Two of the top five largest verdicts awarded by Texas juries in 2019 were secured by Aldous \ Walker, according to a newly released article from Texas Lawyer.
The publication’s rankings were compiled through a comprehensive review of VerdictSearch, an online database of case result research, and news coverage for some of the Lone Star State’s biggest cases. The five results named to the list include the largest multi-million dollar verdicts awarded by juries throughout the state during the 2019 calendar year, and span practice areas from personal injury, sexual assault, and trademark infringement.
Inclusion in the Texas Lawyer list is a prestigious achievement for any law firm – but having two of the top five verdicts is a rare accomplishment unto itself, and one which speaks volumes about the talent, care, and unwavering commitment our legal team dedicates to our clients’ cases.
About Our Recognized Cases
According to Texas Lawyer, Aldous \ Walker secured the No. 3 and No. 5 largest verdicts in Texas in 2019:
No. 3: $32 Million Jury Verdict
Aldous \ Walker Attorneys Charla Aldous, Brent Walker, and Caleb Miller secured $32 million for a client who was sexually assaulted by two football players from Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas during an off-campus gathering at a student’s home. The incident occurred in 2012, when the victim was 14 years old.
Following a three-day trial in the Denton County 462nd District Court (Fletcher v. I.G.), the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the victim, finding both assailants liable for the assault. The jury’s award included $7M in economic and non-economic damages, and $25 Million in punitive damages, and was widely covered by national and local media, including The Dallas Morning News.
No. 5: $23.7 Million Verdict (Total 37.62 Million)
In February 2019, a jury from Dallas County’s 116th District Court awarded $37.6 million in damages to a young woman who was paralyzed while riding as an Uber passenger in a Honda Odyssey minivan in 2015.
The high-profile verdict put an end to a difficult 9-day trial, with jury members siding with claims that Honda’s poorly designed seat belt system failed to properly protect the victim, and contributed to her catastrophic injuries. The trial was litigated by Aldous \ Walker Partners Charla Aldous and Brent Walker, along with Jim Mitchell of PayneMitchell Law Group.
Although the case (Milburn v. Uber Technologies, et al.) involved our client’s Uber driver running a red light, an out-of-court settlement was reached with the driver and vehicle owner, and the trial proceeded against Honda. The jury found the automaker 63% at fault, and liable for $23.7 million – but because Texas’ comparative apportionment law makes defendants more than 50% at fault “jointly and severally liable” for victims’ damages, Honda was ultimately liable for the entirety of the $37.6M verdict.
Read more about the $37M Verdict against Honda.
Aldous \ Walker: Providing a Voice for Victims
Aldous \ Walker is immensely grateful for the accomplishments we’ve obtained over the past year; it’s been quite a successful and fulfilling 2019.
From raising awareness about important public safety issues, making headlines, and securing victories and much-needed compensation for victims in their varying fights for justice, we’ve remained committed to treating clients like family – and to devoting the level of tenacity and attention their cases deserve. We plan to fight just as hard for our clients in the New Year.
Read about some of our other achievements from 2019:
- Aldous \ Walker Receives Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News – 2020 Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
- Firm Recovers $20M For Family of Man Killed In Fatal Greyhound Bus Accident
- Aldous \ Walker LLP Represents Priest Abuse Victim in Lawsuit Against Jesuit Prep School
- Charla Aldous, Brent Walker Make Texas Super Lawyers; Aldous Named to Top 100
- Aldous \ Walker Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America©