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Supreme Court Applies Medical Malpractice Law to Handling a Corpse

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Should the extensive protections afforded to negligent doctors under Texas' medical malpractice laws apply to a hospital's wrongful handling of a corpse? On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court said "yes."

Harris County Attorney Ryan's Team Members Named to Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in VW Lawsuit

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Members of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's litigation team, including Abraham Watkins' own Benny Agosto, Jr. and Mo Aziz, have been named to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the air pollution lawsuit against Volkswagen for fraudulently manipulating emission controls in its vehicles.

The Basics of Medical Malpractice in Texas

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If you believe your injury or medical condition was either caused by or worsened due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, you may be able to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

"Manifest Disregard" Dead in Texas: Texas Supreme Court Disapproves of Common-Law Grounds for Vacating Arbitration Awards

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In an opinion handed down last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court held that, where an arbitration is governed by the Texas General Arbitration Act, or "TAA," courts cannot vacate the arbitration award on the grounds that the arbitrator "manifestly disregarded the law." Justice Debra Lerhmann, writing for a unanimous Court in Hoskins v. Hoskins, reasoned that the language of the TAA "could not be plainer" in requiring that a "trial court 'shall confirm' an award unless vacatur is required under one of the enumerated grounds" in the statute, "which do not include an arbitrator's manifest disregard of the law."

Hawaii Sues Takata on Behalf of Consumers as Recall List Expands to 40 Million Airbags

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Earlier this month, Takata Corp., the Japanese airbag manufacturer, announced that it would expand recalls for defective airbag inflators to 40 million.

Changes for Consumer Suits Against Banks on the Horizon

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The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection recently issued a proposed rule that would restore consumers' rights to bring class-action lawsuits against financial firms, such as banks and credit card companies. The proposed rule would prevent enforcement of arbitration clauses requiring consumers to present their disputes to private arbitrators favorable to the financial firms.

Yet Another Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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Last week, a Shell oil facility leaked nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, according to federal authorities. The spill has left a two-mile by thirteen-mile sheen in the Gulf, approximately 165 miles southwest of New Orleans. The spill was first noticed near Shell's Brutus platform on Thursday morning.

8 Dead, 44 Injured in Charter Bus Crash in Texas

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Eight people died and 44 others were injured after a charter bus heading from the Rio Grande Valley to Eagle Pass rolled over on a south Texas highway last Saturday. Seven people were pronounced dead at the scene, an eighth person died at a hospital, and the 44 others were transported to hospitals in the nearby Laredo and Dimmit Counties.

Doghouse Slid Out of Truck and Caused Fatalities

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Alyssa Chambers, a woman whose husband and 4-year-old daughter were killed after a doghouse fell out of a man's truck and caused a pileup, has filed a lawsuit. Mrs. Chambers has sued the man who had the doghouse in his truck, a woman who rear-ended the car she was in, and the woman's employer.

New Standards for Lawyers Seeking Texas Board Certification in Civil Trial Law

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The Texas Supreme Court has approved new standards in regards to becoming board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Members of the Court, as well as the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and their Advisory Committee, worked with Exam Commissioners and the State Bar of Texas to update the certification criteria to make them more flexible. Because of the decreased availability of jury trials throughout not only Texas, but the nation, board certification organizers have been forced to alter criteria to continue to certify potential applicants.

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