News from December 2009

Bolivar church set for demolition after judge dismisses lawsuit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Dec 1, 2009

Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church on the Bolivar Peninsula prior to Hurricane Ike GALVESTON � A state district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit intended to stop the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston from demolishing the Bolivar Peninsula's only remaining Catholic church.

Re-trial against hospital over woman's fall from table starts in local court

By David Yates | Dec 1, 2009

Mark Sparks In 2007, Rosalind Hall successfully sued Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth for more than $100,000 when local jurors ruled the health care provider negligently failed to keep her mother's pacemaker lead in place after she rolled off a surgical table.

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

By David Yates | Dec 2, 2009

Recent civil suits filed in Orange County District Courts, Nov. 12-25, 2009

Latest hurricane-related insurance suits filed in Jefferson County

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 2, 2009

Two new lawsuits against insurance companies regarding hurricane damage claims were filed in Jefferson County District Court, Nov. 16-20, 2009.

Justices find Waco not negligent in death of man who fell from cliff

By The SE Texas Record | Dec 2, 2009

AUSTIN � "For your safety do not go beyond wall," a sign advised in capital letters at a cliff in a Waco park, yet the estate of a man who fell from the cliff blamed the city.

Landlord sues lounge for allowing fire to break out

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Dec 2, 2009

GALVESTON � The owner of a commercial center in League City is suing one of his tenants after a fire destroyed the defendant's business.

Man sues insurance company for denying medical claim

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 2, 2009

A Jefferson County man says his insurance companies wrongfully denied his claim for benefits under his medical policy.

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

By Marilyn Tennissen | Dec 2, 2009

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County, Nov. 24 - Dec. 2, 2009

BISD sues reinsurer for breach of contract

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 2, 2009

The Beaumont Independent School District filed a lawsuit against Employers Reinsurance Corp., claiming the corporation refuses to pay excess workers' compensation benefits to one of the district's employees.

Legally Speaking: Scents and Sensibility -- When Evidence Doesn't Pass the Smell Test (Part 1)

By John G. Browning | Dec 2, 2009

"So lay Argo about the house, all shivering with dog-ticks. Yet the instant Odysseus approached, the dog knew him." Homer, "The Odyssey"

Suit alleges woman lost job after ending two-year affair

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Dec 2, 2009

EL DORADO, Ark. � Working for a branch of the Arkansas Department of Education, an employee alleges she was forced to have an affair with her supervisor to retain her job. Two years later and saying she was overcome with guilt, she ended her affair and resigned her position.

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By Marilyn Tennissen | Dec 2, 2009

Recent patent infringement cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Nov. 24-Dec. 2, 2009.

Cancer patient alleges contaminated syringes caused blood infection

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Dec 3, 2009

SHERMAN � A cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy in December 2007 developed a serious blood infection that he alleges was caused by the use of a bacterially contaminated product.

AG: Angola Prison Rodeo must seek competitive bids

By Chris Rizo | Dec 3, 2009

Caldwell BATON ROUGE (Legal Newsline)-The Louisiana State Penitentiary must seek competitive bids to award a contract for livestock and other services for the annual Angola Prison Rodeo, the state attorney general's office said.

Poll shows desire for tort reform in health care package

By John O'Brien | Dec 3, 2009

Dean WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A majority of Americans say tort reform measures should be taken to drive down healthcare costs, a new poll shows.

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

By David Yates | Dec 3, 2009

Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts, Nov. 20-23, 2009

Galveston man sues former employer for breach of contract

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Dec 3, 2009

GALVESTON - A Galveston County man says he was terminated despite obeying the terms of his contract and is suing for approximately $210,000 in damages.

Laura Bush to speak at Texas Energy Museum

By The SE Texas Record | Dec 3, 2009

Former First Lady Laura Bush Laura W. Bush will speak at Blowout 2010, the Texas Energy Museum's annual fund raising dinner, on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Woman sues HEB over fall in aisle

By David Yates | Dec 3, 2009

Payne A Beaumont woman was strolling down a grocery aisle when she slipped and fell.

Texas, Arkansas lawsuits allege antibiotic caused tendon damage

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Dec 3, 2009

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- An antibiotic, sold since 1997, is the subject of three new lawsuits recently filed in East Texas and West Arkansas which argue the drug causes a higher incidence of tendon injuries.

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