Jeff Raizner and Andrew Slania of Doyle Raizner will be speakers at the upcoming Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters conference. The conference takes place October 25 and 26 in San Antonio.
Jeff Raizner is a featured speaker of the conference and is part of a panel concerning the ethics of claim files and the information included. Andrew Slania is part of PA 101, an introduction course for new public adjusters and refresher session for more experienced adjusters.
Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters is an organization dedicated to protecting the interests of insured Texas home and business owners who have suffered property insurance losses. For more information on TAPIA, please visit mytapia.org.
On August 31, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Judge Papak presiding, issued its most recent ruling denying KBR’s efforts to avoid trial of the claims of Oregon Guard Veterans poisoned by sodium dichromate as a result of the misconduct of KBR at the Qarmat Ali Water Treatment Plant, near Basra, Iraq.
In its discussion of KBR’s conduct, the Court concluded that KBR failed to inform the Oregon Veterans of the sodium dichromate contamination at all and delayed informing the United States Army Corps of Engineers of the contamination until August 12, 2003, even though KBR knew of the contamination months before. The Court continued its decision by rejecting KBR’s argument that there was insufficient medical evidence to support the Oregon Veterans’ claims that they inhaled, ingested, and came into contact with sodium dichromate due to KBR’s wrongdoing. Among the evidence cited by the Court in refusing KBR’s request for summary judgment was the opinion of Dr. Arch Carson, M.D., of the University of Texas School of Public Health, the medical records of the Oregon Veterans, and the opinions of Dr. Herman Gibb, a world-renowned expert in the study of sodium dichromate. The Court held, “[Dr.] Carson, a qualified expert, has offered his opinion, based on reliable application of reliable principles and methods to sufficient data, that these damages were caused to a reasonable degree of medical probability by such exposure. This opinion is sufficient as a matter of Oregon law to permit the prayer for medical personal injury damages…”
The ruling brings the Veterans claims closer to trial, which is set to begin in Portland, Oregon on October 9, 2012.Rich Text Area
As we embark on a three-day weekend, here is a brief history of this holiday that marks the end of summer for many of us.
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 and is celebrated on the first Monday in September. The origins of the holiday lay in the American Industrial Revolution and the harsh conditions workers endured. As labor unions grew and became more influential, strikes and rallies were organized to voice the concerns and frustrations of the workers. The first Labor Day parade was actually a protest by 10,000 workers in New York City. They marched from City Hall to Union Square on September 5, 1882 and created a longstanding tradition.
Today we celebrate with barbecues, parties, parades and fireworks displays. Retail stores traditionally offer deep discounts for this weekend. NFL and NCAA teams kick off their seasons in the week prior to Labor Day. Most importantly, though, its an opportunity to honor the men and women who built our nation and the labor that made it strong.
Doyle Raizner has filed a malicious prosecution and defamation lawsuit against the homeowner’s association of 2520 Robinhood and its former President, Mark Thuesen, on behalf of local real estate website Swamplot.com.
Last year, 2520 Robinhood and Thuesen filed suit against Swamplot.com, which aggregated news stories about coverage of documented battles between the luxury high rise’s tenants and neighboring establishments. 2520 Robinhood and Thuesen sought to stop any coverage of the incidents and filed a frivolous and malicious lawsuit against Swamplot.com.
The baseless lawsuit was later dismissed by 2520 Robinhood and Thuesen, but only after causing Swamplot.com and its owner to expend vast amounts of money in legal fees.
Worse yet, Thuesen himself subjected the Swamplot.com and its owners to harassment, intimidation, libel, and slander through deplorable and debased emails, comments, and postings on the internet.
Doyle Raizner LLP is dedicated to Swamplot.com and its owners in their fight for justice after this abusive, vexatious litigation and the damage inflicted by Thuesen himself.
Tropical Storm Isaac has entered the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is projected to strike New Orleans. Isaac is predicted to be upgraded to hurricane status in two days.
