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Monday, December 9, 2013

BCA Launches New Beaumont Facebook Website

BCA is proud to announce a new Beaumont Lawyer Facebook website. This is Brent Coon & Associates' Facebook page for community relations in Beaumont, TX.

Brent Coon & Associates is dedicated to improving the community of the town of Beaumont, the hometown of law firm founder Brent Coon. Follow along and help support all the community activities that Brent Coon and Associates is involved with in Beaumont Texas.

https://www.facebook.com/BCABeaumontLawyer

Monday, November 4, 2013

Brent Coon & Associates Named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report

Brent Coon & Associates Named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World ReportBrent Coon & Associates is proud to be named by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a 2014 “Best Law Firm.” Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

"U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings," says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. "Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and a natural accompaniment to the law school rankings."

The 2014 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision-making process.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.
Read More about BCA Best Law Firm Award

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lawsuits Filed Over Deaths in CVR Refinery Explosion

September 25th, 2013 – Houston, TX – On Wednesday morning, two lawsuits were filed in Fort Bend County, TX against CVR Energy Corporation and its related entities on behalf of Russell Mann and Billy Smith. These two workers were killed in the explosion at the CVR refinery in Wynnewood, OK on September 28th, 2012. The lawsuits allege that CVR was responsible in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace for its employees and that the company failed to properly maintain and upgrade its antiquated boiler system in order to save costs. The OSHA investigation reveals that CVR is a repeat violator of the OSHA workplace regulations for safety.

Smith and Mann were responsible for the start-up of an antiquated boiler, the Wickes steam boiler, which had previously been shut down for repairs. The boiler system, which was built in the 1950’s, does not have a Burner Management System (BMS) that would allow for the remote start-up of the boiler. CVR’s boiler system requires that employees manually light the boiler, the most dangerous task in the refinery, just as anyone would light a space heater in their home. This out-dated methodology defies industry standard but was kept in place by CVR to save money.

The attorney representing the families of Mann and Smith, Gary Riebschlager of Brent Coon & Associates, noted that this is not the first accident at the refinery that was due to the boiler system. “The CVR refinery has had problem after problem with their antiquated boiler system, but since updating that steam boiler would require the company to change its entire system, management has continually chosen to put its workers at undue risk by not updating the boiler in order to save money at a refinery that is already making $1 million a day. That its employees continue to be unnecessarily injured or killed is simply a cost of doing business at CVR.”

Riebschlager also notes that the antiquated boiler system at the refinery poses harm not only to the refinery workers, but the entire community. Because the system does not meet EPA standards, it emits a vast amount of harmful toxins that pollute the air, water and ground soil in Wynnewood and its surrounding areas. “It’s easy to see that Mr. Mann and Mr. Smith were victims of the boiler system, but the invisible long term harm the system imposes on the people within the community is equally real. As a public interest law firm, our goal is not just to recover damages for the families of the deceased, but to also facilitate change at the CVR refinery and mandate that it update all systems to comply with modern, current industry and environmental standards so that it is a safer place to work and so that Wynnewood is a safer place to live,” said Riebschlager.

Riebschlager and Brent Coon & Associates are no strangers to taking on the petrochemical industry and forcing change in legislation and workplace safety standards. Founder Brent Coon served as Lead Counsel in the litigation stemming from the 2005 refinery explosion at the BP plant in Texas City, TX. The explosion killed 15 workers and injured hundreds more. Coon reached a settlement with BP that forced the company to make public the seven million documents his firm had uncovered. As a part of the settlement, BP also agreed to contribute over $40 million dollars to various charities, organizations and educational institutions that focus on improving process safety within the petrochemical industry. Coon wrote and introduced to the Texas State Congress the “Remember The 15” bill, which sought new legislation to improve safety conditions throughout the industry.

About Brent Coon & Associates:

Brent Coon & Associates was founded in 2001. Today, with 8 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 a full complement of aggressive litigators with solid experience in individual and complex multi-party, occupational/environmental, health and personal injury cases.

