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Texas Watch Speaks on Auto Safety at HABA Conference

(Photo (left to right): John Kopriva, HABA President; Burl Richards, ABAT President; Ware Wendell, Executive Director of Texas Watch; Robert McDorman, Founder of Vehicle Value Experts)

We were honored to speak at the Houston Auto Body Association's conference last week, and we thank them for the invitation. 

Press Release: Leading Non-Profits Host Documentary Screening to Raise Awareness about Veterans Suffering from Toxic Burn Pit Exposure

For Immediate Release

Contacts:

Rosie Torres, Executive Director, Burn Pits 360 (361-816-4015)

Ware Wendell, Executive Director, Texas Watch (512-381-1111)

Press Release: Leading Auto Body Associations and Consumer Group Meet with Texas Department of Insurance to Discuss Safety Concerns

For Immediate Release

Episode 21: Protecting our Veterans' Safety

When Leroy Torres first arrived on the Balad military base in Iraq, he said he immediately noticed the smell. It was coming from the base’s burn pit, a pile of everything disposed of on a base, including trash, medical waste, chemicals, and more, which was set ablaze and burned all day, every day. Soon after arriving in Iraq, Leroy fell ill and doctors didn’t have the answers for his symptoms.

Episode 20: Fighting for Safer Auto Repairs

When Marcia and Mathew Seebachan bought their Honda Fit in 2013, they did their homework. But, nothing told them that the car had been previously repaired for hail damage to its roof or that those repairs did not meet manufacturer standards. That shoddy repair work turned out to be pivotal when just four months later, they were struck head-on by a Toyota Tundra truck hydroplaning out of control.

This month, we talked to Marcia about her fight for justice and holding the repair shop and insurance company accountable in court. 

Fighting for Safer Auto Repairs

The fight for safety took a major step forward yesterday.

Statement on Don Willett

For immediate release

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is being nominated for a spot on the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Texas Watch Executive Director Ware Wendell released the following statement:

Valid Concerns on Valid Claims

The threat to property owners filing insurance claims in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is real. Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature passed HB 1774, which reduces incentives for insurance companies to pay claims on time and in full. More aptly referred to as the Blue Tarp Bill, the legislation prolongs the rebuilding process for communities and keeps blue tarps on roofs longer.