News from July 2009

Suit alleges drill rig presented unreasonable risk of harm

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jul 1, 2009

Marc Mayfield After being injured while working on a drilling rig, Longview resident Pedro Prado claims he knew it was only a matter of time before someone was injured on the rig due to its poor condition.

Makers of Zicam respond to nationwide allegations, deny Texas woman's claims of loss of smell

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

MARSHALL-- Shortly after voluntarily recalling their homeopathic remedy, the makers of Zicam are denying allegations that the product is the cause of hundreds of reports of anosmia, the loss of the sense of smell.

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By Carrie Gonzalez | Jul 2, 2009


Dirty foot tub at nail salon leads to suit

By David Yates | Jul 4, 2009

Claiming unsanitary conditions caused a serious infection on her feet, a local woman has filed a lawsuit an area nail salon.

South Park Middle School demolition stopped by TRO

By David Yates | Jul 4, 2009

Citizens gathered at South Park Middle School on July 1 to protest the demolition of the 86-year-old school. The Beaumont Heritage Society filed for a temporary restraining while it works preserve the building. Hoping to save South Park Middle School from being bulldozed, the Beaumont Heritage Society filed and obtained a temporary restraining order Wednesday, July 1.

Texas SC orders Floyd to give reasons for new DuPont trial

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jul 4, 2009

The Texas Supreme Court has ordered Jefferson County Judge Donald Floyd to give the reasons behind his decision to grant the plaintiff a new wrongful death trial against DuPont.

Senate Republicans question Sotomayor's views on racial bias

By Chris Rizo | Jul 6, 2009

Sotomayor WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Republicans on Capitol Hill say they are wondering what role U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor played in lawsuits filed by a Latino legal advocacy group when she sat on the group's board.

Plaintiff seeks enforcement of settlement from suit against Mexican restaurant

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2009

In May 2007, the Southeast Texas Record reported that a night out for Mexican food turned into more than just "another Casa Ole day" for Mary Kelly, a handicapped woman who sued the restaurant chain.

Defendants in benzene suit seek change of venue

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2009

Numerous corporate defendants trapped in a benzene suit blaming 67 companies for the late Cloyce Johnson's leukemia and death are seeking to transfer the case to Harris County.

Home improvement center sued after woman falls in store

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 7, 2009

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against a lumber company, alleging she was seriously injured after she fell while on the company's premises.

Port Arthur man sues electric company over house fire

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 7, 2009

A Port Arthur homeowner is asking an electric company for more than $190,000 for damages caused to his property after his home caught on fire.

Seaman falls on knife, claims vessel not seaworthy

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jul 7, 2009

Jack Todd Ivey GALVESTON � Claiming he was seriously hurt three years ago while preparing a dish, a Harris County seaman is suing three Louisiana-based companies and a jack-up rig in Galveston County District Court.

Woman sues over collision with lane-changing freight truck

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 7, 2009

A woman says she incurred serious injuries after a freight truck and trailer made an unsafe lane change and collided with her.

Abbott, other AGs hail GM bankruptcy agreement

By Chris Rizo | Jul 7, 2009

Greg Abbott (R-Texas) NEW YORK (Legal Newsline)-A bankruptcy court's decision in the General Motors Corp. case this week that disputes between the automaker and its dealers will be up to state authorities to settle has drawn praise from state attorneys general.

Tiki Island couple accuses broker of deceptive trade

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jul 7, 2009

GALVESTON � Alleging an agent lied to them about being able to build a ground floor bathroom in their Tiki Island home, a Galveston County couple seeks $300,000 in damages from Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

Family blames mom's death on incorrect blood thinner dosage

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 7, 2009

The two grown children of a deceased woman are suing The Oaks of Beaumont and one of its doctors, alleging their mother died from shock after being given incorrect dosages of anticoagulants.

Windblown papers lead to injury, suit against Motiva

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 7, 2009

James Payne A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against a local refinery, alleging she fell on its property while running after dropped papers.

Nike sued over diabetic's foot infection

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Jul 7, 2009

MARSHALL � Suffering from a diabetic condition that causes a lack of feeling in his extremities, James Gotcher failed to notice a large laceration on his foot which later became infected.

Texas Republican AG candidates rake in campaign cash

By Chris Rizo | Jul 8, 2009

Ted Cruz (R) AUSTIN (Legal Newsline)-The two possible Republican candidates for Texas attorney general say they are poised to report that they are raking in big money ahead of the 2010 race.

Sotomayor missed opportunities to define views on civil rights law

By The SE Texas Record | Jul 8, 2009

Sotomayor WASHINGTON � U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor hid behind other judges at the Second Circuit appeals court on four occasions when she could have defined her view on a fundamental contradiction in civil rights law.

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