News from January 2009

Four brothers sue Chevron over father's mesothelioma death

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 2, 2009

Four Texas men have filed an asbestos suit on behalf of their recently deceased father against Chevron and Gulf Oil, claiming the mesothelioma with which he was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Insurer of truck totaled by wayward wheel seeks damages from tire installer

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 2, 2009

After a wheel flew off an SUV and caused it to swerve into a big rig,the truck's insurer is suing the Texas company that installed the tire on the SUV.

Suit against beach restaurant alleges fish contained toxins

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

A Beaumont couple has filed suit against Stingaree Restaurant and Katie's Seafood Market, alleging the woman suffered from a serious illness after eating grouper fish at the restaurant.

Couple sues Texas insurer over unpaid Hurricane Humberto claim

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

Steve Mostyn A Jefferson County couple has filed suit against Texas Farmers Insurance and eight adjusters, alleging they were not paid money to which they were entitled after Hurricane Humberto destroyed sections of their home.

Bank seeks to collect on note from deceased woman's estate

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank has filed suit against the unknown heirs of a deceased Texas woman, alleging the heirs failed to make payments on a promissory note after her death.

Insurance company claiming policy not in force before Hurricane Ike, homeowner says

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

A Beaumont woman has filed suit against two insurance companies and a mortgage company, alleging the insurance companies wrongly refused to pay for wind damage to her house caused by Hurricane Ike.

Construction company claims insurer deceptive about workers' comp coverage

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

Capitol Crew Construction has filed suit against Lawhorn Insurance Company and one of its agents, alleging it was not provided with the workers' compensation the agent told Capitol Crew it had.

Couple sues 25 companies for man's asbestos exposure

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

Bryan Blevins A Jefferson County couple has filed an asbestos suit against 25 defendant corporations, claiming the asbestos-related disease with which the man was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Seafood company failed to take injured worker to hospital, wrongful death suit claims

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 5, 2009

Itkin The estate of a man found dead at a local seafood processing facility has filed a wrongful death suit, alleging the company failed to provide him with medical care after he was injured on the job.

Dismissal hearing reset in medical malpractice case of man who swallowed chicken bone

By David Yates | Jan 5, 2009

Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital Defendants entangled in a medical malpractice suit involving a man who swallowed a chicken bone and died a few days later are trying to have the case dismissed.

Woman sues insurer for not providing windstorm coverage

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 6, 2009

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against Texas Farm Bureau Underwriters and one of its agents, alleging damages to her home during Hurricane Ike were not covered under her insurance policy, although they should have been.

Asbestos suit against 58 defendants cites 'Pustejovsky' decision

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 6, 2009

The wife of a local refinery worker already received a settlement for a non-malignant illness allegedly caused by her husband's asbestos exposure. Now a new suit has been filed on her behalf after she died from an asbestos-related malignancy.

Bailiff rounds up wayward attorney during medical malpractice trial

By David Yates | Jan 6, 2009

Valorie Davenport As if she were a stray steer, a bailiff for Judge Donald Floyd was ordered to go wrangle up a plaintiff's attorney who had wandered away from a trial to attend a hearing in a different court.

Attorney can be disbarred despite completion of probation, high court rules

By Steve Korris | Jan 6, 2009

Texas Supreme Court AUSTIN � Attorney Rolando Caballero successfully completed probation for criminal charges, but the state Board of Disciplinary Appeals can disbar him anyway, the Supreme Court of Texas has ruled.

Galveston seaman seeks $2.5 M from ship company for onboard injury

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 7, 2009

Tony Buzbee GALVESTON � A local seaman is seeking $2.5 million for injuries he sustained when several vessels collided.

Disabled woman seeks 10 percent of HEB assets for injury at Beaumont store

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 7, 2009

A disabled woman who claims she was body slammed by security at a local H.E.B. store has filed a personal injury lawsuit seeking 10 percent of the company's assets.

Woman sues over injuries from parking lot fall at Elegante

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 7, 2009

A Richardson woman has filed suit against three companies that own a hotel, alleging she tripped and fell on a gap in the hotel's pavement.

Suit against welding company blames shoddy work for insurance problems

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 7, 2009

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against a local welding company, alleging the substandard building it constructed has prevented his ability to obtain windstorm insurance.

Local contractor sues BISD over rejected bid

By Kelly Holleran | Jan 7, 2009

A local contractor is suing the Beaumont school district, claiming it was passed over for a district job in spite of its low bid.

U.S. Chamber calls for legal reforms, cautions against expanding government

By Chris Rizo | Jan 7, 2009

Tom Donohue WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Reforming the nation's plaintiff-favored legal system could help jumpstart the beleaguered American economy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Jan. 7 in a report.

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