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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – On December 17, President Obama announced that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and will open an American embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years. The surprising change in U.S. foreign policy portends an open dialogue between the erstwhile Cold War enemies, but it is less clear how the resumption of relations will impact Cuban immigration policy. The president has also signaled that he wants to lift the 54-year-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. But a shift in trade policy would require cooperation […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – A Texas man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, claiming that he was fired because of his age. Odell Hyden filed suit against Hagemeyer North America Inc., in the Houston Division of the Southern District Court of Texas. “Age discrimination in employment is prohibited by both federal and Texas state law,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan, “but its proof often requires circumstantial evidence. Employers sometimes try to disguise age discrimination by alleging that a long-term productive employee is […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2015 – Texas counties are not alone in dealing with poor road construction and unsafe conditions. “This Ohio accident could easily have happened outside of Austin or on one of the bypass roads that circle the city,” said Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Dangerous intersections can be found in every town, city and metropolis across the nation. Unfortunately, many people find out the hard way that speeding and unsafe road conditions can result in serious and even deadly accidents. A 19-year-old teen was killed in the October […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – In plans to block the president’s executive order on immigration, the House passed a bill that died upon arrival in Democratic Senate. In a largely symbolic gesture, the House of Representatives voted on December 4 to try to prevent President Obama’s executive order on immigration from taking effect. The legislation, which passed the Republican-controlled chamber in a 219 to 197 vote, declared null and void the president’s attempt to exempt more than four million immigrants from deportations. The measure was not taken up by the Democrat-led Senate. Tea Party Republicans have […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2015 – Texas legislators have been attempting for the last three years to get a bill signed into law that would ban texting while driving. Governor Rick Perry kept vetoing it because he viewed it as micromanaging lives. However, since Texas is set to welcome a new Republican Governor, Gregory Wayne Abbott, in January 2015, many speculate that he intends to sign the bill, previously approved by the Legislature in 2012, into law. Abbott is a lawyer and politician. “Two children and two adults have died in a collision where the trucker was […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2015 – Country music star Chris Young has joined burn survivor and firefighter Luis Nevarez in supporting a campaign to raise awareness and money for burn injury victims. The campaign is co-sponsored by Kidde Fire Safety, a manufacturer of fire alarms, and by the Phoenix Society, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting burn survivors. As part of the campaign, Kidde plans to donate more than 1,000 fire alarms to families in towns where Chris Young will be singing as part of his ongoing tour. In addition, Kidde will donate $25,000 to the Phoenix […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2015 – The more big rigs on the road hauling higher loads, the more accidents happen. More accidents mean more injuries and deaths. With the construction and oil boom in Texas comes far more heavy-duty truck traffic carrying everything from backhoes to crane parts, from oil rigging to large excavation equipment. “It is no surprise that on a fairly regular basis a truck rams into a bridge, misses a sharp corner due to the load being off balance, and turns over on its side, or gets jammed under a bridge overpass, unable to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2015 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging drivers in hot and humid areas to take action immediately if their car is subject to the Takata airbag recall. According to releases from the NHTSA, cars by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota may need to have their airbags replaced. In October, a woman in Florida died of wounds caused by shrapnel that exploded out of one of the faulty Takata airbags in her Honda Accord. The NHTSA has issued its urgent warning to drivers in […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has released a new report about an alleged spinal surgery scam that may have put the health of thousands of people at risk. In June of 2014, CIR released an initial report accusing Spinal Solutions LLC of manufacturing and selling knock-off spinal screws made with low-quality materials. Now, CIR has released a more detailed report, with more information about those involved in the scam, those harmed by it and the emerging legal action. “The information reported by CIR shows that legal action is absolutely justified […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – General Motors (GM) has not changed its untrustworthy patterns of behavior, reports The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and many other news outlets. According to the New York Times, GM made deliberate efforts to hide accident records in a seeming attempt to keep victims’ families from filing for compensation. The newspaper alleges that these activities occurred as late as November 2014, just six weeks before the deadline for families to file for compensation. And the LA Times has highlighted news of company emails showing that GM acted in late […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Despite Republican electoral rout, Obama sets stage for showdown with legislative branch. President