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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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – On October 15, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an oil and gas royalty dispute. In the case, Steadfast Financial LLC v. Bradshaw, the owner of an executive right was sued by the owner of a nonparticipating royalty interest. The owner of the interest claimed that the owner of the right did not obtain a high enough royalty interest in a new lease. At issue is whether the executive-rights owner had a duty to secure the going royalty rate. “A central issue in this case is the extent of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2014 – New technology may save the lives of those who cannot seem to stop texting while driving. “People know they should not text and drive, but they do it anyway. In response to this inability to stop doing something that could kill them and others, there is yet another gadget that has been designed to halt calls dead in their tracks,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney who handles distracted driving cases. This latest device takes temptation out of the hands of an addicted driver and blocks incoming and outgoing […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2014 – This year, Florida was working on a possible new category of driving impairment: driving under the influence of a physician-recommended intoxicant, such as cannabis for medicinal purposes. But the idea failed at the polls. The passage of such a law in Florida would have depended on Amendment 2’s success. Amendment 2 failed, even though polls suggested that the public supported medical marijuana use by almost 90 percent. The poll was close, but not close enough. Florida requires a supermajority of 60 percent or higher in favor. The Amendment came in with […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire)December 9, 2014 – Big rigs did not always have the collision safety precautions they now have. It took the death of a star to have underride bars installed. “Some commercial trucks you see today on Texas highways have an underride bar installed at the back of the truck. It’s a strong metal grill that hangs down past the tailgate and is designed to prevent cars from going under the truck in the case of a collision,” detailed Austin personal injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke. Often mistaken for stepladders to help load the truck, the bars prevent […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2014 – A family of three were killed when struck by a drunk driver in 2013. “Strange things happen at crash sites, and this case is no exception,” said DWI attorney Bobby Lee of Austin’s Lee, Gober & Reyna. Lee is not involved in this case. “The 43-year-old driver who rear-ended the Intidam family had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .28 even four hours after the fatal crash.” A .28 BAC is three and a half times the legal limit. When emergency first responders arrived at the scene, no one could locate […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Big rigs did not always have the collision safety precautions they now have. It took the death of a star to have underride bars installed. “Some commercial trucks you see today on Texas highways have an underride bar installed at the back of the truck. It’s a strong metal grill that hangs down past the tailgate and is designed to prevent cars from going under the truck in the case of a collision,” detailed Austin personal injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke. Often mistaken for stepladders to help load the truck, the bars […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2014 – Drawn to a strengthening U.S. economy, Indian immigrants formed the largest group of newcomers in 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau has made official what seemed only anecdotally true until now: the number of immigrants to the United States grew in 2013. By 523,400, to be precise. That figure is higher than the 446,800 total recorded in 2012 and represents the biggest single increase since 2006.  As a result of the uptick in immigration, nearly one in six adults living in the United States is now foreign-born. And unlike previous periods of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – The Indian premier has offered initiatives for reform, but U.S. policy remains largely frozen by domestic politics. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic, early-fall trip to the United States was marked by much fanfare as he captivated audiences in New York and Washington, D.C. However, despite the high hopes that Modi’s first official foray to this country would help engender movement on visa reform (among other areas of U.S.-Indian common interest) a more liberal policy on visas has not been forthcoming from a U.S. government paralyzed by a politics-driven gridlock. New […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – Recently, U.S. courts have issued a series of decisions regarding venues in several of the ongoing lawsuits addressing birth defects caused by Paxil, an antidepressant drug made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK recently lost its bid to have a group of cases heard in federal court rather than in Pennsylvania state court. In a different lawsuit, GSK won its appeal to have a case heard in Ohio rather than in Pennsylvania. In that case, the plaintiff’s attorneys now claim that GSK will unfairly benefit, as ex-employees of GSK will be less likely […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – A Dallas jury has awarded $73 million to a patient who suffered severe complications from a transvaginal mesh implant. Martha Salazar received an Obtryx sling implant to treat minor incontinence. According to her lawsuit against the device’s maker, Boston Scientific, the implant eroded within her body, causing constant pain. Salazar required four major surgeries to remove the device. Although the judge in the case later reduced the award to $34 million because of punitive damage caps in Texas, defective medical device attorneys argue that the verdict still marks a turning point. […]


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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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