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Democrat nominee promises to follow in Judge Floyd’s footsteps

By The Record | Oct 16, 2018

“‘Heart Of My Heart,’ I love that melody!” That’s the song Jefferson County trial lawyers are singing now. Only it’s Melody with a capital M, as in Melody Chappell, the Democrat nominee to replace retiring 172nd District Court Judge Donald Floyd in next month’s election.

If you want to mess with Texas, do it in Texas

By The Record | Oct 9, 2018

California municipalities trying to shake down Texas-based ExxonMobil with climate-change lawsuits got the tables turned on them in January when Exxon filed a petition in Tarrant County District Court here in Texas, seeking pre-suit discovery for a potential lawsuit against them.

Reforms have restored our health care

By The Record | Sep 24, 2018

“You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” You don’t hear that aphorism much anymore, but it’s still true, even if it isn’t really about flies. No, it’s about hospitality and kindness. The point is that you’ll be more successful in life if you’re friendly rather than hostile. Of course, you catch flies to get rid of them, but other things you catch to keep – like doctors, for instance.

Attorney John Morgan is a glutton for punishment

By The Record | Sep 18, 2018

Beaumont attorney John Morgan doesn’t know when to give up. His wife divorced him in 2008, but he appealed the lower court’s decision and lost again. He also appealed lower court decisions on child custody four times and lost each time. Then he went after his ex-wife’s attorney.

If the ramp was slippery, why didn’t he complain sooner?

By The Record | Sep 11, 2018

A married couple’s world revolved around their first child. They marveled at each new stage of development. The baby crept, crawled, stood up – and fell right back down.

Contingency-fee contracts for opioid suits could be invalidated

By The Record | Aug 29, 2018

In response to revelations during our state’s tobacco litigation in the 1990s about the excessive contingency fees awarded and the political payoffs that accompanied them, and the subsequent conviction and imprisonment of former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales for illegally attempting to divert $500 million in fees to a friend, Texas legislators overhauled the rules applying to government agencies hiring outside lawyers.

Harris County officials negotiated ‘bad’ deal on opioid suit

By The Record | Aug 21, 2018

Public officials in multiple Texas counties have resisted the allure of easy money and just said no to plaintiffs attorneys peddling opioid lawsuits.

Tube be or not tube be, that is the question

By The Record | Aug 14, 2018

Tube men can dance, but they don’t move their feet, because they don’t have any.

Throw me something, Matthiesen!

By The Record | Jul 31, 2018

First Tuesday is a 10-year-old political action committee run by local attorney David Matthiesen for the benefit of Democrat candidates for office in the Houston area. The PAC is called First Tuesday because elections are held on the first Tuesday of the month.

Why Texas was such a risky market for insurance providers

By The Record | Jul 24, 2018

Why was Texas such a risky market for providers of property insurance? Was it hurricanes? Tornadoes? Hail storms? Floods?

Kent Livesay has lots of time to watch soap operas

By The Record | Jul 17, 2018

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”

There’s a reason it’s called ‘an obstacle course’

By The Record | Jul 9, 2018

According to the “About Us” blurb on its website, “Showcase Entertainment is the premier provider of party rentals and event entertainment in Houston. The company offers customers everything from bounce houses, inflatables, and water slides, to animals, entertainers and carnival rides and games.

Answer the questions, Texas Watch!

By The Record | Jun 26, 2018

“Where is Texas Watch in objecting to the Houston lawyer who signs up clients on a 45-percent contingency fee and then dumps their matters into appraisal – knowing very well there is no need for a lawyer to handle an appraisal process?”

Paxton has de Blasio’s number

By The Record | Jun 19, 2018

Randy Newman’s song became a kind of anthem for survivors of Katrina, but it actually was inspired by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which occurred after months of heavy rain made Old Man River rise to record heights and breach multiple levees.

To work in Beaumont, you might need a permit from Judge Walston

By The Record | Jun 5, 2018

Jefferson County District Judge Kent Walston may have no challengers in his bid for reelection, but his allegedly imperious actions in court are being challenged by a former defendant who claims he got railroaded.

Even big companies are innocent until proven guilty

By The Record | May 29, 2018

“The seriousness of poisoning caused by benzene depends on the amount, route, and length of time of exposure, as well as the age and preexisting medical condition of the exposed person,” according to the Centers for Disease Control.

And the winner is -- already known

By The Record | May 24, 2018

The race for 58th District Court, however, is in the bag. Put your money on Kent Walston. He’s guaranteed to win reelection. He could get stuck in the gate, pull up lame, or even run in the wrong direction and he’s still going to win.

Trial nears on “un-level sidewalk” suit seeking $1 million

By The Record | May 15, 2018

Rose Bruton was 82 years old when she died on October 31, 2016. She and her husband had lived in Kirbyville for 46 years before moving to Beaumont in 2015. According to her obituary, “Rose loved reading, gardening, shopping, and volunteering at Kirbyville Christian Outreach and the Kirbyville Public Library [and] was very active in her church.”

Provost Umphrey opposes arbitration, except when it doesn't

By The Record | May 8, 2018

You can't blame plumbers for not liking drain cleaners. The handy, easy-to-use household product doesn't make plumbers superfluous, but it does reduce the need for their services.

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