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SCOTX’s Awful Asbestos Ruling

A sharply divided Texas Supreme Court ruled that workers poisoned by cancer-causing asbestos can't have their day in court. Read More »

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Don’t Get Burned

Before you fire up your backyard barbecue this Fourth of July, check out our top 4 grilling safety tips. Read More »

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Abbott Blocks Chemical Information

In a recent legal ruling, Greg Abbott blocks public access to information about hazardous chemical facilities. Read More »

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Catch up on the latest news related to public safety, corporate accountability, and consumer protection. Read More »

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SCOTX Devastates Workers Poisoned by Asbestos

A sharply divided Supreme Court of Texas handed down an opinion today that is devastating for workers exposed to cancer-causing asbestos. In Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific, the Court creates an exceptionally high causation standard for asbestos-related cancer cases, effectively blocking many workers and their families from having their day in court. (See Case No. 10-0775, majority, concurrence, dissent.)

Alex Winslow, Executive Director of Texas Watch, a citizen advocacy organization active on civil justice issues, stated:

“The Texas Supreme Court is closing the courthouse doors for workers who are going to die a terrible death simply because they showed up for work and did their job. This decision breaks the promise of meaningful accountability for workers who, through no fault of their own, were poisoned by asbestos-laden products. In the words of Justice Lehrmann, this opinion ‘does not just offend logic – it offends justice.’” Continue Reading »

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News of the Week: Hospital Safety Review, Licensure of Med Workers, Long-Term Care Quality Rankings, Broken Work Safety Hotline

This edition of News of the Week includes stories about the safety of Texas hospitals, a proposal to end licensure requirements for many health care workers, a new report showing Texas near the bottom in long-term care quality, and the work safety hotline that wasn’t connected. Continue Reading »

Eye on Texas Blog, Latest Headlines

News of the Week: Chemical Disclosure, Safe Road Trips, Kyle Field Worker Death, and a Devastating Medical Error

In this edition of the News of the Week, Greg Abbott shuts down access to information about hazardous chemical facilities, we have tips to get you ready for your summer road trip, OSHA issues a scathing report into a construction worker’s death at Kyle Field, and an Arlington man who had the wrong kidney removed seeks accountability in the courts. Continue Reading »

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Research & Reports

The Texas Watch Foundation, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, conducts research and public education activities on consumer law, consumer protection and civil justice issues. Read More »

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Court Watch

Court Watch, a program of the Foundation, documents the role and impact of the Texas civil court system on Texas families and Texas public policy. Read More »