holmes, a local refinery worker, died of colon cancer more than a year ago. His benefactor, Joy Holmes, claims William's cancer was caused by asbestos and is suing Chevron U.S.A. and Texaco for negligently exposing him to the "toxic" dust during his employment at the Port Arthur plant.

Laundromat door falls, injures PA woman

David Yates Jul. 16, 2007, 1:13pm

Last month Chantel Laurent paid a visit to EZ Washateria in Port Arthur for "business purposes." She alleges that when she entered the laundry mat, an unhinged door fell on her, causing Laurent to suffer serious and permanent injuries, plus mental anguish.

Couple says Allstate forcing them live in unhealthy home

David Yates Jul. 12, 2007, 9:17am

William and Joyce Ford claim Allstate Texas Lloyds denied their Hurricane Rita damage claim, forcing the couple to live in their "home under dangerous and unhealthy conditions."

Blevins files new asbestos suit

David Yates Jul. 12, 2007, 5:19am

Bryan Blevins Even though Provost Umphrey attorney Brian Blevins is busy trying a million dollar asbestos case in Judge Sanderson's 60th District Court, he still finds the time to file fresh asbestos lawsuits.