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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2015 – In Felton, California, an 81-year-old resident took home a tainted caramel apple from her local Safeway store. She later died from a related infection. “The facts in this case could apply to anyone in any location in the United States,” remarked Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney. “We all shop for groceries and assume that what we buy is safe for consumption. As it turned out, that caramel apple was allegedly tainted with Listeria, and it was anything but safe.” Health investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 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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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – Several states have filed lawsuits against the recent measures, while other states and cities have acted to support the president. In December, the political dispute over President Obama’s executive action on immigration entered a legal phase. Texas, later joined by 25 other states, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the president’s reforms from taking effect. Subsequent to that lawsuit, a dozen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of the White House. And in late January, the legal battle on the issue added a states-versus-cities element […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – A Houston woman was heading home when she witnessed a horrific crash involving an SUV and a pickup truck. She stopped to aid the dying driver of the SUV. This accident is notable for a number of reasons: one drunk driver, one flipped vehicle, one completely smashed-in front end, several serious injuries, and one fatality. According to the eyewitness’s account of the accident, the white pickup kept going faster and faster as it passed her, then moved in front of her. The truck smashed into the back end of the SUV, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2015 – Despite the number of safety programs aimed at truck drivers, many still drive when short on sleep. This is a significant issue, as a drowsy driver can kill. In 2012, there were 10.8 million trucks crisscrossing the nation. Each year that statistic grows, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration statistics show people drove 84.7 billion miles on California highways in 2011. Texas ranked second on the U.S. DOT list with drivers logging over 55.7 billion miles. Florida came in third at […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2015 – Clearly indicating that the U.S. immigration court system is plagued by backlogs, the Justice Department has announced that the hearing date for thousands of immigrants will be pushed back nearly five years.  And on the same day the department made the announcement, the Senate held confirmation hearings for the president’s nominee for attorney general. In them, immigration became an unexpectedly prominent and heated issue. The Justice Department’s January 28 announcement is likely to affect thousands, if not tens of thousands, of immigrants. Most affected individuals are considered nonpriority cases, living freely […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2015 – On Christmas Eve, 2014, a promising boxer drove through a red light, hit another vehicle and killed three. “Joel Garcia Jr. drove his 2010 Camaro through a red light one early morning at 1:45 a.m. He slammed into another vehicle, causing the death of three people – two men and one woman,” describes Bobby Lee, a noted Austin injury lawyer, not involved in the case. “One of the men was ejected from the car onto Vista del Sol Drive and Joe Battle Boulevard. The force of the impact caused both cars […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2015 – According to residents in Roscoe, Texas, conditions have improved and accidents are not as frequent as they once were at “Destruction Junction,” an aggressively sharp turn found under a bridge at the intersection of US-84 and Interstate-20. The bridge saw frequent collisions, many involving big rigs. Last year, a tractor-trailer slammed into the bridge and caused a significant amount of damage, resulting in reconstruction work. More recently, a tractor-trailer flipped on its side after trying to make the sharp curve underneath it. According to Roscoe Fire Chief Gary Armstrong, the TxDOT […]


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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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