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  February 18, 2013

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TTLA is proud to present its first-ever seminar dedicated solely to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation. Join highly experienced and successful mass tort lawyers, including many who serve in leadership roles on plaintiff steering committees, as they discuss the hottest topics in this dynamic and ever-changing area of law. TTLA legends and panels of Texas plaintiff attorneys will gather in Houston to discuss and debate a wide-range of mass tort topics, from marketing and pre-litigation to voir dire and trial. So join us in Houston on April 25-26, 2013 to learn from some of the best Pharmaceutical and Medical Device lawyers in the country. Click on the headline to learn more.  





Second Suit Comes over Stranded Cruise Ship

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A second lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Cruise Lines by a passenger on the Carnival Triumph ship. In the suit, the Houston woman claims she suffered "severe dehydration and bruising from aggressive food lines" while on the stranded ship. When she finally arrived back home, the plaintiff says she had to receive fluids at the emergency room.
Gene Sloan, USA Today 02/18/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Marsh 3, Family, Associate Settle Teen Sex Lawsuits

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Stanley Marsh 3, his son Stanley Marsh IV, Gwendolyn Marsh and Marsh associate David Weir have settled all civil lawsuits filed by 10 unnamed men who alleged the Amarillo millionaire paid them to perform sex acts in his 12th-floor Chase Tower office when they were minors. Attorneys for both sides said Saturday the settlement was confidential and they could not comment further.
Jim McBride, Amarillo Globe-News 02/18/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Eagle Ford Pay is High, But Work Can Be Fatal

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Thanks to the Eagle Ford Shale and other lucrative oil and gas fields in South Texas, thousands of oil and gas workers are finding steady jobs and fat paychecks. But the boom has come at a steep cost. Since 2009, at least 11 employees working for drilling companies and spinoff industries in Eagle Ford Shale counties have suffered horrific deaths that could have been prevented, according to OSHA investigations obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The files show federal inspectors found safety violations at the site of every fatality, and often concluded that companies hadn't taken adequate steps to keep their workers safe.
John Tedesco, San Antonio Express News 02/18/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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CBS 11 Investigates: State Sells Personal Information & You Can’t Opt Out

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The State of Texas made millions of dollars selling your private information last year. We’re talking about your name, address, and even what kind of car you drive. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) claims protecting your information is a top priority for them. A federal law guides them on just who can buy your private information and how they use it. But we found out the Texas DMV might not be monitoring this as closely as they claim. But the state doesn’t just make money off you when you register your car; it’s also making money off your personal information. In 2012 they made $2.1 million to be exact.
Mireya Villarreal, CBS 11 02/18/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Wrongful Death



Suit over Killings Near USC Tossed Out

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A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of two former USC students who were killed near campus last April. The students were innocent bystanders who were shot during a botched robbery, police said. The suit accused administrators of misleading the families to believe the school "ranks among the safest in the nation." The judge tossed the case, however, saying there was insufficient information presented connecting the killings and safety statements made by the university.
Rosanna Xia, LA Times 02/15/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled

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A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over the death of a mentally ill man in a Lee County, Fla., jail after he was repeatedly pepper sprayed. The victim died from cardiac arrest after being stripped naked and pepper sprayed 10 times in 43 hours while begging for mercy, the suit stated. He had been arrested for trespassing at a local motel.
Aisling Swift, Naples News 02/15/2013   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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