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Intercontinental Terminals Company Oil Spill Under Investigation

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Intercontinental Terminals Company may be fined for an oil spill at its Deer Park facility on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Currently, the United States Coast Guard is investigating the spill that occurred following a locomotive fuel tank was punctured and leaked an unspecified amount of diesel into a storm drain. It ultimately closed the Houston Ship Channel for nearly three hours. The extent of the spill is unknown, but an ITC representative indicated the company alerted the Coast Guard, who in turn deployed vacuum trucks, skimmers and a containment boom to isolate and clean up the spill. The Coast Guard will also continue to monitor the potential impact on the area and the recovery efforts.

Pregnant Mother and 2-Year-Old Son Tragically Killed in Crash Caused by Suspected Drunk Driver

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On August 30, 2019, a 20-year-old man was driving eastbound at a high rate of speed on State Highway 11, when he drove into the westbound lanes, crashing into a second truck that was towing a trailer. The second truck was being driven by a 39-year-old man whose 7-month-pregnant wife, 3-year-old son, and 2-year-old son were also in the truck with him.

Offshore Injuries: Companies Want You to Trust Them While They Work Against You

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It is no secret that working offshore can be very dangerous work. Because the maritime industry has been around for centuries, the law in the United States has been able to develop so that there are a lot of rules and regulations governing the responsibilities maritime companies must uphold to keep their offshore workers safe. These companies have the advantage of knowing their responsibilities, but that doesn't mean they share this knowledge with their employees. What that means is that many maritime workers who become injured do not know their rights and simply trust in their employer to "do the right thing."

E-Cigarettes Can Be a Ticking Time Bomb in Your Pocket

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E-cigarettes, also called "e-cigs" or "vapes," are relatively new products intended to replace traditional cigarettes. Since 2008, e-cigarette sales have exploded from $20 million in annual sales to a $4 billion market. Given the increasingly popularity of e-cigarettes, many companies have attempted to jump on the band wagon by releasing their own devices to capture some of the market. However, as is often the case, concerns about product safety take a back seat to the quest for big profits.

Texas Ban On Red-Light Cameras Effective September 1

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New York City officials placed the first red-light traffic cameras as an experiment in 1992. The camera program then started in 2006. By 2018, approximately 400 communities across America had them installed. Now, some states are having them removed. In fact, as of 2012, more red-light cameras had been discontinued rather than implemented. This summer, Texas joined at least seven states that have already banned red-light cameras from capturing photos and ticketing vehicles for speeding and running red lights.

On June 1, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill to officially ban red-light traffic cameras in Texas. The new bill went into effect on September 1, but there is built-in flexibility if communities have existing contracts to operate the cameras beyond that date. It's unclear when they will be removing the final cameras at this point. 

Deaths from Drivers Running Red Lights Reached a 10-Year High

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According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the last full year numbers are available and show the number of people killed due to someone driving through a red light reached 939 in 2017. This is a 31% increase from a low of 715 in 2009. The study tracked anyone who was killed, which includes the driver, passengers, people in another vehicle or people outside of a vehicle.

Man Brings Lawsuit Against DoorDash After Being Stabbed by DoorDash Driver

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Fabio Coppola filed a lawsuit against DoorDash after one of its drivers attacked him in his restaurant. Coppola is the owner and operator of Roma Deli. One evening Mackie Allen was waiting in his car outside of the Roma Deli for a DoorDash order to be prepared. Allen entered Roma Deli and began yelling obscenities at Coppola, who tried to calm Allen down but to no avail. Coppola informed Allen he would be filing a complaint with DoorDash due to Allen's behavior, at which point Allen produced a pocketknife and slashed Coppola's left hand. Coppola then turned to run from Allen but was caught and stabbed in the ribs just below the heart as well as stabbed in the back multiple times. Following the stabbing Allen then completed his DoorDash delivery.

Jury Awards $2.055 Billion to Cancer Victims: Couple Used Roundup and Both Developed Cancer

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Last year, the first verdict against Monsanto, the primary manufacturer of Roundup came in for $289 million. DeWayne Johnson, the first of hundreds of litigants nationwide to be heard in court for their claims against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, is currently dying from his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Years of exposure to Roundup were found to be a significant contributing factor. The cost to uninformed consumers significantly exposed to Roundup has been the development of cancers including NHL and multiple myeloma (a bone cancer). This verdict has paved the way for what promises to be years of contentious litigation for Monsanto, and potentially extreme costs for their product.

$80 Million Verdict in Lawsuit Alleging Falsified Logbook

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A Hidalgo County jury recently issued an $80 million verdict to a truck driver who fell asleep while driving along I-59 in Alabama in 2015. The plaintiff, Lauro Lozano, sued his bosses for forcing him to falsify his logs and continue driving when he should have taken a 34-hour restart.

A Houston Customer Suffers Leg Injury After a Slip and Fall Incident at Kroger

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A Kroger customer filed a lawsuit in Harris County against the grocery store for injuries suffered while shopping there. The lawsuit, filed on August 19, 2019, pertains to the customer's slip and fall incident that took place in July of 2018.

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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