This Just In: Recent civil suits filed in Jefferson County District Courts

By David Yates | Mar 13, 2008

March 5

March 5

  • Kenneth Allison et al vs. Caterpillar Inc. et al

    PA � Steven Barkley, J � Gary Sanderson

    A former city employee says he was forced into early retirement almost two years ago after a Caterpillar compactor caught fire and exploded near him while was working at a landfill. Kenneth Allison and his wife Genevieve have filed suit against Caterpillar, Inc. and Mustang Tractor & Equipment Co. (the company that sold the compactor to the city of Beaumont) , claiming the exploding compactor's hydraulic hoses "were defective and unreasonably dangerous."

    Kenneth Allison is suing for past and future lost wages, medical expenses and mental anguish. His wife is suing for loss of consortium.

    Case No. B181-388

  • Brett Jackson, Sr. vs. Atlantic Scaffolding

    PA - Jonathan Juhan, J - Gary Sanderson

    Nearly two years ago, a refinery worker slammed his shoulder into a piece of protruding scaffold metal while climbing a ladder. Now, Brett Jackson, Sr. has filed suit against Atlantic Scaffolding, claiming the company negligently failed to "safeguard from the dangers of the scaffolding system.

    Jackson is suing for past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, impairment, physical pain, mental anguish and disfigurement.

    Case No. B181-390

    March 6

  • Betty Briscoe vs. city of Beaumont

    PA - Thomas Moses, J � Gary Sanderson

    The city of Beaumont has been ordered to appear before Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, on March 18 and show cause why it should not be restrained from destroying Betty Briscoe's home.
    Briscoe, who owns a piece of condemned property at 2250 Harrison, was able to obtain a temporary restraining order against the city on March 6.

    Case No. B181-395

    March 7

  • Joel Jones vs. ExxonMobil

    PA - Vuk Vujasinovic, J - Donald Floyd

    A routine drop off at an ExxonMobil plant went sour for the delivery guy after one of the oil company's employees switched on a conveyor belt while the man was unloading cargo. Joel Jones says his foot was caught in the conveyer belt when the ExxonMobil worker allegedly prematurely flipped the on switch.

    Jones is claiming ExxonMobil negligently caused his injuries and filed suit against the oil company. Jones is also suing for past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, impairment, lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life.

    Case No. E181-404

    March 10

  • Cloy Williams, Jr. et al vs. Interceramic, Inc. et al

    PA � Michael Ratcliff, J � Bob Wortham

    Williams and his wife Jan are suing Interceramic and its driver James Brown for an auto collision Brown caused on Oct. 16, 2006. Williams was traveling North on Highway 69 when Brown, driving a tractor truck while working for Interceramic, negligently rear-ended Williams. The couple claims they were severely injured.

    Williams and his wife are suing for past and future pain, mental anguish, impairment, loss of consortium and medical expenses.

    Case No. A181-406

  • Donald Ray Thompson, Jr. vs. Union Pacific Railroad

    PA � Bristol Baxley, J � Milton Shuffield

    A jerky train ride and lack of protective gear were cited by a Union Pacific Railroad Company employee who sued his employer under the Federal Employers Liability Act.

    Donald Ray Thompson Jr. claims UPR negligently caused his leg injury and filed suit against the railroad company seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

    Case No. D181-407

  • Thomas Hall vs. Academy

    PA - Mark Faggard, J - Donald Floyd

    While shopping for new boots at Academy, Thomas Hall tripped over a metal shoe shelf. Hall is suing the sports retailer, claiming Academy had a duty to warn shoppers of the dangerous condition and barricade the hazardous aisle.

    Hall is hoping to recover exemplary damages for Academy Sports & Outdoors alleged negligence and malicious conduct.

    Case No. E181-408

  • Orvell Ross et al vs. Ford Motor Co.

    PA - Susan Landgraf, J - Donald Floyd

    Convinced their year-old Taurus is beyond repair, Orvell and Patsy Ross have filed a Deceptive Trade Practices suit against Ford Motor Company.

    The couple claims they have brought their fairly new Tarsus in for repairs on several occasions but still experience a variety of problems with the vehicle. Finally fed up with "ineffective repair jobs," the couple asked Ford for a refund. When the automobile maker refused, the Rosses sued.