BCA is a public policy firm and has worked with numerous state and federal investigative agencies, most notably in the 2005 Texas City Refinery explosion which resulted in the successful resolution of hundreds of civil cases, a criminal plea agreement in working with the Department of Justice, numerous safety related reforms across the petrochemical industry and over $40,000,000.00 dollars dedicated to landmark safety programs and advancements in industrial health care.

The firm and founder have been repeatedly recognized by most leading journals and legal associations including Texas Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year (2013) ; Forbes "Lawyer of the Month"; MTMP "Clarence Darrow Award"; Texas Monthly Magazine "Texas Super Lawyers" (2007-2013); "Best Lawyers in America"; Lawdragon ""500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America"; American Association of Justice "Stephen Sharp Public Service Award" and many others.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Of Counsel Attorney M.P.”Pappy” Papadakis Receives Prestigious Award For Aviation Safety

Brent Coon & Associates is extremely proud to congratulate BCA Aviation's Of Counsel Attorney M.P.”Pappy” Papadakis on being awarded the 2013 Jerome F. Lederer Award by the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) at their annual ISASI Seminar in Vancouver Canada on August 19th .
Pappy was announced as co-winner of the award along with Frank Del Gandio. The award is for “Outstanding contributions to technical excellence in accident investigation” and recognizes Pappy’s continuing achievement and devotion to aviation safety.

The award was created to honor Mr. Lederer, bestowed as the “Father of Aviation Safety” by Congress in 1997. Mr. Lederer was hired in 1926 to oversee aircraft maintenance by the U.S. Post Office and from 1929 to 1940 served as chief engineer for aviation insurance underwriters. In 1940 he accepted an appointment as director of the Civil Aeronautics Board’s Safety Bureau, resigning to become director of the Airlines War Training Institute in 1942, training airmen and mechanics for the Air Transport Command and safety consultant to the 2nd Air Force. In 1947 he organized the Flight Safety Foundation and was director through 1967 when he was appointed director of the Office of Manned Space Flight Safety for the Apollo Program, becoming the Director for all of NASA in 1970.

Mr. Papadakis was a US Naval aviator and carrier pilot. In his second tour he was a Research and Development test pilot and SAR project officer at the Naval Air Development Center. Thereafter, he was Captain for Delta Airlines incorporated logging 23,500 accident free hours while becoming type rated Captain in B727,B737,B757, B767, B767NG -400 and L1011.

By flying every weekend and holiday for the airline Pappy was able to attend law school graduating STCL in 1974. He kept flying on weekends and holidays while practicing law full time. While a pilot for Delta he served on ALPA Safety, accident and Incident committees. He was National Alternate to the noise abatement committee and to the all weather flying committee. He served on the National ALPA Operation USA safety and two man/three man cockpit committee and was elected for a 21/2 year term as a pilot contract negotiator. After retiring from Delta in 2001 he was a contract consultant for SWAPA.

In his avocation as aircraft accident investigator or consulting attorney he has investigated evaluated and/or helped litigate in excess of 450 accident cases.

He wrote the aviation reference text “Aircraft Accident Reconstruction and Litigation”, now in its 4th edition. He has published professionally over 50 times and has featured articles in ISASI on four occasions. Pappy began in 1980 teaching Aviation Law and Product law as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law. He has received Honored Adjunct Award 2011 and SBA Faculty Award for Excellence in 2013.
Pappy has a unique recognition as being recognized in Who is Who in America, Who is Who in education and Who is Who in American Law. Pappy joined ISASI in 1976 and has served ISASI as ethics chair for a six year period . He was Chairman of the Aviation Section of American Association of justice and he was Chairman of the Aviation Section of The State Bar of Texas.

Papadakis holds “ISASI Fellow” membership and is qualified as a Life Member as well. Capt Papadakis greatly appreciates the honor of the Lederer Award and the recognition of his dedication to “everything safety” and to the principles established by the “Father of Aviation Safety”.

Papadakis joined Brent Coon & Associates in 2009 as an Of Counsel Attorney and Lead Investigator for BCA’s Aviation Department.

Founder Brent Coon said, “This gives our firm in-house counsel from the nation’s leading aviation expert. BCA has established itself as first tier aviation law firm in no small part because of Pappy’s presence. We are extremely fortunate to have him as a part of our legal team.”

