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Sorry, Judge, I'll never do it again. Pfft!

The SE Texas Record May 24, 2016, 9:29am

Gang, gang, the hail's all here, Never mind the weather, we'll get rich together; Gang, gang, the hail's all here, Sure we're glad that we can sue! Who gets excited at the sight of a hail storm? You recognize it as a hazard to life and property and do what you can to minimize its impact.

Another example of federal overreach

The SE Texas Record May 17, 2016, 2:51pm

Is it going to take another American Revolution, or will we be able to walk back the manifold instances of federal overreach one by one?

Do you like Uber and Lyft? Well, that's just too bad!

The SE Texas Record May 9, 2016, 12:03pm

The Austin City Council legalized transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft in 2014, requiring the companies to maintain at least $1 million in commercial automobile liability insurance and to conduct extensive criminal background checks on the drivers.

Thank you, Howard Root

The SE Texas Record May 3, 2016, 8:07am

Joseph Stalin’s infamous KGB chief, Lavrenti Beria, had a unique approach to justice. Instead of investigating a crime to find the culprit, he would arrest the “culprit” first and create a crime to pin on him. “Show me the man,” he boasted, “and I will find the crime.”

Feel free to quote from this editorial!

Southeast Texas Record Apr. 26, 2016, 9:25am

If we ran an editorial on copyright infringement and that editorial subsequently appeared in another publication without our permission or without credit being given to the Southeast Texas Record, that would be grounds for a charge of copyright infringement or plagiarism.

Legal reform update: Better healthcare, less litigation

The SE Texas Record Apr. 18, 2016, 3:06pm

Obama Care was touted as a way to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, but results have been mostly the opposite.

Are insurance companies not welcome in Texas?

The SE Texas Record Apr. 12, 2016, 7:54am

Do conversations stop when you enter a room? Do other people get up from the sofa when you sit down? Do front porch lights go off when you pull into a driveway? Do nightclubs have cover charges just for you?

Whose side is Steve Mostyn on?

The SE Texas Record Apr. 4, 2016, 2:10pm

Telling two teams apart is easy, assuming their uniforms are different.

Stormy weather for Steve Mostyn

The SE Texas Record Mar. 28, 2016, 1:06pm

When it rains, it pours. For Steve Mostyn, that's usually a good thing. The wind and rain that come with hurricanes and other storms, wreaking havoc on homes and businesses, are bad news for the owners of damaged property, but good news for Mostyn, because he is an attorney specializing in suing insurance companies (and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association), ostensibly on behalf of property owners with unsatisfied damage claims.

Fresh accusations against John M. O’Quinn & Associates

The SE Texas Record Mar. 21, 2016, 1:22pm

Millionaire Houston attorney John O’Quinn died in 2009, but his legacy of filing flimsy silicosis cases and cheating his clients lives on.

Another loss for Voss

The SE Texas Record Mar. 14, 2016, 1:19pm

A shakedown is a shakedown. Call it something else and it's still a shakedown.

Some state exports are hurting our image

The SE Texas Record Mar. 7, 2016, 2:18pm

Oil and natural gas, parts for automated data processing machines, planes and aircraft engines, processors and controllers, integrated circuits, etc. – these are some of the highly valued products Texas makes and exports to the nation and the world every year, helping to keep our economy humming and giving us good reasons to be proud of our state.

Loopy viral video has staying power

The SE Texas Record Feb. 29, 2016, 4:13pm

Loopy had never starred in an internet video before, but her debut performance in a five-minute, adrenaline-charged, profanity-laced tour de force called “Booking Footage,” went viral almost immediately.

If you want to go fishing, go to the fishing hole

The SE Texas Record Feb. 22, 2016, 2:13pm

Well now, take down your fishing pole and meet me at the fishing hole We may not get a bite all day but don’t you rush away What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skipping stones You’ll feel fresh as a lemonade a-setting in the shade Not many people know the words to “Fishing Hole,” but almost everyone knows the tune, the whistled version of which opened every episode of The Andy Griffith Show, the classic TV comedy featuring a folksy country sheriff an

Thank you, Justice Scalia

The SE Texas Record Feb. 15, 2016, 8:06pm

Story Copy One of the last acts of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia before his death last week was to explain high court’s majority view in granting a stay of the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, pending the outcome of a challenge now being considered by the U.S.

All insurers should resist dubious claims

David Yates Feb. 8, 2016, 3:09pm

Shingles are something you never want to have, unless they're on the top of your house or on the outside of your law office. Joe Cantu is fortunate not to have shingles, at least not on his roof, but he does have cement tiles up there, and some of them apparently got damaged when the March 29, 2012 hailstorm hit his Hidalgo County home.

Steve Mostyn’s on a losing streak

The SE Texas Record Feb. 1, 2016, 3:48pm

Houston attorney Steve Mostyn must have been feeling cocky when he attended a hearing held by the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence back in 2010. The hearing, attended by tort reformers and trial attorneys, was called to address the problem of barratry in our state. 

It's open season on swindlers

The SE Texas Record Jan. 25, 2016, 12:41pm

Speaking of a three-pronged approach to combatting swindling . . . Last week, we were doing just that, pointing out that “prosecuting swindlers is the third prong of an obvious three-prong solution, the first being a willingness on the part of defendants to fight back against fraud, and the second being a determination among judges to reject unreasonable claims.

Taking a three-pronged approach to swindlers

The SE Texas Record Jan. 18, 2016, 1:04pm

Dallas commercial insurance attorney Steven Badger charges that some trial lawyers try to intimidate insurers into settling unjust claims, using a “scare tactic” that “can amount to insurance fraud.” Says Badger, “Lawyers and their teams of experts will significantly increase the alleged cost to damaged items and often add entirely new damage claim components that were never part of the original claim submitted to the insurer.”

Nothing simply symbolic about defeating asbestos lawsuit fraud

The SE Texas Record Jan. 11, 2016, 11:37pm

Some may dismiss it as merely a symbolic gesture, but symbolic gestures can be powerful.