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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Many Texans still feel that Ethan Couch should have gone to jail for killing four people and paralyzing another. “As many recall, Couch was a young Texas teen who killed four and paralyzed one after causing an while driving under the influence. He is currently in a rehab program which costs $438,000 a year. “Affluenza” took on a new meaning in this case. Taxpayers are now sustaining the affluenza epidemic, footing the bill for 17-year-old Couch’s stay in the North Texas State Hospital,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, the devices are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem sensible to take them off the market. Such a decision would not be unusual for an allegedly defective product, but it does not seem that its manufacturers are interested in making it,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer who litigates transvaginal mesh lawsuits. In one Oregon case, the victim no longer wants to get […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Newly liberalized Canadian immigration policies may benefit the country’s tech sector. The number of U.S. visas extended to skilled foreign workers has become locked in the frozen morass of immigration debate. Canada recently made it clear that it was adopting a decidedly different tack on immigration policy from its neighbor to the south. As Washington dithers on reforming its visa regime, Ottawa’s new initiative could reap dividends for Canada’s economy, especially in its growing technology sector. On July 7, the new Canadian policy on visas, dubbed CAN+, was unveiled by Chris […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2014 – Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart Stores for its role in a crash in which he was severely injured. On June 7, 2014, comedian James McNair was killed, and Morgan and two friends were injured, when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer rear-ended their chauffeured limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike. Prosecutors charged the truck driver with death by auto and assault by auto, claiming that he had not slept in more than 24 hours preceding the crash. Morgan’s lawsuit accuses Wal-Mart of negligence in the operation of its truck. “If these allegations […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2014 – The annual Top Lawyers list, published by H Texas Magazine, recognizes top lawyers in their fields as nominated and voted for by their peers. “I was delighted to be recognized by my immigration colleagues for work in this field,” said Annie Banerjee, principal attorney at the Law Office of Annie Bannerjee, Houston. H Texas Magazine annually recognizes distinguished, high-achieving lawyers. H Texas Magazine mails nominee ballots to local lawyers, extending an invitation for them to vote. Once nominations are received and verified by editorial staff, pertinent background information is double-checked. In […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2014 – The Senate Appropriations Committee has temporarily suspended a new truck safety regulation, fearing it will actually cause more accidents than it would prevent. “The suspended rule limited how often truckers may drive between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Its intention was to reduce fatigue, and thus reduce accidents. However, the trucking industry responded, pointing out that it would place even more big rigs on the road during daytime hours and, therefore, actually increase the likelihood of accidents,” explained trucking accident attorney Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin, Texas. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2014 – Responding to a spate of deaths among North Dakota oil and gas workers, federal safety officials are stepping up their enforcement efforts in the region. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an enforcement emphasis program focused on the Bakken region of North Dakota, where advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies in 2000 have led to a still-continuing boom in oil production. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, 34 oil, gas and construction workers in North Dakota have suffered fatal work-related injuries since […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2014 – First U.S. Cabinet officer to meet Modi may set stage for fall talks with Obama. In the midst of contentious negotiations concerning international flash points including Iran, Ukraine and Gaza, John Kerry continued his jet-lag-inducing whirlwind of diplomatic initiatives when he arrived in India for three days starting July 30. But unlike the players involved in the trio of potential or current sources of conflict, the Secretary of State’s hosts in New Delhi presented him with an array of issues they have been eager to discuss to deepen the countries’ relationship. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, they are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem to make sense that they be taken off the market. Such things are not unheard of when it comes to defective products. However, this does not seem to be the case,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer litigating transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Consider the Oregon case of one woman who does not want to get out […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2014 – Newly married, a husband and wife collided head-on as they drove in opposite directions. Both were killed. “This wreck happened as both parties were travelling on the same road, County Road 87, in Vernon, Texas. The deceased couple left behind three children,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP. Early one Wednesday afternoon, Cristina Munoz and Nicolas Cruz were traveling to their second jobs, each from a different direction. They both worked at the Mahard Pullet Farm, but they never made it there on June […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2014 – Two oil workers were killed in an explosion at an oil well in West Texas. Amos B. Ortega, 46, and Robert Magdaleno, 41, were killed at a Loving County oilfield on April 30, 2014. Nine other workers were injured. The two deceased were employees of independent contractors of Ameriflow Energy Services for well owner RKI Exploration & Production, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Unfortunately, death and serious injury are not unusual among oil field workers,” said Houston attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved in the case. “But we must […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2014 – A worker at a Subway restaurant outside of Austin, Texas has filed a class action lawsuit against his employer over its practice of paying employees with prepaid Visa cards, which may be subject to fees. Jake Branson filed the lawsuit on his own behalf and on behalf of other Subway employees after his paper checks were replaced with prepaid Visa cards. He found that using an ATM to withdraw cash from the cards could result in a $1.75 fee, that checking the balance of the card cost $1.00, and that a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2014 – An appeals court upheld a judgment against an oil and gas giant that backed out of a deal to buy Texas leaseholds. Chesapeake Energy lost its appeal of a $121 million judgment in a lawsuit filed by Preston Exploration and two other parties, who said they had finalized a deal to sell over 500 leaseholds to the company. In continuing bad news for Chesapeake, a Texas school district and newspaper filed separate lawsuits against the company, alleging underpayment of royalties. Houston attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved in the lawsuits, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2014 – Most of the nation’s major automakers are in court dealing with lawsuits. The most recent Hyundai suit involved yet another defective part. “This particular case, which I was not involved in, resulted in a jury award of $240 million in punitive damages. Two cousins were killed in a head-on collision in 2011 when the 2005 Hyundai Tiburon they were driving caused them to swerve into income oncoming traffic. Three were killed in that accident,” outlines Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney. In this case, Hyundai did issue a recall for […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2014 – The term impaired driving does not just refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol. “A recent study, released by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, indicates that the number of drivers under the influence of marijuana has jumped drastically since the drug was commercialized in that state in 2009. This problem could well be happening in Texas,” says Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin. The numbers used to conduct the Colorado study were taken from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2014 – The FDA has announced new regulations pertaining to surgical mesh used in transvaginal surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse. “The new regulations are supposed to impose greater levels of scrutiny on such products and mandate that manufacturers submit a pre-market approval application to have their product evaluated. Prior to issuing these new regulations, the transvaginal mesh kit was rated as being a moderate risk device. However, in the face of thousands of lawsuits against various mesh makers, the FDA had to move to do something. Because the mesh was rated as […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2014 – According to numerous media reports and court docket records, many more vaginal mesh lawsuits are being settled out of court. “It’s good news that vaginal mesh lawsuits are being settled out of court more often. It demonstrates that even though the mesh maker does not admit to wrongdoing, they are stepping up to bat to rectify the damage they have caused to millions of women,” says Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer handling vaginal mesh lawsuits. “The most recent out of court settlement was Endo International PLC, the parent of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2014 – In West Texas, two died and nine were injured in an oil well explosion on the morning of April 30. The tragic accident brings two more deaths to a state that has accounted for 40 percent of all oil and gas-related deaths in the United States since 2009. According to Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper, a buildup of pressure led to an explosion while workers with contracting firm Crescent Services were changing a wellhead at a site owned by RKI Exploration and Production at around 8:00 a.m. Amos B. Ortega, 46, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2014 – Early on Monday, May 7, a train collided with a tractor-trailer off U.S. Highway 80 in western Harrison County, causing a loss of power to nearly 800 American Electric Power Southwestern (SWEPCO) customers. “It’s important to remember that train collisions can have a severe impact on an entire community, depending on what the train is carrying,” said Richard LaGarde, a personal injury attorney with Houston’s LaGarde Law Firm. “While the collision near Lakeview caused no injuries, the incident is an important reminder that these sorts of collisions can escalate quickly — […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2014 – A driverless car with a technological glitch is an accident waiting to happen. “Driverless cars have become even more of a technological goal over the past few years,” says Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke. “The lightening rod that drew even more people to take up the call for this kind of technology was the death of a young lady by the name of Marina Keegan, a Yale graduate, who died in a car accident five days after she graduated. The driver, her boyfriend, fell asleep at the wheel. Human error cost […]


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