Archive for May, 2012
Doyle Raizner extends a thank this Memorial Day to all our veterans for their service, which has allowed us to enjoy our own freedom and safety today.
Doyle Raizner remains very proud to represent veterans of the U.S. National Guard and the British Royal Air Force who served in the Iraq War.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday, questioned the growing expenses that military contractor KBR has passed on to U.S. taxpayers in the defense of the lawsuit brought by former U.S. National Guardsmen exposed to the carcinogen sodium dichromate while guarding the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant.
KBR’s newly declassified contract withthe U.S. military confirms that, under the contract, not only was KBR granted financial liability, but they were also permitted to bill the U.S. government for any legal costs.
A report by Oregon-based KTVZ indicates that KBR’s legal defense team has since billed the U.S. Government for “excessive legal costs, including senior attorneys billing at $750 per hour, taking numerous international and domestic first-class flights and paying one expert more than $500,000 for testimony and consultation who has admitted to billing KBR for time spent sleeping.”
Doyle Raizner represents U.S. National Guardsmen and members of the British Royal Air Force who suffered injuries due to their exposure to sodium dicromate while serving in Iraq.
On May 10, 2011, the Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth District of Texas affirmed the judgment of the trial court that the surviving family of an employee who was injured at his workplace was entitled to death benefits under Texas law.
Following an on-the-job injury, the employee had died of an accidental overdose of pain medication related to his injuries. Despite the established law that such a death qualified for death benefits under Texas law, the insurer continued to fight the employee’s family’s entitlement to death benefits through trial and on appeal.
Doyle Raizner successfully represented the employee’s family in the underlying case and on appeal.
Property Insurance Attorneys at Doyle Raizner Form a Task Force for Joplin Tornado Victims:One year after the Joplin tornado, many claims still not paid
On May 7, 2012, Doyle Raizner filed suit against Texas Fair Plan Association and Blackmon Mooring, on behalf of a homeowner whose house was destroyed by a fire on December 1, 2011. Even while the fire burned through her residence, representatives of Blackmon Mooring–a remediation company–showed up at the residence and began taking the homeowner’s possessions. Blackmon Mooring then coerced the homeowner into signing a contract with the company, while it has continued to hold hostage the homeowner’s possessions.
The homeowner has brought suit against Texas Fair Plan and Blackmon Mooring for, among other things, violations of the Texas Insurance Code, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and the Texas Debt Collection Act.
In response to the rising problem of insurance bad faith activity in Phoenix and across Arizona, Doyle Raizner has opened a Phoenix office in order to assist residents of Arizona who have been affected by insurance misconduct. With several insurance companies refusing to honor their contractual obligations and pay out on valid claims, many policyholders have been left unable to recover after suffering a serious injury or sustaining property damage in the aftermath of a disaster such as the October 2010 hailstorm. Doyle Raizner is looking forward to helping Arizona policyholders fight for the compensation they are entitled to.
Kevin Wein, formerly of Steptoe and Johnson, will head the new Phoenix office. The office will focus primarily on handling insurance cases, such as first-party property insurance disputs and workers’ compensation bad faith claims.
More information regarding Doyle Raizner’s new Arizona office is available here.
Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from different practice areas, based on peer recognition and professional achievement.
The firm congratulates Mike and Jeff on this achievement. Mike has been selected to Super Lawyers each year since 2005. Jeff has been selected every year since 2006.