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Free the lawyers!

By The Record | Apr 30, 2019

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.

Attorney Larry Hunter follows the Ferguson formula

By The Record | Apr 22, 2019

Any attorney who works for the Ferguson Law Firm in Beaumont is likely to practice law in a manner similar to that of firm founder Paul “Chip” Ferguson.

Orbit’s T-shirt cannon sued as dangerous weapon

By The Record | Apr 17, 2019

Last July, a woman attending an Astros game at Minute Maid Park was allegedly injured when someone pointed a large gas-powered weapon into the stands and fired a projectile at her. The victim is now suing the team for more than $1 million in damages in Harris County District Court.

Adding disclaimers to legal advertising is a good idea

By David Yates | Apr 8, 2019

If you enjoy watching commercials for legal services, Texas is the place to be. Over a six-month period last year, TV viewers in our three largest media markets got to watch nearly 200,000 of these ads.

A fight! A fight! Two law firms are fighting!

By The Record | Apr 2, 2019

The Germans have a gift for neology. They coin some of the most esoteric- and funny-sounding words – like weltschmerz, fahrvergnügen, and schadenfreude. When you find out what they mean, you recognize the concepts immediately and wonder why there aren’t words for them in English, which would facilitate talking about such things.

Pass this bill and send a copy to Harris County

By The Record | Mar 27, 2019

Back in the 1990s, our state legislature revised the rules regarding government agencies hiring outside lawyers. That was after the conviction of former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales for illegally attempting to divert $500 million in tobacco-litigation contingency fees to a friend.

We may be ‘just us,’ but we deserve affordable justice, too

By The Record | Mar 19, 2019

If justice delayed is justice denied, why would anyone seek to delay the administration of justice or oppose efforts to speed up the process and make it quicker?

It’s time to run the trolls out of East Texas

By The Record | Mar 13, 2019

In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision in favor of TC Heartland, an Indiana-based company challenging the venue Kraft Foods had chosen for filing a patent infringement lawsuit against it. The ruling limited patent infringement lawsuits to districts where the defendant is incorporated or has an established place of business.

Hey, Gonzalez, how about forgoing the fee?

By The Record | Mar 6, 2019

Remember those true-or-false tests in grade school and high school? Instead of spelling out the words “True” or “False,” you could just put a “T” or an “F” on the answer line. That gave conniving kids with modest calligraphic skills an opportunity for fudging.

You have to pay your dues!

By The Record | Feb 26, 2019

That expression is figuratively true when applied to life in general, insofar as we all have to make an effort, accept sacrifices, face setbacks, and overcome obstacles to get ahead in this world.

Mostyn Law doesn’t like being cheated

By The Record | Feb 18, 2019

It’s fun when bullies stop picking on everyone else and turn on each other. We’re seeing this more often with advocates of political correctness running afoul of their own ever-growing list of strictures and being savaged by their even more intolerant fellows.

Paul ‘Chip’ Ferguson tries again for pizza dough

By The Record | Feb 11, 2019

Some people are monomaniacal about food. With Paul Ferguson, it’s pizza – or pizza restaurant chains.

Sanchez's suit won’t hold water

By The Record | Feb 5, 2019

Orlando Sanchez thinks the Houston Independent School District (HISD) should be taken over and run by our state government. The former Harris County treasurer said so late last year during a press conference at Northwest Mall across from HISD HQ.

‘Meritless’ whistleblower suits are under attack

By The Record | Jan 28, 2019

Football fans will tell you that not every whistle blown or flag thrown by a referee represents a genuine infraction of the rules. Some calls are reviewed and overturned. Fans will also tell you that obvious violations are sometimes not seen by the officials, or even ignored. (Just ask a New Orleans Saints fan.)

Texas should be a model for California, not a target

By The Record | Jan 22, 2019

“No state comes close to Texas when it comes to the fossil fuel industry,” said Exxon attorney Ralph Duggins, arguing that climate change lawsuits filed by California municipalities “affect Texas’ biggest commercial market – that’s oil.”

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