Friday, August 23, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Brent Coon & Associates Given “Litigation Department of the Year” Honors by Texas Lawyer

Litigation Department of the YearAug 12th: Brent Coon & Associates is proud to announce that it has been named “Mass Tort Litigation Department of the Year” by Texas Lawyer. The Texas Lawyer editorial staff spent several months researching and interviewing attorneys to come up with the list, putting your firm into an elite group of outstanding law firms that have had a major impact on law in the state of Texas.

Along with nine other winners, BCA will be profiled in Texas Lawyer’s Litigation Departments of the Year supplement, which is scheduled for publication on August 19.
To see all winners, please visit this link. For more on BCA being named “Mass Tort Litigation Department of the Year” click here.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

BCA Attorneys Named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Brent Coon & Associates is proud to announce that Founder Brent Coon and attorneys James L. Cox and Philip Kanayan have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.

Read more about Brent Coon attorneys named Top 100 Lawyers

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Major Challenge To ‘Class Settlement’ Agreement in BP Oil Spill Disaster – Appellate Briefs filed with 5th Circuit by 1000's of Victims

July 15th – Houston, TX - On Friday, a consortium of dozens of law firms, accounting firms and claims processing facilities representing thousands of victims, filed an appellate brief in the ongoing Deepwater Horizon and BP oil spill disaster litigation with the U.S Court of Appeals 5th Circuit. The appeal argues the fairness of the settlement and requests the dismantling and restructuring of the class economic and property settlement, which was approved several months ago in the MDL proceedings pending in New Orleans.

Additionally, the appeal addresses the fairness and practicality of the class settlement itself and the vetting of the class counsel overseeing its deployment.

While a number of law firms have objected to the class settlement, many filing objections and calling into focus a wide-range of issues proprietary to the class and how it operates, the appeal represents a growing movement against the class settlement and its inability to help those affected by the tragedy from the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Brent Coon & Associates, who has the most claims in the class as well as the most who have opted out, filed a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the faults with the economic settlement class Friday, and was joined with separate filings from various other law firms also seeking to modify this settlement or otherwise have it set aside.

"These appeals briefs were filed on behalf of wide ranging classes of victims of the spill”, says Mr. Coon, "and likewise involve wide ranging issues of ethics, transparency, application of the law of class actions, and interpretation of the class settlement and definitions of eligible vs. ineligible claims. While the notices of appeal were filed months ago, the extensive and detailed briefs of the aggrieved movants shed much more light on the nature of the legal issues called into play and numerous specific issues the parties have faced in the class settlement process."

While the appeal involves thousands of victims of the oil spill, appeals of the class action interpretations have not been made exclusively by claimants. In fact, BP, an actual party to the settlement agreement which negotiated all of the terms, was in front of the same appeals court last week arguing that the settlement was being interpreted by the claims administrator, Pat Juneau, in an improper manner. "If BP has problems with the very agreement they drafted and agreed to, you can only imagine the amount of concerns and problems faced by the actual victims, who did not get much of a say in the process", says Coon.

A complete copy of the appeal is posted on BCA's oil spill website and is available for both reading and downloading. The appeal can be accessed with the link provided.

www.gulfcoastdisaster.com/appellatebrief

Representatives from the various firms and facilities which form the BCA team can be available for comment throughout the week and will be holding a press conference at 2pm CST on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013. Dial in information is as follows:

Phone: (877) 845-2478
Passcode: 654321#
Brent Coon

The appeal exposes a number of fundamental problems with the inner workings of the settlement, ultimately impacting its implementation and ability to provide relief for the victims of the disaster. The consortium is alleging that as a result of BP's uncompromising position and tactics, a significant number of victims have been excluded from the recovery process at the outset and that many more are being progressively eliminated through the settlement's unrealistic submission process. As a result, a majority of cases are unsettled and will remain unsettled.

