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The case of the broken nail polish bottle

The SE Texas Record Sep. 19, 2017, 1:15pm

Everything that goes wrong is somebody's fault – theoretically, at least. Whether it's a minor disappointment or a major disaster, if you're not the one responsible, it must be someone else.

Two fast operators saved by the bell

The SE Texas Record Sep. 12, 2017, 3:53pm

If they wanted to get Cracken, they should have got crackin' sooner. That's the message a trial court delivered to plaintiffs when it granted summary judgment to defendants accused of stealing the identities of those plaintiffs and passing them off as clients in class action suits following the Gulf Oil Spill.

HB 1774 is going into effect! Run for your lives!

The SE Texas Record Sep. 5, 2017, 11:55am

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! This opportunity will not last long. You must act now! If you miss the September 1 deadline, you'll turn into a pumpkin. That was the message some local lawyers were sending to homeowners with Hurricane Harvey-damaged properties. Well, maybe not the bit about the pumpkin, but some calls to action were so unhinged that it did seem like some genuine insurance policy catastrophe was looming.

Bill seeks to stop disrespect of ill veterans

The Record Aug. 28, 2017, 2:43pm

More than 600,000 Texas veterans support U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act, a bill designed to promote fairness and honesty in asbestos litigation and to increase transparency in asbestos trusts.

Lisa Atkins-January tied-up the courts for five years and got nowhere

The Record Aug. 21, 2017, 7:09pm

“A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.” The origin of that proverb is unclear, but may have been first uttered by an attorney. It may be true in complex cases, but in simple matters there's no reason a person of average intelligence can't prosecute his own case or defend himself if he can compile the evidence, present a persuasive argument, and follow the basic protocols of court procedure.

Texans never blase´about winning

The SE Texas Record Aug. 15, 2017, 10:04am

“We will have so much winning that you may get bored with winning,” Donald Trump often joked during his campaign for the presidency, before acknowledging that “you'll never get bored with winning.”

Chip Ferguson is at it again

The SE Texas Record Aug. 8, 2017, 1:44pm

Paul “Chip” Ferguson purportedly brought in nearly $60 million in fees during his 26-year association with Provost Umphrey, often by suing parties tenuously connected with purported victims of alleged injuries.

Julia Roberts will not star in this film

The SE Texas Record Jul. 31, 2017, 2:00pm

Lots of big-name attorneys rate citations and even dedicated pages on wikipedia, but how many paralegals are renowned enough to warrant wiki fame?

Must Plano reside in 'The Planet of the Patent Trolls'?

The SE Texas Record Jul. 25, 2017, 10:06am

Remember when Plano was famous for being the headquarters of Frito-Lay, Dr. Pepper, J.C. Penny, and Pizza Hut? Those were the good old days, and folks were proud of the hometown. Then, something happened. Alien creatures began to descend from outer space, or other states, and things started to change.

Obama holdover wreaking havoc at federal consumer agency

The SE Texas Record Jul. 18, 2017, 2:11pm

Plaintiff's attorneys hate arbitration, but their hatred isn't arbitrary. It's well thought out and payday driven.

Judge Floyd should explain himself

The SE Texas Record Jul. 11, 2017, 1:30pm

There are three types of reasoning: sound reasoning, flawed reasoning, and Floyd reasoning – as in Jefferson County District Court Judge Donald Floyd – which seems like no reasoning at all.

State water code amendment: Another step in the right direction

The SE Texas Record Jun. 26, 2017, 11:13pm

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.

Kent Livesay gets caught in a storm of his own making

The SE Texas Record Jun. 19, 2017, 12:37pm

Edinburg lawyer Kent Livesay, for one, used to enjoy – and profit from – a good storm, but now the clouds have gathered over his head and the sky is getting darker.

Ronald Tigner and the illegible boarding pass

The SE Texas Record Jun. 12, 2017, 12:41pm

Told by his grade school teacher that he needed to present a note from his mother to explain the previous day's absence, little Ronnie obliged – with an excuse written on lined paper in crayon in big block letters and signed “Mom.” Needless to say, the teacher's suspicions were aroused and she proceeded to question the authenticity of the dubious document presented to her by the wily child. Fast forward a couple of decades and we have Houston attorney Ronald Tigner, Esq., trying to get on an airplane with an illegible boarding pass and meeting resistance from skeptical airline employees.

Supreme Court rejects loose venue interpretation in patent cases

The SE Texas Record Jun. 6, 2017, 4:29pm

“The High Court put a dent in plaintiffs' long-established freedom to shop for the venue of their choosing when pressing patent infringement claims – potentially dealing a blow to the Eastern District of Texas’s prominence in hearing patent cases.” That's the assessment made of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision by intellectual property firm Morrison & Foerster, and we hope it proves accurate. An end to our prominence in these dubious endeavors would be a good thing and might prompt us to find some more acceptable kind of distinction.

No vicarious liability for off-site, off-duty employees

The Record May 30, 2017, 3:03pm

You walk past a BBQ joint, look in the window, and see a happy guy with some sauce on the front of his shirt devouring a rack of ribs, and it makes you feel good. There might be a tinge of envy, but you can tell he's enjoying those juicy ribs and you can't help smiling. That’s called vicarious pleasure.

Alleged 'consensus' on climate change challenged

The SE Texas Record May 22, 2017, 2:10pm

“Nine out of ten doctors agree . . .” That was a classic claim made in pharmaceutical advertising, and the assertion of a consensus of alleged authorities sounds impressive, but what does it really mean? The claim raises many obvious questions, such as: Were thousands of doctors surveyed and 90 percent of them in agreement, or was it just ten doctors total? Do the doctors have actual expertise in the use of the product they've endorsed, or do their specialties lie elsewhere? Were they paid for their opinions? Perhaps most important, why does one out of ten doctors disagree?

This time, the joke's on Steve Mostyn and company

The Record May 15, 2017, 2:03pm

When the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence held a hearing seven years ago to discuss barratry in our state, Steve Mostyn agreed with those present that it was a problem and recommended prosecution of “swindlers.” What a kidder!

Divorce court, Texas style

The SE Texas Record May 9, 2017, 8:37am

The trick to quitting while you're ahead is to quit before you're behind.

Keep your hands off the cap, Gene Wu

The SE Texas Record May 2, 2017, 10:17am

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.