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Potential Implications of Revised Methods of Service

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In a Litigation Summary published recently in the Texas Lawyer, attorney James Walker discusses the revised Rule 21a, entitled "Methods of Service." In particular, Rule 21a(1) states:

Top Chemical Safety Official Confirms Failures in Equipment Design and Poor Safety Standards Caused DuPont Chemical Leak

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Speaking before a Senate committee, U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso confirmed that the deaths of the 4 workers at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte, Texas were the result of broken plant equipment and lax safety practices. A clogged pipe from the methyl mercaptan, a key ingredient in pesticides, caused the deadly chemical to enter vents designed to carry waste gases. The CSB added that instead of depositing the toxic gases into a closed system, the unit's ventilation system leaked 23,000 pounds of methyl mercaptan into the building.

Attack by Pit Bulls Severely Injures Man

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As most families are going shopping for Christmas gifts, and planning for holiday events, one man and his loved ones hope that he does not have to endure an amputation of his leg. The 59-year-old man was attacked on Wednesday by two pit bulls. He was rushed to Ben Taub General Hospital, and later listed in stable condition. Animal control authorities took the dogs into custody.

Federal Judge Says Mesh-Implant Manufacturer Could be Liable for Billions

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U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin recently said that juries may find C.R. Bard, Inc. liable for billions of dollars in damages due to injuries consumers suffered from Bard's defective vaginal mesh-implants.

Things to Keep in Mind While You Are Traveling This Holiday Season

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With the holiday season in full-swing comes an increase in traffic as more people hit the roads to visit family and friends, finish their holiday shopping, and attend holiday parties. The increase in people on the road also increases the chances of traffic accidents caused by distracted, aggressive, or impaired drivers.

Uber Required to Provide Insurance in Houston, but What About Taxis?

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During the debate over the new Houston city ordinance allowing "ridesharing" apps like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to operate in Houston, there was a great deal of discussion regarding insurance coverage issues. Last month, I discussed some of those issues and how they were addressed by the Houston ordinance. However, given the vociferous objections raised by the taxi industry, perhaps we should examine how their own insurance standards measure up to those they've sought to impose on ridesharing services.

Justice for Cyclist Killed Over a Year Ago

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This past Thursday, December 11, 2014, jurors decided the fate of Margaret Meyer, a 35 year old Houston woman accused of hitting cyclist Chelsea Norman with her truck almost a year ago. After running over Norman, Meyer failed to stop and render aid. Instead Meyer fled the scene, leaving Norman helpless in the road. Norman died from her injuries sustained in the accident, specifically head trauma and swelling of her brain. According to Meyer's testimony, she believed she had struck a tree branch and not a person.

Chemical Industry has a "Safety Crisis"

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Last year, fifteen people were killed by a sudden explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Last month, four more people were killed at a pesticide plant in La Porte, Texas. Mr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, the Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, characterized the present situation as a "safety crisis."

The Federal Government Changes the Program that Rates Nursing Homes

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The federal government utilizes a five-star rating program for nursing homes, a consumer tool that has been criticized for its reliance on self-reported, unverified data. Recently, the government announced it is implementing several changes to that program.

Lyft Car Service to be Leaving Houston

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Houston's transportation options have shrunk. On November 20, Lyft, a car service competitor of Uber and taxicabs, ceased operations. The cessations comes after both Lyft and Uber worked for months to get Houston's city council to legalize their ride sharing platforms in the face of stiff opposition from taxi companies and drivers. Now, however, Lyft has decided that the regulations that the city put into place are too onerous and aren't worth the cost associated with compliance.

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