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  February 20, 2014

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From First Consult to Complaint: Basic Tips for Representing a Client With a Sexual Harassment Claim


Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution


The Power of Words


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Persuasion in the 21st Century



UPDATED AGENDA! TTLA Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Seminar | April 3-4 | Royal Sonesta, Houston

In April 2014, we prove EVERYTHING is BIGGER in Texas (even our seminars). Click the headline to see the unprecedented lineup of speakers coming to the 2nd Annual TTLA Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Seminar. You won’t want to miss this sell-out seminar with our lineup of in-demand topics, storied speakers and unparalleled insight. Think BIG. Think TTLA PMD. Follow us on Twitter @ttla_ #ttla2014pharma  


CPI Investgation: Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas

Center for Public Integrity Release: “The Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas investigation was produced through a first-ever collaboration among the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News, and The Weather Channel. Deep in the heart of South Texas, oil and gas wells and related industrial facilities are sprouting at an unprecedented rate, making the Eagle Ford Shale one of the biggest energy booms in America, if not the world. But the boom could be a bust for local residents who fear for their health. Big Oil, Bad Air is a package of in-depth articles and an online documentary revealing a regulatory system that does more to protect the industry than the public.” Click on the headline to learn more.  




Family Files Suit Over Bleach-Tainted Sports Drink

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The family of a 14-year-old South Carolina boy is filing suit over an incident in which their son drank from a water cooler that had been tainted with bleach. The boy drank four cups of the tainted drink during a middle school basketball game last month. After drinking the bleach, the boy became nauseous, could not eat and developed blisters in his mouth. Another student later admitted to dosing the opposing team's water cooler with the bleach. The lawsuit seeks $350,000 in damages.
Wire Report, Greenville News 02/19/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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N.Y. Resort Sued Over Highly Contagious Virus

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A New York resort is facing a lawsuit after they allegedly allowed guests to become "violently ill" from a highly contagious stomach virus. The lawsuit, filed by a couple who stayed at the resort and became ill, alleges that cases of the virus had been reported to management, but they did not inform guests. The couple claims they "suffered repeated and recurring bouts of vomiting, abdominal pain, dehydration, chills, muscle ache, and fever and required medical treatment, including prescription anti-nausea medication." The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of punitive damages.
Noah Cohen, 02/19/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Mass. Strip-Search Lawsuit Settled

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The city of Springfield, Mass. has agreed to pay $28,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two women who were strip searched by a police officer in front of male officers and passing traffic. The women were stopped by police officers in 2009 and had to undergo a drug search in which they were forced to take off their clothes in front of seven male officers and passing traffic. The search did not turn up any drugs and the women did not face any charges.
Jack Flynn, Mass Live 02/19/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Family Sues Indoor Trampoline Park After 17-year-old Suffers Serious Head Injury


A family is suing the owners of Cosmic Jump, an indoor trampoline business, after their 17-year-old son suffered a serious injury. According to the lawsuit, it happened on a trampoline slide. “Somewhere near the base of this slide, as Max’s body weight came down, a tear or a rip allowed him to fall through,” said the family’s attorney. The attorney says Max fell around five feet and hit his head on the concrete floor below. Max suffered a traumatic head injury and his brain was bleeding. Max has to undergo physical and speech therapy, a major change for this teen who was once an honors student.
Rekha Muddara, KHOU-TV  02/20/2014  Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn icon

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Lawsuit Brings to Light Secrecy Statements Required by KBR

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One of the nation’s largest government contractors requires employees seeking to report fraud to sign internal confidentiality statements barring them from speaking to anyone about their allegations, including government investigators and prosecutors, according to a complaint filed Wednesday and corporate documents obtained by The Washington Post. Attorneys for a whistleblower suing Halliburton Co. and its former subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root, said the statements violate the federal False Claims Act and other laws designed to shield whistleblowers.
Scott Higham, The Washington Post 02/20/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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