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Texas Woman Injured in Oklahoma Skydiving Accident Awarded $760K

A Texas woman has been awarded $760,000 after she was badly injured in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma. Makenzie Wethington was 16 in January 2014 when her parachute malfunctioned and she fell more than 3,000 feet to the ground in …

Texas High Court Establishes Clear Rules for Breach of Contract, Bad Faith Suits Against Insurers

In an effort to clear up confusion as a result of past decisions, the Texas Supreme Court announced five rules that “address the relationship between contract claims under an insurance policy and tort claims under the Insurance Code.” The clarification …

$87M Each for Lead Firms in 2010 BP Oil Spill Litigation

A committee of attorneys involved in litigation arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has made its recommendation for dividing some $700 million in fees among 122 law firms involved in years of complex legal work. Two Louisiana …

Texas Truck Driver Took Medication Before Deady Church Bus Crash

A 20-year-old man whose pickup collided with a church minibus last month in rural Texas, killing 13 people, told state troopers he had taken prescription medication before driving and had marijuana in his truck, according to court records. The records …

Judge Dismisses Oklahoma Earthquakes Suit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against three oil and gas companies over Oklahoma’s ongoing earthquakes. The lawsuit, filed last year on behalf of Sierra Club Oklahoma, asked for a reduction of production waste from Devon Energy Corp., Chesapeake …

Investigators Collect Phone Data From Pickup Driver in Texas Crash

A federal investigator said Monday that her agency has collected cellphone records from a pickup driver who a witness said admitted to being distracted by texting before he collided with a church bus killing 13 people. National Transportation Safety Board …

Texas Church Bus Crash Highlights Dangers of Texting While Driving

A witness says the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, acknowledged he had been texting while driving – highlighting the dangers of sending messages on smartphones while behind the …

Truck Driver in Deadly Texas Crash Admitted Texting Before Collision

The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday. Jody Kuchler told The Associated Press …

NTSB Begins Probe of Texas Bus-Truck Crash That Killed 13

Federal investigators got their first look Thursday at the scene of a head-on collision involving a small church bus and a pickup truck that killed 13 senior adult church members onboard the bus. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported …

Texas Residents Face Rising Federal Flood Insurance Rates

The cost of federal flood insurance is expected to rise for thousands of Houston, Texas, homeowners as Congress looks to overhaul a program that’s billions of dollars in debt. The National Flood Insurance Program provides coverage to more than 300,000 …

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