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Paul ‘Chip’ Ferguson tries again for pizza dough

By The Record | Feb 11, 2019

Some people are monomaniacal about food. With Paul Ferguson, it’s pizza – or pizza restaurant chains.

Sanchez's suit won’t hold water

By The Record | Feb 5, 2019

Orlando Sanchez thinks the Houston Independent School District (HISD) should be taken over and run by our state government. The former Harris County treasurer said so late last year during a press conference at Northwest Mall across from HISD HQ.

‘Meritless’ whistleblower suits are under attack

By The Record | Jan 28, 2019

Football fans will tell you that not every whistle blown or flag thrown by a referee represents a genuine infraction of the rules. Some calls are reviewed and overturned. Fans will also tell you that obvious violations are sometimes not seen by the officials, or even ignored. (Just ask a New Orleans Saints fan.)

Texas should be a model for California, not a target

By The Record | Jan 22, 2019

“No state comes close to Texas when it comes to the fossil fuel industry,” said Exxon attorney Ralph Duggins, arguing that climate change lawsuits filed by California municipalities “affect Texas’ biggest commercial market – that’s oil.”

If you can’t stand standing, stop standing

By The Record | Jan 16, 2019

If you had a job that required you to be on your feet all day and you concluded that all that standing was making your feet hurt, what would you do?

Bertini busted for barratry

By The Record | Jan 8, 2019

Mr. and Mrs. Bertini must not have warned their son, Christopher, about the dangers of hanging out with the wrong crowd. Either that or he forgot the lesson.

Blowing the whistle on bogus whistleblowers

By The Record | Jan 1, 2019

In 2009, millionaire Texas attorney Mark Lanier filed suit against Facebook, alleging that the social networking site had violated the privacy of users who voluntarily signed up to share personal information about themselves.

The Dorrell and Klein clown show continues

By The Record | Dec 17, 2018

The Hatfields and the McCoys had nothing on Philip Klein and Jeffrey Dorrell. The two adversaries are feuding again, using lawsuits as weapons.

File a phony suit and get what’s coming to you

By The Record | Dec 11, 2018

If you’re a scrupulous plaintiffs attorney and a prospective client asks you to represent him in a suit against his former employer for an on-the-job injury, you want to verify at least two things before initiating litigation over the claim: that the prospective client was in fact injured, and that the injury actually occurred on the job.

Todd Hunter has the wind at his back

By The Record | Dec 4, 2018

You know the type: opportunists. They lick their fingers and stick them in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. If it’s blowing east, they go east. If west, they go west.

Mom tries to cash in on daughter’s misbehavior

By The Record | Nov 27, 2018

The joke – attributed to Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, and others – goes like this: A man asks a woman if she would go to bed with him for a million dollars. When she replies in the affirmative, he asks if she would do it for one dollar. Outraged, she responds, “What kind of woman do you think I am?”

Hail firm Mostyn Law is being besieged

By The Record | Nov 19, 2018

Three years ago, State Farm defeated an attempt by the Mostyn Law Firm to inflate the claim of Hidalgo County homeowners already compensated for 2012 hail damage.

Judge Floyd’s ‘legacy’ will not be perpetuated

By The Record | Nov 13, 2018

“I think I did pretty well for a guy who didn’t get any support from the big firms,” said Mitch Templeton, winner of last week’s election to choose a replacement for retiring 172nd District Court Judge Donald Floyd. “I’m not reliant on donations from any specific individuals or groups, so I will be able to make correct rulings without fear.”

Don’t just do something! Stand there!

By The Record | Nov 6, 2018

People use to act when a problem appeared. Now, we complain and say it's not our responsibility.

You’re paying for it whether you know it or not

By The Record | Oct 30, 2018

Two more months and this year is done, 2018 is over, and 2019 begins. It’s time to start making resolutions for the new year.

If it’s your fault, it’s not somebody else’s fault

By The Record | Oct 23, 2018

Remember, in The Godfather, when Sonny was killed in his car in at the causeway tollbooth by mobsters with machine guns? What if his father, the mafia don, had given the assassins a pass and filed a lawsuit against the car manufacturer instead? Surely, the defendants would have been held blameless for producing a vehicle unable to withstand gunfire.

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.

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