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  March 14, 2013

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2013 TTLA Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Seminar, April 25-26

Join WILLIAMS KHERKHER, CLARK, LOVE & HUTSON, G.P. and FIBICH, HAMPTON, LEEBRON, BRIGGS & JOSEPHSON, L.L.P. in Houston on April 25-26, 2013 for a ground-breaking new seminar. For the first time ever, these three law firms will join forces with TTLA to present a seminar dedicated solely to the fast-paced, ever-changing world of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation. This uniquely-structured seminar will feature updates on the hottest torts, panel discussions by leading mass tort attorneys, and speeches by TTLA legends Michael Gallagher, Tommy Fibich, John Eddie Williams and Ernest Cannon. The program is full of resources and networking opportunities for everyone, so join us for the newest TTLA seminar devoted to the trials and challenges of the mass tort lawyer. Click on the headline to learn more.  


Road Rules Houston - A CRASH Course (Car Wrecks CLE), March 28, 2013

TTLA's exceptional Car Wrecks program comes back to Houston! With our stellar line-up of speakers and relevant, real-world topics, this program is a must for anyone trying auto accident cases. Topics for this program include UM/UIM, subrogation & liens, trucking, opening, and using technology in your practice. From Voir Dire to closing arguments, this 8-hour seminar offers tips, information and strategies to help you WIN YOUR CASES. Get the tools you need to compete in the courtroom! Price for the program is $300, and includes the happy hour. Click on the headline to register now, or contact Rhonda High with questions. Call (512) 476-3852 for more information.  





Ohio Man Files Police Brutality Lawsuit

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An Ohio man has filed suit against two Nelsonville police officers who allegedly beat him up and delayed taking him to the hospital during an "unwarranted" traffic stop in 2011. The suit claims two officers tackled the plaintiff and "stomped and kicked" him for two or three minutes. The man complained of chest pains after the beating but police did not take him to the hospital until after booking him on drunk driving charges, which were later dismissed. The lawsuit is seeking at least $250,000 in damages.
Amanda Lee Myers , Columbus Dispatch 03/14/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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LA Archdiocese Pays in Molestation Lawsuit

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The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit by four men who claimed to have been molested by a priest as young children. In documents released by the archdiocese in January, the priest admitted to abusing two of the boys during a retreat in 1986; in 2007 he was convicted of the crimes and imprisoned for four years.
Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim, LA Times 03/13/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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After “Horrific Experience” 17 Texans Sue Carnival Cruise in Federal Court

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On a day when yet another Carnival cruise ship is overflowing with sewage courtesy a “technical issue,” 17 Texans, including Tarrant and Henderson County residents, have sued the cruise line over the anything-but-triumphant voyage of the Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico last month. The suit was filed in Dallas federal court this morning, three weeks after a class-action was filed in Florida. In the suit below, the plaintiffs recount the “horrific experience” of being stuck on a cruise ship stranded by a fire, where cabins “overflowed with the ship’s urine and feces” and thousands of passengers “had to defecate and urinate into plastic bags, shower drains, sinks, and/or buckets.”
Robert Wilonsky, The Dallas Morning News 03/14/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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California: Schools to Pay Millions in Abuse Case

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The Los Angeles school district will pay millions of dollars to settle dozens of legal actions in an abuse case in which a former teacher is charged with lewd acts on children over five years, district officials said Tuesday. David Holmquist, the schools’ general counsel, said the settlement would cover 58 of the 191 claims and lawsuits filed after the 2012 arrest of a former third-grade teacher, Mark Berndt, who faces 23 charges of lewd behavior at Miramonte Elementary School. Mr. Holmquist would only describe the settlement.
Associated Press, The New York Times 03/14/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Supreme Court Justices Warn Budget Cuts Consequences

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Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer warned the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday that automatic federal budget cuts will put the American public at risk and severely damage the ability of the third branch of government to do its job. Sequestration will eventually reduce funding levels for the federal judiciary by 5 percent, or nearly $350 million. The justices painted a bleak picture, saying trials would be delayed, criminal offenders would face less supervision, court employees would be furloughed and laid off, and more innocent people could be convicted for crimes they did not commit.
Liz Goodwin, Yahoo News 03/14/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Company to pay $1.3 Million in Hiring Lawsuit

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A $1.3 million settlement has been approved in a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed against Mississippi-based Howard Industries. The suit, filed by four black women, accused the company of hiring only Hispanic workers between March 2003 and August 2008. As part of the settlement, the company will also hire at least 70 individuals over the next nine months.
Jimmie E. Gates, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger 03/13/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Wrongful Death



Suit: Fatal Accident Caused by Faulty Tire

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The death of a 12-year-old Alabama boy has prompted a lawsuit by his mother against the manufacturer and distributor of tires recently placed on her SUV. Witnesses said it looked like the tire blew out on Interstate 65, causing the SUV to roll several times, killing the boy. The woman claims the tire company "designed, manufactured, distributed and/or sold the Michelin XW4 tire [which] failed and detreaded, thereby causing the fatal accident."
Kelsey Stein, The Birmingham News 03/14/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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