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Another Attempt at Passing a Texting Ban in Texas

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – The death of a Texas woman highlights the continuing problem of texting and driving related accidents in the state.

Faced with the prevailing attitude about texting and driving that “everyone does it,” a Central Texas man is sharing the story of his sister’s 2015 death with Texas legislators. He wants to inspire the state lawmakers to create a new law regarding distracted driving.

In November 2015 Amanda Rincker was heading home from work at approximately 11 p.m. At the intersection between the Groesbeck and Mexia city limits, along Highway 14, a car was stopped. Rincker did not see the vehicle and crashed into it at full speed. She was texting while driving and did not survive the accident.

After the accident, Rincker’s brother convinced his local government to pass an ordinance banning the use of cellphones while driving. Now, his stated mission is to have that ban cover the state of Texas. He is facing a challenge, as many previous attempts at passing a statewide ban on texting have failed. Texas is one of only four states that does not ban texting and driving.

Rincker’s brother has also been the creator of a social media campaign launched in Central Texas, called CenTex Families Against Texting and Driving. It is a call for families to band together and support each other to not text and drive.

“It’s devastating to lose someone you love in a distracted driving accident,” indicated Bobby Lee, a distracted driving attorney in Austin. “That text that seems so urgent or important? It can wait. The quick comeback to a joke? It can wait. We never used to have cellphones in vehicles and the death rate in traffic accidents was not as high as it is now. Stop. Think. Do not text and drive. It may be the last text you send.”

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11940 Jollyville Road #220-S
Austin, Texas 78759
Phone: 512.478.8080

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Texas Jury Awards up to 146 Million Dollars in Oil Contract Dispute

Austin Oil and Gas Attorney, Gregory D. Jordan

Austin Oil and Gas Attorney, Gregory D. Jordan

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2017 – A jury awarded up to $146 million in a Texas oil dispute.

The jury found that J. Cleo Thompson and two Texas oil companies breached an agreement with T. Boone Pickens’ Mesa Petroleum Partners to acquire and drill more than 160 oil wells. The verdict came after a three-week trial in a business dispute that has lasted for over a decade, with Pickens claiming that Thompson, Delaware Basin Resources and Baytech improperly excluded Mesa from a profitable deal.

“T. Boone Pickens is a legend in the oil industry,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business litigation attorney and Austin oil and gas attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan. “He has shown repeatedly that, when he believes he is right and he cannot get something resolved, he is not afraid to take someone to court,” Jordan added.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for three hours over the course of two days before deciding that Delaware Basin and Baytech must pay $130 million plus attorneys’ fees, and J. Cleo Thompson must pay $12 million plus attorneys’ fees. Lawyers for the defendants said their clients disagree with the verdict.

Mesa had argued that Thompson conspired with the other two defendants to take Mesa’s 15 percent interest in the oil well project. Lawyers for the defendants claimed that their clients had not done anything wrong and that Pickens had verbally withdrawn from the deal, and regretted it when the project became profitable.

Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan
5608 Parkcrest Drive, Suite 310
Austin, Texas 78731
Call: 512-419-0684

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