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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Brent Coon & Associates Designated as Approved BMWED Unified System Division FELA Law Firm

Brent Coon and Associates has received the special distinction of being approved to handle cases Brotherhood for Maintenance of Way Employees under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA). The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees - Unified System Division continue is a national union representing the workers who build and maintain the tracks, bridges, buildings and other structures on the railroads of the United States. It was in 2004 that the BMWE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and consolidated its strength with that of the powerful 1.4 million member Teamster Union. The BMWED Unified System Division continue the fight today for job security, better working conditions, fair wages and benefits, improved safety conditions and elimination of massive cutbacks.

Brent Coon and Associates is honored to receive this designation. In an open letter to the BMWED Unified System Division, Brent says:

"As the founder of Brent Coon and Associates, it is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to introduce our firm to the BMWED Unified System Division membership and convey how excited we are at BCA to be on board the team.

Our firm comes from extensive union roots. My father was in the union and we have built the firm around the needs of the working man and woman. We have a number of very solid labor relationships in place with a wide variety of industries. These involve many of the common carrier trades including the airlines and interstate commerce. We have shaped this firm with decades of practice, recruiting a team with deep organized labor experience. Our in-house union liaisons and staff have extensive experience with railroad and union activities including organizing, negotiations, grievances and arbitrations.

As a national firm with rich and diverse skill sets, we will provide a wide variety of services for the BMWED Unified System Division. From our role with the United Steelworkers and other unions associated with the industrial trades, like steelworkers, chemical workers, refinery workers, paper mill workers, and a variety of other trades, we have learned to go far beyond personal injury claims and are able to tackle the toughest occupational disease and 3rd party cases. A number of our offices and attorneys routinely handle FELA claims – taking on companies like Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific in courtrooms around the country. (Read the full letter by clicking here)."

In addition Brent Coon and Associates is announcing the launch of their new FELA specific website, www.fela411.com. The new website features library of informational videos, various electronic newsletters and a Client Information Center which will keep BCA clients up to date on the latest news and developments on their litigation.

About Brent Coon & Associates

Brent Coon & Associates was founded in 2001. Today, with 10 offices around the country, it is one of the largest trial law firms in the nation and the epitome of the 21st century law practice. Brent Coon & Associates employs over 20 aggressive litigators, with solid experience in individual and complex multi-party, occupational/environmental, health and personal injury cases. The majority of the firm’s cases are referred from attorneys who have confidence in the firm’s integrity, expertise and solid work ethic. The firm has a proven track record for handling complex, multi-party cases, with an emphasis on occupational and environmental law and personal injury practice.

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Houston, TX 77002
Local: 713-225-1682
Fax: 713-225-1785
Toll Free: 1-800-406-8864

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

An Open Letter From Brent Coon:

As the founder of Brent Coon and Associates, it is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to introduce our firm to the BMWED Unified System Division membership and convey how excited we are at BCA to be on board the team.

Our firm comes from extensive union roots. My father was in the union and we have built the firm around the needs of the working man and woman. We have a number of very solid labor relationships in place with a wide variety of industries. These involve many of the common carrier trades including the airlines and interstate commerce. We have shaped this firm with decades of practice, recruiting a team with deep organized labor experience. Our in-house union liaisons and staff have extensive experience with railroad and union activities including organizing, negotiations, grievances and arbitrations.

As a national firm with rich and diverse skill sets, we will provide a wide variety of services for the BMWED Unified System Division. From our role with the United Steelworkers and other unions associated with the industrial trades, like steelworkers, chemical workers, refinery workers, paper mill workers, and a variety of other trades, we have learned to go far beyond personal injury claims and are able to tackle the toughest occupational disease and 3rd party cases. A number of our offices and attorneys routinely handle FELA claims – taking on companies like Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific in courtrooms around the country.

