Three Lexington lawyers illegally kept $65 million in settlement money that should have been distributed to their clients, according to an indictment for wire fraud issued by a federal grand jury in Covington.
NEXT time you see an ambulance, grab your mobile and call the Dallas law firm of Miller Curtis & Weisbrod. The fine lawyers there might want to chase that ambulance. They might even reward you for the tip.
Every year, eager footballers from Texas and Oklahoma meet on the gridiron to battle it out in the Red River Rivalry. Just like the Sooners lost in last year's outing, Oklahoma's governor seriously dropped the ball in a fight for his state that's not fun and games - the fight against lawsuit abuse.
(Austin, Texas) Texans for Lawsuit Reform commended state lawmakers for their continued commitment to ending lawsuit abuse in Texas. In a constructive session for lawsuit reform, lawmakers closed a dangerous loophole in state venue law and rejected dozens of proposals to roll back groundbreaking lawsuit reforms enacted over the past decade that have boosted our economy and helped to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Texans.Â
The depredations of the trial bar are legion. But sometimes a case is so exquisite in revealing the character of the modern tort industry that its details deserve national distribution. Such is the case of the 79 lawyers fighting like a hyena pack over the spoils of a $10 million Shell Oil settlement in New Orleans.
The terse four-page judicial order handed down in a California courtroom last month hasn't made much of a ripple among commentators. But if it stands as precedent following the near-inevitable appeal -- and if states and municipalities also follow President Bush, who signed an executive order on Wednesday barring the federal government from entering into contingency fee agreements with trial lawyers -- the ruling by Superior Court Judge Jack Komar might slow down the destructive litigation trend of ambitious private lawyers' enlistment of government as a client.