News from September 2014

Attorney: Texas asbestos decision ‘absolutely not’ gaining traction in other jurisdictions

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 29, 2014

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Texas defense attorney recently said that as asbestos litigation changes, the laws governing legal causation must also change – and the recent Bostic decision from the Texas Supreme Court is a prime example of that change despite the fact that it is not having a nationwide impact yet.

Our View: You've fooled us too many times, Judge Barbier

By The SE Texas Record | Sep 30, 2014

We don't want to think badly of people, but we don't want to be played for fools either, and when we see the same person engaging in the same suspicious behavior over and over again, we get – suspicious.

Legal reform group endorses GOP justice to Dallas appellate court

By David Yates | Sep 30, 2014

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A month after his appointment, Justice Craig Stoddart received the endorsement of Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC to the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas.

Study: Patent trolls, which tend to go after cash-rich companies, will hurt the economy

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 30, 2014

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A recent study has found that companies that sue other companies that make goods or products, but don’t manufacture anything themselves, are a threat to innovation and the economy in the United States.

Legally Speaking: Awards we'd like to see

By John G. Browning | Sep 30, 2014

Readers of “Legally Speaking” know that I delight in finding some of the most bizarre, did-that-really-happen moments in actual court cases in the civil and criminal justice systems.

Beaumont man accused of failing to repay credit card account

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 30, 2014

A Beaumont man is accused of failing to pay more than $7,500 in credit card debt. Cach LLC filed a complaint against Ross Bennett III on Aug. 22 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the lawsuit, FIA Card Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corp., issued a credit card to Bennett with the agreement he would be obligated to repay the charges incurred.In January 2013, the

Lender files foreclosure order against Beaumont property owners

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 30, 2014

A mortgage company has filed a foreclosure notice against the owners of property in Beaumont who allegedly defaulted on a home equity loan. Nationstar Mortgage filed the application for an expedited foreclosure order against Jerry House and Angelia M. House on Aug. 22 in Jefferson County District Court. Nationstar Mortgage alleges the Houses are more than 14 months behind in payments on a home equity

Debt buyer sues Beaumont man over unpaid credit card account

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 30, 2014

A debt buyer is suing a Beaumont man who allegedly failed to pay $13,000 in credit card debt. Cach LLC filed a complaint against Joseph L. Cascio on Aug. 22 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, FIA Card Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corp., issued a credit card to Cascio, who allegedly agreed to repay all charges incurred plus interest.In June 2011,

Port Arthur man accuses Pronto Insurance of breach of contract

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 30, 2014

A Port Arthur man is suing the insurance company he alleges canceled his policy without warning or cause. Timothy Holman filed a lawsuit against Pronto Insurance Agency on Aug. 22 in Jefferson County District Court. Holman says he obtained an auto insurance policy through Pronto Insurance that went into effect March 7, 2013. Two months later, Holman attempted to make a payment on the policy over the

Port Arthur family in dispute over life insurance benefits

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 30, 2014

The death of a Port Arthur man has allegedly left his family in a dispute over who is entitled to receive his life insurance benefits.Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. filed a petition in interpleader Aug. 20 in Jefferson County District Court against Sally Williams Keller, Melvin Roy Keller Jr. and June Raynetta Keller. According to the petition, Melvin Roy Keller Sr. worked for Valero Services Inc

Jefferson County ice company accused of negligence

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 30, 2014

A Jefferson County ice company is being sued for allegedly causing a woman to slip and fall on a wet floor.Donna McKeon filed the lawsuit against B&B Ice on Aug. 22 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, an employee of B&B Ice was restocking the ice machines at the Market Basket supermarket in Beaumont in June 2013. McKeon says she was walking in the store on her way

Beaumont man accused of defaulting on student loan

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 30, 2014

A Beaumont man is accused of failing to repay more than $9,000 on his student loan.National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2006-4, a Delaware statutory trust, filed a lawsuit against Jeremy Zachary and Belinda Zachary on Aug. 21 in Jefferson County District Court. According to the complaint, Jeremy Zachary received a student loan to attend a qualified educational institution. The original loan provided

Oklahoma residents allege injuries in rear-end collision

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 30, 2014

Two Oklahoma residents allege they incurred nearly $50,000 worth of medical costs after their car landed upside down in the center median.Tony T. Nguyen and Nancy T. Doan allege they were driving east on Interstate Highway 30 near mile marker 155 in Titus County on Oct. 3, 2012, when defendant James Lowell McElveen, who was driving for defendant Transportation Services, rear-ended their vehicle. "As

Falling pipe is subject of lawsuit

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 30, 2014

A Harrison County man has filed suit against Warrior Energy Services, alleging he was seriously injured when a pipe fell on his back.Pete Aguirre says he was working on rigs as a floor hand for CC Forbes in December 2012. He was working with a crew from defendant Warrior Energy Services, of Columbus, Miss., and was standing on the ground, attempting to guide a pipe with his hand as the Warrior workers

Mazda blamed for designing defective vehicle that allegedly caused person's death

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 30, 2014

Three Diboll residents have filed a lawsuit against Mazda, saying the company's vehicle did not protect them in a collision and caused one person's death.Angel Rosales, Miguel Rosales and Patricia Renteria allege Angel Rosales was driving a 2011 Mazda 3 east on FM 2262 when the vehicle exited the roadway. Although both Angel and Francisca Rosales were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision,

Beaumont man says fall on barge left him disabled

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 30, 2014

A Beaumont man is suing a Houston company alleging he is disabled after slipping and falling while moving product between its barges. Eric Mayes filed a lawsuit against Enterprise Marine Services, of Houma, La., on Aug. 20 in Jefferson County District Court. 

Bank seeks repayment of more than $10K

By Kelly Holleran | Sep 30, 2014

A bank has filed suit against a man whom it alleges owes the bank more than $10,000.Wells Fargo Bank alleges it provided a line of credit to defendant Marc S. Fulk. Fulk borrowed money Sept. 13, 2013, according to the complaint filed Aug. 21 in Jefferson County District Court. Since then, however, Fulk has failed to repay the loan, the suit states. "As a result of defendant's default, there is now

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