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The Controversial Case of Jussie Smollett - Reyes Browne Reilley
The unsettling case of Jussie Smollett first gained coverage in the early morning of January 29th. News broke that Empire television star was attacked while walking through the 300 block of East Lower North Water Street, in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. It was reported that two masked men attacked the actor, tied a noose around his neck, and spilled an unknown liquid over him. Allegedly, the attackers were screaming homophobic and racial slurs, including “this is MAGA country” – a reference to the President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan and the racial tension surrounding his administration.

As news of the attack spread throughout the nation, many people were disturbed and voiced their concerns on social media. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and other political figures commended Smollett’s bravery and supported his call for a thorough investigation. Unfortunately for Smollett, that’s exactly what happened. Not only did the detectives uncover the identities of his attackers, but they unveiled a hoax perpetrated by the victim himself.

Smollet’s plan was thwarted when Chicago police found security footage of  Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundario catching a cab down the street from where the attack was said to have taken place. After they were identified and brought into custody, it was revealed that the brothers were not only extras on Empire, but one was Jussie’s close friend and personal trainer. According to the brothers, Smollet approached and offered them $3,500 to carry out the choreographed attack on himself.

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Tragedy struck a local Garland family when their son, Christopher Pham, 23, was one of three killed while changing a car tire on Interstate 635/LBJ Freeway in Dallas around 3:30 AM Sunday.

Driving home with four friends, the group’s car got flat tire. After pulling over to the side of the freeway, Pham and two friends, now identified as Hieu Minh Doan (22) and David Nguyen (23), exited the car to change the tire while the two others remained inside. The group was then struck by Jesus Chavarria-Vazquez, who fled from the scene on-foot, leaving his 12-year-old son injured inside his vehicle. Pham and his two friends outside of the car were pronounced dead at the scene, and the two others who remained inside survived with injuries. Police are still searching for Chavarria-Vazquez now.

“Dealing with one [victim] is horrific and to compound it three times is unimaginable. It appears that all three were friends, so this just had to be a horrific scene.”   —Dallas Sergeant Warren Mitchell

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Injured Employee Sues Aveanna Healthcare For Ignoring Their Cries For Help - Reyes Browne ReilleyJoellyn Swope works as a home health services provider in the Houston area. One of her patients was in a semi-comatose state, and “lacked conscious control over her physical movement,” according to Swope. She was assisting this immobile patient by herself, with no other coworkers in the home.

Swope noticed that she was having problems lifting the patient by herself. She voiced these concerns to her employer, Epic Health Services, Inc. DBA Aveanna Healthcare. However, instead of finding a solution to help Swope successfully help the patient,  Aveanna Healthcare reprimanded her for “criticizing the patient’s weight,” as stated in the original petition.

On May 14th, 2017, Swope was attempting to physically lift her patient when the patient’s weight shifted, causing them to roll onto Swope’s wrist. Due to the patient’s inability to control their physical movements and Swope’s difficulty lifting the patient alone, Swope’s wrist became hyper-extended, resulting in injury. According to the Harris County District Court, on March 4th, 2019 Swope filed a lawsuit against her employer for ignoring her complaints concerning her safety while administering incontinence care. As the plaintiff, Swope is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

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Ruby S. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional school bus crash lawyers while helping her recover damages for her son after he was injured in a school bus crash during a field trip.

“Hi, my name is Ruby Sanchez. My son was in a bus wreck going to a field trip. On their way back they had an accident. And it was terrifying to get that phone call that something has happened. So I went over there to the accident and then… He was kind of really scared, shook up. And took him to the emergency room. And he had knee injuries and back injuries, and his neck. And was referred to see a chiropractor. And he was there, and he seen a psychologist. And they really helped him out tremendously. And I’m satisfied with the attention and the care he got and deserved.”

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Record Breaking — Highest Pedestrian Death Count in Almost 30 Years - Reyes Browne Reilley
2018 brought the highest count of U.S. pedestrian deaths in nearly 30 years — since 1988. According to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were an estimated 6,227 pedestrians deaths last year.

