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$38.2 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin won a $38.2 million jury verdict on behalf of their client, Richard Foreman, a Houston investor who was secretly cut out of a deal to acquire Honsador Lumber Corporation, one of Hawaii's largest lumber suppliers. The jury found Key Principal Partners LLC and its parent Key Corporation guilty of breaching their fiduciary duties, intentionally interfering with Foreman's efforts to acquire the Honsador Lumber Corporation, and violating Hawaii's unfair competition statute. Read more about the trial and verdict as covered in the press by the Houston Business Journal.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $11,906,014.

$14 Million - Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Mike Pierce resolved a Jones Act seaman case for $14 million two days before trial. Arnold & Itkin LLP represented the seaman after he suffered a head injury on the Hercules 15 inland barge. The Hercules 15 was located in Lake Washington, Louisiana at the time of the incident. Hercules employees tack welded a three foot pipe to the derrick and then forgot to remove it before starting drilling operations. The pipe was jarred loose and hit Plaintiff in the head. The case was filed in Galveston County Court in March 2008. The case was set for trial February 2, 2009. Hercules settled the entire case for $14 million on the eve of trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $6,024,236.

$10.9 Million - After a three week trial, Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin won a $10.9 million jury verdict on behalf of a Louisiana family. The family filed suit in Beaumont, Texas following a tragic grade crossing accident that killed a mother of four and left her five year old daughter paralyzed. After the Court (Judge Sanderson, presiding) denied pretrial motions, plaintiffs set out to prove that the crossing was a unique and local safety hazard and that Union Pacific should have installed active warning devices at the crossing, which was only protected by street signs at the time of the accident. After presenting the jury with evidence that sight lines were deficient, the crossing?s orientation made it challenging to look to the left because the road approached the crossing at a thirty degree angle, and that there were four prior accidents, including two deaths, over the seven years prior to the accident, the jury found that the crossing was hazardous and that Union Pacific should have protected the crossing with active warning devices.

$9.6 Million - Kurt Arnold, lead attorney, received a $9.6 million jury verdict in an industrial injury case. The trial lasted over two weeks, but the jury deliberated for only a day and a half before finding Occidental Chemical Corporation liable for an improperly designed piece of equipment which led to the industrial accident with a worker losing most of the site in one eye. The verdict was received in Harris County Texas.

$9 Million - Arnold & Itkin reaches a settlement valued over $9,000,000 for Louisiana landowners. Kurt Arnold represented a handful of Louisiana landowners who brought suit against big oil companies to clean up their property. These plaintiffs had this land in their name for generations and were concerned that there might be contamination from oilfield operations on their properties. Arnold & Itkin LLP retained a series of experts in the industry to determine the level of contamination that oil companies had left behind once their operations on the property were finished. Many of the companies had not followed any policies or procedures for containing oil and those foreign elements associated with oil and gas operations on the property. Further, after production stopped, the oil companies did not clean up their operations and remove the equipment associated with those operations. The lawsuit resulted in a large settlement for the families in addition to full restoration of their properties by forcing the companies to fully clean up the properties.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,668,864.

$7.2 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP represented a Louisiana oilfield worker who suffered brain damage and memory loss after he fell through the grating on an offshore platform. The case involved several complex legal issues due to the nature of the injuries, number of defendants, and volume of medical records. The case proceeded to trial in October 2006. After jury selection began, the case was settled for $7.2 million. More than $4 million was received by the client, with $2.5 million of the net recovery invested in a structured fund to ensure the client's future needs would be met.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,193,002.

$5.9 Million - Kurt Arnold settled a wrongful death case on behalf of a widow and her family for $5,900,000 against a Southeast Texas Plant prior to Arbitration and for more than 12 times the special damages in the case. The case was filed in Harris County and compelled to arbitration. After several depositions and with just two weeks until arbitration, Kurt successfully settled the case.

$5.8 Million - Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin obtained a 5.8 million dollar verdict on behalf of Sidnitra Bias, the daughter of Sidney Prevost, deceased. Mr. Prevost died after he suffered a head injury while at the Van Dyke?s seafood processing facility in Port Arthur, Texas. Van Dyke?s personnel allowed Mr. Prevost to lie in a break room for seven hours after realizing he was bleeding from the mouth and complaining of severe headaches. The case was tried in Jefferson County, Texas before the Honorable Judge Donald Floyd. The jury returned a unanimous verdict after only four hours of deliberation.

$4.4 Million - Kurt Arnold obtains a $4.4 million settlement for a Southwest Louisiana family who had oil contamination on their land. Kurt Arnold brought suit against oil companies that had left behind contamination on a piece of property in Cameron Parish. The property was approximately a few acres and had been in the family for several generations. Plaintiffs discovered there was some contamination left on the property from oilfield operations. Arnold & Itkin LLP hired a team of environmental experts that tested the property and then formulated a remediation plan. The case was resolved pretrial for $4.4 million and Defendants paid the cost of the cleanup.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,949,876.

