Steve Kherkher, Cesar Tavares, and Kevin Haynes got a unanimous $6,500,000 verdict today in a trucking death case in the 96th District Court of Tarrant County, Judge Wallace. Our Hispanic parents lost their son in a catastrophic trucking collision. Defendants strategically stipulated to liability right before trial, and the judge excluded all liability evidence. The jury simply heard that it was a “motor vehicle incident.” We tried the case on damages only, including mental anguish and loss of companionship. The most the defendant Great Southwestern Construction offered was $1.5 million because our Hispanic clients were parents “of an adult child” in a conservative venue.
On Monday, May 15th, Williams Hart partner Jim Hart was the guest speaker at the United Steelworkers’ District 13-2000 annual scholarship banquet. Over the years, the union has given out over $300,000 in scholarship money to children of members. In fact, in 2017, over $13,000 was awarded, and each year all of the scholarship money has been raised by Union members. Williams Hart has been a proud supporter of this program for many years.
To see more photos of the event, visit the Union’s Facebook page.
Today, the trial team of Jim Hart and Steve Kherkher secured a $16.5 million-dollar verdict on behalf of two ironworkers who were injured by a crane operator during the removal and installation of a large glass window at the new Apple store on Westheimer. The workers both broke their backs when the scissor lift they were on was knocked over by the crane operator after he lost control of the crane. Maxim Crane Works, LP was held accountable for the accident and rightfully so, as the accident would not have occurred if industry regulations and standards had been followed by the crane operator and the company.
For more information on this verdict or if you have been hurt in an accident caused by the negligent or careless actions of another party, contact Williams Hart at (888) 220-0640 today.
Yesterday, attorney Steven Kherkher of Williams Hart won a $46.5 million verdict against Monsanto and three other companies in a 10-2 jury decision in a St. Louis Circuit Court. Kherkher represented 3 plaintiffs in this case – which is just the latest in a string of lawsuits against Monsanto – alleging that Monsanto was aware of a connection between polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but that they continued to market the compounds as safe for use into the 1970s.
The jury award included $17.5 million for the three named plaintiffs in the case, as well as another $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto and the three other defendants. When asked about the jury’s decision, a 24-year-old juror in the case stated “I think it goes to show that large companies can put stuff out there that’s harmful and they can do it for along [sic] time but that justice is going to be served whether it’s a year after the products are put out, or in this case, 80 years.”
From 1935 to 1977, Monsanto was the leading manufacturer of PCBs in the United States, which were used widely in paint, food packaging materials, and industrial equipment, among other products. The EPA banned the use of PCBs in 1979, stating that “PCBs have caused birth defects and cancer in laboratory animals, and they are a suspected cause of cancer and adverse skin and liver effects in humans.”
You can read more about this important case by clicking here or here.
Attorney Margret Lecocke from Williams Hart will be speaking on Friday, March 4th, at the 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference hosted by the Southwest/Rockies Region of the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Greater Houston Chapter of the Labor and Employment Research Association.
The conference will run from Mach 3rd through the 5th and will take place at the Double Tree Hotel near Houston’s Hobby Airport. Margret Lecocke’s panel will take place on Friday morning and is titled “Red Light – Green Light with a Twist: Arbitrators and Advocates in the Hot Seat.”