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May 2018 Archives

Highest court to hear asbestos case involving maritime law

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case involving military members and asbestos exposure. The case involves men who developed lung cancer after working on ships and in shipyards for the Navy. At issue is the liability of equipment manufacturers for replacement parts supplied by others when the replacement parts met specifications established by the manufacturers.

Tennessee's DUI laws mean serious penalties, even for first-timers

In recent years, Tennessee's legislature has really "cracked down" on drunk driving offenders. Our state has, comparatively, some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. Even a first-time conviction will come with mandatory jail time, fines and more. The penalties only increase for additional or enhanced drunk driving charges.

Who's liable for a slip and fall?

Imagine you're walking through the supermarket. You're going about your business, staring intently at your shopping list and scanning the shelves for much-needed items. Without warning, you hit a patch of wet floor and fall to the ground. One of the freezer cases leaked, and a puddle accumulated on the surrounding tile. Your foot rests at an unnatural angle, and a searing pain spreads through your leg.

Landmark DUI fee case headed to TN Supreme Court

A landmark DUI fee case our attorneys have spent years litigating is heading to the Tennessee Supreme Court later this month. The case centers around a $250 "incentive" paid to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for each successful DUI prosecution in Tennessee in which a blood or breath test was used. Our attorneys argued - and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals agreed - that the fee arrangement provided an incentive for the TBI to produce BAC results that would lead to convictions.

Researchers say Breathalyzer tests fundamentally flawed

Researchers working in Washington state recently discovered fundamental flaws in the source code of a widely used Breathalyzer machine, Draeger's "Alcotest" device. Two software engineers conducted the research at the behest of criminal defense attorneys after Washington adopted the Alcotest devices for all its state and local law enforcement agencies.

What makes a vehicle safe?

The National Safety Council reports there are an estimated 10 million auto accidents each year, resulting in over a million injuries and as many as 40,000 deaths. A key factor in the difference between walking away from a wreck and sustaining fatal injuries is the safety of the vehicles involved. The safer the vehicle, the more likely it is that the passengers will either sustain relatively minor injuries or will come away unscathed.

Experimental vaccine could help mesothelioma patients

Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine have gotten promising results from a study on the efficacy of stem cell treatments for both current - and future - mesothelioma patients. Researchers tested patient-specific vaccines made from the individual's own stem cells on various types of cancerous growths. The stem cell treatments were effective against breast cancer, mesothelioma and melanoma cells in laboratory mice infected with those diseases.

After the diagnosis: Caring for a loved one with advanced cancer

A diagnosis of cancer is difficult to accept. Malignant mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure is especially difficult, as it usually proves to be lethal within a year. But the denial, grief and psychological shock that may follow a diagnosis apply to all forms of cancer, whether caused by asbestos exposure or not.

TN legislature passes funding fix after DUI conviction challenge

Earlier this year, a previous post discussed the controversial investigative/legislative initiative that provided additional funding for every successful drunk driving prosecution. Back in February, the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals ruled, in a case argued by three of our own attorneys, that the fee arrangement (which provided a "bounty" of $250 to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) per DUI conviction) was unconstitutional. The case is currently heading to the Tennessee Supreme Court for review and a potentially precedent-setting verdict.

Mock crashes show teens the real-world impact of drunk driving

A series of mock crashes, staged by a consortium of safety organizations acting in concert with local law enforcement and the Tennessee Department of Public Safety, aims to show teen drivers the potentially disastrous implications of bad driving-related decisions.

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