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  March 20, 2013

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Overcoming the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act Privilege in Medical and Hospital Negligence Cases


Jury Selection


The Neuroscience of Storytelling: From Words to Brain


Rules in Nursing Home Cases




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

NOTE: Hotel room block ends on April 4th. 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.  





Battered Women Sue NYC Housing Authority

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Ten New York City women have filed suit against the city's Housing Authority, claiming they have been stuck in a "bureaucratic twilight zone" and denied safe haven for years. Under state law, domestic violence victims are supposed to be given priority apartments, but the lawsuit claims the NYCHA often loses paperwork, forcing victims to stay in dangerous situations with abusive spouses for long periods of time. One of the plaintiffs says she has been waiting over a year for her application to be approved, and the authority has three times lost documents she previously submitted.
Greg B. Smith , New York Daily News 03/20/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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California Power Company Pays in Local Lawsuit

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A woman in Redondo Beach, Calif., has been awarded $4 million after she was shocked in her home by stray electricity from a nearby power line. The woman filed suit against Southern California Edison in 2011 after being shocked repeatedly from electricity streaming through her shower head. She allegedly suffered nerve damage in her hands and feet as a result.
Brian Charles, Long Beach Press-Telegram 03/20/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Forsyth, Ga., Pays in Employment Discrimination Suit

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The city of Forsyth, Ga., has agreed to pay $160,000 to a former lineman who filed a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the electrical department. The plaintiff became disabled in an on-the-job injury in 2006, and upon his return, the city refused to make accommodations for his injuries. The suit claims he was placed in a lighter-duty position and was forced to take a 50 percent pay cut.
Amy Leigh Womack, Macon Telegraph 03/19/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Case Over Railroad Crash to Go Forward

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An appeals court in Wisconsin has given approval to the continuation of a lawsuit against a railroad company over a 2009 train crash in a Milwaukee suburb. Two people were severely injury while rescuing a mother and child from a van that became stuck on the train tracks during a parade. A lower court had tossed the suit, saying the parade presented only a "potential hazard," but the appeals court reversed the ruling, sending the case back to the circuit court.
Wire Report, Seattle Post-Intelligencer 03/19/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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SCOTUS Rebuffs NC ‘semantics’ in its Quest for 1/3 of Med-Mal Settlement

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North Carolina can’t obtain one-third of a girl’s medical malpractice settlement under a law that doesn’t take into account whether the money is attributable to medical care, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The North Carolina statute is pre-empted by federal Medicaid law that bar liens on portions of a settlement that don’t cover medical costs, the court ruled in a 6-3 decision. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. “North Carolina has picked an arbitrary number—one-third—and by statutory command labeled that portion of a beneficiary’s tort recovery as representing payment for medical care,” Kennedy wrote. “Pre-emption is not a matter of semantics. A state may not evade the pre-emptive force of federal law by resorting to creative statutory interpretation or description at odds with the statute’s intended operation and effect.”
Debra Cassens Weiss, American Bar Association Journal 03/20/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Class Action



LexisNexis Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

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LexisNexis has agreed to pay $13.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims that the company sold information to debt collectors. In the suit, about 31,000 plaintiffs say Lexis has been selling background searches to debt collectors without following consumer-protection laws.
Wire Report, Columbus Dispatch 03/20/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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