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City leaders say farewell after decades of service

Former Beaumont Mayor Guy Goodson thanked supporters at a farewell reception on May 31. Goodson and three council members, including Dr. Lulu Smith, right, are leaving city government after decades of service. The city of Beaumont said goodbye May 31 to a group of public servants that had a combined total of 68 in city government.

Jurors deliberate on $3 million med-mal trial judgement

Testimony in a $3 million medical-malpractice trial, which began a month ago in Judge Gary Sanderson's 6oth District Court, rested Thursday, May 31.


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Woman sues local plants after husband's cancer death

J. Keith Hyde Willie Joseph LeBlue worked as a rigger and operator at Texas U.S. Chemical at its Port Neches facility and now his widow says the work was the cause of the cancer that took his life.

Family sues local plants after man's cancer death

J. Keith Hyde Johnie Crocker Jr. worked as an operator and shift foreman at Texaco Butadiene Company at its Port Neches facility and now his survivors says the work was the cause of the cancer that took his life.

Injured seaman sues under Jones Act

Nearly two years ago, Damion Robertson injured himself by removing a ground clamp while at sea. Under the Jones Act, Robertson has decided to sue his former employer Horizon Offshore Inc.

Railroad worker cites FELA for injury on train

Injuring himself while installing an end-of-train device for the BNSF Railway Co, Eldwin Garrett is citing the Federal Employers Liability Act and suing the company for negligence.

Patient claims surgery increased back pain

Johannes Quelle has brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Robert Phelps, claiming the physician failed to perform the "normal procedure" on him.

$3M med-mal suit ends in mistrial

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Man sues Motiva over "dangerous steps"

Glenn Parker IV, slipped and fell on what he claims were dangerous steps at the Motiva refinery in Port Arthur.

Pool company dries up on contract

Nearly a year ago Kirk and Michelle Martin paid Bedrock Pools $58,000 to design and build them a first-class pool and porch area. To this date, the job remains unfinished.

Flanagan Shipping settles with the Port of Port Arthur for damages

The James J. Flanagan Shipping Corp. settled with the Port of Port Arthur Navigation District of Jefferson County. The trial was set to begin Wednesday, June 6, in Judge Milton Shuffield's 136th District Court.

136th Court District, Judge Shuffield, June 1-30


136th Court District Trials, Judge Shuffield, June 1-30


Incorrect diagnosis leads couple to sue hospital

Anthony and Coretta Alexander have brought a medical-malpractice lawsuit against the Medical Center of Southeast Texas and several of its physicians for failing to provide an ordinary standard of care.

Suit says 146 manufacturers conspired to distribute asbestos products

Phillip Kanayan Dillon Parker Jr. is suing A.W. Chesterton, along with 145 other companies, for conspiring to mine, process, sell and distribute asbestos products, suppressing the information pertaining to the fiber's hazardous influence on human health, and purposely inflicting him with an asbestos disease.

Suit says asbestos contributed to smoker's cancer

Ian Cloud The heirs of Joe Coleman's estate are suing four corporations for conspiring to inflict him with an asbestos-related disease.

Injured workers says Chevron should have warned of crossing cyclists

A contracted worker for the Port Arthur Chevron refinery, Joel Hernandez was riding his bike when a plant truck allegedly ran a stop sign and struck him. He is suing the company for failing to post biking crossing signs.

Children claim asbestos exposure at Texaco caused father's death

Keith Hyde The children of the late Warren Schroeder are suing their father's former employer, Texaco Inc., for negligently and maliciously exposing him to asbestos.

Widow claims asbestos killed her husband, sues former employer

Keith Hyde The family of Frederick Schultz mourned his death almost two years ago. They claim his former employer, Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., exposed him to asbestos, which ultimately caused him to die of mesothelioma.