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Steven Kherkher Wins $46.5 Million Verdict Against Monsanto

Attorney Steven Kherkher of Williams Kherkher has won a $46.5 million verdict against Monsanto and three other companies in a 10-2 jury decision in a St. Louis Circuit Court. Kherkher represented 3 plaintiffs in this case – which is just the latest in a string of lawsuits against Monsanto – alleging that Monsanto was aware of a connection between polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but that they continued to market the compounds as safe for use into the 1970s.

The jury award included $17.5 million for the three named plaintiffs in the case, as well as another $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto and the three other defendants. When asked about the jury’s decision, a 24-year-old juror in the case stated “I think it goes to show that large companies can put stuff out there that’s harmful and they can do it for along [sic] time but that justice is going to be served whether it’s a year after the products are put out, or in this case, 80 years.”

From 1935 to 1977, Monsanto was the leading manufacturer of PCBs in the United States, which were used widely in paint, food packaging materials, and industrial equipment, among other products. The EPA banned the use of PCBs in 1979, stating that “PCBs have caused birth defects and cancer in laboratory animals, and they are a suspected cause of cancer and adverse skin and liver effects in humans.

Jesus Garcia, Jr. Obtains $11,162,529 Verdict In Dram Shop Case
The jury returned a multi-million dollar victory for the family of a father killed by a drunk driver and the bar that served him. While riding his motorcycle, a young man was killed by a drunk that left a bar only ten minutes prior to the crash. The bar denied serving the drunk excessively and defended itself until the final bell. Jesus Garcia, Jr., lead trial lawyer for the family, told the jury in final arguments that just because a “life is priceless, it does not mean it’s worthless.” The jury took it to heart taking only 45 minutes to deliver an $11,162,529 verdict for Garcia’s clients.
Garcia & Hawley Wins Again: $8,000,000.00 Recovery

Jesus Garcia Jr. and Eric Hawley recovered $8,000,000.00 for a manufacturer of oil field equipment. A dispute arose between the Client and a distributor of its equipment. The distributor filed suit against the Client alleging that the Client was cheating the distributor out of millions of dollars by distributing its equipment in breach of the agreement and intentionally hurting its business. Garcia & Hawley fired back by filing counter-claims against the distributor for breach of contract and fraud. At the end, Garcia & Hawley prevailed recovering $8,000,000.00 for the Client.

Jesus Garcia, Jr. Recovers $5,500,000 for Two Individuals Hit by Delivery Truck

Two fine gentlemen were driving down the highway when a careless delivery truck driver struck their vehicle from behind. Both victims were transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. The trucking company offered to pay medical bills and a few dollars for pain and suffering. Mr. Garcia filed suit seeking millions for his clients. The battle in the justice system lasted for nearly two years, but the trucking company finally folded paying $5,500,000 at the courthouse steps.

Jesus Garcia, Jr. Recovers $3,500,000 for Electrical Burn Victim

A loving, dedicated, and hardworking father and husband was working on a project site near electrical utility poles. Unbeknownst to him, the hardware on one of the poles was defective and a nearly 7,000-volt line landed on his body. The young father and husband was severely burned on several parts of his body. The project owner refused to pay for his medical bills, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. Jesus Garcia, Jr. sued the project owner recovering $3,500,000 for the young father and husband.

Jesus Garcia, Jr. Recovers $3,250,000 in Hit and Run Case

A young man was riding his bicycle one evening when a reckless driver hit the young man and left him for dead. After a careful investigation, the driver was located days after the crash. Meanwhile, the young man was fighting for his life at the hospital. Unfortunately, he eventually succumbed to his injuries and tragically passed away. The estate of this young man, with no wife and children, hired Jesus Garcia, Jr. to represent it. Mr. Garcia recovered $3,250,000 on behalf of the estate.

Brake Check Settles for $3,075,000.00

A young man, college-bound, took his SUV in for service. Brake Check failed to remove the air from the SUV’s hydraulic brake system and failed to properly install the adjusting brake shoe mechanism. As a result, the brakes failed, sending the SUV onto oncoming traffic, causing it to flip over, killing the young man, his parents’ only son.

The family hired Jesus Garcia, Jr. Brake Check offered $0, retaining an army of lawyers and experts to blame the young man for the fatal rollover. But, Mr. Garcia proved that the blame belonged to Brake Check, that Brake Check betrayed the young man and through its negligence had sent him and others on the road directly into harm’s way. Mr. Garcia proved through cross-examination of the Brake Check’s own experts, that the defendant failed to properly install the self-adjusting mechanism in one rear wheel leading to the unbalanced braking in the rear wheels. He also proved that Brake Check failed to properly bleed the hydraulic brake system. After a hard fought battle, Brake Check called it quits a few days before trial and settled the case for $3,075,00.00.

