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Do Insurance Policies Cover Gross Negligence?

The simple answer is "maybe." To determine whether a particular insurance policy covers exemplary damages for gross negligence, the Texas Supreme Court has adopted a two-step process encompassing (1) the plain language of the policy and (2) public policy concerns. In...

Drones Revisited: Local Government Regulation

Introduction:Earlier in our series on drones, we analyzed the Taylor v. Huerta case where the D.C. Circuit Court struck down an FAA regulation requiring the registration of recreational use drone operators. Today, we look at a recent case from the United States...

Inflated Charges, CPRC § 41.0105, and § 18.001

As discussed in our previous multi-part blog series, § 18.001 affidavits are a valuable tool in a Plaintiffs arsenal. A proper § 18.001 affidavit, in the absence of a proper controverting affidavit, is sufficient evidence to support a finding of fact by the jury that...

What Jurors Will Tell You If You Ask (And Listen)

Recently, our Firm tried a case where the Plaintiff alleged a traumatic brain injury. The Plaintiff's attorney on the other side (very competent) had a sympathetic witness, and a well-known expert to say that the Plaintiff had a traumatic brain injury. Likewise, our...

Expedited Rules Decoded II: TRCP 169 and Experts

In Expedited Rules Decoded: Things You Need To Know About TRCP 169, we examined the broad impact that Texas' Expedited Rules can have on both lawyers' strategy and the outcomes of cases. The Expedited Rules provide a process for developing and following "a schedule of...

In Defense of Others-Centeredness

Google the topic "lawyer marketing" or "improving your law practice" and you will get 2,640,000 results in .61 seconds. And no doubt, there is probably some good information buried in those 2,640,000 results. However, what is not contained in these search results (in...

Misnomer vs. Misidentification

It is easy to get these two mixed up, but there are several key distinctions that make proper identification of misnomer versus misidentification essential for understanding (1) the significance of the opposing party's mistake and (2) what to do if presented with such...