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Southeast Texas Record, January 3, 2018

The Wikipedia page for the “Terrell memo,” the infamous cheat sheet revealing how Baron & Budd asbestos clients were coached up before depositions, is no longer up.

Institute for Legal Reform, December 21, 2017

A lawsuit claiming that Jelly Belly “deceived” a woman about the sugar in its Sport Beans product – despite a clear content label on its packaging – tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) list of the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017.

The National Law Review, December 21, 2017

There is something magical about shopping during the holidays. Those who favor the bustle of malls will enjoy elaborate window displays and the familiar sights and sounds of the season. And those who favor shopping while snug in their beds will use websites and apps to have gifts wrapped and shipped to their homes or convenient brick-and-mortar locations.

But lurking among those happy holiday shoppers is a small but growing number of professional plaintiffs with visions of dollar signs dancing in their heads. Hunting for lawsuits rather than bargains, they will concoct claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by enrolling in text message programs and then purporting to revoke that consent in ways that are deliberately designed to evade systems that recognize and register legitimate attempts to opt out. In doing so, these modern day Grinches threaten not only the retailers who are exposed to potentially massive aggregate liability, but also the consumers who have come to rely on their text message programs for information about sales, promotions, and other benefits.

New York Post, December 16, 2017

Wonder why New York pays through the nose for everything from health care to construction projects to auto insurance — and taxes? A new report from the Empire Center has a one-word answer: lawsuits.

Law360, December 12, 2017

A court-appointed expert brought in to address several questions surrounding attorneys’ fees payouts in the uncapped NFL concussion settlement recommended Monday that the Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the settlement should cap contingency fees for individual attorneys at 15 percent and scrap another request to set aside 5 percent of settlement awards to compensate future work in administering the settlement., December 14, 2017

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Dallas lawyer James Ho to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, making him the first Asian American to sit on that court.

The Texas Tribune, December 13, 2017

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett was confirmed Wednesday afternoon to fill a long-open seat on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, a historically powerful and conservative court that represents Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. 

The Houston Chronicle, December 13, 2017

Harris County jumped into the legal fight against the opioid crisis, joining dozens of cities and counties in filing suit against the giant pharmaceutical companies responsible for making the painkillers fueling the growing overdose epidemic.

My Statesman, December 12, 2017

Travis County will join dozens of other counties and cities throughout the country attempting to recover costs from the opioid epidemic by suing manufacturers, distributors and marketers of the prescription drugs.

The Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2017

The right to a jury trial is a pillar of America’s justice system, enshrined in the Constitution from a tradition dating back more than 1,000 years.

The problem these days is making sure jurors stay awake.