News from September 2015

Man sues travel insurance company for failing to cover mother's death in Nigeria

By John Suayan | Sep 1, 2015

Texas resident Eseoghene Ogbu-Sifo has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. should cover his mother’s 2013 death as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Nigeria. Ogbu-Sifo’s suit, filed Aug. 19 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, accuses Travelex of engaging “in deceptive practices for the sole purpose of avoiding payment of the plaintiff’s bona fide claim.” Court documents show that Ogbu-Sifo purchased the policy in question for his mot

Drug suspect sues Houston police officers, alleging wrongful conduct

By Carol Ostrow | Sep 1, 2015

A Texas man is suing a municipal jurisdiction and eight individual officers, alleging malicious abuse during a violent encounter that the plaintiff says constituted wrongful conduct.

Galveston County woman sues car insurance firm, alleging refusal to pay benefits

By Robbie Hargett | Sep 1, 2015

A Galveston County woman is suing her car insurance company, alleging it refuses to pay uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage following a vehicle accident the woman was in.

Family sues General Motors, alleging negligence following fatal collision

By Robbie Hargett | Sep 1, 2015

Beneficiaries of Linda Cox's estate are suing General Motors, alleging negligence in a car accident that killed Linda Cox and injured her spouse.

Arnold & Itkin attorneys land $1.7M and $2.8M jury verdicts from W&T Offshore

By David Yates | Sep 1, 2015

The Houston law firm Arnold & Itkin recently secured two verdicts rendered against W&T Offshore, reaping $3.5 million in total from the company in a single day.

Woman claims firework struck her during 4th of July party, sues host

By John Suayan | Sep 2, 2015

A Galveston County woman’s lawsuit blames an Alvin man for injuries she allegedly sustained at a Fourth of July get-together on his property more than a year ago. In the suit, filed Aug. 24 in the Galveston County 10th District Court, plaintiff Kerry Vernell Crow-Hart asserts that she was a guest at William Thompson, Jr.’s residence on July 4, 2014, “when she was struck in the face by a firework mortar from a fireworks display set up at the home by” Thompson himself or someone upon Thompson’s i

Ohio couple filed benzene suit against 14 petrochemical companies for husband's cancer

By John Suayan | Sep 2, 2015

An Ohio couple has pursued legal action against a host of petrochemical companies after the husband contracted cancer, recent Galveston County court records show. Columbus, Ohio residents Gregory and Patricia Justice filed a lawsuit in Galveston County 122nd District Court on Aug. 28, stating that BP Amoco Chemical Company, BP Corporation North America, Inc., BP Products North America, Inc. and eleven other entities are to blame for Gregory Justice developing acute myeloid leukemia in early 201

Unnecessary lawsuits won’t improve health care

By Linda Sechovec | Sep 2, 2015

Appearances can be deceiving, but sometimes they are exactly what they look to be.

Court-shopping Texas trial lawyers heading to Louisiana, say tort reform groups

By David Yates | Sep 2, 2015

Texas and Louisiana tort reform groups are voicing concerns that Lone Star trial lawyers are seeking Bayou State clients to sue Chesapeake Energy.

Cyclist sues motorist, alleging vehicular negligence

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 2, 2015

A Texas City man is suing a Trinity motorist, alleging he was hit by the defendant while riding his bicycle.

Former employee claims age, disability discrimination

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 3, 2015

A Jefferson County woman is suing her former workplace and former supervisor over a claim of disability and age discrimination and retaliation. She further asserts assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co. asks court to void damaged boat claim

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 3, 2015

Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co. is suing a client over the client's allegedly fraudulent claims of damage to his boat.

Damages sought after plaintiff struck by vehicle

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 3, 2015

A Galveston County woman is suing a business over claims she was injured when a vehicle driven by an employee hit her while she walking to her vehicle.

Seaman sues over injuries caused by allegedly unseaworthy vessels

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 3, 2015

A plaintiff, described in the court brief as an American seaman, is suing his employer, Harley Marine Gulf LLC, and Chevron USA, alleging negligent and grossly negligent actions that caused him injuries.

Woman sues driver, owner of vehicle, claiming damages after Bayshore Drive accident

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 3, 2015

A Galveston County woman is suing both the owner and the driver of a vehicle she claims collided with hers on East Bayshore Drive, Dickinson, citing negligence.

Plano man sues Houston collections agency regarding collection letter

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Sep 3, 2015

A Plano man is suing a Houston-based commercial collections agency, alleging he received a collection letter despite having filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Plaintiff injured on the job sues employer for alleged negligence

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 3, 2015

A Mississippi man is suing his employer, Hercules Offshore Inc., over claims its alleged negligence caused severe injuries to his neck, shoulders and back.

Shelby County man blames trucking employee for rear-end collision

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Sep 3, 2015

A Shelby County man is suing a Wisconsin-based long haul trucking company and one of its employees, alleging injuries he sustained in a car wreck.

Hailstorms, the new hurricane litigation boom for Texas trial lawyers

By David Yates | Sep 3, 2015

Where most people only see ice the size of golf balls falling from the sky, trial lawyers supposedly perceive golden nuggets raining down from the heavens, initiating tens of thousands of hailstorm lawsuits in just the past few years alone.

$50K verdict awarded in trial over leaky A/C system, half going to attorney

By David Yates | Sep 4, 2015

More than $50,000 in damages were awarded in a civil trial over a leaky A/C unit, more than half of which will go to the plaintiffs’ attorney.

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