News from July 2011

136th Court District 8/2011

By Carrie Gonzalez | Jul 4, 2011


Fatal spider bite at nursing home covered by malpractice law, high court decides

By Steve Korris | Jul 6, 2011

Johnson AUSTIN � Medical malpractice law covers a fatal bite from a brown recluse spider in a nursing home, the Supreme Court of Texas decided on July 1.

Paralegal's prior work no conflict with current firm, Texas SC decides

By Steve Korris | Jul 6, 2011

Supreme Court of Texas AUSTIN � A little over six hours that paralegal Clyde Williams billed in a lawsuit on a prior job don't disqualify his current firm from the other side of the case, the Supreme Court of Texas decided on July 1.

Texas prisoner says he should be on 2012 ballot

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 6, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --A man in prison in the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution is suing West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant after he claims his name should be added to the 2012 presidential primary ballot.

Woman loses rape case against former employer

By John O'Brien | Jul 8, 2011

Jones HOUSTON � A federal jury in Houston has ruled Jamie Leigh Jones, whose case became a call-to-action for reform in arbitration clauses in contracts, was not raped.

Kroger settles suit alleging food poisoning from tainted lobster

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Rather than present its case before a judge or jury, Kroger opted to settle a case alleging it sold a tainted lobster to an area woman.

Girl injured while driving go-kart, mother sues

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

While driving a go-kart, Derionna Guillory was rammed by another child, causing her to hit her head and blackout.

Slip & fall filed against Market Basket for water near ice machine

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Beaumont resident Janice Simpson has filed suit against Market Basket No. 6, claiming she slipped on water near the ice machine two years ago.

Woman trips over restaurant ramp, alleges not properly color-coded

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Shirley Durmon has filed a trip-and-fall lawsuit against Monterey House, claiming the Mexican restaurant failed to properly color-code its access ramp.

Jury erred when awarding full payment for medical expenses, high court rules

By Steve Korris | Jul 10, 2011

Hecht AUSTIN � Angelina County District Judge Barry Randolph shouldn't have let a jury award accident victim Aaron Haywood $110,069 in medical expenses when Medicare discounts trimmed his bills to $27,739, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled on July 1.

Baptist hospital, others blamed for woman's paralysis

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital A Hardin County woman has filed suit against multiple medical providers claiming back surgery left her paralyzed.

Trial over rear-end collision ends with $3K verdict

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

A Jefferson County jury recently awarded plaintiff Lacey Lowery more than $3,000 in damages, finding that defendant Stuart Rumby negligently rear-ended her four years ago.

Texas AG files suit against debt collector

By Nick Rees | Jul 10, 2011

Abbott HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) � Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged Encore Capital Group Inc., on Friday with state debt collection law violations.

UPR sued after worker injures shoulder flipping rail switch

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Union Pacific Railroad employee Richard Turney has filed suit against his employer, alleging he injured his shoulder while flipping a rail switch.

Injunction to lift fireworks ban was denied by local judge

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Due to a prolonged drought, several area counties, including Jefferson County, put in place a ban on fireworks this 4th of July.

Suit filed over rear-end collision

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Kenneth Rice has filed suit against Jonathan Theriot for allegedly causing a rear-end collision in March.

Jones Act suit filed against Genesis Energy

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Arnold Seaman Daniel Battaglia has filed suit against Genesis Energy, alleging he sustained injuries due to the unseaworthiness of the company's vessel.

Passenger sues driver for causing collision

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Two years ago, Carmen Torres was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Juan Castro when he allegedly disregarded a stop signal and caused a collision.

Suit alleges motorist struck man on motorcycle

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Buna resident Mickey Sterling has filed suit against Frank Richardson for allegedly hitting him while out riding his motorcycle.

Inmate severed from racial assault case

By David Yates | Jul 10, 2011

Although a racial discrimination civil trial ended June 24 for three defendants, the fourth and final defendant has been served out, since he was in prison during the trial.

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