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November 2014 - Simien & Simien, LLC

1 Killed, 3 Injured in Louisiana Oil Platform Explosion

One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion on the West Delta 105 oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico just 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The Echo platform, operated by Houston-based Fieldwood Energy, had not been in production for about a week when

Takeda Ordered to Pay $155,000 for Destroying Actos Files

A West Virginia jury has ordered Takeda Pharmaceuticals to pay $155,000 for destroying documents about its diabetes medication, Actos. The destroyed documents prevented a man from proving his claim that the drug caused cancer. Jurors deliberated for three hours before concluding that Takeda had intentionally destroyed files about the development

Lawsuit Settlements Contain Details on Takata Airbags

Five of at least one dozen lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of Takata airbags were settled confidentially before relevant information could be revealed in court, according to Bloomberg. Further information has been revealed that at least one other case is being reviewed for a possible settlement, another is in

House Approves Keystone XL Oil Pipeline, Bill Fails in Senate

*UPDATE: In a 59-41 vote, the Keystone XL bill was defeated on Nov. 18. Those in favor of the bill have vowed to introduce it once again when they return in January. The House of Representatives has approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which means the bill now be passed on

LSU Takes Proactive Approach to Player Safety

As concussions and player safety continues to become big news in college and pro football. Louisiana State University (LSU) is taking player safety seriously and leading the way by adopting concussion technology. The university is the first college football program to partner with a biometrics company that makes a “smart”

Takata Changes Airbag Components as 5th Death is Linked to the Defective Airbags

Takata Corp. recently announced that they modified the composition of an airbag propellant that contains a volatile chemical at the center of the 14 million vehicles recalled worldwide. The company has not made an official announcement, but a Takata official spoke under anonymity to Reuters and said that the shift

TX Energy Firms Agree on Settlement in Coastal Erosion Lawsuit

Two Texas energy firms are the first to wave the white flag and settle a massive lawsuit that accused nearly 100 oil and gas companies of directly contributing to coastal erosion. The firms settled with the New Orleans-area Levee Authority on Nov. 4. White Oak Operating Co. and Chroma Operating

GM Urges Judge to Block Ignition Claim Lawsuits

On Nov. 6, General Motors Co. (GM) urged a judge to reject lawsuits demanding $10 billion for diminished value claims filed on behalf of consumers whose vehicles were recalled this year for ignition-switch defects and more. According to the auto manufacturer, the company should not be held liable for vehicles

U.S. Highway Official Defended Trinity Guardrails Despite Safety Concerns

An investigation into the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) handling of complaints that Trinity Highway Products’ guardrails were unsafe revealed that an FHWA engineer may have not heeded early warning signs. Beginning in 2012, Nick Artimovich went back and forth with Trinity consultants and safety experts about the potential dangers of

Takata Facing Lawsuits over Defective Airbags

Takata Corporation as well as Honda Motors has been hit with a federal lawsuit over their defective airbags. The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 30. According to court files, the suit is seeking class action status on behalf of all five million Honda owners affected by the Takata airbag recall.