David Yates News

Hit-and-run victim sues insurance provider

By David Yates | May 3, 2007

Matthew Willis Annie Lemaire is suing her auto insurance provider, Mid-Century Insurance, for refusing to pay the claim she filed following a hit-and-run.

Church rebuilding project results in injury, lawsuit

By David Yates | May 3, 2007

Willie and Donna Cowart have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Nederland Apostolic Church and its pastor, J.C. Corkran. Willie Cowart fell off a scaffold while rebuilding the church's front porch.

City aims to bulldoze developer's dreams for strip center

By David Yates | May 3, 2007

A commercial developer with designs on renovating a condemned property has filed a temporary restraining order and injunction in hopes of stopping the city of Beaumont from bulldozing his newly purchased piece of real estate.

Jury selected, med-mal trial begins

By David Yates | May 3, 2007

After two full days of questioning, lawyers finally selected a jury for a medical malpractice trial in Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th District Court.

Hot cup of Joe lands McDonald's in lawsuit

By David Yates | May 2, 2007

Reminiscent of a 1994 case that caught national attention, a Jefferson County woman is suing McDonald's for failing to warn her that coffee is served hot.

80-year-old dies of leukemia, benefactor sues for benzene exposure

By David Yates | May 2, 2007

Shirley Jeanis, the executrix of the estate of Alfred Jeanis, is suing the Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., along with 28 other petrochemical suppliers, for exposing Alfred Jeanis to benzene.

Jury selection still ongoing in med-mal case

By David Yates | May 2, 2007

After two full days of questioning, lawyers still have a pool of more than 50 potential jurors to narrow down before beginning a medical malpractice trial in Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th District Court.

"Heavy" smoker's family blames asbestos for benefactor's lung cancer, sues 43 corporations

By David Yates | May 2, 2007

Bryan Blevins Attorney Bryan Blevins of Provost Umphrey will represent the family of a "heavy" smoker and sue the A.O. Smith Corp., along with 42 other major corporations, for distributing products containing asbestos throughout Jefferson County.

Trial against State Farm put on backburner

By David Yates | Apr 30, 2007

Insurance adjusters working in Jefferson County will continue to collectively hold their breath as the so called "precedent-setting" Hurricane Rita insurance trial was reset due to the sudden illness of an attorney.

PA doctor sued for slicing into patient's bile duct

By David Yates | Apr 30, 2007

A medical malpractice suit has been brought against a Port Arthur physician who sliced into a patient's common bile duct while performing a laparoscopic surgery to remove her gallbladder.

Jury selected to hear case against medical personnel

By David Yates | Apr 30, 2007

The alleged lack of action of several medical personnel has lead to a wrongful death trial that will begin May 1.

Couple goes after disappearing contractor

By David Yates | Apr 30, 2007

Gilbert Adams A couple whose home was flattened by Hurricane Rita claim the contractors they hired split with the $41,848.69 they paid them without completing the repairs.

Family of cancer victim sues for asbestos exposure

By David Yates | Apr 30, 2007

Houston Attorney Ian Cloud The children of Traville Franks, a deceased petrochemical worker, are suing numerous oil companies for exposing their father to asbestos.

Homeowner says lender has no right to foreclose

By David Yates | Apr 30, 2007

Debra Berg is suing her lender, Countrywide Home Loans, for attempting to foreclose on her home when they promised not to.

Exploding oven throws man 15 feet across room

By David Yates | Apr 26, 2007

Galvin Kennedy On Feb. 19, 2007, an oven explosion at Tex-Mex Grocers threw one employee 15 feet across a room. The injured baker, Miguel Martinez, and a fellow employee, Mercedes Zepeda, have filed a lawsuit against the grocer and Savatri Ramdath.

Lifelong smoker blames asbestos for lung cancer, sues 43 corporations

By David Yates | Apr 26, 2007

Bryan Blevins Attorney Bryan Blevins of Provost Umphrey has filed a suit on behalf of refinery worker against A.O. Smith and 42 other corporations for distributing asbestos containing products.The petition says the plaintiff was a lifelong smoker. This is the third case of its type filed by Blevins in the last 30 days.

Orange resident sues Travelers for hurricane claim

By David Yates | Apr 26, 2007

Orange County resident Rex Mccorqodale has filed a lawsuit against Travelers Lloyds of Texas Insurance Co. for refusing to pay his claim in full following Hurricane Rita.

Policyholder says Foremost guilty of theft for not paying full claim

By David Yates | Apr 26, 2007

Orange County resident Yvonnie Williams has filed a lawsuit against Foremost Lloyds of Texas Insurance Co. for refusing to pay a claim in full following Hurricane Rita.

Collapsed scaffold results in personal injury lawsuit

By David Yates | Apr 24, 2007

Christopher Dean Encarnacion Perez Jr., a Total Petrochemicals Refinery employee, is suing United Scaffolding Inc. for improperly constructing the scaffold that collapsed while he was dismantling it.

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