August 29, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:39:57 pm Steamboat Willie may have flaws, but keep your hands off Mickey
August 29, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:20:32 pm Dallas firm mounts class action against electronics giant
"Hitachi has been more than willing to take people's money for these TV sets and they should be more than willing to fix them," says Heygood Orr attorney Eric D. Pearson. "In some cases, people paid $4,500 or more for these TVs. You can't take that kind of money and deliver a defective product.
August 28, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:07:25 pm Shady sports agents ready for college football season
August 28, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:46:28 pm Oil markets play it cool so far as Tropical Storm Gustav spreads anxiety along the Gulf Coast
While New Orleans residents ponder the prospect of another hurricane direct hit three years after Katrina, oil traders have so far been indifferent as Gustav churns toward
August 28, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 10:51:02 am Whither the rocket docket?
Who would have thought pre-2001 that the small east Texas town of Marshall would become the epicenter of some of the most complex and high stakes patent law
August 26, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 10:16:24 am New woman-owned law firm already a standout
August 25, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:31:10 pm On international relations and legal PR
We love to talk PR and solve world problems over here at Androvett Legal Media. The little matter involving Russia's conflict with Georgia gave us the opportunity to do a little both. This interesting New York Times analysis describes how Russia may have won the battle related to the conflict with Georgia but failed in terms of the worldwide PR image war.
Consider this passage from the New York Times article: High-ranking Russian officials, who generally have a free hand in the Russian media, seem to find it demeaning to have to fight to get their message out. And they hold Mr. Saakashvili in such contempt, considering him a Western pawn who wants to bring NATO into their backyard, that they recoil at the idea of being perceived as his equal on the world stage, especially after pummeling his military forces.
It was not until four days after the conflict began - an eon in the 24-hour news universe - that a top Kremlin official was sent to CNN to counter Mr. Saakashvili. The official, Sergei B. Ivanov, a confidant of Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, who speaks polished English and has long experience in the West, quickly acknowledged that an unfortunate perception had taken hold."A big Russian bear attacked a small, peaceful Georgia," said Mr. Ivanov, a deputy prime minister, before seeking to undo the damage. "In fact, the situation is and was vice versa. It was a big Georgia which attacked a small and tiny breakaway republic of South Ossetia."
August 25, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:36:50 pm Study: It's better to settle. Attorney: It's not that simple
Defendants, on the other time, made a mistake by proceeding trial only about a quarter of the time. The survey found that an attorney's experience level played no role in the success or failure in the courtroom. Dallas attorney Mike Richardson, a partner at the trial law firm Rose•Walker, says the study should have taken actual courtroom experience into consideration _ not the number of years on the job. "If you've tried plenty of cases, you can usually do a pretty good job of handicapping the outcome," Richardson says. "The study is absolutely right in saying an attorney's years of experience don't matter, but real trial experience does." To interview Mr. Richardson about his opinion of the study, contact Mark Annick at 800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 21, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 5:09:23 pm Glass ceiling report: Progress in corporate America
Fortune 500 companies are apparently making faster progress than law firms in terms of diversity in the upper ranks, according to a recent survey that found that one in
August 20, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:54:31 pm Border Crossing Blues
Pop quiz: Which population group represents the largest segment of undocumented citizens in the U.S.? The correct answer would be U.S. citizens, more than three
August 18, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 11:53:34 am For those who think they're buying real Tiffany's on eBay
With more than 14.5 million active online auctions listings at this very moment, just how responsible should eBay be for the fraud that occurs when unscrupulous sellers
August 13, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 10:14:33 am Horrific bus crash deja vu for Dallas attorneys Frank Branson and Mark Werbner
Shoddy maintenance, inadequate insurance and paperwork, questionable driving records. These are just some of the details emerging from the investigation of the August 8 crash of a charter bus that killed 17 passengers near the Texas-Oklahoma border. But for Dallas attorneys Mark Werbner of Sayles Werbner PC and Frank Branson of The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, preliminary findings from the wreck show that state regulators and fly-by-night bus companies have not learned from
Among other things, the bus operated by Iguala BusMex Inc. of Houston was traveling with a retread tire on one of its front wheels. It is illegal to use retread tires on wheels that steer a bus. Records indicate that the owner of the bus had failed safety inspections and the driver had a history of traffic infractions.Werbner says he's disappointed that despite a number of deadly bus crashes in recent years in Texas and across the country, shady bus companies like the one carrying members of the Houston-area church are still allowed on the road. "This appears to be yet another case where a company and driver failed to get the required safety inspections and did little to protect the passengers," he says.
