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Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Duck Boat Victims

On July 19, 2018, 31 people were aboard a duck boat tour on Table Rock Lake, in Branson, Missouri, when a severe thunderstorm brought near-hurricane-strength winds and five-foot waves, which caused the amphibious vehicle to capsize and sink. Seventeen out of the 31 people died in the incident. The survivors were taken to a nearby Branson hospital, and afterwards discharged.

Officials Warned About Critical Flaw in Duck Boats Before Missouri Tragedy

Recently an amphibious craft commonly referred to as a duck boat capsized in Missouri, killing 17 and injuring seven others. Prior to this incident federal regulators warned about design flaws related to the WWII era amphibious landing craft.

Billions Awarded to Plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Suit

On July 12, 2018, a jury in St. Louis awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed that asbestos found in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. The jury awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to the Plaintiffs for failing to warn about the cancer risks. This is an extremely high award for punitive damages and one of the highest in such cases so far. Johnson & Johnson intends to appeal the decision.

Dollywood Splash Country Sued for $2 Million Following Alleged Spinal Cord Injury

Dollywood Splash Country was recently sued by a woman who claims she suffered a compression fracture and other spinal cord injuries while riding a water coaster in summer 2017. Dollywood Splash Country, a water park subsidiary of Dolly Parton's famous theme park, Dollywood, is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The woman claims that she was injured while riding the RiverRush Water Coaster with her husband and their two daughters, despite following instructions from the theme park's staff. According to the company's website, the RiverRush is a water coaster in which guests are seated on a raft that races through powerful climbs, twists, and turns four stories in the air with riders experiencing four drops along 1,175 feet of track. The park allows a maximum combined guest weight of 700 pounds per raft, with a minimum height requirement of 3.5 feet.

Ikea Facing New Lawsuit from Toddler's Death

The parents of a California toddler crushed to death last year by an Ikea dresser have filed suit against the retailer, alleging the company knew for years that its dressers were unstable but neglected to redesign them.

Father of Late Football Player Sues Helmet Makers

In 2016, Cody Hamblin, then 22-years-old, died while fishing on Memorial Day with his grandfather. According to a lawsuit filed by his father, Darren Hamblin, he had a seizure while on a boat, fell into the water and died. Mr. Hamblin sued Riddell Sports Group and the parent company of Schutt Sports as defendants. He has alleged negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and wrongful death.

Defective Runaway Dump Truck Causes Severe Injuries

In early February 2018, the driver of a defective dump truck lost control at a high speed and crashed into Barbara Schmidt's vehicle, leaving her with severe injuries. The truck was carrying debris from the recent California fires down a steep hill when the truck's brakes failed, causing the truck to pick up speed until a fiery collision that injured seven victims in total, including three critically.

Batteries on iPhone Overheat

Eleven years after the iPhone was introduced, fifty people were evacuated from an Apple Store. Of those, seven required medical attention, including a store employee. It occurred in Zurich after an iPhone battery overheated and emitted smoke. Store employees put quartz sand over the battery to suppress the smoke, and they ventilated the store.

Fiat Chrysler Recalling 50,000 Chrysler Pacifica Vans Due to Faulty Seat Belts

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 50,000 Chrysler Pacifica eight-passenger minivans from the United States and Canada for malfunctioning seatbelts. During driving, engineers discovered that rapid side-to-side motions, similar to those made in sudden lane changes, could cause the center belt buckle to unlatch and consequently release the passenger.

Settlement Reached in Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit

Tristar Products Inc. and plaintiffs Ninfa and Jose Vasquez have reached a settlement in a products liability lawsuit filed in Brownsville, Texas. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs were severely burned after a pressure cooker purchased from Tristar exploded on August 2, 2014. The plaintiffs allege they were using the pressure cooker for the first time to prepare pinto beans for a family dinner-following all instructions provided with the device-when the device suddenly exploded without warning. The explosion allegedly occurred after the device had been unplugged for two hours. Mrs. Vasquez was allegedly severely burned by the scalding hot contents and steam. The plaintiffs allege that Tristar failed to use reasonable care in designing and manufacturing the device and failed to adequately warn consumers of the device's dangers, among other allegations.

Awards & Recognition

  • 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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