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Two thumbs down equal two thumbs up

The SE Texas Record Sep. 25, 2017, 3:04pm

“Poorly produced!” – Jeffrey Simon “A political hit job!” – Charles Siegel The comments above may not seem like rave reviews for an early screening of a new documentary, but that's because context is missing. The first thing you need to know is that the film, which is still in production, is entitled UnSettled and offers an inside look at “the strange world of asbestos lawsuits” – and an unflattering portrait of asbestos attorneys.

The case of the broken nail polish bottle

The SE Texas Record Sep. 19, 2017, 1:15pm

Everything that goes wrong is somebody's fault – theoretically, at least. Whether it's a minor disappointment or a major disaster, if you're not the one responsible, it must be someone else.

Two fast operators saved by the bell

The SE Texas Record Sep. 12, 2017, 3:53pm

If they wanted to get Cracken, they should have got crackin' sooner. That's the message a trial court delivered to plaintiffs when it granted summary judgment to defendants accused of stealing the identities of those plaintiffs and passing them off as clients in class action suits following the Gulf Oil Spill.

HB 1774 is going into effect! Run for your lives!

The SE Texas Record Sep. 5, 2017, 11:55am

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! This opportunity will not last long. You must act now! If you miss the September 1 deadline, you'll turn into a pumpkin. That was the message some local lawyers were sending to homeowners with Hurricane Harvey-damaged properties. Well, maybe not the bit about the pumpkin, but some calls to action were so unhinged that it did seem like some genuine insurance policy catastrophe was looming.

Chip Merlin: Voss Law Firm Found Guilty of Fraud, Intentional Litigation Misconduct and A Pattern and Practice of Deficient Representation

The SE Texas Record Aug. 25, 2017, 4:07pm

I have written about the problem of the Voss Law Firm before in Policyholders Should Carefully Pick Their Lawyers — Voss Law Firm Loses Hundreds of Hurricane Lawsuits, and Is the Use of Runners and Cappers in Texas Going to Result in Prosecution of Lawyers and Public Adjusters. The problem with Voss is that they are a providing bad publicity for policyholders and honest policyholder attorneys fighting a very well-funded litigation and lobbying adversary: The insurance industry. A federal court judge found that the Voss Law Firm engaged in intentional litigation misconduct, fraud, and had shown a pattern and practice of deficient representation.

Texans never blase´about winning

The SE Texas Record Aug. 15, 2017, 10:04am

“We will have so much winning that you may get bored with winning,” Donald Trump often joked during his campaign for the presidency, before acknowledging that “you'll never get bored with winning.”

Chip Ferguson is at it again

The SE Texas Record Aug. 8, 2017, 1:44pm

Paul “Chip” Ferguson purportedly brought in nearly $60 million in fees during his 26-year association with Provost Umphrey, often by suing parties tenuously connected with purported victims of alleged injuries.

Julia Roberts will not star in this film

The SE Texas Record Jul. 31, 2017, 2:00pm

Lots of big-name attorneys rate citations and even dedicated pages on wikipedia, but how many paralegals are renowned enough to warrant wiki fame?

Must Plano reside in 'The Planet of the Patent Trolls'?

The SE Texas Record Jul. 25, 2017, 10:06am

Remember when Plano was famous for being the headquarters of Frito-Lay, Dr. Pepper, J.C. Penny, and Pizza Hut? Those were the good old days, and folks were proud of the hometown. Then, something happened. Alien creatures began to descend from outer space, or other states, and things started to change.

Obama holdover wreaking havoc at federal consumer agency

The SE Texas Record Jul. 18, 2017, 2:11pm

Plaintiff's attorneys hate arbitration, but their hatred isn't arbitrary. It's well thought out and payday driven.

Judge Floyd should explain himself

The SE Texas Record Jul. 11, 2017, 1:30pm

There are three types of reasoning: sound reasoning, flawed reasoning, and Floyd reasoning – as in Jefferson County District Court Judge Donald Floyd – which seems like no reasoning at all.

State water code amendment: Another step in the right direction

The SE Texas Record Jun. 26, 2017, 11:13pm

Greg Abbott promised he would stick to the winning, pro-business ways of his predecessor, Rick Perry – embracing the same threefold goal of “lower taxes, less regulation, and more job creation” – and that's what he's doing.

Apartment complex sued for $1M, suit says man was jumped and burglarized because of broken gate

The SE Texas Record Jun. 23, 2017, 10:21am

HOUSTON – Because an apartment complex allegedly failed to maintain its security gate, a tenant was physically attacked and burglarized, a recently filed lawsuit claims.

Texas AG threatens legal action against Cali insurance commissioner

The SE Texas Record Jun. 20, 2017, 3:54pm

AUSTIN – On June 20, Attorney General Ken Paxton joined 12 states in calling on California Insurance Commissioner David Jones to cease and desist from requiring insurance companies to publicly disclose investments in fossil fuels and urging companies to sign a “pledge” to divest from the coal industry.

Kent Livesay gets caught in a storm of his own making

The SE Texas Record Jun. 19, 2017, 12:37pm

Edinburg lawyer Kent Livesay, for one, used to enjoy – and profit from – a good storm, but now the clouds have gathered over his head and the sky is getting darker.

New business licenses filed in Jefferson County

The SE Texas Record Jun. 19, 2017, 12:31pm

June 9 - 15 License #:19037 Assumed Name:VIP PHOTO Address:2646 12TH STREET, PORT NECHES, TX 77651 Owner Name:LEWIS JENNIFER K

Jefferson County 172nd District Court docket: July 2017

The SE Texas Record Jun. 19, 2017, 12:28pm

JACK EUGENE HRYHORCHUK ESTATE OF V. MOBIL OIL CORP. ET AL (P)MORGAN, GLEN W -(D)KACAL, JERRY

New business licenses filed in Jefferson County

The SE Texas Record Jun. 12, 2017, 12:46pm

June 2 - 6 License #:18156 Assumed Name:WATCH FIVE Address:3746 PARK LANE, PORT ARTHUR, TX 77642 Owner Name:BROWN MICHAEL

Ronald Tigner and the illegible boarding pass

The SE Texas Record Jun. 12, 2017, 12:41pm

Told by his grade school teacher that he needed to present a note from his mother to explain the previous day's absence, little Ronnie obliged – with an excuse written on lined paper in crayon in big block letters and signed “Mom.” Needless to say, the teacher's suspicions were aroused and she proceeded to question the authenticity of the dubious document presented to her by the wily child. Fast forward a couple of decades and we have Houston attorney Ronald Tigner, Esq., trying to get on an airplane with an illegible boarding pass and meeting resistance from skeptical airline employees.

Supreme Court rejects loose venue interpretation in patent cases

The SE Texas Record Jun. 6, 2017, 4:29pm

“The High Court put a dent in plaintiffs' long-established freedom to shop for the venue of their choosing when pressing patent infringement claims – potentially dealing a blow to the Eastern District of Texas’s prominence in hearing patent cases.” That's the assessment made of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision by intellectual property firm Morrison & Foerster, and we hope it proves accurate. An end to our prominence in these dubious endeavors would be a good thing and might prompt us to find some more acceptable kind of distinction.