News from July 2007

Infected hand leads to med-mal suit

By David Yates | Jul 11, 2007

Two years ago, a table saw tore through John Leatherwood's hand. He was rushed to Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital.

Railroad worker sues after leg severed

By David Yates | Jul 11, 2007

Perry Ashworth's leg was mutilated and severed below the knee when the rail car he was working on at the Huntsman Refinery rolled over him.

Dirty laundry aired in asbestos trial

By David Yates | Jul 11, 2007

While growing up, Joyce Myers helped her mother with the family laundry, a task that included washing the uniforms her father wore during his 22-year refinery career. From 1943 to 1965, Myers' father insulated pipes with asbestos at the Mobil Oil Refinery in Beaumont.

Texans mourn Lady Bird Johnson

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady, in the Texas Hill Country. The Lone Star State mourned the passage of a woman close to its heart July 11 with the death of the Lady Bird Johnson, the former U.S. first lady with the green thumb. She was 94.

Woman finds bolt in salad, sues deli

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2007

Tim Riley Nuts are a common salad topping. However, Jennifer Kaiser is suing a Woodlands Jason's Deli for failing to hold the bolts.

Recent business licenses/assumed names

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 12, 2007

Recent business licenses/assumed names issued by the Jefferson County Clerk, July 1-12, 2007

Blevins files new asbestos suit

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2007

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.

Wal-Mart 'waterfall' leads to injury suit

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 12, 2007

On a summer day two years ago, Joanne Monroe was shopping at the Wal-Mart in Orange when she claims she was knocked to the ground by bottles of water that fell from a cart.

Lawmakers visit fuel lab at LU

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 12, 2007

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, center, and U.S. Reps. Ted Poe and Kevin Brady, made a recent visit to the Advanced Fuel Cell Research lab at Lamar University. Lamar University is on the front lines of developing new energy systems for the U.S. military with its Advanced Fuel Cell Research laboratory.

Couple says Allstate forcing them live in unhealthy home

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2007

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."

Home lender down over $600m as Abbott, state AGs get 2nd windfall

By Rob Luke | Jul 12, 2007

Greg Abbott AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and his California counterpart Jerry Brown brought home a nice hunk of bacon from a July 12 multi-state settlement over 'predatory lending'.

Huntsman terminates Basell merger, will sell to Hexion

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 12, 2007

The Huntsman Corporation announced July 12 that it has terminated the merger agreement with Basell AF and has agreed to a definitive merger agreement with Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., an Apollo Management LP portfolio company.

Texas gets cured

By The SE Texas Record | Jul 14, 2007

Four years after instituting sweeping medical malpractice lawsuit reforms, Texas has gone from a doctor shortage to a doctor surplus.

Shoe giant aborts mission on TX 'rocket docket' patent lawsuit

By Rob Luke | Jul 16, 2007

TYLER, TX -- It had the potential for some exciting legal foot-to-foot contact, but cooler heads eventually prevailed.

PA warrant roundup set for July 25

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 16, 2007

Those with outstanding warrants have a last chance to pay up.

Laundromat door falls, injures PA woman

By David Yates | Jul 16, 2007

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.

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

By David Yates | Jul 16, 2007

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.

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