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Proposal would have chilling effect on pursuit of justice for more than 50,000 cancer victims nationwide. The latest legal maneuver designed to help Bayer AG (OTCMKTS: BAYRY) circumvent its legal responsibility to cancer victims exposed to the weed killer Roundup has drawn a swift rebuke from the trial lawyers of the Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm, who represent thousands of individuals who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma...

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Last week, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued a news release revising the official number of deaths resulting from Winter Storm Uri, which caused a catastrophic failure of the state’s electricity grid, resulting in prolonged blackouts, property damage and deaths. The previous death toll from the February storm stood at 151. This latest release revises that number upward to 210, an increase of...

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Fears Nachawati co-founder Majed Nachawati and firm attorney Michael Gorwitz give an expert analysis for Law360 on fostering diversity in multidistrict litigation leadership positions. “MDL leadership positions are important because they have the ability to shape crucial litigation across the entire country. Unlike a class action, which involves the resolution of a large number of distinct claims in a single action, an MDL ties together...

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Fears Nachawati partner and co-founder Majed Nachawati and partner Matthew McCarley have been selected by legal publication Lawdragon to its annual list of the nation’s top plaintiff consumer lawyers. Both attorneys have built solid reputations for defending the public from dangerous products, corporate polluters, and companies who put profit above people. Featured on the 2021 list of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, both Majed...

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Today, U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria rejected a proposed settlement that would have limited the ability of cancer victims exposed to Bayer AG’s Monsanto Roundup weed killer to pursue lawsuits for relief. Fears Nachawati co-founder Majed Nachawati praised the ruling, saying the judge’s decision sent an important message to Bayer AG and a group of plaintiffs’ lawyers who had crafted a settlement that at...

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Every year, D Magazine asks lawyers throughout North Texas to candidly nominate peer attorneys for its Best Lawyers in Dallas list. For a region full of great lawyers, it’s tough competition to find a place on the list. Join us in congratulating firm co-founder Majed Nachawati and firm partner Darren McDowell for their inclusion in D’s exclusive 2021 listing. Under Mr. Nachawati’s leadership, the Fears...

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D Magazine profiled Fears Nachawati attorneys Bryan Fears and Patrick Luff in its May issue, highlighting their work on behalf of Texans impacted by the blackouts caused by February’s winter storms. In their discussion – on newsstands now – Bryan and Patrick discuss the lawsuits Fears Nachawati has filed against the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and CenterPoint Energy in Harris County, as well...

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Understanding how black boxes work and what data they contain is crucial when reconstructing a motor vehicle crash. Read this informative article featured in Trial Magazine, written by Fears Nachawati attorney, Patrick Luff, on what you can learn from a black box, how you and your crash reconstruction expert can use the information, and some of its limitations. Read Now: Unleash Black-Box Data  

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Many cancer victims critical of settlement structure, vow to pursue jury trials. DALLAS – More than 40,000 current claims on behalf of individuals diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma after exposure to the Bayer Monsanto Roundup herbicide remain unresolved as criticism mounts that a proposed settlement framework is inconsistent and unfair to cancer victims. Plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Roundup maker Bayer AG (OTCMKTS: BAYRY) increasingly see...

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Agrochemical giant Syngenta Group, based in Switzerland and Chinese-owned, has downplayed the dangers of paraquat for generations, leaving farm workers and others exposed to the chemical with mounting medical bills and a severely impacted quality of life. Fears Nachawati Law Firm is fighting back. The firm recently filed the first federal lawsuits on behalf of two men diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after exposure to paraquat....

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Guidelines say plaintiffs in mass litigation benefit from more diverse legal teams. Trial lawyers at Fears Nachawati Law Firm have joined a coalition of law firms, judges and legal scholars as inaugural signatories on the Judicial Appointments Inclusivity Standard developed by the James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center at George Washington Law School. These guidelines and best practices encourage judges in class-action and mass tort...

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Fears Nachawati Law Firm is pleased to announce the promotion of Avani Javia to the position of Chief Operations Officer (COO). Avani has been with Fears Nachawati Law Firm for 13 years and is a licensed attorney. Since joining the firm in 2008 as a legal assistant, her role expanded over the years beyond legal work to business operations. Avani served as Director of Operations...