After causing torrential downpours and ten deaths in the Caribbean, the storm rolled over the Florida Keys causing minimal damage. The Republican Convention taking place in Tampa is scheduled to continue uninterrupted as long as the storm’s projected path continues towards Louisiana.
Texas is warned to remain vigilant and watch the storm’s path. Rain from the storm and surge are all possible on the Texas coastline. Refineries across the Gulf of Mexico were shutting down and evacuating employees as the storm approached. Gas prices rose in anticipation.
The American Red Cross issued a hurricane preparedness list that is available here: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane. The Texas coast is encouraged to be ready for a change in the storm’s path and have items ready to protect families, pets and property.
Tropical Storm Isaac is on track to become a hurricane by Monday. At the current time, the path is projected to hit the border of Alabama and Mississippi. Forecasters warned residents of Florida and Texas to remain vigilant for Isaac’s path once it hits the warm waters of theGulf of Mexico. Caribbean island nations are currently taking the brunt of the tropical storm causing 10 foot waves in Puerto Rico and threatening an already decimated Haiti.
After two years of heavy hurricane activity predictions, this year’s prediction for the Gulf coast was average to below average. The Weather Service has published a list of items and contact information to keep on hand from the beginning to end of hurricane season. The complete list may be found here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php. Things like food, water, batteries, flashlights and cell phone with external charger are all items to have ready now. Many people may recall the difficulty obtaining food and water before Ike and after the storm knocked out power over a large portion of southeast Texas. A full supplies kit list can be found here: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit.
Hurricane season does not end until November leaving the Gulf coast with a few more months of watching and waiting. For Texas residents, it is not a case of if, but rather when a major hurricane takes aim. Preparedness helps protect families and pets during an emergency or disaster situation.
Mike Doyle and Jeffrey Raizner Selected By Their Peers For Inclusion In The Best Lawyers in America® 2013
Both lawyers have appeared on the list in the past. Mike Doyle was named to The Best Lawyers in America® list in 2009 for Admiralty & Maritime Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Transportation Law. Jeffrey Raizner was selected for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in 2010.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
Doyle Raizner is a Patron level sponsor of this year’s Bayou Ball hosted by the Houston Trial Lawyers’ Foundation. The event will take place on September 22, 2012 at Scott Gertner’s at the Houston Pavilions. The event benefits Shriners Hospital for Children®- Houston & Galveston.
The Houston Trial Lawyers’ Foundation is a public charity helping local children and families in need. Through the years, the foundation has provided local underprivileged children with school uniforms and supplies in addition to a yearly holiday toy drive. The foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization connected to the non-profit group, Houston Trial Lawyers Association. Jeff Raizner is president-elect of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.
To purchase tickets for the Bayou Ball or to donate, please visit http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1061199. Each ticket holder will have an opportunity to win a 2013 Bentley Continental GT courtesy of Post Oak Motor Cars, LTD.
For more information on ShrinersHospitalfor Children®, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Jeff Raizner is a scheduled speaker at this year’s First Party Claims Conference taking place October 15-17. Doyle Raizner is also a sponsor of the event. The annual conference is being held in Warwick, RI and focuses on educational events for professionals from all aspects of the first party property insurance claims community.
Despite pending litigation, bad PR, accusations of over zealous marketing and hundreds of deaths linked to the drug, Pradaxa® maker Boehringer Ingelheim reported 6.8% sales growth for the first six months of 2012. Pradaxa® sales accounted for $617 million of the company’s profits.
Boehringer Ingelheim is a family-owned company based inGermany. The company is comprised of human and veterinary medicine research, devolpment, production and marketing. Key members of the organization Andreas Barner, chair of the board, and Hubertus von Baumbach, finance head, both cautioned about the next six months of the company’s financial growth. Among the reasons listed were the European debt crisis and weak economic growth in theUnited States. Neither made mention of the pending Pradaxa® litigation against the company.
The Southern District of Illinois will be the venue for the argument of Pradaxa®’s reality versus what the parent pharmaceutical company disclosed about the drug. All actions pending outside the Southern District of Illinois will be transferred to the Southern District of Illinois. All future filings will be filed in the Southern District of Illinois.