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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.

Let's all make the same resolution

The SE Texas Record Jan. 4, 2016, 1:21pm

Part of the problem with resolutions is that we all make different ones.

ILR: What the Silver conviction reveals about asbestos litigation fraud

Institute for Legal Reform Dec. 17, 2015, 2:47pm

Story Copy Institute for Legal Reform, December 8, 2015 The conviction last week of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reveals more than just the level of corruption in the Empire State capital.

Texas cities among most frequent targets for personal injury lawyer ad dollars

Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse Dec. 17, 2015, 2:36pm

On Dec. 16 Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse (TALA) announced a new statewide consumer education campaign, urging Texans to “Don’t Let a Lawyer Be Your Doctor.” Small business owners, health care providers and lawsuit reform advocates have joined forces to press for greater consumer awareness in personal injury lawyer advertising.

Steve Mostyn says: prosecute swindlers

The SE Texas Record Dec. 14, 2015, 2:56pm

Barratry is a felony in Texas, and for many years, despite its frequent occurrence, hardly anyone is prosecuted for it.

Political correctness is getting too expensive – and too dangerous

The SE Texas Record Dec. 7, 2015, 12:05pm

President Obama says: If you see something, say something.

A letter to Secretary Kerry

The SE Texas Record Nov. 30, 2015, 1:01pm

Sending a letter to a public official is a good way to let him know how you feel.

Simon Greenstone’s playground retort

The SE Texas Record Nov. 23, 2015, 10:09am

“That's what you are, but what am I?” You might expect a lame remark like that to be employed as a retort by an underage antagonist on an elementary school playground or a superannuated adolescent in a Pee Wee Herman movie, but not as a comeback from mature counsel in a courtroom.

Whatever their motivations, whistleblowers can perform a valuable public service

The SE Texas Record Nov. 16, 2015, 1:01pm

Disgruntled employees come in many varieties.

Dogged attorney Mikal Watts barked up the wrong tree with Lucy Lu

Record Admin Nov. 9, 2015, 12:16pm

Dogs are people, too, or so some dog owners think.

Aren't firms like AkinMears engaging in barratry?

The SE Texas Record Nov. 2, 2015, 12:19pm

According to a new report commissioned by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which owns this journal, trial lawyers will spend almost $900 million this year in broadcast advertising

Will Mikal Watts's imaginary clients testify on his behalf?

The SE Texas Record Oct. 26, 2015, 12:13pm

People all over town thought Elwood P. Dowd was crazy because he claimed to have a friend named Harvey.

Why was the AkinMears suit sealed?

The SE Texas Record Oct. 20, 2015, 11:42am

The public has every right to watch the details unfold in a recent lawsuit, now unfortunately sealed, against the AkinMears law firm – a suit brought by a former employee that contains serious allegations about its operation.

On cockroaches and some asbestos attorneys

David Yates Oct. 5, 2015, 12:21pm

La cucaracha, la cucaracha Ya no puede caminar.

Apple is not responsible for the misuse of its iPhone

The SE Texas Record Sep. 28, 2015, 12:25pm

Have you ever seen another motorist go by with the front windshield sun shade still in place?

A ‘Penney’ for your thought: Pay attention and you might not get hurt

The SE Texas Record Sep. 22, 2015, 11:34am

How capacious and conspicuous must a hazard be before a person injured by it can be held accountable for not seeing and sidestepping it?