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Company Settles Remaining Lawsuits from Amphibious Vehicle Accident

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The owner of a Branson, Missouri company has entered into a confidential settlement to resolve the final claims in a pending lawsuit stemming from a boating accident.

As Drunk Driving Escalates In Houston, Drivers Must Be Vigilant

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Drunk driving is more than a problem in Houston. It's an epidemic. New numbers reported by KHOU 11 news show that both DUI arrest numbers and accident fatality statistics are higher than ever in 2019. Harris County is once again the leader in fatal DWI crashes in Texas-an uncomfortable distinction that both law enforcement and the public could do without.

Self-Driving Big Rigs May Be Coming Soon on Texas Roadways

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According to recent reports, self-driving big-rig trucks may be coming soon on interstate highways across Texas. Waymo, the self-driving division of Google parent Alphabet, recently announced that they are about to start dispatching mapping minivans, to be followed by large trucks, along Interstates 10, 20, and 45 and through metropolitan areas, including Houston, El Paso, and Dallas. The company reports that they have already mapped and tested their self-driving big-rigs in Arizona, California, and Georgia. Waymo is best known for its self-driving ride-hailing minivan service in suburbs surrounding Phoenix. The latest initiative is part of the company's ultimate vision to replace human drivers with self-driving tractor trailers controlled by sensors and computers.

Ikea pays $46M to Family of Toddler

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In 2017, 2-year-old Jozef Dudek suffocated after a 30-inch dresser from Ikea tipped over on top of him. His parents, Craig and Joleen Dudek, brought suit against Ikea and claimed Ikea was aware that the dressers "presented an unreasonable tip-over hazard and were dangerously unsafe," but continued to sell them. Ikea has agreed to pay $46 million to Jozef's parents.

Road Deaths on the Rise in Houston, and in Texas Itself

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At least one person has died on Texas roads every day since November 7, 2000. Fatalities are on the rise despite the Texas Department of Transportation's and the Texas Transportation Commission's efforts to "end the streak."

Claims Against the State

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A Court of Appeals has affirmed a Travis County jury's award of over $5 million* in a premises liability claim against the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) after determining that TxDOT had adequate notice of the claim.

How To Report Nursing Home Abuse In Texas

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Elder abuse is the unsung epidemic of today. Tragically, the World Health Organization estimates 2 out of 3 health care providers in nursing home facilities say they committed acts of patient abuse in 2017. Just to emphasize that point, the majority of health care providers admit committing-not reporting-acts of abuse.

The truth is that family members don't always know what to look for or how to report what's happening to their parent or loved one. But the Elder Justice Act of 2009 offers protection. If you are suspicious of any kind of abusive activity, from neglect to assault, here are the steps to reporting abuse and stopping the cycle.

Three National Hotel Chains in Houston Sued by Victims of Sex Trafficking

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Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Choice Hotels International, Inc., and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Inc., were listed as defendants in lawsuits filed by three sex trafficking victims in December 2019. The lawsuits claim that these hotels did not do enough to counteract sex trafficking activities that allegedly occurred at their premises. The same lawsuits accuse the hotel chains of negligence, gross negligence, and violations of federal and state laws prohibiting trafficking.

Galveston Couple Sues Honda and its Dealership Because of an Acura that Burst into Flames

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On November 26, 2019, a couple from Galveston filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and one of its Dallas automotive dealerships. They allege that their Acura, idling in their driveway, started to spill smoke and burst into flames shortly after, also causing other damages.

Family of 10-Year Old Injured on Zip Line Sues Florida Theme Park

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The family of a 10-year-old boy who fell from a zip line at the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park has filed suit against the park's operators. The accident occurred on a ride called the "Sky Rider" when the young boy fell out of his harness. The ride operators failed to properly secure the boy in his harness, causing the boy to fall 20 feet and suffer life-altering injuries. The park has since let the responsible ride operators go and retrained its employees on the use of zip lines.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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