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Atmos Energy Gas Line Under Investigation after Explosion in Dallas, TX

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Firefighters were called to the 3500 block of Espanola Drive in northwest Dallas this Friday in response to a house explosion which killed one and injured four. The explosion claimed the life of 12-year-old, Linda Rogers, and injured her four family members residing in the house at the time of the incident. Firefighters worked quickly to evacuate those living within a four-mile radius of the explosion, including 700 students from Foster Elementary school.

What caused the explosion?

Authorities are taking a closer look at the natural gas line provided by Atmos Energy after several explosions occurred within neighboring areas sharing the same alley way and gas line. During the same week of the house explosion, on two separate occasions house fires broke out in neighboring areas.

Could this be a result of an Atmos Energy faulty device?

Since 2010, records indicate at least seven other gas leaks occurred within the same block of one another. At least two of these instances were attributed to the faulty pipe fittings which shift in Texas soil, known as compression couplings. One instance occurred in 2015, injuring two residents. Atmos Energy promised to fix all faulty couplings 8 years ago, but the explosions continued to happen.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the Friday explosion.

The Potts Law Firm is investigating the events surrounding the Atmos Energy gas explosion. We represent victims of product defects and professional negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a natural gas explosion, talk to one of our experienced attorneys before filing your claim. To learn more about your rights, call us toll free at 888-902-6245, or click here to schedule your free consultation today.

Attorney Derek Potts Spearheading Drive to Create Cohesive Plan for Harvey Flood Litigation

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With an estimated 10,000 homes or more affected by the reservoirs, the litigation has the potential to reach into the billions of dollars. But convincing a judge the controlled release counts as an improper “taking” of private property under eminent domain law could face challenges in court,  and a payout isn’t a sure thing.

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Potts Law Firm diligently pursues a variety of complex litigation and mass tort matters, from complex pharmaceutical cases to challenging eminent domain claims. The firm’s team of highly competent attorneys have experience in many different areas complex litigation. Believing that every detail of a case matters,firm attorneys work tirelessly to pursue just compensation, regardless of the obstacles faced. For more information, visit www.potts-law.com or please contact the attorneys at Potts Law Firm for a free legal consultation

Potts Law Firm Files Class Action for San Jacinto River Flooding Victims

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Houston-Based Law Firm Files Class Action for Flooding Victims

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Potts Law Firm Files Inverse Condemnation Case for All Persons and Businesses Impacted

HOUSTONSept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Potts Law Firm, a Houston-based law firm, filed a class action on September 3, 2017, in the Harris County District Court seeking to represent all individuals and businesses recently affected by the Harris County Flood Control District’s and City of Houston’s handling of “controlled release” of water from the county’s Addicks and Barker reservoirs on August 28, 2017.  As a result of the release, it is estimated that thousands of homeowners and business owners’ properties were flooded who had previously escaped flooding from Hurricane Harvey itself.

The lawsuit styled Val Anthony Aldred, et.al. v. Harris County Flood Control District, et al., consists of two subclasses for (1) All Texas residential property owners who experienced flood waters at their property on or after Monday, August 28, 2017, in the area immediately north and west of Addicks Reservoir, west and south of the Barker Reservoir, and any residence downstream affected by the rising waters of the Buffalo Bayou as a result of Harris County Flood Control District’s and the City of Houston’s decision to release water from the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs; and (2) All Texas commercial property owners who experienced flood waters at their property on or after Monday, August 28, 2017, in the area immediately north and west of Addicks Reservoir, west and south of the Barker Reservoir, and any property downstream affected by the rising waters of the Buffalo Bayou, Addicks and Barker Reservoirs.

Each Plaintiff named in the petition owned property that was not flooding after Hurricane Harvey sat over Harris Countyon Saturday and Sunday, but only began flooding when the Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houstonaided in the release of water from the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. After the release, each property took on several feet of flood water. The suit seeks damages for the government’s intentional taking of properties by flooding and seeks recovery for the repair costs to such properties, diminution in value of the properties, lost income or business income to the properties’ owners, and any consequential loss of the flooding. Inverse condemnation occurs when the government takes private property but fails to pay the compensation required by Section 17, Article 1 of the Texas Constitution. Similar lawsuits were filed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and a class action was certified by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

“Our law firm is uniquely qualified to handle such a case due to our already robust Eminent Domain practice,” said Derek H. Potts, National Managing Partner in Houston. “This case is particularly important to us since it directly impacted many people who we personally know.”

Widely recognized for their expertise in complex litigation and trials, Potts Law Firm has obtained record-setting verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients in state and federal courts across the country. The attorneys with Potts Law Firm are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims of flood and wind catastrophes.

