The Supreme Court of the United States recently struck a blow against railroad workers in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrell, 581 U.S. ______ (2017), which reversed and rendered an opinion by the Supreme Court of Montana that allowed railroad workers who had been injured in other states to file suit in Montana State Courts in
Every railroader who worked between 1950 and 1980 has worked around a lot of dust. What is less known is that some of that dust contained asbestos dust fibers that can cause various forms of cancer and lung problems. Asbestos products were used throughout the railroad industry – asbestos pipe insulation, asbestos brake shoes and
Congress proposes legislation that would make doctors, nursing homes, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies immune from suit.
Each year, as many as 440,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S.. Despite this, H.R. 1215 is currently scheduled to be debated on the House floor next week. As it currently stands, this bill caps non-economic damages at $250,000, eliminates joint liability for economic
(Editor’s note: The following reposted from www.justice.org) Buried in your credit card agreement, your employment contract, or in the click through agreement in your online purchase, is almost certainly a forced arbitration clause designed to trick you out of your constitutional rights. Forced arbitration requires Americans to “agree” to surrender fundamental constitutional rights without ever
Dear friends, The Republican-led U.S. Congress has recently introduced a bill designed to drastically limit the legal rights of all Americans. The restrictions that Congress is intending to implement will strip away the rights of Americans like you and your family to pursue legal actions against large corporations for claims involving discrimination, pharmaceutical and medical
by Nicole Cobler, The Texas Tribune Sept. 20, 2016 In the wake of an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision striking down part of that state’s workers’ compensation law, Texas is now the only state that lets private companies opt out of a state-run system and draw up their own plans to compensate injured workers. Before the ruling, Oklahoma had been the only
WASHINGTON D.C. – Federal regulators have levied fines totaling $170,000 against the U.S. Steel Corporation for exposing workers to asbestos at the company’s Coke Works facility in Clairton, Pa., according the following statement the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued Monday: “During the first week of February 2016, at the company’s coke production facility in Pittsburgh, five
DALLAS, TX – The Dallas Morning News recently named J. Kirkland Sammons as one of the Top Rated Lawyers for 2016. Mr. Sammons is 1998 graduate of Houston College of Law. Mr. Sammons has dedicated his practice to representing injured workers and their families in catastrophic personal injury and occupational disease cases. Mr. Sammons is
HOUSTON, TX – On January 28, 2016, the Houston Court of Appeals (14th District) issued its opinion in Oiltanking Houston, L.P. v. Delgado (No. 14-14-00158-CV) in which the three judge panel reversed a $21 million jury verdict and rendered a take-nothing judgment in favor of the company that the jury had found responsible for a workers death.
OAKLAND, CA – An Oakland jury recently returned a $6.95 million verdict against Union Pacific in an asbestos case. The case was filed against Union Pacific under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act on behalf of a 69 year old retired boilermaker who had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Union Pacific defended the case asserting that the worker did not