Mass Tort Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 4

Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – A safety advocacy organization recently released a report showing one-in-nine bridges in the U.S. is structurally deficient. According to an analysis of federal data by Transportation for America, nearly 67,000 of America’s 605,000 bridges require substantial repair or replacement. The report, titled “The Fix We’re In For: The State of the Nation’s Bridges 2013,” said 260 million vehicles pass over deficient bridges each day. “We need to make the maintenance and safety of our infrastructure a priority again in America,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. The report says […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2013 – Thousands of transvaginal lawsuits are now underway in West Virginia and New Jersey. Thousands more are being filed in multiple other jurisdictions, including Texas. “There seems to be a never-ending revolving door when it comes to women filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits. In terms of a class action case, the numbers of cases are astounding. The justice being sought for those who have been victims of the mesh implant nightmare is what keeps many injury lawyers up at night, prepping their cases,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin injury lawyer of Lee, Gober […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2013 – California regulators toughened their proposal to punish PG&E for a deadly pipeline explosion in 2010. California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) attorneys asked the agency’s commissioners to fine Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. $300 million in addition to penalties in excess of $1.9 billion. The earlier proposal amounted to the same total but did not include a fine. Instead, it allowed PG&E to pay the entire penalty in the form of pipeline improvements. “This is a penalty with teeth,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. “PG&E should be penalized beyond […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – A Texas resident has filed a lawsuit alleging that Pradaxa, a blood thinner, resulted in severe internal bleeding. The manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, is facing a number of similar lawsuits alleging that their blood-thinning medication causes internal hemorrhaging and that consumers are not being adequately warned. “Anyone experiencing any issues after taking Pradaxa should immediately speak to their doctor,” warned Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale. The lawsuit was filed this May in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by a plaintiff who first began taking […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – At a recent hearing, safety officials blamed an engineer’s poor eyesight for a 2012 train collision in Oklahoma. The collision happened on June 24, 2012 near the panhandle town of Goodwell. Two freight trains collided, killing three workers and causing some $15 million in damage. A doctor testified before a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) panel and said that the engineer had suffered serious and lasting vision problems and even had trouble telling the difference between red and green signals. “This testimony is shocking,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – The Philadelphia City Council held a hearing on safety policies in the wake of a building collapse that killed six people. The accident occurred on the morning of June 5, 2013, at the intersection of 22nd and Market Streets. As a building was being demolished, it unexpectedly collapsed, sending debris through the roof of a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store, which was open for business at the time. “The demolition of a building is a potentially hazardous process that can endanger anyone in the area if not done properly,” said Washington, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2013 – A preliminary investigation cited driver error as the cause of a fatal bus crash in April. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) found no defects on the Cardinal Coach Line bus that crashed, killing three and injuring more than 40, on April 11. The DPS report said that driver Loyd Rieve, 65, failed to stay within his lane before the bus careened off a North Texas highway, struck a concrete barrier, and toppled over. Victims have filed at least three lawsuits against the company. “Victims of public transportation crashes deserve […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2013 – U.S. women implanted with transvaginal mesh kits are not alone. Canadian women are now also suing medical device makers. “It’s a good indication that something is terribly wrong when you find out medical device makers with subsidiaries in other countries, such as Canada, are being sued for medical negligence for the same kind of defective medical devices women in the U.S. are suing Big Pharma for,” pointed out Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. Thousands of Canadian women, like their American counterparts, have […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2013 – Over 3,000 miles of aging, leaking iron gas pipelines create a safety hazard in Michigan. A recent report in the Detroit Free Press detailed the dangers of leaking wrought- and cast-iron natural gas mains throughout Michigan and the slow progress the state’s two largest utilities have made in replacing them. “These old gas mains need to be replaced, and soon,” said Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who specializes in pipeline accidents. “Every year they remain in the ground increases the likelihood of another terrible accident.” According to the report, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2013 – A Texas fertilizer plant exploded, killing at least 15 people and injuring as many as 200. The explosion on April 17, 2013, occurred at a facility owned by the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas that was used for the storage and distribution of fertilizers. The building caught fire, then exploded as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire remains unknown. “Fertilizers are quite hazardous and require very stringent safety protocols in their handling and storage,” said David Lietz, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer who specializes […]


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