ITC Deer Park Chemical Fire Investigation Reveals Startling Facts

On March 17, 2019, a huge fire erupted at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. (ITC) bulk liquid storage terminal which sent a large black cloud high over Deer Park and surrounding communities east of Houston, Texas.  The fire, which ultimately was allowed largely to burn out, spawned lawsuits from thousands of residents and Harris County for […]

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update

4.69 Billion Dollar Verdict Against Johnson and Johnson Upheld by St. Louis Judge A St. Louis judge has upheld a talcum powder verdict of about $4.7 billion against Johnson & Johnson. The talcum powder manufacturer filed motions for judgement notwithstanding the verdict, new trial and new trial on damages following the July 13 verdict. This […]

Proton Pump Inhibitor Lawsuit Update

Ongoing Proton Pump Inhibitor Litigation In June 2018, the plaintiff’s counsel for the ongoing Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) MDL No. 2789 tolled the statue of limitations, give them more time to investigate the factual basis of PPI kidney injury claims. The details of the agreement can be found in the official court filing, linked above. […]

Not Too Late to File a Harvey Flood Claim For Addicks or Barker Victims

It is not too late to file a Harvey flood claim if you were a victim of the Hurricane flooding that resulted in the flooding of thousands of homes around the Addicks Reservoir and the Barker Reservoir.  Houston flood claim lawyers are still filing cases against the United States Government and the Corps of Engineers […]

Houston Vulnerable Road User Ordinance

Vulnerable Road Users in Houston According to a preliminary report conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. Unfortunately, car accidents involving pedestrians seem to be more common; however, there are other road users who are also at a disadvantage when it comes to […]

Essure Birth Control Device Update

Bayer Announces Removal of Essure from Marketing Starting 2019 On Friday, medical device manufacturer, Bayer announced that beginning December 31, 2018, they will no longer sell the controversial Essure birth control device in the United States. Bayer announced that its decision to discontinue Essure, “is based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in […]

Houston Provides Free Towing Services on Certain Freeways

The Gulf Cost Regional Tow and Go Program Earlier this week the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) announced the launch of the Gulf Coast Regional Tow and Go Program. This program provides free towing services to motorists who are stranded on Houston freeways with camera coverage. The initiative came as a result of the increasing congestion […]

Two DUI Injury Cases Trigger Bombshells Lawsuits

In February, Marvin Drake III died after slamming his motorcycle into the rear end of another vehicle at a high rate of speed. In May, Houston Police Department (HPD) Officer Chayne Brothers was hit by a car while on duty, suffering two broken wrists. At first glance, these two incidents seem to have little in […]

Second Place, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Excellence in Ethics Scholarship

By: Sarah Harris From my perspective, providing free legal services to those who cannot afford it is a way of helping others by giving back to the community and investing in it. It helps to protect those who are most vulnerable in our society from being taken advantage of or overlooked. In addition, the inequalities […]

Supreme Court Reverses Decision on Texas Congressional Districts

Supreme Court Overrules District Court On Monday, the Supreme Court overruled a district court’s decision that certain Texas congressional and state legislative districts were unconstitutionally drawn. In August 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled these districts were unconstitutional and violated the Voting Rights act because they were primarily […]

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