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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court has heard arguments in Hooks v. Samson Lone Star, a case of alleged fraud in mineral royalties. The lawsuit concerns an issue of major importance in the Texas oil and gas industry. In the case, plaintiff and landowner Charles Hooks accuses Samson Lone Star, an oil and gas partnership, of withholding royalties. Hooks claims that Samson violated the terms of a lease of his land by drilling another well on adjacent property without paying Hooks additional royalties. Samson argues that the statute of limitations has passed for […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – A recent wrongful death case in New Jersey revealed that impaired driving does not always involve driving while under the influence of alcohol. “Daniel Everett, the professional truck driver involved, was driving while impaired, but not because he was drunk. His erratic blood sugar levels made him drive in a similarly erratic manner. His 80,000-pound truck pushed a car off the road into a lake, and its driver drowned,” outlined Austin injury lawyer, Bobby Lee.  Everett was also involved in two other accidents earlier that day. The truck driver first rear-ended […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2014 – A recent federal court ruling in Texas stated that a man arrested numerous times for taking video footage of the police has both the right to file a lawsuit against the force and the right to photograph or film them in the first place. “The ruling could impact drivers arrested for DUI,” said Austin personal injury attorney Brooks Schuelke, who is not involved with the case. “Filming police in public has been a touchy issue for years. This particular case may change how the police handle DUIs.” Law enforcement prefers not […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2014 – High-speed police chases almost always cause serious collateral damage. This Texas case is a prime example. “This collision took place in League City and killed six. Three of the dead were part of a larger family, and so two young teens were left without a mother, father and brother,” recalled Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney not involved in the case.  A suspected drunk driver rammed the family’s Honda Accord head-on while traveling at close to 100 mph. The driver and passenger fleeing police were killed along with a relative […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2014 – India’s national, low-budget effort reached its Martian goal because of the high concentration of skilled talent involved. On September 24, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft reached planetary orbit. The achievement is particularly significant because of the small budget upon which the program operates. In beating out its Asian rivals, the Indian Space Research Organization (IRSO) accomplishment also focused attention on the large pool of professionals in India with skill sets in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Carrying the affectionately significant acronym “MOM,” the Indian spacecraft not only reached Mars orbit before […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2014 – Lone Star State workers are 12 percent more likely to be killed on the job than workers doing the same job in another state. More workers die in Texas than in any other state in the country. “Construction sites in Texas are 22 percent deadlier than the national average. That is not something to be proud of,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney.  Working conditions are horrific. Worker’s compensation is ineffective. Many workers are improperly classified as independent contractors, and many are illegal immigrants. The shocking fact is that […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2014 – Modi’s first official visit to the United States as India’s Prime Minister included both a boisterous welcome and serious talks. A jubilant, cheering crowd of 19,000 fans received Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The roar that greeted the newly elected Modi for his speech at the arena followed a more measured reception at the U.N. General Assembly and preceded the warm, though more formal, meetings at the White House. Modi’s appearance in New York, which marked his first official visit to the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – Is a working employee’s distracted driving an employer’s responsibility? “This is one of those discussions that tends to come up when a company employee like a trucker or cab driver is involved in an accident. Was the employee driving while distracted? Did the employee’s driving cause the accident? What role does an employer play in such a situation?” said Bobby Lee, an Austin injury attorney. Recently, a high-profile comedian was seriously injured when a truck crashed into the back of a limo bus. One person was killed, and several others were […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Nevada law enforcement officials are considering an education campaign about the dangers of using smartphones while driving and walking. “It’s a given that using a cellphone while driving is deadly. Law enforcement departments are seeing more and more crashes involving one or both of drivers texting or talking while behind the wheel. But all traffic interaction is dangerous if a person is distracted. The rate of pedestrians injured while texting in and near streets is also rising,” outlined Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna in Austin. The Nevada Department of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – Two recent cases show that covenants not to compete must be carefully drafted in order to be enforced as written by Texas courts. “In order to be enforceable under Texas law, the limitations in noncompete agreements must be reasonable,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin non-compete agreement attorney. Jordan works extensively with non-competition agreements and who handles employment and business litigation. A Texas court recently refused to enforce a noncompete agreement because its geographic restriction was considered too broad.  