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Southeast Texas Record, June 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.

Southeast Texas Record, June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court's May 22 decision to reduce the states in which patent owners are allowed to file infringement lawsuits is expected to reduce 1,000 cases per year in Eastern Texas and increase cases in the District of Delaware by 500, Unified Patents has predicted.

The Hill, June 23, 2017

Two years ago, a 45-year-old man, who suffered from a deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot, was watching television. He saw a commercial from a lawyer advertising for lawsuits over the blood thinning medication Xarelto, which the man’s doctor had prescribed to help dissolve the clot. 

Southeast Texas Record, June 21, 2017

EL PASO – As the ongoing criminal case against Texas lawyer Kent Livesay continues to grab headlines, court records show a civil suit against the hail attorney is also proceeding as well.

Institute for Legal Reform, June 22, 2017

One in four Americans taking certain prescribed medicines say they would stop taking them immediately—without consulting their doctor—after seeing ads promoting lawsuits against the drugs’ manufacturers, according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

Institute for Legal Reform, June 20, 2017

The saga of Chevron v. Donziger, “one of the most egregious legal frauds in history” according to the WSJ, finally concluded this week with the U.S. Supreme Court denying plaintiffs’ attorney Donziger’s certiorari petition.

Washington Post, June 19, 2017

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a ruling that makes it more difficult for plaintiffs attorneys to look for friendly locations for their lawsuits, a practice known as “court shopping.”

Southeast Texas Record, June 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.

The Penn Record, June 20, 2017

When first targeted by asbestos lawyers, Garlock Sealing Technologies accepted its victim role and strove to accommodate the predators. When it later changed tactics and started fighting back instead, the bullies with briefs turned into snowflakes.

The Hill, June 16, 2017

This might sound like an absurd question, but unfortunately enterprising plaintiffs’ lawyers are finding equally unbelievable ways to sue businesses under a technologically ancient telecommunications law that was designed to protect consumers, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The terrible irony is that consumers end up paying higher prices for goods and services thanks to the tremendous cost of these opportunistic lawsuits.

Knoxville News Sentinel, June 13, 2017

In a strange twist, a lawsuit targeting opiate drugmakers filed Tuesday will pit one group of elected officials - three upper East Tennessee prosecutors - against another group of politicos - state legislators.

Texas Lawyer, June 13, 2017

A recent Houston appellate court decision touches on a fascinating question for the Texas Bar: Can a lawyer set a competing attorney up for barratry?

Medical Economics, June 14, 2017

For physicians tired of working under the constant threat of a malpractice suit, the signs of positive change are encouraging.

Texas Lawyer, June 14, 2017

A Texas truck driver sued Houston plaintiff's lawyers Jimmy Williamson and Cyndi Rusnak, their firm and the Law Offices of Michael Pohl, alleging they formed a "barratry joint venture" to operate a "barratry pyramid scheme" to solicit clients to sue BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Southeast Texas Record, June 9, 2017

AUSTIN – A Texas hail attorney who has already had his law license suspended for a year is now facing criminal charges.

Southeast Texas Record, June 7, 2017

BEAUMONT – In June 2015, the Ninth Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a now-retired district judge’s decision denying the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission governmental immunity.

Faces of Lawsuit Abuse, June 1, 2017

As a lifelong Texan, Cynthia Leal has lived through a lot of hailstorms, but she’ll not soon forget the storm of 2014.

Forbes, May 31, 2017

On May 16, attorneys for Comcast asked a federal magistrate judge to force a New Jersey plaintiffs firm to hand over transcripts of depositions given by its client, Jan Konopca. Comcast is a defendant in one of 31 lawsuits filed by Konopca in New Jersey federal court.

Southeast Texas Record, May 31, 2017

DALLAS – Mostyn Law is asking a district judge to reinstate a hailstorm lawsuit the firm allowed to be dismissed for want of prosecution.

Shreveport Times, June 1, 2017

Asbestos trust funds set up to provide financial support for people suffering from asbestos-related illnesses are being sapped by bogus claims and frivolous lawsuits. The same shady cash grabs that are taking money from deserving asbestos victims are also threatening businesses like mine.

Office of the Governor, Greg Abbott, May 27, 2017

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 42, which increases security for judges by expanding security reporting requirements and creating a judicial security division, among other measures. The bill is named in honor of state District Judge Julie Kocurek, who survived an attempted assassination outside her home in 2015. Judge Kocurek and her family attended today’s signing by the Governor.

Louisiana Record, May 25, 2017

BATON ROUGE — A Louisiana government watchdog activist said she hopes the U.S. Senate will pass legislation that will crack down on attorneys who siphon off of damage claims for people who suffer from work-related asbestos exposure.

Southeast Texas Record, May 23, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County man is suing The Voss Law Firm, alleging he is owed nearly $100,000 for securing hundreds of hailstorm clients for the Houston-area law firm.

Austin American Statesman, May 23, 2017

A bill to improve security for judges and courthouses – named for an Austin judge who survived a 2015 assassination attempt outside her home – is on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Dallas Morning News, May 22, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court put sharp new limits on where patent-infringement lawsuits can be filed, undercutting patent owners' ability to channel cases to favorable courts.

Forbes, May 22, 2017

A lawsuit filed by a woman who says she was misled into buying Jelly Belly's exercise jelly bean is not uncommon, one attorney says, but it is "nonsense," the company is arguing.

Reuters, May 22, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet's Google.