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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.

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.”

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