News from June 2008

Jurors don't count

By The SE Texas Record | Jun 1, 2008

Even when corporate defendants win in Jefferson County, they lose.

Oral arguments heard over class certification in product liability cases

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

Associate Justice Donald Corbin LITTLE ROCK, Ark. � The Arkansas Supreme Court heard arguments over multi-state class certification issues relating to product liability cases on Thursday, May 29.

Widow files benzene suit on late husband's behalf

By David Yates | Jun 2, 2008

Keith Hyde A widow has filed a benzene suit against Chevron USA, convinced the company who wrote her husband's paychecks also killed him.

Standard Alloys sues Entergy after transformer fire damages foundry

By David Yates | Jun 2, 2008

A Port Arthur business, Standard Alloys & Manufacturing Co., has filed suit against Entergy, claiming the power company negligently ignored a faulty transformer, which sparked and caused a fire to spread throughout the plaintiff's foundry.

Dad files suit against theater after son falls in restroom

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 2, 2008

Regardless of what was showing on the screen, a Beaumont child gave his experience at a local movie theater "two thumbs down."

Local companies in litigation over $50k contract

By David Yates | Jun 2, 2008

Texas Asphalt Sealing has filed suit against K.T. Foods, claiming the company has paid only half of what it owes Texas Asphalt for a parking lot job.

Woman rundown by shopping basket, sues Target for not warning of hazardous incoming carts

By David Yates | Jun 2, 2008

Most mothers tell their children to look both ways. Perhaps one of the few kids who never received the alerting advice, a Beaumont woman is alleging it was Target's duty to "warn" her to watch out for "incoming shopping carts."

Suit: 'Beware of Shopping Baskets' warning needed to avoid injury

By David Yates | Jun 2, 2008

A local woman is alleging Wal-Mart had a duty to warn her not to step into unattended shopping baskets left on the ground.

Med-mal trial against Memorial Hermann ends in mistrial

By David Yates | Jun 2, 2008

After deliberating for three days, jurors failed to decide whether Connie Woods doused her feet with flesh-eating chemicals while under the care of Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital Beaumont or prior to being committed, as the three-week long trial ended in mistrial.

Exxon Valdez ruling could reshape U.S. tort law

By Chris Rizo | Jun 2, 2008

Ted Frank WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court will end the long-running class-action lawsuit over the Exxon Valdez spill any Monday between today and June 23, when it issues a ruling before the high court's term recesses.

Weiss sentenced to 30 months

By Chris Rizo | Jun 3, 2008

Melvyn Weiss LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)-Famed securities attorney Melvyn Weiss, who made a lucrative practice out of suing corporations on behalf of shareholders, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison.

Legally Speaking: Tales of Inspiration

By John G. Browning | Jun 3, 2008

Every now and then, I'll receive a chiding e-mail or comment from a reader, asking why so many of my columns have focused on what's wrong with the legal profession or on outrageous lawsuits or decisions.

Judge Floyd's failure to exclude medical expert questioned before appeals court

By David Yates | Jun 3, 2008

Floyd Justices on Texas' Ninth Court of Appeals have been tasked to decide if Jefferson County Judge Donald Floyd abused his discretion when he denied a defense objection to the qualifications of a medical expert.

Texas Times: Protecting Children in the Modern World

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

WASHINGTON -- Technological advances have brought great benefits across Texas, but this progress comes with risks. Technology can also be exploited by unscrupulous or criminal operators, and make our society less safe.

Tricky rug trips up employee, lawsuit filed against hospital

By David Yates | Jun 3, 2008

A Christus St. Elizabeth employee is suing the hospital for punitive damages, claiming the healthcare provider never trained her how to walk across a rug without falling.

Port Arthur woman's suit alleges contractors did shoddy work, stole belongings

By David Yates | Jun 3, 2008

Not only did a pair of contractors make of with a Port Arthur woman's DVD player, they allegedly never even finished the job they were paid to do.

Man shocked using golf ball retriever

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jun 4, 2008

This photo from the ProLine Sports Web site shows the Igotcha Ball Retriever in action. MARSHALL � During a round of golf at the Oak Forest Country Club in Longview, Jordan Hunt failed to make par when his golf ball landed in the creek that runs across the country club.

Abbott targets Houston mortgage scheme

By Chris Rizo | Jun 4, 2008

Greg Abbott HOUSTON(Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has obtained a temporary restraining order against several people accused of conspiring to steal homes from deceased homeowners and their heirs.

Defeated PA councilman asks judge to reinstate discarded ballots

By David Yates | Jun 4, 2008

Rather than resign himself to defeat, a Port Arthur councilman has filed suit in hopes a local court will reinstate 35 suspect ballots and declare him victorious � proving that no matter how high or low the office, no politician likes to say goodbye.

Perry sets special election date for Senate District 17

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 4, 2008

Kyle Janek AUSTIN � A special election will be held in November to fill the vacancy in Texas Senate District 17, Gov. Rick Perry announced June 4.

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