Asbestos has been killing Americans - and industries have been covering up asbestos disease - since at least the early 1900s. (See the complete story here.) Nearly the entire industrialized world bans asbestos but not the United States. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to find this lethal substance making news yet again, yet we genuinely are.
The door of an armored truck traveling on Interstate 285 outside Atlanta popped open this summer and disgorged more than $175,000 on the highway. You can guess what happened next. A free-for-all ensued, with cash fluttering everywhere like confetti and motorists stopping in the middle of the road to collect as much of it as they could get their hands on.
Everyone should have the right to use the courts. Even Amtrak. We know that U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) shares this sentiment.This week, he introduced a bill called the Rail Passenger Fairness Act, which would give Amtrak the right to “sue freight railroads if it believes that they are failing to give preference to passenger rail operating on their rail lines.”
The great English metaphysical poet John Donne got terrible grades in college. Often, when taking exams, he would come across a question that required a bit of thought, so he would put his quill pen down and ponder it. The proctor, seeing that he was no longer writing, would approach and ask, “Are you done?” Thinking that he was being asked to affirm his identity, he would reply, “Yes, I am.” Whereupon the proctor would take possession of his uncompleted test and dismiss him, dooming Donne to a failing mark.
Yesterday (Nov. 4) was the funeral for former U.S. Representative John Conyers, who died last Sunday. A “lineup of political, entertainment, religious and sports leaders” paid tribute to him and his “remarkable 53-year” tenure in Congress, where he “compiled a near-record legacy of civil rights activism, longevity and advocacy for poor and underprivileged people.” But to us, he was also a civil justice hero.
“This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.”
So it did, week after week. Mr. Phelps of Mission Impossible never complained about the speed with which he had to absorb his assignment. He didn’t try to stop the tape or replay it, and he never confided to his handlers that he’d like an extension to the impending self-destruction.
What do Lassie the border collie, Elvis Presley, and the WNBA Silver Stars have in common?
They’ve all performed at San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum. Lassie came for the rodeo in 1963, Elvis sold out every seat in 1956, and the Silver Stars played one season in the coliseum before they moved to Las Vegas in 2017.
Two years ago, Phipps Anderson Deacon (now Phipps Deacon Purnell) and three other Texas law firms submitted a contract to represent Bexar County in an opioid lawsuit. District Attorney Nico LaHood subsequently relayed the contract to the Commissioners Court and got same-day approval.
Very few injured Americans file lawsuits. Granted it’s been awhile since anyone took an empirical look at the numbers, but when Rand’s Institute for Civil Justice did so 1991, researchers found that only 2 percent of injured Americans file lawsuits. The National Center for State Courts recently provided another perspective: “Tort cases garner a great deal of public interest but generally account for only about 4 percent of [state court] Civil caseloads….”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton exposed the scam two years ago: “The City of New York, along with liberal mayors and trial lawyers across the country, want to extract billions of dollars from a handful of oil and natural gas companies based on the entirely unproven claim that those companies are responsible for climate change and global warming.”
HOUSTON – The Lanier Law Firm has once again been named one of the best law firms in the nation in the prestigious annual Best Law Firms guide assembled by U.S. News and World Report and The Best Lawyers in America, a firm press release states.
Richard and Catherine Taylor’s son, Chase, died two years ago, early on October 10, 2017, in a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 90 in Beaumont that remains a mystery. A passenger in a pickup truck driven by a friend, he died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Many of you may have read recently about a local attorney, Jeffery Stern, who was indicted for “conspiracy, witness tampering, obstruction of justice and multiple tax violations in a barratry scheme.” For those of you unfamiliar with the term “barratry”, just substitute “ambulance chaser." [Bellaire Lawyer, 4 Others Accused of Ambulance Chasing, Houston Chronicle, August 20, 2019] The judge overseeing the case has denied Stern bail, so he is currently sitting in federal prison.
Two decades ago, Texas legislators revised rules for government agencies hiring outside lawyers, thenceforth requiring contingency-fee contracts to be submitted to the state comptroller for approval, capping contingency fees at 35 percent, establishing strict requirements for keeping billing records, and prescribing a method for calculating fees.
We constantly hear how high property taxes are – and for good reason! Of all the taxes collected in Texas, property taxes account for over 50%. Can’t we shift some of the burden from property taxes to other taxes such as sales, bed, severance, gas or others? If so, how and more importantly who can make these changes happen?
Insurance litigation firm Daly & Black is responsible for more than two thirds of the 300+ Hurricane Harvey lawsuits filed against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. That’s a lot of cases to litigate. Surely, it would be more efficient and less time-consuming to try them all at once.
The theft of intellectual property by China has dominated the headlines – and for good reason. Various estimates have placed Chinese theft of intellectual property into the billions of dollars annually. Ultimately, that is wealth stolen from the paychecks of Americans. But another billion-dollar threat to IP is lurking deep in the heart of Texas – again.