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With Oil Tank Deaths Mounting, Energy Industry Finally Acknowledges Safety Risks From Storage Tank Vapors

A series of mysterious oilfield worker deaths is shedding light on the dangers of vapors from oil storage tanks. At least nine workers have died from exposure to the fumes since 2010, prompting a recent alert by NIOSH and OSHA. Until the death of Colorado truck driver Jim Freemyer on July 14, 2015, the energy

Kyle Farrar Named ‘Appellate Lawyer of the Week’ Following Important Medical Product Liability Ruling

The Farrar & Ball trial team earned an important Fifth Circuit appellate victory this week, prevailing in a ruling that allows a medical product liability claim to continue, prompting Texas Lawyer newspaper to name Farrar & Ball cofounder Kyle Farrar its “Appellate Lawyer of the Week.” Writes Texas Lawyer: David Carlson was allegedly burned so

Honda’s broken promises pile up as car owners line up to fix defective airbags

With Takata bankruptcy increasingly likely, bankruptcy rules favor early defective airbag lawsuit filers Faced with the largest product recall in U.S. history thanks to Takata’s dangerous and defective airbag inflators, Honda and other automakers are finding it hard to live up to earlier promises to car owners. The article below confirms a phenomenon playing out

Did Honda quietly request airbag design changes years before Takata airbag scandal was exposed?

As the Takata airbag scandal broadens to include more than 69 million U.S. vehicles linked to at least 10 fatalities, new reports confirm that Honda officials quietly requested a design change years before the defects were publicized but did not notify U.S. regulators about the safety dangers. According to Reuters, Honda’s actions show that the

Crash of Google Self-Driving Car Underscores Need for Laws to Catch Up With Technology

The rapid advance of self-driving or autonomous cars reached an important milestone last month. For the first time, Google officials have publicly acknowledged that one of its autonomous vehicles was at least partly to blame for causing a wreck. The incident between a Google self-driving Lexus RX450h and a municipal bus illustrates how our state

Houston Teen Driver’s Takata Airbag Death Exposes Public Safety Epidemic

The massive recall of 28 million defective Takata airbags has taken on new urgency with the tragic death of 17-year-old Huma Hanif last week. Hanif bled to death when the airbag in her 2002 Honda Civic deployed improperly sending shrapnel into her neck following a minor rear-end collision on a suburban Houston road. In an

Defective Takata Airbags Take Another Victim

The tragic death of a Houston-area teen driver underscores the public safety crisis associated with defective Takata airbags found in more than 20 million U.S. cars, trucks and SUVs. As these unnecessary deaths and injuries continue to mount, automakers and Takata must work harder and with great urgency to fix the dangerous airbags. Authorities confirmed

David Romagosa Named as 2017 Texas Rising Star

Farrar & Ball congratulates attorney David Romagosa for his repeat selection to the Rising Stars list of top young lawyers in Texas. This is the eighth consecutive year Mr. Romagosa has been named to the list, the first being 2010. Texas Rising Stars honors those attorneys under 40 years old, or who have been practicing

Jurors send $500 million message to Johnson & Johnson over dangerous Pinnacle hip implants

Dallas jurors sent a powerful message for corporations that hide dangerous flaws in their products and fail to warn the public about their dangers. After a two-month trial and a week of deliberations, jurors hit Johnson & Johnson with a $500 million verdict for injuries caused by its metal-on-metal DuPuy Pinnacle hip implants. Jurors found

Recent Improvements to Auto, Tire Defect Recall System Don’t Go Far Enough

The recently enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act provides incremental improvements in the way U.S. motorists are notified about vehicle and tire safety defects, but the legislation stops far short of the kind of fixes necessary to adequately inform consumers of the dangers they face on the road. Thanks to tire industry lobby, the

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