News from March 2008
While having some dental work done at the Lamar Institute of Technology, Marilyn Stern-Duhon tripped over an electrical-injunction box when she dismounted from a dental chair. She has filed suit against the college, claiming a Lamar dental technician forced her to exit the chair from the wrong side.
A Union Pacific Railroad Co. employee has sued the company, claiming that he was exposed to repetitive trauma during his career. G. David Colbert alleges his injuries were caused because UP violated several federal regulations.
Lou Thompson Black Paul A. Wilhelm is suing A.W. Chesterton, along with 29 other companies, for conspiring to mine, process and sell asbestos products, suppressing the information pertaining to the fiber's hazardous influence on human health and purposely inflicting him with an asbestos disease.
The polls are now open for the Texas primaries, where much of the national attention will be on the Democratic race for the presidential nomination. But the Texas ballots also include races that could affect the state's judicial makeup.
A Mississippi family is suing Entergy, claiming Merrell Robinson was killed because the power company placed a guy wire too close to the road. Robinson died on Feb. 24 when his motorcycle went off the road in Sabine Pass.
A scaffold builder plummeted to the ground after his safety lanyard snapped. Seeking monetary compensation for his injuries, Rodney Figueroa, along with his wife Mellissa, have filed suit against the makers of the lanyard, the premises he was working at and his employer.
Texas Supreme Court AUSTIN -- The Texas Supreme Court has re-affirmed an earlier ruling that insurers must defend claims of property damage even where caused by the builders' defective workmanship.
Linda Yanez With early votes counted, Linda Yanez has a statewide lead over Susan Criss in the Democratic Primary race for Place 8 on the Texas Supreme Court.
Having practiced law for over 18 years, I thought I'd seen it all until the evening news recently played a piece of courtroom video from a criminal trial in Georgetown, Ky.
Linda Yanez With just over 50 percent of precincts reporting in the Democratic primary, Linda Yanez is maintaining her statewide lead over Susan Criss for a seat on the Texas Supreme Court.
Linda Yanez In spite of large campaign contributions from Southeast Texas trial lawyers,Galveston District Court Judge Susan Criss has lost out on her bid to secure the Democratic nomination for a seat on the Texas Supreme Court.
AUSTIN Ã¯Â¿Â½ With the primary elections over, Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) groups are urging voters to spend the coming months learning about all judicial candidates' backgrounds and qualifications before heading to the polls for the general election in November.
ORANGE -- Instead of a clean car, an Orange man came home with a dented vehicle after being rear-ended by a car wash employee.
Marina del Sol in Kemah GALVESTON -- Two property owners had plans to renovate a lot in a Kemah subdivision three years ago, but their plans were rejected by the home owners association. But the property owners continued with some of the construction anyway and now the homeowners association is seeking a restraining order against them.
Mostyn ORANGE -- Hurricane Rita lost strength and dissipated more than two years ago; however, the lawsuits that followed in her wake continue to trickle in.
While the "if a tree falls and nobody hears it" philosophical question still remains unanswered, Jefferson County jurors were able to answer a question of a more legal nature: If a tree falls during Hurricane Rita is it considered an Act of God or negligence?
MARSHALL Ã¯Â¿Â½ Two recent federal lawsuits filed in the Eastern District of Texas accuse GM of producing faulty seatbelts.
Lucie Treddenick GALVESTON -- A Galveston County man claims he was terminated without discussion, in spite of an employment agreement, simply for the purposes of "greed, personal control and power."