Is the 2017 Plains Ice Storm an Act of God, Legally Speaking?

This past weekend, an ice storm coated parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri with up to an inch of ice. As a result hundreds of thousands of people lost power, there were massive disruptions, and most tragically, 6 people are known to have lost their lives in storm-related traffic accidents. There is no word...

How Trucking Company Lawyers Shift Blame Following an Accident

Defense Attorneys Say The Darndest Things About a year ago, one of our firm's attorneys, Keith Purdue, was taking the deposition of a trucking company's "safety manager." This deposition was a fairly heated affair, wherein we were essentially accusing the man being deposed of having a largely ceremonious title and/or a job that merely existed...

Johnson & Johnson Seeks Change of Venue for Talcum Powder MDL

I wrote recently about the results of the third test case in the ongoing talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. For those emerging from an Internet-free cave for the first time in a few years, allow me to quickly recap: the allegations against the company involve the idea that talc, the primary ingredient in...

Are Meritor WABCO Air Brake Modulator Valves Dangerous?

This past Friday, a wrongful death suit was filed in Alabama on behalf of Jordan Mays Matson. Ms. Matson lost her life October 20, 2015 in a collision with an 18-wheeler. What makes this lawsuit different from a typical 18-wheeler wrongful death suit is that in addition to the truck driver and trucking company, a...

Despite Court Case: Electronic Truck Logs Very Likely

Earlier this week we chronicled the potential Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronically-enforced national truck speed limit, which pitted the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the FMCSA against the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). That doesn't appear to be the only controversy where the ATA and OOIDA find each other on opposite sides of...

2 Keys for Personal Injury Lawyers: Restraint and Patience

There are two general schools of thought for personal injury attorneys when they're hired on in a case. The first school immediately files suit, regardless of the evidence they have at the time. These attorneys figure that they'll find something along the way that they can work with. Armed with subpoena power, they try to...

Attention Truckers: You’re Not Always On The Clock When You’re In the Sleeper Berth

When an trucker is injured while in the sleeper berth of his rig, he may have an injury lawsuit on his hands, not a workers' comp claim. In most instances, when an employee is injured on the job, their losses (wages, medical bills, etc.) are covered by a worker's compensation plan, meaning they file a...