Mass Tort Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Texas state district court judge Stephen Yelenosky has rejected a request for depositions in the ongoing controversy over the Fun 5’s scratch-off game by the Texas lottery. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Lawyers for lottery watchdog Dawn Nettles sought to take the pre-suit deposition of representatives of the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) and lottery operator GTECH Corporation. Nettles and hundreds of other Fun 5’s players hold tickets that they believe to be winning tickets based on language on the ticket, but that TLC says are losers. Nettles argued that TLC and GTECH should be forced to […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2014 – In New York City, a construction worker was recently killed on the job when a concrete slab from the building fell and crushed him. Rodolfo Vasquez-Galian, 27, was part of a team working to excavate soil around a foundation wall. One of Vazquez-Galian’s co-workers sustained minor injuries in the accident. Initial news reports on the incident have focused on the troubling history of safety violations associated with this and other projects undertaken by Sam Chang, a major New York City hotel developer. “The loss of this young man’s life is absolutely […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2014 – Bloomberg News has revealed that several prescription drugs and a marijuana pipe were found in the bag of Russell Staley, the driver of a tractor trailer involved in an collision that killed four college softball players last month. The softball team from North Central Texas College was on the road in Oklahoma, headed home from a game, when Staley’s vehicle veered across a 90-foot median into oncoming traffic and eventually colliding with the van. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson told Bloomberg reporters that Staley did not appear to be intoxicated at […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – The Texas Lottery Commission announced its decision to end the Fun 5’s scratch-off game just five days after a Texas Lottery watchdog asked a Travis County Court for the right to depose the Commission over alleged problems with the game. The move to shut down the game is a major turning point in a controversy that has been gaining momentum. Since the game launched in early September, hundreds of lottery players have complained that official lottery computers had been programmed to deny prizes to some winning Fun 5’s tickets. The Texas […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – A San Mateo judge has lifted a stay in a lawsuit that Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) shareholders have filed against individual executives at PG&E. The lawsuit alleges that the actions of the executives named in the suit led to a catastrophic gas explosion in San Bruno, California. The 2010 explosion killed eight people, injured 66, and destroyed 38 houses. “This is a unique case, as the executives of public utilities are rarely held liable individually for their actions,” said David Lietz, a wrongful death attorney not involved with the case. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2014 – Dawn Nettles has filed an official petition with the Travis County District Court in the growing controversy over the Texas Lottery Fun 5’s scratch-off ticket. “We’re just trying to get some basic answers,” said Richard LaGarde, an attorney for Ms. Nettles. “The public deserves to know who is responsible for this situation, and what will be done about it.” An increasing number of lottery players are expressing their anger over what they regard as deceptive language in the Fun 5’s rules. Language on the ticket suggests that the combination of a […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2014 – A judge has ordered Union Pacific Railroad to comply with requests for additional discovery in a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 train crash in Midland, Texas. The crash occurred when a Union Pacific train hit a float in a parade honoring wounded military veterans. The crash killed four people and injured 16, including several veterans. According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Union Pacific has blamed a series of failures on the part of the City of Midland and the parade organizers for the accident. “The aggressive discovery of facts is critical in […]


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Rockville, MD (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2014 – THE KARP FROSH, WIGODSKY & NORWIND LAW FIRM, P.A. is excited to announce the addition of Lisa Marie Riggins as “Of Counsel” attorney with the firm. Riggins earned her Bachelor of Arts at American University and completed her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining Karp Frosh, Wigodsky & Norwind, P.A., Lisa Marie Riggins was employed as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. During that time she prosecuted both District and Circuit Court cases. In addition, her experience includes managing all aspects of criminal defense, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new regulations that aim to reduce injuries and fatalities caused to passengers in rollover bus crashes. The new proposal focuses on the structural integrity of large buses. To meet the new standard, the emergency exits of a bus must remain operable after a rollover, and the space around passengers must not collapse so much that passengers cannot survive in the remaining space. “Companies that provide commercial bus and motorcoach transportation are ultimately responsible for the safety of their passengers,” remarked David […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – This summer, a cluster of crashes involving Houston’s MetroRail light rail system caused serious injuries and reignited concerns about the system’s safety. Three incidents occurred in the same week, all involving collisions between a light rail train and a passenger car, according to a news report in the Houston Chronicle. According to the Chronicle, one of the crashes was deemed preventable by the light rail operator. The other two were likely the fault of motorists. “These three accidents add to the mounting evidence that the Houston light rail system poses undue […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Preventable explosions caused by combustible dust continue to kill industrial workers, asserts a new case study from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). The agency has called for better regulation and has said that both private and government organizations are to blame. The CSB case study focuses on a 2010 combustible dust explosion that killed three workers at AL Solutions, a West Virginia metal recycling facility. The report notes that dust explosions and resulting fatalities had previously occurred at the facility, but that the owner failed to implement recommended safety measures […]


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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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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A willful disregard for employee safety led to the International Nutrition building collapse last January, according to an official report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The collapse, which killed two people and injured nine, occurred when rooftop storage bins, overloaded with limestone, caused three floors of the building to cave in. In a company statement, International Nutrition claimed that company officials had no knowledge of dangerous conditions. “This company has been cited and fined by OSHA repeatedly over the last decade,” said David Lietz, a wrongful death attorney […]


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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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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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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2014 – A spike in traffic accidents has been attributed to the growing number of large trucks hauling drilling equipment and fracking waste on U.S. streets. According to a report by the Associated Press, U.S. census data shows that traffic deaths have grown more than four-fold from 2004 rates in areas experiencing a boom from the fracking industry. These death rates have risen steadily even as road conditions and vehicle safety continue to improve. In growing fracking communities like Karnes County, Texas, for example, the sheriff has said the department has been “swamped” […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2014 – On May 15, two construction workers were injured after part of a building collapsed in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Sandy Springs can be found north of Atlanta and is home to a population of 100,000. The employees were working on a second-level parking deck of a hotel under construction when the concrete underneath them collapsed. According to a police sergeant with Sandy Springs police department, both workers fell 15 to 20 feet in the accident. They were transported to a nearby hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health […]


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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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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has been indicted on criminal charges in connection with a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California. The indictment states that the company repeatedly violated the Pipeline Safety Act. That law requires pipeline operators to maintain accurate records about their lines, identify safety hazards and inspect the pipes when pressures exceed safety tolerances. PG&E is alleged to have “knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information” in avoiding required inspections, which could have prevented the disaster. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz […]


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