News from 2007

Lifelong smoker blames asbestos for cancer, sues 43 corporations

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2007

Bryan Blevins Jefferson County resident Donald Sims is suing the A.O. Smith Corp., along with 42 other major corporations, for distributing products containing asbestos throughout the county. Sims suit says he suffers from mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, but also indicates the plaintiff smoked cigarettes for 50 years.

Woman sues DuPont, says company exposed her benefactor to benzene

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2007

The Beaumont-based law firm Provost and Umphrey is representing a plaintiff exposed to benzene.

Deposition gets reaction from lawyer, refinery

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 3, 2007

A recent deposition for a refinery lawsuit had both sides making their own interpretation of the statements.

Beaumont Foundation honors legal giant Joe Tonahill

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 3, 2007

Joe Tonahill Jr. addresses media at Lamar University for the announcement of the $100,000 Joe Tonahill scholarship in honor of his late father. Joe Tonahill may have become known for defending Jack Ruby, but the lawyer from Jasper, Texas, may now be known for helping students go to college.

Attorney general's dumpster-diving snares third big score

By Rob Luke | Apr 4, 2007

Abbott AUSTIN -- Companies in Texas should soon start to get the message that attorney general Greg Abbott is growing a little edgy about identity theft.

Damages sought for chemical burn may exceed $1 million

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 4, 2007

A man burned when a vacuum truck overflowed is seeking damages for his injuries that may exceed $1 million.

Man sues doc for separated sternum

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 4, 2007

A Louisiana man is suing a Port Arthur doctor for failing to properly reattach his sternum following bypass surgery.

Lobsterfest adds dance to schedule of events for 2007

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 4, 2007

The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce is inviting all seafood lovers to take part in the annual Lobsterfest, and this year attendees should not only wear Hawaiian shirts but their dancing shoes as well.

Orange couple sues insurer for pool repairs

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 4, 2007

An Orange couple is taking Allstate Texas Lloyds to court for not approving repairs to their swimming damaged by Hurricane Rita.

Woman sues Vidor businessman after handicapped son struck

By David Yates | Apr 4, 2007

A Buna woman is suing a Vidor business owner after her handicapped son was hit by a car as he boarded a school bus.

Orange Co. men sue after repeated tractor breakdowns

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 4, 2007

Two Orange County residents are suing a distributor for selling them a faulty tractor

Benz has four owners in one month, State Farm says it's the rightful owner

By David Yates | Apr 4, 2007

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. has filed a petition for declaratory judgment against a Jefferson County resident who unknowingly purchased a car owned by the insurance company.

Reebok puts shoe into Nike in new 'rocket docket' patent suit

By Rob Luke | Apr 5, 2007

Federal courthouse in Tyler TYLER -- The international sneaker wars have at last made their way to the Texas home of the patent-infringement lawsuit.

Doc cleared in trial over patient's fall from bed

By David Yates | Apr 5, 2007

A Jefferson County jury found a Port Arthur doctor did nothing wrong by not ordering restraints on an elderly patient.

Another settlement reached in massive asbestos suit

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 5, 2007

Jason Cansler of Brent Coon & Associates While a pool of potential jurors waited outside the courtroom, parties reached a settlement in an asbestos suit before the trial began in a Jefferson County District Court.

Attorney General Abbott stops illegal contact lens dispensers

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 5, 2007

SAN ANTONIO �Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stopped two local contact lens dispensers from illegally selling contact lenses without prescriptions.

Medical staff sued for inmate's death

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 5, 2007

The wife of an inmate who died in a Jefferson County correctional facility has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the prison's medical staff and the hospital that treated him.

Couple sues when Farmers refuses claim

By David Yates | Apr 5, 2007

A Beaumont couple is suing Famers Insurance Co. for refusing to pay their claim.

Staph infection leads to lawsuit

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 5, 2007

A Jefferson County woman is blaming poor treatment by a local doctor and hospital for a staph infection that left dimished use of her hand.

Fall from ladder on shrimp boat leads to suit

By David Yates | Apr 5, 2007

Peter Cao has filed a lawsuit against Robert Le and his shrimp boat Miss Valerie II for not providing a safe working environment. The Jefferson County resident fell off a ladder while cleaning.

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