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Controversial Case to Reinstate Workers Rights to be Reheard by Texas Supreme Court

Houston Firm Represents Texas Injured Workers Rights

HOUSTON, TX (October 14, 2008) – Williams Hart announced today that the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in the case of Entergy Gulf States, Inc. v. John Summers. The original 9-0 decision by the Court enables plant owners to shield themselves from liability to employees of third party contractors for workplace injuries under the current Texas workers’ compensation laws. In a extraordinary shift, the Court will rehear this case.

Originally decided in August of 2007, Entergy v. Summers was met with concern by state legislators from both sides of the isle, Texas news organizations and legal organizations throughout the state like the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Collyn Peddie, Williams Hart lawyer and appellate law expert, will argue this case that will be heard at the Southern Methodist University Law School at 9:00 a.m.

Peddie, who has testified before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Subcommittee in support of injured Americans, will be arguing in support of Summers’ claims and taking a stand for injured workers across the state. “This is a decision that hurts the workers of Texas,” states Peddie. “Support for reversing this decision has been overwhelming and from all parts of the legal and political spectrum. We hope that the Court recognizes this ruling is a clear misinterpretation of legislative intent and a disservice to all hardworking Texans and reverses it.”

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