About Potts Law Firm

Potts Law Firm diligently pursues a variety of complex litigation and mass tort matters, from complex pharmaceutical cases to challenging eminent domain claims. The firm’s team of highly competent attorneys have experience in many different areas complex litigation. Believing that every detail of a case matters, firm attorneys work tirelessly to pursue just compensation, regardless of the obstacles faced. For more information, visit www.potts-law.com

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Noted Litigator to Address American Urogynecologic Society Conference

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HOUSTON — (Sept. 26, 2016) – Derek H. Potts, founder and national managing partner of Potts Law Firm, will present on the current status of vaginal mesh sling litigation at the prestigious American Urogynecologic Society’s PFD Week in Denver, Colorado, Sept. 27-Oct. 1.

Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFD) Week is the go-to meeting for health care professionals interested in or actively practicing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Potts’ sessions address the claims made by tens of thousands of women who suffer with infections, tissue erosion and organ perforation after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant. These sessions will help physicians better navigate legal issues to provide optimal care and informed consent.

“Having a plaintiff attorney address a conference of medical professionals is unusual and a testament to the significance of this major health concern for women,” said Potts. “I commend the organization for wanting to dive deep into the litigation claims, patient issues and legal rulings that are being reviewed nationwide.”

Potts was one of the lawyers who moved to establish the Consolidated Transvaginal Mesh Multi District Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. He was appointed by two federal judges overseeing the mesh litigation to coordinate the consolidations on behalf of 100,000 women making claims against the manufacturers of the mesh products. He has successfully resolved tens of thousands of transvaginal mesh claims for his clients.

Transvaginal mesh is a net-like implant used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. The product design and implantation technique can contribute to serious complications, such as erosion and organ perforation.

Potts will participate in two unique sessions to bring a legal perspective to the discussion. One session involves a panel presentation on the current status of vaginal mesh and sling litigation, the reasons for successful verdicts against mesh manufacturers, the impact on available mesh products, changes to the FDA clearance process and reclassification, and the impact on physician care and informed consent.

The second session will involve a brief mock trial that will involve experienced medical experts. As part of this process, discussions will take place regarding the defects of vaginal mesh design, manufacturer’s failure-to-warn claims, mesh degradation and causation of patient injuries.

Widely recognized for his expertise in complex litigation and trials, Potts has obtained record-setting verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients in state and federal courts across the country. He also regularly speaks and lectures to lawyers around the country on topics ranging from trial advocacy to handling complex mass torts matters.

About Potts Law Firm

Potts Law Firm diligently pursues a variety of personal injury claims and mass tort matters, from complex pharmaceutical cases to challenging product liability claims.  The firm’s team of highly competent attorneys have experience in many different areas of personal injury law. Believing that every detail of a case matters, firm attorneys work tirelessly to pursue just compensation, regardless of the obstacles faced. For more information, visit www.potts-law.com

The Potts Law Firm Doubles Footprint in Greenway Plaza Area

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The content below is written by Joe Martin, a reporter for the Houston Business Journal. The full article can be found at http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/morning_call/2016/07/houston-law-firm-doubles-footprint-in-greenway.html

Houston-based Potts Law Firm plans to move into a new Houston office more than double the size of its current one with plans to double its lawyer count.

Potts, currently located at 100 Waugh Dr., expects to move into 19,000 square feet at 3737 Buffalo Speedway in the next 60 days, Derek H. Potts, founder and managing partner, told the Houston Business Journal. Additionally, Potts Law Firm has rights to an additional 5,000 square feet at the new location, which is in the Greenway Plaza area. The building, developed by PM Realty Group, was one of the most recent editions to the Greenway Plaza area, opening in October 2015.

“We established a satellite office in Houston in 2011 with one lawyer. It was based in Kansas City, Missouri,” Potts told the HBJ. “We’ve seen exponential growth ever since. We’ve outgrown that, and now we’re looking to find a permanent home with some room to grow.”

The space is being designed by IA Interior Architects and D.E. Harvey Construction is the general contractor. The build out of the office space will cost $1.65 million, according to building permits filed with the city. Potts Law firm used Amanda Fox of Fox Properties to find the space, Potts said.

The firm has 17 lawyers in Houston, five in Kansas City and one in Little Rock. Since opening the office in Houston, Potts Law Firm has made the Bayou City its main office. With the new space, Potts expects to grow the number of lawyers to between 30 and 40 in the coming years.

Johnson & Johnson Faces Multiple Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

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Attorneys Generals from both the state of Washington and the state of California have filed consumer lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, citing misrepresentation and neglect regarding its transvaginal mesh product.