    The Rosses are suing for actual and consequential damages, plus attorney's fee.

    Case No. E181-409

  • Sharon Bob vs. Allstate Texas Lloyd's

    PA � Michael Ramsey, J � Gary Sanderson

    Bob is suing Allstate for allegedly failing to pay at least a portion of her Hurricane Rita policy claim. Bob is suing for actual and compensatory damages, plus attorney's fees.

    Case No. B181-410

  • James Walter Murray vs. Kansas City Southern

    PA � David Wilson, J � Gary Sanderson

    Kansas City Southern Railway Co. employee James Walter Murray has filed a Federal Employers Liability Act suit against the railroad claiming he suffered a foot injury due to the company's alleged negligence. Murray's suit does not state where he was injured or how KCS negligence contributed to his foot injury. The suit only states that on March 4, 2008, Murray was injured "due to the negligence of KCS."

    Murray is suing for past and future mental anguish, lost earnings, impairment, disfigurement and medical expenses.

    Case No. B181-412

    March 11

  • Paul Benson vs. Mallard Transport et al

    PA � Tommy Yeates, J � Milton Shuffield

    Benson, a Louisiana resident, was hit by Billy Graig, a Mallard Transport employee, when Graig negligently turned into Benson's lane. The incident occurred on Highway 171 in Louisiana on March 30, 2007. Benson claims he was severely injured in the incident.

    Venue is proper because Mallard Transport's principal office is located in Jefferson County. Benson is suing for past and future pain, mental anguish, impairment and medical expenses.

  • S. Rao-kothapalli M.D. vs. Thomas Flanagan and Galveston Waterfront Ventures, Inc.

    PA � Clay Dugas, J � Milton Shuffield

    Rao-kothapalli claims he owns 10 percent of the shares of Galveston Waterfront Ventures, buying the shares back in April 2006. Flanagan, the president of the company, sold the company for "a substantial profit" and has allegedly refused to pay Rao-kothapalli his share of the profits.

    The plaintiff is suing for actual and exemplary damages, plus all court costs.


  • Hendricks Roofing Co. vs. Emily Bowden et al

    PA � Wyatt Snider, J � Gary Sanderson

    Hendricks Roofing Co. has filed suit against Emily and Jason Bowden and the city of Beaumont, claiming the company was not paid for work done on a building located at 1792 Broadway. The company was hired on Jan. 31, 2006. The defendants borrowed money from the city in order to pay for the job. The company claims it has completed all work and has not been paid the full amount promised for its work.

    Case No. B181-419

  • Mae Badeaux et al vs. Senior Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center Inc.

    PA � Mark Sparks, J � Milton Shuffield

    Nurses at Senior Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing told Mae Badeaux to call if she needed assistance. However later they found the woman on the floor after she attempted to go to the bathroom by herself.

    Badeaux had injured her head and ankle in the fall and was in need of immediate medical care.

    Acting as next of friend, Richard Bienvenue filed a medical malpractice suit against SRSNC on Badeaux's behalf. Bienvenue is suing for punitive damages, plus Badeaux's past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, pain, disfigurement and impairment.

    Case No. D181-420

  • Arlicia Craven vs. Simoniz Carwash

    PA - Quentin Price, J � Gary Sanderson

    A business that washes your car while changing your oil may sound like a time-saving combination, but Arlicia Craven claims the service cost her a new engine.

    Nearly two years ago, Craven had her oil changed on her 1999 Tahoe at Simoniz Carwash. After being serviced, Craven jumped on Interstate 10. A few miles later her Tahoe began smoking and she was forced to pull over.

    Craven claims a Simoniz employee failed to tighten the oil drain plug after they changed her oil, ruining her Tahoe. She is suing for actual damages, court costs and attorney's fees.

    Case No. B181-421

    March 12

  • Herbert Martin vs. Globe Life Accident Insurance Co.

    PA � Nathan Reynolds, J - Bob Wortham

    Martin is suing Globe Life for life insurance policy proceeds it allegedly refused to pay him. The policy was worth $20,000.

    Case No. A181-422

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