At BCA, we understand the importance of communications and technology in serving our clients. Communication is key with the jury, a judge, the press or the government – and we have excellent skill sets in all of them. As public policy advocates, we have written legislation on the issues of workplace safety and bring the stories to the national media like no other law firm in the country. Our technology capabilities, including case management, data-basing, electronic discovery, and trial presentation, place us in a position to maximize settlements and dominate in a courtroom.

This is also why we rely heavily on electronic media tools like our new FELA website (www.fela411.com), multiple firm-dedicated websites, our library of informational videos, and our various electronic newsletters. Getting the right information to you when you need it can be the difference – that’s why our lines are open to anyone who may have a claim or who just needs to ask us a legal question (855-680-FELA).

Again, we look forward to being part of the BMWED Unified System Division legal team.

Thank you and in solidarity,

Brent W. Coon
Founder
Brent Coon & Associates

Read more about Railroad Attorneys and BWMED Unified System Division

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

RICO Lawsuit Filed Against Henderson County & FEMA, Among Others

June 22nd, 2011 – Henderson County, IL – On Friday, attorneys representing Jesco Disaster Services filed a lawsuit alleging that several parties, including Henderson County, FEMA, IEMA and the Henderson County Board of Supervisors illegally conspired to avoid paying an invoice provided by Jesco for services rendered following the historic Flood of 2008.

Beginning on July 17th, Jesco was contracted by Henderson County to pump 60-70 billion gallons of water out of the ground and into the Mississippi River. Over the course of six weeks, Jesco completed the job and invoiced the county for nearly $30 million dollars, which Jesco has yet to recover.

County officials have claimed that “red tape” and the need to fully audit the invoices are responsible for the non-payment, but the lawsuit alleges an organized conspiracy on the part of local officials and government agencies to avoid paying Jesco.

The contract between Henderson County and Jesco, was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. However, FEMA officials attempted to get the county to break the contract because the cost estimate prepared by the county – which included equipment only, rather than manpower - was significantly lower than the final cost, despite FEMA’s own attorneys deeming the original contract valid.

Henderson County Board Chairman Marty Lafary continues to cite “red tape” and due diligence as the reason for non-payment, but witnesses to public board meeting attest to hearing Mr. Lafary state that the county never had any intention of paying Jesco from day one.

The lawsuit cites several incidents to supports its case, ranging from the falsifying of information, the use of improper accounting measures and deliberate acts to improperly void the contract between Henderson County and Jesco.

Lead Attorney Gary Riebschlager of Brent Coon & Associates said, “What we have here is a clear cut cases of a large group of individuals from various agencies distorting and misrepresenting the facts of this case and the terms of this contract in order to skirt their financial obligations to Jesco. Jesco was hired by the county to provide emergency relief for the people of Henderson County during an extremely difficult time period and Jesco performed the services under good faith. To attempt to retroactively void the contract with a company who was so integral in helping the area fully recover isn’t how business is done in this country.”

The lawsuit seeks full payment for services rendered in addition to attorneys fees and punitive damages.

For more including photos go to: http://www.ricolawsuit.com/

About Brent Coon & Associates

Brent Coon & Associates was founded in 2001. Today, with 10 offices around the country, it is one of the largest trial law firms in the nation and the epitome of the 21st century law practice. Brent Coon & Associates employs over 20 aggressive litigators, with solid experience in individual and complex multi-party, occupational/environmental, health and personal injury cases. The majority of the firm’s cases are referred from attorneys who have confidence in the firm’s integrity, expertise and solid work ethic. The firm has a proven track record for handling complex, multi-party cases, with an emphasis on occupational and environmental law and personal injury practice.