About Brent Coon & Associates:

Brent Coon & Associates was founded in 2001. Today, with several offices strategically located around the country, it is one of the largest and most flexible trial law firms in the nation and the epitome of the 21st century law practice. Brent Coon & Associates employs a number of aggressive litigators with decades of experience in wide ranging complex litigation. These professionals come from former backgrounds as judges and Supreme Court jurists, law professors and other academia, and bring an arsenal of resources including case management experts and associated counsel to further expand BCA's legal network. This solid experience in individual and complex multi-party, occupational &environmental health and commercial litigation cases gives BCA a proven record of excellence in handling litigation matters. The majority of the firm’s cases are referred from other attorneys who have confidence in the firm’s integrity, expertise, solid work ethic and results.

BCA is a public policy firm and has worked with numerous state and federal investigative agencies. The firm's body of public policy involvement has included working with the Department of Justice, OSHA, the United States Congress, The Texas Legislature, multiple states Attorney Generals and various other state, federal and municipal agencies in formulating guidelines, policies and legislation to improve safety and oversight in the industrial trades. BCA has handled unique settlements which dedicated tens of millions of dollars to training and education in heavy industry, including $12.5 Million to the Texas A&M process safety engineering training program and a $5 million dollar grant to the Texas College of the Mainland for an industrial worksite training curriculum. Millions more has been dedicated to research and studies in occupational health, including a $12.5 million dollar donation to the burn center program at the UTMB Galveston Burn Center in Galveston, Texas. Many of the firm attorneys have regularly been consultants to the legal profession and have presented on hundreds of occasions as guest commentators, speakers, and consultants on a variety of legal matters internationally. For more information about Brent Coon & Associates, visit our website at www.bcoonlaw.com.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Brent Coon & Associates To File Lawsuit on Behalf of Workers Injured in Louisiana Plant Explosion

June 20th, 2013 – Baton Rouge, LA – Brent Coon & Associates will be filing a lawsuit on behalf of three workers who were injured in an explosion at a Geismar chemical plant on June 13th that killed two people and injured 74 others. The lawsuit, to be filed on behalf of Rigoberto Rios, Manuel Escobedo and Manuel Escobedo Jr, alleges Williams Olefins, the company that operates the plant, of being negligent in the maintenance of their equipment.

Rios, a contract worker, was working on some scaffolding when he heard the first explosion. While attempting to flee the area, the force from a second explosion roughly 100 feet away knocked him off of the scaffolding and sent Rios falling to the pavement. Rios suffered severe back injuries and PTSD. He sought medical attention that is provided by the company, but has only been seen by one doctor who simply prescribed him pain medication. He was not offered any chiropractic services or given an MRI to assess the severity of his injuries. Escobedo and Escobedo Jr also sustained injuries as a result of the explosion.

The three men were pipefitters assigned to fix leaky pipes that had failed to pass OSHA safety inspections. They say the plant had previously received over 70 OSHA citations. After being assigned to the Geismar plant, the workers say that Williams Olefins did not provide any safety training, nor were they advised of an emergency evacuation plan in the event of an accident. After the explosion, workers scrambled to find an open exit out of the plant, but the nearest exit gate was locked. Escobedo says a co-worker was forced to drive through the gate in a company work truck in order to break the lock.

As a public policy law firm, Brent Coon & Associates is no stranger to taking on the petrochemical industry and forcing change in legislation and workplace safety standards. Founder Brent Coon served as Lead Counsel in the litigation stemming from the 2005 refinery explosion at the BP plant in Texas City, TX. The explosion killed 15 workers and injured hundreds more. Coon reached a settlement with BP that forced the company to make public the seven million documents his firm had uncovered. As a part of the settlement, BP also agreed to contribute over $40 million dollars to various charities, organizations and educational institutions that focus on improving process safety within the petrochemical industry. Coon wrote and introduced to the Texas State Congress the “Remember The 15” bill, which sought new legislation to improve safety conditions throughout the industry.

BCA has worked with numerous state and federal investigative agencies including the Department of Justice and the Chemical Safety Board, to help initiate numerous safety related reforms across the petrochemical industry and millions of dollars dedicated to landmark safety programs and advancements in industrial health care.

