Dixie Fire Update: PG&E releases photos of tree suspected in starting fire
On Sept. 1, Pacific Gas & Electric filed new images which showed a Douglas Fir tree that appeared to lean in the direction of the power lines suspected of sparking the Dixie Fire. The
Paraquat Lawsuits Pending
Several lawsuits are pending in the U.S. which allege that the weedkiller chemical paraquat causes Parkinson’s disease. The first case scheduled for trial over the allegations against Syngenta regarding a link between paraquat and
Catholic Church updates Canon Law to cover Sex Abuse of Adults
ROME — Pope Francis has broadened the Roman Catholic Church’s definition of sex abuse by revising its penal code. The change explicitly acknowledges that not only children, but also adults, can be victimized by
Tesla Crash Deaths Investigated
Two men burned to ashes on Saturday, April 17, 2021 in a Tesla crash north of Houston, Texas. They died inside a Tesla that caught fire after hitting trees on Hammock Dunes Place in
Texas Judge won’t dismiss Theater Chain’s Covid Lawsuit
A federal judge in Sherman, Texas ruled last week against an insurer that had petitioned to dismiss a $500 million Covid-19 business-interruption lawsuit. Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest chain of movie theaters, brought the suit
Federal Court proposed for Syngenta Paraquat Cases
Attorneys filing lawsuits against Syngenta alleging a link between Paraquat and Parkinson’s Disease are asking a U.S. judicial panel to consolidate more than a dozen similar suits under the oversight of a California federal
Paraquat: a Non-Selective Killer with a Dark Past
Many Americans first heard of paraquat in the mid 1970s* when it was used to poison marijuana plants. The paraquat-laced cannabis was then sold to unwitting people. Many unlucky smokers inhaled the poison and
David Matthews chosen for U.S. News Best Lawyers 2021
Attorney David P. Matthews has been selected for inclusion in U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s best lawyers for 2021. He is now listed in the 2021 edition of U.S.
Paraquat linked to Parkinson’s Disease
Paraquat was linked to Parkinson’s disease in a study released in 2011. The Farming and Movement Evaluation (FAME) study* examined the relationship between Parkinson’s disease and exposure to pesticides toxic to nerve tissue.  FAME
Texas Winter Storm Deaths trigger ERCOT Lawsuit
After an 11-year-old boy and a 95-year-old man froze to death during Texas' 2021 winter storm, their families moved to hold the state's main grid operator accountable. The families are suing the Electric Reliability
Business Interruption Claims against Society Insurance move to trial, rules U.S. District Judge 
Business interruption claims against Society can move forward to trial, ruled U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang. Filed on Feb. 22, 2021, the judge's opinion addresses and denies Society’s motion to dismiss several business
Deadlines loom for Covid-19 Business Interruption Claims
Deadlines loom for filing Covid-19 business interruption claims. Most policies feature a deadline to file claims. Individual deadlines depend on policy language and the unique facts of each case. But one fact applies to
Two brothers allege sex abuse by Rev. Michael Pfleger
(Jan. 27, 2021) A 61-year-old Texas man and his 63-year-old brother have accused a famous Catholic priest of clergy sex abuse. The younger brother filed a lawsuit complaint in Jan. 2021 which alleges that
Judges dismiss most Covid-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits as fight continues
The Insurance Journal reported last month that judges have dismissed more than four times as many Covid-19 business-interruption lawsuits as they’ve allowed to move forward. The Insurance Journal reported the analysis from the University
ViacomCBS Sues Over Covid-19 Coverage Denial
Last week in California federal court, ViacomCBS sued over Covid-19 Coverage Denial. The mainstream media giant alleges Great Divide Insurance Co. reneged on its coverage agreement by refusing to cover business losses.  The Covid-19