$1,600,000.00 for Injured Farm Worker

The Client, a farm worker, was severely injured while on the job. Part of the Client’s body was accidentally crushed by farm equipment and the Client was subsequently rushed to the hospital. The Client immediately turned to Jesus Garcia Jr. for help. Garcia & Hawley diligently worked on the matter, investigated the incident, interviewed witnesses, and eventually uncovered key evidence. That key evidence, at the end, led to the favorable result in the case.

A Moment of Negligence Results in Two Deaths

Jesus Garcia recently obtained justice for two families totaling millions of dollars. The victims, a young couple, were traveling in their car in hopes of enjoying a Friday night at the movies. Suddenly, the defendant, driving on the opposite side of the road, swerved and struck them head on, killing the young couple instantly. The families turned to Garcia. Mr. Garcia sued the driver and the owner of the vehicle and recently obtained justice for the families.**

**This is a recent result. No monies have been collected.

Construction Litigation Victory: $2,347,454.74

Our Client, a small road construction company, submitted two successful bids to a City for the improvement and expansion of two roads in the Rio Grande Valley. The City failed to advise Client that it intended to issue the notice to proceed without first removing utility obstructions, fearing that if it took the time to clear the utility obstructions before issuing the notice to proceed, the City would lose the money allocated to these projects. The utility obstructions caused major delays. The City refused to halt the construction, but instead ordered the Client to allocate more equipment and personnel to the projects. During construction, the Client advised the City that it was incurring significant cost overruns. When the Client completed the projects, it demanded payment for the significant additional costs. But, the City refused to pay.

After a local prominent law firm failed to obtain justice for the Client, the Client turned to Jesus Garcia, Jr. The City offered nothing ($0) to settle the case in response to Garcia’s demand letter, and then again offered nothing at mediation. After arbitration hearings lasting approximately five days total and the exchange of closing briefs, on July 18, 2014, the arbitrator rendered an award in favor of our Client for $2,347,454.74—every dollar the Client requested in arbitration.

Judgment Against Export Company: $2,453,566.51

Our client, a local business owner, lent an export company $1,621,415. When the money was due, the export company claimed that the client had invested the money rather than lent it to it. Jesus Garcia, Jr. agreed to tackle the case and filed suit.

The export company got bold and brought claims against the client and its CEO for Negligent Misrepresentation, Defamation, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Fraud, Fraud in the Inducement, and Punitive Damages. It argued that the client and it became partners in a business aimed at selling products to Walmart Mexico. Our clients, the company and the CEO, denied all claims. And, the Court Agreed. All of the export companies’ claims were denied and stricken. In addition, Garcia & Hawley, PLLC obtained a judgment against the export company for $2,453,566.51.

Success for Victims of Horrific Bus Rollover

Jesus Garcia recently secured a favorable settlement for a Houston-area couple and their little boy who suffered severe injuries in a horrific bus rollover near Laredo, Texas. The family were riding in the bus on their way back from an Easter vacation in Mexico, when the driver failed to keep a proper look-out, saw that he was about to collide with the car ahead, and then turned to avoid the car, thereby losing control of the bus and causing it to rollover onto the side of the road. Because the bus had not been retrofitted with seatbelts, the passengers flew out of their seats and were thrown about, suffering severe injuries. Jesus Garcia secured favorable confidential settlements not only against the bus company for the negligence of its driver but also against the distributor of the passenger bus, which was a defective product due its lack of seatbelts. While nothing will erase the horrible memories of this tragedy that this sweet family will live with for the rest of their lives, the substantial compensation that Garcia obtained for them has meaningfully changed their lives for the better.

Trauma at the Track

A bright, young IT specialist was video recording a high performance driving exercise at a Houston-area track. Suddenly, a car lost control, spun, and collided with a “protective” concrete barrier. Debris went flying, striking the young man in the head, causing him a traumatic brain injury. Jesus Garcia proved that the barrier had been negligently designed, placed, built, and maintained. What’s more, they proved that a significant portion of the barrier had been compromised in a prior collision. Yet the track operator failed to repair it and failed to warn about this danger. After a hard-fought battle with significant legal obstacles, including a purported waiver, signed by the young man, Mr. Garcia obtained justice for their client, reaching a favorable confidential settlement with the track operator.

Sweet Sugar… Tastes Like… Victory!

Our client, an agricultural company operating in Mexico and the U.S., sold tons of Sugar to a Puerto Rican distributor. After a profitable relationship, the distributor refused to pay our client for several rail road carts of sugar delivered to it. The distributor claimed that the sugar was defective and that it could not sell it. Jesus Garcia, Jr. represented the client in an arbitration proceeding. After a one day hearing, the arbitrator agreed with our client and rendered an award for the full amount sought plus attorney’s fees.

