News from September 2007

Watch your steps

By The SE Texas Record | Sep 1, 2007

They couldn't talk about it in court, but we can.

Wrongful death suit alleges floor buffer caused carbon monoxide death

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

Floor Blazer buffer with Honda propane engine MARSHALL � Annie Harper, the wife of Archie Ray Harper, believes her husband's death was a result of a defective and unreasonably dangerous floor buffer.

Med-mal trail against Christus begins in Jefferson County

By David Yates | Sep 4, 2007

Nick Nichols Jury selection for the medical malpractice trial of Irene Salas et al vs. Christus Health Southeast Texas et al began Monday, Sept. 4, in Judge Donald Floyd's 172nd Judicial District.

Patient with dementia sues nursing home after fall

By David Yates | Sep 4, 2007

Senior citizen Melba Taff, 77, says because she was suffering from dementia while living at the PHP Oaks at Beaumont nursing home, the facility had an obligation to minimize her falling risks.

Exploding pump burns seaman's face

By David Yates | Sep 4, 2007

Arnold & Itkin Exploding engine pumps seriously burned Maceo Carter's face, chief engineer for the Chesapeake Bay � a vessel owned and operated by the Omega Protein Corp.

Appeals court: Children not property owners in refinery suit

By David Yates | Sep 4, 2007

Justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals granted a request by Premcor and Motiva to have children removed as plaintiffs from a class action lawsuit filed against the oil giants.

Home Depot's injury payments not enough for former employee

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

MARSHALL -- After voluntarily paying medical expenses for an injured employee, Home Depot is now facing a lawsuit from the employee who claims the payments were not enough.

Legally Speaking: Adventures in Jury Duty

By John G. Browning | Sep 5, 2007

As a trial lawyer, I get to regularly witness the importance of the jury to our system of justice. Even though most of the jurors I speak to after a trial tell me that, generally speaking, they enjoyed the experience more than they thought they would, I can still understand why so many people try to get out of jury duty.

Jones Act case against Kirby proceeds in federal court

By Marilyn Tennissen | Sep 5, 2007

Richard Schechter A Jones Act case against Kirby Inland Marine filed in April is proceeding through federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.

Med-mal trail against Christus heats up

By David Yates | Sep 5, 2007

Dump-truck driver Aurilano Salas suffered from an array of life threatening aliments. When he became ill on the job back in 2001, Salas was transported to Christus Hospital St. Mary in Port Arthur and diagnosed with sepsis. Eight hours after his arrival, Salas died.

Blue Cross accused of theft in suit

By David Yates | Sep 5, 2007

Quality Infusion Care Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas claiming the health insurance provider is stealing from its company � disguising its theft as a "fraudulent accounting entry."

Christus lays off 100 employees

By Marilyn Tennissen | Sep 5, 2007

Christus Health Care announced it will immediately layoff 100 employees from its Beaumont and Port Arthur hospitals, according to a statement released Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Landowners' case moves to federal magistrate

By Marilyn Tennissen | Sep 5, 2007

A case involving landowners who say a lawsuit against them is a violation of their civil rights has been referred to a federal magistrate in Beaumont.

Parking lot fight ends in criminal charges, civil suit

By Marilyn Tennissen | Sep 6, 2007

What began as friends hanging out in a parking lot ended with one man sustaining injuries, another facing criminal charges and a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas.

Judge's son withdraws from Nissan odometer class action

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Sep 6, 2007

T. John "Johnny" Ward Jr. MARSHALL -- Longview attorney T. John Ward Jr., son of federal judge T. John Ward, withdrew from class counsel on Aug. 28 in a suit against Nissan for inflated odometer mileage.

Trial date nears in med-mal suit against Carthage medical center

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Sep 6, 2007

East Texas Medical Center-Carthage MARSHALL -- After a recent hearing in a medical malpractice suit, Magistrate Judge John Love denied a Motion to Continue Trial Date, stating he could not find sufficient justification.

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