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Attorneys at Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball Appointed to Steering Committee in Birmingham Hip Litigation

The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) system, introduced in 2006, was designed as an alternative solution to total hip replacement. Instead of being replaced, the femur is resurfaced with a metal cap, while the hip is fitted with a matching metal socket. Nearly ten years after the BHR was approved by the Food and Drug Administration,

Kyle Farrar Named Co-Lead Counsel in Bair Hugger MDL Bellwether Trials

There are currently more than 4,000 pending federal lawsuits related to infections caused by Bair Hugger surgical warming blankets. The blankets, manufactured by Minnesota-based 3M, are used during surgery to prevent hypothermia. Each unit includes a warming unit that pumps air through a hose, filling a blanket which covers the patient. These lawsuits allege that

Kyle Farrar and Wesley Ball Named as 2018 Texas Super Lawyers

Kyle Farrar and Wes Ball have both been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of Texas Super Lawyers for 2018. This is the fifth consecutive year each attorney has received the honor, having first been named in 2014. The Texas Super Lawyers list is published by the Thomas Reuters legal department, and is compiled from nominations

ATV Safety, Design Defects in Spotlight After Accident Involving Jamie Lynn Spears’ Daughter

Design defects and the inherent dangers of all-terrain vehicles have once again come into national focus after a tragic incident involving the 8-year-old daughter of songwriter and entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears. According to investigators, Maddie Aldridge was behind the wheel of a Polaris all-terrain vehicle while her parents watched about 100 yards away. The child

Electronic Transmission Shifters Face Scrutiny as Rollaways Mount

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new round of vehicle recalls related to defective shifting mechanisms that are blamed for a series of vehicle rollaway incidents, including one linked to the tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin earlier this year. In response to increasing reports from concerned motorists, the NHTSA announced a

New Problems for Hankook Tire as Reputation Goes from Bad to Worse

Hankook Tire’s professional reputation reached new lows in 2016. Having successfully sued Hankook for its defective and dangerous tire products, we’re not surprised that even a longtime partner like Hyundai Motors and its Kia subsidiary have had enough. Last month, Hyundai Motor severed its relationship after a series of embarrassing recalls involving the Hyundai Genesis

Houston Chronicle talks with Wes Ball about Takata’s flawed airbag recall

Houston and the Gulf Coast have emerged as the epicenter for defective Takata airbag malfunctions, thanks to the area’s combination of high heat and humidity. The Houston Chronicle recently spoke with Farrar & Ball’s Wes Ball about safety concerns caused by extreme delays that vehicle owners are experiencing when trying to replace the recalled airbag

As Ride Sharing Threatens to Disrupt Trucking Industry, Safety and Liability Concerns Follow

There’s no doubt that the sharing economy has revolutionized the way we live, work and get around. From services like Uber and Lyft to Airbnb and more, these new ways of doing business are steadily creeping into areas of our lives in surprising ways and disrupting generations-old ways of doing things. The ride-sharing business model,

Victims of Defective Airbags Could be Left Hanging in Takata Bankruptcy Restructuring

Embattled airbag supplier Takata is mulling U.S. bankruptcy-protection filing as it negotiates with private equity firms and automotive suppliers for a capital infusion to weather costs from the largest product recall in history. Absent from the discussion about Takata’s looming bankruptcy is consideration of what a bankruptcy filing might mean for those injured by defective

Distracted Driving, Cheap Gas Take Deadly Toll

After two decades of steady declines in fatalities on U.S. roads, traffic deaths and injuries are entering a second year of alarming increases. The first half of 2016 witnessed a 9 percent jump in vehicle deaths in the United States, including an 11 percent increase on Texas roads and highways. That translates to more than

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