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The Jurisprudence of Civil Asset Forfeiture

Mark Pulliam Jul. 14, 2016, 11:58am

The Jurisprudence of Civil Asset Forfeiture by MARK PULLIAM|Leave a Comment 3 Hand grabbing money bag The seizure by the state of assets connected to crime is a controversial subject. Asset forfeiture’s proponents—mainly law-enforcement agencies—view it as essential to fighting crime (especially the drug trade), because it deprives wrongdoers of the fruits of their illicit activities.

Tort reform necessary to solve defensive medicine

Calvin S. Ennis, MD Jul. 12, 2016, 1:28pm

We were all taught in medical school that the way to treat and control disease is to identify the cause.

The Mau-Mauing of Justice Kennedy

Mark Pulliam Jun. 28, 2016, 1:53pm

The cowardice of Fisher II suggests that Justice Anthony Kennedy fears another confrontation by the “Wise Latina.”

Hulkamania meets lawsuitmania and brings litigation finance industry into the ring

Sick of Lawsuits Jun. 22, 2016, 2:12pm

Wrestling icon Hulk Hogan recently body slammed the celebrity news site Gawker in court for publicizing a private video featuring Hogan.

A Tale of Two Judges

Mark Pulliam Jun. 15, 2016, 9:21am

Groupthink dictates different treatment of “judicial independence.” Judges usually manage to stay out of the news, but two of them in California have been getting lots of national attention lately: U.S.

Learning the Lesson of Tiananmen Square — and Reminding China

Ted Cruz Jun. 9, 2016, 3:13pm

You do not change authoritarian regimes by enriching them while leaving their crimes against their own people unmentioned.

Unseemly and illegal asbestos client solicitation gets a day in court

Sick of Lawsuits Jun. 1, 2016, 1:36pm

Sometimes just desserts do get served. For over a year we’ve been reading about the greed-driven political corruption case involving former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Jury Service: It’s a Privilege, not a Duty

Jennifer Harris May 19, 2016, 2:07pm

Have you ever received a postcard in the mail with “OFFICIAL JURY SUMMONS” emblazoned across the top?

The Problem of the Cities

Mark Pulliam May 17, 2016, 8:59am

This column first appeared on Library of Law and Liberty Crumbling infrastructure in Detroit, MichiganCrumbling infrastructure in Detroit, Michigan Ever since people began migrating in large numbers from America’s rural areas to its urban areas in the 19th century, cities have presented unique challenges: sanitation, housing, transportation, education, public safety, and fire protection, to name just a few.

Good News and Bad News on School Finance in Texas

Mark Pulliam May 16, 2016, 4:43pm

The long-awaited decision from the Texas Supreme Court in the school finance case, Morath v. Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition, was issued on May 13, 2016. (The case was argued over eight months earlier.) The court’s jargon-laden 100-page (!) decision can be summarized with this sentence: “Despite the imperfections of the current school funding regime, it meets minimum constitutional requirements.”

Be on guard against solicitations to join a lawsuit

Sick of Lawsuits May 11, 2016, 10:17am

Like all businesses, personal injury lawyers need a product to sell and customers who will buy that product. In the case of personal injury lawyers, the product they are selling is lawsuits –and their customers are each and every one of us as their potential plaintiffs.

Trial Lawyer Fox Running to Guard the GOP Hen House

Mark Pulliam May 2, 2016, 8:55am

In an election season abounding with ironies, one of the strangest is the campaign now being waged by Houston personal injury trial lawyer Jared Woodfill to lead the Republican Party of Texas.

Don’t Mess with Texas

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Apr. 25, 2016, 9:37am

No doubt you’ve seen, heard, and probably even said these words -- but you may be surprised at how our state’s unofficial motto came to be.

Fueling the personal injury lawsuit machine

Sick of Lawsuits Apr. 21, 2016, 4:06pm

Just as the way some iconic advertising campaigns might create among us a unique cultural bond, TV watchers and internet surfers today share a common experience.

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?

The Emerged Hail Risk: What the Hail is Still Going on and Getting Worse?

Steve Badger Apr. 7, 2016, 1:29pm

Almost two years ago I wrote an article for Claims Journal entitled “The Emerging Hail Risk: What the Hail is Going on?” The response was overwhelming.

Personal injury lawyer ads are no joke

Jennifer Harris Apr. 1, 2016, 8:45am

April Fool’s Day is a great time to look at all the ways we can be fooled. But one thing we should absolutely not be fooled by is the sensational personal injury lawyer advertisements we see all around us.

Texas is tech Mecca of America

Gov. Greg Abbott Mar. 28, 2016, 3:40pm

Tech jobs are flowing to Texas as businesses flee California's high taxes, burdensome regulations and unaffordable housing.

ILR: The MDL blueprint for benefiting plaintiffs' attorneys over actual plaintiffs

Institute for Legal Reform Mar. 23, 2016, 11:11am

The Wall Street Journal’s Sara Randazzo last week ran a profile piece on the Elizabeth Cabraser, the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in the emissions-related class action litigation against Volkswagan AG. While noting Cabraser’s (and her firm, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP’s) role in headline-grabbing multi district litigation, such as the Gulf oil spill, Takata air bags, GM ignition switches and breast implants, it also notes the criticism that has come the way of Cabraser and fellow “top cl

Rep. Poe: We cannot give government keys to the backdoor to every Smartphone in America

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe Mar. 17, 2016, 11:57am

"There's already a door on that iPhone. We are asking Apple to take the vicious guard dog away and let us pick the lock,” said FBI Director Comey in his recent testimony before the Judiciary Committee. What would happen if the government mandated that we take away all the guard dogs in a neighborhoods and leave our homes vulnerable for others to ‘pick the lock’ and gain access to our homes?