News from February 2009

New year, new Avandia suits from Beaumont attorney

By Marilyn Tennissen | Feb 2, 2009

Provost Umphrey attorney Christopher Kirchmer was busy in 2008 filing dozens of suits against Glaxo Smith Kline and is starting the new year with more suits against the pharmaceutical company.

Obama hands trial lawyers a major win

By Chris Rizo | Feb 2, 2009

Barack Obama (D) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-In signing his first piece of legislation, U.S. President Barack Obama provided a bonanza for the nation's trial bar, legal reformers say.

Jury finds in favor of doctors after long and unusual medical malpractice trial

By David Yates | Feb 2, 2009

Valorie Davenport After six days of deliberations, the medical-malpractice trial of Thompson vs. Dr. James Woodruff et al came to an end Friday, Jan. 30, as jurors found no wrongdoing on the part of the three defendant doctors.

Beaumont family sues Goodrich, others over refinery worker's asbestos exposure

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2009

The family of a deceased Beaumont refinery worker has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of their recently deceased husband and father against four defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which he was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Another Hurricane Rita insurance trial gets nixed

By David Yates | Feb 3, 2009

In four years, three hurricanes have whipped through the Golden Triangle area, leading to thousands of lawsuits by property owners who claim they were short changed by their insurance companies.

Local woman claims husband's death due to benzene exposure, sues Texaco

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2009

A Jefferson County woman whose husband allegedly died after being exposed to toxic and benzene containing products has filed suit against his former employer.

Date for new asbestos trial against DuPont rescheduled to April

By David Yates | Feb 3, 2009

Last year, attorneys for DuPont convinced a Jefferson County jury that the company was not responsible for a former contractor's mesothelioma. A few months later, the judge granted the plaintiff's motion for a new trial and set the date for Feb. 9, 2009.

Golden Corral sued after woman slips in buffet line

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2009

A Dallas County woman has filed suit against Golden Corral, alleging she was seriously injured after she fell in a puddle of water on the floor of the restaurant.

Man sues company over crushed hand

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2009

A Harris County man has filed suit against JE Merit Constructors and one of the company's employees, alleging his hand was crushed because of a strap that was the "wrong color."

Records manager claims remediation company failed to dry documents soaked by hurricane

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2009

The owner of a Texas business has filed suit against a Minnesota corporation and an Alabama man, alleging they did not perform work he paid them to perform.

Newspaper seeks mandamus over school's failure to release public records

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2009

A Beaumont newspaper has been trying to get student test scores from a Port Arthur school for almost a year, and has now asked the courts to step in and order the school to comply with its request.

Police applicant sues city after breaking leg during fitness test

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 4, 2009

A Beaumont woman who broke her arm and leg while performing a physical fitness test for the Beaumont Police Department has filed suit against the city.

Beaumont residents claim injuries caused by Memorial Hermann

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 4, 2009

Five Beaumont citizens claim they were injured because of negligence at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital.

Orange County man sues Allstate over auto collision claim

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 4, 2009

An Orange County man has filed suit against Allstate Insurance Company, alleging he was not paid damages to which he was entitled after an accident.

Railroad worker claims handhold gave way, sues UP

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 4, 2009

A former Union Pacific Railroad Company worker has filed suit against the company, alleging he was injured after one of the handholds on a rail car gave way.

Widow of shooting victim sues convenience store where robbery occurred

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 4, 2009

GALVESTON � The family of a 38-year-old Galveston electrician who was killed during an armed robbery of a local convenience store in February 2007 is seeking damages from the business, recent court documents say.

Girl breaks arm on monkey bars, man sues resort

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 4, 2009

GALVESTON � A Denton County man is suing a local timeshare condominium after a young female relative of his was reportedly injured during a visit in early 2007.

Holder promises no Wall Street 'witch hunts'

By Chris Rizo | Feb 4, 2009

Eric Holder WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Newly sworn in U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said he was not planning to zealously pursue corporate America amid public outrage over perceived excess.

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