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December 13, 2019

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The Brief for Dec 13
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In today's Brief: As two Hurricane Harvey assistance programs come to a close, some argue for an extension due to bureaucratic errors and delays.
Elvia Limn, Texas Tribune 12/13/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Issues

Investigation: When Plastic Surgery Goes Wrong, Patients Left to Pay for Uninsured Doctors Mistakes
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One in five Florida plastic surgeons are uninsured, USA TODAY found. Nearly 6,900 doctors in Florida lack malpractice insurance or other coverage, colloquially referred to as "going bare," a USA TODAY investigation has found. When they maim and kill, there s less recourse, leaving patients damaged physically and financially, with families struggling to pay medical bills.
Marisa Kwiatkowski, Janine Zeitlin, Maria Perez and Steve Reilly, USA Today 12/13/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

Woman Alleges She Was Sex-Trafficked at Age of 4 Files Suit Aganist Hotel Chains
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A woman who says she was first sex-trafficked at the age of 4 has filed a lawsuit against three hotel chains, claiming the businesses were complicit by "enjoying the profit from rooms rented for explicit purposes." The defendants listed as Best Western International, Inc., Hyatt Corporation, and Red Lion Hotels Corporation are accused of renting rooms to woman's sex traffickers knowing she would be sold for sex. The lawsuit names four specific North Texas hotels, three of which were located around DFW Airport.
Marjorie Owens, WFAA.com 12/13/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Dallas County Jury Award a $20M Verdict in Lawsuit Against Greyhound
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A Dallas County jury found Greyhound responsible for the death of a 25-year-old passenger (Hunter Brown) who was run over as he tried to get the bus driver s attention. According to a lawsuit filed by Brown s family, his Greyhound bus made a pit stop at a travel center in Oregon. He and other passengers got off the bus to use the restroom and buy food. The lawsuit claimed the driver did not take a mandatory head count before leaving. Brown was run over and killed as he banged on the door and begged the driver to let him in.
FOX 4, KDFW-TV 12/13/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

Legal Vapes Made People Sick: CDC Doesn't Know Where They Were Sold
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 152 different products were used by the 482 hospitalized patients who used THC vapes and provided information about the products they consumed. The four most common brands included two that are sold legally. CDC said it doesn't have information on where patients bought products, so it can't provide those details. Spokeswoman Nicole Elliott said its surveys don't "go into this nuance, and we don t have specific information on where each individual product was purchased based on the self-reported questionnaires."
Jayne O'Donnell, USA Today 12/13/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Hackers Accessing Ring Security Cameras
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Over the past week, at least four families in four different states have reported strangers hacking into their Ring home security cameras. The incidents have been reported in Texas, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia, shared video of their scary situations with local media outlets. The camera company, which is owned by Amazon, said in response to each incident that they were able to confirm it was in no way "related to a breach or compromise of Ring's security."
Douglas Jones, WFAA.com 12/13/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

Royal Caribbean Could Face Lawsuits Over Deadly Volcano Excursion
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Legal experts say Royal Caribbean may be facing lawsuits by victims of a deadly excursion to a volcanic island in New Zealand. Cruise passengers were on White Island on Monday when the volcano erupted, killing eight and injuring 20 people. If the company is hit with lawsuits in U.S. courts, it will likely argue the disaster was the eruption was an unforeseeable act of God, say legal experts.
Tom Hals, Reuters 12/12/2019 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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