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Car Accident Insurance Settlements

Excerpt from 6 part series – Houston Chronicle Out of Control Part 6 - In Texas, the cost of one crash by St. John Barned-Smith and Dug Begley When drivers crash, everyone pays, whether in the form of higher insurance premiums, more expensive automobiles with added safety features, higher taxes for emergency response and cleanup, car repairs,

Distracted Drivers

Excerpt from 6 part series – Houston Chronicle Out of Control Part 5 -Distracted drivers struggle to keep eyes on the road in Houston region by Dug Begley and St. John Barned-Smith Drivers in Houston know if they look to their left or right, there is a good chance they will see someone paying more attention to

Bicycle Accidents

Excerpt from 6 part series – Houston Chronicle Out of Control Part 4 -Walking, cycling in Houston region can be risky by St. John Barned-Smith and Dug Begley In the past 16 years, Houston-area drivers have mowed down nearly 2,000 pedestrians and cyclists. That's more than 100 deaths a year, with the number increasing in the past

Houston Traffic Accidents

Excerpt from 6 part series – Houston Chronicle Out of Control Part 3 - In Houston’s traffic carnage, design makes a difference by Dug Begley The tight curves of older freeway intersections such as Loop 610 and Interstate 69 northeast of downtown, for example, force motorists to lean on the brakes to avoid a barrier or railing.

Houston Drunk Drivers

Excerpt from 6 part series – Houston Chronicle Out of Control Part 2- Houston is ‘ground zero’ for drunken and drugged driving by St. John Barned-Smith and Dug Begley Drivers impaired by booze and drugs are dying — and killing — in the Houston area at a startling rate, an epidemic unchecked by police, prosecutors or public-awareness campaigns.

Houston Car Crashes Out of Control

Houston’s roads, drivers are country’s most deadlyBy Dug Begley and St. John Barned-Smith Excerpt from 6 part series - Houston Chronicle Out of Control Part 1 Houston car crashes and fatalities We drive past the crashes, numbed to their frequency, by how they add up. But they do: 640 people a year die on Houston-area roads, and 2,850

Underride Accidents

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FROM AN 18 WHEELER WRECK Are you scared if you are driving next to an 18 wheeler? You should be.  583 people a year are killed going under the side of an 18 wheeler according to the National Highway Safety Institute “NHTSA”. Many more are seriously injured. In

Lawsuit Firing of Ex Dollar General Manager Dollar General

Labresha King spent the holidays weaning herself off medications and filling out job applications. Her PTSD has worsened with the weather, she says. Men who wear hoodies and stuff their hands into their pockets to keep warm remind her of the robber who fatally shot her co-worker at a Dollar General in east Oak Cliff

Big claims strain senior living market for U.S. insurers

 Last March, a 103-year-old resident of a Sunrise Senior Living facility in Willowbrook, Illinois, went on a field trip to the movies.  Ruth Smith, who used a walker, fell down two concrete steps in the theater and died about six weeks later. Now Smith’s estate is suing Sunrise, saying that aides did not properly watch

Hospitals to list service costs online Jan. 1 due to new federal rule

Hospitals will be required to post the cost of their standard services online, starting Jan. 1, 2019. Patients will be able to compare prices before seeking treatment. However, some consumer advocates say while the information is beneficial, it's not completely transparent due to insurance price adjustments and other factors. Hospitals are required to disclose prices

Insurers sue California utility over wildfire damages

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Several insurance companies have filed lawsuits blaming Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a deadly California wildfire that destroyed 14,000 homes and triggered billions of dollars in insurance claims. The lawsuits filed by Allstate, State Farm, USAA and their subsidiaries come on top of several other cases filed by victims of

U.S. judge limits evidence in trial over Roundup cancer claims

A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer causes cancer has issued a ruling that could severely restrict evidence that the plaintiffs consider crucial to their cases. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco in an order on Thursday granted Bayer unit Monsanto’s request to split an upcoming trial into two

Carr Announces Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

ATLANTA, GA , January 3, 2019 -The Office of Attorney General Chris Carr today filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County against opioid manufacturers and distributors* to seek justice for their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis and its catastrophic effects on Georgia citizens. “No Georgia community is a stranger to

Palm Beach Policyholders Seek $1 Billion From Prudential

The Palm Beach Post, FEBRUARY 2001 Fifteen Palm Beach County residents have accused Prudential Insurance of using deceptive sales tactics and are seeking $1 billion in damages. County Circuit Judge Peter Blanc was to begin hearing pretrial motions in the case in January.  Jury selection is set for Feb. 1 and the trial is expected

PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE: Bogus Policies Subject of $1B Palm Beach Lawsuit

Associated Press, JANUARY 22, 2001 In a $1 billion lawsuit, 15 Palm Beach County residents are aiming to prove that Prudential Insurance sold bogus policies. Hearing on pretrial motions would be conducted before County Circuit Judge Peter Blanc, and jury selection has been set for Feb. 1. The trial is expected to last at least

Suits Settled By Prudential For $62 Million

The Wall Street Journal, FEBRUARY 16, 1999 Prudential Insurance Co. of America, apparently clearing the decks for its planned switch to a publicly traded company, quietly agreed last month to pay at least $62 million to 124 California policyholders who sued over allegedly abusive past life-insurance sales practices, according to people familiar with the case.

Prudential Told Staff to Destroy Documents

Los Angeles Times, JUNE 26, 1996 Prudential Told Staff to Destroy Documents, Memo Shows A regional headquarters of Prudential Insurance Co., believing that one state had begun investigating possible misconduct in the sale of life insurance, in 1994 ordered managers in 14 states to destroy documents that might be sought in the inquiry, according to

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