Monthly Archives: April 2011

Subrogation in Louisiana: Differences and Opportunities

Louisiana. Home of the Big Easy, Mardi Gras and drive-thru daiquiri bars. Louisiana is also home to a unique legal system called the civil code system, which the Pelican State inherited from French and Spanish settlers. Basically, a civil code

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New Report on CSST

A newly released study addresses the CSST failure scenario and suggests significant testing in an effort to “mitigate” it. The report, which is 267 pages is entitled, Validation of Installation Methods for CSST Gas Piping to Mitigate Lightning Related Damage.

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Flash, KABOOM! Water Heater Failures Involving GAC’s

 Lightning strikes and a water heater fails resulting in a fire. Is the subrogation investigation over? Not if the water heater failure involves a Gas Appliance Connector (GAC). GAC’s have properties similar to Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST). Recently, in

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Missing a few links in the chain of causation? Don’t give up, you may not need them.

A fire occurs in a garbage can causing damage to a home. Joe and John Smith, construction workers installing hardwood flooring in the home on and prior to the date of the fire, admit that they smoke each day near

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Inverse Condemnation Alive and Well in Oregon

In February 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals reaffirmed that the doctrine of "inverse condemnation" is alive and well in Oregon. Inverse condemnation claims do not require a showing of negligence, and instead arise by showing that a government actor

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The Georgia Statute of Repose for Products: When Does Time Begin to Run?

Georgia has a statute of repose for claims involving defective products. O.C.G.A. §51-11-11(b)(2) states that “no action shall be commenced pursuant to this subsection with respect to an injury after ten years from the date of the first sale for

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Texas Tort Reform 2011: Back So Soon?

Don’t look now, but the Texas Legislature may be back up to its old tricks. That’s right, "tort reform" has once again become a hot topic in Texas. On March 14, 2011, two separate bills were introduced in the state

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