News from 2010

Contractor sues client after slicing off finger

By David Yates | Dec 15, 2010

Last January, Kenneth Olson was cutting wood for a kitchen backsplash when the client walked into the area and tripped, bumping into the wood and causing him to cut off his finger.

Woman slips while buffing floor, sues Medi-Dyne Healthcare

By David Yates | Dec 15, 2010

While stripping wax, hospital worker Sandra Lacap slipped and fell.

Longshoreman claims rental spider cage dropped him into ocean, sues for $2.5M

By David Yates | Dec 15, 2010

Longshoreman Edward Solis claims he was working aboard a "Marco Polo" unit while being lowered in a "spider cage" when it broke and dropped him into the ocean below.

** ART ** Orange Courthouse closed for repairs

By The SE Texas Record | Dec 15, 2010

From Dec. 20 through Jan. 4, the Orange County courthouse will be closed. Electricians will be rewiring the whole courthouse during the break.

** ART ** Justice for James

By The SE Texas Record | Dec 15, 2010

Orange County residents gathered in front of the courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 15, to show support for slain U.S. Marine James Whitehead, who was killed by an off-duty Orange police officer in July. Orange residents also gathered to protest the fact that District Attorney John Kimbrough declined to indict the officer.

Latest Hurricane Ike-related insurance suits filed in Jefferson County

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 15, 2010

A total of five new lawsuits against insurance companies over Hurricane Ike damage claims have been filed in Jefferson County District Court, Dec. 6-10, 2010.

Former employee alleges PAISD committed fraud to get new computers

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 15, 2010

In recently filed court documents, an Orange County man accuses the Port Arthur Independent School District of faking damages to computers in an effort to obtain federal funds for new technology.

Beaumont woman claims red-light runner caused Dowlen wreck

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 15, 2010

A Beaumont woman has filed suit against the driver, who she claims collided with her when the driver ran a red light, and against her insurance company, which refused to pay her damages following the collision.

Passenger sues driver over Jefferson County wreck

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 15, 2010

A Port Arthur man claims he sustained physical pain and suffering when the driver of a vehicle in which he rode lost control and flipped it.

Wreck in Port Arthur subject of lawsuit

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 15, 2010

A Cameron County man claims he sustained bodily injuries when a Jefferson County woman collided with his vehicle.

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County

By Stacie Yates | Dec 15, 2010

New business licenses/assumed names issued in Jefferson County, Dec. 9-15, 2010.

Provost Umphrey says no evidence plaintiffs can't travel for depositions

By Steve Korris | Dec 16, 2010

WHEELING, W. Va. � Provost Umphrey law firm of Beaumont claims 15 former clients from North Carolina failed to prove they can't travel to West Virginia for depositions in their malpractice suit against the firm.

Hoeffner retrial not double jeopardy, appeals court rules

By Steve Korris | Dec 16, 2010

Hoeffner NEW ORLEANS � Houston lawyer Todd Hoeffner, who gave more than $3 million to Hartford Insurance employees handling his silicosis claims, won't face double jeopardy in retrial of a mistrial, federal appeals judges ruled.

Recent patent infringement/false marking suits filed in the Eastern District of Texas

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Dec 16, 2010

Recent patent infringement/false marking suits filed in the Eastern District of Texas

Jurors award $5K verdict to plaintiff in automobile collision trial

By David Yates | Dec 16, 2010

On Tuesday, a Jefferson County jury awarded a plaintiff more than $5,000 for injuries she received in an automobile collision, taking less than two days for jurors to listen to testimony and reach a verdict.

Capital One Auto Finance sues to recover $12K debt

By David Yates | Dec 16, 2010

Hoping to recover nearly $12, 000 from a past due account, Capital One Auto Finance had filed suit against Beaumont resident Jarron Peacock and Houston resident Demetrie Holman.

WSJ touts Perry's 'loser pays' plan

By Marilyn Tennissen | Dec 16, 2010

Perry In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal praised Gov. Rick Perry for his plans to expand Texas' "impressive tort reform record."

Criss lifts ban on release of TWIA information

By Marilyn Tennissen | Dec 16, 2010

Criss State District Judge Susan Criss (D - Galveston) issued an order Thursday dissolving her injunction prohibiting the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association from releasing information about a $189 million settlement with Hurricane Ike victims.

Coon causes stir in BP hearing by introducing 7 million docs from Texas City class action

By Alejandro De Los Rios | Dec 17, 2010

Coon NEW ORLEANS - Brent Coon caused a bit of a stir during Friday's status conference for the multi-district litigation (MDL) regarding the BP oil spill when he introduced around seven million documents from a previous class action against BP.

Some UTMB professors deserve a failing grade in the school of hard knocks

By The SE Texas Record | Dec 19, 2010

It must be nice to be a college professor who feels insulated from reality. Even a hurricane makes no impression on this navel-gazing egghead.

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