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Judge Approves $800 Million Settlement for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

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On the eve of the mass shooting's third anniversary, a Nevada judge approved a settlement totaling $800 million from MGM Resorts International and its insurers. The approval comes nearly one year after the initial settlement range was announced, with the approved amount being the maximum. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, MGM Resorts is to pay $49 million, and the remaining $751 million will be paid by its insurance companies. In the last three years, firm attorneys Mo Aziz and Michelle Rice, have worked tirelessly to help settle the claims of all the firm's 1,145 clients.

Infant Safety And Potential Hazards

AdobeStock_74709230.jpegProtecting an infant is instinctual for most parents. No matter how ill-equipped you might feel when you bring your newborn home from the hospital, you dedicate your best efforts to providing a nurturing environment where your little one will be safe.

Unfortunately, many consumer products designed, developed and marketed for babies have the potential to cause harm. Potentially more disconcerting is the fact that a product's misuse could be fatal.

18-Wheeler Overturns and Catches Fire, Killing Driver

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Just after 6:00 p.m. on October 10, 2020 an incident involving an 18-wheeler occurred near downtown Beaumont on Interstate 10. The 18-wheeler reportedly flipped, ultimately catching on fire and killing the driver.

Offshore Injuries: There Is Still Hope Even If Injury Is First Unreported

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Sometimes injuries on vessels go unreported. In the time it takes some offshore injuries to manifest, the injured offshore worker may be long off the rig, boat, or barge before he realizes he was injured on the job and did not report it to anyone. Just because an offshore work injury was not immediately reported does not mean there is no chance to be made whole under the Jones Act.

Settlement Reached Following Fatal Polaris ATV Accident

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Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Michelle Rice settled a lawsuit arising out of a fatal ATV accident which occurred in April 2018 on private property located in Tomball, Texas. Mr. Agosto and Ms. Rice represented the decedent's widow and the couple's two minor children in the lawsuit which was filed against the owners of the ATV and the private property where the incident occurred. At the time of the incident, the decedent was riding as a passenger in the 2014 Polaris Razor which was being driven by one of the homeowners. As the driver transitioned onto uneven terrain, he lost control of the recreational vehicle, causing it to roll over on its passenger side.

Report Blasts Boeing and FAA for Crashes

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Recently, the House Transportation Committee issued a scathing report, blaming failed government oversight by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and design flaws for the recent crash of two Boeing 737 Max aircrafts. The report claims Boeing was aware of the design flaws and failed to take action to prevent the crashes.

Local Motel Sued for Death of Boy Electrocuted in its Pool

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A local mother is suing a local motel after her 15-year-old son was electrocuted in the hotel's pool. On August 30, 2020, Khaleel Reynolds was swimming in the pool at North Villa Inn when he came into contact with exposed pool light wires, resulting in his electrocution.

Report Flags Amazon's Own Products as Fire Hazards

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A recent report found a number of products sold on, from the AmazonBasics product line, have been reported as safety risks by customers. This includes products that may be fire hazards.

Navien Sued Over Deaths Caused by Carbon Monoxide from its Tankless Water Heater

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The estate of a family who died of carbon-monoxide poisoning in May 2019 recently filed suit against Navien Inc., the manufacturer of the NPE-240A tankless water heater that had been installed in the family's home just six months earlier.

Vital Leak Checks: Propane Tanks And Piping Systems

AdobeStock_305293269.jpegGetting a propane tank filled is a regular occurrence for schools, businesses and homes that rely on gas as an energy source. Although you might not consider a tank to be dangerous, leak checks are a necessity to ensure the integrity of both the tank and the entire gas system operating downstream from the tank.

The piping system must be checked for leaks when gas flow is restored after a service interruption. Regulations require a leak check for new systems, shutoffs or interruptions of service, and tanks that ran out of gas. This means the law requires a leak check if you install a new system, modify an existing system, run out of gas at any time, or have an interruption of service, such as turning off the main supply valve.  

  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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