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The insurance lobby has destroyed Texas property rights

By Ware V. Wendell | May 23, 2018

Eight months after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, many Texas families still face a long road home. Only 33 percent of home insurance claims have been paid and a staggering 51 percent have been closed with no payment.

Houston federal judge allows state judge to be sued

By David Yates | May 16, 2018

HOUSTON - Southern District Chief Justice Lee H. Rosenthal recently issued a landmark ruling allowing a wrongful death lawsuit against a Houston probate judge to proceed in an adult guardianship claim.

Records show all-out, unsolicited attorney scramble to sign up Texas counties for opioid litigation

By David Yates | Mar 29, 2018

BEAUMONT – A new lawyer feeding frenzy has swept through Texas – a rush to push counties onboard the opioid litigation train before the state can pull into the station.

Institutional Reform Litigation and the Demise of Democracy: Part II

By Mark Pulliam | Feb 14, 2018

This is the second of two posts regarding an ongoing federal court lawsuit against the state of Texas’ foster care system, M.D. v. Abbott, now pending before the Fifth Circuit. State-run foster care systems are frequent targets of “institutional reform litigation.” Most states have been sued in federal court by activist groups alleging deficiencies. The reasons are obvious: foster care is a messy business, fraught with tragic situations and involving the most vulnerable members of society—children. Let us stipulate that child abuse and parental neglect are serious problems, deserving our compassion and attention. Let us also recognize that the problem is complex and defies easy solutions. The disintegration of the family unit is a catastrophe. No matter how much money is spent attempting to repair the damage of broken and dysfunctional families, the results will be imperfect. Critics will always be able to identify flaws, especially in hindsight.

Ferguson Law named one of “10 Best Law Firms”

By David Yates | Jan 1, 2018

BEAUMONT – The awards continue to accumulate for The Ferguson Law Firm, with the firm being named as one of 2017’s “10 Best Law Firms” by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Attorney loses disbarment appeal in the Texas Supreme Court

By Dee Thompson | Nov 5, 2017

AUSTIN: On Oct. 20 the Texas Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals in the case of Ikechukwu Nweze, an attorney who was disbarred after faking an automobile accident and fabricating medical bills.

Patrick on Harvey: 'Harvey came and we took it'

By John Suayan | Sep 7, 2017

GALVESTON – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick went back nearly 180 years in the state’s history to find a suitable comparison to the community spirit shown by residents in Hurricane Harvey’s crosshairs last month.

Court rules texas counties can move with lawsuits against Volkswagen after state's is resolved

By Sara McCleary | Aug 15, 2017

AUSTIN – The 3rd Court of Appeals at Austin passed down two separate decisions relating to Volkswagen clean diesel litigation.

Critics say Gov. Abbott stopped local control of industries to accommodate special interests

By Kacie Whaley | Aug 2, 2017

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott's latest decision to discontinue local government control of property development and construction industries has resulted in critics expressing that he is kneeling to special interests.

Texas AG obtains $25M in illegal debt colleting suit, Houston attorney was a defendant

By David Yates | Jul 18, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently obtained a final judgment and permanent injunction against Samara Portfolio Management and the Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices—Consumer Protection Act, Texas Debt Collection Act and the Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act.

NFIB Texas applauds efforts to end government union partnership

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2017

AUSTIN – The National Federation of Independent Business/Texas, the state’s leading small business association, applauds efforts of Texas lawmakers to end the practice of the state and local government collecting dues from public employees on behalf of national labor unions.

State water code amendment: Another step in the right direction

By The SE Texas Record | Jun 26, 2017

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.

RealPage says S.B. 873 eliminates incentives fueling abusive lawsuits against apartment owners

By David Yates | Jun 26, 2017

AUSTIN – Earlier this month, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 873 into law, modifying the Texas water code to benefit apartment owners, operators and their residents, according to RealPage, a provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry.

3-D Mammography bill heads to Abbott’s Desk

By David Yates | May 30, 2017

AUSTIN – On May 28, Texas House Bill 1036 was passed in the Texas Senate on May 28 with very strong support. The bill now heads to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for signature before becoming law. Because the bill passed with a two-thirds majority vote, HB 1036 will go into effect immediately upon Gov. Abbott’s signing.

Lone Star Lilliput

By Mark Pulliam | May 16, 2017

Complacent Texas taxpayers have become captives of their rent-seeking civil servants.

Texas AFT reaches settlement with TEA commissioner on teacher evaluation requirements

By David Yates | May 3, 2017

AUSTIN – Because of a recent settlement, there will be no mandate to use STAAR test scores or “value added” in teacher evaluation systems. Texas AFT filed suit one year ago to challenge the authority of the Texas commissioner of education—Mike Morath—to dictate how to measure student performance for the purpose of teacher appraisals.

Abbott signs anti-BDS legislation into law, action signals Texas’ support for Israel

By David Yates | May 2, 2017

AUSTIN – On May 2, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 89, known as the Anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions) bill, which prohibits all state agencies from contracting with, and certain public funds from investing in, companies that boycott Israel.

Keep your hands off the cap, Gene Wu

By The SE Texas Record | May 2, 2017

Two weeks ago, we opined, only half-jokingly, that one of the biggest differences between conservatives and liberals – and between Republicans and Democrats – is that the former look for things that are broken, so they can fix them, and the latter do the opposite.

Texas House names building in Capitol Complex to honor president George H. W. Bush.

By David Yates | May 1, 2017

AUSTIN - The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of HCR 141, by Representative Jim Murphy (Houston) directing the Texas Facilities Commission to name a building at 1801 Congress Avenue after the 41st President of the United States, George H.

Blended learning in a 21st-century classroom

By State Sen. Larry Taylor | May 1, 2017

In the early 1980s, students in a high school classroom banged away at IBM Selectric typewriters while a few others across the hall shared time on a Commodore 64 personal computer.

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