Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lawyer Rodney R. Elkins Sues Law Firm and Wins Record Judgment

Lawyer sues law firm wins $1.4 million

Dallas (PRWEB) May 31, 2009 -- Dallas attorney Rodney R. Elkins took on the law firm of Pearson & Campbell of Beaumont, Texas, filing a lawsuit on the behalf of environmental research firm Risk Identity Group (RIG) of Boerne, Texas that resulted in a judgment of $1.4 million dollars, signed by Judge Ken Molberg of the 95th District Court in Dallas May 4, 2009. No. 07-03020-D

Pearson & Campbell had retained RIG to research the air quality in the Port Arthur, Texas area when the firm suspected the area's refinery smokestacks were releasing harmful pollutants. RIG worked for over a year creating air models and risk models, which show the emissions in the air in specific locations and at specific times, and the risks associated with the levels of emissions, turning away other assignments to complete the work for Pearson & Campbell. Not only were they working from a written contract with Pearson & Campbell, but also from additional verbal agreements made during the period RIG provided its services to the law firm.

As RIG continued their work creating air models and risk models in the Port Arthur, Texas area during designated time periods, Pearson & Campbell kept changing their legal strategies and were not paying for work done. "The Beaumont, Port Arthur area has been called the 'Golden Triangle' because of the lawsuits that have been brought against refineries located there. Several of the country's highest paid lawyers are located in this area, not in Los Angeles, Chicago, or Philadelphia, as you might think," Elkins says.

After Pearson & Campbell fell behind in making payments in accord with both their written and verbal agreements with RIG, the company decided to contact attorney Rodney R. Elkins.

"When I sat down with the four men whose business was destroyed by continuing to work for a client who was keeping them from other profitable assignments, and yet not keeping up with payments to them, I wanted to help," Elkins says. "I was hoping that we could get an acceptable judgment that would allow them to recover enough money to help rebuild their business. I'm pleased that the jury found the facts favorable to RIG, and Judge Molberg incorporated those findings into his judgment."

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