Parents and school officials are reeling in the San Francisco area regarding the breaking news about the fantasy sex league that was uncovered at Piedmont High School. Parents of kids at Piedmont High School were informed of the fantasy league in a letter and an email just last week from the school's principal. This story is now being reported everywhere. While not all of the details have been confirmed, it appears that the school officials felt that they had enough information to start warning parents and issuing letters.
A reported release of 300 gallons of hydrochloric acid from the Texas City storage facility Dallas Group of Americas has sent several people to the hospital (current reports are nine people) and forced 45,000 residents of Texas City to remain indoors, turn off air conditioning units and make sure all windows and doors remained closed.
Retail giant Target is recalling more than 6,000 sets of boys and girls fleece jackets and shirts featuring Disney characters from its stores. It is reported that the Disney fleece jackets and shirts sold at Target are equipped with zippers that contain unacceptable levels of lead. Exposure to excessive levels of lead can lead to injuries to children.
A week ago, police were called to rescue a postal worker and a woman walking her dog from two dogs who attacked them. The postal worker was treated at a hospital for multiple bite wounds.
On Friday, September 21, three of the victims wounded in the July 20 Colorado movie theater shooting filed the first known civil lawsuits against Cinemark USA, the owner of the theater. In the lawsuit filed in Denver federal court, the victims claim that Cinemark was aware of previous criminal activity at or near the movie theater including "assaults and robberies" and at least one gang-related shooting. The lawsuit said that although the movie theater was screening a midnight premier of the Dark Knight Rises and was expecting large crowds of people to attend, no security personnel was present for the midnight screening. In a written statement released by Keating, Wagner, Polidori and Free, the law firm representing the shooting victims, "readily available security procedures, security equipment and security personnel would likely have prevented or deterred the gunman from accomplishing his planned assault on the theater's patrons." The lawsuit also alleges that "there was no action taken by theater employees to safely evacuate many people" in the theater once the shooting spree got underway.
According to a recent nationally-representative United States study, children that had higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine were more likely to be overweight or obese. While chemical biphenyl A, commonly known as BPA, has been banned from baby bottles, it is still found in aluminum cans and other types of food packaging.
Oil giant British Petroleum (BP) has agreed to pay an additional $13 million to settle charges of failing to fix safety violations at its Texas City oil refinery after a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers. The settlement announced last month its latest move toward resolving hundreds of violations at the plant found by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). BP had already paid $50 million in 2010 to settle some of the OSHA violations. The government had been seeking a total of $80 million in penalties, the largest fine in its history.
On Friday, August 17, Benny Agosto, Jr., Partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, and National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, hosted a reception and fundraiser for United States Senator Robert Menendez. Senator Menendez has been legislating on behalf of the State of New Jersey since 2005, and is running for reelection this year. As the sixth Latino to serve in the U.S. Senate, Senator Menendez represents the interests of the Latino community nationwide. Additionally, he serves on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Finance and Foreign Relations committees.
Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court once again ruled that an injured citizen may not be compensated for damages caused by a defective road. The case was City of Denton v. Paper, ___ S.W.3d___ (Tex. 2012).
The Associate Press recently compiled a list of consumer product recalls for the week of August 20, 2012. This week's recall list includes millions of baby seats which are in need of repair, a line of heated pet mats which are hazardous for causing shocks, and snap bracelets. The details of this AP article can be found at: http://news.findlaw.com/apnews/d44de9fd195b40229dda1e9a515065bc.