On Jan. 8 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act. It’s an important step toward stopping pervasive fraud in the secretive asbestos trust system, which currently holds about $30 billion in assets.
Law firms in Houston and Charleston, W.V., have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a West Virginia woman and several others over what the plaintiffs allege is “a counterfeit, adulterated product.”
Dallas commercial insurance attorney Steven Badger charges that some trial lawyers try to intimidate insurers into settling unjust claims, using a “scare tactic” that “can amount to insurance fraud.” Says Badger, “Lawyers and their teams of experts will significantly increase the alleged cost to damaged items and often add entirely new damage claim components that were never part of the original claim submitted to the insurer.”
BEAUMONT – Local attorney Clay Dugas is representing an area resident in a “defeat device” suit against Volkswagen. A defeat device, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, is any apparatus that unduly reduces the effectiveness of emissions control systems under conditions a vehicle may reasonably be expected to experience. Through Dugas, Victor Fulton filed his suit Jan. 12 in Jefferson County District Court.
AUSTIN– Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released an advisory opinion on Jan. 19 essentially stating fantasy sport gambling is illegal under Texas law. According to section 47.02 of the Penal Code, a person commits an offense if he or she makes a bet on the partial or final result of a game or contest or on the performance of a participant in a game or contest. “Because the outcome of games in daily fantasy sports leagues depends partially on chance, an individual's payment of a fee to parti