BCA also served as Chair of several key discovery committees for the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the multi-district litigation stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and ensuing Gulf oil spill. The firm currently represents over 15,000 claimants along the Gulf Coast including one the rig workers preparing to go to trial against BP.
For more information on BCA’s battles against the petrochemical industry, visit www.petrochemicallaw.com.

About Brent Coon & Associates:
Brent Coon & Associates was founded in 2001. Today, with 6 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 a full complement of aggressive litigators with solid experience in individual and complex multi-party, occupational/environmental, health and personal injury cases. Staff resources include in house software programmers and Information Technology teams necessary in this age of high end litigation. The majority of the firm’s cases are referred from attorneys who have confidence in the firm’s integrity, expertise, success rate and solid work ethic. BCA has a well proven track record for handling complex, multi-party cases, with an emphasis on occupational and environmental law, business litigation and personal injury practice. In only the first decade of operations, the firm has been retained by tens of thousands of Plaintiffs and has recovered over a billion dollars in settlements and trials.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

BCA Mortgage Fraud Video

What are the benefits of working with BCA on Mortgage Fraud Claims?



If your firm is involved Mortgage Litigation, you want BCA on your side. With offices and key local counsel relationships in place across the USA, our firm has the experience, capitalization and legal knowledge to go up against “the big guys."

Who We Are:

Brent Coon & Associates is a public policy law firm that prides itself on not only spearheading litigation involving important public policy issues, but also in affecting change in public policy that leaves the world better than when we found it.
Our firm has been at the forefront of some of the largest and most important litigation of the past 25 years. Most notably, Brent Coon served as Lead Counsel in the litigation stemming from the 2005 explosion at the BP Texas Refinery that left 15 workers dead and hundreds of others injured.

BCA has a great deal of experience in lead roles of large scale, multidistrict litigation, participating in the orchestration of the asbestos and tobacco MDLs, two of the largest law suits in U.S. history.

Friday, April 26, 2013

George Jones: Tribute from Coondog Productions of Beaumont, TX and Nashville TN.



George Jones was an American Legend.  The King of Country, he played arenas and clubs all over the country for over 50 years, almost always to sold out shows.

I had the pleasure of knowing George going all the way back to childhood growing up in the same town and having a friend and classmate in one of his sons, Bryan.  In later years I had the pleasure of working with George professionally a number of times in the entertainment world arranging concerts with our production company.  

George was loved not only by his several generations of loyal fans, but by the entire country music industry. In spite of some of the stories about his difficulties with management in years past, he was always a pleasure to work with and a gentleman in every respect.

We had the additional pleasure of inducting him into Music Hall of Fame at Ford Park a few years ago and Merle Haggard, an American country music icon himself, was honored to handle the inductions.  Loretta Lynn made his next appearance with him a couple of years later for a reunion event and entertained the crowd with a statement that she had been ill but was not about to miss the show and not open for George because she didn’t want to be known as “no show Loretta”, a poke at George’s personal history of missing a number of his engagements over the years.

From working in Nashville for many years with our production company, I can say that no one was more liked and more respected than George Jones.  No other singer ever missed an opportunity to be the opening act for one of his shows. No one else ever produced the longevity in the business like George Jones. At 81, he was still touring and still selling out everywhere he went.  And, most importantly, no one had more loyal fans.  George had a long and checked history in his personal life of indulging in the hard living he so well covered in the lyrics to his many hit songs.  In spite of it and the implications it had on his professional career, his fans were all true blue and always forgave every lapse.   It was a forgiveness brought about for many reasons. First, George was a likeable person.  He cared about his fans and always wanted to put on a good show. He was able to acknowledge his failings…even joke about them,  instead of defending them. He knew he was very mortal, in spite of his celebrity, and he didn’t mind being transparent about it.    He was so good at what he did because he sang from the soul. 

He experienced the hardships and heartbreaks he sang about.  He captured the essence of life in the country better than anyone before or sense.

He had a voice that penetrated you when you listened to him.  He was real. 

Mr. Jones,  from Coondog Productions, our management, all the people we have worked with around the country over all these years, from your fans, your supporters, your sponsors and everyone else you touched…you will be missed.   

