News from February 2011

Fishing boat passengers say dredge line not marked

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 14, 2011

GALVESTON � After being ejected from their fishing boat, four Galveston County residents have filed suit against Weeks Marine Inc.

Home inspector seeks $1M for head injury

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 14, 2011

GALVESTON � A Montgomery County man is seeking $1 million after he was struck in the head by a pipe while inspecting a residence in Hitchcock last August, recent court documents say.

Only attorneys profit from oil and gas royalty retrial

By David Yates | Feb 14, 2011

Wood After two trials and nearly five years of litigation, only the attorneys ended up profiting from an oil and gas royalty case, as jurors recently awarded the plaintiff's counsel more than $500,000.

BISD dismissed from auto collision lawsuit

By David Yates | Feb 14, 2011

A local judge recently granted plaintiff Jonathan Johnson's motion to dismiss the Beaumont Independent School District from an automobile collision injury lawsuit.

Car wreck case settles minutes before trial starts

By David Yates | Feb 14, 2011

Minutes before its slated start, an automobile collision trial between area residents Rachel Limbrick and Martha LaZoya settled, giving jurors an early present for Valentine's Day.

No-show plaintiff loses breach of contract case

By David Yates | Feb 14, 2011

A Beaumont judge awarded summary judgment to the Lumberton business Hampshire Roofing on Monday, since plaintiff Raul Sifuentes failed to show up at the hearing.

Expert calls AAJ's confidentiality agreement into question

By Justin Anderson | Feb 14, 2011

von Spakovsky A legal expert says it's suspicious that the American Association for Justice would impose a confidentiality agreement on members to attend the group's winter convention.

Suit claims company has not paid for labor provided for Haitian relief

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

GALVESTON � Lideres Group Inc. seeks to recover approximately $195,000 from AshBritt Inc. for services it provided last year after an earthquake in Haiti.

Wreck on Hwy 87 subject of lawsuit

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 15, 2011

Three Port Arthur residents have filed suit against the driver who they claim struck their vehicle, causing them to incur pain and suffering.

Business manager accuses company of manipulating time clock to avoid overtime pay

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

A business executive for a company that manages nursing homes and rehabilitation centers has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of misclassifing employees to avoid paying overtime compensation.

Texas Historical Commission accused of discrimination against white employee

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

The Texas Historical Commission is facing a discrimination lawsuit from a female employee who states she was treated differently because she was white.

Jeff Co Sheriff's Office sued for not paying overtime during Hurricane Ike

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

The Jefferson County sheriff's department is being sued for not paying overtime to its employees during a two-week period around the time that Hurricane Ike hit.

East Texas family sues after child becomes sick from peanut butter

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

MARSHALL - An East Texas family has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of contaminated peanut butter after their child became sick.

Company faces personal injury lawsuit after employee assaults woman

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

Young TYLER - A Dallas company is being sued after a female employee assaulted another woman.

Texans file federal suit to halt use of 2010 Census for redistricting

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

U.S. Congressional Districts, Texas SHERMAN- Three Texas registered voters are asking a federal court to declare that the 2010 Census data is inaccurate for purposes of the state's redistricting and reapportionment.

Unlicensed truck driver sued for $40 million after triple fatality collision

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

TYLER-An unlicensed truck driver and his employer are facing a wrongful death lawsuit for more than $40 million after his semi-tractor collided into a vehicle and killed its three occupants.

Consumer files second lawsuit over lack of fee notices at ATM

By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau | Feb 15, 2011

TYLER - In her second lawsuit, an East Texas woman is accusing a bank of not abiding by federal statutes regarding posting fee notice signs on automated teller machines.

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