April 28

  • Theresa Wenzel et al vs. Robert Massey

    PA � Barrett Lindsay, J � Bob Wortham

    On Dec. 28, 2007, Wenzel and her minor child were traveling south on Peyton in Beaumont while Massey was riding west on Phelan. Massey allegedly negligently failed to stop at the red light at the intersection, colliding with Wenzel's vehicle.

    The plaintiffs are suing for past and future medical expenses, pain and mental anguish.

    Case No. A181-673

  • Freddie T. Hadnot et al vs. Jonell Marie Hudson et al

    PA � Adam Terrell, J � Donald Floyd

    On Nov. 3, 2007 Hadnot's vehicle collided with Hudson's. The suit does not state how or where the incident occurred. The suit only states that the defendant negligently failed to maintain her vehicle and Bobbie Hudson was negligent for entrusting his vehicle to her.

    The plaintiffs are suing for past and future medical expenses, pain, loss of earnings and mental anguish.

    Case No. E181-675

    April 29

  • James and Janie Kelly vs. Foremost Lloyds of Texas et al

    PA � Steve Mostyn, J � Bob Wortham

    The Kellys are suing Foremost and one of its claims adjusters for allegedly failing to pay at least a portion of their Hurricane Rita claim. The statue of limitations for filing Rita suits supposedly elapsed several months ago. The plaintiffs claim the defendants are guilty of deceptive trade practices and also committed several Texas Insurance Code violations.

    The plaintiffs are suing for actual and consequential damages, plus attorneys' fees.

    Case No. A181-685

    April 30

  • Jennifer Walsh vs. USAA County Mutual Insurance Co.

    PA � David Starnes, J � Milton Shuffield

    On May 25, 2007, Walsh was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Frederick Krift. The two were traveling through Midland Texas when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver, putting the vehicle into a spin and forcing it to flip off the highway. Walsh claims that she was insured under Krift's insurance policy with USAA, but USAA failed to perform its contractual duties under the policy.

    The plaintiff is suing for past and future medical expenses, pain, loss of earnings, impairment and mental anguish.

    Case No. D181-686

  • Bernadine Julun-Jacobs vs. The Medical Center of Southeast Texas

    PA � Clay Dugas, J - Gary Sanderson

    An African American nurse is alleging The Medical Center of Southeast Texas racially discriminated against her by firing her on the basis of her skin color. Bernadine Julun-Jacobs filed suit against The Medical Center claiming her white supervisor singled her out.

    Julun-Jacobs is suing for exemplary damages, back and front pay, emotional pain, mental anguish, court costs and attorneys' fees.

    Case No. B181-688

  • Tommy Hinson vs. city of Beaumont

    PA - Thomas O. Moses, J - Milton Shuffield

    A Beaumont man purchased a condemned home in hope of saving the "historic" house from demolition. And now that the city has slated the property for demolishment, Tommy W. Hinson has filed suit against the city of Beaumont, seeking an injunction, plus damages for his trouble.

    Judge Milton Shuffield, 172nd Judicial District, approved a temporary restraining order, stopping the city from bulldozing the building.

    Case No. D181-689

  • Sean Stotsky vs. Forrest McNiff

    PA � Christopher Watkins, J � Milton Shuffield

    McNiff leased a house from Stotsky but failed to pay rent for several months. The defendant had also agreed to perform maintenance work on several of the plaintiff's properties as part of his rent but failed to do so. The plaintiff alleges the defendant breached his contract, committed fraud and violated the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

    The plaintiff is suing for economic damages and attorneys' fees.

    Case No. D181-690

    May 2

  • Texas Mutual Insurance Co. vs. Speedy Stop Food Stores et al

    PA � Melissa N. Murrah, J- Donald Floyd

    More than two years ago, David Gamble pulled over at the College Street Speedy Stop to pump air into his deflating tires. As he walked toward his vehicle with hose in hand, Gamble slipped in a puddle of water.

    Gamble, a JNG Inc. employee, was covered by a work insurance policy with the Texas Mutual Insurance Co. After the incident, Gamble sought medical treatment and Texas Mutual was called upon to pay Gamble $100,270.70 in medical and wage benefits. Now, Gamble and Texas Mutual have filed two separate suits against Speedy Stop Food Stores and Air Serv Corp, claiming the defendants negligently failed to keep gas station patrons safe.

    Case No. E181-699

  • David Gamble vs. Speedy Stop Food Stores et al

    PA � Clint Basher, J- Bob Wortham

    More than two years ago, David Gamble pulled over at the College Street Speedy Stop to pump air into his deflating tires. As he walked toward his vehicle with hose in hand, Gamble slipped in a puddle of water.

    Gamble, a JNG Inc. employee, was covered by a work insurance policy with the Texas Mutual Insurance Co. After the incident, Gamble sought medical treatment and Texas Mutual was called upon to pay Gamble $100,270.70 in medical and wage benefits. Now, Gamble and Texas Mutual have filed two separate suits against Speedy Stop Food Stores and Air Serv Corp, claiming the defendants negligently failed to keep gas station patrons safe.

    Case No. A181-702

    May 5

  • Action Construction vs. Compro Tax Inc.

    PA - Brett Thomas, J - Donald Floyd

    Years after hammering out a pair of construction contracts, Action Construction has filed suit against Compro Tax Inc. in hopes of collecting more than $400,000 in unpaid invoices. The suit accuses the defendant of breaching its contract and quantum meruit.

    Case No. E181-706

    May 6

  • William and Chloe Clark vs. Texas Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association

    PA - Brandon Monk, J - Gary Sanderson

    Even though the deadline to file for some Hurricane Rita insurance suits elapsed back in October 2007, Rita suits still manage to find their way into Texas' courts. William and Chloe Clark are the latest local couple to sue their insurance company for allegedly refusing to pay a portion of their policy damage claim. The couple filed suit against Texas Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association.

    The plaintiff is suing for the unpaid claim, actual and compensatory damages, economic hardship, plus exemplary damages and damages for mental anguish.

    Case No. B181-709

    May 7

  • Betty Palmer vs. A.O. Smith Corp.

    PA � Bryan Blevins, J � Gary Sanderson

    Throughout his career as a pipefitter, Earnest L. Edwards was in direct contact with asbestos. When he developed an "asbestos-related disease," he sued and received a claim. Now deceased, Edwards' family is seeking compensation for a "different malignant asbestos-related injury," which allegedly prematurely ended his life.

    Provost Umphrey attorney Bryan Blevins filed suit on Edwards' behalf against the A.O. Smith Corp. and 34 other companies. Betty Palmer is representing Edwards' estate.

    Edwards' family is suing for exemplary damages, plus physical pain and suffering in the past and future, mental anguish in the past and future, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement in the past and future, physical impairment in the past and future, and past and future medical expenses.

    Case No. B181-718

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