Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. was recently honored by the Anti-Defamation League at the second annual Houston in Concert Against Hate: A Theatre Tribute to American Civil Rights. Mr. Agosto was one of just six Houstonians awarded the ADL Civil Rights Medal for his work in advancing the cause of civil rights.
On November 11, 2014, Kayla White died when her 2003 Jeep Liberty was rear-ended and suddenly caught on fire with Ms. White trapped inside. According to investigators, Ms. White's car ignited when her vehicle's fuel tank, which is positioned below the rear bumper and behind the rear axle, was ruptured.
Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are investigating the cause of the chemical leak which killed four workers and hospitalized a fifth at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte last Saturday. According to DuPont, a valve on a container of the gas malfunctioned, but the CSB-the federal agency which is charged with investigating chemical accidents-is investigating how the leak was able to kill four people when there was no fire or explosion. In addition, a lawsuit was filed against DuPont today by the daughter of one of the victims.
A lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles claims the Takata Corporation discovered a defect in its airbags around ten years ago and then destroyed the records of the study. Approximately 8 million cars have been recalled. Most of the recalled vehicles were built by Honda Motor, which is also named as a defendant in the suit.
Warehouse workers are an invaluable piece of the American workforce. Throughout the country, they ensure that products are properly stored, shipped, and packaged. There is however, a high price for this profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an average of 4.9-recorded nonfatal injuries per 100 warehouse workers each year. OSHA reports forklifts result in 100 deaths and over 95,000 injuries each year.
Cane Creek has issued a recall for their DBINLINE Rear Shock. The shocks have labels which indicates the direction to turn a knob on the shock to adjust the High Speed Rebound ("HSR") damping. The adjuster works by turning the knob counter clock wise to increase tension and counter clockwise to decrease it. The problem with the labels is that they direct the rider to spin the adjuster in the opposite direction from the desired result. Put plainly, the plus and minus symbols are switched.
Friends and family members were shocked and saddened by a recent fatal crash on the West Loop that claimed the life of a female motorist.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received several complaints regarding pop-up hampers springing loose and causing serious injuries to consumers. There are now concerns that consumers are at risk of severely injuring their eyes or losing an eye. The injuries can be very serious and consumers should take precaution when purchasing and using these hampers.
After nearly a year of debate in the Houston City Council, ordinance permitting ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft* to operate legally in Houston became effective last week. Previously, ridesharing operators were considered to be operating unlicensed taxis in violation of Houston's vehicles for hire ordinances, and their attempts to change the law were opposed by traditional taxi companies and drivers as well as other interest groups. The argument covered topics ranging from accessibility to the disabled to driver compensation to driver background checks,* but perhaps no topic was more important from a public protection standpoint than insurance.
Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer Stryker Corporation has reached an agreement to settle thousands of lawsuits with patients who have been forced to have surgery to remove their problematic hip implants. The medical implant manufacturer is expected to pay at least $1.43 billion to thousands of patients across 39 states. Indeed, according to attorneys that negotiated the deal, "the settlement represents one of the largest medical device settlements with an unlimited compensation fund."