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Runaway Elevator Lawsuit

Recently, two women filed suit against Chevron U.S.A., Inc. after being trapped in an elevator in Chevron's building located at 1400 Smith Street in Houston, Texas. The lawsuit alleges that the two women were trapped in the malfunctioning elevator for approximately 40 minutes near the 39th floor of the skyscraper before the unthinkable happened. Apparently, the elevator then accelerated upward and crashed through the top of the elevator shaft at the 50th floor.

Johnson & Johnson & DePuy Orthopaedics Win Hip Implant Trial in Chicago

On April 16, 2013, a twelve person jury Cook County, Illinois jury rendered a verdict in favor of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, in a lawsuit brought by Carol Strum for personal injuries. This is the second case to go to trial regarding the DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip implant that was recalled back in August of 2010.  The first case resulted in verdict against DePuy for over $8 million back in March of this year, while this case resulted in a verdict in favor of the hip manufacturer. Over 93,000 of the DePuy ASR XL hip implants were recalled in August of 2010 due to an extremely high failure rate. Over 10,000 lawsuits are pending in the U.S. against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy for injuries sustained as a result of this hip implant failure and the defective design of the medical implant.

Family Settles Lawsuit Against Minneapolis Police for $225,000

James Keten and his family sued the Minneapolis police department following a 2011 raid of their home during which the police shot and killed two of their dogs. The city recently settled the lawsuit for $225,000.

Student Sues Fraternity After Falling

According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, a University of Idaho student was injured after she fell from a three-tiered bunk bed at the Delta Chi house following a party two years ago. She is now suing the national fraternal organization for incurred medical costs and other damages. The allegations are that the injuries are the result of falling out of a third-story window.

Energy Drinks May Increase Blood Pressure and Change Heart's Rhythm

According to a recent study presented at the American Heart Association's 2013 Scientific Sessions, energy drinks may increase blood pressure and change the heart's rhythm. Researchers conducted a two-part analysis in which they reviewed data from seven previous observational and interventional studies. The participants in each of the seven studies were all healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 45.

Appellate Court Rules Against Victim of Train Collision

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week against the victim of a train-truck collision in the case of Brown v. Illinois Central Railroad Company.

Pop-Up Clothes Hampers Pose Hazard

Houston's KHOU 11 I-Team recently did an investigation on "pop-up" clothes hampers based on a pattern of people who continue to be seriously injured by these hampers. The I-Team found that such injuries are becoming more common because these hampers contain metal wire that is under constant spring pressure in order to maintain its ability to "pop up." A long piece of vinyl tubing typically surrounds the end of the wire spring to prevent it from breaking through the fabric, but is not always effective.

BRP Recalls Ski-Doo Snowmobiles Due to Fire Hazard

On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc. (BRP), a manufacturer out of Valcourt, Canada, has recalled several of their 2013 Ski-Doo snowmobile models due to a fire hazard. The recall was prompted by reports that under certain conditions, the fuel pump inlet fitting can potentially come into contact with the oil tank and break. This may lead to a fuel leak. If such leakage occurs, fuel vapor in the presence of an ignition source could result in fire and can potentially cause serious injuries to the Ski-Doo snowmobile rider as well as bystanders.

Implus Footcare Recalls Resistance Bands Due to Injury Hazard

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Implus Footcare has recalled their Perfect Resistance Bands due to an injury hazard. The Perfect Resistance Bands are rubber tubes connected through a hole and secured by grommets to cloth sewn into loops. The resistance bands can be used alone or in conjunction with optional handles, which are sold separately. The bands are approximately 40 inches long and are used for exercises described on the product packaging card as well as in a Workout Chart available on Implus Footcare's website. The recall was prompted by reports that the resistance bands are able to detach from the mesh cloth loops, posing an injury hazard to the user as well as those in the surrounding vicinity.

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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  • $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.

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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.

  • $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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