In Morrell Masonry Supply v. Coddou, a plaster salesman was employed by […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – Two workers at the CMC Steel Texas plant in Seguin were injured in an industrial accident at the plant’s melt shop. A spilled ladle of molten metal caused both men to suffer severe thermal burns. Both were airlifted to the nearest hospital, one man with burns covering more than 60 percent of his body. “Most metalworkers are experts at what they do, yet they face serious risks every day,” commented John Hale, a personal injury attorney. “That is why the companies who employ them are under a legal and moral obligation […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2014 – The latest clinical findings indicate that if a child only sustains a loss of consciousness without any other signs of head trauma, he or she may not need a CT scan. “Researchers from the UC Davis Health System and Boston Children’s Hospital have released the results of a study involving over 40,000 children who arrived at emergency rooms across the nation. If children only sustained a loss of consciousness, but showed no other head trauma signals, they were not likely to have serious brain injuries. Accordingly, those without other head injury […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2014 – Police officials described it as the worst they had ever seen “in terms of lives lost and a devastating accident scene.” Six people died in an August 10 collision in League City, Texas, about 30 miles south of Houston. Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23, caused the horrific collision after attempting to evade police on the road. “One person’s terrible, split-second decision can cost lives — and too often, not just his or her own, but many others. My thoughts are with the victims’ families and loved ones,” said Richard LaGarde, a Houston […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2014 – Johnson and Johnson has issued a global recall as evidence mounts that a commonly used surgical device can accelerate the spread of uterine cancer. The recalled device is a laparoscopic surgical instrument known as a power morcellator, frequently used for minimally-invasive hysterectomies and for the removal of uterine fibroids. The morcellator grinds tissue into smaller pieces for later vacuuming, according to Medical Daily.  New research published in major medical journals suggests that if the tissue being treated contains cancerous or precancerous cells, the device can spread those cells across a wide […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – The drilling of horizontal wells has become more common in Texas, creating challenges in oil and gas law and raising questions for royalty owners. This is particularly true regarding so-called “allocation wells,” which traverse the boundary of two or more leases, where the leases have not been pooled and there is no agreement among the royalty owners about production sharing. “Allocation wells raise several important legal questions — including whether such wells should be permitted in the first place,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “If the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – President Obama is preparing an executive order that could allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. Since October 2013, the United States has been facing a surge of tens of thousands of Central American children who cross the border unaccompanied by parents or guardians. But earlier this year, Congress failed to pass broader immigration reform. Together, these factors are spurring the president to action. “The current crisis brings the need for immigration reform into focus,” said Annie Banerjee, an immigration attorney in Houston. Administration officials have spoken […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2014 – The U.S. oil and gas boom has lasted almost five years so far, and signs of a bust have not yet been spotted.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oil and gas industry in Texas created more than 20,000 jobs in the past year alone. New Mexico recorded 2013 as its highest-production year to date, and current 2014 performance suggests that the state may well top itself again. Investment opportunities have soared along with the industry. Richard LaGarde is the founder of LaGarde Law Firm, which is based […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2014 – After thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children arrived in 2014, Texas has eased standards determining the size and type of facilities that house them. Tens of thousands of children have entered the United States illegally since October 2013, mostly from Central America. As of the end of July, about 6,300 children were housed in shelters (a reduction from around 7,600 in June). Numerous non-profit and government agencies have been involved in housing and managing the influx of immigrant children. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the response. Disaster relief teams, charities […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – Big oil drives the economy in Texas, but the industry is also responsible for a high number of workplace deaths. “It’s hard to miss the construction boom going on in Texas with the resurgence of big oil. Along with progress, though, often comes greed, underregulation, out-of-control spending and a distinct lack of due attention to safety on construction and other work sites,” said Austin workplace injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. While the economy thrives, Texas workers die. The Lone Star State has led the nation in on-the-job […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2014 – On June 30, Shirley Holmes of Gretna, Louisiana, filed a wrongful death lawsuit after her husband’s passing, pointing toward alleged asbestos exposure he suffered years before. In the 1970′s, Kermit Holmes worked at the Avondale shipyard in Louisiana, where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. In the years that followed, he developed asbestosis and mesothelioma lung cancer. He died in September 2013.  “His wife blames his death on this exposure, claiming that he was not provided with appropriate safety equipment that could have protected him from the harmful […]


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