$3.7 Million - Arnold & Itkin secured a $3.7 million verdict for the family of Abelino Ponce, a longshoreman who was killed in a tragic accident at the Port of Houston. Mr. Ponce was helping to transport steel pipe from a ship to the dock when a wire struck him in the side and threw him to his death. On the eve of the October 2006 trial, the defendants offered to settle the case for $250,000. The plaintiffs, at Arnold & Itkin LLP's urging, rejected the settlement offer. After a three day trial, the jury awarded Mr. Ponce's family $3.7 million.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,549,931.

$3.35 Million - Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin settled a case on behalf of an injured offshore worker for $3,350,000. The plaintiff injured his neck and back while working on equipment on an offshore installation in the Gulf of Mexico. The case settled the day before trial was to proceed.

$3 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP recovers $3 million for a Louisiana Seaman that suffered a hand injury Maritime attorney Kurt Arnold represented an injured seaman from Leesville, Louisiana. He had injured his hand while working on a drilling rig in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. Arnold filed the case in Texas where the company was based seeking future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, and pain and suffering. After months of negotiations, Arnold negotiated a $3,000,000 settlement for the injured seaman.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,281,508.

$2.9 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP is proud to report that the firm won a $2.9 million verdict in a workplace injury case involving the wrongful death of a 58-year-old man. Jason Itkin tried the case for 6 days in Houston, TX. The Defendants final pre-trial offer was only $200,000. The case involved a long term employee who fell 12 feet in a parking lot to his death. The parking lot violated the applicable OSHA and ANSI regulations because it did not have a guardrail to protect people from falling. Arnold & Itkin LLP's hard work and dedication helped hold another irresponsible company accountable for workplace safety.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $389,586.

$2.5 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP obtains a $2.5 Million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered injuries requiring surgery to his neck and lower back while working on a drilling barge. The claimant was injured when he collided with a padeye in the mudroom that should have been removed.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,092,589.

$2.5 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP was hired by a businessman who had agreed to help a large telecom company acquire another company. The terms of the business man's engagement were discussed and agreed to orally, but they were never formalized in writing. Upon winning the bid, the telecom company offered to pay Arnold & Itkin LLP's client less than 1/50th of the oral terms. Arnold & Itkin LLP litigated this case for nearly a year and a half against one of the nation's largest law firms. Ultimately, Arnold & Itkin LLP reached a $2.5 million settlement for its client, providing a net recovery of $1,624,295.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $850,703.

$2.5 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Mike Pierce and Kurt Arnold obtained a $2.5 million verdict in a products liability case involving a defectively manufactured tiller handle steering mechanism for an outboard motor. The defective tiller handle broke after the bottom of the outboard motor struck a submerged object. The boat spun out of control as a direct result of the handle breaking. The plaintiff suffered a severe injury to his right arm necessitating amputation of the arm. Several law firms declined to take the case due to the difficulty in proving a manufacturing defect without the defective handle, which was discarded by a third party shortly after the accident. Arnold & Itkin LLP aggressively prosecuted the case. Defendant made no pretrial settlement offers. Mike Pierce and Kurt Arnold obtained a favorable verdict in the Sixteenth Judicial District Court of Cameron Parish Louisiana.

$2.375 Million - Kurt Arnold represented a seaman injured off the coast of Louisiana for injuries he sustained while working for his employer. The seaman lived in Louisiana and was injured in Louisiana inland waters but the case was filed in Galveston County under special venue rules that allow all injuries that occur in inland waters in the Gulf of Mexico to be filed in Galveston County. Plaintiff had severely injured his leg due to an unsafe working environment. Kurt Arnold was able to get his case trial ready and settled within twelve months of the original injury for $2,375,000.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,029,831.

$2.25 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP obtains a $2.25 Million Settlement on behalf of a seaman who suffered a debilitating back injury after falling from a machine to the deck below while trying to avoid a more serious injury when the crane operator caused the medicine ball to swing toward the plaintiff.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $948,869.

$2 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP obtains a $2 Million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered an injury to his neck when the captain of his vessel crashed the vessel into an unlit caisson off the coast of Galveston, Texas. The injury required surgical intervention leaving the plaintiff unable to return to his line of work.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,058,066.

