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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

$162,000,000 verdict in Zavala County over stolen oil field leases in the Eagle Ford

A Zavala County jury returned a verdict that legal experts estimate will probably be $162-million or more after a hearing is held to determine the final damages. The case before 365th District Cout basically centered on claims by a small privately-held oil company that a larger energy conglomerate stole leases from them in the Eagle Ford. Through initial production and assessments these leases are predicted to produce some $19-billion in revenues from oil and gas finds. Plaintiff in the case was Longview Energy Company and named defendants included The Huff Energy Fund, L.P., WRH Energy Partners, L.L.C., W.R. Huff Asset Management Com., LLC, William R. “Bill” Huff, Rick D’ Angelo, Ed Dartley, Bryan Bloom, Riley-Huff Energy Group, LLC and Bobby Riley. Longview Energy typically seeks investors for oil deals the company finds and puts together and through their operations attracted the attention of The Huff Energy Fund.  Staff, Eagle Pass Leader  06/12/2012
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

FDA received 179,855 reports of serious or fatal drug reactions in 2011.

Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer (6/7) "Check Up" blog, "You may be surprised to learn that in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration received 179,855 reports of serious or fatal adverse drug reactions," with "the 10 drugs with the largest numbers of reports" being "Pradaxa, Coumadin, Levaquin, Carboplatin, Zestril, Cisplatin, Zocor, Cymbalta, Cipro and Bactrim." Given that "just two of these drugs were first introduced in the last decade (Pradaxa and Cymbalta), and only one in the previous year (Pradaxa)...major drug safety issues are not confined to recently approved drugs." Pradaxa lead in "overall number of reports (3,781), deaths (542), hemorrhage (2,367), acute renal failure (291), and stroke (644)."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

DOT closes loophole for hours-of-service for truck drivers at drilling sites.

NPR (6/6, Detrow) reported on its website that the US "Department of Transportation is clarifying a new rule regulating how much time truck drivers hauling materials to and from" oil and gas "drilling sites can spend on the road." According to the report, "drivers are limited to 14 hours a day, and the DOT says time spent loading and unloading material needs to count toward that limit." NPR reports that this "clarification comes two weeks after a New York Times report about how many drivers were working more than 14 hours by not counting on-site time."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Survey finds many drivers unaware of tire condition

The Daily News-Sun (Sun City, AZ) (6/3) reported, "A recent survey has found that 52 percent of drivers don't know their tires are bald and 55 percent have at least one under-inflated wheel. And with triple-digit temperatures arriving, that's a dangerous combo, according to AAA Arizona and the Rubber Manufacturers Association, which conducted the survey." AAA expects "it will respond to more than 123,000 calls for roadside assistance in Arizona from June 1 to Aug. 31 this year, with more than 18,200 -- or nearly 15 percent -- of those calls being for tire-related service."


Monday, May 7, 2012

The Jarrett Paul Mantanona Memorial Event~5 K Race,1 Mile Walk

I am honored to represent the Mantanona Family regarding the tragic loss of their eight-year-old son, Jarrett, on May 13, 2011.   In addition to trying to help this family negotiate and navigate the civil liability issues and liaison them through the criminal justice system as victims, I have been inspired by their faith and determination to not let Jarrett's death be in vain.  As part of this process we are working on some proposed legislative changes related to the current state of the law regarding DWI and Contributing to a Minor penalties, both civilly and criminally, in Texas.  In order to bring attention to this cause known as Jarrett’s Law, raise awareness of drunk driving and its consequences and to honor the one year anniversary of this tragic preventable death, the Mantanona Family along with the Abilene Runner's Club, is holding the first annual Jarrett Paul Mantanona Memorial Event 5 K Race-1 Mile Walk this Sunday at Redbud Park.  What a wonderful way to spend Mother's Day helping to remember this young man and helping to do what we can to prevent it from happening again.  Please join us in this worthy cause.  Information can be found at the below links: 

Sign up form from Abilene Runners

Event details on

Event details on Big Country




Monday, April 23, 2012

Cade Browning to Speak at Corpus Christi Bar Association Advanced Civil Trial Seminar

Cade Browning has been asked to speak on Learning to Litigate with Apps at the Corpus Christi Bar Association Advanced Civil Trial Seminar to be held at the Solomon Ortiz International Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 27, 2012.  This speech is an updated speech from the one presented at the State Bar of Texas 2012 Litigation Update, which was held at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas in January. 

Some of the other presentations which will be interesting are Voir Dire by Broadus Spivey, Paul Gold’s Discovery Update and Frank Branson’s Factors to Consider when Swinging for the Fence.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Cade Browning To Speak at Shattered Dreams.


On March 30, 2012, Cade Browning is set to speak on civil liabilty for drunk driving wrecks ay the Shattered Dreams program in Early, Texas.  "Shattered Dreams" is an educational experience that reminds us all of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. It reminds us that too many young lives have already been lost and countless others severely impaired because of the tragic consequences of underage drinking and drinking combined with driving. "Shattered Dreams" is about drinking and driving. It's about living and dying. Can "Shattered Dreams" make a difference in a young person's life? Families, schools, faith-based and community groups in Texas must join together to teach young people that consuming alcohol while underage is never a good choice. Can our communities afford to ignore the devastating impact that underage drinking is causing?

The "Shattered Dreams" program involves the dramatization of an alcohol-related crash on or near a high school campus, complete with police and EMS response, emergency room treatment, family notifications, and the arrest and booking of the driver. The crash scene drama is played out before the student body during a school day. Throughout the day the other elements of the "docu-drama" unfold. To give students a better understanding of the number of DWI-related deaths, an individual dressed as the "Grim Reaper" appears periodically throughout the school day to select a new victim. In 2000 every 20 minutes someone in Texas was injured or killed as the result of drunk driving. The victims are taken out of class, made-up in white faces and dressed in black t-shirts to symbolize death, and then returned to their classrooms to continue their day. By the end of the day, every student has one or more "dead" classmates present in the classroom with him, and on this note the school day ends.

The next morning a wrap-up assembly is held featuring those who played roles in the previous day's drama, including the "crash" victims, the drunk driver, their parents, and participating law enforcement and medical personnel. Impact statements from community members whose lives have been affected by teenage alcohol use and drunk driving bring closure to the program and reinforce its dual message for the teenage audience -- Don't drink until you are 21, and never drink and drive.

Read More:

Shattered Dreams Program to be Held at Early High School

Shattered Dreams on Brownwood Bulletin

Shattered Dreams Program Comes to Early on Big Country 

Video of Shattered Dreams Presentation on YouTube


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cade Browning again named Texas Rising Star Super Lawyer

For the third time, Cade Browning of BROWNING LAW FIRM, PLLC has been selected for inclusion in the “Texas Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition 2012” in the April 2012 issue of Texas Monthly magazine in the field of Plaintiff Personal Injury. 

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