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Texas Injury Attorney Mo Aziz Has Been Selected To The 2013 Listing Of Texas Super Lawyers

Selected annually for inclusion on the listing of Texas Rising Stars, this is the first year that Houston attorney Mo Aziz has been recognized on the Super Lawyers listing.

(Houston, TX) Houston personal injury lawyer Mo Aziz was recognized as among the top 5 percent of attorneys practicing in the state of Texas through his recent inclusion on the 2013 listing of Texas Super Lawyers. This is Mr. Aziz’s first year of inclusion on the Super Lawyers listing; he has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year since 2008.

Mr. Aziz is a partner at the Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend. His practice is dedicated to helping those who have suffered a serious injury obtain the compensation needed to fully recover from a catastrophic accident caused by another person, business or defective product. Recently, he has taken on CF Industries, the supplier of the ammonium nitrate that exploded this spring at the West Fertilizer Plant, leveling the town, seriously injuring hundreds and killing several first responders.

Mo Aziz is a tenacious and aggressive advocate on behalf of his clients. He has contributed to obtaining several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Mr. Aziz was a lead negotiator as a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering in the In Re: Hurricane Rita Evacuation Bus Fire multi-district litigation and is now serving on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the Victoria Bus Litigation.

Since joining Abraham Watkins in 2006, Mr. Aziz has been recognized as an “H-Texas Top Lawyer for the People” honor as presented by H Texas Magazine (2008), a “Top 40 Lawyer Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers Association (2012-2013), a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers Association (2013) and a “Texas Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (2008-2013). Mo Aziz is also Board-Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Please join the lawyers and staff of Houston’s oldest personal injury law firm, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, in congratulating Houston attorney and firm partner Mo Aziz on his recent and deserved honor of being selected for inclusion on the 2013 listing of Texas Super Lawyers.

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2 New Business of Law Presentations Added to How to Win Trucking Cases

Two new business of law presentations have been added to How to Win Trucking Cases: How to Create the Reputation as a Great Trucking Lawyer and How Best to Get Trucking Cases.  The presentations are designed to give you great, new ideas on how to get the cases and referrals.  How to Win Trucking Cases is scheduled for November 3-5, 2013 at the Encore at Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Winning trucking cases requires an understanding of the science, engineering, driver training, regulations and industry practices, the law, and the knowledge on how to apply to all stages of the case – from investigation and analysis to case reparation and trial.

The faculty of 15 experts and trial lawyers at How to Win Trucking Cases 2013  will give you the knowledge to evaluate all types of truck accidents; the skills to conduct discovery of these accidents; and the trial skills to win the award due your client. For three days you will be the partner of some of the best plaintiff trucking lawyers and experts who will share their expertise through lecture, discussion, and demonstrations to assure you have the knowledge to attack all types of trucking cases and win.

Don’t miss out on the 360 Advocacy Room Block rate of $189 (Sun. – Thurs.), $219 (Fri. & Sat.) by reserving a room today online.

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Legal Battle between Newspaper Owners Begins in Court Today

CBS News; October 22, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Today brings what is expected to be a brief ‘status hearing’ in what is likely to become a protracted legal battle involving the bickering co-owners of the company that owns the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

In a two-week span, publisher Bob Hall fired editor Bill Marimow, two co-owners filed a lawsuit seeking to re-instate Marimow and fire Hall, and another owner filed a counter-suit.

The key figures among the six owners appear to be Lewis Katz and George Norcross. They represent opposing factions, each of which accuses the other of meddling with editorial and journalistic policies.

Howard Gensler, a Daily News columnist and president of the Newspaper Guild, notes workers have given back millions of dollars in concessions over the last few contracts, and the company spent $40-million in legal fees in the paper’s 2010 bankruptcy.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/10/22/legal-battle-between-newspaper-owners-begins-in-court-today/

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Nexium Double Whammy


Lawyersandsettlements.com; October 21, 2013

Oklahoma City, OK: Steve says that Nexium caused a “double whammy”: he suffered a broken rib and was hospitalized for low magnesium levels. “The manufacturer should have been advertising Nexium side effects, especially Nexium fracture risk, instead of promoting it for acid reflux,” Steve says.

“I had been taking Nexium for about four years for the treatment of acid reflux and it worked. Then the night of Sunday, August 8, I was lying in bed watching a pro football game. I wasn’t doing anything – I didn’t even cough, move or turn – and my rib just cracked, I heard it pop. I couldn’t believe it!”

There isn’t much you can do for a cracked rib. Steve saw his doctor and was prescribed pain pills. “For about a month it hurt when I breathed,” he says. “My doctor was just as flummoxed as me. I started to feel better, but in October, I wound up in ER with chest pains; it was a pain to the right of my heart. I had a bunch of tests, from EKG to ABC but nothing looked untoward. At first these doctors thought I was feeding them a line or maybe I just had indigestion. But my heart doctor figured out it was low magnesium, one of the side effects of Nexium. And it causes localized muscle pain.”