$2 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP secured more than $2 million dollars on behalf of two riggers working off the coast of Louisiana. The two men were replacing a back pressure valve when the valve skyrocketed off the pipeline and hit one worker in the head and knocked the other worker to the ground. The companies initially tried to put all the blame on the injured workers. However, Arnold & Itkin LLP was able to prove that a production operator that worked for one of the defendant's failed to completely "bleed off" pressure that had accumulated inside the pipeline. The trapped pressure caused the explosion which injured the workers. Arnold & Itkin LLP was also able to show that the safety consultant hired to supervise the workers failed to properly do his job. One worker severely injured his lower back and the other work severely injured his neck and was diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome. The case did not completely settle until after trial had already begun. The case was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division, with the Honorable Judge Vanessa Gilmore presiding.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,123,698.

$2 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a $2 Million settlement for an offshore worker who broke several facial bones after the lid of a metal canister exploded into his face. The net recovery after fees and expenses was $1,073,840.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $926,160.

$1.9 Million - Kurt Arnold prosecuted and won a settlement for an injured sixty year old seaman. The florida seaman suffered second degree burns from a flash fire aboard a barge. The case was filed in harris county. After nearly ten depositions, the parties settled for 1.9 million a few weeks before trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $919,766.

$1.85 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP obtains a $1.85 Million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered severe ankle and foot injuries when forced to jump overboard to avoid other injuries.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $788,313.

$1.75 Million - Houston maritime lawyers Jason Itkin and Kurt Arnold are pleased to announce that they have won a $1.75 million settlement for an employee of Wood Group who was injured in an offshore crane accident. The incident occurred aboard an offshore platform when a crane operator caused the boom crane he was operating to jerk. Without warning, the crane struck the firm?s client in the face, knocking him off the railing he was standing on. In the fall, the plaintiff herniated a disc in his back, which ultimately required lumbar fusion surgery. The worker also had post concussion symptoms related to being struck in the head. The case was litigated in the federal court for the Southern District of Texas. It settled 2 weeks before trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $760,063.

$1.75 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a settlement of $1,750,000 with a net to client of $1,015,917.34 for an individual who herniated discs in his neck and back after the lifeboat he was riding in malfunctioned. Before trial, the defendants? final offer would have only provided a net recovery of $480,000. Midway through the July 2006 trial, the defendants met the individual's settlement demand by more than doubling their previous offers.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $734,083.

$1.72 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP industrial lawyers Cory Itkin and Michael Pierce are pleased to announce a $1.72 million jury verdict on behalf of Ernesto Tamez and his wife. Mr. Tamez was seriously injured in a crane accident at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas on January 18, 2005 when a Maxim Crane Works crane operator negligently swung a heavy oil burner into him. Mr. Tamez was pinned between the burner and a nearby handrail and injured his back, neck, and shoulder. Prior to the trial, Maxim Crane Works made no settlement offer. The company argued that the accident was entirely Mr. Tamez's fault and that his injuries were not as serious as he claimed. They also claimed that some of his injuries could have been caused by simple "wear and tear" on the 60 year old Tamez's body. The case was made more complicated by the fact that Mr. Tamez and his wife do not speak English and had to testify with the aid of a translator. After a week long trial in Galveston, Texas, the jury found that Maxim Crane Works was 100% responsible for the accident and awarded Mr. Tamez and his wife $1.72 million dollars. Arnold & Itkin LLP stood by their clients for 4 years and helped Mr. Tamez get the medical attention he needed and the compensation he deserved. The case was pending in Galveston County, Texas with the Honorable David E. Garner presiding.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $736,778.

$1.72 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP successfully recovered $1.72 million for individual contractors injured on the job in the Gulf of Mexico in 2004 when they were exposed to Hydrogen Sulfide. The case was confidentially resolved in June 2005. A net recovery of $1,011,119.44 was shared among the claimants.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $708,881.

$1.67 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP obtains a $1.67 Million settlement on behalf of a client who injured his Back Rescuing a Co-worker.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $741,076.

$1.6 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a $1.6 million settlement for the surviving spouse and minor children of a vessel captain killed in an explosion that occurred when a spud barge struck an underwater high-pressure gas line, which ruptured and caught fire. The case was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The claim was pursued as part of a limitation of liability action filed by the owner of the barge.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $762,473.

$1.6 Million - Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.6 million settlement for a captain who injured his back when he fell through a hatch that had been left open by another captain. The defense argued that the open hatch was an "open and obvious danger". Arnold & Itkin LLP showed the weakness of the defense's argument by hiring one of the industry's top experts to evaluate the case and prepare an animation that demonstrated how the hatch would have looked from Arnold & Itkin LLP's client's viewpoint. The animation also showed how the defendant could have prevented the injuries by simply barricading the hatch. The case, which was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, with the Honorable Judge John D. Rainey presiding, settled within ten days of trial.

Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $698,285.

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