Klein Investigations & Consulting is suing the city of Beaumont, claiming police officers are harassing the company's process servers.
Klein Investigations, which is owned by political commentator and local blogger Philip Klein, filed the suit March 14 in Jefferson Court District Court.
In addition to investigative work, the company deals in civil process serving, dishing out lawsuits and subpoenas to area residents.
"On more than one occasion, officers of the Beaumont Police Department have accused process servers of criminal trespass and stalking ... that is, the defendants are trying to impose penal sanctions upon a lawful business within the state of Texas," the suit states.
"The criminal trespass warning demonstrates that there is an actual case or controversy that can be subjected to declaratory judgment."
A criminal trespass warning issued by BPD is attached to the suit. The name of the recipient has been redacted.
On top of declaratory judgment, Klein Investigations is seeking an award of court costs.
Beaumont attorney John Morgan represents the company.
Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.
Case No. B189-589