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58th Court District October 2007

Carrie Gonzalez Sep. 26, 2007, 8:27pm

58th Court District

Memorial Hermann in Beaumont earns national recognition

The SE Texas Record Sep. 26, 2007, 5:31pm

Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in Beaumont Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital has achieved magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.

Recent copyright/patent infringement suits filed in U.S. District Courts

Marilyn Tennissen Sep. 26, 2007, 5:23pm

Marshall Division, Eastern District of Texas

Orange county man sues after discovering manufactured home not insured

David Yates Sep. 26, 2007, 12:00pm

When Jesse D. Gregg bought his manufactured home, he was told he would receive homeowners insurance. After Hurricane Rita, Gregg made a claim to his supposed insurance company and was denied.

Bridge City woman files nuisance suit against contractors

David Yates Sep. 26, 2007, 11:55am

John Dolezal With the Lone Star State's population on the rise, most Texans have experienced some type of a construction-related nuisance that always follows growth.

$45 M discovery dispute heading to the Arkansas Supreme Court

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 26, 2007, 11:50am

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Taking their argument to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Foremost Insurance Company is appealing Circuit Court Judge Kirk Johnson's Order to produce all of its claim files. The insurance company estimates the required production of 600,000 claim files would cost around $45 million.

Legally Speaking: Faces You Never See -- The Hidden Costs of Litigation

John G. Browning Sep. 26, 2007, 7:18am

We are all familiar with some of the obvious costs of living in a litigious society. We pay higher insurance premiums and higher prices for certain products and services because of the legal costs that a company has had to incur, or believes it might incur, to bring those goods and services to the market.

Beaumont attorney named university regent

Marilyn Tennissen Sep. 26, 2007, 6:38am

Michael Truncale Beaumont attorney Michael Truncale has been named to the board of regents of his alma mater.

Mediator assigned to case over dropped couch

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 26, 2007, 5:36am

Michael Patterson MARSHALL -- James Parks just wanted to pick up his new couch, but claims he came home with bodily injuries and a lawsuit. Now a mediator will step in to cushion the dispute between Parks and furniture outlet.

PA man says improperly installed dryer vent caused fire

David Yates Sep. 25, 2007, 11:00am

Port Arthur resident Frederick Goenne and his insurance company, Allstate, say the fire that claimed his home was started in a faulty dryer vent, which was built by A&W Aluminum, also known as Windell Broussard Homes.

KCS suit blames faulty switch for injury

David Yates Sep. 25, 2007, 10:57am

Bristol Baxley Railroad worker James Walter Murray says he suffered a debilitating shoulder injury when he attempted to throw a switch he claims was defective.

Inmate sues for alleged negligent medical treatment

David Yates Sep. 25, 2007, 9:52am

Barbara Gardner While incarcerated and awaiting trial at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, Ronnie Tejada received medical treatment.

Chronicle plans to appeal judge's ban on talking to BP jurors

Marilyn Tennissen Sep. 25, 2007, 9:17am

Judge Susan Criss Since the explosion at the BP plant rocked Texas City in 2005, the Houston Chronicle has been on top of the story. Now that the first trial against the company has reached a settlement, a judge's order is keeping the Chronicle from continuing that coverage by talking to jurors.

HP case brings to mind 1999 Toshiba suit

Marilyn Tennissen Sep. 25, 2007, 8:23am

Wayne Reaud Hewlett-Packard argued the merits of a class action suit before the Ninth Court of Appeals on Sept. 27, but that wasn't the first time the Beaumont firm of Read, Morgan & Quinn has represented plaintiffs against a computer company in a class action.

HP lawyers take class certification question to appeals court

David Yates Sep. 25, 2007, 8:19am

Justices on the Ninth Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Thursday, Sept. 27, from lawyers representing Hewlett-Packard Co. and Gateway US Retail Inc. as to whether or not the 58th Judicial District abused its discretion in certifying a statewide class action.

Arkansas AG's lawsuit could deliver $90m jackpot for TX lawyers

Rob Luke Sep. 25, 2007, 5:52am

Mike Perrin LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has handed over work on what could be a $600 million lawsuit against three "Big Pharma" companies to a Texas law firm.

Cardinal Village tenant sues for spider infestation

Marilyn Tennissen Sep. 24, 2007, 3:58pm

Cardinal Village A woman living at the Cardinal Village Apartments claims she was bitten by brown recluse spiders that had infested her apartment. She is accusing the apartment owners and managers of negligence and suing them for medical expenses and other damages.

Seamen settles Jones Act lawsuit against the Midnight Rider

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 24, 2007, 1:16pm

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Seaman Jacob Robichaux settled his Jones Act lawsuit against the "unseaworthy" Midnight Rider vessel, Helix Energy Solutions Group, Cal Dive International and Mariner Energy, Inc. on Sept. 8.

Lowe's files suit over property appraisal

David Yates Sep. 24, 2007, 1:00pm

Mark Hutcheson Lowe's Home Centers, Inc. has filed suit against the Jefferson County Appraisal District, claiming its home improvement store located off of Dowlen Road "exceeds market value, is excessive and unlawful."

Mostly Mostyn

The SE Texas Record Sep. 22, 2007, 11:17am

Hurricane Rita victims, take notice. Either sue now, or forever hold your peace.