Archive for September 2007

Plaintiff's Lawyers Serve As Reminders Of The Dangers Of Greed

Unfortunately, two plaintiff’s lawyers have made the news this month, and not in a good way.  In fact, both stories show the danger of greed and how people can become victims of their own success. The first case involves Florida personal injury lawyer Louis Robles, the proclaimed King of Torts.  Mr. Robles pled guilty last…

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Did Deaths or Publicity Prompt Crib Recalls?

As you have probably heard, Simplicity and the Consumer Products Safety Commission have recalled over a million baby cribs after numerous children were injured or killed while using the cribs. But now, many are starting to ask whether the CPSC made the recall soon enough. The Chicago Tribune, which broke the story, had a startling…

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Motion to Recuse, continued

We have previously written about the Motion to Recuse filed with the Supreme Court in a wrongful death/personal injury suit.  The Court has apparently denied the motion without hearing, and Osler McCarthy, the Court’s spokesman, says that the stories that oral argument on the motion was set for next week were mere rumors.  For more information, check Todd…

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Tort Reform By Preemption

There is an interesting dichotomy about the importance of public safety.  This month, the Center for Progressive Reform released a white paper, The Truth About Torts: Using Agency Preemption To Undercut Consumer Health and Safety, discussing the Bush administration’s continued use of preemption as a tort reform measure.  The paper, written in part by law…

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Blawg Review #125

Kevin O’Keefe has posted Blawg Review #125.  We haven’t posted links to these in the past, but Kevin’s issue has some great information on blogging, and it appears he put a LOT of work into it. Review # 123 was hosted by Austin’s own Texas Appellate Law Blog. To contact Austin Personal Injury Lawyer, Austin Personal…

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Auto Accident News — Your Car's Black Box

People often hear about recovery of black box data following an airplane crash. But now, many new vehicles have a similar device, and we’ve previously written how the data recovered could make a difference for many personal injury lawyers. And while not a personal injury case, this morning’s Austin American Statesman had a great article…

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A New Weapon In The Fight Against Uninsured Motorists

Texas has recently enacted a new statute that requires auotmobile insurance companies to create a state-wide database identifying insured drivers, including whether the drivers’ payments are up to date.  If it works, the database will be accessible by law enforcement officials, and officers will know whether a driver is uninsured before the officer gets out of his car. …

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Why Tort Reform Myths Are So Difficult To Combat

A recent article in the Washington Post reports on a study by Norbert Schwarz, a University of Michigan social psychologist, that provides insight into why tort reform myths, and other false statements, are so hard to combat. According to the article: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a flier to combat…

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A UT Law Oddity

As Univeristy of Texas grads, we’re always interested in blogs of fellow UT grads.  Two of the better blogs in the tort arena from UT Law grads are Bill Childs’ TortsProf Blog and Edmund Normand’s firm blog at Wooten, Honeywell in Orlando. The odd thing is that even though these guys are now in different parts…

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Good News From Austin For Homeowners

There’s some rare good news from Austin for Texas homeowners who have claims or lawsuits against their builders. Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court handed down the opinion in Lamar Homes, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Casualty Company, and held that an insurance company owes a duty to defend (and likely a duty to indemnify) its homebuilder…

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