News from January 2008

Family of roofer sues Entergy for wrongful death

By David Yates | Jan 2, 2008

The monthly bill that every Entergy customer receives contains a printed warning: "Stay away from power lines." Sound advice, but some occupations require working in close proximity to live wires.

Wrongful Death suit seeks $3 M after tractor-trailer collision

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jan 2, 2008

TEXARKANA -- The family of a Sara Lee Bakery Group employee is seeking more than $3 million after a tractor-trailer collision led to fatal injuries of Lamar County resident James Watkins.

Seaman files Jones Act suit after fall on vessel

By David Yates | Jan 2, 2008

A seaman is claiming he slipped and fell because the ship he served on lacked "adequate walking and working surfaces."

Fired seaman says stress from termination, retaliation caused health problems

By David Yates | Jan 2, 2008

After seaman Tom Arriola was fired, he developed ulcers and diabetes, conditions he claims were the result of the stress of his wrongful termination for standing up for his union rights.

Legally Speaking: "He Ain't Heavy � He's My Client"

By John G. Browning | Jan 2, 2008

Whether you've put on a few extra pounds after succumbing to holiday temptations, or if you've struggled with weight issues for years, one of the last places you want to be reminded of your size is the workplace � especially if your physique has nothing to do with your job performance.

Texas company seeks judgment to stop potential patent suit

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 2, 2008

American Microsystems' wireless bar code scanner East Texas has become a haven for patent infringement suits in recent years, so one small Texas company thought it could see the writing on the wall when it received a letter regarding patent "issues" from a company it believes makes its living from lawsuits.

Suit alleges hernia repair patches caused infection

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

Carly Slack Anderson TEXARKANA � After having several surgeries to repair hernias, Marion Teague began to experience abdominal pain and inflammation. Teague claims the mesh patch used to repair the hernias had become infected, requiring additional surgery to remove the patch.

Dropped Cable Suit Moved to Federal Court

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

MARSHALL � On July 17, 2006, Jimmy Maassen, a driver for Hunt Transportation, was making a delivery to General Cable Industries in Scottsville when an employee dropped a 500-pound steel cable reel off the truck. Maassen was pinned to the cement while his wife Marcy watched.

Appeals court reverses ruling on dilapidated carwash demolition

By David Yates | Jan 3, 2008

Justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a lower court's ruling that the court did not have jurisdiction to stop the city of Beaumont from demolishing a carwash on Calder.

Recent real estate foreclosures

By David Yates | Jan 3, 2008

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. has filed an order for foreclosure application on the property of Edward Bernard Cooley.

'Gross-out factor' makes episiotomy story most-viewed for 2007

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 3, 2008

Since its first publication in April 2007, the Southeast Texas Record has written about hundreds of Hurricane Rita-related lawsuits, asbestos injury claims, class actions against refineries and countless other civil suits filed in Jefferson County.

Spindletop museum to reopen with gusher reenactment

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 3, 2008

Frank Trost's famous photo of the Spindletop gusher in 1901. BEAUMONT � After Hurricane Rita shut it down for more than two years, the replica of the oil well that put Beaumont on the map is ready to blow its top once again.

Coon's Illinois silicosis cases moved to Cook County

By Steve Korris | Jan 3, 2008

Brent Coon In the biggest export ever of Madison County lawsuits, Circuit Judge Daniel Stack packaged 33 silicosis claims and shipped them to Cook County.

Suit dismissed for seaman who hurt his back while moving ladder

By David Yates | Jan 3, 2008

Atlantic Horizon While working aboard a ship, Carlos Guzman, a Port Arthur resident, injured his back while moving a ladder. He sued his employer and the ship's owner under the Jones Act.

Show to spotlight local musical legacy

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 3, 2008

Janis Joplin Port Arthur will remember not only one of its most well-known residents but also its musical roots at the 21st Annual Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Show.

Profitable punishment

By The SE Texas Record | Jan 6, 2008

When is enough thrashing enough for BP?

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