Today at 10AM ET the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation entitled the “Chemicals in Commerce Act.” Provisions in this draft legislation strip victims of their constitutional rights to bring claims under state law, and restrict states from enacting new laws to protect their residents.  If

HOUSTON, TX – On February 21, 2014, a Harris County jury returned a verdict for a little over $4.3 million dollars in favor of a worker who was injured in a refinery on the Houston Ship Channel.  On June 19, 2010, the plaintiff, Mr. Perez, was employed by an industrial cleaning contractor and was vacuuming

HOUSTON, TEXAS On November 22, 2013, Lisa Luxenburg, filed a petition for writ of mandamus with the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas (No. 14-13-01050-CV).  Ms. Luxenburg who was injured while working for JC Penney originally filed suit in the 334th District Court of Harris County, Texas.  Because JC Penney does not carry workers’ compensation

HOUSTON, TEXAS Sammons & Berry, P.C. Is pleased to announce that J. Kirkland Sammons has recently been named a Top Lawyer 2013 In the area of Personal Injury Law by Houstonia Magazine.  Over the years, Kirk has tried numerous cases to verdict against some of the largest corporations in the United States, including General Motors

HOUSTON, TEXAS Sammons & Berry, P.C., is proud to announce that Mark T. Berry has recently been named on of the 100 Top Trial Lawyers among National Trial Lawyers.  Mr. Berry joined the firm in 2011 and has been a practicing trial attorney for over 20 years.  A member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Mr. Berry represents injured

Don’t let Big Asbestos Continue to Delay, Deny, and Lie Almost two decades ago, OSHA observed that “it was aware of no instance in which exposure to a toxic substance has more clearly demonstrated detrimental health effects on humans than has asbestos exposure.”  Yet asbestos use is still legal in the U.S. despite the fact

Recently named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Transportation by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™, “Kirk” has represented hundreds of injured railroad workers in cases filed under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). Kirk has also obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for individuals injured while working in refineries, on drilling rigs, and on construction

On April 8, 2013, two studies and two editorials were published in JAMA Internal Medicine, raising serious questions about the use of vena cava filters.  Less than 10% of filters evaluated in one of the studies were successfully removed from patients and 8% of recipients of IVC filters suffered a pulmonary embolism despite the device’s presence.

TYLER, TEXAS On January 2, 2013, the Honorable Zack Hawthorne, United States Magistrate, Eastern District of Texas, entered an order denying Union Pacific Railroad Company’s to sever the claims of four former employees who had filed suit alleging personal injuries resulting from their exposure to asbestos while employed by Union Pacific.  Union Pacific sought to sever the claims

HOUSTON, TEXAS On July 19, 2012, the Fourteenth Court of Appeals entered its majority opinion in The Kansas City Southern Railway Company v. Oney (No. 14-11-00815-CV), affirming the Texas Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) Court’s determination that the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”) preempts the report requirement under Chapter 90 (Asbestos) of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. The Appellee,

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