A personal injury trial against Entergy Texas slated to begin next month has been continued until June, according to a local judge's March 14 order.
Plaintiff William Duke sued Entergy in April 2009, alleging that he was parked at a stop sign on July 2, 2007, when an Entergy power line fell on top of his vehicle.
A court official told the Southeast Texas Record that Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, continued the case at the plaintiff's request so Duke's new attorney could have time to prepare.
On Feb. 7, plaintiff's attorney Thomas Kienhoff, a lawyer for the Beaumont law firm Reaud, Morgan and Quinn, filed a notice of substitution of counsel, requesting that he replace the withdrawing Trenton Bond, who left RMQ to form his own law firm, court records show.
The suit claims Entergy was negligent by failing to properly maintain the power line, by failing to properly secure the line and by failing to properly service the power line.
Duke claims he sustained physical pain and mental suffering, incurred medical expenses and experienced physical impairment because of the incident.
Case No. D183-699