News from October 2008

Adjusters sued by Beaumont couple over hurricane coverage

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 27, 2008

A Beaumont couple has filed suit against an insurance company and three claim adjusters, claiming they were not adequately compensated after Hurricane Rita damaged their house.

Adams tries new strategy in shopping basket suit against Wal-Mart

By David Yates | Oct 27, 2008

Gilbert Adams Perhaps adhering to the motto "if at first you don't succeed, try again" plaintiff's attorney Gilbert Adams has filed a second suit against Wal-Mart after a federal judge refused to transfer the first case back to Jefferson County.

Port Neches couple alleges agents misrepresented likelihood of home's flooding

By David Yates | Oct 27, 2008

A Port Neches couple has filed suit against the real estate agent and the companies that sold them their home, claiming they were unknowingly sold a flood-prone home.

PA company sues ship owner after unsecured boat damages property during Hurricane Ike

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 28, 2008

M/V Ms. Cordelia A barge company in Port Arthur is suing the owner of a ship that was left unattended during Hurricane Ike and smashed into its property.

Rita adjusters sued by Beaumont couple

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 28, 2008

A Beaumont couple has filed suit against an insurance company and four claim adjusters, claiming they were not adequately compensated after Hurricane Rita struck their house three years ago.

Suit alleges defective design of sweeper caused man's death

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 28, 2008

Waldon Sweepmaster with optional cab MARSHALL -- The wife of Everado Reyes believes her husband's lack of training and the defective design of a commercial sweeper led to his death when the equipment overturned.

Arizona couple files Texas suit for benzene exposure at Illinois work sites

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Oct 28, 2008

MARSHALL -- Working for 17 years as a mechanic and maintenance worker, Brian Foray claims he was exposed to dangerous levels of benzene. Twelve years since his alleged exposure, Foray was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome.

This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts

By David Yates | Oct 28, 2008

Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts, Oct. 7-17, 2008

Louisiana man files Jones Act suit against Inland Marine

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2008

A Louisiana seaman has filed a Jones Act suit against his employers, claiming the cables he was told to lift were too heavy and caused him injury.

Orange woman sues Home Depot over work related injury

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2008

A Home Depot employee is suing her employer for requiring her to lift merchandise. Nelda Yancey claims she was moving a "heavy bundle" with a co-worker when the other worker "negligently lost control of the load."

Orange County suit names 56 defendants for exposing man to asbestos

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2008

Lou Thompson Black Representing the estate of Augustus Rochester, Lois Rochester has filed an asbestos suit against A.W. Chesterton and 55 other companies, claiming the corporate defendants maliciously inflicted her benefactor with an asbestos illness.

Judge to consider motion for new trial against BNSF

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2008

Earlier this month, a Jefferson County judge dismissed a suit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. But before the month is up, the judge must decide if the plaintiff should be granted a new trial against the railroad company.

This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts

By David Yates | Oct 29, 2008

Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts, Oct. 15-21, 2008

Survey: Texas SC should rule on case by case basis, not numbers

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 29, 2008

A recent survey of Texas voters show they strongly believe all cases before the state Supreme Court should be decided on the merits, not on a tally of rulings in favor of the plaintiff or defendant.

Commerce Secretary calls for legal reforms

By Chris Rizo | Oct 29, 2008

Carlos Gutierrez WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- Enacting legal reforms to encourage investment would help jumpstart the nation's economic recovery, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said Wednesday.

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

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 29, 2008

Patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Oct. 26-28, 2008

Appeals court removes legal hurdle for Huntsman merger with Hexion

By Steve Korris | Oct 30, 2008

THE WOODLANDS � After American judges decided that Huntsman could merge with another chemical company, the European bankers behind the deal made their own decision not to fund the merger.

Beaumont lawyers in legal dispute over confidential divorce proceedings

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 30, 2008

John Morgan A Beaumont attorney has filed suit against another local lawyer, claiming the lawyer breached attorney-client privilege when he spread confidential information to others in a divorce proceeding.

League City couple sues builder for elevation error

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 30, 2008

GALVESTON � A League City couple is claiming the builders of their new $250,000 home erred in determining the house's elevation.

Orange woman sues Carraba's over fall at restaurant

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 30, 2008

An Orange County woman has filed suit against Carraba/Outback, alleging she was injured after she fell on the floor at one of its restaurants.

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