News from February 2010

Judge dismisses man's suit against post office for delivering dead birds

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 1, 2010

SHERMAN -- An East Texas Federal Judge dismissed a man's allegations that the post office was negligent in shipping birds through Express Mail.

Local worker sues Atlantic Scaffold over injury at gas station

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 1, 2010

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against the scaffolding company he says negligently failed to remove its materials from a gas station's premises, allegedly causing him injury.

Texas college sues architect, engineer over design of performing arts center

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 1, 2010

First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts, North Texas Central College, Gainesville SHERMAN -- A Texas junior college is suing an architect, mechanical engineers, structural engineers and roofing contractors for the poor design of its $ 5 million performing arts center, which was completed in March 2005.

Shampooed carpets blamed for man's fall at movie theater

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 1, 2010

An Orange County man claims he was left physically impaired when he fell at a Beaumont theater because of the dampness of the recently cleaned carpets.

Couple alleges insurer won't cover underinsured motorist claim

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 1, 2010

A Jefferson County man and his wife have filed suit against Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Co. and Robert M. Stiles, alleging the insurer has refused to cover injuries sustained in an auto collision with Stiles.

Family sues Christus, Medical Associates for fall and man's death

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 1, 2010

The wife and daughter of a deceased man blame doctors at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth and Southeast Texas Medical Associates for his death.

Seaman hit by sledge hammer plans to settle Jones Act suit

By David Yates | Feb 1, 2010

Arnold A week before his trial was to start, a Mississippi seaman said he intends to settle his personal injury lawsuit against Rowan Companies.

Louisiana AG brokers end to 'Who Dat' spat

By Chris Rizo | Feb 2, 2010

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline)-The National Football League on Monday acknowledged that it does not have exclusive copyright ownership of a popular New Orleans Saints football rallying cry, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell told Legal Newsline.

Abbott takes aim at BlueHippo

By Chris Rizo | Feb 2, 2010

Abbott (R) AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) - The Texas attorney general is suing a finance company over allegedly defrauding credit-challenged consumers who sought to purchase computers and related equipment.

Appeals court dismisses Baptist Hospital from med-mal suit, again

By David Yates | Feb 2, 2010

Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital For the second time in two months a local hospital has been dismissed from a medical-malpractice suit by appellate justices, and this time it also came away with attorneys' fees.

Breach of warranty claimed in Texas class action against Toyota

By Marilyn Tennissen | Feb 2, 2010

A Texas attorney is moving at full speed with a proposed class action against Toyota over accidents allegedly caused by stuck gas pedals, even as the automaker announced it has a remedy to put the brakes on the problem.

Barge workers claim injuries from Port Arthur ship channel collision, sue tanker owner for $15 M

By Marilyn Tennissen | Feb 3, 2010

The Eagle Otome and a barge collided Jan. 23 near the Port of Port Arthur. Photo provided by U.S. Coast Guard. Three men working on the barge that was struck by the crude oil tanker Eagle Otome in the Port Arthur ship channel last month claim they were injured in the collision and are suing the tanker's owners for $15 million.

Stand 'n Seal suits remanded to original courts

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 3, 2010

TEXARKANA, Ark. --With pretrial proceedings complete in the multidistrict Stand 'n Seal Products Liability litigation, consolidated cases are being remanded to their original courts, including cases pending out of Texarkana and Beaumont.

Red light runner hit with lawsuit

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2010

A Beaumont woman says she incurred medical costs after a driver collided with her vehicle.

Mom blames Baptist Hospital, doctor for injuring daughter during birth

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2010

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital, Women's Center of Beaumont and a doctor, alleging her infant daughter suffered paralysis of one of her arms because of the doctor's negligence during her birth.

Port Arthur woman sues driver who struck her

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2010

A Port Arthur woman claims she sustained physical pain and suffering after a driver struck her.

Class actions against Toyota over gas pedals filed in New Orleans

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 3, 2010

NEW ORLEANS -- In response to a nationwide recall of approximately 5.3 million Toyota vehicles for defective accelerator pedals, plaintiff's attorneys have filed three lawsuits in New Orleans asking Toyota to return profits it made from the sale of the vehicles.

Starbucks manager claims he was fired because of tattoos

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 3, 2010

SHERMAN -- Starbucks shift-manager Benjamin Amos claims the district managers did not like his tattoos and terminated him when he refused to resign.

Business sues to recover judgment owed to it

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2010

A Beaumont corporation has applied for a writ of garnishment against Southwest Shipyard after it says it obtained a judgment worth more than $40,000 against another corporation.

Wreck on MLK leads to lawsuit

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 3, 2010

An Orange County man claims he incurred medical costs after a driver ran a red light and crashed into him.

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