News from October 2011

Judge orders Louisiana to produce oil spill-related documents to BP

By Alejandro De Los Rios | Oct 31, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan has ordered the state of Louisiana to turn over discovery documents requested by BP, or face daily fines and the possible dismissal of the state's claims against the oil company.

Rise in insurance costs leads to cancellation of Beaumont Christmas parade

By Marilyn Tennissen | Oct 31, 2011

The city of Beaumont has announced it will not hold its annual Christmas parade this year, "a result of increased insurance costs" and other problems.

Ruining the fun for everyone

By The SE Texas Record | Oct 31, 2011

Elementary schools all across America have canceled recess. Some even have removed playground equipment.

Legally Speaking: The Zombie Lawyer Apocalypse

By John G. Browning | Oct 31, 2011

Okay, first things first: this would have been an ideal subject for my column running last week, on Halloween weekend. Unfortunately, deadlines�or "un-dead lines'�come and go with frightening speed.

Suit says driver ran light at Gulf Freeway intersection

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Tacoma, Wash., resident Robin Jordan claims League City local Thomas Garcia struck the back of a vehicle in which she was a passenger, recent court documents say.

League City resident blamed for Houston wreck

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Harris County residents Shawn Griffin and Tiffany Dixon claim League City resident Lyndsy Urquiaga caused a two-vehicle accident between the three of them two years ago, recent court documents say.

Would-be groom sues to get engagement ring back from former fiancee

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Claiming Randi G. Crader deceived him during their engagement, Ronald Zavora has filed suit to recover the engagement ring from her.

Widow files lawsuit against husband's killer

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Claiming Robert Stanley Ott fatally shot her husband two years ago, Shana Hansen has filed suit against the local bait camp owner.

Bacliff couple claims broker sold them house that was not windstorm compliant

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Bacliff residents Rodney and Stephanie Orgeron claim Terra Grace LP and Tanya Coury sold them a house that was not windstorm compliant, recent court documents say.

Injury suit says Salvation Army employees not properly trained to mop floors

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Robert Eitel is suing The Salvation Army after he fell from a ladder at its premises in July.

Nigerians allege company failed to build community well despite payment

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Local residents Kevin and Ijeoma Ononugbo allege Relief Network Ministries Inc. and Ambrose Okorie failed to dig a community well in their native village in Nigeria.

Texas City man sues former business partner over $138K

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Texas City resident Jimmy Roberts claims Seabrook local Eric Miller owes him $138,000, recent court documents say.

Houston man seeks $5M over dog bite

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - A Houston man's visit to a local body shop in August resulted in the business's security dog inflicting "life-altering" injuries upon him, a $5 million lawsuit filed Oct. 18 in Galveston County District Court says.

$50K debt subject of lawsuit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - GOES Sales of Texas Inc. has filed suit against Allied Air Texas Inc. and Insurors Indemnity Co. to recoup a $50,000 debt.

Woman says driver ran red light, caused wreck

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 31, 2011

GALVESTON - Friendswood resident Jamie Hubbard has filed suit in response to a two-vehicle wreck.

Plaintiff's late husband found negligent in causing wreck that killed him

By David Yates | Oct 31, 2011

A Jefferson County jury recently found that plaintiff Melissa Stapleton's late husband was the negligent party causing the automobile collision that ultimately killed him.

Plaintiff appeals Entergy's win in trial over employee's automobile collision

By David Yates | Oct 31, 2011

The Ninth Court of Appeals is set to review briefs in a case brought by Michael Milson, who unsuccessfully sued Entergy in February 2008, alleging one of its employees negligently rear-ended and injured him.

Notice of non-suit filed in case alleging Gunn Chevrolet concealed car's flood history

By David Yates | Oct 31, 2011

Plaintiff Kourtney McClary filed a notice of non-suit on Monday in her suit against Gunn Chevrolet, which alleges she wasn't informed that an Acura she purchased had been in a flood.

Notice of intention to take defense attorney's deposition quashed

By David Yates | Oct 31, 2011

Close Colonial Pipeline attorney Howard Close will not have to give his deposition in a suit filed by injured worker Gregory Hollis.

Study: Tort costs go down, employment goes up

By Michael Tremoglie | Oct 31, 2011

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The costs associated with the United States tort system are excessive compared to other countries

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