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One Problem in the Workplace Nobody is Talking About: Weight Discrimination

By Tom Spiggle | Feb 5, 2019

Imagine how you’d feel if you didn’t get a promotion because of your religion or skin color. The only good news would be that you could probably sue your employer for discrimination.

Dollar Tree Stores shopper alleges spilled soft drink at Houston store caused fall

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jan 16, 2019

HOUSTON – A Harris County resident alleges she was injured at a Houston store because of a spilled soft drink.

Longshoreman seeks more than $1 million from Maersk Line Limited over alleged injuries

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Dec 12, 2018

HOUSTON – A longshoreman alleges he was injured while working on a vessel partly because of poor lighting.

Fifth Circuit to determine if Texas anti-SLAPP applies in federal court, dozens of media orgs file brief in support

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Dozens of media organizations, including the American Society of News Editors, have filed a friend of the court brief in a case before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that could determine whether state anti-SLAPP statutes apply in federal court.

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?”

Dollar Tree customer alleges store failed to warn of water on restroom floor that caused fall

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Nov 13, 2018

BEAUMONT – A Beaumont woman is seeking more than $200,000 from a retailer over allegations it failed to warn of water on a restroom floor that caused her to fall.

Maersk Line Limited electrician alleges he was injured on ship because of unsafe working environment

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Sep 18, 2018

HOUSTON – A Fort Bend man alleges he was injured while working on a container ship because he was not provided a safe working environment.

Strange Times Ahead in the Lone Star State?

By Mark Pulliam | Sep 12, 2018

The potential for electoral flukes in November endangers the rule of law.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: Accomplished Employment Litigator Meghaan Madriz Joins McGuireWoods in Houston

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

Meghaan Madriz, an accomplished employment litigator with deep experience representing employers in wage-and-hour matters, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in the firm’s Houston office.

McGuireWoods’ Becky Diffen Honored Among Top Wind Industry Legal Pros

By David Yates | Aug 14, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas – McGuireWoods partner Becky Diffen was selected for A Word About Wind’s “Top 100 Legal Power List” honoring legal professionals whose work has influenced the global wind power market.

Accomplished employment litigator Meghaan Madriz joins McGuireWoods in Houston

By David Yates | Aug 13, 2018

HOUSTON – Meghaan Madriz, an accomplished employment litigator with deep experience representing employers in wage-and-hour matters, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. She is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: Texas Diversity Council Honors McGuireWoods’ Melissa Hensley With Top Women Lawyers Award

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Melissa Hensley, senior counsel in McGuireWoods’ Dallas office, was selected for a Texas Diversity Council Top 50 Women Lawyers Award honoring accomplished women lawyers, judges, executives and other leaders in the law profession.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: McGuireWoods Adds Top Trial Lawyer Yasser Madriz to Litigation Team in Houston

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

McGuireWoods LLP issued the following announcement on Aug. 9.Yasser Madriz, an accomplished trial lawyer with significant experience representing corporate clients in complex litigation, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in Houston.

Law Schools Need a New Governance Model

By Mark Pulliam | Jun 25, 2018

A prior post (entitled “Who Runs the Legal Academy?”) attracted some much-needed attention from other sites, including, Instapundit, and the Tom Woods Show. The governance of law schools, although not a secret, is poorly-understood and seldom discussed. This lack of transparency empowers—or at least emboldens—some of the behind-the-scenes influencers to take unreasonable positions and to pursue self-interested goals that are contrary to the ostensible objective of training students to be effective and ethical lawyers. The result is a dysfunctional legal academy.

Court: Unimex Logistics liable for cleanup, towing fees after tractor-trailer wreck

By Amanda Thomas | May 30, 2018

BEAUMONT – A appellate court has affirmed a lower court’s decision to hold Unimex Logistics LLC liable for the balance a towing company is owed for providing cargo and equipment involved in a spill that resulted from an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

Hanszen Laporte to defend $100M free speech case

By David Yates | May 9, 2018

DENTON - Hanszen Laporte lawyers will take over the defense of a $100,000,000 federal defamation suit filed by Denton attorney Jason Van Dyke against Arizona resident Thomas Retzlaff.

Former judge Mizell named to Texas Ethics Commission

By Dawn Geske | Apr 30, 2018

HOUSTON – Attorney and former judge Pat Mizell has been announced as a new appointee to the Texas Ethics Commission by Gov. Greg Abbott.

From Legal Newsline

As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

Round Two for Obamacare: Sebelius Redux

By Mark Pulliam | Mar 24, 2018

Rarely do challengers of landmark legislation get a second bite at the apple in constitutional litigation. Thanks to some enterprising state attorneys general, however, champions of limited government may have another chance to overturn the signature overreach of the Obama Administration. Six years after Obamacare was initially upheld, opponents of the law (technically “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” or “ACA”) are preparing a second test case, based—ironically enough—on the implausible rationale of the initial ruling.

Lino Graglia: The Happy Warrior Soldiers On

By Mark Pulliam | Mar 22, 2018

My law school years (1977-80) at the University of Texas were, in hindsight, close to idyllic. I loved my first-year professors, tuition at UT was dirt cheap, Austin was a wonderful place to live, and I reveled in the “college town” ambience, which was new to me. (Prior to arriving at UT, I had never attended a college football game. During my first year—when the Longhorns went undefeated in the regular season and Earl Campbell won the Heisman Trophy–I had season tickets on the 50-yard line at UT’s gigantic Memorial Stadium, for a pittance that even a broke law student could afford.) The post-game victory spectacle—honking horns on the Drag and the Tower lit up in orange—formed indelible memories.

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