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September 13, 2006 at 12:30 PM EDT
Families of Soldiers Killed in 2004 Helicopter Crash Hire Prominent Texas Law Firm; Crash Killed Colonel From Peabody, Massachusetts

Nix, Patterson & Roach LLP, a prominent Texas-based plaintiff's law firm, today announced that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the families of three soldiers who died when a U.S. Army helicopter collided with wires supporting a television broadcasting tower near Waco, Texas, on a foggy morning in November 2004. At the time of the crash, the television tower's warning lights were not functioning, a violation of Federal Communications Commission and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The suit alleges negligence on the part of Centex Television Limited Partnership, KSWO Television of Texas, Inc., and KSWO Television Company, Inc., the owners and/or operators of the tower.

The helicopter, a UH-60L Black Hawk, crashed on November 29, 2004, shortly after taking off from Fort Hood, Texas, killing all seven soldiers aboard. Victims included Brigadier General Charles B. Allen of Lawton, Oklahoma; Specialist Richard L. Brown of Stonewall, Louisiana; Chief Warrant Officer Todd T. Christmas of Wagon Mound, New Mexico; Chief Warrant Officer Doug Clapp of Greensboro, North Carolina; Chief Warrant Officer Mark W. Evans of Killeen, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer David H. Gardner of Mason City, Iowa; and Colonel James M. Moore of Peabody, Massachusetts.

This lawsuit is filed on behalf of the families of Officers Christmas, Evans, and Gardner. The families of the other victims are not currently involved in the suit.

"The saddest thing about this tragedy is that it could easily have been avoided," said Nelson Roach, a partner in Nix, Patterson & Roach and one of the attorneys handling the case. "If it weren't for the abject negligence of the defendants, these seven soldiers would be alive today. With that in mind, we intend to use every means at our disposal to compensate the victims' families."

Erica Smith Christmas et al. v. Centex Television Limited Partnership, KSWO Television of Texas, Inc., and KSWO Television Company, Inc. is filed in the 414th District Court in McClennan County, Texas, Cause No. 2006-3165-5.

About Nix, Patterson & Roach LLP

Founded by Harold Nix in 1965 in Daingerfield, Texas, Nix, Patterson & Roach is today one of the premier plaintiff's law firms in the United States. Known for its historic recovery on behalf of the State of Texas in tobacco litigation and a $37 million jury verdict in a recent child-molestation case, the firm maintains state-of-the-art offices in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Saltillo, Mexico. For further information, please call 903-645-7333 or visit www.nixlawfirm.com.

For documents related to this case and/or interview requests, please contact Eric Wetzel at 512-474-7514 or eric@shipleyassociates.net.

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