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Penn State to Pay $59.7M in Sandusky Sexual Abuse Settlement

This week, Penn State officials announced that the university will be paying $59.7 million to the 26 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. This settlement is "another step in the healing process" for the young men who were abused by Sandusky, as well as the university itself says Penn State president, Rodney Erickson. However, despite the school's costly recovery, many of its former faculty members still face criminal charges for covering up the scandal for nearly a decade before it went to the press.

School Fire in Kitchen Serves as a Reminder

Students at Claughton Middle School in Spring Independent School District are likely enjoying an unexpected day off as their parents figure out what to do with them. Their school is closed today due to fire that occurred shortly after midnight last night. Evidently, an electrical fire at a food warming station was the root cause. At that hour of the night, no one was in the school, so no students or school employees were injured. Also, news accounts reported no injuries to fire fighters.

Hurt by the Government?

Many people believe that it is impossible to sue the government due to past traditional beliefs that the "King can do no wrong." This is untrue and not only has the Federal Government provided a way to bring a suit against the Federal Government, but the State of Texas has adopted a set of laws called the Texas Tort Claims Act which provides an possibility to seek a claim against the Government of Texas.

Texas Supreme Court Rules against Common Law Unlawful Acts Doctrine as a Defense

In a new move, the Texas Supreme court ruled that in personal injury and wrongful death suits defendants can no longer use the unlawful acts doctrine as a complete bar against plaintiff's recovery. The Texas Supreme Court found that the common law unlawful acts doctrine conflicts with the statutory proportionate - responsibility scheme.

FIVE BURNED IN A POSSIBLE MOBILE METH LAB EXPLOSION

Last Wednesday night, on August 28, an explosion set a 2003 Ford Taurus on fire in Lake Worth, Texas, with five people inside. The occupants, four men and a woman, were on fire when they jumped out of the vehicle, and were treated at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Golf Cart-Related Injuries and Deaths on the Rise

Last year, approximately 15,000 Americans were sent to the emergency room for injuries sustained in golf cart accidents. Unfortunately, this number is steadily increasing as golf carts today are used in a variety of settings, both on and off the golf course. In a study led by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, the number of golf cart-related injuries rose by a staggering 132% from 1990 to 2006.

Houston Man Tasered for Months by Co-Workers Files Suit

Earlier this month, Bradley Jones, a 45 year-old Harris County resident filed suit against his former employer, Fred Fincher Motors, and two co-workers for repeatedly shocking him with a Taser gun. According to the lawsuit, Jones, who had been a car salesman for over four years at the Houston-based dealership, was repeatedly shocked for the past nine months before he filed charges for assault, battery, and failure to provide a safe workplace.

Airline Offers $10,000 as Initial Compensation

According to Bloomberg, Asiana Airlines Inc. plans to pay initial compensation of $10,000 to each of the survivors. A spokesperson for the airline said the carrier may pay more after the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation into the accident. According to the airline, the survivors "need money to go to hospital or for transportation so we are giving them the $10,000 first," Lee said in a telephone interview. "Even if they are not hurt or they don't go to hospital, we will still give them this money."

Texas Woman Dies After Falling Off Roller Coaster

A 52-year-old woman died after falling off a roller coaster at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park last week. Rosa Ayala-Goana's death resulted from multiple traumatic injuries after falling on the tracks of the 14-story-high Texas Giant ride in Arlington, Texas. Six Flags Entertainment Chief Executive Jim Reid-Anderson said the company was investigating the cause of the accident and that the ride had been closed. "You can rest assured that it will remain closed until we are certain it is safe to ride," he said.

Jury Awards Woman $800,000 in Bedbug Suit

A Maryland jury awarded a 69 year-old woman $800,000 in her lawsuit against her landlord after a bedbug infestation. The lawsuit arose when the woman notified her landlord of the problem and, according to her, instead of taking care of the bedbugs, her landlord attempted to retaliate against her and even tried to evict her.

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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    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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