Judge Milton Shuffield For years plaintiffs' lawyers exploited a loophole in the Jefferson County District Court civil system allowing them to avoid paying thousands of dollars in filing fees, which, in turn, created an "administrative nightmare" for the district's clerks and court coordinators.
Animal-rights activists strongly advocate free-range livestock, but even they may have difficulty making a case for an Orange rancher who allowed a bull to roam an Interstate 10 service road, where a local police officer struck the animal with his cruiser.
Contractors often find themselves on the wrong end of a lawsuit, facing allegations of incomplete or shoddy work or run-ups in construction costs. But in a recent Jefferson County suit it is the contractor that is crying foul.
Beaumont homeowner Wanda Lewis claims that the Capitol County Mutual Fire Insurance Co., along with three of its adjusters, wrongfully denied her Hurricane Rita damage claim, even though her policy covered windstorm damage.
Dowlen Road Wal-Mart in Beaumont A pair of Wal-Mart employees allegedly stood idly by and watched a bargain shopper slip and fall as she walked through a puddle of water while attempting to leave the mega store.
Caliber Properties Inc., a local company, is suing its insurance provider and one of its adjusters for "denying at least a portion" of its Hurricane Rita claim without performing an "adequate investigation."
Groves resident Jimmie Smith filed a policy claim for property damage with Farmers Insurance Exchange following Hurricane Rita in 2005. He received a sum of money but now, nearly two years later, says it wasn't enough.
Beaumont couple Gary and Karen Kiefer maintain that their insurance policy covered windstorm damage. However, after Hurricane Rita hit, the couple says Farmers Insurance Exchange denied their policy claim.
Anthony Buzbee Eric Lozano's fellow ship mates evidently didn't catch the slogan: "Don't mess with Texas." Lozano is suing his employer for $1.5 million, plus court costs, claiming he tripped and fell on some trash.
Michael Eaves For decades, the Jones Act has advantageously allowed injured seaman to file lawsuits in Jefferson County, even if the plaintiff's injury occurred thousands of miles away and the defendant's principle office was situated outside of Jefferson County.