A little-known perk of being a Texas hospital is that if a broke accident victim visits you for emergency treatment, you get to lay claim to any money the victim wins through the courts later. It's officially called a "hospital lien," legal through a state statute that's been on the books since the ... More >>
Jim Moore was, for a time, the frontrunner in the race to succeed Tom Leppert as Dallas mayor, if only because he declared his candidacy long before anyone else. His star shone only briefly, however, as the criminal defense attorney pulled out of the race three months before the actual election and ... More >>
Not every day you get a press release about an law firm being sentenced in federal court. But such a missive just arrived in the Unfair Park in-box courtesy the U.S. Attorney's Office concerning yesterday's sentencing of Trey Allen, P.C., the Firm Formerly Known as The Law Office of John H. Allen, I ... More >>
The latest issue of BusinessWeek features on its cover a story headlined, "How Business Trounced The Trial Lawyers," which says, in short: It's hard out her for a pimp...pardon, personal-injury attorney. Especially in the state o' Texas, where, the mag says, well into the 1990s, "Lone Star State pla ... More >>
Will the Rangers strike out against Jennie Bueno?
Fred Baron is very powerful. And influential. And he does not like the Dallas Observer. Says here that attorney Fred Baron, co-founder of local law firm Baron & Budd, has been included on a list of the nation's 100 most influential attorneys as selected by The National Law Journal. The complete lis ... More >>
Last November, Texas Monthly's Mimi Swartz artfully deconstructed tort reform and its unimagined consequences in her November 2005 story "Hurt? Injured? Need a Laywer? Too Bad!" After Swartz's much-talked-about story appeared, the special interest group Texans for Lawsuit Reform published a 5,300-wo ... More >>
Letters from October 3, 2002
Lawyer Fred Baron says he's one of the good guys, fighting a war against evil asbestos manufacturers. But some former employees claim his firm is a factory that mass-produces lawsuits by implanting memories and inventing testimony.
You want Brian Loncar on your side, all right. Ask anyone who's made the mistake of crossing him.
'Tort reform' is a misleading euphemism--an excusefor insurance companies to gouge more