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brent Coon & Associates Files Suit Against BP over Gulf Oil Spill

For More Information, visit http://www.bcoonlaw.com/ or http://gulfcoastdisaster.com

April 22nd, 2013 - Houston, Tx - Brent Coon & Associates has filed multiple lawsuits against BP and other defendants on behalf of over 10,000 of its clients who were victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and the ensuing Gulf oil spill in April 2010. The lawsuits, which were filed in several different jurisdictions along the Gulf Coast, also name Transocean and Halliburton as defendants.

The lawsuits were filed on the eve of the three year deadlines established pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). This statute also required claimants to file a "presentment", or offer to settle, prior to initiating litigation. BP was given 90 days to respond to the demands. This presentment process was created in 1990 under OPA as a means to give claimants and the responsible party for an oil spill a way to reach a compensation agreement without having to use the court system.

Brent Coon said, "Our firm filed OPA demands on behalf of all of our clients. Unfortunately, BP did not have any interest in compensating victims within the presentment process. In fact, BP did not meet a single one of our client's demands. Many received form rejection letters and others received form requests for more information, much of which had already been provided within the original presentment. We would have been amenable to resolving any and all cases with BP through the presentment process or any of the other mechanisms put in place prior to litigation, but BP made no efforts to do so."

In May of 20l2, BP reached partial settlement through two agreements in the MDL litigation proceedings in New Orleans. These agreements created two separate Class settlement agreements - one resolving certain economic and property damage claims; the other resolving certain medical claims stemming primarily from the response effort. The MDL Court approved these agreements in December of 20l2. Eligible claimants were given the option to opt out of these agreements and pursue their case through individual litigation.

Coon encouraged most of his clients to opt out of the settlement agreement. "We were concerned that the loss methodologies to be used and the specific documentation required would be problematic for most of our claimants and that they would have no other recourse, as participation in the class required claimants to waive their right to sue, even if they were not offered anything in the class. Likewise, we were concerned that BP would not honor the terms of the agreement and we would be back to square one".

Those concerns have proven true, as the unwieldy claims process has been slow and inconsistent in the payment evaluation process and BP has undertaken appeals of many of the awards. Almost a year into this process and the majority of cases submitted are still unpaid.

"The class settlement agreements reached between BP and the PSC uses a 'one size fits all' calculation to determine a claimant's losses and injuries. While that methodology can work very well with a typical class, like a shareholder or consumer action, this is far from a typical class. Each claimant has its own unique set of circumstances which requires that each claim be reviewed individually on its own facts and merits. The fact is that while the settlement agreement offers fair compensation for a fraction of the overall claimants, we believe the vast majority will fare better by pursuing their recovery through the litigation system."

The lawsuits also include 1000s of claims excluded from any prior settlement agreements. BP has yet to acknowledge that many categories of claimants should be paid, regardless of the extent of their loss. They have excluded municipalities, offshore workers, casino and gaming industry workers, financial industry workers and businesses, and many other industries hit hard from the effects of the oil spill. "BP has done a good job in advertising and PR campaigns in misrepresenting their intentions. Most people listening to their ads have been made to believe that everyone has been fairly compensated and that everything has returned to normal. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that most people have not been compensated, even three years after the spill. Likewise, the effects of the spill are far from over. Scientists are continuing to research the impact of the spill on the delicate ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico and are finding a number of disturbing findings and many areas hit hard from the spill have yet to fully recover".

Coon is no stranger to going to court against large petrochemical companies, particularly BP. In 2005 he served as Lead Counsel in the litigation against BP following the 2005 Texas City Plant Explosion that killed 15 workers and injured hundreds of others. His work uncovered over seven million internal BP documents which exposed BP's internal corporate culture of profits over people. This resulted in a number of media and governmental investigations and Coon was able to assist the Department of Justice in successfully prosecuting felony charges against BP. Coon was featured in hundreds of news stories ranging from 60 Minutes to BBC and testified before Congress and the Texas Legislature. He and his clients also mandated that BP dedicate $40 million dollars to industrial safety and industrial accident treatment programs at several universities and hospitals as a condition of settlement and he was given the Steven J Sharp "Lawyer of the Year" award for his efforts.

