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Texas and Exxon offer energetic defenses

State governments across the country are suing energy companies like ExxonMobil on the pretext that “climate change” is a proven fact rather than an hypothesis, that energy companies have contributed to it and therefore are legally responsible for any weather-related damages that occur and the cost of their remediation.

Suing a store for something a customer did

David Humphries must have no assets. Otherwise, Scott Stroud and Jennifer East might be sueing him instead of Academy Sports in Port Arthur. Two years ago, Humphries exposed himself to Stroud's and East's minor daughters inside the store and allegedly sexually assaulted both of them. But Humphries was not an Academy employee, and Stroud and East were on the premises at the time.

A simple yes-no question for conniving politicians

When he first interceded in the State of Massachusetts' lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was motivated by the belief that “using governmental power as a means to silence critics or beat political opponents should be called out.”

Perhaps Philip Klein and Jeffrey Dorrell have met their match (each other)

When your favorite athlete or team has been eliminated from a tournament and you're not particularly fond of any of the remaining contestants, the quandary you face may not be having to decide whom to root for but whom to root against.

'It's not the crime, it's the cover-up'

That's the distillation of received wisdom that gained currency after the Watergate scandal erupted and the efforts of the Nixon Administration to conceal its connection to a break-in at the Democratic National Committee were exposed, leading to impeachment hearings and culminating in Richard Nixon's resignation.

Sticky floor or sticky fingers?

Sticky floor or sticky fingers? Would you be shocked if you went inside a movie theater and saw a movie playing? How about if you saw someone in a booth at the front of the building selling tickets? A concession stand inside with teenagers in silly outfits vending popcorn, candy, and carbonated beverages? A dimly lit or darkened room down the hall with a large screen in front of rows of cushioned seats? Would any of those things surprise you? No, of course not. Why? Because those are things you expect to see at movie theaters.

Don’t tread wrong on a Dolce Living treadmill

“La dolce vita” is Italian for “the good life” or, literally, “the sweet life.” It's what Americans used to call “sitting pretty” or “the life of Riley.” Plenty of money, plenty of free time, and nothing to do but enjoy life.

Luke Schilhab blames Apple for his own mistake

“Oh my gosh! I'd file a suit too!! Or free phones for life lol” “What the hell, file a lawsuit haha” Above are two of the comments friends of Luke Schilhab of Lake Jackson made on his Facebook page when he posted a photograph of the cell phone-shaped, second-degree burn he received on the right side of his abdomen after rolling over on the iPhone 6 he'd left lying on the bed next to him when he went to sleep one night last April.

Judge or joker? You be the jury

When did some judges become comedians, albeit mediocre ones who have to laugh at their own jokes? You can almost hear these jurists chuckling at their assumed cleverness when you read their opinions and come across another witless witticism, often a lame pun on a litigant's name or marketing slogans. Here's a recent example: FedEx moved to dismiss a patent infringement case against it on the grounds that the Eastern District of Texas is not a convenient forum for it. Does the judge approve the motion based on the obvious merits and recent high court decisions? No, he snarkily denies it and tries to conceal the wrong thinking with a limp joke on the company's slogan.

Waging a war on women with no ammunition

Now she knows how his ex-wife feels. Houston lawyer Diane St. Yves began an attorney-client relationship with David Lancaster in 2011 and lived to regret it, eventually having to go to court to dissolve that relationship and move on.

Asbestos attorneys drive another company into bankruptcy

Three years ago, while affirming an appeals court decision overturning a multimillion-dollar judgment against Georgia Pacific in a mesothelioma case, the Texas State Supreme Court made the following assertions: that “proof of ‘any exposure’ to a defendant’s product will not suffice” to establish liability, that “the dose must be quantified,” and that “the plaintiff must establish that the defendant’s product was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s disease.”

Don't get between a hungry dog and his bone

Galveston attorney Tony Buzbee is notorious for treating a judge to lunch after a favorable ruling, touting Starr County as a choice venue thanks to generous juries and judges, suing FEMA on behalf of hurricane victims dissatisfied with the free housing provided to them, and swooning after the Gulf Oil Spill at the thought of what he predicted would be “the largest case in the history of the United States.”

A pastor searching for profits

“I recently went through a very bad breakup where my husband put me out of his home and kept everything I owned,” Carmelite Lofton said on the GoFundMe page she established in the summer of 2015.

Warning: actual strippers may be less attractive

You may have seen their pictures in promotional materials for Houston strip clubs, but Lina Posada, Tiffany Toth, Gemma Lee Farrell, and Jamillette Gaxiola are not strippers, don't live or work in Texas, and have never been to the clubs in question.

You're either a Texas company or not

There are people who've grown up in Port Arthur, Beaumont, or Corpus Christi and never been outside of southeast Texas, but most of us have traveled more widely, venturing into Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, if not all across the continental United States and beyond.

Some appreciate today’s medical marvels, others sue the makers

Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967, just 50 years ago. Today, heart transplants are commonplace procedures, and artificial hearts and pacemakers also extend lives in ways medically impossible just a few decades ago. Transplants of other organs are now routine, too, as are the attachment of prosthetic limbs and the implantation of artificial joints.

Hail lawsuit all wet without facts

If a mechanic or a contractor handed you an invoice for several hundred or several thousand dollars, with no breakdown of the specific work done on your car or home and the time it took, you'd hand it back and ask for an itemized bill.

Son loses appellate court battle concerning his father’s death

A trial court’s order denying a motion from the Sam Houston Electric Cooperative (SHEC) to compel arbitration in a putative class action lawsuit has been reversed by the Ninth Court of Appeals.

Bill seeks to stop disrespect of ill veterans

More than 600,000 Texas veterans support U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act, a bill designed to promote fairness and honesty in asbestos litigation and to increase transparency in asbestos trusts.

Lisa Atkins-January tied-up the courts for five years and got nowhere

“A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.” The origin of that proverb is unclear, but may have been first uttered by an attorney. It may be true in complex cases, but in simple matters there's no reason a person of average intelligence can't prosecute his own case or defend himself if he can compile the evidence, present a persuasive argument, and follow the basic protocols of court procedure.