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OIL & GAS PIPELINE ACCIDENTS:

Failure Mechanisms in Non-Technical Language

TASA ID: 18867

Oil and gas pipeline construction in the U.S. has grown steadily over the years at a rate of approximately 10,000 miles per year. As of 2019, more than 2.6 million miles of natural gas and 219,000 miles of hazardous liquid pipelines were operating in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s PHMSA agency began tracking serious accidents in 2000. The latest failure rates reported by PHMSA show 0.01 failures per 1000 miles for hazardous liquid pipelines, 11 failures per 1,000,000 miles for gas distribution pipelines, and 0.008 failures per 1000 miles of gas transmission pipelines. Despite such low probabilities of failure, accidents do occur often making news due to the spectacular way they fail and the likelihood of deaths and injuries.

How the Food Industry is Managing COVID-19

TASA ID: 18725

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way the world operates, and no one was prepared for it. One of the essential businesses that were given the OK to keep running was the food industry. Food manufacturing, beverages, dietary supplements and functional foods and restaurants are still showing at their locations, while most people are encouraged to work from home. This article wants to present different aspects of how the food industry in general has been managing the pandemic, using different public resources to obtain reliable information. COVID-19 news and scientific reports are always changing and while we are all trying to understand it, we cannot stop operations: we all have to eat. 

HAVE NEGLIGENCE AND COVID-19 CONSPIRED TO HARM YOUR CLIENT?

TASA ID: 14071

Has your client’s workplace or medical provider stepped up to the plate and provided or employed safe, adequate and fully appropriate personal protective equipment or proper safeguards to meet the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19? Has your client contracted the virus due to lack of attention to these details?

What We Can Learn from the 1918 Pandemic

TASA ID: 1056

The social impact of the Spanish Flu and Covid-19 are eerily similar. There are many things we can learn from the 1918 Pandemic’s impact on society, the economy and employee behaviors. Similar to Covid-19, businesses and schools were forced to close, social distancing was the new norm, economies took a terrible blow and production was slowed. One of the most important lessons we have learned from the Spanish Flu is that we cannot ease our guard too quickly. In the summer of 1918, we thought we had conquered the pandemic; however, it lasted through the spring of 1919 because we underestimated its resistance.

CPS Checklist for Discovery

(While this applies primarily to California Child Welfare Agencies, it can be applicable to Child Welfare Agencies in the counties of other states as well.)

TASA ID: 1220

If you have not had a great deal of experience in litigation against county child welfare agencies, then there are some things which are helpful to know up front.  Like most people being sued, CPS agencies don’t like it.  They see themselves as “on the side of the angels” for children being abused and neglected and as proponents for strengthening families.  And indeed, the vast majority of the time, they are.  However, owing to a number of factors, including caseloads, insufficient staffing, divergent levels of skills, personal bias, ill-serving mindsets, and lack of resources; to name a few, mistakes will occur.  Sometimes in my experience, they are unintended. They may not be deliberate owing to the press of work that rushes a judgment or fails to look at all the details, including exculpatory evidence. 

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