Archive for May 2009

Do Politicians Even Understand What The Judiciary Does?

“Court of appeals is where policy is made.” Judge Sonia Sotomayor “Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln After hearing all of the complaints over the last few days over Judge Sotomayor’s comment, I can only conclude that our politicians have no idea what…

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How To Ruin A Good Personal Injury Claim

Sign documents and answer questions you don’t understand. That’s one of the best ways to ruin a good personal injury claim. There have been a handful of times in the last month when I’ve been going through the file of an existing or potential client, and they have had some interaction with the insurance company…

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Might The Days Of Mandatory Arbitration Be Done?

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration. In fact, I’ve probably written on it more than anything else. Now, maybe the griping from me and others has done some good. A Los Angeles Times story was out earlier in the week detailing the problems with pre-dispute arbitration and noting that…

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San Antonio Jury Hits Akin Gump With $72.6 Million Verdict

Last Thursday, a San Antonio jury returned a $72.6 million dollar verdict against Akin, Gump in a case where the plaintiff alleged that the patent lawyers failed to properly obtain patents on a device that the plaintiff invented. The verdict is another in the trend of larger verdicts against large law firms.  The American Bar Association publishes a…

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Barratry, Solicitation and More: The Harassment of Accident Victims

The image that 90% of the population has of those of us that are personal injury lawyers is of some greedy jerk using deception or illegal tactics to pursue claims. For most of my brethren, that caricature couldn’t be further from the truth. But for some attorneys, it’s accurate, and it couldn’t be more disgusting.…

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Corporate Lawyers – Advise The Officers And Employees Who You Represent

It’s not an uncommon fact pattern.  A corporate officer or employee will be testifying at a deposition or in a courtroom with the corporation’s lawyer present.  The officer/employee says something bad that subjects themeselves to liability.  And when things go south, the officer/employee ends up suing the corporation’s attorney for not protecting the officer/employee. In such…

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Text Messaging (And Twittering) While Driving

Regular readers of our blog probably know that some of our most popular posts on the site are posts about text messaging while driving.  As a result, early last year, I put together a resource page that gathered several article and studies on texting while driving.  Since that time, there have been numerous developments in…

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