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Texas Watch - “Loser Pays” Means Families Pay. Here we go again. Lobbyists in Austin are once again trying to shield their corporate clients by socializing the cost when they cause needless death, injury, or financial devastation. This time they are pushing HB 274, an un-American scheme that threatens families and small businesses with having to pay the bloated legal costs of big insurance companies and multi-national corporations. Click on headline to learn more and take action.
TTLA Annual Conference has moved to June 1-3 in Austin
We’ll be hosting all the events you’ve come to expect from our December conference. Between the 2-day CLE, parties, meetings, legislative update & special events, you’ll leave the live music capital of the world feeling energized, connected, and bad to the bone! Check out the CLE program agendas for Wednesday and Thursday, which include a live video presentation with David Ball plus family friendly events to make this a true vacation opportunity. Click on the headline to register!
Suit: Orlando Officer Broke Elderly Man’s Spine
An elderly man has filed a lawsuit against the Orlando Police Department over his arrest in September 2010. A police officer had responded to a call saying the man was furious that his car was being towed, and claims the man refused to follow orders. The 85-year-old man claims he was body slammed to the ground by the officer, breaking a vertebrae in his spine. The man accuses the officer of false imprisonment and false arrest, and is seeking unspecified damages. Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel 05/05/2011
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Cowboys Employee Files Suit over Facility Collapse
An employee for the Dallas Cowboys has filed a lawsuit alleging she suffered “undisclosed injuries” when the team’s practice facility collapsed in May 2009. The suit names the companies involved in building or designing the steel and fabric structure as defendants and is seeking damages for “serious, disabling and permanent injuries.” The Associated Press, Austin American Statesman 05/04/2011
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Suit: LA County Jail Staff “Lawless”
Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have filed a lawsuit against the department for “encouraging an atmosphere of lawlessness and violence among its jail employees.” The lawsuit claims member of the staff have formed a violent gang-like group and assaulted the two officers at the company Christmas party. The suit also alleges that by allowing the “gang-like activity” within the department, violence among inmates has also increased. The plaintiffs report lingering injuries after being attacked at the party. Robert Fautrechi and Andrew Blankstein, LA Times 05/04/2011
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Mississippi Jury Awards $322M Asbestos Verdict
A Smith County, MS jury has awarded a 48-year-old man, “Tony” Brown Jr, $322M dollars for future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and punitive damages in an asbestos case against Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) and Union Carbide Corporation. Brown, who worked in the oil fields of Mississippi from 1979 to the mid 80’s, was diagnosed with asbestosis and is currently on oxygen 24-hours a day. Charlotte Graham, Laurel Leader-Call, N/A 05/06/2011
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