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Jul 8, 2011 — by Jeff Mundy
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the U.S. Government agency that regulates the safety of commercial trucking and truck drivers. The FMCSA has proposed new rules to increase safety by reducing the "Hours of Service" for truck drivers. The rules are being considered but have not yet been finalized. Mundy & Singley support rules that improve safety requirements for truck drivers. The rule proposals can be found at the FMCSA web site: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos-proposed/hos-proposed.aspx
Jun 24, 2011 — by Jeff Mundy
In an unfortunate ruling for consumers this week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that people harmed by generic prescription drugs due to inadequate warnings about the hazards cannot have their day in court. Although the lower courts had said the consumers could pursue their cases, the Supreme Court held that the federal FDA law forbids such cases completely. Mundy & Singley believe that all people should have access to the courts to pursue cases against companies that manufacture dangerous products, and thus we urge you to ask your member of Congress and Senators to change the FDA law so that it will allow injured people to have their day in court on these cases. The Court's opinion can be found on its website: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-993.pdf
Jun 9, 2011 — by SEO Admin
The United States Department of Labor filed a federal case in Austin, Texas, seeking payment of overtime allegedly owed to employees of the Texas Department of Child Protective Services. The Department of Labor claims that the CPS employees were forced to work "off the clock" and thus were shortchanged on overtime because not all of their hours were credited:
Mundy & Singley applauds the Labor Department's commitment to worker overtime rights and this action to ensure that every employee is paid overtime as required by U.S. law.
If you feel that your employer has failed to pay overtime required by law, please contact Mundy & Singley for a free consultation.
Apr 29, 2011 — by SEO Admin
Mundy & Singley previously received a favorable opinion from the Texas Supreme Court, granting a day in court against Defendant Crown Cork & Seal to the family of mesothelioma victim John Robinson and other families in similar circumstances exposed to asbestos products for which Crown is responsible. Crown asked the Texas Supreme Court to rehear the case and change their mind, and thus prevent the Robinsons from having their day in court. Mundy & Singley are proud to announce that the Texas Supreme Court today denied Crown's request for rehearing. This ends the appeal and allows the Robinson family to finally go forward to a jury trial against Crown, Cork & Seal.
Apr 14, 2011 — by SEO Admin
On Monday, Travis County District Judge Tim Sulak upheld an order issued by the Texas Department of Insurance requiring State Farm to refund approximately $350 million to policyholders. Mundy & Singley applaud the Department of Insurance for these efforts on behalf of Texas policyholders to obtain reasonable premiums.
Mar 24, 2011 — by Jeff Mundy
The National Safety Council reports that drivers using cell phones, even in hands free mode, are four times more likely to be involved in a car wreck than drivers not using cell phones. The National Safety Council estimates that 25% of all wrecks now involve cell phone use. Juries are sending strong messages to drivers and employers that this risk should be avoided. If you have been in a wreck caused by a driver on a cell phone, call us to discuss the facts. http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/Resources/Documents/Cell%20Phone%20Fact%20Sheet%2012-09PCIrevisions.pdf
Mar 22, 2011 — by Jeff Mundy
Reprinted with permission from the March 21, 2011, edition of the Texas Lawyer. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited.
There was a time when civil-defense lawyers in Texas advocated for tort reform because of the benefit to their clients. But as the Texas Legislature considers once again altering the civil justice system, many are changing their minds about the need for more reform.
On March 14, bills were introduced in the state House of Representatives and the state Senate that propose so-called "loser pays" provisions for most civil litigation. Two of those bills want to make the losing party and, in one bill, the losing lawyers responsible for paying the prevailing party's attorneys' fees and litigation costs, but in completely different ways.
S.B. 13 sponsored by state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, a former criminal court judge allows a "prevailing party" to recover attorneys' fees for a va
Feb 17, 2011 — by Jeff Mundy
Mundy Singley congratulate our new civil trial judges in Travis County, Judge Sulak and Judge Meachum, who took their benches in January. We welcome them to the bench and look forward to appearing in their courts.
Nov 5, 2010 — by Jeff Mundy
Mundy & Singley proudly announce a major court victory protecting the rights of all Texans with a favorable ruling on behalf of deceased mesothelioma client John Robinson and his family in the Texas Supreme Court. Mr. Robinson was a career Navy man, and died of cancer caused by breathing asbestos from products used in the boiler rooms of his Navy ships. After Mundy & Singley filed a case for Mr. Robinson, one of the companies in the case (Crown Cork & Seal) had a law passed in the Texas Legislature taking away his right to have his day in court against them. Mundy & Singley challenged the law as contrary to the Texas Constitution's Bill of Rights, which forbids the Legislature from passing "retroactive" laws - a legal term for laws that eliminate rights that a person already has.
Sep 27, 2010 — by Jeff Mundy
Another fatal truck wreck shows the need for attention to trucking safety. On Sunday morning, an 18-wheeler crashed into cars on IH-35 in Austin near downtown. A woman was killed and two people were injured. This is yet another incident showing the need for heightened truck safety to protect all motorists, in Austin and throughout Texas.