Transportation Safety Experts are attributing this rise in fatalities to the modern trend of optimizing highway construction to raise the maximum speed of commuting vehicles. Another factor is the shift in the types of vehicles on the road. Sedans and passenger cars are being replaced with trucks and SUVs, according to the GHSA study. These types of vehicles are heavier than smaller vehicles, and can cause more injury to pedestrians while driving at the same speed.

                “We’re killing way too many pedestrians. This has got to be a high priority,”                                    —Jonathan Adkins, executive director of GHSA

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Alisa J. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional car accident lawyers while helping her recover damages after being injured in a rear-end car crash on I-20.

“Hi, I’m Alicia Jones. Two years ago in January I was in a car accident on Interstate 20 traveling west. I was just driving to work, what I normally do any day, and got hit from behind. Not a very hard hit I thought, but there was quite a bit of damage to my vehicle as well as myself. I did have some issues with my back. After several attempts from myself as well as my insurance company to contact the insurance company of the driver who hit me, we were unsuccessful, so I decided to pursue Reyes Law Firm. I just didn’t have the time to keep calling the insurance company and trying to get them to fulfill their financial obligation.

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Elizabeth Holmes & Theranos - Legal Repercussions of a Medical Scam - Reyes Browne ReilleyIn 2015, Forbes named Elizabeth Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made billionaire in America. The title was given based on the $9 billion valuation of Theranos — a now defunct company that has been exposed for its false claims to have devised revolutionary blood tests that used very small amounts of blood obtained by a finger prick. As founder and CEO, Holmes is the mastermind, or rather master con-artist, behind Theranos.

Holmes’ cover story in a 2014 edition of Fortune Magazine vaulted her to fame and gave her the exposure to get Theranos moving. This momentum was soon followed Forbes, TED talks, and celebrity features. Investors such as Henry Kissinger, Rupert Murdoch, and Betsy DeVos all contributed millions of dollars to Theranos.

Employees of Theranos expressed their concerns regarding the product’s basic functions, worried that these fundamental problems never found solutions. Meanwhile, Theranos was still serving paying customers. In at least one instance, a Theranos test administered at Walgreens was hundreds of points off, which misled the cancer survivor to believe that cancer had returned. No affected customers received any sort of apology for the misconstrued results. All the while, Elizabeth Holmes was fully aware that Theranos did not work. This is the quintessence of fraud.

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Jerry D. shares his Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional truck wreck lawyers while helping him recover damages after being injured in a crash with a U.S. Postal Service truck.

“My name’s Jerry Davis. About a year ago I ran into a mail lady. I was referred to Reyes by a young lady that saw the accident, and Reyes has been great. They took care, making sure I got to the doctor. Made sure that everything that I needed was taken care of. Process is the process, I mean you can’t really do anything about time. Reyes handled and had a great appreciation for my time. I had a great appreciation for that. I’m a small business owner, so time is important to me. The girls in the office, all of them are great. Gracie, Judy treated me like I was part of the family. I really have a great appreciation for that. Glad the process is over, it allows me to get back to what I do.

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Tosha F. shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our Dallas, TX staff of professional car wreck lawyers while helping her recover damages after being injured in an 18 wheeler car crash.

“My name is Tosha Freeman. I was hit by an 18-wheeler. I found this law firm and they were awesome. You guys should check them out!”

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Utah Lowers Legal BAC to 0.05 to Reduce DUIs - Reyes Browne Reilley
While drunk driving accidents have been on the decline over the past three decades, many states across the country are starting to strengthening their regulations in the hopes of preventing the reported 11,000 people killed in such accidents nationwide.

Last December, Utah lowered their legal driving blood alcohol content limit to 0.05% in hopes of decreasing the amount of D.U.I arrests. At an average of 30 D.U.I arrests/day, Utah already holds the record for the lowest number of daily D.U.I. arrests across the country. Already recognized as the most heavily restricted state for alcohol distribution/consumption, this new legislation has angered many, including those from the American Beverage Institute, a trade group that is working with bars and restaurants against the new law. “Someone with a 0.05% blood alcohol level is not meaningfully impaired,” says the managing director, Sarah Longwall.

In contrast to Utah, Texas’ statistics are much more distressing — every 20 minutes a Texan is hurt or killed in an alcohol-related crash.

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