News from October 2007

Watchdog group launches Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 1, 2007

AUSTIN� Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups across Texas are celebrating Oct. 1-5 as Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week (LAAW), an annual commemoration to call attention to how lawsuit abuse threatens the healthcare system, costs jobs, increases consumer prices and can cripple small businesses.

Engineer with back problems sues railroad for chair choice

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2007

Gilbert Adams III A locomotive engineer for Union Pacific Railroad Co. for most of his career, Michael Dromgoogle says he now suffers from severe back problems. He is suing the railway for "failing to provide ergonomic seats."

Seaman sues after boat capsizes

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2007

Arnold & Itkin Seaman Sylvester Maye was thrown into the water and injured when the vessel he was serving on, the M/V Galveston Bay, capsized.

Man files suit after television dropped on head

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 1, 2007

MARSHALL -- Shopping for two 27-inch televisions at a Tyler Best Buy store, Sam Fisher found what he wanted on a high shelf that he could not reach.

Heavy smoking, asbestos exposure 'synergistically' causes lung cancer, suit says

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2007

Bryan Blevins At the request of Provost Umphrey attorney Bryan Blevins, the Texas Occupational Medicine Institute reviewed Clothilde DeJean's medical records and concluded Dejean's "heavy smoking history" combined with asbestos exposure "synergistically" caused her cancer.

Quartet sue Motiva for sulfuric acid exposure

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2007

A quartet of Motiva Enterprises employees are claiming they were negligently exposed to sulfuric acid while working at the local plant.

Woman sues PA doc for botched hysterectomy

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2007

Teresa Sartor is suing a Port Arthur physician, Dr. Jacquin Coombs, for complications following a hysterectomy.

Wortham honored with Legends Scholarship at Lamar

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 3, 2007

Judge Bob Wortham Lamar University and the Beaumont Foundation of America have announced the eighth of nine Southeast Texas Legends Scholarships � this one honoring Judge Bob Wortham, who, throughout his distinguished career as a federal prosecutor, district judge and private attorney, has been known as an innovator and legal pioneer whose landmark cases have had national impact.

Wife of murder victim sues management for unsafe apartments

By David Yates | Oct 3, 2007

Jarvis Mayfield was shot to death two years ago at the Prince Hall Village Apartments in Port Arthur, a murder still unsolved by the Port Arthur Police Department.

Railroad worker settles $2 million case for $34,000

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 3, 2007

Reed Morgan MARSHALL -- Last year former railroad worker James Smith sued Union Pacific, seeking more than $2 million as compensation for exposure to the toxic chemicals he blames for his leukemia.

Husband's laundry blamed for asbestos exposure

By David Yates | Oct 3, 2007

On the surface,laundry doesn't appear to be an occupational hazard. However, a retired plumber is claiming his on the job asbestos exposure inadvertently contaminated his wife, causing her untimely death.

Missing banister leads to suit after fall

By David Yates | Oct 3, 2007

Michael Lindsay Charles McCray is suing Newberry Properties, Ltd. for "failing to replace a banister within a reasonable time." McCray was injured when he fell off some steps adjoining the absent banister.

Heavy smoker' dies of cancer, benefactor sues for asbestos exposure

By David Yates | Oct 3, 2007

Bryan Blevins A plant operator for most of his life, Jack Jones sued and received a settlement for his asbestos-related disease. Now deceased, Jones' benefactor is suing for a "different malignant asbestos-related injury." Jones had an "extensive" cigarette smoking history.

Legally Speaking: Brand Name Bullies

By John G. Browning | Oct 3, 2007

As a lawyer who represented companies on both sides of trademark infringement cases, I understand why trademarks can be so vital to a business.

Parents sue West Brook for slander, civil rights violations over game controversy

By David Yates | Oct 3, 2007

A former West Brook High School student claims to have been forced to withdraw from school after administrators blamed the student for participating in a controversial game that was played after school hours and away from school property.

Flying carpet suit successfully mediated

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 4, 2007

MARSHALL -- Although previous attempts at settlement negotiations were unsuccessful, Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven was able to achieve mediation magic in the flying carpet litigation at a conference held on Sept. 25.

Orange man sues after doors couldn't stand the weather

By David Yates | Oct 4, 2007

Clay Dugas Orange County resident David Hinds has filed a deceptive trade practices lawsuit against Parker Lumber and Jeld-Wen Inc. He claims the $20,000 weather resistant doors he purchased rotted.

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