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Confidential Settlement Reached in Premises Case Against Taco Bell

Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Kelly Woods have reached a confidential settlement against Taco Bell regarding an incident that occurred in May 2015. The settlement brings a favorable end to the family's lawsuit seeking compensation for the severe injuries a minor sustained while at the restaurant.

Jury Awards $473.5 Million to Six Residents for Mismanagement of Hog Farm

A Federal Jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina awarded $473.5 million to six residents near a North Carolina Farm run by Murphy-Brown L.L.C. for the mismanagement of hogs on their farm. Murphy Brown L.L.C. is run by a Chinese owned pork producer named Smithfield Foods Inc., which is one of the world's largest pork processors and hog producers in the U.S. According to court filings, the jury awarded $3 million to $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages to each of the six residents.

Parents Sue Resort After Child Injured on Water Slide

Carlos and June Cordeiro have filed suit against Fertitta Hospitality LLC, the owner of the San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, after their child was injured while using a water slide. They have alleged negligence after their daughter lost consciousness on the slide.

Father of Fatal San Marcos Apartment Fire Victim Sues Property Management

The father of one of the five people killed in a San Marcos apartment fire on July 20 is now seeking legal action against property owners and management of the Iconic Village apartment complex.

Jury Awards $12.5M to Reggie Bush for 2015 Injury at Rams Stadium

A St. Louis jury ordered the Los Angeles Rams to pay former NFL running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million after he suffered a severe knee injury in a game at the Edward Jones Dome in 2015. In the lawsuit, Bush claimed he suffered a season-ending knee injury during a game against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 1, 2015. During the game, Bush was returning a punt for the San Francisco 49ers when he was pushed out of bounds, then slipped and fell on what his lawsuit called a "concrete ring of death," a strip of exposed concrete about 35 feet behind the 49ers bench. After Bush's fall, the concrete perimeter was covered with rubber padding on November 15, 2015 for the Rams' first home game.

Woman Hit in Head by Drone Settles Lawsuit with Event-Planning Company

A woman who suffered a head injury when she was hit by a drone has reached a settlement with a USC fraternity chapter and an event-planning company, which hired the operator of the drone to photograph attendees at a 2015 frat party.

Residential Homeowners Sue Engineering Firm for Hurricane Harvey Damage

Residents of the Riverstone community, located in a suburb of Houston, have filed suit against Costello, Inc., an engineering firm, for faulty design of the Riverstone community which caused severe rainwater intrusion into hundreds of homes during Hurricane Harvey. There are 423 homeowners that are included in this lawsuit. The homes that were damaged are located in five different subdivisions in the Riverstone community: Sweetbriar, Millwood, The Orchard, Lost Creek, and Shadow Glen. All these subdivisions are located within Levee Improvement District 19 (LID 19) which was created in 2007. Other neighborhoods within the Riverstone community are located within LID 15 which was created in 2001.

Alaska Airlines Stands Beside Captain Accused of Drugging and Raping Co-Pilot

Alaska Airlines co-pilot Betty Pina had two glasses of wine on a layover in June of 2017 brought to her by the captain she was paired with for a three-day assignment. The next thing Pina remembers is waking up in a vomit-soaked bed, naked from the waist down. Pina, realizing her and the captain had been in the same bed, found and pulled on her pants, stumbled into the bathroom and vomited again.

Elderly Houston Woman Dies from Bedbug Extermination

On July 28, 2017, an 82-year-old woman died from hyperthermia after returning to the apartment where she lived with her husband for thirteen years. The family of Elizabeth Ashbaugh filed a wrongful death suit against her former landlord and a pest control company claiming that a bedbug extermination treatment killed her.

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  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    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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