News from October 2008

Property owner sues insurer over hail damage claim

By David Yates | Oct 9, 2008

Urban Quest Properties is suing its insurance provider for failing to honor more than two dozen claims made after its properties were showered with hail.

Couple sues 30-plus companies for husband's asbestos-related illness

By David Yates | Oct 9, 2008

Blevins Texas couple Gerald and Gladys Beasley have filed an asbestos suit against A.O. Smith and 30 other defendant corporations, alleging the defendant's caused Gerald's asbestos-related disease.

Blevins files three asbestos suits in two weeks

By David Yates | Oct 9, 2008

Provost Umphrey attorney Brian Blevins is no stranger to the Jefferson County courthouse, filing three asbestos lawsuits in two weeks.

Employee sues Jefferson County over race discrimination

By David Yates | Oct 9, 2008

Alleging he was passed over because of his race, John Cezar has filed a discrimination suit against his employer, Jefferson County.

Tool salesman blames rollover on heavy load, tire defect

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 9, 2008

MARSHALL � Leaving a tool trade show with a truck bed loaded with displays, sales representative Phillip Hoover was returning the company truck when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

Texas Times: An Epic Storm

By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn | Oct 9, 2008

The end of a violent storm calms some of our fears, but stirs up a new set of concerns and challenges.

Legally Speaking: Saying It With Style

By John G. Browning | Oct 9, 2008

Titles, it has been observed, say a lot, whether you're talking about books, movies, songs, or television shows. If you go to see a Bruce Willis movie like "Die Hard," "Die Hard With a Vengeance," or "Live Free and Die Hard," chances are that you know you won't be viewing a weepy, touchy-feely, relationship movie.

Pipefitters sue refinery for failing to clear pipe prior to repair

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 9, 2008

Two pipefitters say they sustained respiratory injuries when the pipeline they had been instructed to work on had not been properly cleared and suddenly released hazardous chemicals into the air.

Manager sues after learning pipe service company had no equipment

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 9, 2008

James John Briggs claims he was offered a job as operations manager of a pipe services company only to discover the company did not have any of the equipment needed to do the job. When the company later fired him, he sued the owners for fraud and breach of contract.

No relief for Capitol County in sight as Rita suits keep coming

By David Yates | Oct 9, 2008

There seems to be no relief in sight for Capitol County Mutual Fire Insurance, as another suit accusing the company of denying a Hurricane Rita claim surfaced Oct. 6 in Jefferson County District Court.

Asbestos suit against 80 companies filed on behalf of deceased worker

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 9, 2008

Lou Thompson Black Brent Coon & Associates attorney Lou Thompson Black started the week with a case naming almost 80 companies that allegedly conspired to conceal the hazards of asbestos.

Alleged poor craftsmanship leads to suit against contractor

By David Yates | Oct 9, 2008

Alleging poor craftsmanship, Herman and Gaye Miller have filed suit against Designer Floors & Interiors, the company hired to install new wood floors in the couple's home.

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 9, 2008

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County, Oct. 2-8, 2008

Family of deceased worker sues Texaco, Chevron for benzene exposure

By David Yates | Oct 14, 2008

Keith Hyde Two years after their father's death, the children of Joseph Baker Jr. have filed a suit against Texaco and Chevron, claiming the companies maliciously exposed him to benzene.

Watercooler wipeout leads to suit against Sparkletts

By David Yates | Oct 14, 2008

Office employees who love to congregate around the water cooler may want to look down from time to time or they just may end up on their backside.

Couple claims 'new' car was used, files DTPA suit against local Dodge dealer

By David Yates | Oct 14, 2008

Thinking they were buying a new Dodge, Leroy and Easter Feat claim they soon found out they were actually sold a used car.

ASI sues R&R over $59K debt

By David Yates | Oct 14, 2008

John Morgan Applied Standards Inspection Inc. has filed suit against R&R Marine Inc. in hopes of collecting nearly $59,000 on a past due account.

City settles with family of pedestrian killed on Cardinal Drive

By David Yates | Oct 14, 2008

Brian Sutton The family of Earnest White Jr., a 60-year-old Beaumont man who was killed as he tried to cross Cardinal Drive on foot, settled a lawsuit against the city of Beaumont on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Texas AG tells lenders loan modification efforts must increase

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 14, 2008

Greg Abbott AUSTIN --Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott proposed a series of foreclosure prevention measures to the state's three largest lenders in a meeting on Oct. 9.

Worker sues Zachry after battle with air hose

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 14, 2008

GALVESTON � A Galveston County man has accused two Delaware corporations and their Texas subsidiary of negligence over an incident in which an air hose snared and struck him while he worked at a local petroleum facility, recent court documents say.

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