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Two Wins for Defendants In Personal Injury Litigation
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
In June of 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 735 and House Bill 1692 into law. Both bills impact personal injury and wrongful death litigation in Texas. Senate Bill 735 limits discovery of a defendant’s net worth in connection with a claim for exemplary damages. House Bill 1692 closes a loophole in Texas forum non conveniens law that previously allowed foreign plaintiffs to maintain lawsuits in Texas for claims arising outside of Texas. Senate Bill 735 For the past twenty years, section 41.011 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code has required the trier of fact to consider evidence of a defendant’s net worth, if any, in awarding exemplary damages. The mandatory consideration of net worth evidence has often

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Alternative Dispute Resolution in Texas Trends and Tips
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
According to statistics from the Texas Office of Court Administration, the number of civil lawsuits tried to jury verdict has steadily declined over the years while the number of lawsuits filed annually has increased. One explanation for this trend is the use of alternative dispute resolution methods by civil litigators. Secondly, pretrial mediation is mandatory in virtually every civil trial court in the State. Alternative Dispute Resolution has thus emerged as the preferred method of resolving disputes by corporate defendants due to its time and cost-saving benefits as well as its flexible implementation due in part to advanced technology. Today, litigators have several options available to facilitate settlement negotiations ranging from

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Marcy Rothman part of 2015 Trial College Faculty
Monday, June 8, 2015
Director Marcy Rothman served on the faculty at the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel's Trial College held June 1 -5, 2015. The trial college brings together some of the best railroad trial lawyers from across the country to teach the art of trial lawyering to the next generation of lawyers who will serve the railroad industry.

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Director Joseph Coleman presents to MEMA Financial Services Group
Thursday, June 4, 2015
KRCL Director Joseph Coleman presented with Bruce Nathan of Lowenstein Sandler, LLP, and Richard Kulik of Sherwin Williams Co. on May 21, 2015. Their presentation on Cutting Edge Preference Issues was in front of MEMA Financial Services Group, Inc.'s Aftermarket Volume Credit Group in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Karin Zaner published in Dallas Medical Journal
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Karin Zaner, director at KRCL was recently published in the May issue of the Dallas Medical Journal. Karin gave physicians tips on avoiding pitfalls in social media. Click here to read the full article.

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Springtime is Stern time
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
On May 26, 2015, continuing a springtime ritual for bankruptcy lawyers, the Supreme Court issued its latest "progeny of Stern" ruling on the adjudicative authority of the bankruptcy courts. In a 6-3 decision the Court held that "Our precedents make clear that litigants may validly consent to adjudication by the bankruptcy courts." Wellness Int'l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif __ U.S. __ (May 26, 2015). This springtime ritual began four years ago when the Supreme Court issued its blockbuster opinion on the constitutional authority of bankruptcy courts to adjudicate disputes before them in Stern v. Marshall, 564 U.S. __, 131 S.CT 2594 (2011). Stripped (excuse the pun) of is infamous association with Anna Nicole Smith, a 5-4 court determined

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Texas Supreme Court Rules Expert Opinions on Fire Cause Unreliable
Monday, May 11, 2015

This past Friday, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Gharda USA, Inc. and Gharda Chemicals, Ltd. v. Control Solutions, Inc., United Phosphorus, Inc., and Mark Boyd; a case that will provide defendants with additional ammunition to attack subrogation claims involving fire losses.

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BANKRUPTCY ALERT: Golf Channel Learns Hazards Of Playing With A Ponzi Scheme
Monday, May 4, 2015

The recent Fifth Circuit decision in Janvey v. The Golf Channel, Inc. ("Golf Channel") reminds us again that sometimes, despite our best efforts, bad things happen to good people.  In that case, the Golf Channel learned a painful lesson arising out of its innocent involvement with Stanford International Bank, Ltd. 

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Karin Zaner will speak at the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) 2015 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Karin Zaner will speak at the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) 2015 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on February 27, 2015.  Her topic is "Mobile Healthcare Delivery Platforms and Devices."  The Mission of ACLM, founded in 1960, is to promote the continued professional advancement of its members, as well as non-member physicians, and other interested professionals, through education, research, publications, and interdisciplinary and collaborative exchanges of information.

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Karin Zaner spoke at the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) Conference
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Karin Zaner spoke at the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) Conference in Orlando, Florida on February 17, 2015.  Her topic was "HIPAA: What the Medical Examiner Needs to Know."  NAME, founded in 1966, is the national professional organization of physician medical examiners, medicolegal death investigators, and death investigation system administrators who perform the official duties of the medicolegal investigation of deaths of public interest in the United States.

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