News from April 2008

Another Jefferson County resident sues Countrywide for misrepresenting payment program

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2008

Another Golden Triangle resident has filed suit against Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., claiming the lender misrepresented its mortgage repayment program.

Man gets TRO to stop demolition of downtown building

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2008

A Jefferson County man has received a temporary restraining order to stop the city from demolishing a building he purchased in downtown Beaumont.

Fall at gas station leads to suit against store owners

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2008

John Morgan Clearly marked with yellow paint, David Pouncy still slipped and fell on a concrete ramp while exiting a gas station owned by Steinhagen Oil Co. Pouncy says the incident left him partially disabled and is suing Steinhagen Oil, claiming the company failed to treat the ramp with "non-skid materials."

Heavy-hitter trial lawyers striking out with asbestos pitch

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2008

An asbestos suit filed by Provost Umphrey takes up about half of the courthouse record's vault. Asbestos lawsuits tried in Jefferson County may no longer be a homerun, as two recent jury verdicts sent plaintiffs' lawyers from two renowned law firms back to the dugout on strikes.

Worker claims eye injury due to protruding metal on truck

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2008

An electrician working at a construction site claims his eye was injured when he walked into a protruding piece of metal on a roofing company truck.

Orange resident sues Allstate over Rita claim

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2008

Mostyn Orange County resident Gerald Bailey Sr. is the latest Hurricane Rita victim to sue his insurance company for allegedly refusing to pay at least a portion of his policy damage claim.

Male UTMB employee sues for gender discrimination

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2008

A male employee at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston claims he was demoted because of his gender and has filed a discrimination suit against UTMB.

Man alleges Cain Concrete said to work without safety guard on saw

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Apr 3, 2008

TEXARKANA -- A worker for a concrete company claims his employer told him to adjust a power saw in an improper manner to get his work done faster. When the manipulation caused a severe injury, the man sued his employer.

Legally Speaking: Lawyers Behaving Badly-Part Two

By John G. Browning | Apr 3, 2008

In the first part of this series, I discussed lawyers with some serious ethical shortcomings � stealing from clients, bribery, filing made-up lawsuits, and so on.

Refinery worker's suit names 79 defendants for distributing asbestos products

By David Yates | Apr 3, 2008

Bryan Blevins Attorney Bryan Blevins of Provost Umphrey has filed a suit on behalf of refinery worker against A.O. Smith Corp. and 78 other corporations for distributing asbestos-containing products.

Scruggs' former business partner fights sexual harassment suit

By John O'Brien | Apr 3, 2008

JACKSON, Miss. - The firm providing the financial support of the former Scruggs Katrina Group is trying to turn the tables on a former employee who filed a sexual harassment suit against it.

Texas Times: Wild Winds, Texas Tornadoes

By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn | Apr 3, 2008

A burst of wildflowers and green leaves across Texas point to a welcome change of seasons, but springtime also brings an unwanted weather visitor. Texas is hit by more tornadoes than any other state.

BBB warns Americans to shred to prevent ID theft

By David Yates | Apr 3, 2008

The Better Business Bureau is warning Americans to shred sensitive documents while cleaning out dusty filing cabinets this spring.

List of primary runoffs in the Democratic party

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 3, 2008

Only those who voted in the Democratic primaries or did not vote in either primary can vote in the runoff. Election Day is April 8.

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