Attention Texas Drivers: This new law affects you.
Texas House Bill 62 Bans Texting While Driving Starting September 1st, a new law takes effect in Texas that bans texting while driving. In an effort to crack down on distracted driving and save drivers from resulting accidents, House Bill 62 will effectively make texting while operating a motor vehicle illegal.
The new law provides that drivers may not use a phone to “read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped.” Motorists can still talk on the phone while driving, but only when using a “hands-free device” that requires them to briefly touch the phone or vehicle controls to begin or end their call. Cell phone use to request emergency help or report illegal activity are not considered violations under this law.
Blood center negligence leads to a lifetime of pain and paralysis.
Our client “Jane”, 19 at the time, was a high school senior and accomplished musician who decided to participate in a blood drive at her school.
A phlebotomist employee of the blood center made the usual preparations and inserted a needle into Jane’s arm to start the blood draw, but was unsuccessful at finding a vein. Another blood center employee took over the procedure, making a second attempt to insert the needle into Jane’s arm and start the blood draw. During this second attempt, the needle was inserted far too deep into Jane’s arm and at a grossly improper angle. As a result, the needle pierced Jane’s median nerve. She immediately felt severe pain and a burning sensation in her hand and arm.
How far will Monsanto go to protect Roundup’s image?
Court documents recently released in an ongoing federal lawsuit in San Francisco raise serious questions about the influence Monsanto waged in scientific research communities regarding the safety of its top-selling weed killer Roundup®.
The documents, which include internal email correspondence between Monsanto and federal regulators suggest that the agro-giant had funded, and even at times ghost written academic research in support of Roundup’s safety. There is also indication that a senior level EPA official may have quelled an agency review of the chemical glyphosate, Roundup’s primary ingredient, at the request of Monsanto.