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

Allegations have surfaced suggesting the repeated improper removal of asbestos from Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. Two of the school’s trustees have responded by saying that the allegations will be addressed by the school. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas State Department of Health Services received sworn statements by three college employees who

A global settlement was announced that will help thousands of individuals who have had complications involving their defective Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip replacements.  The settlement, one of the largest of its kind, will have an unlimited fund to compensate patients for their damages, and will potentially provide in excess of one billion dollars

HOUSTON, TX Sammons & Berry, P.C. recently donated $1,000 to “A Simple Thread”, a Houston Area non-profit which helps homeless individuals in a unique way – by putting together small kits — “simple threads,” consisting of such basic necessities as sleeping bags and tooth brushes — to make life easier for people who are homeless in

An image of an old and abandoned train station along the water, with a rusted walkway going across.

OVER $30 BILLION DOLLARS have been set aside in bankruptcy trusts by the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products to compensate workers who were exposed to asbestos.  Payments from these trusts are based on a number of factors including historic settlement values, disease and injury classifications, and individual exposure history.  For most claims, the worker must have five