News from July 2015

Texas to NH businesses: Come on down

By The SE Texas Record | Jul 7, 2015

Story CopyBy Gov. Greg Abbott (In June), Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a fiscally responsible budget that reduced the tax burden on job creators while funding critical services in the Granite State.

Santa Fe PD sued after classifying man’s death as suicide

By John Suayan | Jul 7, 2015

A Santa Fe woman has brought a defamation lawsuit against the Santa Fe Police Department and the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office, alleging the entities wrongfully classified her husband’s recent death as a suicide. Barbara Younie filed the suit on July 1 in the Galveston County 405th District Court. Court documents explain that emergency responders on Jan. 8 were summoned to Dakota Dave’s Meat Market in Santa Fe where the late David Younie worked.

Texas SC opts not to hear NISD’s petition to enforce settlement

By David Yates | Jul 7, 2015

The Nederland Independent School District had no luck appealing to the Texas Supreme Court, with the high court recently deciding not to hear NIDS’s petition for review.

Settlement reached in trip & fall suit brought over minor’s injuries

By David Yates | Jul 7, 2015

An agreed final judgment has been entered in a lawsuit brought by a local mother, who sued a woman after her daughter tripped and fell at the woman’s residence.

Tenant blames building owners for sudden elevator plunge

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 8, 2015

A Galveston County woman is suing a couple over an elevator accident she alleges left her injured.

Widow alleges former fiance was con artist, thief

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 8, 2015

A Mexican widow is suing her ex-fiance, alleging he swindled her out of more than $240,000.

Judge axes $532M IP verdict against Apple, orders new trial on damages

By David Yates | Jul 8, 2015

On July 2 a federal judge declined to triple a $532,900,000 jury verdict against Apple for patent infringement.

Partial abatement granted in insurance suit against Progressive

By David Yates | Jul 8, 2015

A Beaumont judge recently granted an insurance company’s motion to partially abate a lawsuit alleging the insurer failed to honor its contractual obligations.

Discovery ongoing in boating injury suit

By David Yates | Jul 8, 2015

Discovery is still ongoing in a suit brought by a Jefferson County man who claims he was injured in a boating accident.

Medical Center of Southeast Texas non-suited from wrongful death claim

By David Yates | Jul 8, 2015

Several health care providers have been non-suited from litigation brought by the family of a Jefferson County man whose death was allegedly caused by pressure ulcers sustained in a hospital.

Foremost Lloyds sues Lowe’s after insured suffers water damage

By David Yates | Jul 8, 2015

An insurance company is suing two businesses, seeking to recover monies paid to an insured after his water heater connector discharged water in his Groves residence. Seeking no more than $100,000 in damages, Foremost Lloyds of Texas, as subrogee of Paul Perkinz, filed suit against Lowe’s Home Centers and Watts Regulator Co. on July 2 in Jefferson County District Court.

Abbott appoints Houston attorney to 61st District Court

By David Yates | Jul 8, 2015

On July 8 Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Houston attorney Erin Lunceford as judge of the 61st Judicial District Court in Harris County. Lunceford, a managing shareholder at Sprott, Newsom, Lunceford, Quattlebaum & Messenger, has worked on many cases litigated in Beaumont against Christus Health Southeast Texas, as reported by the Record. Her term is set to expire at the next general election in November 2016.

Abbott ceremonially signs pro-life judicial bypass reform

By The SE Texas Record | Jul 8, 2015

“Lawmakers made significant strides to further protect innocent life and ensure the health and safety of mothers across Texas with this bill,” said Gov. Greg Abbott.

Study by pro-reform group predicts record-setting year for patent infringement lawsuits

By Jessica Karmasek | Jul 9, 2015

Unified Patents data shows, based on first six months of filings, that infringement lawsuits could surpass 6,000 mark in 2015

Rear-end collision sufferer sues driver over damages

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 9, 2015

A Hardin County resident filed a lawsuit against a driver claiming legal debt in the aftermath of a 2014 motor vehicle mishap. Celenda Peppenhorst of Kountze filed a complaint against Chelsye Tyler of Silsbee in Jefferson County District Court July 1, claiming liability in a November 2014 accident which she avers left her with permanent injuries to her neck and body. According to the suit, Peppenhorst was a passenger in a vehicle headed northbound on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont on or about Nov.

Victim of three-car accident sues driver alleging negligence

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 9, 2015

A League City resident filed a lawsuit against a Harris County man for alleged vehicular negligence in a 2013 rear-end collision in Friendswood, purportedly causing personal injury and property damage to the plaintiff. Amy Rader sued Giovanni Martinez of Pearland in Galveston County District Court July 6, claiming liability in July 2013 According to the suit, Rader was operating her motor vehicle northbound on or about July 9, 2013 in the right lane of traffic in the 1500 block of Winding Way

Motorist sues livestock owner over cattle wandering on road

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 9, 2015

A Mississippi resident filed suit against a Texan claiming negligence in a 2014 collision resulting from the defendant’s purported inability to control his wandering livestock in Jefferson County. Christopher Carr of Magnolia, MS filed a complaint against Michael Lanny of Vidor, TX, in Jefferson County District Court July 1, claiming liability in a June 2014 highway mishap caused by free roaming cows. According to the suit, the defendant breached his duty to control his livestock when several

Construction client claims inferior work caused major property damage

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 9, 2015

A Beaumont business filed a lawsuit against two construction firms for breach of contract in an allegedly faulty building project originating in 2012. Risinger Holdings LLC filed a complaint against Fulbright/Walker Builders Inc. d/b/a American Builders and Cardinal Glass Company Inc. in Jefferson County District Court July 1, claiming liability in alleged property damage between 2013 and 2014.

Ninth Court reverses Floyd again after judge discards another jury verdict

By David Yates | Jul 9, 2015

For the second time in four months, the Ninth Court of Appeals has reversed the judgment of a Beaumont judge for disregarding a jury verdict. On July 2 justices ordered Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, to enter a final judgment consistent with a jury verdict rendered in a home remodeling lawsuit, reversing the Beaumont judge’s decision to nearly double a $36,000 award to $70,000.

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