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Fears Nachawati Law Firm is pleased to announce the promotion of three new partners: Brice Burris, Sarah Poormon, and Steve Schulte. The three attorneys have proven their ability to attain strong results for Fears Nachawati clients and will each bring unique experiences to the partnership team. Burris, Poormon, and Schulte will join founding partners Bryan Fears and Majed Nachawati, as well as Matthew McCarley, John...

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You land a new and exciting job offer; you’re ready to sign on the dotted line, but your contract includes a non-compete. You ask: Is this even legal? What happens if this job doesn’t work out? Would I be able to find other work? Can this be enforced? Under Texas law, the answer is yes, maybe, and so long as it’s reasonable. In the great...

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Fears Nachawati Law Firm is recognized for the first time, as a Best Law Firm, by U.S. News. The firm was ranked in two practice areas, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, in the Dallas Fort Worth region tier 3 in the 2021 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” Firms included...

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The first trial involving Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) talc-based products since the nationwide COVID-19 shut down in March and the first talc trial were held virtually over Zoom began last week in California state court. J&J and other defendants opposed holding the trial virtually, but the judge, in this case, pressed forward with the current talcum powder trial in light of the Plaintiffs’ rapidly failing...

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The Fifth Court of Appeals sitting En Banc expressed skepticism of an ambulance company’s arguments for ending a patient death suit. The three-justice panel’s August 2019 decision affirmed the dismissal of the late Gary Lew Maypole II’s family’s suit against Acadian Ambulance Service Inc. because the medical authorization form was missing information unknown to his surviving family members. The family requested a rehearing before the...

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Fears Nachawati Senior Counsel Gale Pearson was selected as a Brainstorming Group Member on Improving the Privilege Log Process for The Sedona Conference Working Group Series. This prestigious group of only 15 provides authoritative, meaningful, and balanced commentary in regard to what is working and not working with respect to the privilege logs. The Sedona Conference Working Group Series was launched in 2002 and represents...

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Bryan Fears and Majed Nachawati, co-founders of Fears Nachawati Law Firm, are among the attorneys heralded as “agents of change” by Texas Lawyer magazine in its 2020 listing of “Texas Trailblazers.” The pair were selected for their leadership in transforming the North Texas law firm they co-founded in 2006 into one of the top products liability plaintiffs’ firms in the nation. The firm remains focused on...

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Law360 and Texas Lawyer each highlighted new developments in a nine-year legal battle between Steak ‘n Shake and a former employee who filed a sexual assault lawsuit against the casual restaurant chain after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a manager during a late-night shift in 2011. A ruling by the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas this week sets the stage for a jury...

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Fears Nachawati trial lawyer and senior counsel Gale Pearson has been appointed to serve as secretary at the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a national legal think tank devoted to providing support for the U.S. civil justice system, as well as state and federal appellate courts. A veteran trial attorney of more than 25 years, Ms. Pearson is a trailblazer in fighting on behalf of communities whose...

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, leaving businesses all over the country in jeopardy, Fears Nachawati partner Matthew McCarley sat down to answer some questions for those who may be filing business interruption claims with their insurance providers. What can a business do if an insurance company refuses to pay a business interruption claim? Unfortunately, people have come to believe that when an insurance company denies...

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Dozens of municipalities across Texas have filed lawsuits against distributors and sellers of opioids. A settlement is still on the horizon, while a Texas Fee Committee was appointed on June 5, 2020 to determine fees and expenses that will soon be owed for the suits. This is a step closer towards helping those impacted by the opioid crisis. The committee will focus on an allocation...

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An agreement that could bring monetary relief to communities battling the opioid epidemic has been made between the Texas Attorney General’s office and a group of Texas cities and counties ravaged by the highly addictive drugs. The agreement, which was announced by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, provides structure to any future settlements with manufacturers, distributers and retailers that played a role in flooding communities...

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After having its product pulled from store shelves across the country and facing billions of dollars in liability, Johnson & Johnson has announced it will stop selling its talc-based baby powder in the United States and Canada. While removing this dangerous product from the market is welcome news from a public-health perspective, there is still much work to be done and other hurdles to overcome....

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Fears Nachawati, Chicago-based Edelson PC and Dallas-based Carter Law Group are filing two federal class-action lawsuits on behalf of ADT Security Services customers whose privacy was breached by a company employee who had access to streaming video from customers’ security cameras. The home security company marketed in-home camera systems as a way for parents to check in on their children and pets. However, it failed...

