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Androvett Newswire

As a service to journalists, we publish a bi-weekly e-mail newsletter summarizing important legal stories and related expert sources from our client list.

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Androvett NewsWire: April 30, 2015: Chips Replacing Strips | Music’s Trademark Focus | No Downturn Defense
The End of Credit Card Swiping Nears During the next six months, many U.S. retailers are expected to shift from magnetic stripe credit card transactions to the more secure “chip & pin” technology commonly used in other countries. Consumers will insert upgraded cards into a slot where the terminal will read a microchip, not a magnetic
 
Androvett NewsWire: April 16, 2015: Big Rig Dangers | Same-Sex Divorce | Seat Belt Responsibility
Recent Crashes Highlight Big Rig Dangers In just over 48 hours this week, North Texas roads saw two massive 18-wheeler collisions that illustrate the oversized dangers posed by commercial trucks. In the first disaster, early Sunday morning in Fort Worth, an 18-wheeler slammed into a previous wreck, killing five and injuring 12 others. In the second wreck,
 
Androvett NewsWire: April 2, 2015: Airline Responsibility | Fracking Regulations | Same-Sex Debate
Lufthansa’s Admission Could Be Costly Now that Lufthansa has revealed it was notified that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz suffered a “serious depressive episode” several years ago, the prospect of the company facing astronomical damages for last week’s air disaster in the French Alps has risen significantly, says aviation
 
Androvett NewsWire: March 19, 2015: Oil Industry Financing | Paying College Athletes | Health Care Arbitration
Financing Options Exist in Oil Downturn Amid the oil price downturn, many producers are looking for cash. However, many banks and other lending sources are paring back lending since no one knows for sure when or if prices will turn around. “There are alternatives to traditional reserve-based lending,” says Houston attorney Travis McCullough of
 
Androvett NewsWire: March 5, 2015: Crude-By-Rail | Goodyear Bribery | Top Plaintiffs’ Firm
Feds, Industry Struggle with Oil Train Safety Safety concerns about trains carrying crude oil are leading to tougher regulations. The latest accident occurred Feb. 16 in West Virginia when a train containing highly volatile Bakken shale oil derailed and exploded, destroying a house and forcing water treatment plants to shut down. The Houston Chronicle
 
Androvett NewsWire: February 19, 2015: Energy Layoffs | Drone Insurance | Social Media Heirs
Severing Ties During the Energy Slump With oil prices leveling out at near historic lows, many energy-related companies are facing workforce reductions and reorganizations to stay afloat. The downturn may result in the loss of more than 140,000 jobs in Texas alone, with the resulting potential for claims of wrongful termination from employees who are let
 
Androvett NewsWire: February 5, 2015: Vaccination Mandates | PGA Caddies Sue | Energy Downturn Upside
Can Workers Be Required to Vaccinate? As measles cases spread across the U.S., concerned employers face a patchwork of federal and state laws that can put them at legal risk if they require workers to be vaccinated. Lacking clear guidance from regulators, employers are wise to tread lightly, even if only asking workers whether they or their family members
 
Androvett NewsWire: January 22, 2015: Energy Loans | Employee Wellness | Anti-Terrorism Litigation
Mortgage Loans No Rescue for Energy Lenders Mortgage rates have been falling dramatically, leading to a surge in home loan applications and new business for many banks. That seems like a hopeful sign to banks in oil states such as Texas, providing a new income stream at a time when many are queasy over energy-related loans. Unfortunately, it’s not
 
Androvett NewsWire: January 8, 2015: Earthquake Insurance | Energy Projections | Tax Credit Discrimination
No Quake Coverage in Standard Homeowners Policy With 11 earthquakes in less than 24 hours emanating from Irving earlier this week, area homeowners are wondering whether the related damage to their homes and property is covered by their homeowners insurance. Unfortunately for residents with growing cracks in their homes, it isn’t, says Tarron
 
Androvett NewsWire: December 18, 2014: Sony Data Breach | Energy Reforms | Medical iPhone Privacy
Liability Among Sony's Data Breach Problems The computer attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that released vast troves of employee information, passwords, snarky comments, and business negotiations raises a host of legal issues. “A lot of questions have been raised as to whether such an attack would fall under some of the standard exclusions that
 