To read the complete article, please click here: https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/nexium-fracture-risk-side-effects-ppisi/interview-nexium-fracture-risk-side-effects-5-19194.html#.UmZ3Qj_zbj4

 

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Safyral Expected to Emerge from the Litigation Shadows


Lawyersandsettlements.com; October 21, 2013

Washington, DC: As evidenced by the contents of the second-quarter performance summary issued by pharmaceutical giant Bayer, the German manufacturer had settled about 6,760 claims with regard to drospirenone side effects, costing the company about $1.4 billion as of July 8 of this year. Another 5,400 US lawsuits are still pending.

However, of those settlements, it appears as if Safyral has taken a back seat to the more well-known drospirenone contraceptives under the brand names Yasmin, Yaz, Ocella and some Gianvi cases. According to the blog Drug Industry Watch (9/4/13), industry watchers expect that lawsuits alleging Safyral blood clots, together with cases alleging side effects from Beyaz, will be next in line.

There is little doubt that Yasmin and Yaz have been getting most of the press, and is top of mind with consumers who have acquired an awareness of the products and issues surrounding drospirenone side effects, even if they don’t actually use the products.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/safyral-side-effects-lawsuit/safyral-side-effects-blood-clots-4-19196.html#.UmZ2gz_zbj4

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Oil Companies Sued for Wasting Natural Gas

News Inferno; October 21, 2013

North Dakota landowners who lease property to energy companies have filed 10 class-action lawsuits over the burning of natural gas in the Bakken shale oil field. The suits seek millions of dollars in what the owners say are lost royalties.

The property owners charge that oil companies are deliberately burning off natural gas rather than building pipelines to transport it, thus depriving them of royalties, The New York Times reports. Roughly 1,500 gas fires burn in western North Dakota as companies burn off the cheap gas that bubbles to the surface along with sought-after oil. The companies flare the gas rather than transport it, wasting a clean, efficient fuel, the suits charge. Continental Resources, XTO Energy, SM Energy and Marathon Oil are among the companies being sued.

In the last two years, according to the Times, flared gas has nearly tripled in North Dakota. Almost 30 percent of the state’s gas output is burned at wells, producing emissions equivalent to more than two medium-size coal-fired power plants.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://www.newsinferno.com/oil-companies-sued-for-wasting-natural-gas/

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Apple Sued over iPhone iOS7 Upgrade

Yahoo! News; October 21, 2013

Proving that new design has the ability to polarize people, a California man is taking Apple to court over its iOS7 iPhone and iPad operating system.

Mark Menacher has filed a small-claims complaint against Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in the Superior Court of California in San Diego because he wants iOS7 removed from all of his family’s compatible devices.

His biggest gripe is that the update was automatic, and that there is now no way of reverting back to iOS6.

“Apple’s disregard for customer preferences in relation to iOS7 is corporate thuggery,” Menacher said in a statement published by Cnet. “Steve Jobs was reportedly rough on company employees in pursuit of happy customers, but Tim Cook apparently cultivates a culture of contempt for customer satisfaction in pursuit of corporate profits. It is a policy that will eventually fail.”

To read the complete article, please click here: https://news.yahoo.com/apple-sued-over-iphone-ios7-upgrade-103534038.html

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Houston Attorney Daniel D. Horowitz, III Selected For Inclusion On The 2013 Listing Of Texas Super Lawyers

Having been named a Rising Star for six consecutive years, Texas lawyer Daniel D. Horowitz of Abraham Watkins, was named to the Texas Super Lawyers listing for the first time in 2013.

(Houston, TX) The attorneys and staff of Houston law firm Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend congratulate Daniel D. Horowitz, III, on his recent selection to the 2013 listing of Texas Super Lawyers. The honor is well-deserved for Mr. Horowitz, who has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the last six years.

No more than five percent of attorneys licensed to practice in Texas are selected each year for inclusion on the Super Lawyers listing. Utilizing peer nominations, third-party research, and a “blue ribbon review process,” the annual listing of Texas Super Lawyers is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

This is the first year that Houston attorney Daniel Horowitz has been recognized through inclusion on Super Lawyers’ annual listing of exceptional Texas legal talent. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has recovered more than $40,000,000 on behalf of seriously injured clients throughout Texas.

Daniel Horowitz is a partner at Texas’ oldest personal injury law firm, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA) and was the 2012 recipient of the Reich Chandler Outstanding Advocate Award as presented by the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Horowitz has dedicated his legal practice to providing access to justice and exceptional advocacy in serious personal injury cases. He handles catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases resulting from motor vehicle accidents, oil and gas accidents, and 18-wheeler accidents. Please join Abraham Watkins in congratulating Daniel D. Horowitz, III, on his selection to the listing of 2013 Texas Super Lawyers.

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Essure, Permanent Birth Control Procedure, Associated with Serious Injuries

News Inferno; October 17, 2013

Essure, a permanent birth control method marketed by Bayer, has been tied to allegations of serious adverse reactions, according to well-known consumer advocate, Erin Brockovich.

