Wrongful Termination Verdict Affirmed by Supreme Court of Texas

On September 3rd, 2022, the Texas Supreme Court denied a petition to review a $1.7 million dollar judgement in favor of Doyle Dennis LLP’s client Joseph Ball against Alleyton Resource Company LLC. The judgement owed to our client will now also include approximately $266,913 in post judgment interest accumulated during the appeal of the verdict.
Doyle Dennis LLP attorneys originally presented the case of Ball v. Alleyton Resource Company LLC in July of 2019 to a Fort Bend County District Court jury. The jury found in the Plaintiff’s favor with a verdict of $1,706,187. The verdict awarded Mr. Ball approximately $1,706,187 in total damages, which includes $164,168, in past lost wages, $675,519 in future lost wages, $100,000 in past mental anguish, $16,500 in future mental anguish, and $750,000 in punitive damages. Alleyton appealed this verdict, and on June 3rd, 2021 the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, in Houston, Texas, affirmed the initial judgment in favor of Doyle Dennis LLP and their client Joseph Ball.
Mr. Ball worked for Alleyton Resources as a ready-mix concrete truck driver for nearly a decade. He unfortunately suffered an on-the-job injury and instituted worker’s compensation proceedings regarding the matter. Mr. Ball was then terminated as a result. Chapter 451 of the Texas Labor Code expressly prohibits retaliation or discrimination against employees for filing a workers’ compensation claim in good faith. Doyle Dennis LLP was retained to litigate the wrongful termination claim on behalf of Mr. Ball and his family. During the trial, Doyle Dennis LLP’s team submitted evidence that Alleyton violated its own policies, concealed the motive for Mr. Ball’s termination, contradicted its basis for the termination, and failed to accurately and timely document the termination. As part of the verdict, Doyle Dennis LLP and their client are entitled to substantial pre and post judgment interest and costs.

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Houston Police Officer Runs Over Innocent Bystander

Doyle Dennis LLP fights for people who were harmed by the Houston Police Department and the City of Houston, including the family members of victims who were killed by HPD officers.  Last year, Doyle Dennis LLP filed suit on behalf of the Estate of Rhogena Nicholas after Houston police officers unlawfully invaded Nicholas’ home and killed Nicholas, her husband, and their dog.  Based upon this experience, Janice Jackson hired Doyle Dennis LLP to file suit against the Houston Police Department and the City of Houston after an HPD officer killed her husband.           

Michael Wayne Jackson was walking to get a haircut on December 4, 2021 when he was struck and killed by a Houston police officer. According to the Texas Department of Transportation report, the officer was “traveling at an unsafe speed for the roadway conditions and performed a faulty evasive action to avoid stopped traffic by going on the sidewalk.”  As a result of the officer’s complete disregard for safety, his vehicle collided with Mr. Jackson, who was walking on the sidewalk.  Approximately 126 minutes after the collision near Reed Road and Scott Street, Mr. Jackson was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife, Janice Jackson, and children.    

Houston police officers have a disturbing history of ignoring protocols and hurting innocent people.  Doyle Dennis LLP understands that this is unacceptable.  Our lawyers are not afraid to pursue legal action against the state and federal government, including municipalities and police departments.  If your civil rights have been violated by the Houston Police Department, call us for a free initial evaluation of your potential legal rights.      


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At the Houston law firm Doyle LLP, we are immersed in several complex and constantly evolving areas of law. Our experienced attorneys apply genuine passion in our strategic advocacy efforts for injured maritime workers, soldiers severely harmed by military contractors while deployed overseas, and people injured while working and traveling internationally.

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Doyle wins widow and children insurance benefits after 5 year fight

This afternoon a jury in the 163rd District Court of Orange County, Texas found Commerce and Industry Insurance Company, an AIG company, responsible for workers’ compensation survivor benefits for the family of a worker original injured at BP’s Texas City plant in May 2004. After a two and a half day trial before the Honorable Dennis Powell, the jury found that Bruce Stewart’s death from an accidental overdose of medicine prescribed for treatment of his injury was “a result of” the original injury as it arose from the medical treatment made necessary by the on the job injury.

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Doyle featured in Today’s Houston Chronicle on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion

Mike Doyle of Doyle was quoted in today’s Houston Chronicle article by Lise Olsen and Terri Langford on Gulf Accidents. The article addresses the long history of oil rig explosions in the Gulf of Mexico over the past several years. Often the maritime industry touts its safety record based on reported incidents, but many if not most incidents are unreported, and there is essentially no hands-on oversight of rig safety. These safety shortcomings can result in tragedy, as evidenced by the recent tragedy on the Deepwater Horizon, a Transocean and BP operation. As Mike Doyle was quoted, “There is a big difference between their actual incident/injury rate and their self-reported (rate).”The full text of the Chronicle article can be found at this link.

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