Steven Kherkher Wins $46.5 Million Verdict Against Monsanto

Attorney Steven Kherkher of Williams Kherkher has won a $46.5 million verdict against Monsanto and three other companies in a 10-2 jury decision in a St. Louis Circuit Court. Kherkher represented 3 plaintiffs in this case – which is just the latest in a string of lawsuits against Monsanto – alleging that Monsanto was aware of a connection between polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but that they continued to market the compounds as safe for use into the 1970s.

The jury award included $17.5 million for the three named plaintiffs in the case, as well as another $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto and the three other defendants. When asked about the jury’s decision, a 24-year-old juror in the case stated “I think it goes to show that large companies can put stuff out there that’s harmful and they can do it for along [sic] time but that justice is going to be served whether it’s a year after the products are put out, or in this case, 80 years.”

From 1935 to 1977, Monsanto was the leading manufacturer of PCBs in the United States, which were used widely in paint, food packaging materials, and industrial equipment, among other products. The EPA banned the use of PCBs in 1979, stating that “PCBs have caused birth defects and cancer in laboratory animals, and they are a suspected cause of cancer and adverse skin and liver effects in humans.

Jesus Garcia, Jr. Obtains $11,162,529 Verdict In Dram Shop Case
The jury returned a multi-million dollar victory for the family of a father killed by a drunk driver and the bar that served him. While riding his motorcycle, a young man was killed by a drunk that left a bar only ten minutes prior to the crash. The bar denied serving the drunk excessively and defended itself until the final bell. Jesus Garcia, Jr., lead trial lawyer for the family, told the jury in final arguments that just because a “life is priceless, it does not mean it’s worthless.” The jury took it to heart taking only 45 minutes to deliver an $11,162,529 verdict for Garcia’s clients.
Garcia & Hawley Wins Again: $8,000,000.00 Recovery

Jesus Garcia Jr. and Eric Hawley recovered $8,000,000.00 for a manufacturer of oil field equipment. A dispute arose between the Client and a distributor of its equipment. The distributor filed suit against the Client alleging that the Client was cheating the distributor out of millions of dollars by distributing its equipment in breach of the agreement and intentionally hurting its business. Garcia & Hawley fired back by filing counter-claims against the distributor for breach of contract and fraud. At the end, Garcia & Hawley prevailed recovering $8,000,000.00 for the Client.

Jesus Garcia, Jr. Recovers $5,500,000 for Two Individuals Hit by Delivery Truck

Two fine gentlemen were driving down the highway when a careless delivery truck driver struck their vehicle from behind. Both victims were transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. The trucking company offered to pay medical bills and a few dollars for pain and suffering. Mr. Garcia filed suit seeking millions for his clients. The battle in the justice system lasted for nearly two years, but the trucking company finally folded paying $5,500,000 at the courthouse steps.

Jesus Garcia, Jr. Recovers $3,500,000 for Electrical Burn Victim

A loving, dedicated, and hardworking father and husband was working on a project site near electrical utility poles. Unbeknownst to him, the hardware on one of the poles was defective and a nearly 7,000-volt line landed on his body. The young father and husband was severely burned on several parts of his body. The project owner refused to pay for his medical bills, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. Jesus Garcia, Jr. sued the project owner recovering $3,500,000 for the young father and husband.

Jesus Garcia, Jr. Recovers $3,250,000 in Hit and Run Case

A young man was riding his bicycle one evening when a reckless driver hit the young man and left him for dead. After a careful investigation, the driver was located days after the crash. Meanwhile, the young man was fighting for his life at the hospital. Unfortunately, he eventually succumbed to his injuries and tragically passed away. The estate of this young man, with no wife and children, hired Jesus Garcia, Jr. to represent it. Mr. Garcia recovered $3,250,000 on behalf of the estate.

Brake Check Settles for $3,075,000.00

A young man, college-bound, took his SUV in for service. Brake Check failed to remove the air from the SUV’s hydraulic brake system and failed to properly install the adjusting brake shoe mechanism. As a result, the brakes failed, sending the SUV onto oncoming traffic, causing it to flip over, killing the young man, his parents’ only son.

The family hired Jesus Garcia, Jr. Brake Check offered $0, retaining an army of lawyers and experts to blame the young man for the fatal rollover. But, Mr. Garcia proved that the blame belonged to Brake Check, that Brake Check betrayed the young man and through its negligence had sent him and others on the road directly into harm’s way. Mr. Garcia proved through cross-examination of the Brake Check’s own experts, that the defendant failed to properly install the self-adjusting mechanism in one rear wheel leading to the unbalanced braking in the rear wheels. He also proved that Brake Check failed to properly bleed the hydraulic brake system. After a hard fought battle, Brake Check called it quits a few days before trial and settled the case for $3,075,00.00.

