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Abbott Sides With Baylor Hospital in Neurosurgeon Lawsuit
The Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, accused of protecting a neurosurgeon who allegedly killed and maimed patients, gained an ally in TX AG Greg Abbott. Abbott filed motions to intervene in three separate federal court suits brought against Baylor Plano by former patients of Dr. Christopher Duntsch. They have alleged that Baylor knew Duntsch was a dangerous physician but did not stop him from performing back surgery. The suits challenge the constitutionality of a state law that requires the plaintiffs to prove that Baylor acted with actual intent to harm patients. Abbott seeks court permission to defend the statute.
DOUG J. SWANSON, The Dallas Morning News 03/26/2014
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First Lawsuits Filed Over Chicago Train Derailment
The first lawsuits have been filed over a Chicago train derailment on Monday which injured 30 people. Two 23-year-olds who were injured during the crash filed lawsuits alleging that the CTA's negligence led to the train's derailment. One of the lawsuits cites the possibility of conductor error, excessive rate of speed and/or a faulty brake system. Both of the plaintiffs were commuting to work when the train derailed. The two lawsuits are seeking at least $50,000 in damages each.
Meredith Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune 03/25/2014
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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed over Oil Spill on Texas Coast
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Kirby Inland Marine and Cleopatra Shipping Agency after an oil spill caused damage to businesses and individuals on the Texas coast. The oil spill took place on March 22 when a barge and a bulk carrier collided, releasing oil into Galveston Bay. The lawsuit alleges that the spill has had a "wide and devastating effect on Galveston Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the people who use and depend on it."
Carol Christian, Houston Chronicle 03/25/2014
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Baltimore Orioles Sued by Family of Young Fan Hit By Baseball
The family of a 10-year-old girl who was severely injured when she was hit in the face with a baseball before a Baltimore Orioles game last summer has filed a lawsuit against the team. The girl suffered a fractured skull and cheekbones when the ball hit her in the face, causing her to undergo a nine-hour emergency surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The lawsuit alleges that the usher who directed the girl and her father to their seats did not warn them of the dangers of being hit by a baseball. The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages.
Quinn Kelley, Baltimore Sun 03/25/2014
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Nissan Recalls Nearly 1M Cars for Air Bag Failure
Nissan is recalling 1 million vehicles because the air bag system software might not be able to tell whether a person is sitting in the front passenger's seat and not inflate the airbag in a crash. It's the second passenger-air bag recall for some of the vehicles. Last April, 82,038 2013-model vehicles from the same group were recalled because a sensor was improperly manufactured and might prevent the passenger bag from working in a crash.
Fred Meier and James R. Healey, USA Today 03/26/2014
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26% of Car Wrecks Involve Phones
Cellphone use is now estimated to be involved in 26% of all motor vehicle crashes — up from 25% last year, according to “Injury Facts,” the annual survey from the National Safety Council released Tuesday. But it’s not texting or checking status updates — widely regarded as the scourge of road accidents — that’s the biggest problem. Around 5% of cellphone-related crashes involve texting, while the other 21% involve drivers talking on hand-held or hands-free cellphones, the survey found.
Quentin Fottrell, Wall Street Journal - $$ Subscription Required 03/26/2014
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