- 2012-01670 Giovanni Rodriguez Regalado a/n/f of Giovanni Izaiah Regalado, a Minor v. Centerpoint Energy, Inc. and CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp., In the 333rd Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas
Reached a confidential settlement amount. CenterPoint installed a plastic pipe some years prior to the house explosion. The pipe cracked causing natural gas to leak under the foundation of the home eventually igniting causing the explosion and fire.
- 10-12249-278-01; Phillip A. Rippley, Ind. & a/n/f of Alex Rippley and Lauren Rippley, minors; Brenda Rippley, Ind. & a/n/f of Alex Rippley and Lauren Rippley, minors; and Mary Ann Fowler, Ind. & as Statutory Beneficiary of Stephanie Fowler, Deceased vs. Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc., et. al., In the 278th Judicial District Court of Madison County, Texas.
Confidential settlement of death and multi-party injury product defect case. While the parties were in a Toyota Tacoma, the vehicle fishtailed as it rounded a curve and eventually steered out of controlled and rolled. Three passengers were seriously injured in the accident, and another passenger was killed. Plaintiffs alleged the Toyota PreRunner was defective because it was not equipped with VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) a computerized technology feature that would have prevented the loss-of-control rollover at issue.
- Case No. C1 11-7176; Richard Shaneyfelt, an individual and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Judith Shaneyfelt, Deceased, and as Next Friend of Jason Shaneyfelt, a minor; Ryan Shaneyfelt; Michelle Sullivan vs. Ford Motor Company, et. al., In the District Court of Douglas County, State of Nebraska
Confidential settlement of death and multi-party injury product defect case. This family was traveling down an Oklahoma highway when the driver lost control and rolled over. Each of the occupants were injured and the driver died at the scene.
Plaintiffs claimed the Explorer was not crashworthy because it lacked side curtain airbags.
- Docket Number C2012-0218B; Carmen Acosta and Jesus Acosta v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Discount Tire Company of Texas, Inc., Ford Motor Company, et.al., In the Court 207th Judicial District of Comal County, Texas
A confidential settlement was reached. The individuals in the Ford F250 when the vehicle’s left front tire failed by tread separation. Although belted, both occupants were seriously injured.
Plaintiffs claimed defects in the subject tire’s design and manufacture caused the tread separation.
Plaintiffs also alleged that the Ford F250 was defective because of a defect in the hydroboost brake system.
- Docket Number L-11-0053-CV-C; Virginia Gaitan, on behalf of the Estate of Julian L. Carranza, Deceased; Julian Carranza, Jr. and Jennifer Palacios vs. Federal Express Corporation and Dennis Butler, In the 343rd Judicial District Court of Live Oak County, Texas
A confidential settlement was reached in this 18-wheeler accident case where a pedestrian was struck and killed. A Federal Express driver/employee, pulled his 18-wheeler into the Love’s Truck Stop to refuel. As he drove into one of the fueling bays, he struck a pedestrian. Plaintiffs alleged the FedEx driver failed to keep a proper lookout. Plaintiffs also alleged FedEx was also negligent for failing to properly train, instruct, supervise, monitor, assign and manage its drivers.
- Cause No. 09495-D; Emmett Miller and Patricia Miller v. ElDorado National (Kansas), Inc., Thor Industries, Inc., et. al., In the 350th Judicial District Court of Taylor County, Texas
Settled a claim on behalf of bus passengers injured when the shell of a bus separated from the frame leaving passengers exposed during a crash.
Plaintiffs alleged in the lawsuit the bus was not crashworthy because it was defectively designed and manufactured.
- Docket Number 2010-76727; Carmen Ochoa and Jaime Ochoa, Each Individually, as Heir at Law and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Jennifer Ochoa, Deceased v. Drink Marquee, Ltd. d/b/a Drink Houston, Katy Beverage Corp., Triangle Entertainment, Inc., et.al., In the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas
Settled Dram Shop case involving minors served alcohol to the point of intoxication and thereafter permitted to drive. Two underage girls went to a nightclub. At closing time, the two girls left the club and were involved in a car accident that claimed one girls’ life.
Plaintiffs filed a Dram Shop lawsuit against the nightclub for serving a minor to the point of her being a danger to herself and others.
- In re Ferguson, 445 S.W.3d 270, (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.], 2013), successfully defended Mandamus action.
- In re Agresti, 2014 WL 3408691, (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi, 2104), successfully defended Mandamus action.