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Johnnie Cochran‘s awesome law outfit The Cochran Firm have announced that they’re going to be playing a huge part in the post metro-crash litigation. The OJ, and noted civil rights lawyer may have passed away in 2005, but as we all know from the awesome local TV ads—-his firm lives on.
Now, the Cochran firm is taking a piece of the metro crash business. Interview with Cochran attorney after the jump.
Carolyn B. Jenkins, the mother of Veronica DuBose, who died in the crash, has filed on a wrongful death lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against WMATA as well as Alstom Signaling, Inc. According to the press release, Alstom “provides computerized train traffic control.” DuBose was 29 and the mother of two children—Ava Sarai Katurah DuBose, 20 months old, and Raja Otis Lee Williams, seven years old.
The firm filed the suit on June 29.
City Desk spoke to Cochran firm attorney David E. Haynes this evening:
“We were contacted by the family along with another law firm. We had been monitoring the situation closely,” Haynes explains. “The family was interested to prosecute the case quickly. There hasn’t been much information that has been shared directly with the family. We expect that through our own investigation with the other law firms in the case that we will be able to uncover the practices going on with Metro.”
“There’s no need to wait until the investigation is totally completed,” Haynes says. It appears clear that this was an accident that was preventable and avoidable.” Indeed, the Post reported to day that repair work caused huge problems safeguarding passengers against crashes.
“I think they need to get the 1000 series off the track,” Haynes says. “I think they need to have a complete review of the computer systems that are involved along with any other companies or vendors involved in that process…Obviously the appropriate testing and precautions had not been taken.”
Haynes says WMATA has a history of ignoring passenger complaints and injury claims: “The litigation process is necessary to put WMATA to task. They are known not to pay claims unless they are in litigation. Lawsuits need to be filed for the complete truth to come out and for full justice.”
The lawsuit is seeking $25 million.
*photo by Darrow Montgomery.