News from March 2007

Crane company sued after worker falls from cab

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 19, 2007

A Jefferson County man filed a personal injury suit on March 9 against a crane company claiming a rusty door caused him to fall from the crane's cab.

Wave that caused drowning death leads to suit against ship co., pilots

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 20, 2007

Family of fisherman sues Sabine Pilots after tanker's wave causes boat to capsize.

Doctor, medical center sued when woman dies after gastric surgery

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 20, 2007

The family of a Chambers County woman filed a health care liability claim against a local doctor and hospital after the woman died following a gastric bypass procedure.

Wrongful death suit says docs ignored heart attack

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 21, 2007

Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont and two local neurosurgeons have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a Vidor woman who claim the staff failed to respond when the woman suffered a heart attack.

Exxon Mobil sued over benzene exposure

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 21, 2007

A local refinery worker has filed suit against Exxon Mobil for leukemia he claims was the result of exposure to benzene.

Injured seaman seeks $1 million from tugboat owner

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 22, 2007

A merchant sailor injured on board a tugboat has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the ship's owner.

Wainwright estate sues for asbestos exposure

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 23, 2007

Bryan Blevins The estate of Voight C. Wainwright filed an asbestos suit against 42 defendant corporations in Jefferson County District Court March 2, claiming his disease was wrongfully caused.

Unlike Texas, Illinois jury finds Merck not liable

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 27, 2007

Mikal Watts A jury in Madison County, Ill., returned a verdict in favor of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. on March 27, rejecting a plaintiff's claim that a woman's fatal heart attack was caused by taking Vioxx.

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Study shows tort costs total more than 2 percent of GDP

By Rob Luke | Mar 27, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO -- The economic cost of lawsuits on the United States economy towers over the amount spent federally on disease prevention and homeland security, according to a study released today.

Hardin County man sues Bausch & Lomb, Wal-Mart for eye infection

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 27, 2007

William Coffey A Hardin County man has filed a lawsuit against several defendants over an eye infection he claims was caused by ReNu contact solution.

Man cuts off fingers, sues church

By David Yates | Mar 27, 2007

John Davis Coleman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Christian Life Community Church Mid-County on March 23 in Jefferson County District Court.

House member proposes list of frivolous suits

By Marilyn Tennissen | Mar 27, 2007

State Rep. Richard Raymond A South Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require courts to report the number of frivolous lawsuits filed each year.

Beaumont couple sues Travelers for denying hurricane damages claim

By David Yates | Mar 27, 2007

A Beaumont couple filed a lawsuit against Travelers Lloyd of Texas Insurance Co. for fraudulently denying full coverage to their residence which was damaged during Hurricane Rita.

Supreme Court judge worked both sides to reclaim legal fees

By Rob Luke | Mar 28, 2007

Justice Nathan Hecht AUSTIN -- A watchdog group wants to know who gave Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht the money to pay the legal fees he incurred fighting a misconduct sanction.

Business, bureaucrats hope lawmakers trump Abbott's SSN rule

By Rob Luke | Mar 28, 2007

Attorney General Greg Abbott AUSTIN -- Texas's public-record keepers might soon be off the hook from a controversial identity-theft ruling issued last month by Attorney General Greg Abbott.

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