“Who put that street lamp there?” “Who put that telephone pole there?” “Who put that parking meter there?”
That’s what you might ask, comically, if you were walking down a sidewalk on your way to lunch and accidentally bumped into an everyday obstacle because you were talking to companions alongside or behind you and not paying attention to where you were going.
As flattered as I was to attract George Will’s attention—in his 4th of July column, no less—being criticized by a Pulitzer Prize-winning essayist left me somewhat perplexed, for several reasons. Allow me to explain. First, although I have engaged Will directly in the past, he used his nationally-syndicated column to take issue with something I had written in response to someone else—specifically, Ed Erler (a disciple of Harry Jaffa) regarding Robert Bork’s view of the Constitution.
Protecting intellectual property is a critical component of our nation’s founding and is essential to strengthening our economy, however flawed jury awards disconnected from underlying legal doctrine could have disastrous effects on collaboration and innovation. The United States Constitution allows Congress to write laws granting “authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries”. In the spirit of this constitutional objective, the Uniform Law Commission promulgated the Uniform Trade Secrets Act forty years ago to establish clarity about what a trade secret is and how misappropriation of trade secrets should be punished. To date 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have adopted the uniform code.
Landry’s, Inc. owns and operates more than 600 properties across the country, including restaurants like Landry’s Seafood, Chart House, and Morton’s Steakhouse – plus hotels, casinos, and family-oriented entertainment complexes like the Kemah Boardwalk amusement park between Houston and Galveston.
Anyone who owns residential or commercial property along the Gulf Coast knows that hurricanes and other wind storms are a perpetual threat and likely has insurance to cover potential damages. The trick, though, is making sure coverage is comprehensive enough.
In January, the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) issued a landmark decision in Procopio v. Wilkie. This case established that US Navy veterans who served within the twelve nautical miles of the coast of the Republic of Vietnam ("blue water veterans") from January 9, 1962, to May 7, 1975, are entitled to VA disability compensation benefits for medical conditions shown to result from exposure to herbicides such as Agent Orange. This marks a change in the established VA law (38 USC § 1116), which since its implementation in 1991 has provided for presumptive benefits for Vietnam veterans who served in Vietnam during the specified time period and have a diagnosis of one of the medical conditions listed in the statute.
Rats are disgusting animals. If you come upon one unexpectedly, it’s likely to startle or even frighten you. If, on the other hand, you’re walking around a junkyard or a dump, there’s a good chance you’ll come upon a rat at some point or other and you shouldn’t be surprised about it.
Last week, a Texas appeals court began the process of hearing an historic case between two real estate valuation companies that led to one of the largest trade secret verdicts in American history. While this recent hearing was focused on a discreet motion, the appeals court’s decision could have significant implications when considering the entirety of the case.
Across the country, many large cities sacrifice public safety to political correctness, catering to minority voters by hamstringing—or even demonizing–law enforcement. Some progressive cities, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, openly condone urban chaos in the form of rampant homelessness and public drug use, despite local residents’ vociferous objections. Defying these trends, in one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing cities, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley presides over the third-safest major metro area in the United States.
Utopian social movements often degenerate into unruly—and sometimes vicious—mobs. During the French Revolution, the slogan “liberty, equality, fraternity” quickly led to the guillotine as the Jacobins unleashed the Reign of Terror. We are witnessing a softer version of this at Harvard, America’s most elite university, where Ronald Sullivan, an African-American law professor, faces professional retribution for the sin of representing a (presumed innocent) client (Harvey Weinstein) accused of sexual assault. Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz denounced the incident as “The new McCarthyism comes to Harvard.”
Some of the ideas embraced by Democratic candidates for president of the United States are so ridiculous that they’re frightening.
The most obvious example is the “Green New Deal,” endorsed by many of the party’s candidates, including native son and self-acclaimed boy wonder Beto O’Rourke. He’s down with the “Deal,” and that’s all Texans need to know to realize that they’d best cast their vote for someone else.
“How can any appraiser be ‘disinterested’ or ‘impartial,’ as required by all insurance policies,” asks attorney Steven Badger, “when the appraiser has hundreds of appraisals for a single lawyer, in addition to also working for that lawyer as an expert witness and estimate writer?”
Early this month, several Texas attorneys filed suit against the State Bar Board of Directors, arguing that being obliged to pay dues to the bar violates their First Amendment rights. State Attorney General Ken Paxton has since filed a brief in support of that suit.