News from February 2011

Appeals court sets aside order evicting sick woman from apartment

By David Yates | Feb 1, 2011

Last Thursday, the Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont set aside an order evicting Sheila Barnes, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, from her Jefferson County apartment.

Wife wants testimony from ill husband recorded for possible lawsuit

By David Yates | Feb 1, 2011

Alleging benzene exposure, the wife of a former E.I. DuPont De Nemours employee has filed a petition to perpetuate testimony, signaling that a potential lawsuit against the chemical company may be in the works.

Mother seeks ex-husband's testimony in prospective sexual abuse case

By David Yates | Feb 1, 2011

The mother of a minor girl has filed a petition to take the deposition of the girl's father to further investigate a potential sexual assault claim.

Woman trips on dance floor, sues Star Bar

By David Yates | Feb 1, 2011

Star Bar While exiting the dance floor at Star Bar, Beaumont resident Kathryn Gober fell flat on her face. She is suing the Crockett Street nightspot claiming she tripped because of poor lighting.

Jefferson County civil judges go 100% digital

By David Yates | Feb 1, 2011

Making paper obsolete, Jefferson County's four civil district judges have gone completely digital in 2011, requiring all new lawsuits to be filed electronically.

Barbier says no to separating state, federal government claims from private BP suits

By Steve Korris | Feb 1, 2011

Barbier U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected pleas from the federal government and 15 states to separate their suits over the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill from private civil suits.

136TH Court District 3/2011

By Carrie Gonzalez | Feb 1, 2011


Legally Speaking: The Trial Is Over, But Not for Everyone

By John G. Browning | Feb 1, 2011

They were images "Paul Baker"* just couldn't get out of his head.

Actavis to pay Texas $170M for Medicaid scam

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 2, 2011

Abbott AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) -- A Travis County jury on Tuesday returned a record-setting $170 million verdict for damages, finding that Actavis Mid-Atlantic LLC misrepresented its drug prices to the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program.

Homeowner sues contractor for not finishing $40K project

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 2, 2011

GALVESTON � A Harris County man claims that an incomplete construction project at his Galveston residence cost him $40,000 in economic and consequential damages, recent court documents say.

Galveston residents file suit against Conagra over tainted peanut butter

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 2, 2011

GALVESTON � A group of Galveston County residents are suing Congra Foods Inc. over allegedly tainted peanut butter.

Suit: Bacliff contractor lied about insurance coverage

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 2, 2011

GALVESTON - A Dickinson man claims a Bacliff contractor lied to him about being insured for a renovation project at his residence and is seeking litigation, recent court documents say.

Counsel substituted in suit that blames Merrill Lynch for risky investment

By David Yates | Feb 2, 2011

A notice of substitution of counsel was filed Jan. 31 in a case alleging Merrill Lynch and broker Robert T. Shriver poorly invested a Port Neches couple's money.

Take-nothing judgment entered in suit claiming servicer disconnected bike brakes

By David Yates | Feb 2, 2011

A final take-nothing judgment has been entered in a suit claiming a Golden Triangle Powersports employee failed to reconnect a bike's rear brakes, causing the owner serious injury.

Woman slams into container, sues owner

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 2, 2011

GALVESTON � After colliding with a construction container more than a year ago, Harriet Toledo of Texas City is pursuing litigation against the container's owner.

Pedestrian struck by city vehicle sues Galveston

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 2, 2011

GALVESTON - After being hit while walking near the Galveston Seawall, Alejandra Leal is suing Alfred James Paige and the city of Galveston.

Woman seeks insurance payout for two wrecks in two months

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 2, 2011

A woman has filed suit against her insurance company and a driver, alleging they owe her money for damages she incurred during two separate collisions which occurred within two months of each other.

Pipefitter struck by tool bag sues refinery

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 2, 2011

GALVESTON - After falling from a platform at Marathon's Texas City plant last year, Ramon Olvera of Dickinson has filed suit against Marathon Oil Co., Marathon Petroleum Co. LP and J.V. Piping Inc.

50 companies blamed for Galveston man's asbestos-related disease

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 2, 2011

GALVESTON - Michael Ray Cook and his wife are suing 50 companies after his health allegedly deteriorated as a result of asbestos exposure.

No new trial for woman who tripped at Lake Charles casino, appeals court rules

By David Yates | Feb 2, 2011

L'auberge Du Lac Hotel and Casino, Lake Charles, La. The Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont recently affirmed a lower court's ruling not to give a local woman a new trial, decreasing her odds to score big against a Louisiana casino.

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