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Self-Driving Semis Are Coming To Roads Near You

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Cars with self-driving features have become commonplace on our roads and highways - and many experts believe that fully autonomous vehicles are only a few years away.

But this technology is not limited to cars. Driverless technology in semi trucks is also advancing - in Texas. And this has many people worried.

Waymo, the self-driving division of Alphabet-which also owns Google-will begin mapping Texas and New Mexico roads in early 2020 for self-driving semis, according to USA Today. This mapping continues work already happening in other states, including Arizona, California and Georgia. 

Austin Woman Files Lawsuit Against Firearms Dealer After Defective Pistol Causes Permanent Injuries

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On February 18, 2020, a woman filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division against J&G II, Inc. d/b/a J&G Sales LTD, a firearms dealer, after suffering permanent injuries because the pistol sold by the dealer spontaneously discharged. The woman alleges causes of action for products liability, negligent marketing, and breach of implied warranties, among others in her complaint.

Toyota Adds Over One Million Vehicles to Recall for Fuel Pump Issues

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Toyota recently announced that it is adding 1.2 million vehicles to a major recall due to possible fuel pump failures. In January, Toyota announced that they would recall nearly 700,000 U.S. vehicles due to defective fuel pumps. At that time, Toyota told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator that they were aware of 66 field reports and 2,571 warranty claims related to fuel pump failures in the vehicles that were initially called. The addition of more vehicles brings the total recall to 1.8 million U.S. vehicles. In total, Toyota has recalled 3.2 million vehicles worldwide to address the issue. The recall came after Toyota launched an investigation in June 2019 into potential fuel pump issues.

Arkema and Its Executives to Go on Trial for Releasing Pollutants During Hurricane Harvey

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After more than two years since the devastating category 4 hurricane, Arkema and three of its executives are set to go to trial this week in Harris County. Charged with reckless emission of air contaminants and assault on a public servant, Arkema and its CEO Richard Rowe, former Crosby plant manager Leslie Comardelle, and former VP of logistics Michael Keough face the possibility of potential prison time.

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy Due to Hundreds of Sexual Abuse Claims

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On February 18, 2020, The Boy Scouts of America reported that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to allegations of child sexual abuse spanning over several decades. The Boy Scouts of America has already issued a public apology to anyone that was harmed and encourages alleged victims to come forward to the organization. In a public statement, it said, "we can live up to our social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims" while "also ensuring that we carry out our mission to serve youth, families and local communities through our programs." Sadly, The Boy Scouts of America has joined the many other prominent organizations now embroiled in widespread litigation sparked in the wake of the #MeToo Movement and an emerging national conversation centered on the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence among women, children, and other vulnerable populations.

Can You Sue A Bounce House Company If Your Child Is Injured?

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Bounce houses are a popular source of party entertainment for kids and teens. Found at carnivals and available to rent for private functions, these sources of inflatable fun come with risks. Unfortunately, injuries from inflatable attractions continue to rise.

As a parent, it's difficult to deny your child's deep desire to attend events that include such a feature, even knowing the danger involved. Here what you need to know about your legal options, should an unfortunate accident occur.

First Court of Appeals Upholds Trial Court's Decision to Allow Remote Depositions of Plaintiffs That Live in Honduras

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On June 8, 2018, Moises Pereira was employed by Houston Tubulars, Inc. and working at their pipe yard in Pearland, Texas, when he was struck and killed by pipes. Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Kelly Viktorin filed suit against Houston Tubulars on behalf of the Representative of his Estate, his widow, and eight children. The case landed in the 149th Judicial District Court of Brazoria County, Texas.

Impact of Brain Trauma on U.S. Servicemen and Women

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It has long been understood that many military veterans suffer from life altering mental illnesses or conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recently, researchers have found a new and more serious mental condition that could be affecting thousands of our servicemen and women, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Teen Who Broke Neck in Train Derailment Files Suit

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On December 18, 2017, an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Washington. The Amtrak train was making its inaugural run on the Point Defiance Bypass; the route was supposed to save 10 minutes off the trip. After the train derailed, three people were killed and dozens were injured. Timmy Brodigan broke his neck during the accident. He now requires a wheelchair to get around.

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Evenflo Company, Inc. for Making Misleading Safety Claims Regarding Its "Big Kid Booster Car Seat"

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A California man has filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Evenflo, alleging that Evenflo sold its "Big Kid Booster Car Seat" with misleading advertising and safety claims. The lawsuit alleges that Evenflo advertised its car seat as "side-impact tested" and safe for children weighing less than 40 pounds. However, Evenflo's testing actually revealed that a side-impact collision was likely to lead to the serious injury or death of the occupant.

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    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 Personal Injury Large 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 Personal Injury Plant Fire and 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.

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    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 Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

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

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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