Archive for January 2008

Blackwater Files Legal Malpractice Claim

Late last week, Blackwater Security filed a legal malpractice claim against Wiley Rain, one of the law firms defending the company in a wrongful death suit brought by four former employees. The reports on the suit make allegations that attorneys, including current White House counsel Fred Fielding, were sloppy in their attempts to have the…

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Justice Medina's Saga Continues, plus more Supreme Court drama

As we have previously reported and updated, Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina and his wife were indicted in connection with an alleged arson event at their home.  At the District Attorney’s request, the indictments were dismissed.  But the story appears to be far from over.  Today, the grand jurors are stating that they will re-urge the investigation…

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Personal Injury Law Round-Up #45

The big story of the week here in Austin is Texas Supreme Court justice David Medina being indicted for arson yesterday. After the indictment was handed down, the Harris County (Houston) DA, who himself is in hot water and may be forced to resign, plans to ask that the indictments be dismissed. Apparently, the grand…

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Texas Receives a "C" In Emergency Medical Care

The American College of Emergency Physicians released its National Report Card of Emergency Medical Services, and Texas received a strong “C” grade.  The state received a “D” in public health/safety, a “D+” in access to care, and a “D+” in quality/patient safety.  But a strong “A+” in medical liability raised the state an entire letter grade to an…

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Texas Supreme Court Justice Indicted

Not many details are out, but KHOU tv in Houston is reporting that Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina and his wife have been indicted in connection with an arson fire at their home last summer.  We’ll have more details and thoughts as the story unfolds. To contact Austin Personal Injury Lawyer, Austin Personal Attorney,…

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Legal Malpractice Occurs Everywhere

Legal malpractice cases can arise from any number of unusual situations. A legal malpractice trial started late last week against the Philadelphia firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a 1,400+ lawyer firm. In that case, the firm is being sued by former client Purolite Corp. According to the allegations in the lawsuit, Purolite sought advice from…

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Personal Injury Law Round-Up #44

This is an abbreviated, trial version of the round up. First, tort “reform” and lawyers behaving badly… The Chungs have become the new favorites of the tort-reform movement. On the other side, Kia Franklin at TortDeform has Glenn Beck’s ER horror story. New Jersey has voted to allow emotional harm in wrongful death suits. (Via…

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An Interesting New Website

The Robing Room — a new website that rates federal judges and some state court judges (Texas is not yet included). It will be interesting to see if this site gets any traction. To contact Austin Personal Injury Lawyer, Austin Personal Attorney, Austin Accident Lawyer, Austin Injury Lawyer Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC or to learn more…

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A Costly Missed Deadline

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog is reporting on a costly missed deadline. Morrison Foerster, one of the largest law firms in the country, obtained a judgment on behalf of its client, Toshiba America. The judge gave Toshiba 14 days to submit a motion for attorneys’ fees. Unfortunately for the firm, the firm’s courier became stuck…

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Arbitration in the Legal Malpractice Context

In December, the Texas Supreme Court handed down an important arbitration decision in the context of a legal malpractice case. In Chambers v O’Quinn, 183 former clients sued John O’Quinn in 1999 alleging his firm committed legal malpractice in the representation and settlement of their toxic tort claims. Attorney O’Quinn’s fee contract contained an arbitration…

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