On August 17, 2015, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a transfer order directing that all Bard Recovery IVC filter lawsuits and all Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuits filed throughout the federal court system be centralized for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell in Arizona. At the time, there

SEATTLE, WA – The Washington State Court of Appeals recently upheld a $4.5 million damage award in an asbestos lawsuit filed against Caterpillar, Inc.  According to court documents, Edwin Estenson served in the United States Navy from 1948 to 1952. While serving in the  Navy, Estenson worked for three months aboard the USS Curtiss on repairs working with asbestos-containing

by Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune Oct. 2, 2015 On any given day across Texas, truck drivers might crash their vehicles, construction workers tumble from scaffolding or refinery workers inhale nauseating fumes. But many of their injuries will be documented poorly by employers and insurance companies. Some will go unreported entirely — as if they never

PASADENA, Texas – According to reports from Pasadena police, at least four workers  have been injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas. The explosion happened this morning at the Sun Edison plant located in the 3000 block of N. South Street.  According to local news reports, one injured worker was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in

According to a recent article published by Rick Schmitt on FairWarning, a run-of-the-mill employment dispute could become a major embarrassment for railroad giant BNSF over an allegation that a senior executive threatened to blackball an arbitrator from the industry if she ruled against the company.  According to the article, the arbitrator at the middle of the

AUSTIN, TX – A $750,000 settlement was recently reached in a lawsuit filed in Austin, Texas, on behalf of the injured passenger in a motor vehicle collision. According to the pleadings on file, the plaintiff who survived the collision was severely injured when the driver of the vehicle in which he was traveling, failed to

HOUSTON,  TX – On June 16, 2015, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed legislation that would make it tougher for local governments to sue big-time polluters.  House Bill 1794, which becomes effective on September 1, 2015, is being touted as a major win for large corporations. The timing of the bill coincides with a new study which

According to a recent article published by Steven Markowitz, M.D., Dr.PH, in Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (2015; 36:334-346), an estimated 107,000 people die annually from lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and asbestosis due to occupational asbestos exposure.  The cancer risk increases with cumulative asbestos exposure, with an increased risk of cancer even at low

OMAHA, NE – Union Pacific Railroad Company recently settled a lawsuit brought against it by the widow of railroad worker who died from lung cancer after having been exposed to asbestos in the Omaha Shops.  The worker had been employed in the Omaha Shops in the 1960s and 1970s.  A jury trial began in the

HOUSTON, TX: On Monday, April 27, 2015, all westbound lanes of I-10 in Houston, Texas were were closed for nearly five hours after a fatal crash. According to initial reports, an 18-wheeler truck crashed into a passenger car at about 7 p.m., causing the car to burst into flames.  According to news reports, at least