News from February 2008
Mark Sokolow The city of Port Arthur and its economic development corporation can't seem to distinguish who's in charge. And now because the left hand hired a marketing consultant without the right hand's permission, the city will spend the next week in court.
Placed on light duty, a Macy's employee balked when her manager told her to apprehend a suspected shoplifter. Claiming Macy's negligently required her to do work that violated medical limitations, Wendy Graham sued the well known retailer.
Brian Sutton Slavery, segregation and barring women from the vote are three major errors committed by America that were eventually recognized as unconstitutional. But one Texas lawyer says there is fourth, over-looked mistake continuing to violate the peoples' constitutional rights: medical-malpractice damage caps.
A leaky freezer has led to a slip and fall lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores. Nu Thi Nguyen claims she slipped and fell in a puddle of water while shopping at the Twin City Highway mega center.
As many of you know, I write a year-end wrap-up recognizing some of the strangest lawsuits and legal stories of the year. However, 2008 is off to such an early start in this department that I just can't wait Ã¯Â¿Â½ there's just been too much weirdness going on in the courtroom.
Clay Dugas Jurors sided with the children of Alice Limbrick, 94, on Monday, Feb. 4, and blamed the Green Acres Parkdale nursing home for the loss of Alice's legs and awarded the family $400,000 in damages.
MARSHALL -- On a clear night in October 2004, Keisha Smith, with cocaine in her system, did not hear the warning bells or see the flashing lights signaling that a train was crossing the railroad intersection.
Trespassing gophers digging up yards are a common occurrence, but it's a tad stranger when the intruder is a human digging a drainage ditch in a shopping center.
The Provost Umphrey Law Firm is taking one of its former attorneys to court, alleging the lawyer still owes the firm its share of fees.
The family of Elbert Ray Lovett have filed a wrongful-death suit on his behalf against 48 chemical companies, claiming their benefactor was negligently exposed to toxic substances during his refinery career.
Chad Pinkerton After Johnny Philip Brown slipped and fell into some water at a petrochemical facility, he developed a disturbing red rash on his genitals.
MARSHALL -- When attempting to visit her family at Longview Psychiatric Hospital, grandmother Mary Miller tripped on the pavement and fell. Suing for more than $75,000, Miller claims that inadequate outside lighting and uneven pavement contributed to her clumsiness and caused her to fall.
'My Texas,' the state's current general-issue license plate design. Should the license plates on Texas vehicles sport a blooming field of the state's beloved bluebonnets or a vista of the endless West Texas skies? Or maybe a skyline of Texas' dynamic cities?
After an appeals court overturned an arbitration decision late last year, the city of Beaumont and its local firefighters union finally came to an agreement Feb. 6 with the approval of a four-year contract.
In a case that sounds more like a criminal matter than a civil one, the mother of three young children has filed suit against a Groves landlord for allegedly locking her and her kids inside a rental home.
Marshall Division, Eastern District of Texas
While shopping at Kirkland's -- a store specializing in area rugs and other home decor -- Waneta Clark tripped over a rolled up rug and now claims the store failed to warn her of the dangerous condition.
Texas justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's ruling that would have allowed a former teacher to pursue civil action against the Port Arthur Independent School District over an alleged discrimination firing.