News from August 2008

Floyd the facilitator

By The SE Texas Record | Aug 2, 2008

Judge Donald Floyd didn't bother to say why he threw out the reasoned verdict of a Jefferson County jury earlier this summer.

Scruggs reports to prison, begins five-year sentence

By Chris Rizo | Aug 4, 2008

Scruggs ASHLAND, Ky. (Legal Newsline)-Convicted attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs reported Monday to a federal prison in Kentucky.

Candidate believes Texas SC too favorable to corporate defendants

By David Yates | Aug 5, 2008

Sam Houston, Democratic candidate for the Place 7 seat on the Texas Supreme Court, met with supporters in Beaumont on July 31. Campaigning on a platform that the current court is too favorable to corporate defendants, the Democratic nominee for justice of the Texas Supreme Court Place 7 stumped in Beaumont Thursday, July 31.

Legally Speaking: It's My Party, and I'll Sue If I Want To

By John G. Browning | Aug 5, 2008

It's your child's birthday party, and after all that preparation and planning, you're all set.

Appeals court reverses ruling on medical expert's testimony in Memorial Hermann case

By David Yates | Aug 5, 2008

Attorneys for Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital convinced a higher court recently to reverse and remand a lower court's ruling denying a motion challenging a medical expert's validity.

Couple sues roofing contractors for deceptive trade

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

Mark Sparks A pair of local residents have filed suit against several contractors who were hired to do roof repairs on their home.

Woman hit by car at H-E-B sues store, driver

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

A Beaumont woman hit by a car in the parking lot of an H-E-B has filed suit against the vehicle's driver and the grocery store.

Company says defendant took money without doing repairs

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

ICO Polymers North America purchased several forklifts from Toyota Lift of Houston in 2004 and 2005, and when forklifts were in need of repair, Toyota allegedly refused to fix them, court papers say.

This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts, July 17-31, 2008

Recent real estate foreclosures

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

Wells Fargo Bank has filed an application to foreclose on the property of Barney and Cheri Courts, located at 2105 Lennox Street, Vidor, Texas 77662.

Galveston cab co. sued after collision

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Aug 6, 2008

GALVESTON � A local man is suing a taxi company and one of its drivers for triggering a two-vehicle accident on a busy Galveston street that left five people injured.

Driver faults Firestone, Ford for rollover

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

ORANGE -- When the car in front of Terri Franklin blew a tire, she was suddenly pummeled by pieces of flying rubber. The shower of debris allegedly caused Franklin to lose control and flip her vehicle.

Texas seaman sues Virginia fishing company for injury in New York

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Aug 6, 2008

GALVESTON � A Corpus Christi seaman seeks $2.5 million in damages from a Newport News, Va.-based maritime company for multiple injuries he allegedly sustained while on a commercial fishing expedition in New York, court documents say.

DuPont employee sues 43 companies for benzene exposure

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

ORANGE -- A long-time employee of DuPont de Nemours claims needless exposure to benzene has caused him to develop cancer of his immune system.

Rumors about plaintiff's mental health leads to $5M defamation suit 20 years later

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Aug 6, 2008

Byram Hurst TEXARKANA, Ark. � An Arkansas soil conservationist is seeking more than $5 million from his supervisors and coworkers for spreading rumors about his mental health and creating a hostile work environment more than 20 years ago.

Benzene suit names Shell, 28 others as defendants

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

Keith Hyde ORANGE -- Claiming he was exposed to benzene, Layfette Granger and his wife Martha have filed suit against Shell Oil and 28 other corporations.

Sea-Doo water enema leads to suit

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2008

ORANGE � Just a few weeks ago, Megan Norris was riding on a Sea-Doo when she slipped off the rear of the watercraft directly into the path of the water thrust by the jet pump, which "penetrated her orifices," court papers say.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in U.S. District Courts

By Marilyn Tennissen | Aug 6, 2008

Patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas, July 30-Aug. 5, 2008

Appeals court allows legal malpractice case between brothers to go forward

By Steve Korris | Aug 7, 2008

In a case of brother versus brother, Montgomery County District Judge Frederick Edwards committed 13 errors in favor of the brother with the law license, according to the Ninth District appeals court in Beaumont.

Montgomery County can take Aggie forest land for highway, appeals court rules

By Steve Korris | Aug 7, 2008

Montgomery County can condemn state forest land by eminent domain, take ownership and return the land to the state, Ninth District appeals judges ruled as they marveled at how such a process could lead to a lawsuit.

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