Three Things That Are Going To Annoy You About Your Personal Injury Case
I wish I could tell you that your personal injury case will go exactly how you like it and as smooth as you like it. But form doing this for over twenty years, I know there are at least three things that you’re going to frustrated about at some point. 1. THE TIME IT TAKES…Read More
What Is Mediation?
A mediation is a settlement conference led by a neutral third-party, the mediator. The mediator is often, but not always, a lawyer. In Texas, most courts require you to go through a mediation before you can get a trial in your case. Generally, the mediation starts with an opening session where all the parties are present. In many cases,…Read More
Conference Seeks To Reduce Number Of Trucking Accidents and Bus Wrecks
Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board convened a two day meeting of federal regulators, safety experts, and the truck and bus industries to try and tackle the often deadly problem of trucking accidents and bus wrecks. The conference was to examine what is being done to prevent deadly accidents and why past safety recommendations haven’t…Read More
If You Have A Personal Injury Claim, You Should Hire A Lawyer Now
I always encourage accident victims to talk to personal injury lawyers as soon as possible to make sure that their rights are protected, but it’s even more important now. As you may know, the Texas legislature is in session. What you probably don’t know is that yesterday was the Texans For Lawsuit Reform’s lobby day…Read More
A Law School Professor Explains Why You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer
This week, Jay Feinman, a Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University, was a guest blogger at the TortsProf blog (one of my favorites, and not just because friend and fellow UT alum Bill Childs is one of the authors). In his guest post, Professor Feinman explained one of the shifts in the insurance industry…Read More
Can The Texas Supreme Court Still Hear Cases?
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court released Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company. The case involves facts that are almost too extreme to believe. Massey was appealing a multi-million judgment and decided to help its chances at the West Virginia Supreme Court by spending approximately $3 million to help elect a new supreme court justice.…Read More
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…Read More
Who Knew We Were Responsible For Pirates?
As trial lawyers, we’ve been blamed for a lot of stuff over the last ten years, but today brought a new one. Today, conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg wrote an editorial blaming the “pirate problem” on lawyers. But not just any type of lawyers. Goldberg would never miss the chance to slam us, trial lawyers. Goldberg…Read More
Twitter, Facebook and Google! Oh My! Jurors, Please Follow Instructions.
A numb er of years ago, while I was in law school, I received a call from my mom, and she started asking me about the elements of a criminal assault case in Texas. I don’t know about all of you, but this was not the question I expected from my mom. I asked her…Read More
Cornyn: Pot Meet Kettle (Or How Should Texas Select Judges)
“A judge’s job is to apply the law and, in the absence of a jury, to decide the facts of the case. This job description should not include advancing a personal or partisan agenda from the bench. When a judge brings a personal agenda or partisan commitments to the bench, the rule of law suffers,…Read More