Androvett NewsWire: December 4, 2014: Holiday Party Survival | Trademark Confusion | Marketing for 2015
Holiday Party Etiquette for Workers, Employers With the holiday season upon us, employers and workers alike should take heed of the legal perils and career-derailing possibilities that come with excessive merrymaking at the holiday office party. A little planning and communication can prevent potential pitfalls, says employment lawyer Audrey Mross of
 
Androvett NewsWire: November 20, 2014: Keystone Prospects | Drone Regulation | Patent Reforms
Keystone Veto Would Mean Oil by Rail, Ship GOP leaders promise there will be another vote on the TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline next year when Republicans have the Senate majority. But they likely won’t have enough votes to override a possible presidential veto. “Whatever the final decision, it’s unlikely Canada’s tar sands
 
Androvett NewsWire: November 6, 2014: Power of Apology | Collapsing Oil Prices | Ripping Up the Pre-Nup
Legal Lesson in Dallas’ Ebola Scare Dallas’ response to the recent Ebola cases offers a valuable lesson to lawyers, says health care attorney Bill Chamblee, managing partner for Dallas-based Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C. “Amidst all the outrage over how Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas handled the Ebola virus, the
 
Androvett NewsWire: October 23, 2014: Oil Price Drop | Smartphone Encryption | Service Dog Dispute
Oil Price Drop Already Slowing Deals A 20 percent drop in oil prices since June is putting the brakes on many oil patch deals. Energy industry attorney Cliff Vrielink of Sidley Austin in Houston says buyers and sellers may start having different price expectations. He compares it to “a real estate market swoon in which the seller still wants top
 
Androvett NewsWire: October 9, 2014: Ebola Considerations | Data Breach Notification | Marital Wealth
Texas Law Strands Public, Ebola Victim’s Family The death of Ebola virus patient Thomas Eric Duncan at a Dallas hospital yesterday has raised questions about what legal protections are available to his family and the public. But one of the state’s most accomplished medical malpractice lawyers says existing laws may prevent both groups from
 
Androvett NewsWire: September 25, 2014: LinkedIn Defense | Terrorist Funding | Urban Emissions
‘LinkedIn Defense’ Not a Slam Dunk Executives who connect with customers and clients through LinkedIn (and other social media) probably don’t view those contacts as their employers’ trade secrets. But that may not necessarily be a safe assumption. The public nature of LinkedIn contacts is often used as a defense in trade secret
 
Androvett NewsWire: September 11, 2014: Liability Questions | Panhandler Gift Ban | Manhattan Development
BP Ruling Raises New Questions on Liability Last week, a federal judge ruled that energy giant BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, an opinion BP says it will appeal. However, the court’s findings still could have a significant impact on regulatory exposure, contractual risk allocation and insurance
 
Androvett NewsWire: August 21, 2014: Arab Bank Trial | Robin Williams Estate | Offshore Bond Rules
Werbner Representing Victims Against Arab Bank The long-awaited federal trial against Arab Bank has begun in a New York courtroom where terrorism victims are attempting to hold the bank responsible for its alleged role in providing material support to the terrorist group Hamas, including cash payments for the families of suicide bombers. “Money is the
 
Androvett NewsWire: August 7, 2014: Remote Access Risks | Fast Food Security | Tackling Inversions
Protecting Against Remote Access Hackers A government report last week warned businesses about the risks of allowing employees and others to log into their computer systems remotely. If hackers discover a company has remote access software, then they can use programs to ferret out log-in credentials. “One safeguard against this is to require
 
Androvett NewsWire: July 24, 2014: McDonald’s Deaths | Trucking E-Logs | Leveraged Lending
McDonald’s Faces Trial Over Students’ Deaths Jurors in Bryan, Texas, this week are being asked to decide whether fast food giant McDonald’s should be held liable for the 2012 deaths of two students from nearby Blinn College. Denton James Ward, 18, of Flower Mound was beaten to death in the McDonald’s parking lot across the street