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Last week, a federal judge in Texas ordered Trinity Industries to pay $663.4 million in a whistleblower case involving defective guardrails manufactured by the Dallas-based company. The lawsuit – filed under the False Claims Act in 2012 – also resulted in a substantial whistleblower award. Here are some details about the case: The case involves…

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Last month, Japanese auto part maker Takata announced that it would be expanding its recall of U.S. cars and trucks fitted with defective airbags. The expansion brought the recall to 34 million U.S. vehicles, making it the largest auto recall in American history. 53 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide. As part of the recall,…

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Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs is proud to announce the addition of Attorneys Lindsay Itkin and Jessica Bresler to our award-winning legal team. Attorney Itkin, who hails from Omaha, and Attorney Bresler, a Houston native, each bring to our firm a passion for guiding individuals and families through their unique legal journeys. Ms. Itkin and Ms….

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Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs Partner Erin Copeland recently spoke at the Mass Tort Med School 2015 litigation conference in Boca Raton, Florida. The conference – held from May 7 – 8 – focused on the medical and scientific aspects of mass tort litigation. Guest speakers included accomplished attorneys and physicians. In addition to discussing several…

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Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs is proud to announce that two of our firm’s Partners – Tommy Fibich and Russ Briggs – were instrumental in the coordination of a $2.4 billion dollar settlement for Actos bladder cancer lawsuits. The settlement – which was reached on Tuesday April 28 th – is intended to compensate thousands of individuals who were allegedly diagnosed with bladder…

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and motorists across the country are being urged to remember the dangers of distractions behind the wheel. In Texas, safety advocates and officials from the Texas Department of Transportation teamed up earlier this month to launch the annual statewide “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign. Like national efforts to increase…

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A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is garnering national attention for a shocking set of videos that show distracted teen drivers in action. The study – which was released just in time for April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – was designed to determine how common and dangerous distractions are among…

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Over the past several days, officials from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – the agency tasked with investigating claims regarding the potential dangers of ET-Plus guardrails – have been zealously defending their investigation and analysis methods. The FHWA has been on the defense since being criticized for recently giving the controversial ET-Plus guardrail system a…

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In early February, oil workers and members of the United Steelworkers union (USW) kicked off what has become the largest strike since 1980. While the strike was initiated here in Houston, union members across the country – including at plants and refineries in California, Kentucky, and Washington – have also gone on strike. As of…

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Construction – One of the Riskiest Professions While there is potential for serious injuries to occur in many different industries, one of the most dangerous is the construction industry. Due to ongoing projects and an increase in new construction, construction sites are arising all over the nation and more workers are entering the industry. Unfortunately, this translates…

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