Contact:
Jay Jackson Director of Communications jay@bcoonlaw.com (312) 656-3471

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE - BCA AVIATION LAW: A New Beginning

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE  
BCA AVIATION LAW: A New Beginning
FOCUSING ON AIR CRASH and AIR DISASTER LITIGATION, we handle all legal needs associated with the Aeronautical Endeavor.
Aviation Flight Attorneys
Brent Coon & Associates is pleased to announce the formation of a new Aviation Law Division consisting of Gary Riebschlager and M.P. “Pappy” Papadakis as “Of Counsel.” In addition to over 30 years of practicing law, Pappy has 40+ years experience as a United States Naval Aviator & Airline Pilot. He joins with veteran trial attorney, Gary Riebschlager, to create most formidable aviation litigation focus area.
GARY RIEBSCHLAGER
Gary Riebschlager is the new head of the Aviation Law Division of Brent Coon and associates. He is a well recognized trial attorney with many aviation litigation case experiences in his 30 year history as a Texas Trial attorney. Gary is a FAA Certified Pilot
M.P. PAPADAKIS
Pappy has been a Texas practicing attorney for 37 years. He was a navy carrier pilot and Delta Airline Captain for over 40 years. He has evaluated, investigated or helped litigate over 450 aviation accidents. He is one of the first persons made Fellow of the International Society of air Safety investigators. He has authored the reference text, Aviation Accident Reconstruction and litigation now in its 4 th edition. He is the founding member of Airlaws, a group of Aviation attorneys who act as Associated Counsel on aeronautical matters.
FOR INFORMATION CALL (713) 225-1682
Houston Attorneys - Gary Riebschlager – M.P. Papadakis – Frank Wathen
Aviation Law is not a specialty recognized by the TEXAS Board of Legal Specialization
BRENT COON AVIATION LAW
Brent Coon & Associates-Aviation Law Focus has a proven track record for handling complex, multi-party cases, relative to aviation claims.
Veteran of hundreds of jury trials in many legal specialties, our firm has successfully obtained verdicts for many individuals in excess of a million dollars over the last decade and total settlements in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Knowing the industry and its counterparts enables our attorneys to effectively identify liable parties by challenging: manufacturers, suppliers or operators depending on the accident. Our experienced attorneys are renowned for examining and identifying all underlying claims for our clients.
ABOUT AVIATION FOCUS AREA
The Aviation Division Of Brent Coon & Associates offers law firms, attorneys and clients a distinctly impressive choice of legal services relating to aviation. We can help you in five beneficial ways:

1
. Clients may chose our firm to represent them directly in Aviation Crash litigations throughout the Continental USA.
2
. Attorneys may refer clients to our firm and together we will represent the client in Aviation Crash litigations.
3
. Attorneys may co counsel Aviation Litigation cases with our firm on an agreed upon share the risk basis.
4
. An Attorney firms may associate a Brent Coon attorney on a consulting basis to supplement needed Aviation expertise.
5
. Occasionally, in specified arenas, Brent Coon& Associates may act as local counsel for aviation cases.

Avandia Class Action Filed in Illinois

An Avandia Class Action lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court by 43 plaintiffs last month in the state of Illinois. The suit claims the 43 plaintiffs in the avandia class action were failed proper warning from GlaxoSmithKline regarding Avandia's side effects. Side effects of Avandia has included heart attack and congestive heart failure. Thousands of reported Avandia lawsuits have been filed throughout the country since Avandia (rosiglitazone) was introduced in 1998.

Avandia Class Action in Illinois

The latest class action lawsuit was entered on 5/4 and against GlaxoSmithKline, SmithKline Beecham Corporation, McKesson Corporation and five other defendants. The Avandia Class Action lawsuit claims that the Avandia manufacture is guilty of negligence, fraud, breach of warranty and misrepresentation. It's been reported this Avandia class action lawsuit is asking for Avandia claim damages in excess of $650,000.
Earlier this month the FDA decided to pull Avandia off the shelf starting this Nonmember. The controversial diabetes drug will only be available through a special program called the Avandia-rosiglitazone Medicines Access Program. A portion of the Avandia statement made by the FDA includes:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public of new restrictions to the prescribing and use of rosiglitazone-containing medicines. These medicines to treat type II diabetes are sold under the names Avandia, Avandamet, and Avandaryl. Healthcare providers and patients must enroll in a special program in order to prescribe and receive these drugs."