$1,600,000.00 for Injured Farm Worker

The Client, a farm worker, was severely injured while on the job. Part of the Client’s body was accidentally crushed by farm equipment and the Client was subsequently rushed to the hospital. The Client immediately turned to Jesus Garcia Jr. for help. Garcia & Hawley diligently worked on the matter, investigated the incident, interviewed witnesses, and eventually uncovered key evidence. That key evidence, at the end, led to the favorable result in the case.

A Moment of Negligence Results in Two Deaths

Jesus Garcia recently obtained justice for two families totaling millions of dollars. The victims, a young couple, were traveling in their car in hopes of enjoying a Friday night at the movies. Suddenly, the defendant, driving on the opposite side of the road, swerved and struck them head on, killing the young couple instantly. The families turned to Garcia. Mr. Garcia sued the driver and the owner of the vehicle and recently obtained justice for the families.**

**This is a recent result. No monies have been collected.

Construction Litigation Victory: $2,347,454.74

Our Client, a small road construction company, submitted two successful bids to a City for the improvement and expansion of two roads in the Rio Grande Valley. The City failed to advise Client that it intended to issue the notice to proceed without first removing utility obstructions, fearing that if it took the time to clear the utility obstructions before issuing the notice to proceed, the City would lose the money allocated to these projects. The utility obstructions caused major delays. The City refused to halt the construction, but instead ordered the Client to allocate more equipment and personnel to the projects. During construction, the Client advised the City that it was incurring significant cost overruns. When the Client completed the projects, it demanded payment for the significant additional costs. But, the City refused to pay.

After a local prominent law firm failed to obtain justice for the Client, the Client turned to Jesus Garcia, Jr. The City offered nothing ($0) to settle the case in response to Garcia’s demand letter, and then again offered nothing at mediation. After arbitration hearings lasting approximately five days total and the exchange of closing briefs, on July 18, 2014, the arbitrator rendered an award in favor of our Client for $2,347,454.74—every dollar the Client requested in arbitration.

Judgment Against Export Company: $2,453,566.51

Our client, a local business owner, lent an export company $1,621,415. When the money was due, the export company claimed that the client had invested the money rather than lent it to it. Jesus Garcia, Jr. agreed to tackle the case and filed suit.

The export company got bold and brought claims against the client and its CEO for Negligent Misrepresentation, Defamation, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Fraud, Fraud in the Inducement, and Punitive Damages. It argued that the client and it became partners in a business aimed at selling products to Walmart Mexico. Our clients, the company and the CEO, denied all claims. And, the Court Agreed. All of the export companies’ claims were denied and stricken. In addition, Garcia & Hawley, PLLC obtained a judgment against the export company for $2,453,566.51.

Success for Victims of Horrific Bus Rollover

Jesus Garcia recently secured a favorable settlement for a Houston-area couple and their little boy who suffered severe injuries in a horrific bus rollover near Laredo, Texas. The family were riding in the bus on their way back from an Easter vacation in Mexico, when the driver failed to keep a proper look-out, saw that he was about to collide with the car ahead, and then turned to avoid the car, thereby losing control of the bus and causing it to rollover onto the side of the road. Because the bus had not been retrofitted with seatbelts, the passengers flew out of their seats and were thrown about, suffering severe injuries. Jesus Garcia secured favorable confidential settlements not only against the bus company for the negligence of its driver but also against the distributor of the passenger bus, which was a defective product due its lack of seatbelts. While nothing will erase the horrible memories of this tragedy that this sweet family will live with for the rest of their lives, the substantial compensation that Garcia obtained for them has meaningfully changed their lives for the better.

Trauma at the Track

A bright, young IT specialist was video recording a high performance driving exercise at a Houston-area track. Suddenly, a car lost control, spun, and collided with a “protective” concrete barrier. Debris went flying, striking the young man in the head, causing him a traumatic brain injury. Jesus Garcia proved that the barrier had been negligently designed, placed, built, and maintained. What’s more, they proved that a significant portion of the barrier had been compromised in a prior collision. Yet the track operator failed to repair it and failed to warn about this danger. After a hard-fought battle with significant legal obstacles, including a purported waiver, signed by the young man, Mr. Garcia obtained justice for their client, reaching a favorable confidential settlement with the track operator.

Sweet Sugar… Tastes Like… Victory!

Our client, an agricultural company operating in Mexico and the U.S., sold tons of Sugar to a Puerto Rican distributor. After a profitable relationship, the distributor refused to pay our client for several rail road carts of sugar delivered to it. The distributor claimed that the sugar was defective and that it could not sell it. Jesus Garcia, Jr. represented the client in an arbitration proceeding. After a one day hearing, the arbitrator agreed with our client and rendered an award for the full amount sought plus attorney’s fees.

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