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    :: Thursday, December 13, 2007 ::

    Lawmakers, workers criticize court's liability ruling - CBS 11, TX
    In Galveston on Monday, representatives of the AFL-CIO said if the court's decision were in place at the time, it would have prevented injured workers from suing BP over the Texas City refinery explosion in 2005 that killed 15 people.

    "Whether you work in heavy industry, go out on service calls or engage in professional consulting on other companies' property, the Texas Supreme Court's decision in Entergy vs. Summers has made your life a little more dangerous,'' said Lee Medley, president of the union's Galveston County Central Labor Committee.

    In the disputed case, the Supreme Court ruled against John Summers, a contract worker injured in a 2001 accident at an Entergy Gulf States plant in Bridge City. The court said that Entergy was immune from a lawsuit seeking damages because Summers was covered by a workers' comp policy purchased by Entergy.

    The lawmakers said in their brief that the Workers Compensation Act provides protection from liability to employers who have purchased workers compensation insurance for their direct employees.
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