Avandia Settlements and Avandia Attorneys

If you or someone you know has been affected by Avandia side effects, you may be entitled to an Avandia settlement.  You should speak to an Avandia lawyer as soon as possible, as there are laws that set a time line for filing Avandia lawsuits.  If your Avandia lawsuit is not filed before the deadline, then you may miss out on your opportunity to claim an Avandia settlement.
The statute of limitations on Avandia lawsuits is based on many factors surrounding your claim. These factors include the state you file your lawsuit in, the injuries that were suffered and type of claim made. Every case is different and if you have any questions on the best practices when filing an Avandia Lawsuit, please contact our legal team. Complete the Free Case Evaluation form to the right to have your case reviewed.  If you have suffered injury as a result of taking Avandia, you should consult an Avandia lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your claim for an Avandia settlement.

Avandia Lawyers – National Attorney Network

The National Attorney Network has connected the top pharmaceutical plaintiff's firms and Avandia lawyers in the country, with the latest information on the ongoing Avandia litigation, class action lawsuits and MDLs. Our Avandia attorneys nationwide are currently accepting pharmaceutical cases involving Avandia, Fentanyl, Rituxan, and Paxil and are investigating a number of other potentially unsafe drugs.
The statute of limitations on Avandia lawsuits is based on many factors surrounding your claim. These factors include the state you file your Avandia Lawsuit in, the injuries that were suffered and type of claim made. If you have been prescribed the diabetes drug Avandia and have experienced side effects, you may be entitled to compensation. To have an Avandia attorney review your case information please complete our Avandia Case Evaluation form.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BCA Wins Coveted National Marketing Award for Oil Spill Campaign

Houston, Tx – June 6, 2011 – The law firm of Brent Coon & Associates, received the “Best Intergrated  Legal  Campaign during the 2011 Internet Advertising Competition Awards  for its “Gulf Coast Disaster” Campaign. The campaign included the website “GulfCoastDisaster.com” and blends both online and offline advertising while incorporating 21st century marketing methods such as interactive online “Town Hall” video seminars and traffic generation efforts targeting online social networks.

The Gulf Coast Disaster campaign targets victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent oil spill on April 20th, 2010. The campaign, which was launched days after the oil rig explosion, was and is updated daily with breaking oil spill news, environmental updates and included over 300 media appearances by world renowned BP legal expert Brent Coon. Brent Coon’s media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper 360, and Fox News.

 Jay Jackson, BCA’s Director of Marketing and said “The IAC Competition has become the Oscars of internet advertising, so having Gulf Coast Disaster recognized as being the ‘Best Legal Integrated ad campaign’ is a huge honor for us. From day one, this was more than just about generating a lot of cases. We wanted this campaign to help assist the thousands and thousands of people impacted by the tragedy of the BP Oil Spill.”

BCA’s Gulf Coast Disaster is being recognized as the Best Legal Integrated Ad Campaign of 2011 by the Web Marketing Association, the producer of the IAC Awards. Now in its 14th year, the competition has become the premier event for ad agencies, in house marketing groups and internet marketing firms all looking to judge their campaigns against the industry’s best. Past winners include HBO, GEICO Insurance, Walt Disney, MGM Mirage and CNN Digital Media.

BCA was also honored with the “Best in Show” Award for Best Legal Integrated Ad Campaign in 2009 for it’s “I Hate Ike” Campaign. In addition, BCA also received The Web Marketing Association’s Legal Standard of Excellence Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Web Development” for the website Texas City Explosion.  The Texas City Explosion website was designed as an informational site to keep the media and public informed on the BP trial in 2005, features court-released documents, terms of the settlement, video from the deposition and trial and a full press room archive chronicling news reports over the course of the litigation.

 “The world is changing and it’s now about bringing relevant, targeted information and options to the people who need it…as fast and interactively as possible. I want to thank the IAC, the BCA Marketing team, and BCA founder Brent Coon for sharing this vision. Being honored with another prestigious award completely validates what we believed.”
Visit www.gulfcoastdisaster.com

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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