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Victoria Bus Crash Cases Settle

On January 2, 2008 a bus operated by Houston based bus operators was involved in a rollover accident near Victoria, Texas. The bus rollover accident caused one wrongful death and numerous injuries. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friends represents nine claimants. The legal team for the plaintiffs group had to devise an innovative plan to obtain coverage under the insurance policy of Transportes Chavez, Inc. since the subject bus was not listed as a "covered auto" on its insurance policy and Transportes Chavez, Inc. contended that it did not operate the bus. On the date of the incident, the subject bus was not operating under the U.S. D.O.T. number of Transportes Chavez, Inc. However, plaintiff's legal team alleged that two of its employees were controlling the operation of the subject bus.

Supreme Court Ruling Favors Bars

The Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling on March 28, 2008 which helps bars avoid liability. In the case of 20801, Inc. v. Parker, 249 S.W.3d 392 (Tex. 2008), the Supreme Court reduced the elements a bar must prove when an injury is caused by a person to whom it serves too many drinks.

How To Make Sure Your Vote Gets Counted On Election Day

As you know, America is dealing with various important issues-the economy, the war in Iraq, the Afghanistan operation, immigration and education. Consequently, this upcoming presidential election has taken center stage, causing millions of Americans to vote, many for the first time. It is estimated that 130 million Americans will vote so expect long lines and ID checks.

The Thomas More Society of Galveston-Houston

The Thomas More Society of Galveston-Houston is a society of and for attorneys, judges and law students. The general purpose of the Society is to encourage and assist attorneys, judges and law students in living their professional and personal calling by sanctifying their work and fulfilling their duties to God, family and society. This St. Thomas More Prayer is one I think is really applicable to all lawyers of all faiths, denominations and beliefs:

Election 2008: Key Issues Facing the Latino Community

As Election Day draws near, one can't help but recognize, a note of particular importance to all candidates and political parties, that the Latino voters will play a pivotal role in out nation's elections in 2008. With the Latino population ever increasing and for that matter, the Latino electorate, many candidates up for election come November are actively pursuing Latino support in order to succeed.

Lawyers Need Some Stress Relief Too

Whether you have been burning the midnight oil at work, home or school, or simply overworking taking care of your family in the wake of Hurricane Ike, there is one thing for sure: stress takes no prisoners and attacks us all. Lawyers are not immune from stress. In fact, stress is part of lawyers' everyday life-it is scheduled right into their calendars.

South Texas College of Law Houston Wins 100 National Titles

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend is proud to announce that South Texas College of Law Houston has reached the incredible milestone of winning its 100th National Advocacy Title. Many of the lawyers from this firm are graduates of South Texas and many devote their personal time to giving back through coaching, judging, and mentoring young lawyers-to-be at the law school. Many of the lawyers at our firm are ex-advocates from the South Texas program. It has become a tradition at our firm to give back in the form of time, talent, and treasure. Abraham Watkins is extremely proud of what the law school advocacy program has been able to accomplish recently. This is unprecedented.

"Jury Duty from a Trial Lawyer's Perspective"

Two weeks ago I had to go to jury duty. I was probably the only person in the entire assembly excited about the idea of being on a jury. You could hear grumblings across the room. "I can't believe I had to take off work to be here." "We only get $6.00 for today - that barely covers my parking." The crowd as a whole was not pleased to be there. However, everyone sat patiently waiting for instructions from the television screens scattered around the room. Since I knew how the long the process takes, I was prepared. I brought a newspaper as well as another book to read.

Bankruptcy Filing To Affect Pending Bus Litigation In Texas

Motor Coach Industries, Inc., (MCI) based out of Illinois has been engaged in several high profile cases in Texas. MCI is a bus manufacturer has been sued for manufacturing, design and marketing defects in several lawsuits, including the Hurricane Rita Evacuation Bus Fire case. On September 18, 2008 MCI and its affiliates filed for bankruptcy that effectually stayed several lawsuits pending in the Texas courts.

Parents React to Texas Cheerleader Hazing

Together with [email protected] and [email protected], we represent the families of some of Morton Ranch Junior Varsity cheerleaders who were recently victims of hazing at the hands of the Varsity cheerleaders. While some have said the events of the morning of July 25, 2008 have been blown out of proportion, the Morton Ranch Administration has fully investigated the matter. That investigation and subsequent one year suspension of the Varsity Cheerleaders from all cheerleading activities serves as a complete validation and vindication of the JV squad and their stories. We are proud of the JV girls for speaking out against these acts, and hope these circumstances can serve as a springboard to develop programs that help others avoid a similar fate.

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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 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.

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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 18-Wheeler Collision

    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 $48 million.

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