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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.

Schwarzenegger reportedly in talks with lawyers to sue big oil for climate change, first-degree murder

By David Yates | Mar 13, 2018

AUSTIN – Cities and counties apparently aren’t the only ones who want to sue big oil for climate change. On March 11 at the SXSW festival in Austin, Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a Politico podcast that he’s in talks with law firms about suing global oil companies “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”

None Dare Call It Politics: Anatomy of a Witch Hunt, Part 3

By Mark Pulliam | Jan 16, 2018

On November 4, 2014, when the 51-year-old Ken Paxton was triumphantly elected Attorney General of Texas, defeating his Democrat opponent, the euphoniously named Sam Houston, by over 20 percentage points, the conservative movement in the Lone Star State had a new rising star. Paxton’s enemies were worried; the Tea Party favorite, an impressive University of Virginia law school graduate, seemed bound for the Governor’s mansion, a prospect that made the state’s centrist GOP Establishment aghast. Paxton’s political career had been nothing short of meteoric. First elected to public office in 2002 with the support of grass-roots activists and evangelicals, Paxton represented his suburban Dallas district in the Texas House of Representatives for a decade before winning a coveted promotion to the exclusive 31-member Texas Senate in 2012.

From West Virginia Record

AG's office joins coalition in pro-farmer suit against Massachusetts

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 14, 2017

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is seeking to protect Mountain State farmers and c​​​​​onsumers by challenging a Massachusetts law that attempts to impose unlawful agricultural regulations on other states.

When Cronyism Met Political Correctness at the University of Texas

By Mark Pulliam | Dec 8, 2017

As an alumnus of the University of Texas Law School and the father of a recent UT graduate, I pay close attention to what is going on at my alma mater. Sadly, I have witnessed at UT many of the ailments afflicting higher education generally: rising tuition, declining academic performance, bloated administrative bureaucracy, curricula infected with identity politics, officious “diversity” enforcers who abuse their authority, and a climate of political correctness that overreacts to every passing fad.

Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee

By Mark Pulliam | Oct 26, 2017

I recently attended a panel discussion at my alma mater, the University of Texas in Austin. The topic was “Free Speech on College Campuses: Where to Draw the Line?” The event, held during Free Speech Week, was co-sponsored by UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA), and The Opportunity Forum, all funded in whole or in part by the state of Texas. IUPRA’s mission “is to use applied policy research to advocate for the equality of access, opportunity, and choice for African Americans and other populations of color.”

Consumer sues Capital One for invasion of privacy

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 25, 2017

HOUSTON — A consumer is suing Capital One Financial Corp., alleging invasion of privacy and telephone harassment

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