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Legally Speaking: Perverted Journalism - Part One

On Nov. 5, 2006, with police knocking on the door of his home and a camera crew from "Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator" waiting in the street, Rockwall County assistant prosecutor Louis "Bill" Conradt, Jr. shot himself rather than face accusations of soliciting sex online from a decoy posing as a 13 year-old boy.

The Texas Nexus -- Why state justices owed an apology to George Strait

Anyone on earth can sue in a Texas court over an injury that happened anywhere on earth, as long as the injured person lives in a nation that allows personal injury lawsuits.

Fort Worth criminal, civil courts come together to bring gang members to justice

Tarrant County Courthouse Weary of gang members coalescing in its streets, Fort Worth has followed the lead of two other Texas cities and filed suit.

Local lawyer tells advantages, disadvantages of Jones Act

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.

Suit faults generator fumes for campers' deaths

While sleeping in a camper attached to a pickup truck, Dalton Ray Howell and Douglas Ray Curry were "overcome" with carbon monoxide fumes resulting in their untimely deaths.

Seaman trips on trash, sues for $1.5 M

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.

Bridge City couple wants Allstate to pay full claim

Following Hurricane Rita, homeowners Michael and Audrey Louviere filed a claim with their insurer Allstate. Now the company has filed another claim, this one for damages in civil court after they say Allstate did not fulfill its contract.

Simpson seeks proceeds from Allstate

Like many other residents in Southeast Texas, O.D. Simpson Sr. of Orange sustained damage to his home from Hurricane Rita in 2005. And like many others, he is filing a lawsuit against his insurer Allstate for wrongfully denying his claim.

First Rita, then insurer deal blows to Orange County resident

It was bad enough that Hurricane Rita left Carl McFarlane's home unlivable, but the Orange County resident says on top of that his mortgage company had let his homeowners' insurance lapse.

Construction company says not responsible for Orange woman's injuries

In an ongoing Orange County lawsuit, a construction company recently denied that it was in any way responsible for a woman's fall at a residential facility.

New business licenses/assumed names issued by the Jefferson County Clerk

Orig. Filing Date: 07/26/2007 Certificate #: 71078

Recent patent/copyright infringement cases filed in U.S. District Court

Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division

Real Estate Foreclosures

Jefferson County

Beaumont couple sues Farmers for denying hurricane claim

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.

Groves man sues Farmers over hurricane claim

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.

This Just In: Jefferson County

July 25

This Just In: Orange County

July 24

'Colossus' class action costing defendants more than $293 million

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Proposed and approved settlements from Miller County Circuit Court's infamous "Colossus" class action could cost defendants more than $293 million.

Texas lottery commission might run raffles if AG Abbott gives nod

Greg Abbott AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is currently mulling whether Texans could soon play a type of lottery more often seen at social fund-raisers.

Property company sues for property damage claim

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."