News from February 2011

Beaumont attorney, wife make major donation to Lamar music department

By Marilyn Tennissen | Feb 3, 2011

Beaumont attorney Ray Moore, right, and his wife, Mary, were present for the formal renaming of Lamar University's music department as The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. The founder of one of Beaumont's most successful law firms and his wife have made a major contribution to Lamar University.

Wintry weather to keep courthouse, county offices closed on Friday

By The SE Texas Record | Feb 3, 2011

The threat of ice and dangerous conditions has prompted Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick to close county offices, including the courthouses in Beaumont and Port Arthur, on Friday, Feb. 4.

When a Night of Dancing Fell Flat at the Star Bar

By The SE Texas Record | Feb 4, 2011

How many editorials have been written challenging the legitimacy of slip-and-fall lawsuits.

Wreck in Webster subject of lawsuit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 7, 2011

GALVESTON � John Naylor of Houston and Jennifer Jones of League City claim Jacob Taylor Clebosky struck their vehicle during icy conditions on a street in Webster more than a year ago.

Death of pedestrian leads to suit against driver, company

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 7, 2011

GALVESTON - Robert Meek has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Gullett & Associates Inc. and one of its employees.

Galveston man says insurer's denial left apartment mold damaged

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 7, 2011

GALVESTON - As a result of being denied coverage for water damage to his Galveston apartment, Stuart Wood is suing certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London and CJW & Associates Inc.

Brent Coon answers suit alleging firm owes American Express $170K

By David Yates | Feb 7, 2011

Brent Coon & Associates has answered a lawsuit alleging the Beaumont law firm owes American Express more than $170,000 in charges on a past due credit card account.

Rowan Companies seeks summary judgment in Jones Act case

By David Yates | Feb 7, 2011

Rowan Companies filed a motion for summary judgment Feb. 1 in a Jones Act lawsuit alleging it is responsible for injuring a medic.

Final judgment reached between Glass Doctor and motorist

By David Yates | Feb 7, 2011

A final judgment was recently reached in a suit filed by Buford Taylor, who sued Glass Doctor after landing in a ditch while trying to avoid being hit by one of the company's vehicles.

City of Port Arthur sues motorist who struck employee

By David Yates | Feb 7, 2011

Seeking more than $50,000 in damages and benefits rendered, the city of Port Arthur has filed suit against a motorist who caused a collision with an employee two years ago.

Oil and gas royalty retrial starts up

By David Yates | Feb 7, 2011

In June 2009, the Southeast Texas Record reported on an oil and gas lease trial, which ended in mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict.

Local doctors sue over malfunctioning X-ray machine

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 7, 2011

Portable X-ray machines Ultimate Medical Services has cost a Jefferson County company thousands of dollars by failing to properly fix an X-ray machine damaged during Hurricane Ike, according to recently filed court documents.

Discovery request acknowledged in exploding house case

By David Yates | Feb 8, 2011

Defendant Gilbert Adolph Kasper, who was sued by nine of his Port Arthur neighbors after his home exploded, recently filed a certificate of written discovery.

Legally Speaking: Happy Anniversary,' Legally Speaking'

By John G. Browning | Feb 8, 2011

Today's column marks�drumroll please� the sixth anniversary of my first "Legally Speaking" column. Yes, it's hard to believe, but nearly six years ago to the day, the very first "Legally Speaking" column ran in the Rockwall County Herald Banner.

Texas judge names former law partner to investigate Toyota

By Marilyn Tennissen | Feb 8, 2011

Coontz A Texas judge has named his former law partner as special prosecutor to look into possible wrongdoing by Toyota in a rollover lawsuit.

Medical defendants lose appeal challenging expert reports

By David Yates | Feb 8, 2011

McKeithen The Ninth Court of Appeals on Feb. 3 shot down several medical defendants hoping to end a medical-malpractice case by challenging the plaintiffs' expert reports.

Asbestos exposures contradict in civil and bankruptcy courts, Garlock says

By Steve Korris | Feb 8, 2011

Morgan WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Owners of bankrupt gasket maker Garlock Sealing Technologies claim clients of asbestos lawyers told contradictory stories of exposure in civil courts and bankruptcy courts.

Perry talks tort reform in annual address

By Marilyn Tennissen | Feb 8, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers the State of the State Address to both chambers of the Texas Legislature at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 8. AUSTIN - Although the state is facing a budget deficit, Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday said the Texas economy and jobs have been helped by the state's legal climate.

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