The lawsuits specifically charge that the company “neglected to inform both patients and doctors of possible severe complications and misrepresented the frequency and severity of risks” that the product posed. Pelvic mesh is a common treatment offered to women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence, but the use of the devices has been linked to a number of significant complications that have had serious impacts on the women’s health and quality of life. There have been more than 3,000 separate complaints lodged with the Food and Drug Administration, citing complications including permanent pain with intercourse, permanent loss of function for urinary and excretory processes, and loss of sexual function.

According to Kamala Harris, the Attorney General for the state of California, “Johnson & Johnson put millions of women at risk of severe health problems by failing to provide critical information to doctors and patients about its surgical mesh products. Johnson & Johnson’s deception denied the women the ability to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. My office will continue to hold companies accountable for misleading consumers and patients for financial gain.”

The lawsuits filed by California and Washington followed an investigation conducted collaboratively by 45 other states, as well as Washington D.C., and are consumer suits aimed at obtaining both monetary penalties and injunctive relief against the company, which Harris’ office says sold almost 800,000 of the transvaginal mesh devices nationally between 2008 and 2014. The suit charges that Johnson & Johnson understated both how serious the complications from the device were, and how frequently they occurred. “J&J knew about potential risks and side effects prior to the launch of their mesh products, yet omitted that information from educational and marketing materials provided to doctors and patients.”

In addition to the consumer lawsuits filed by the states, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon have been the object of numerous personal injury lawsuits filed by the individual women who have been harmed by the transvaginal mesh devices. Speaking in their own defense, Johnson & Johnson issued a statement that said in part, “The evidence will show that Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly in the marketing of our pelvic mesh products. The use of implantable mesh is often the preferred option to treat certain female pelvic conditions, including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, and is backed by years of clinical research.”

 

For more information, please contact The Potts Law Firm at 888-902-6245.

Concerns Grow Over Link Between Cancer and Baby Powder

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Link-Between-Cancer-and-Baby-PowderWomen who are younger than what is statistically considered at-risk are being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in higher and higher numbers. Careful analysis of possible causes is leading many to reach a terrifying conclusion: the powder they’ve been using for years to ease feminine wetness (can we just say for feminine hygiene?) may be the cause.

As far back as 1971, scientists studying ovarian and cervical tumors found particles of talc embedded in the cancerous tissue, and there have been many studies that have drawn a link between the use of talc on female genitals to ovarian cancer. The most recent found that in African American women genital talc use increased the risk for invasive epithelial ovarian cancer by 44 percent.

The result has been a wave of lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson, the company whose powder most women have used for years. Though the company insists that their product is safe, two trials have resulted in $55 million and $72 million jury awards respectively, both of which are likely to be appealed. Johnson & Johnson claims that the studies have research flaws and that there have been other studies with contradicting conclusions, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer has included talcum powder (when used in the female genital area) on their list of possible human carcinogens.

It is thought that when women use it to prevent chafing between the thighs or who sprinkle it into their underwear to prevent wetness and odor may be unwittingly introducing talc crystals into their genitourinary tract and into the peritoneal cavity where their ovaries are located. This would explain the presence of the talc particles within the tumor, a finding that is common in women with ovarian cancer.

One of the biggest questions being asked of Johnson & Johnson in these lawsuits is why it has chosen not to include cancer as a warning on its powder products when its talc supplier added the same warning labels on its talc packages back in 2006. Other manufacturers who had previously used talc, including those who make surgical gloves and condoms, have discontinued its use.

 

For more information, please contact The Potts Law Firm at 888-902-6245.

Potts Law Firm Negotiates Global Ams Mesh Settlement

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The Potts Law Firm is pleased to announce that Derek H. Potts along with our partner law firms have successfully negotiated a settlement to resolve all of our AMS cases along with thousands of cases from other law firms around the country. Derek was part of the negotiating team that recently reached the record setting settlement of more than 20,000 cases. The settlement, which is believed to be one of the biggest medical device mass tort settlements in U.S. history, was announced by the parent company of AMS, Endo Pharmaceuticals.

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Derek H. Potts Inducted into Trial Masters

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Trial Masters has the pleasure of announcing that Derek H. Potts of Potts Law Firm has been inducted as a charter member. Trial Masters is one of the most objective and exclusive accreditations a trial lawyer in the United States can receive. Membership is strictly limited to attorneys who have tried to verdict 35 or more trials in their career.

Derek H. Potts practices in Houston, TX and Kansas City, MO, and has been trying cases for clients for years. Although there are Trial Masters members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., fewer than half of the 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Trial Masters membership acknowledges a rare advocate that consistently is willing to take their clients’ cases to the courthouse.

 

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