lawsuit

Robert Montano

The United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit has upheld a jury decision that awarded $2.5 million in damages against Orange County for the wrongful death of an inmate held in the county jail’s detention “bubble” for days on end as the mentally ill man died of renal failure in a pool of uneaten jail food and human waste.

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Q. About two years ago, my wife and I ran into financial difficulty and made the choice to attempt to settle our credit card debt. Most creditors settled with us, but one credit card company wouldn’t settle, so we quit paying altogether. If we are sued and have a judgment against us for this debt, can our wages be garnished? I guess essentially we want to know what can happen for non-payment of credit card debt. Thank you.

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Q. I am moving out of my apartment. I know a landlord cannot deduct from a security deposit for “normal wear and tear.” What is normal wear and tear? Does the statute have a definition?

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Q. I had a divorce in January 2012. In the decree, a 2012 Toyota Corolla was awarded to my ex-wife. When we bought the car, it was in her name as the buyer and mine as the co-buyer. My ex-wife had been doing very well, making all the payments on this car, until April of this year. I thought my attorney had sent Toyota finance the divorce decree to show she was liable for all future payments.

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Jessie Haynes and Calvin Walker

Federal Judge Marcia Crone has spent nearly a year sifting through hundreds of legal documents filed as part of a civil racketeering case against roughly three dozen local, state and federal officials, as well as local media outlets and representatives, lodged by former Beaumont Independent School District administrator Jessie Haynes and contract electrician Calvin Walker. The total number of defendants in the case is dwindling, however, as just this past week two more were dismissed entirely from the litigation.

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Calvin Walker

A federal court judge has recommended dismissing two more defendants from the civil complaint lodged by former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker and former school district Special Assistant to the Superintendent Jessie Haynes that alleges a mass conspiracy of roughly three dozen persons and businesses.

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Q. My son was hired as a mechanic’s assistant at $14 an hour. He told the supervisor that he had some experience, but he was willing to learn as he went along with the job. The supervisor was fine with this, and my son was given other duties as well. My son was very happy, always on time to work, apparently no problems. Last week he was called to the office and told they had hired a previous ex-employee to come back as the assistant. My son was given the option to go work in another job, but his pay would be reduced to $10 an hour. Is this legal?

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Patricia Lambert (left) and Sharon Hendrix

A federal civil lawsuit against former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent Patricia Lambert, who has admitted in federal criminal court to bilking the school district of student funds and participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized testing, was dismissed this week, preventing the claimant from seeking to recover monetary damages.

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The West Lucas residence of Joseph D. Butler has drwn the ire of neighbors.

In an unprecedented move, the City of Beaumont has filed suit against a local man accused of endangering public health and repeatedly violating city ordinances, allegedly failing to rid his property of litter and providing shelter and a breeding ground for rodents and mosquitoes.

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A former Beaumont Independent School District employee who said he was terminated from his job of more than a decade in retaliation has been denied further legal recourse by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling handed down Monday, Oct. 5. 

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