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The Texas Lawbook, October 16, 2017

The heir of Texas oil tycoon H.L. Hunt involved a bitter decade-long dispute with his son over control of a $1 billion trust wants the Texas Supreme Court to declare illegal his lawyers request to be paid $48,000 an hour for his legal services.

New York Post, October 5, 2017

A Manhattan woman who bought a 3.5-ounce package of Junior Mints felt cheated after claiming to find the candy filled just 57 percent of the box.

But instead of just getting mad, Biola Daniel is trying to get even.

Texas Lawyer, October 16, 2017

A Texas insurance company alleges Houston lawyer and a private insurance adjuster conspired to defraud it by filing claims on behalf of homeowners and then collecting insurance claim payments for their personal financial benefit.

The Houston Chronicle, October 16, 2017

Scores of lawyers, eager to get a piece of what could be the biggest payday since the multi-billion dollar Volkswagen emissions settlement, are rushing to sign up thousands of property owners whose homes were damaged by floodwaters released by the Army Corps of Engineers from two Houston-area reservoirs.

The Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2017

Ask most Republicans to identify Donald Trump’s biggest triumph to date, and the answer comes quick: Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. That’s the cramped view.

Legal Newsline, October 13, 2017

A California consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook over allegations it sent text messages without his consent.

The Texas Tribune, October 4, 2017

An East Texas county is suing a slew of prescription painkiller manufacturers and distributers in federal court, accusing them of fueling an opioid addiction epidemic that has gripped communities across the nation — in part by allegedly inflating the drugs' benefits in treating chronic pain and downplaying the addiction risks.

Law.com, October 6, 2017

The Texas Supreme Court will decide whether, in a products liability case, the Texas discovery rule requires a plaintiff to have some knowledge of possible wrongdoing by the manufacturer before the plaintiff’s claims can accrue.

Bloomberg Businessweek, October 5, 2017

Mike Moore made cigarette companies pay for the high cost of treating smokers. Here he comes again.

Litigation Finance Journal, October 5, 2017

In May 2016, Joshua Brown was driving – or more accurately, “operating” – a Tesla Model S, when his vehicle struck a Semi and Brown was killed. Brown wasn’t technically “driving” because his Tesla was set to autonomous mode, meaning the vehicle was driving itself.

Brown’s death and his family’s impending lawsuit bring up a host of questions surrounding blame in accidents caused by self-driving cars. Who gets sued in these scenarios? The manufacturer? The tire company? The software maker? The drivers who touched “Agree” on their startup screens?

Southeast Texas Record, October 2, 2017

The first week of October marks Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, which is recognized by Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and grassroots groups across the country that support legal reform.

The annual event serves to educate citizens about the cost and consequences of lawsuit abuse and reminds Texans that preventing lawsuit abuse “starts with you,” a press release states.

Dallas Business Journal, October 2, 2017

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump nominated James Ho to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit.

A day later, the federal appellate court handed the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner what is likely the biggest courtroom victory of Ho’s career by reversing and rendering a $663.3 million judgment against Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN).

Texas Monthly, September 1, 2017

The shale boom and the end of a decades-old export ban have put the Port of Corpus Christi on the global map. Finally.

Rio Grande Guardian, September 19, 2017

A major component in the Port of Brownville’s efforts to expand and become globally competitive with a prominent deep-water seaport begins with deepening the shipping channel from 42 feet to 52 feet, which would bring bigger cargo ships and more business.

The Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2017

The start of a new Supreme Court term is a good moment to note some under-reported news: President Trump is rapidly remaking the federal appellate and district courts, with highly qualified nominees who fulfill his campaign promise to pick “constitutional conservatives.”

Huffington Post, September 27, 2017

With hundreds of attorneys gathered in San Francisco this week for the annual Perrin Conference “asbestos summit,” it seems a good time to note that a new documentary featuring alleged fraud with asbestos litigation earned a heated reception in Texas last week.

Texas Tribune, September 28, 2017

President Donald Trump is nominating two Texans to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Dallas attorney James Ho. 

Louisiana Record, September 21, 2017

A gas and oil industry spokesperson claims that Louisiana's reputation and its legal climate have affected the growth of the industry, and legal reformers have said they are not surprised by the state's low ranking in a recent legal survey.

BuzzFeed News, September 19, 2017

The White House has been at odds with Texas’ Republican senators and governor for months over two judicial vacancies, showing how tricky it can be for President Donald Trump to shape the judiciary even in seemingly friendly states.

Legal NewsLine, September 19, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline) — A Utah judge has dismissed a complaint from a number of states that the four biggest asbestos trusts and the trial lawyers who run them failed to answer claims they were mismanaging the funds, Legal Newsline has found.

Dallas Morning News, September 19, 2017

Cities around the country were thrilled after Amazon said it was searching for a second headquarters location, but the Seattle establishment was shaken. 

Associated Press, September 18, 2017

A federal judge overseeing the NFL’s $1 billion concussion settlement with former players said she’s concerned about “deceptive practices” by claims service providers, lawyers, lenders and other groups seeking a share of the money.

KXAN, September 12, 2017

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The State Bar of Texas sued local attorney Omar Weaver Rosales on Monday for professional misconduct, after Rosales peppered healthcare providers across Texas with letters demanding $2,000 to settle unfiled lawsuits. Those lawsuits claimed the providers’ websites violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Southeast Texas Record, September 12, 2017

BEAUMONT – Just about everyone has seen a film where a female actress complains about breaking a nail while escaping danger, but how many people can claim they’ve seen someone have a bottle of “dangerous” nail polish break and splinter into their hand while on the job?

Forbes, September 7, 2017

In early 2013, when Australian teenager Matt Corby took to social media to share a photo of his recently purchased Subway “foot long” sandwich next to a tape measure revealing that the sandwich measured only 11 inches in length, he never could have anticipated the “viral” chain of events that he had just set into motion.

 
The Hill, September 10, 2017

President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, following a recommendation from a White House commission led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that urged the president to do just that.

Southeast Texas Record, September 6, 2017

HOUSTON - More than one type of storm hit Texas in August, as two law firms flooded courts with more than 200 weather-related lawsuits in an apparent rush to beat the state’s newest tort reform measure.

Claims Journal, September 4, 2017

Late Thursday afternoon, a Dallas law firm filed a lawsuit to circumvent a new law that went into effect on Friday, September 1.

Fox 26, August 29, 2017

Facts about New Insurance law.

Dallas Morning News, August 29, 2017

It speaks volumes that while insurers are standing ready to surge claims adjusters into impacted areas as soon as search and recovery efforts transition to rebuilding, storm-chasing lawyers are focused on lawsuits.

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