Obama was reflective in the wake of Election Day, when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and increased their margin in the House of Representatives. But any thought that the president would emerge from November 4 chastened and resigned to a lame-duck status was rejected on November 20 when Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration reform, reiterating his call for congressional Republicans to pass an immigration measure. Obama revealed his plans on immigration in […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Studies are again criticizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying its fast-track process for medical devices approves many that do not meet regulatory standards. The National Center for Health Research reports that a worrying majority of medical devices approved under the FDA’s fast-track process lack publicly available safety documentation. Without this documentation, doctors and hospitals cannot accurately assess the risk a device poses to patients. “The FDA gets a lot of pressure from medical device companies that want to beat the competition to market,” commented Richard LaGarde, a defective products […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – A new study has found that the blood thinner Pradaxa carries a significantly higher risk of major internal bleeding than warfarin, a traditional medication that has been used for decades to help prevent blood clots. According to reports in HealthDay News and Harvard Health, this is major news because until now, doctors prescribing Pradaxa have been told that it offers a lower internal bleeding risk than warfarin. Many doctors and patients are alarmed, as new data show that the risks are much higher than were claimed when the drug was initially […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2014 – Seven people were involved in a four-car collision. One died at the scene. According to eyewitness reports, a truck, heading south, had slowed down to turn into a gas station. The car behind that truck also slowed down, but a Chevy pickup hauling equipment, which was travelling behind the car, rammed into it. The impact shoved the car into the north lanes. At that point, a four-door Chevy pickup in the north lane collided with the car, killing the passenger instantly and badly injuring the driver. The trailer hauling the equipment […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2014 – Modi’s historic invitation of a U.S. president to a January event follows key visa reforms. Republic Day celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of India’s constitution, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended President Obama an invitation to attend the event in New Delhi when he journeys to India in January. Obama quickly accepted Modi’s invitation and will meet with the premier and other Indian officials in the wake of his own historic initiatives on immigration reform. Modi invited Obama via Twitter to attend the January 26 Republic Day parade […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – A Texas restaurant company and its construction arm recently filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a licensee. Domco Inc., which operates El Tiempo restaurants in the Houston area, and MKWW Management Inc., an affiliated construction company, filed the lawsuit against Liquid Gold Hospitality Group LLC and five Liquid Gold managers. Liquid Gold entered into a contract to operate a number of new El Tiempo restaurants, but construction delays prevented the restaurants from opening on schedule. Domco alleges that Liquid Gold breached their license agreement. “License agreements are usually complex documents. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Last year, retiree Medric Mills died in a parking lot while waiting for an ambulance that was sent to the wrong address. As the minutes ticked by, the victim’s daughter begged the 911 operator to simply call the firehouse that was across the street from the lot, but the operator refused to do so. According to a new report from ABC News, this is just one in a series of emergency response blunders that is drawing attention to systemic problems in the way emergency response centers are run. “This report shows […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – A Florida Appeals Court decision may affect who accesses cellphone data after a fatal accident. The appeals court’s ruling arises from the death of Tabitha Antico in 2012. Antico, who was 18 at the time of the accident, died after colliding with a truck. Her estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company and the truck’s driver. Sindt Trucking Inc. and James Williams were the named defendants in the action. Initially, a circuit court justice agreed that the defendants could hire an expert to mine Antico’s cellphone data to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – One of the most controversial products on the market today is the transvaginal mesh sling. For the last several years, its use has resulted in devastating physical issues for women with the implanted kit. “It appears that embattled medical device manufacturers noted for producing transvaginal mesh kits under various names are beginning to wave the white flag,” indicated Bobby Lee, an Austin injury lawyer who handles transvaginal mesh cases for Lee, Gober & Reyna.  Transvaginal mesh kits were once touted as a less-invasive alternative to patient body tissue slings in assisting […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Motorcycle crashes are claiming more lives than ever before in Texas and across the nation. “Deaths from motorcycle crashes are on the rise, and the numbers are cause for concern,” indicated motorcycle accident lawyer Brooks Schuelke with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin. “From January through September this year, there were 14 fatalities in Fort Worth. In 2013 there were 11 deaths the entire year.” The scenarios vary, but the outcome often remains the same. Two young bikers rammed into a guardrail on I-635. A motorcycle rear-ended a tractor-trailer. A motorcyclist […]


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