Asbestos Continues to Wreak Havoc on Generations of Workers

Society has a complicated history with technological progress. It seems like many major developments in the industrial and consumer sectors were found to be pretty awful ideas after a generation or so of use. Just think about it: From the 1930's through the 50's, cigarettes were endorsed by doctors for the pep that a jolt...

Tapped Out: Man Served Toxic Beer, Triumphs Over Finger-Pointing Defendants

Just about any business will try to deflect the blame for an accident wherever else it can manage. Here on the blog I mostly talk about it in relation to trucking firms and their insurers, but it's certainly not limited to the transportation industry. Nobody wants to be the bad guy, especially if it means...

Retire the Fire: The Hazards of Flaming Food and Drinks

Sometimes ordinary folks with a thirst for adventure order flaming drinks, in which the alcohol in the cocktail is set ablaze as part of the presentation. It's quite a sight, but is it worth the risk that comes from adding fire to the situation? A recent incident in a Denton suburb made me wonder. Here's...

Adios Amoebas: Water Parks and Premises Liability

If you run a business, you'd better know what it takes to make sure your customers have a safe and satisfactory experience there. There are genuine accidents--things nobody could possibly have seen coming--and then there are incidents that likely could have been avoided with appropriate levels of pre-emptive caution. For example: If you run a...

Atlanta Tragedy Shows Why We Have Attractive Nuisance Doctrine

It's no secret that any time a law firm discusses a tragic event in the news, people will invariably accuse that firm of attempting to profit from a tragedy. However, when the reaction of most people is that "the victim's family is going to make a ton of money," it illustrates a lack of knowledge...

Brawl in the Mall: An Outbreak of Holiday Violence

I want to look at at an interesting phenomenon that happened on the day after Christmas: On December 26, over a dozen shopping malls suffered large-scale melee brawls on their premises. Boxing Day Mall Brawls December 26th is often a crowded day at the mall; shoppers have an extra day off and no specific plans,...

Gandy v Camp Thurman: Trespassing and Texas Premises Liability Law

In late 2011, 30-year-old Arlington man Jeremy Gandy broke into the premises of popular outdoor-adventure destination Camp Thurman after hours in Pantego. Arriving on the grounds between 3 and 4 a.m., Gandy had been drinking heavily before his decision to enter the camp; after climbing over a rear fence, he scaled a 30-foot zip line...