It may be one of the most feared law firms in the country. It prides itself on going after giant corporations on behalf of the little guy.
Silicosis is a lung disease you can get from breathing particles from sandblasting.
But now a federal judge is accusing the firm of taking part in manufacturing cases that were the basis of a huge lawsuit.
You may have heard of Houston lawyer John O’Quinn.
In past years, he has made millions going after America’s biggest industries: Tobacco, medicine and the airlines.
He has given away so much money that buildings in the city are named after him.
But now, a federal judge has given the downtown law firm O’Quinn founded — O’Quinn, Laminack, and Pirtle — given it not an honor, but a stinging reprimand.
Silicosis is a lung disease you can get from breathing particles from sandblasting. Thousands of workers have potentially been exposed at their jobsites.
The reason for the reprimand is related to some television ads.
The ads produced by what are called a screening companies, urged such workers to get screened, as supposedly seen in one ad that shows at a clinic set up in a motel in Mississippi.