Coon also served as Chair of several key discovery committees for the Plaintiffs Steering Committee on the BP Oil Spill Litigation pending in New Orleans, including Co-chair of the BP corporate conduct committee. His firm is one of the primary firms leading the appeal of the class settlement in the oil spill as a further effort to protect his clients and others full rights to present their claims ultimately to a jury of their peers if resolution with BP cannot be obtained.

"We learned long ago that companies like BP never have an intention to do the right thing. If they had that mentality, most of these tragedies would have never occurred in the first place. The bottom line for most of these large corporations is money, it every other issue, including safety, becomes secondary...almost an afterthought.

We will see this litigation through and we will work on this case every single day until every single client has obtained closure.”

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About Brent Coon & Associates:

Brent Coon & Associates was founded in 2001. Today, with multiple offices around the country and a sophisticated network of hundreds of other litigation firms around the world, BCA is the epitome of the 21st century law practice.

Brent Coon & Associates employs a full complement of aggressive litigators with solid experience in individual and complex multi-party, occupational/environmental, health and personal injury cases. Staff resources include in house software programmers and Information Technology teams necessary in this age of high end litigation. The majority of the firm's cases are referred from attorneys who have confidence in the firm's integrity, expertise, success rate and solid work ethic. BCA has a well proven track record for handling complex, multi-party cases, with an emphasis on occupational and environmental law, business litigation and personal injury practice. In only the first decade of operations, the firm has been retained by tens of thousands of Plaintiffs and has recovered over a billion dollars in settlements and trials.

BCA is a public policy firm and has worked with numerous state and federal investigative agencies, most notably in the 2005 Texas City Refinery explosion which resulted in the successful resolution of hundreds of civil cases, a criminal plea agreement in working with the Department of Justice, numerous safety related reforms across the petrochemical industry and over $40,000,000.00 dollars dedicated to landmark safety programs and advancements in industrial health care.

Institutional clients include numerous activist and environmental organizations and unions all over the country representing railroad workers, aviation workers and pilots, law enforcement, steel industry, paper and forestry industry, and the petrochemical industry.

Brent Coon & Associates Law Firm - Beaumont, Texas
215 Orleans St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
Local: 409-835-2666
Fax: 409-833-4483
1-866-335-2666

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

James L. Cox Named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2013

Best Lawyers in America 2013Brent Coon & Associates is proud to announce that James L. Cox has been honored by Best Lawyers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2013. Mr. Cox manages BCA’s Denver office from which he oversees the firm’s FELA and railroad litigation docket. He is a past President of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (1998) and continues to contribute his talents and leadership to that organization.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. After a detailed evaluation of over 4.3 million lawyers, Best Lawyers named only the top one percent to the 2013 Best Lawyers in America list. View More at http://www.bcoonlaw.com

Monday, March 18, 2013

BCA Named as a 2013 Go-To Litigation Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies

BCA Named as a 2013 Go-To Litigation Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies
Brent Coon and Associates Named Go-To Litigation Law Firm for
the Top Ten 50 Companies in 2013
When Fortune 500 companies were asked to name the top law firms they turn to when litigation arises, Brent Coon & Associates was on their list. BCA is pleased to announce that it has been named as a Go-To Litigation Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies for 2013. BCA was also bestowed this award previously in 2012.

This distinction is awarded annually, based on data gathered after an annual nomination and research process conducted by American Lawyer Media with the General Counsel for the nation's top 500 companies to determine which law firms provide best practices and services for clients. ALM is the publisher of regional and national magazines including Corporate Counsel and The National Law Journal.

For more information, visit our BCA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Services website.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Brent Coon Launches New Mortgage Fraud MERS Website


Brent Coon and Associates has launched a new Mortgage Fraud website at www.bcamortgagefraud.com/. The Office of the Comptroller recently announced a settlement fund which will result in homeowners receiving 3.6 Billion dollars in compensation.