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The Dallas Morning News has published a story on Salum Restaurant, which Fears Nachawati is representing after Travelers Indemnity Company wrongly denied coverage for losses sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of businesses just like Salum have had their livelihoods thrown into question as unscrupulous insurance companies wrongly deny business interruption claims. Fears Nachawati is fighting on behalf of Salum and others like it to...

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The Fears Nachawati Law Firm has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Graileys Fine Wines after a business-interruption claim filed by the business was denied by its provider. Graileys is just one of thousands of businesses across the country that have suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The highly acclaimed Dallas establishment, located in the city’s Design District, was shuttered after Dallas County...

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A petrochemical plant located in Port Neches, Texas, and owned by TPC Group exploded on November 27. This tragedy occurred just one week after the EPA rolled back chemical safety regulations drafted in the wake of the West, Texas, explosion that occurred in 2013. Attorney Gale Pearson recently wrote an op-ed for the Waco Tribune-Herald about the responsibility owners of these plants have to their...

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Fears Nachawati’s Jonathan Novak was among a select group of legal experts on both sides of high-profile opioid litigation invited recently to speak at New York University Law School’s Conference on the Opioid Epidemic. The gathering of legal experts representing plaintiffs and defendants shined a light on the ongoing public health crisis caused by reckless manufacturing and distribution of highly addictive opioid painkillers, as well as the status of closely...

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As the nation’s focus returned to El Paso for the reopening of the Cielo Vista Walmart where 22 people died in a mass shooting, media outlets spoke with Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Brice Burris for context about ongoing litigation against the retailer. The Fears Nachawati team has joined a pre-litigation investigation on behalf of shooting victims and family members in order to fully investigate how...

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If you have heard the term public client attorney, you may be wondering what that position entails. A public client attorney is a lawyer whose clients are public entities—such as state and local governments. Public client attorneys protect the legal interests of government entities, school districts, tribes and more. These highly specialized attorneys help clients defend the general public from the whims of powerful corporations...

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The military contracted manufacturing company 3M for high-quality earplugs to be used by soldiers, but it has been determined that the earplugs did not keep a tight seal. This allowed dangerously loud sounds to slip through – unbeknownst to the individual wearing the earplugs. As a result, thousands of military veterans across the country have suffered hearing loss because of these defective 3M Combat Arms...

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Electric scooters have started to show up on the city streets of Texas. Scooter companies such as Bird, Lime, and Blue Duck have flooded the streets of San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin, and El Paso with electric scooters that are available for quick rentals to get around.   While they are a convenient and fun way to maneuver around the city, they’ve also become a...

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In Texas, hospitals can file a lien against patients who haven’t paid their bills. They do this to recover compensation for the unpaid bills, but not all liens are legal. Sometimes hospitals illegally file a claim or overcharge, which causes financial problems for many Texan families. In 1933, the Texas legislature passed a law to allow hospitals to recover compensation from the person responsible for...

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The state of Texas has a maximum speed limit that goes as high as 85 miles per hour, but only on certain highways. The maximum speed on federal highways, state highways, roads that are maintained by a city, and toll roads can have maximum speeds of 70 miles per hour. On county roads, the maximum posted speed is usually never higher than 70 miles per...

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Every day, drivers share the road with semi-trucks. We may think of them as a nuisance, even though we know they are a crucial part of American commerce. However, have you ever stopped to think about it from the perspective of a semi-truck driver? Their job certainly isn’t easy. By paying closer attention to semis, you and everyone else can get where they’re going safely....

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How car insurance companies come to arrive at your rate is dependent on a variety of factors. In general, car insurance companies perform a risk assessment to determine how much to charge you. They also use a wide range of data and other reports as they formulate a quote specific to you and your vehicle. Car insurance companies look at the following information in order...

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No one thinks it will happen to them, but it is possible that if you have sought care from a hospital, you might be defrauded during the billing process. While you should expect to be billed for the care that you receive, there have been countless cases where a hospital adds fraudulent charges or otherwise increases the costs. Sometimes hospitals file fraudulent liens, which means...

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Drinking and driving is never a smart mix, even if you aren’t drinking excessively. Unfortunately, it happens in Texas more often than in many other states, with statistics placing Texas at #11 in the United States for incidents related to driving under the influence. Regardless, if you are pulled over for a DUI in Texas, you should know your rights, and what you should and...

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