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Nursing Home Employee Arrested After Woman Gives Birth While in Vegetative State

On December 29, 2018, an Arizona woman who had been in a vegetative state for ten years unexpectedly gave birth to a baby boy. The woman was a patient at Hacienda Healthcare, a facility for people in need of long-term medical care, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Caregivers of the facility had no idea the patient was pregnant until she went into labor. Phoenix police immediately began a sexual assault investigation.

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.

Elite US Gymnast Sues USA Gymnastics and Olympic Committee for Sexual Abuse Coverup

An elite US gymnast who was training at the Huntsville, Texas, Karolyi Ranch training center, is suing for negligence, negligent hiring, and intentional infliction of emotional distress after alleging years-long sexual abuse by the national team doctor, Larry Nassar. According to the lawsuit, the parents argue that both the US Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Gymnastics (USAG) bear responsibility because they owed their daughter "a special duty of care" at the time the alleged assaults occurred.

Nursing Home Arbitration

Across America, nursing homes have been using the private justice system of arbitration to quietly deal with practices such as abuse, sexual harassment, or even wrongful death to reduce legal costs at the expense of their patients. Upon entry, patients sign a contract with a clause that mandates arbitration for anything a nursing home could be held liable for. In many cases it is argued that the elderly do not fully understand what they are signing. These clauses have disturbing consequences; in Murrysville, Pennsylvania a 100 year-old woman was murdered by her roommate and initially blocked from court as a result of such a clause.

Abraham Watkins' Representation of Woman Claiming Sexual and Racial Harassment by Former Police Chief Gains Attention

Abraham Watkins' own Benny Agosto, Jr. and Scott Armstrong are proud to represent a veteran Galveston police officer for claims that she was sexually and racially harassed by former Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto from 2013 to 2015. In the complaint filed with the federal Equal Opportunity Commission, the officer says Porretto discriminated against her because of her African-American race and her gender and promised her job advancement in return for sexual favors. When she refused such requests, positions were denied and job opportunities were taken away.

Medical Curtain and Sexual Harassment

Most people go to the doctor to get well - not to get sexually harassed. But a recent study found that sexual harassment by the medical profession does occur. The decade of 2003-2013 had reports of over 1,000 counts of sexual harassment, many of which were repeat offenses. The U.S. Physicians Report states that a little over 87% of victims were female, and lie in the age group of 20-39. Of the 1,000 reports, about a fourth of offenders received no punishment.

Parents Sue Houston Second Baptist Church Over Youth Pastor Rape Conviction

According to the Houston Chronicle, the parents of a teenage girl have filed suit against two well-known Houston churches, Second Baptist Church and Community of Faith Church. Both parents are claiming that the religious organizations were negligent by employing and failing to properly supervise a youth pastor, Chad Foster, who was previously convicted of sexually soliciting their underage daughter while working there. In 2013, Foster pleaded guilty and was also convicted of sexual assault of a completely different minor, receiving five years in prison.

Rape Victim Loses Case Against KBR & Halliburton

On Friday, July 8, 2011, a Houston jury returned its verdict in Jamie Leigh Jones' case against KBR, Inc., Halliburton Co., and Charles Bortz. Jones is the former KBR employee that was allegedly drugged and raped by fellow employees while working in Iraq. The companies and Bortz denied all allegations of rape and a subsequent cover-up; Bortz admitted to having sex with Jones but said the sex was consensual. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendants on all counts.

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  • 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

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    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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