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The Underpinnings of Every LHWCA or DBA Claim
Searching for Mass Tort Cases Hiding in Your File Cabinets
Contingency Fee Structured Settlements: Overview and Updates
How LHWCA or DBA Claims Work
When the NTSB is involved - Litigating Transportation Accidents involving the National Transportation Safety Board

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TTLA Members: please mark your calendars to attend the TTLA Annual Membership Meeting & Board of Directors Meeting December 4th & 5th at the Sheraton in Austin. Details and registration information coming soon.

Car Wrecks CLE in Dallas, October 9, 2014 (8 hours MCLE with 1.5 hours ethics)
TTLA's CLE Committee has revamped our exceptional Car Wrecks program to bring you innovative, relevant topics and some exciting new speakers. From new issues like E-Filing, to fresh looks at opening & closing, voir dire and defense strategies, you'll come away with tips, insights & valuable information to give you the edge in your car wreck cases. Additionally, the TTLA Advocates Board of Directors is pleased to host a post-CLE Happy Hour. Click on the headline to learn more.

Justice Undone: Is It Time to Reform Tort Reform?
Article explores the real consequences of so-called "tort reform" in medical malpractice cases in Texas. Click on the headline to access the article by John Nova Lomax in the October 2014 edition of the Houstonia Magazine.

Texas Tribune Daily Brief

The Brief for Oct 3
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Compilation of Texas news by the Texas Tribune.
John Reynolds, Texas Tribune 10/03/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Drilling Waste Site Roils Tiny Nordheim
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Residents of Nordheim, TX are fighting to keep out a 143-acre oil and gas open-pit waste plant that developers hope to build just outside of this town of about 300. The proposed site â?? about half the size of Nordheim â?? would accept truckloads of solid waste from the surrounding Eagle Ford Shale and hold millions of gallons of toxic sludge from drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Pyote Reclamation Systems of San Antonio, the siteâ??s developer, insists its facility would be safe. But those assurances have failed to quell one of the first organized protests in the heart of South Texasâ?? drilling country â?? a sight that could become more common as energy producers search for places to dispose of their leftovers.
Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune 10/03/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Parents Sue 2 Churches After Youth Pastor Solicits Daughter
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The parents of a teenage girl are suing two well-known Houston churches (Second Baptist Church and Community of Faith Church), claiming the organizations were negligent by employing a youth pastor who was convicted of sexually soliciting their daughter while working there. According to the lawsuit, filed in Harris County, the churches were careless in their supervision and hiring of 35-year-old Chad Foster, a one-time youth pastor who pleaded guilty to trying to pressure the girl into having sex using the Internet in 2011.
Anita Hassan, Houston Chronicle 10/03/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Family Sues Comcast After Near-Fatal Home Invasion
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A Kirkland, WA couple is suing Comcast after they say their home security system failed when intruders nearly killed their teenage son in their home last year. In a lawsuit filed against Comcast and their contractor, Pioneer Cable, the family argues they'd been promised a "secure network" â?? with which both the "stay" and "away" functions would keep the basement motion detector active.
Alison Morrow, KING-TV, Seattle , USA Today 10/03/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Tacoma Police Sued Over Mistaken Identity Case
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A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington alleges that local police officers used excessive force against two individuals in a case of mistaken identity. The lawsuit alleges that police targeted the two plaintiffs while on a search for another armed man three years ago. One of the plaintiffs, a developmentally disabled teen, was thrown to the ground and hit with a Taser "no less than eight times," the lawsuit alleges. The two men, along with their mother, are seeking undisclosed damages in their lawsuit against the city.
Adam Lynn, The News Tribune 10/02/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Google Faces Potential Lawsuit Over Nude Photo Leak
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Google is being threatened with a $100 million lawsuit by a group of female celebrities whose nude photos were stolen and posted online. The attorney for the group, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, has accused the Internet giant of failing to remove the photos quickly enough from sites it owns, including YouTube and Blogspot. The group has demanded that Google "remove all of the stolen images from sites it owns, suspend users who posted the pictures, suspend sites that solicit or facilitate the distribution of the pictures, and remove related results from its search-engine returns."
Christie D'Zurilla, LA Times 10/02/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Damages Slashed to $34.6M in Boston Scientific Mesh Trial
Last month, jurors in Dallas found Boston Scientific liable for selling a defective Obtryx sling that was implanted in plaintiff Martha Salazar to treat urinary leakage. The jury awarded Salazar approximately $23 million in compensatory damages for actual suffering and $50 million in punitive damages after finding that Boston Scientific had been grossly negligent. On Thursday, Dallas County Judge Ken Molberg ordered the punitive damages to be slashed to just over $11 million, citing a Texas law that limits damages designed to punish companies to no more than two times a plaintiff's economic losses, plus up to $750,000 in non-economic losses.
Jessica Dye, Reuters 10/03/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn icon
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Two More GM Recalls Affect Half Million Vehicles
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GM on Friday recalled more than half a million vehicles in North America, including new Cadillac crossovers and discontinued Saab sport-utility vehicles to fix potential loose joints and worn threads blamed for three crashes and two injuries. The two recalls collectively affect 524,384 vehicles in North America, including 379,401 units across the USA.
Nathan Bomey, Detroit Free Press , USA Today 10/03/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Before Ebola Failure, Dallas Hospital Saw Long ER Waits
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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital â?? under fire for releasing a Liberian man who later turned out to have the Ebola virus â?? has lagged behind its peers on emergency room care and lost some federal funds the past three years because it had high discharge rates of patients who later had to return for treatment. The hospital scored significantly worse than the state and national averages in five of six emergency care indicators, with emergency room wait times twice as long as the averages, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
DIANNA HUNT,REESE DUNKLIN and MILES MOFFEIT, The Dallas Morning News 10/03/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Mexican Officials Say More Babies Possibly Exposed to TB at El Paso Hospital
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Mexican health officials Thursday said 86 babies from Mexico might have been exposed to tuberculosis at the Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso â?? more than three times what has been reported by hospital officials.
Lorena Figueroa, El Paso Times 10/03/2014 Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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