Brockovich is working to have the Essure banned and told ABCNews.com that, about one year ago, she began hearing about women reporting serious adverse reactions associated with the sterilization procedure. “There’s something wrong with the device, in my opinion,” Brockovich said. “It’s a form of permanent birth control, and women’s organs are being perforated…. It’s ridiculous that at any level we try to defend this. If 30 women did suffer harm for unknown reason, we’d investigate. We have thousands injured. I don’t think it’s safe,” she added, according to ABCNews.com.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://www.newsinferno.com/essure-permanent-birth-control-procedure-associated-with-serious-injuries/

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UN Agency Classifies Air Pollution a Leading Cause of Cancer

News Inferno; October 18, 2013

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, said data from 2010 indicate that 223,000 deaths worldwide from lung cancer resulted from air pollution, and the agency also said there is convincing evidence that air pollution increases bladder cancer risk.

The risk can be similar to that of breathing in second-hand tobacco smoke, according to Kurt Straif, head of the agency’s section that ranks carcinogens, Reuters reports. The IARC evaluates specific air pollutants, and, an agency statement said, “The results from the reviewed studies point in the same direction: the risk of developing lung cancer is significantly increased in people exposed to air pollution.”

Air pollution is caused by emissions from transportation, power generation, industry and agriculture, and residential heating and cooking. Air pollution is known to raise the risk for respiratory illnesses and heart disease, Reuters notes.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://www.newsinferno.com/un-agency-classifies-air-pollution-a-leading-cause-of-cancer/

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Report: Retained Surgical Items More Common Not Rare

News Inferno; October 18, 2013

So-called “retained surgical items,” including sponges and other surgical implements, being left behind during surgery are not necessarily a rare occurrence, according to a watchdog group.

The Joint Commission is asking hospitals nationwide to try and put an end to retained surgical items—also known as retained foreign objects—according to HealthDay News. “Leaving a foreign object after surgery is a well-known problem, but one that can be prevented,” Dr. Ana McKee, the Commission’s executive vice president and chief medical officer, said. The Commission sees this as a too-common problem that can be deadly or significantly damaging to patients minds and bodies, HealthDay News wrote.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://www.newsinferno.com/report-retained-surgical-items-more-common-not-rare/

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Celebrities in Solidarity with Anti-Fracking Protestors in New Brunswick


Lawyersandsettlements.com; October 20, 2013

Rexton, NB: The last week of anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick has garnered support, strength and solidarity not only throughout Canada and the US but also from celebrities such as Susan Sarandon and the Idle No More movement.They are supporting The Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation and local residents who claim a Texas oil and gas company plans on fracking their land.

Since September 30, the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation and local residents barricaded a road near the rural town of Rexton to block shale gas exploration by SWN Resources Canada, a subsidiary of the Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co, that does not have the community’s consent or consultation to extract shale gas from the area using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Solidarity demonstrations took place in Washington, DC and New York in front of the Canadian consulates. The CBC News reported on Friday that members and sympathizers of the the Idle No More movement based in Washington, D.C., intended to gather in Columbus Circle to show their support for the Elsipogtog First Nation.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/hydraulic-fracturing-water-contamination-epa-fracking-hydrofracking/fracking-celebrities-19195.html#.UmVxNj_zbj4

 

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$2.025 Million Church Real Estate Property Sold

After Zebersky Payne’s commercial real estate client tried for over eight years to sell 7.5 acres of its Pompano Beach church property, Zebersky Payne, LLP’s real estate team successfully closed the deal for $2,025,000.00 in July, 2013.  The property was purchased by one of America’s largest home builders who expects to add affordable townhouse units which will also improve the property values in the area.  Zebersky Payne, LLP also assisted the client with leasing another portion of the church’s property which consisted of lease negotiations, drafting and revising the lease agreement, and performing a comprehensive search on the proposed tenant(s) and any guarantor(s) to the Lease Agreement.  Zebersky & Payne is now assisting the client with screening prospective buyers for the purchase of another portion of the church’s property.

 

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Salmonella Outbreak May Be Linked to Chicken

CNN; October 7, 2013

A California poultry producer announced Monday that it is working with the federal health officials after an estimated 278 illnesses were reported in 18 states.

Raw chicken products from Foster Farms plants have been identified as the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg. Illnesses were linked to the facility through investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials. The outbreak is continuing and no recall has been issued.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been unable so far to identify the specific product or production period, but raw products from the potentially affected facilities bear one of the following numbers on the packaging: P6137, P6137A, P7632 and mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/10/07/salmonella-outbreak-may-be-linked-to-tainted-chicken/?hpt=hp_c4

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When Does Drug Testing Violate the California Labor Law?


Lawyersandsettlements.com; October 7, 2013

Torrance, CA: Colin was given a drug test prior to being hired as a computer technician. Generally, California labor law allows employers to test applicants for drugs. But Colin was terminated two months after he was hired, with the excuse that he tested positive for pot.

California labor employment law allows an employer to test a prospective employee after a job offer is tendered but before the employee goes on the payroll. But how long after an employee is hired, can they legally be fired?

Colin (not his real name) thinks his employer is using the drug test to legitimize Colin’s termination. Otherwise, Colin could have grounds for a California wrongful termination. According to the drug test, Colin admits that he shouldn’t have been hired in the first place.

To read the complete article, please click here: https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/california_labor_law/interview-california-labor-law-30-19162.html#.UlQFqz_zbj4