Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Albert "The Healer" Huerta critically ill: Who will Take Over the Monopoly of Personal Injury in Texas
This just in. Albert "The Healer" Huerta has suffered a lifethreatening stroke. Our prayers are with he and his family. However, as many know, Mr. Huerta and his legal assistants Tony Calderon and Big Bob Deleon have monopolized cases in South Texas for years. Many have questioned their methods and have compared their business to that of the Mauricio Celis and Watts situation. In fact, El Defenzor has learned that Bill Edwards, the prominent attorney in town has boldly sued them and the Wiggington Law Firm for barratry. The allegations include soliciting cases and a conspiracy to obtain cases in South Texas on a grand scale. A monopoly for years has been whispered to exist in South Texas included hush money, easy money to law enforcement, funeral directors, fireman, and politicians as well as justice of the peace officials who pronounce individuals dead in the rural areas. The vast network established by Mr. Huerta has led to referrals to Watts, Wiggington, and others involved in the club. El Defenzor has investigated the Texas Rules of Professional conduct and has learned that solicitation under any circumstance is illegal and that an attorney who refers a case must remain significantly involved. Will attorneys who have received cases from Huerta with he being temporarily or God forbid permanently impaired try to cut Huerta out. Will his children who have not blazed their own trail been able to straddle the mantle. Many believe not. El Defenzor begins to launch its investigation of the power base that have run cases starting with the Huerta law firm. Perhaps the struggle for cases and the monopoly has come to an end. In the end perhaps it is an era that has come and gone of Huerta and his runners Calderon and Big Bob Deleon. El Defenzor is carefully investigating cases and is asking for anyone who has information that would shed light on the monopoly of cases and possible barratry to contribute to the discussion. Do Attorneys like Bill Edwards need to police other lawyers. Did Thomas J. Henry start an avalanche that may baptize lawyers who solicit cases in fire?