Monthly Archives: May 2008

Friday Fun

OK, I don’t know what the name of this game, Doeo, means, and I don’t really understand the details. I just know it’s kind of fun to click on all the "doeos" that pop up. Check it out.

Uninsured Drivers’ Cars Will Soon Be Towed In Dallas

In keeping with the laws of several suburbs, the City of Dallas has now voted to tow the cars of drivers who cannot produce proof of auto liability insurance after a traffic stop. The vote was divisive, along racial lines, with opponents arguing it places an undue burden on lower-income residents. The ordinance will not […]

Iraq Veterans Suffer Increase In Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Injuries

The Chicago Tribune reports an increase in the number of post traumatic stress disorder injuries suffered by military personnel in Iraq, coinciding with the "surge" in troop strength. This is doubly tragic for our brave vets — they suffer terrible injuries, and then we mistreat them by failing to provide proper diagnosis and treatment in […]

Yes, It Really IS This Bad In Texas

When I talk with personal injury lawyers who practice outside Texas, they sometimes think I’m exaggerating when I tell them how hard it is for injured claimants to win a case here. No, I’m not exaggerating. My evidence is a decision rendered today by the Court of Appeals, Fifth District of Texas at Dallas. In […]

Featured Link – ChunkIt! Web Search Assistant

I got an e-mail ad for this product, and it actually looks as if it might be helpful for Internet searches. Here’s a quote from the ad: It’s called ChunkIt and it’s a FREE browser search tool you can add to your Web page to make searching easier on every Web site. For example, if […]

Featured Link – Body Mass Index Calculator

Many of our Social Security disability claimants are hindered by obesity. While this alone will not be enough to qualify them for Social Security disability benefits, it can be a contributing factor. There has been much publicity recently about the latest method of determining whether a person is at a healthy weight level. It’s called […]

Please Remember The Meaning Of Memorial Day

Whatever else you may be doing on this Memorial Day holiday, please remember to thank the military men and women who are currently serving this nation, or who have served in the past. This is from Over the past century, more than 35 million men and women answered the call to arms in World […]

Texas Panel Calls For State Oversight Of PPO Health Insurance Plans

As reported in the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission said the lack of state authority over PPOs is "outdated" in the current health care environment and may result in harm to a large number of consumers if the situation remains unchanged. This is a loophole that really needs to be closed, and […]

Friday Fun

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Merck Agrees To $58M Settlement Over Vioxx Ad Claims

As reported in the Dallas Morning News, Merck & Co. is paying $58 million as part of a multistate settlement concerning advertising of the now-withdrawn painkiller, Vioxx. Here are excerpts: The settlement announced Tuesday addresses allegations that Merck’s advertising deceptively downplayed the health risks of Vioxx. New Jersey-based Merck is not admitting any wrongdoing under […]

Possibility Of Fires In Ford Windstar Vans

According to Reuters, the U.S. government is investigating complaints about fires in Ford Motor Company Windstar minivans that may be related to a defective switch that has been recalled in millions of other Ford vehicles. Here are details:     The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary investigation on May 13 into […]

Featured Link – All My Faves

All My Faves is a handy site that shows icons for dozens of the Internet’s most popular Web sites. No more searching required — just go here and click on whatever you’re looking for.

Google Wants Your Medical Records — How Trusting Are You?

I actually like the idea of having a place online where I can store my medical records. It would be very handy to have everything in one spot. I hate going to a new doctor and trying to remember all the other doctors I’ve seen, medications taken, dates of surgery, etc. So the new service […]

TV Report Shows Proposition 12 Claims Overblown

An investigative report by KDFW reviewed the impact of legal changes made in 2003 that stripped patients of their legal right to hold a negligent doctor accountable. The report found that there was no glut of claims filed before 2003, that Texas has not seen a dramatic increase in the number of physicians, and that […]

Friday Fun

MindHabits is not just a game — it’s a productivity tool, stress reducer, and confidence booster. Here’s the description from the Web site: MindHabits is based on new scientifically tested tools published in a journal of the American Psychological Association that help players reduce stress and boost self confidence and esteem using principles from social […]

Allstate Gets Away With Overcharging Texas Homeowners

The Dallas Morning News reports that Allstate Insurance Company has reached a settlement agreement with the Texas Department of Insurance that will allow Allstate to keep more than $19,000,000 in premiums it allegedly overcharged Texas consumers. The settlement agreement does require Allstate to repay more than $51,000,000 in overcharges. Here are excerpts: Allstate Insurance agreed […]

Texas Vioxx Verdict Overturned

Vioxx plaintiffs were dealt a blow yesterday when a Texas appellate court overturned a 2006 jury verdict. The verdict was rendered against Merck in the amount of $32,000,000. This was automatically reduced under Texas law, but has now been reversed completely because the San Antonio appellate court said there was legally insufficient evidence to support […]

Isn’t The Smart Car Cute?

This is definitely not an endorsement of this tiny vehicle, but I just love the looks of the Smart ForTwo car. I’ve seen several in Dallas, and had a chance to examine a couple of them up close. They so much smaller than a Cooper that it’s startling. And the Smart Car Web site is […]

Justice For Sale In Texas?

That’s the shocking headline of a story by Houston’s KHOU TV station. The story concerns political contributions to the justices on the Texas Supreme Court, and how those contributions might give the appearance of influencing judicial decisions. Watch the video.

“Credibility Problem” Of The Texas Supreme Court

The Dallas Morning News published an editorial today regarding the credibility problem of our current Texas Supreme Court. The newspaper is definitely right in saying the Court has a credibility problem, but the paper is misinformed in one of its statements, and in my opinion is wrong in its suggested solution. The misinformation is in […]