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State water code amendment: Another step in the right direction

The SE Texas Record Jun. 26, 2017, 11:13pm

Greg Abbott promised he would stick to the winning, pro-business ways of his predecessor, Rick Perry – embracing the same threefold goal of “lower taxes, less regulation, and more job creation” – and that's what he's doing.

Kent Livesay gets caught in a storm of his own making

The SE Texas Record Jun. 19, 2017, 12:37pm

Edinburg lawyer Kent Livesay, for one, used to enjoy – and profit from – a good storm, but now the clouds have gathered over his head and the sky is getting darker.

Ronald Tigner and the illegible boarding pass

The SE Texas Record Jun. 12, 2017, 12:41pm

Told by his grade school teacher that he needed to present a note from his mother to explain the previous day's absence, little Ronnie obliged – with an excuse written on lined paper in crayon in big block letters and signed “Mom.” Needless to say, the teacher's suspicions were aroused and she proceeded to question the authenticity of the dubious document presented to her by the wily child. Fast forward a couple of decades and we have Houston attorney Ronald Tigner, Esq., trying to get on an airplane with an illegible boarding pass and meeting resistance from skeptical airline employees.

Supreme Court rejects loose venue interpretation in patent cases

The SE Texas Record Jun. 6, 2017, 4:29pm

“The High Court put a dent in plaintiffs' long-established freedom to shop for the venue of their choosing when pressing patent infringement claims – potentially dealing a blow to the Eastern District of Texas’s prominence in hearing patent cases.” That's the assessment made of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision by intellectual property firm Morrison & Foerster, and we hope it proves accurate. An end to our prominence in these dubious endeavors would be a good thing and might prompt us to find some more acceptable kind of distinction.

No vicarious liability for off-site, off-duty employees

The Record May 30, 2017, 3:03pm

You walk past a BBQ joint, look in the window, and see a happy guy with some sauce on the front of his shirt devouring a rack of ribs, and it makes you feel good. There might be a tinge of envy, but you can tell he's enjoying those juicy ribs and you can't help smiling. That’s called vicarious pleasure.

Alleged 'consensus' on climate change challenged

The SE Texas Record May 22, 2017, 2:10pm

“Nine out of ten doctors agree . . .” That was a classic claim made in pharmaceutical advertising, and the assertion of a consensus of alleged authorities sounds impressive, but what does it really mean? The claim raises many obvious questions, such as: Were thousands of doctors surveyed and 90 percent of them in agreement, or was it just ten doctors total? Do the doctors have actual expertise in the use of the product they've endorsed, or do their specialties lie elsewhere? Were they paid for their opinions? Perhaps most important, why does one out of ten doctors disagree?

This time, the joke's on Steve Mostyn and company

The Record May 15, 2017, 2:03pm

When the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence held a hearing seven years ago to discuss barratry in our state, Steve Mostyn agreed with those present that it was a problem and recommended prosecution of “swindlers.” What a kidder!

Divorce court, Texas style

The SE Texas Record May 9, 2017, 8:37am

The trick to quitting while you're ahead is to quit before you're behind.

Keep your hands off the cap, Gene Wu

The SE Texas Record May 2, 2017, 10:17am

Two weeks ago, we opined, only half-jokingly, that one of the biggest differences between conservatives and liberals – and between Republicans and Democrats – is that the former look for things that are broken, so they can fix them, and the latter do the opposite.

Carolyn Rhymes's all-expenses-paid 'trip'

The SE Texas Record Apr. 24, 2017, 12:25pm

Carolyn Rhymes got roughly one fifth of the settlement she sought from the Applebee's on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, but it could be more than she deserved.

The difference between Republicans and Democrats in Texas

The SE Texas Record Apr. 17, 2017, 1:04pm

Q. What's the difference between liberals and conservatives? A. Conservatives look for things that are broken, so they can fix them. Liberals do the opposite.

The Steve Mostyn Comedy Show continues

The SE Texas Record Apr. 10, 2017, 2:25pm

Seven years ago, the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence held a hearing at which tort reformers and trial attorneys both agreed that barratry is a problem in our state.

Why Senate Bill 10 is needed

The SE Texas Record Apr. 3, 2017, 12:12pm

Our state Senate considering legislation to restrict lawsuits against individual insurance adjusters.

PU attorneys bring in the big bucks, but at what cost to society?

The SE Texas Record Mar. 27, 2017, 3:05pm

Last October, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the reversal of a $32 million settlement against Domino's pizza chain won by former Provost Umphrey (PU) attorney Paul Ferguson Jr.

When Baron & Budd talk, legislators listen

The SE Texas Record Mar. 20, 2017, 12:05pm

In a crowded public place, two businessmen discuss investments.

Our state legislature should work for us, not Steve Mostyn

The SE Texas Record Mar. 14, 2017, 10:24am

It sometimes seems like Texas taxpayers bankrolled a billion-dollar trust fund for the personal use of attorney Steve Mostyn.

'There are no wrongful births.'

The SE Texas Record Mar. 6, 2017, 5:39pm

When does an infant in the womb become a potential burden?

It used to be a crime. Now we celebrate it?

The SE Texas Record Feb. 27, 2017, 4:16pm

“I believe there are many funding opportunities in Texas and the Southwest,” said Eric Chenoweth, commercial and intellectual property litigator, formerly of Yetter Coleman and recently tapped to head the new Houston office of Australian litigation-funding firm Bentham IMF.

Asbestos trust transparency may be an idea whose time has come

The SE Texas Record Feb. 21, 2017, 12:01pm

Is Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold tenacious or just stubborn?

Let's keep Texas exceptional!

The SE Texas Record Feb. 21, 2017, 11:53am

When he succeeded Rick Perry as governor, Greg Abbott promised to perpetuate his positive policies of “lower taxes, less regulation, and more job creation.” “Texas will continue to be a pro-business state because of legislative reforms,” he said at the time, at a meeting with Texas congressional leaders from the Greater Houston area.