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Jury awards $5.1M to workers who fell from forklift

Two construction workers who fell from a basket on a forklift that wasn’t meant for the task were awarded $5.1 million. Abraham Arredondo and Jose Cervantes fell 10 to 15 feet as they were working on a hotel renovation. Ullah Investments LLC was the general contractor and had provided the forklift. The workers claimed that Ullah knew that neither the basket nor the forklift were meant for lifting personnel, but the plaintiffs had been required to access the third floor in this makeshift fashion repeatedly during the project. Ullah had used this method of elevating personnel on other projects, as well. The jury found Ullah 75 percent liable and subcontractor Victor Aguirre, who was operating the forklift, 25 percent liable.
Arredondo v. Ullah Investments, L.L.C.
Nueces County

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Lowe's pays $55K to worker claiming failure to accommodate

A Lowe's store employee who claimed he was demoted because he couldn't drive a forklift agreed to a $55,000 settlement. Alan Richards was demoted from a management position to customer service associate position at a Lowe's store in Cleburne. Richards suffers from a brachial plexus avulsion that substantially limits him in the use of his right arm. Richards submitted a formal request for accommodation of his disability to address operation of the power equipment. About five months later the store manager told him Lowe's would no longer provide an accommodation that would allow him to stay in his department manager position. Richards was then demoted to the associate position.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Lowe's Cos. Inc.
U.S. District Court, Northern District

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Restaurant settles for drunken driver’s fatal crash

A restaurant that allegedly overserved a man who fatally killed a pedestrian on a highway after a night of drinking agreed to a $2 million settlement. Samuel Guzman was killed when he was hit by Paul Thurber, who had been drinking at Arthur's Prime Steaks and Seafood in Addison. Guzman's family claimed that Thurber was served 14 alcoholic beverages during a six-hour period. Guzman's then-19-year-old daughter witnessed the accident. They were on the shoulder of the George Bush Turnpike because they had run out of gas.
Guzman v. Restaurant & Bar Arthurs Inc.
Dallas County

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Largest Texas Settlements

(Since Jan. 1, 2017; based on cases reported by VerdictSearch)
$3,250,000 Sully v. Freeman Federal Feb 16
$2,500,000 Benavides v. Estate of Vasquez-Martinez Jim Wells Mar 10
$1,994,199 Handley v. Hernandez Reeves Feb 13
$1,400,000 Huddleston v. DAT Truck Lines Inc. Federal Mar 6
$1,000,000 Aguirre v. Compass Well Services LLC Hidalgo Feb 2
$1,000,000 Harrison v. Amigon Harris Mar 10
$600,000 Just v. Grounds Dallas May 24
$400,000 O’Campo v. Jones Bexar Jan 23
$187,500 Maradiaga v. Escobar Harris May 18
$175,000 Treadwell v. Kids of Clay Child Care Center Inc. Dallas Mar 9