News from May 2009

Stopping a serial suer

By The SE Texas Record | May 2, 2009

There is no absolute right to sue. Keep this in mind as you consider the inane lawsuit exploits of Amy Modica, oft-chronicled on these pages. Just because someone has the time and temperament to flood our local courts with frivolous claims, doesn't mean it should be allowed.

Bales named new US Attorney for Eastern District

By Marilyn Tennissen | May 4, 2009

Bales A former FBI agent is now the top law enforcement officer in East Texas. John Malcolm Bales was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas on May 1.

Four Star sued after vehicle collision

By Kelly Holleran | May 4, 2009

A Port Arthur woman claims she was injured and her vehicle was damaged after it was struck by a Four Star Communications vehicle that allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign.

Red-light runner sued by other driver

By Kelly Holleran | May 4, 2009

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against two companies and one of its employees, alleging she was injured after the employee failed to stop at a red light.

Souter stepping down from U.S. SC

By John O'Brien | May 4, 2009

Souter WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter has announced his retirement from the Court, giving President Barack Obama the opportunity to pick his successor.

Three local residents claim injuries due to improper lane change

By Kelly Holleran | May 4, 2009

Three Jefferson County residents claim they were seriously injured after a man improperly switched lanes and struck the side of their vehicle.

Railroad worker sues 13 defendants over leg injuries

By Kelly Holleran | May 4, 2009

A Chambers County man says both of his legs were injured while he was working as a production technician for a railroad company.

Eight in vehicle seek proceeds caused by underinsured driver

By Kelly Holleran | May 4, 2009

Eight people say they have failed to collect any money from their insurance company after an underinsured driver struck the vehicle in which they were riding, severely injuring them.

Employee alleges termination was retaliation for workers' comp claim

By Kelly Holleran | May 4, 2009

A Hardin County man has filed suit against Knife River Corp., alleging the company fired him after he was injured and did not show up for work.

Homeowner blames foreclosure on wreck injuries, sues driver

By Kelly Holleran | May 4, 2009

A dump truck operator has filed suit against two companies and one of their employees, alleging his $400,000 home was placed in foreclosure after he was injured in an accident and unable to work.

Scaffold worker hits head on pipe, sues four companies

By Kelly Holleran | May 5, 2009

A worker at a local refinery claims he ruptured two discs in his neck after hitting his head on a pipe while climbing a scaffold

Federal judge declares Galveston schools finally desegregated

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | May 5, 2009

GALVESTON � A federal judge has declared a local school district desegregated, closing a civil rights lawsuit that has been heard since 1959.

Seaman sues fishing company after boat capsizes

By Kelly Holleran | May 5, 2009

Christopher Bertini An Alabama man is suing the company that owned a boat he was working on when it capsized.

Secrecy of asbestos trusts critical ally of plaintiff attorneys who run them

By The SE Texas Record | May 5, 2009

Hartley With major American corporations sagging under the weight of billions in asbestos-related lawsuits, Congress set out in 1994 to provide a reasonable way for companies to limit their liability to asbestos victims.

California judge accuses Texas asbestos firm of playing 'grisly games'

By Aricka Flowers | May 5, 2009

Attorney Gary Paul Attorneys across the country are erecting satellite offices in California - and not just because the weather's good in the Golden State.

Silsbee man says hospital to blame for MRSA infection

By Kelly Holleran | May 6, 2009

A Silsbee man has filed suit against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, alleging he developed ulcers, an infection and pneumonia after his stay at the hospital.

Suit claims truck driver made illegal turn, caused collision

By Kelly Holleran | May 6, 2009

A Smith County man has filed suit against a trucking company and one of its drivers, alleging he was seriously injured after an 18-wheeler hit his vehicle.

Dugas sues attorneys to collect his share from fee agreement

By Kelly Holleran | May 6, 2009

Dugas Beaumont attorney Clay Dugas has filed a suit against attorneys he alleges have shut him out of collecting shared legal fees from a medical malpractice case despite a signed agreement between them.

Another displeased plaintiff seeks new trial in Floyd's court

By David Yates | May 6, 2009

In March, the Record reported on an automobile collision trial in which jurors awarded plaintiff Sherrie Pool $1,500 in damages.

East Texas man alleges leave for cancer treatment resulted in termination by employer

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | May 6, 2009

MARSHALL � After being employed by Tyler Roofing Co. for more than 10 years as a residential manager, Jeffrey Harris states he was terminated because he had to miss work to receive cancer treatments.