News from July 2010

Legally Speaking: Cease and Desist - Or Else!

By John G. Browning | Jul 1, 2010

The cease and desist letter is one of those frequently-used weapons in the lawyer's arsenal � perhaps too frequently used.

Jury awards 5 times more to attorney than plaintiff

By David Yates | Jul 1, 2010

Nashib Investments landed a $29,550 jury award on Monday for damages to its property on Major Drive following Hurricane Ike. However, the company also witnessed jurors award $165,000 to its attorney.

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

By Stacie Yates | Jul 1, 2010

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County, June 24-30, 2010.

Texas high court reverses $1.25M award in cattle rustling case

By Steve Korris | Jul 1, 2010

AUSTIN � Jurors in San Saba County took cattle theft too seriously when they awarded $1.25 million in exemplary damages against a rancher for taking 13 head that strayed across a dry river bed, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled on June 25.

Man crushed by forklift load sues local company

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 1, 2010

A Louisiana man claims a forklift operator crushed his left side after dropping a 2,000-pound metal toolbox on him.

Widow of TxDOT employee killed at work asks court to preserve evidence

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 1, 2010

A Texas woman has filed an application for injunctive relief, asking the court to prevent trucking companies from destroying any evidence that may be used to determine the cause of an accident that took her husband's life.

14 seafood businesses sue BP in Jefferson County

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 1, 2010

Floyd's Cajun Seafood in Beaumont A group of seafood restaurant owners claim they face economic difficulties after facing deprived access to their usual supplies of fresh seafood due to the sinking of a BP oil rig.

Latest hurricane-related insurance suits filed in Jefferson County

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 1, 2010

A total of five new lawsuits against insurance companies over Hurricane Ike damage claims have been filed in Jefferson County District Court, June 21-25, 2010.

Recruit sues Marines over heat stroke during training

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

SHERMAN-A Marine recruit is suing his recruiters and the U.S. Marine Corps after he suffered a massive heat stroke during what he claims was vigorous physical activity in extreme heat conditions.

Provost Umphrey claims banana picker reps siphoned clients, money

By David Yates | Jul 1, 2010

In 2001, the Provost Umphrey law firm hired two men, Rob Roberts and David Rossi, to manage thousands of Central American banana pickers who allegedly became sterile after repeated exposure to pesticides.

Capitol Comment: Bureaucratic Barriers Must Not Obstruct Oil Spill Cleanup

By U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison | Jul 1, 2010

More than two months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, tragically killing 11 workers and causing a leak that is gushing up to 60,000 barrels of oil into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico each day.

Radnofsky's revival of the Big Tobacco Bonanza

By The SE Texas Record | Jul 3, 2010

Barbara Ann Radnofsky would like to reprise the Great Texas Tobacco Settlement of 1998, which garnered $3.3 billion in attorneys fees for Beaumont's Walter Umphrey and Wayne Reaud, Houston's John O'Quinn and John Eddie Williams Jr., and Dangerfield's Harold Nix.

Recent real estate foreclosures filed in Orange County court

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2010

Recent real estate foreclosures filed in Orange County court

Former employee sues Crawdad's Convenience Stores for discrimination

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2010

Claiming race and age discrimination, Cheryl King has filed suit against Crawdad's Convenience Stores.

Woman claims she was sexually assaulted by rental property employee

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2010

In a suit filed against Woodrow Rentals, Karen Barks is claiming a rental property employee used a backup key to break into her home and sexually assault her.

30-foot fall from broken ladder results in litigation

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2010

Although he protested, John Carpenter claims his employer told him to climb up a "worn ladder" or lose his job. When he reached about 30 feet, the ladder collapsed.

Mom sues neighbors for son's dog bite

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2010

Orange resident Angela Moses is suing Raymont and Jessica Nugent, also Orange residents, claiming the couples' dog bit her minor son.

Company sues VISD for subcontractor's nonpayment

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2010

Transit Mix Concrete & Material Company has filed suit against the Vidor Independent School District, alleging one of VISD's subcontractors refused to pay its bill.

Interstate wreck ends in suit

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2010

A collision on Interstate 10 has led a Houston resident to file suit against a Florida resident.

Woman files suit over rear-end collision

By David Yates | Jul 6, 2010

Lisa Berry is suing Kenneth Toups for allegedly rear-ending a vehicle she was riding in last March.

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