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Texas' Asbestos Alley Death Rate Higher than State and National Averages Feb 29, 2016

A recent study conducted by EWG Action Fund has discovered that eight counties in East Texas show asbestos-related death rates are annually two to five times higher than the averages for the state and nation. The data from the study shows that the ...

Firefighters in Orlando Exposed to Asbestos Feb 26, 2016

In a recent investigation, inspectors found that the Lakeside Village Apartments had asbestos in the floor tiles, ceilings, and duct work. This building had been used by the Orlando firefighters for training exercises. Now that asbestos has been ...

Fake Test Data Used by Takata According to Reports Feb 26, 2016

According to a recent report released Tuesday , Takata used fake data regarding their new components a year after the company’s airbag inflators were recalled. The company is accused of falsifying their data to Honda, Takata’s largest customer. This ...

L.A. Garment Industry Still at Heart of Worker Abuse Battle Feb 25, 2016

A recent $212,000 judgment against a Ross Stores supplier is the latest in the multi-year goal to help fight against worker abuse in Los Angeles’ garment industry. In this case, the supplier must pay back wages to 270 employees of the company’s ...

House Demolition Complicated by Asbestos Discovery Feb 24, 2016

A dilapidated home in Newstead was scheduled to be demolished, but the construction was delayed after an inspector discovered the presence of asbestos. The home has become a dangerous over the last eight years and the idea was to demolish it. Now, ...

BPB Achieves 100% Participation in STCL Law Firm Challenge Feb 23, 2016

Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman has achieved 100% participation in South Texas College of Law’s 2016 Law Firm Challenge. The challenge, which began in 2007, was established for alumni of South Texas College of Law to come together to help maintain ...

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay Over Talcum Powder Tied to Cancer Feb 23, 2016

In an order issued on Monday, jurors in St. Louis decided that Johnson & Johnson must pay roughly $72 million total to the family of Jackie Fox, a woman who claimed that the company’s talcum powder was the cause of her fatal ovarian cancer. According ...

SCOTUS Upholds BPB's $124 Million Trial Victory Feb 22, 2016

Last month, the United States Supreme Court upheld a $124 million trial victory that Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman achieved for our client, the State of South Carolina. Janssen Pharmaceuticals attempted to appeal the $124 million judgment, but ...

Laminate Flooring from Lumber Liquidators Carries Cancer Risks Feb 22, 2016

In an announcement today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that there are certain types of laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators that have a greater risk of causing cancer. According to the report, people who purchased the ...

Traffic Deaths Reach Highest in 50 Years Feb 19, 2016

Fatalities caused by traffic collisions reached numbers not seen since 1966, sparking concerns by road safety advocates. Traffic-related fatalities are at the highest rates they have been in the last half-century. Preliminary data suggests that, in ...

Anti-Asbestos Advocates Say Some Scientific Journals Promote "Junk Science" Feb 19, 2016

Some anti-asbestos advocates claim that two prominent scientific journals with close industry connections are promulgating misleading information about known toxic substances. Anti-asbestos advocates are taking issue with the Critical Reviews in ...

Contractors to Remove Asbestos from Former Missouri Naval Reserve Center Feb 18, 2016

The city council of Cape Girardeau in Missouri recently voted to have a contractor remove asbestos from a former naval center to make way for a new police station and courthouse. Cape Girardeau, Missouri will be getting a new police station and ...

Ford Spent Millions Reshaping Science Behind Asbestos Risks Feb 16, 2016

Asbestos has been connected with many life-threatening illnesses, including mesothelioma cancer. The heat-resistant silicate mineral can be found in fibers, particularly those that line car brakes. While researchers still discuss the amount of ...

Former Kroger Employees File Suit Alleging Failure to Pay Overtime Feb 15, 2016

The Kroger supermarket chain is the subject of a recent class action lawsuit by three former employees who are alleging failures in overtime pay. Cincinnati-based Kroger supermarket chain is facing a class action lawsuit that claims the company ...

Asbestos Cleanup Arrives Late to Montana Town Feb 10, 2016

The EPA finally granted approval for an asbestos cleanup program in Libby, Montana. The project comes 15 years after reports of rampant, asbestos-related ailments swept the small community. Just this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...

BPB Attorneys Secure Favorable Settlement in Mesothelioma Case Feb 10, 2016

Kyle Beale, Doug Grubbs, and Aaron Heckaman of Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman were able to settle a mesothelioma case for a favorable, confidential amount. The trial team of Kyle Beale , Doug Grubbs , and Aaron Heckaman settled a mesothelioma ...

Why Kansas Wants to Remove Asbestos Remediation Requirements Feb 5, 2016

Officials in Kansas are attempting to repeal a law requiring annual training for asbestos removal workers, saying that federal laws make it redundant, but some are concerned that the repeal would cause unnecessary safety risks. Kansas’ environmental ...

New DOL Warnings for Joint Employment Feb 4, 2016

In a big, recent development for overtime law, the Department of Labor says that companies should take responsibility for indirect hires – a warning to clients of temporary staffing agencies. Last October, the DOL found that temporary workers at a ...

Former Yahoo Employee Sues Over Company's Review System Feb 4, 2016

According to a source report, Yahoo is facing a new lawsuit from a former employee. The claim states that the company’s performance review system is illegal and discriminatory. According to Yahoo, they claim that the performance review system ...

Released Documents Show Pharmaceutical Companies' Price Hikes Feb 4, 2016

In a Washington Post report, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) analyzed documents from two pharmaceutical companies who provided the memos for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The report studied more than 250,000 pages from Turing ...

How to Know if You Qualify for Overtime Pay Feb 4, 2016

In Texas, there are certain workers who may qualify for overtime pay. The standards established by the Fair Labor Standards Act makes any worker who meets the requirements for overtime eligible for extra pay for any and all hours worked over the ...

Groups Pushing for Congress to Reject Asbestos Bill Feb 3, 2016

A new bill that would require victims of asbestos exposure to make their personal information public when seeking compensation is receiving a bad reception from various groups. First responders, teachers, and veterans are strongly opposing the ...

Canadian Government Using Asbestos in New Construction? Feb 3, 2016

According to a new report from CBC News, the Canadian federal government is still using materials containing asbestos in their new construction projects despite the known concerns. The report claims that two organizations confirm their use of ...

New Study Shows Connection Between Proton Pump Inhibitors and Chronic Kidney Disease Feb 1, 2016

In a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, research showed that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were linked to chronic kidney disease. These drugs, including those such as Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium, have been among the most commonly ...

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