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.
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?”
“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.”
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.
“‘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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.