News from May 2007

Floyd won't let plaintiff's lawyer grill reporters

By Ann Knef | May 1, 2007

Attorney Brent Coon Jefferson County District Judge Donald Floyd has ruled in favor of the Southeast Texas Record, denying plaintiff's attorney Brent Coon's demand to question its editor and reporter.

BPD officer laid to rest

By Marilyn Tennissen | May 1, 2007

Beaumont Police Officer Lisa Beaulieu It began with the roar of dozens of police motorcycles, but otherwise the motorcade escorting the body of a fallen Beaumont police officer was silent as it made its way through downtown Beaumont on Monday afternoon.

80-year-old dies of leukemia, benefactor sues for benzene exposure

By David Yates | May 2, 2007

Shirley Jeanis, the executrix of the estate of Alfred Jeanis, is suing the Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., along with 28 other petrochemical suppliers, for exposing Alfred Jeanis to benzene.

Jury selection still ongoing in med-mal case

By David Yates | May 2, 2007

After two full days of questioning, lawyers still have a pool of more than 50 potential jurors to narrow down before beginning a medical malpractice trial in Judge Gary Sanderson's 60th District Court.

"Heavy" smoker's family blames asbestos for benefactor's lung cancer, sues 43 corporations

By David Yates | May 2, 2007

Bryan Blevins Attorney Bryan Blevins of Provost Umphrey will represent the family of a "heavy" smoker and sue the A.O. Smith Corp., along with 42 other major corporations, for distributing products containing asbestos throughout Jefferson County.

Hot cup of Joe lands McDonald's in lawsuit

By David Yates | May 2, 2007

Reminiscent of a 1994 case that caught national attention, a Jefferson County woman is suing McDonald's for failing to warn her that coffee is served hot.

Local case recalls the 1994 hot coffee "Mc Lawsuit"

By Marilyn Tennissen | May 2, 2007

A Jefferson County woman filed a lawsuit against McDonald's recently, claiming she was burned because their coffee was too hot.

Polling Places for May 12 Special Election

By The SE Texas Record | May 2, 2007

Polling places for May 12, 2007 Special Election

Bank sues ad agency over contract

By Marilyn Tennissen | May 2, 2007

CountyBank of Orange was advertised as "the bank of a lifetime," but its agreement with the ad agency lasted less than a year and now the bank wants its money back.

Family visit ends in lawsuit over driveway fall

By Marilyn Tennissen | May 2, 2007

What began as a family visit ended in a lawsuit after a woman fell in a driveway in Vidor.

Bill to close lawsuit loophole passes Texas House

By The SE Texas Record | May 3, 2007

Texans for Lawsuit Reform joined with Texas ports and the maritime industry, including every dredging company doing business in Texas, to applaud the passage of CSHB 1602, introduced by Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale, R-Houston.

Lawsuit abuse kills hope

By The SE Texas Record | May 3, 2007

Last summer, the makers of small, disposable respirator masks (which sell for about $1 each) startled Congress and healthcare leaders when they announced that Americans might not have access to these basic medical devices in the event of a flu pandemic.

Defendants want insurance cases moved to federal court

By Marilyn Tennissen | May 3, 2007

After Hurricane Rita left thousands of residences damaged throughout Southeast Texas, many homeowners have turned to the local courts with complaints against their insurance carriers.

This Just In (Jefferson County)

By The SE Texas Record | May 3, 2007

Recent civil filings in Jefferson County District Courts, April 20-May 1

This Just In (Orange County)

By The SE Texas Record | May 3, 2007

Recent civil filings in Orange County District Courts, April 23 - April 27

Attorney general cans "Coke" over drug, health marketing claims

By Rob Luke | May 3, 2007

Greg Abbott AUSTIN -- Richard Blumenthal apparently isn't the only state attorney general that has worries about a new drink called "Cocaine" running all around his brain.

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