Top Verdicts & Settlements of Texas 2022 by Texas Lawyer Includes National Trial Law’s $230M+ Verdict

“Top Verdicts & Settlements of Texas 2022” by Texas Lawyer has recognized National Trial Law for achieving one of the highest verdicts in 2022 for the Sutherland Springs shooting trial that was held in federal court. Our trial team won a verdict in February 2022 for $230,331,844.46 in Holcombe v. USA. The verdict was awarded to the victims of the shooting and the surviving family members of people who lost their lives on that tragic day.

National Trial Law brought the lawsuit against the United States Air Force (USAF) for failing to enter the gunman’s domestic violence and child abuse felonies into the FBI’s background check system. If the USAF had taken this necessary step, then he would not have gotten the firearms that he used to kill 27 and wound 22 others in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Indeed, reporting domestic violence offenses is specifically designed to prevent potentially violent people from obtaining weapons to hurt others.

Our trial attorneys argued that the U.S. Air Force negligently enabled Kelley to commit the crime, and therefore, was liable for the losses the Air Force caused. After a difficult trial in federal court, the Air Force was found responsible for the attack due to its reporting failure. As a result, Federal District Court Judge Rodriguez awarded $230,331,884.46 on behalf of the victims, which would ultimately be recognized by Texas Lawyer as one of the “Top Verdicts & Settlements of Texas” in 2022.

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