Mortgage Fraud MERS Lawyer
BCA Mortgage Fraud
In a statement from the Office of the Comptroller:

In January 2013, 13 mortgage servicing companies subject to enforcement actions for deficient practices in mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing have reached an agreement in principle with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve Board to pay more than $9.3 billion in cash payments and other assistance to help borrowers.  The settlement concluded the Independent Foreclosure Review for these 10 servicers and will result in $3.6 billion in cash payments to nearly 4.2 million eligible borrowers and $5.7 billion in additional assistance.

The new Brent Coon and Associates Mortgage Fraud website will be tracking the latest developments in this litigation as well as general Mortgage Fraud Litigation, Class Actions, how counties equate into this mortgage fraud litigation, information for homeowners, and many other general mortgage fraud legal issues. A description of the new Mortgage Fraud web site includes:

Since 2008, millions of Americans have lost their homes to foreclosures. Homeowners, Counties and Institutional Investors have lost billions as a result of one or more “wrongful” practices such as fraud, reporting inaccuracies, or “robo-signing by banks, lenders and the national tracking registry MERS. Brent Coon & Associates is fighting to undo the wrongs, keeping people in their homes and getting a recovery for those who were cheated.

UPDATE: The mortgage industry has recently reached a settlement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve that created a multi-billion dollar fund to pay damages to victims of mortgage fraud.


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If you need any information on Mortgage Fraud, mortgage fraud laws and mortgage fraud eligibility please visit us at BCA Mortgage Fraud.com

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Joins Brent Coon & Associates

January 3rd, 2013 – Houston, TX – Brent Coon & Associates is pleased to announce its newest attorney, Justice David M. Medina. After serving eight years on the Texas Supreme Court, Justice Medina will be joining BCA’s Houston office to lead the development of a business-to-business practice area and oversee a new mediation branch of the law firm. As a prominent member of the Hispanic community, Justice Medina will also focus on expanding the firm’s reach within the Hispanic community in order to find ways to better serve Latinos seeking legal services.

Becoming a plaintiffs’ attorney is a rarity for a former Republican judge that even Justice Medina recognizes. “While it’s unusual for someone in my position to join a plaintiffs’ firm, my first and foremost desire is to continue serving Texans. Having the opportunity to work for a law firm that focuses on public policy as passionately and effectively as BCA does is the most productive way for me to help further causes I believe in.”, said Justice Medina.
Raised in Hitchcock, Texas, Justice Medina comes from a blue collar background. It is these humble beginnings that instilled a sense of community and a desire to help working class Texans through the justice system.

After graduating from the South Texas College of Law in 1980, Justice Medina was hired by Cooper Industries as Litigation Counsel where he was responsible for a docket that included environmental, product liability, toxic tort, real estate, insurance coverage and commercial litigation.

In 1996, Governor George W. Bush appointed David to the 157th State District Court located in Harris County. Justice Medina served as judge for four years before rejoining Cooper in 2000 as its Associate General Litigation Counsel where he supervised all aspects of complex litigation and product-safety matters throughout the world.

In January 2004, Judge Medina returned to public service when he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as General Counsel to the Governor. In November of that year, Governor Perry appointed Justice Medina to the Texas Supreme Court, where he served for eight years before joining BCA in January 2013.
Founder Brent Coon said, “We’re really excited to have Justice Medina as a part of our organization. With his deep knowledge of corporate counsel strategy, the experience and expertise that he brings to the table will be a huge asset to helping our firm continue to deliver on its mission to stand up for the rights of the labor while simultaneously branching out into some of the corporate areas of legal practice.”

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About Brent Coon & Associates:

Brent Coon & Associates has a long history of representing victims injured while working in the petrochemical industry. BCA is widely considered the experts on safety regulations within the petrochemical industry and the often reckless attitude many corporations display in adhering to those regulations and safety protocols. Brent Coon served as Lead Counsel for hundreds of killed or injured workers following the 2005 BP Texas City plant explosion.

BCA now represents over 12,000 people who were injured aboard the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion or who suffered economic losses as a result of the ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BCA serves as the head of several key discovery committees for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and played an instrumental role in helping create a $7.8 billion settlement program to compensate many residents along the Gulf Coast who suffered losses as a result of the spill.

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