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Houston Chronicle, August 18, 2017

Texas needs to dramatically revamp its county court system, according to one criminal justice expert.

KSAT, August 18, 2017

SAN ANTONIO - A federal prosecutor called a woman who was represented by State Sen. Carlos Uresti "the most significant victim of (Uresti's) alleged criminal conduct. She did not ask to be involved in this case but she is."

Palisades Hudson, August 16, 2017

Many doctors and pharmacists bemoan the omnipresent advertising for prescription drugs prompting viewers to “ask their doctor” about a product that may or may not be the best – or most economical – treatment for a patient’s condition.

 
Forbes, August 17, 2017

Out-of-state plaintiffs flocked to Philadelphia this year to file lawsuits over prescription drugs, but a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision might deter that practice in the future.

Southeast Texas Record, August 16, 2017

HOUSTON – A foundation lawsuit brought against State Farm Lloyds has been continued once again, primarily because the attorneys who were handling case for Mostyn Law left the firm last month.

The Hill, August 14, 2017

President Trump has been quietly making lifetime appointments to fill more than 100 vacancies on federal courts across the country.

Southeast Texas Record, August 10, 2017

DALLAS – The president of the Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers was recently arrested for assaulting several people while apparently intoxicated.

Austin American Statesman, August 11, 2017

Most Americans have seen those TV ads touting “billions of dollars” set aside for victims of mesothelioma, the lethal cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Few realize that these funds are also at the center of a national controversy that disproportionately affects military veterans.

The Hill, August 8, 2017

In May, President Trump released a budget that shaves $800 billion from Medicaid over a decade. Even if only some of these cuts are enacted, state Medicaid programs will be looking for replacement funds.

Delish, August 9, 2017

When you order a donut, you're probably not buying it because you think it's healthy. However, "fruit-flavored" donuts could be thought of as a better choice (I guess), and customers have not been happy to find out otherwise.

 
USA Today, March 29, 2015

Ignorance of the law, we are often told, is no excuse. "Every man is presumed to know the law," says a long-established legal aphorism. And if you are charged with a crime, you would be well advised to rely on some other defense than "I had no idea that was illegal."

The Advocate, August 7, 2017

Louisiana’s junior U.S. Senator John Kennedy has only been in office a few months, but he already has a chance to make his mark. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he will soon consider a bill that would help people — particularly veterans — struggling with asbestos-related illnesses, protect America’s businesses, and expose scam artists.

 
Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2017

We all know that there are discrepancies between the ideal of how institutions are supposed to work and their everyday reality. A recent paper explores one troubling problem of this sort in the judicial realm.

Southeast Texas Record, August 7, 2017

AUSTIN – The state of Texas was recognized as one of the most business-friendly in the country and tort reformers said capping how much a person can collect on a lawsuit is part of the reason.

Houston Chronicle, August 4, 2017

Big businesses and commercial building owners in Harris County have unleashed a growing number of lawsuits in recent years to knock millions of dollars off their property tax bills.

Governing, August 1, 2017

In the past few decades, the number of American jobs requiring a state license has exploded. Roughly one out of every four workers must seek a license to work. Now some institutions are starting to push back. Perhaps the most prominent -- or at least most fervent -- of these is the Texas Supreme Court. In 2015, the court struck down the state’s licensing requirement for eyebrow threaders (cosmetologists who remove unwanted facial hair using a thread), finding it unreasonable.

Southeast Texas Record, August 1, 2017

BEAUMONT – Fedex was recently hit with a $1 million lawsuit, brought by a man who allegedly tripped and fell over a package while exiting his home.

Forbes, August 2, 2017

Jelly Belly Candy Co. is again asking a federal judge to toss the lawsuit of a mother of six who now says she was tricked into buying its exercise jelly beans while trying to find a healthy snack for her family.

Candy Industry, August 2, 2017

That idea came to mind when I learned two U.S. District Court judges had last week denied motions by Just Born, Inc. and Ferrara Candy Co. to dismiss separate theater-box slack-fill lawsuits brought against the candy companies this year.

The Fresno Bee, July 19, 2017

For nearly four decades, Reza and Fatemeh Saniefar and their three children greeted customers and ensured they received a good meal at the family’s Zlfred’s restaurant in central Fresno.

Southeast Texas Record, July 25, 2017

AUSTIN – A Texas appellate court will soon consider whether to reverse a district judge’s ruling that her court did not have jurisdiction to unseal testimony given by renowned plaintiff’s attorney Russell Budd on the “Terrell memo.”

Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2017

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray has been on a regulatory tear as he prepares to run for Governor in Ohio. But many of the Obama appointee’s midnight rule-makings need not see the light of day—for instance, his arbitrary ban on mandatory arbitration that the House voted to repeal on Tuesday.

Texas Lawyer, July 24, 2017

Two brothers in charge of a Texas-based legal advertising and referral company say they're in a "David and Goliath" battle against law firms suing them in three states over claims including deceptive trade practices and trademark infringement for online ad campaigns targeting Google users searching for the plaintiff's firms.

New York Times, July 16, 2017

The sales pitches were filled with urgency and emphasized familiarity. Act now or risk missing out on millions of dollars. Trust us because we are part of the “N.F.L. brotherhood.” “You have nothing to lose,” a former N.F.L. quarterback implored in one, “but money you’re entitled to and that you earned the hard way.”

Legal Newsline, July 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court has declined to expand asbestos liability in take-home exposure lawsuit.

New York Law Journal, July 20, 2017

ALBANY - Despite the legislative session concluding for 2017 late last month, a tort-reform business group is already pushing for a bill that would regulate the third-party consumer litigation funding industry.

Reuters, July 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress could act within weeks to kill a new rule that bars financial companies from blocking consumers who wish to file class-action lawsuits, according to a key Republican senator.

 
The Guardian, July 12, 2017

A US appeals court has debated whether or not a monkey can own the copyright to a selfie, while the photographer whose camera captured the famous image watched a livestream of the proceedings from his home in the UK.

RiverBender, July 13, 2017

According to Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW), a judicial hellhole is a place without lawsuit reforms, which allows personal injury lawyers to have the entire run of a judicial system, allowing what it perceives to be unfair settlements and practices for defendants in these cases. Madison, St. Clair and Cook counties in Illinois are some of the most cited offenders in the country qualifying to have the badge of "judicial hellhole." I-LAW has set upon a statewide summer campaign - with a focus on cities bordering other states - to illustrate the sort of judicial reforms Illinois may require.

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