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Judge Floyd should explain himself

By The SE Texas Record | Jul 11, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | Jun 26, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | Jun 19, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | Jun 12, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | Jun 6, 2017

“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

By The Record | May 30, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | May 22, 2017

“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

By The Record | May 15, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | May 9, 2017

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

Keep your hands off the cap, Gene Wu

By The SE Texas Record | May 2, 2017

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'

By The SE Texas Record | Apr 24, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | Apr 17, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | Apr 10, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | Apr 3, 2017

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?

By The SE Texas Record | Mar 27, 2017

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

By The SE Texas Record | Mar 20, 2017

In a crowded public place, two businessmen discuss investments.

Our state legislature should work for us, not Steve Mostyn

By The SE Texas Record | Mar 14, 2017

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.'

By The SE Texas Record | Mar 6, 2017

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

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

By The SE Texas Record | Feb 27, 2017

“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.

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