News from October 2008

Paper girl sues for falling down on the job two years ago

By David Yates | Oct 20, 2008

A woman delivering papers for the Beaumont Enterprise is suing two property management companies and two local residents after she tripped and fell down a flight of stairs while distributing the news.

Appeal denied, Broussard's suit against defunct pre-need providers continues

By David Yates | Oct 20, 2008

Justices on the Texas Ninth District Court of Appeals denied an insurance company's petition on Oct. 16, requesting the court stop several defendants from being severed in a suit brought by Broussard's Mortuary Inc.

Texarkana residents file suit against GlaxoSmithKline over Avandia

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 20, 2008

TEXARKANA, Texas � After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in May of 2000, Tommie Norton spent seven years taking the drug Avandia to try to improve control of his blood sugar levels. Now Norton believes the drug caused him to have heart attacks in 2003 and in 2006.

Texas Supreme Court candidates rake in contributions

By Chris Rizo | Oct 20, 2008

Wallace Jefferson (R) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Candidates for seats on the Texas Supreme Court are raking in campaign cash from likely sources, a judicial watchdog group told Legal Newsline on Monday.

Early voting for Nov. 4 election begins today

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 20, 2008

From campaign ads on video games to candidates appearing on "Saturday Night Live," the unique 2008 presidential race has election officials anticipating high numbers of voters heading to the polls.

AGs sue to block controversial meatpacking deal

By Chris Rizo | Oct 21, 2008

Abbott AUSTIN-Greg Abbott and a group of other state attorneys general are suing to block a Brazilian company's planned acquisition of one of the largest meat-packing companies in the United States.

Newtron settles injury suit as trial date nears

By David Yates | Oct 21, 2008

One of Bobcat's small excavator models Rather than take its chances in a Jefferson County court, the last of three defendants chose instead to settle with a man who claims vibrations from a Bobcat injured his back.

Texas SC justices get nod from leading tort reform group

By Chris Rizo | Oct 21, 2008

Wallace Jefferson (R) AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline)-Texans for Lawsuit Reform says the three state Supreme Court justices running for re-election deserve another six-year term.

Young voters on the rise in record setting early voting in Jefferson County

By David Yates | Oct 21, 2008

Jefferson County experienced unprecedented voter turnout on Monday, Oct. 20, with nearly 5,700 Southeast Texans casting their ballots � a total that beats the 2004 general election by more than 2,000 votes.

Texas SC to decide if premises owner can also be a 'general contractor,' again

By David Yates | Oct 21, 2008

Last August, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a premises owner can also be a "general contractor" in the Entergy v. John Summers worker's compensation case � a landmark decision allowing premises defendants to qualify for the exclusive-remedy defense.

New round of suits filed against UP from 2005 derailment

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 22, 2008

TEXARKANA, Ark. � In the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2005, a Texarkana neighborhood was rocked when a Union Pacific train smashed into another train in the rail yard and exploded.

Patron sues Logan's after being hit by table

By David Yates | Oct 22, 2008

While enjoying her meal at Logan's Roadhouse on Dowlen Road, Irene Palmer says a waiter hit her in the back with a heavy table.

Wrongful death suit filed after recent fatality at BP

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 22, 2008

Tony Buzbee GALVESTON � The family of a Galveston County contract worker who was killed while working at a local petroleum refinery three weeks ago is seeking damages from his employer and the facility's owner, recent court documents say.

Woman's fall on Kemah boardwalk leads to wrongful death suit by spouse

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 22, 2008

GALVESTON � An injury sustained during a visit to a popular waterfront entertainment venue more than six months ago reportedly caused a Jefferson County woman to perish on Mother's Day, recent court documents say.

Painter sues home builder after fall down stairs

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 22, 2008

GALVESTON � A Galveston County couple is suing two Houston-based residential building companies for an alleged head injury the husband sustained while he was painting an unfinished house in a League City subdivision, court papers say.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in U.S. District Courts

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 22, 2008

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Oct. 20, 2008

Proof of ability to pay needed to enforce real estate contracts, high court rules

By Steve Korris | Oct 23, 2008

Alan Waldrop AUSTIN � Texans can't enforce contracts to buy real estate unless they prove at trial that they could have paid for the real estate, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Oct. 17.

Beaumont man sues insurance company for failure to pay claim

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 23, 2008

A Beaumont man has filed suit against an insurance agency, claiming it did not cover damages to his home.

Disabled man claims he was swindled out of property by local couple

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 23, 2008

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against a Beaumont couple and the woman's mother, claiming their conspiracy against him has forced him to lose property that belongs to him.

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