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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.

Carolyn Rhymes's all-expenses-paid 'trip'

The SE Texas Record Apr. 24, 2017, 12:25pm

Carolyn Rhymes got roughly one fifth of the settlement she sought from the Applebee's on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, but it could be more than she deserved.

The difference between Republicans and Democrats in Texas

The SE Texas Record Apr. 17, 2017, 1:04pm

Q. What's the difference between liberals and conservatives? A. Conservatives look for things that are broken, so they can fix them. Liberals do the opposite.

The Steve Mostyn Comedy Show continues

The SE Texas Record Apr. 10, 2017, 2:25pm

Seven years ago, the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence held a hearing at which tort reformers and trial attorneys both agreed that barratry is a problem in our state.

Why Senate Bill 10 is needed

The SE Texas Record Apr. 3, 2017, 12:12pm

Our state Senate considering legislation to restrict lawsuits against individual insurance adjusters.

PU attorneys bring in the big bucks, but at what cost to society?

The SE Texas Record Mar. 27, 2017, 3:05pm

Last October, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the reversal of a $32 million settlement against Domino's pizza chain won by former Provost Umphrey (PU) attorney Paul Ferguson Jr.

When Baron & Budd talk, legislators listen

The SE Texas Record Mar. 20, 2017, 12:05pm

In a crowded public place, two businessmen discuss investments.

Our state legislature should work for us, not Steve Mostyn

The SE Texas Record Mar. 14, 2017, 10:24am

It sometimes seems like Texas taxpayers bankrolled a billion-dollar trust fund for the personal use of attorney Steve Mostyn.

'There are no wrongful births.'

The SE Texas Record Mar. 6, 2017, 5:39pm

When does an infant in the womb become a potential burden?

It used to be a crime. Now we celebrate it?

The SE Texas Record Feb. 27, 2017, 4:16pm

“I believe there are many funding opportunities in Texas and the Southwest,” said Eric Chenoweth, commercial and intellectual property litigator, formerly of Yetter Coleman and recently tapped to head the new Houston office of Australian litigation-funding firm Bentham IMF.

Asbestos trust transparency may be an idea whose time has come

The SE Texas Record Feb. 21, 2017, 12:01pm

Is Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold tenacious or just stubborn?

Let's keep Texas exceptional!

The SE Texas Record Feb. 21, 2017, 11:53am

When he succeeded Rick Perry as governor, Greg Abbott promised to perpetuate his positive policies of “lower taxes, less regulation, and more job creation.” “Texas will continue to be a pro-business state because of legislative reforms,” he said at the time, at a meeting with Texas congressional leaders from the Greater Houston area.

U.S. Supreme Court should reject lower court's loose venue interpretation

The SE Texas Record Feb. 13, 2017, 3:21pm

“When a single district court hears so many cases, not because of convenience or connection to the dispute, but because it is chosen by litigants on one side, the perception of a neutral justice system is undermined.” That's one of several cogent comments made by Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton and 16 other state AGs in an amicus brief filed last week in a U.S.

Lamar Smith's persistence may finally pay off

The SE Texas Record Feb. 6, 2017, 3:06pm

It may be called the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA) of 2017, but U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith of Austin has been proposing this measure for years without success.

This Texas model is the most successful one of all

The SE Texas Record Jan. 30, 2017, 7:15pm

What do you think of when you think of Texas models? Julie Henderson, Taylor Cole, Shannon Elizabeth, Kim Smith, and Anna Nicole Smith are the five highest rated Texas-born models on ranker.com.But they're not the ones we think of when we think of Texas models – not always, anyway. Our favorite Texas model is a program of tort reform.

The lawyer will see you now . . .

The SE Texas Record Jan. 23, 2017, 3:06pm

You wouldn't ask a doctor for a legal opinion, so why accept medical advice from a lawyer – especially one who's hoping to gin up a medical malpractice case.

Carolyn Rhymes, learn how to walk defensively

The SE Texas Record Jan. 10, 2017, 1:22pm

There's neither rhyme nor reason to many personal injury lawsuits, but one filed two years ago against the Applebee's on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, and recently continued, does have Rhymes.