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Woman Takes Stranger Off Life Support

Shirell Powell was told her brother, Frederick Williams, had suffered brain damage after he overdosed. She then made the difficult decision to allow doctors to end life support for her brother. However, the staff at St. Barnabas Hospital had confused the man for Mr. Williams, which resulted in a stranger being taken off life support.

Lawsuit Filed Against Carnival Cruise After Ship Tilt

A federal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Cruise after the ship tilted, or listed, for around a minute on October 28, 2018. The incident occurred just moments after setting sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, for a five-day Caribbean cruise. The tilt caused glasses, dishes, and furniture on the ship to fall to the floor. In a letter to the passengers the next day, the incident was blamed on a malfunction with an electrical switchboard that impacted the ship's use of stabilizers.

Injuries Caused by State or Local Governments

In our complex modern society, with many and varied governmental activities, employees working for governmental units often injure citizens through their negligence. A common example occurs when a government employee causes a motor vehicle collision.

Woman Filmed in the Shower at Hotel Files $100 Million Dollar Lawsuit

An unnamed woman in Chicago is suing Hilton Worldwide claiming that a hotel employee in Albany, New York, filmed her naked in the shower, posted the video online, and tried to extort her. The recording was allegedly taken by a hidden camera in a Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in July 2015. The woman found out about it in September 2015 when she received an email from an unidentified sender that contained a link to a pornographic website where the video had been uploaded. She claims her full name appeared as the title of the video.

Texas Needs Answers to Its Day Care Problem

An investigation by the Austin-based newspaper, Austin American-Stateman, has revealed a disturbing trend in Texas child care. For the last 10 years, over 80 children in Texas day care centers died due to both abuse and neglect, and in the same period of time, more than 450 Texas children were sexually abused.

NHL Reaches Settlement with Former Players in Concussion Lawsuit

The National Hockey League announced a nearly $19 million settlement with former players who had sued the league over brain injuries suffered while playing. According to the lawsuit, the league and team medical staffs kept the players in the dark over the potential harm they faced. The suit alleged the NHL of failing to protect the former players from head injuries that could lead to the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or warning them of the risks involved.

Lawsuits Filed Over Train Crash

Over 40 lawsuits have been filed against NJ Transit by the people who were injured in the September 29, 2016 Hoboken train crash. One person was killed and more than 100 others injured when a commuter train sped into the terminal and crashed through a bumping post. The individuals who filed suit include people who were on the train and on the platform.

Ben E. Keith Company Scene Of More Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is unfortunately more common these days. Many employers have taken measures to protect their employees. Recently, a warehouse in New Mexico owned by Ben E. Keith company was the scene of a mass shooting. An off-shift employee entered the unsecured facility and opened fire on co-workers in the warehouse, injuring three people. Two are still listed in critical condition, while one has been upgraded to stable. The suspected shooter was later found dead beside his truck some distance away. The suspected shooter had recently been working for Ben E. Keith Company in Houston, where on August 20 of this year, another workplace shooting had claimed the life of Francisco Reyes and left another injured. Lack of security onsite was also responsible for allowing that workplace violence to occur. Now, yet another episode of violence has unfolded with three people seriously injured and the shooter dead.

League City Daycare Center Sued Over Infant Girl's Suffocation

A lawsuit filed in Galveston claims that a League City daycare center's negligence resulted in the death of a three-month-old girl. Galveston County District Court records show that Jared and Lindsey McNeel allege that Kiddie Academy International, Inc.; Bullock's Bright Beginnings, L.L.C.; and Cory and Summer Bullock, individually and doing business as Kiddie Academy of League City, were responsible for the suffocation death of the McNeels' infant daughter, Skylar Mae McNeel.

USC Doctor Accused of Sexual Misconduct

More than four hundred women have come forward to accuse former University of Southern California gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, of sexual misconduct. After the events at Michigan State University surrounding Larry Nassar, women are calling on USC to handle these allegations differently. Rachael Denhollander said, "I'm asking USC-do it better this time. Do it better than MSU did. Treat these women like the family you promised them they were."

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    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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