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April 22nd, 2019 One of the buzzes at this spring’s Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP)–a seminar held in Las Vegas twice a year for personal injury trial lawyers to learn about the latest in wide-spread tort claims-was the move for trial lawyers to get involved in the war on human trafficking.  Human trafficking is a wide-spread criminal enterprise in the United States and across the globe.  Historically, laws in the U.S. have targeted the “prostitutes”…
April 19th, 2019 The debate as to whether trucking companies should be required to use side underride guards has garnished significant attention in the news as of late. New proposals to reduce the commercial truck driving age could mean more inexperienced drivers on the road—and this could mean more accidents.  Side underride guards are not currently required by any Federal Law even though rear underride guards are.  Despite this, the failure to implement these devices…
April 16th, 2019 In recent small business law news, Motel 6 of Washington learned a hard lesson recently:  When the Federal Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) asks, don’t tell. At least, not without a warrant. No Warrant Obtained The Washington Attorney General, the office charged with protecting it’s state citizen’s rights, sued Motel 6 for violating these people’s privacy rights by giving out sensitive private information without a warrant.  Apparently, between 2015 and 2017, several…
April 14th, 2019 The Port of Houston is one of the busiest ports of entry in the United States. It handles more waterborne foreign tonnage than any other port in the country. What comes in on a ship usually leaves on a large truck. In fact, longshoremen often offload a ship’s cargo directly onto a waiting tractor-trailer, when then pulls out for parts unknown. When fully loaded, these large trucks weigh over 80,000 pounds. That…
Following two major crashes and an apparent link to a faulty navigation system, the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Boeing 737 Max 9 were grounded worldwide. The United States was the last to ground the Boeing jets on March 13, 2019. With over 370 of these planes in operation around the world, this grounding has […] The post The Grounded Boeing Planes and Potential Loss of Use Claims appeared first on .…
The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen now claims that its troubled anti-diabetes drug can reduce the risk of end-stage kidney disease in some patients, so it will seek expanded government approval for Invokana. This latest announcement comes on the heels of a new clinical trial. Janssen claims that in the Canagliflozin and Renal Events in Diabetes […] The post Janssen Asks FDA For Use Expansion Despite Invokana Litigation appeared first on .…
4/2/19. There was an explosion around  11:00am at the KMCO L.L.C. industrial plant in Crosby, Texas.  A large black cloud can be seen for miles billowing from the facility.  One death has been reported and several injuries as firefighters fight to put out the chemical plant fire. The KMCO, L.L.C. facility is a processing plant […] The post KMCO Plant Explosion Update – Shelter In Place appeared first on .…
Five years after the $650 Million Pradaxa settlement, another drug company has agreed to pay big money to resolve claims that its blood thinner was a defective pharmaceutical product.  The $775 million dollar settlement covers roughly 25,000 individual lawsuits in both federal and state courts., however, this is not a class action settlement. These cases […] The post $775 Million Dollar Xarelto Lawsuits Settlement appeared first on .…
ITC plant fire plume could be seen for miles across Houston on 3/17/2019. Despite the best efforts of firefighters and others to control the blaze at Intercontinental Terminals Company ITC plant fire in Deer Park , the fires at a Houston-area petrochemical plant engulfed at least 8 tanks and involved the release of a hazardous […] The post Deer Park Plant Fire Poses Benzine Exposure Risk appeared first on .…
Several Uloric lawsuits have been filed alleging that the maker, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, failed to warn consumers of know risks of serious deadly side-effects affecting the heart, kidneys, liver, bone marrow and other important parts of the body.  The Uloric lawsuits began after Helen Ge, a former safety consultant for Takeda Pharmaceuticals filed Whistleblower actions against […] The post Uloric Lawsuits Allege Failure to Warn of Increases Risk of Death & Side-Effects appeared first on .…