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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS FOUNDATION

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For 25 years, The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas (MABATx) has had the mission to provide a forum and a means for lawyers to promote the social, economic, and educational advancement of the people of Texas. In addition, MABATx has strived to serve the Mexican-American populous and all Hispanics, by providing services, assistance, and advice on matters of legal concern to the community; all the while encouraging respect, fairness, justice and equality.

Workplace Deaths Rise in Texas

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In 2009, at least 480 Texas workers lost their lives while working their jobs. This statistic is part of a disturbing trend, and represents a nearly 4% increase in on-the-job deaths from 2008 in Texas. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics found an opposite trend nationwide. Using the preliminary data, it appears that work related deaths dropped 17% across the country.Statistics can sometimes be a deceiving tool. For example, there was a nationwide increase in unemployment and 2009, and this could explain the significant decrease in on-the-job deaths throughout the nation. But in Texas, we have seen an increase in the number of calls to our law firm concerning on-the-job injuries and deaths. There is likely a correlation between the shrinking economy and corporation's continued commitment to safety. It is time for companies throughout this state and the nation to rededicate their resources and personnel to making our jobsites safer, and decrease the number of injuries and deaths immediately.So while Texas may be leading the country in job increases, we are also unfortunately leading the country in work related deaths. Let's stop this trend in its tracks.

Education Commissioner Cannot Preempt Venue

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that, when a school district and a teacher agree to Travis County as the venue where their dispute should be decided, the Commissioner of Education cannot block that choice.

"Fischer-Price Recalls 100,000 Toys"

Toy maker Fischer-Price announced a recall of nearly 100,000 Little People Play-n-Go Campsites due to potential choking hazards. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, one of the characters that comes with the toy set can break at the waist, exposing "small parts that could pose a choking hazard to children." The company has received reports of the figurine breaking, but no injuries have yet been reported.

Toxic Burn Pits

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Every day thousands of tons of garbage are burned in "burn pits" at military installations across Iraq and Afghanistan. Houston based contractors KBR and Halliburton were contracted and paid by the U.S. government to properly dispose of waste products at specific U.S. bases. However, although both KBR and Halliburton agreed to follow all U.S. laws and U.S. Environmental Protection guidelines, many of these burn pits were constructed upwind from living quarters, allowing the toxic smoke and ash from these fires to settle like a haze on camps housing military personnel. Anything and everything is burned in these pits, including dead animals, asbestos insulation, paints, solvents, lithium batteries, plastics, and even trucks.

Education Commissioner Cannot Preempt Venue

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that, when a school district and a teacher agree to Travis County as the venue where their dispute should be decided, the Commissioner of Education cannot block that choice.

Deepwater Horizon UPDATE: Halliburton Sued

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Just recently, on August 6, 2010, Florida real estate company St. Joe Co. filed suit against oil field contractor, Halliburton. According to the allegations in the suit and announcements made by lead counsel for St. Joe Co., Halliburton bears full responsibility for the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton was the sole cementing contractor for the Macando well, which was attached to the Deepwater Horizon oil platform. That platform exploded, caught fire, and sank in April of this year.

$19.5 Billion of Medical Errors

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In a recently released study commissioned by Society of Actuaries and carried out by the actuarial and consulting firm Milliman, it is estimated that medical errors, and the problems associated with those errors cost the United States economy $19.5 billion in 2008. These cost estimates include not only medical costs (which are both directly related to the medical error and indirectly related to the medical error -- including bedsores, postoperative infections, and complications associated with medical errors), but also the costs associated with increased mortality rate and lost productivity.

"Honda Issues 3rd Recall for Interlock Ignition Problems"

On Monday, Honda Motor Co. issued its 3rd recall since 2003 for the same problem. This recall addresses 2003 Honda Accords and Civics as well 2003-2004 versions of the Honda Element. The issue is that key interlock system can be worn during use making it possible to remove the ignition key without the vehicle being in park. If this occurs, the vehicle could roll away and lead to serious injuries or death. Unfortunately, our firm knows about this first hand. We are currently representing the family of a young lady who was killed in 2008 when her 1998 Honda Accord rolled down her driveway running her over and killing her. Her vehicle was part of Honda's 2003 recall campaign. Please, if you own or operate a vehicle subject to the recall take it in for repairs. However, after the recall work is allegedly performed, verify it. It's possible the dealer will not actually perform the work and say they did. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding the recall.

Diet Supplements

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We Americans do love our dietary supplements. More than half of the adult population have taken them to stay healthy, lose weight, gain an edge in sports or in the bedroom, and avoid using prescription drugs. In 2009, we spent $26.7 billion on them, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, a trade publication.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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