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Recent real estate foreclosures

David Yates Jan. 17, 2008, 4:13am

Wells Fargo Bank has filed an application to foreclose on the property of Donald Hester, located at 1470 Hazel Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

Investors can't sue third parties if stock tanks: USSC

Rob Luke Jan. 17, 2008, 2:00am

Justice Anthony Kennedy WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Investors lost yet another U.S. Supreme Court battle over whether third parties charged with fraudulently helping lift a stock price can be held liable.

Nominations sought for Texas Women's Hall of Fame

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 17, 2008, 1:57am

Texas women who have made notable achievements are being sought for nomination to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame.

Owner gets TRO to stop city demolition of 100-year-old building

David Yates Jan. 16, 2008, 12:49pm

A temporary restraining order has stopped the city of Beaumont from demolishing what one man is calling an "historical building."

Legally Speaking: Life imitates art, even in the law (Part 2 of 2)

John G. Browning Jan. 16, 2008, 12:28pm

In last week's column, I discussed a lawyer who's installing a shark tank in his office, straight out of the John Grisham movie "The Rainmaker." More and more, however, it seems that's no isolated instance of life imitating art in today's wacky legal system.

'Defect' in Luby's parking lot leads to suit

David Yates Jan. 16, 2008, 12:00pm

Dan Packard Usually the only defect at a Luby's cafeteria is the long line to get a serving of mashed potatoes. But one local resident claims a "defect" in the Luby's parking lot in Port Arthur caused her to trip and hurt her elbow.

Wright faces fellow Republican, incumbent in quest for appellate chief post

David Yates Jan. 16, 2008, 9:14am

Immersed in the belief that all judges need to return to the U.S. Constitution when evaluating cases, a hopeful Montgomery County attorney has made it his mission to become the next chief justice of the Texas Ninth District Court of Appeals.

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Carrie Gonzalez Jan. 16, 2008, 8:47am

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Discovery shows class rep in Bowflex case never owned equipment

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 16, 2008, 8:39am

TEXARKANA -- After almost three years of litigation in an Arkansas circuit court, defendants have learned that the class representative in a suit against Bowflex did not even own a piece of the equipment.

Justices: Mobil's side insurance polices do not revoke worker's comp status

David Yates Jan. 16, 2008, 7:36am

Texas justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals upheld a trial court's decision that stopped ExxonMobil from being sued over an alleged scheme to deprive workers of insurance benefits for personal injuries.

Attorney says publication reaching 32 million not sufficient notice of Sunbeam settlement

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 16, 2008, 6:28am

George McLaughlin TEXARKANA � Although Sunbeam agreed to a settlement regarding the safety of its electric blankets, an attorney said the company's announcement of the settlement through the mail and in two national newspapers was not a sufficient way to notify plaintiffs.

Chief Justice McKeithen seeks second term on appeals court

David Yates Jan. 16, 2008, 5:37am

First elected to the Texas Ninth District Court of Appeals in 2002, Chief Justice Steve McKeithen will face off with fellow Republican Jay Wright in the upcoming March 4 Texas primaries.

Houston man faces prison time for fake hurricane claim to FEMA

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 15, 2008, 9:16am

While thousands of residents in Port Arthur and across Southeast Texas endured hardship and headaches from Hurricane Rita, one Houston man only pretended to have damage in order to scam money from the federal government.

Beaumont couple claims Countrywide wrongly foreclosed on home

David Yates Jan. 15, 2008, 8:12am

There seems to be no relief in sight for Countrywide Home Loans, as a West End couple has just filed a new lawsuit alleging that the lender stopped automatically withdrawing loan funds and wrongly foreclosed on their home.

Second asbestos suit filed on deceased carpenter's behalf, names 68 defendants

David Yates Jan. 15, 2008, 7:00am

Bryan Blevins During his career as a carpenter, Searr Delcambre presumably worked around asbestos. When he developed an "asbestos-related disease," he sued and received a claim.

Jurors find plaintiff negligent in personal injury case

David Yates Jan. 15, 2008, 6:54am

Ryan Scott Brent Coon & Associates attorney Ryan Scott left a Jefferson County Courtroom empty handed Tuesday, Jan. 15, as jurors deemed his plaintiff client negligent for causing an automobile collision.

Family seeks $100 million in punitive damages from Cooper Tire for blowout fatality

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 15, 2008, 4:43am

David Matthews TEXARKANA -- Texas resident Tammy Ledbetter suffered fatal injuries when the pickup truck she was riding in went into a spin and flipped. Her family believes the vehicle's accident was caused by a "violent blow-out" when the tread separated from the tire and are seeking $100 million in punitive damages for the "wanton and willful recklessness" of Cooper Tire and Rubber Company.

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The SE Texas Record Jan. 15, 2008, 4:36am

TX top bench allows insureds to file claims late

Rob Luke Jan. 14, 2008, 1:55pm

Justice Harriet O'Neill AUSTIN -- Insurers can't deny coverage if an insured is tardy in filing so long as the delay doesn't harm the insurer, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in a split decision Jan 11.

Central Mall named in suit over mishap on carnival moonwalk

David Yates Jan. 14, 2008, 12:30pm

Upset that her daughter spilled out of a "moonwalk" when a gust of wind knocked the inflatable playpen over, Gricelda Alvarez has filed suit against the carnival operator and the mall that hosted the event.