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U.S. Supreme Court should reject lower court's loose venue interpretation

The SE Texas Record Feb. 13, 2017, 3:21pm

“When a single district court hears so many cases, not because of convenience or connection to the dispute, but because it is chosen by litigants on one side, the perception of a neutral justice system is undermined.” That's one of several cogent comments made by Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton and 16 other state AGs in an amicus brief filed last week in a U.S.

Lamar Smith's persistence may finally pay off

The SE Texas Record Feb. 6, 2017, 3:06pm

It may be called the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA) of 2017, but U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of Austin has been proposing this measure for years without success.

This Texas model is the most successful one of all

The SE Texas Record Jan. 30, 2017, 7:15pm

What do you think of when you think of Texas models? Julie Henderson, Taylor Cole, Shannon Elizabeth, Kim Smith, and Anna Nicole Smith are the five highest rated Texas-born models on they're not the ones we think of when we think of Texas models – not always, anyway. Our favorite Texas model is a program of tort reform.

The lawyer will see you now . . .

The SE Texas Record Jan. 23, 2017, 3:06pm

You wouldn't ask a doctor for a legal opinion, so why accept medical advice from a lawyer – especially one who's hoping to gin up a medical malpractice case.

Carolyn Rhymes, learn how to walk defensively

The SE Texas Record Jan. 10, 2017, 1:22pm

There's neither rhyme nor reason to many personal injury lawsuits, but one filed two years ago against the Applebee's on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, and recently continued, does have Rhymes.

Made any resolutions for 2017, Steve Mostyn?

The SE Texas Record Jan. 3, 2017, 2:01pm

Last year was a rough one for Houston attorney Steve Mostyn, and he's probably glad it's over.

What goes around comes around, and Jay Edelson doesn't like it

The SE Texas Record Dec. 20, 2016, 9:17am

They say turnabout is fair play, but some people don't like to play fair.

Texas lawyers are showing insurers the Doors

The SE Texas Record Dec. 13, 2016, 12:51am

We apologize to the late Jim Morrison for the liberties taken with “Riders on the Storm,” but you must admit that the version we created with unaltered consciousness makes considerably more sense and actually communicates something.

Wouldn't it be nice if the EPA were defanged?

The SE Texas Record Dec. 5, 2016, 3:11pm

Whom will President-elect Donald Trump nominate to head the Environmental Protection Agency?

What happened to Kent Livesay should happen to other rule breakers

The SE Texas Record Nov. 29, 2016, 11:21am

Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to abide by their clients' decisions concerning representation.

SEIU headed for the trash heap?

The SE Texas Record Nov. 21, 2016, 8:55am

It's not nice to gloat, but sometimes you just can't help yourself.

Supreme Court rejects Ferguson's Domino theory

The SE Texas Record Nov. 14, 2016, 10:10pm

The lyrics to Van Morrison's 1970 hit sum up pretty well how Provost Umphrey attorney Paul Ferguson Jr. must be feeling, now that the High Court has affirmed the reversal of a $32 million settlement he won against a national pizza chain three years ago.

Too much money in politics, says big donor

The SE Texas Record Nov. 8, 2016, 9:16am

Whether you call it hypocrisy, audacity, or gall, there's plenty of it in politics.

Sixteen wins in a row!

The SE Texas Record Nov. 1, 2016, 9:25am

That'll get you to the Superbowl – if the victories come in stadiums and the champs are a football team.

Does the Houston Chronicle care selectively about facts and fairness?

The SE Texas Record Oct. 24, 2016, 3:29pm

Suppose you were accused of arson, were innocent and could prove it, but the court wouldn't let you present the perfect piece of exculpatory evidence.

Speights & Worrich implodes from hail-storm damage claims

The SE Texas Record Oct. 17, 2016, 4:44pm

More than 10,000 hail-damage lawsuits are expected to be filed in Texas this year. The number's likely to drop now that Speights & Worrich has announced its decision to “significantly downsize.”

Beaumont's daily paper: The Brent Coon Enterprise

The SE Texas Record Oct. 10, 2016, 3:00pm

It looks like congratulations are in order for Brent Coon.How do we know? Because Brent Coon told us so.  Not directly, of course, but through his publicity firm, The Beaumont Enterprise.The editors at the Enterprise do not officially act in the capacity of press agents for Coon, but they might as well. He sends a press release and they print it, verbatim.

Getting Mostyn out of state politics

The SE Texas Record Oct. 3, 2016, 7:17pm

Attorney Amber Mostyn thinks there's too much money in politics, and she should know.

Texas lawyer cites barratry in class action suit against Arizona lawyers

The SE Texas Record Sep. 26, 2016, 1:35pm

There are good and bad representatives of every profession.

Insurance companies go Coon hunting

The SE Texas Record Sep. 19, 2016, 6:05pm

“What we try to do with our clients is get them what we can, where we can.” That's what Texas attorney Brent Coon was quoted as saying three years ago in a Wall Street Journal article about the rise in claims against asbestos trust funds.