Blog Posts in January, 2012

  • BP Can't Collect Part of Gulf Spill Costs from Transocean

    By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Allen Johnson Jr. Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc can’t collect from Transocean Ltd. part of the $40 billion in cleanup costs and economic losses caused by the 2010 oil well blowout and Gulf of Mexico spill, a judge ruled. Transocean shares rose on the news. BP must indemnify Transocean for pollution-related economic damage claims under its drilling contract, U.S. ...
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    Few people have noticed, but the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has put a Stranded Motorist Hotline number right on the back of all Texas driver’s licenses and identification cards. Since 1989, the toll-free number has been placed right on the back of the cards to help motorists who run into car trouble on state and federal roads in Texas. The number is no substitute for 9-1-1- and is for ...
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    U.S. Department of Transportation has released newest video to their series, “Faces of Distracted Driving,” on the website www.distraction.gov featuring the story of Brittanie Montgomery. Brittanie was a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, who was tragically killed after losing control of her car, crossing four lanes of traffic and being struck by an oncoming vehicle. She was distracted ...
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  • Sugar Land physician accused of negligence

    An emergency room physician and Heights-area hospital are being sued over claims they failed to detect a patient’s potentially life-threatening condition. Perrine Santoy filed a lawsuit on Dec. 28 in Harris County District Court against Ross K. Bauer, M.D., of Sugar Land, and Memorial Northwest Hospital, citing gross negligence. Santoy says on Dec. 22, 2009, a high fever, diarrhea, severe pain and ...
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  • The Leon Law Firm goes to Trial

    The Leon Law Firm is working with the Roger Rider Firm and The Williams Kherker Law Firm to represent the plaintiffs affected by the Wilderness Ridge Fire. Read below for an update as the trial gets underway. Stay tuned to www.theleonlawfirm.com and The Leon Law Firm facebook page for https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/TheLeonLawFirm news and notes from the trial. BASTROP — Jurors in a Bastrop ...
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  • The Bungee BROKE!

    An Australian tourist bungee jumping in Africa plunged 365 feet (111 meters) into a river when her cord snapped, but she managed to swim to safety with a broken collarbone and her legs tied together. Erin Langworthy told Nine Network television news Sunday that she blacked out briefly when she hit the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe on Dec. 31. "I felt like I'd been slapped all ...
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  • Banning cell phone use by commercial/truck drivers

    On November 23rd, 2011, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a final rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule is a cooperation between the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to end distracted ...
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