Most of the passengers were from the Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Houston and were on their way to the Marian Days pilgrimage in Carthage, Mo., for an annual festival honoring the Virgin Mary.
Branson and Werbner know what they're talking about when it comes to investigating bus companies and bus crash litigation. Werbner represented one of the surviving victims of a 2002 bus crash near Terrell, Texas, that killed five and caused severe injuries to several others. That case, which also involved a church group that had hired a charter bus service, resulted in a $71 million verdict on behalf of Werbner' client. Branson is currently representing victims of another horrific bus crash that occurred near Dallas and involved elderly Houston nursing home residents evacuating from Hurricane Rita in 2005. In that case, 23 people were killed when the bus caught fire in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
August 7, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:42:00 pm Is Indymac just the tip of the iceberg?
August 7, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:25:01 pm Proposed fed policy changes target toxic torts
August 6, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:19:09 pm Texas: The next legal battleground for auction-rate mess?
It's probably just a matter of time before Texas courts play hose to litigation from the $330 billion auction-rate securities collapse of 2008, says Kenneth Johnston of
August 6, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:59:55 pm Letting no good intention go untaxed
August 5, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:19:52 pm East Texas Patent News: Nintendo ponys up $38 million to keep selling Wii and Game Cube
August 1, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:51:40 pm Studies: blogs influence traditional media; search engine optimization works
A study by eMarketer has some surprising findings regarding the way news reporters use blogs in the news-gathering process. According to this survey, nearly 40
On a related note, this law.com story offers a pretty basic primer on the importance of search engine optimization for law firm Web sites. The basic message: spending some time on your website and updating content(including blogs) can pay huge dividends. The piece raises an interesting rhetorical question: if search engine optimization works then why don't more people use it?
August 1, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:38:57 pm Munck Carter expands intellectual property practice
The current state of the economy is causing all kinds of expansion and contraction in the legal world. At Munck Carter, P.C., the firm sees an opportunity to boost its
All three have impeccable credentials. House concentrates her practice in the areas of trademark, copyright, franchising and licensing and counsels clients ranging from restaurants, retail establishments, engineering firms, software companies, wireless service providers and non-profit organizations. Pham focuses on intellectual property portfolio development and patent enforcement, representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Roe's practice centers around intellectual property portfolio development and intellectual property litigation. He represents clients in various high-tech industries, including polymer chemistry, medical imaging devices, computer hardware and software, and semiconductor devices.
Munck Carter, P.C. has carved out a practice devoted to trials, transactions and technology. With offices in Dallas and Marshall, Texas, the firm offers full-service counsel in the areas of complex commercial litigation, intellectual property management and protection, corporate transactions and securities, and employment matters. Munck Carter represents clients from start-ups to Fortune 500TM companies.
August 1, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:02:11 pm Congratulations Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel honorees
At McKool Smith, firm principals Doug Cawley, Ted Stevenson and Robert Manley of Dallas; Gordon White and Steve Pollinger of Austin; and Robert Cote of New York are included for their work in intellectual property litigation.
At Gardere, Dallas partners Kenneth R. Glaser, Andre M. Szuwalski and Peter S. Vogel were recognized for their intellectual property work, while Houston partner Jeffrey S. Davis was featured for his civil litigation defense work.
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