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Law Firm Sues Over Anonymous Online Reviews

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A small Houston construction law firm has filed a defamation lawsuit against John and Jane Doe, alleging the unknown defendants posted "false and defamatory statements" about the firm on various online websites. The Cromeens Law Firm, based in Houston, seeks up to $100,000 in damages from the defendants in The Cromeens Law Firm v. John Doe. The firm alleges the damages are in the form of loss of business reputation, loss of business opportunities and financial damage. "We are trying to do something about getting irresponsible posts removed," said Rhonda Allen, a senior associate with the firm. "We just want to determine...

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Happy Anniversary!

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Q: Michael, How would you describe yourself in law school? A: I didn’t discuss my grades, and I didn’t do study groups, so most people were shocked to see me on the Chancellor’s List our third year of law school. (The Chancellors are the top 16 students in a class of 500). I would have a lot of fun during the first two months of each semester, and then holed up in my apartment and studied nonstop. I only took breaks to sleep, eat, and go running. Q: What was the class you hated the most in law school? A: Constitutional law wasn’t...

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HIGH STAKES GRAMMAR PEDANTRY, OR …

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The Case of the $10M Comma In the legal field, attention to detail has ALWAYS played a role. On occasion, there has certainly been room for interpretation – we’ve all heard the argument between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. But the details of one particular case, worth an estimated $10,000,000, is all coming down to a comma; which takes the old adage “the devil’s in the details” to a whole new level. A nice article detailing all the ins and outs of this 2014 classaction suit that recently went to the United States Court of Appeals...

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Should the SCOTUS #UnplugSexOffenders?

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For those who haven’t been following the Packingham v. North Carolina case, it may be time to set down the legal pad, get out your selfie stick, and maybe even go crazy using some hashtags. The basic argument of this case being presented to the Supreme Court is looking at whether sex offenders should be allowed to retain their right to use social media under the constitution’s first amendment. And whether you’re a Baby Boomer, a Gen X’er, or a Millennial, the lines that are being debated in this case are definitely a bit blurry. Which makes us wonder what...

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Khan Academy Offering Online LSAT Prep Course for FREE

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Remember your college days when money was tight and you barely had two pennies to rub together? Paying $1,000 or more for an LSAT prep course was a lot of money. The same is true today for future law school students which is why legal organizations, such as the Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio (MABA), have begun to offer an LSAT prep course scholarship. But in 2018 there will be another option for college students when it comes to LSAT prep courses. The nonprofit online platform Khan Academy has recently announced they will be offering an LSAT prep course...

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Search that parallels PACER

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The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), which was designed to facilitate and improve electronic public access to court information on a Federal level, is sparking similar innovations in Texas with the recently unveiled re:Search TX platform. While it is not yet available to the public or many attorneys in Texas, the database will allow access to civil case records in all 254 Texas counties for attorneys of record on that specific case. Access is currently limited to clerks, state and county judges, as well as a handful of attorneys. Of course, in this day and age, the scrutiny over...

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“Kaboom” Went The Laptop!

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Lithium batteries have gotten a bad rap over the last several years with modern day technology such as hover boards and cellphones catching on fire due to overheated batteries. Unfortunately, that reputation doesn’t seem to be improving based on a recent account of the battery fires now extending to laptops. Although Dell found the battery involved in the recent laptop fire to not be an authentic Dell battery based on their own thorough investigation, the chilling video of the laptop catching fire captured by a home surveillance camera, does continue to raise eyebrows on the issue. Many wonder, and are exploring,...

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PSA on Distracted Driving PSA

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Cell phones are amazing devices that keep us connected to just about anyone and anything. But when people try to do more than just drive while behind the wheel, a simple call or text can result in devastating consequences. According to the NSC, “There is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving – even hands free. Distracted driving takes many forms, but cell phone use is at the top. Research shows the brain remains distracted for 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a...

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Truth in Adverstising

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As attorneys, we, of all people, know that anything you say can be put under a microscope and scrutinized to any number of standards. It can also land you in some extremely hot water if what you say does not pass the litmus test of truth. Just like there are rules in place to keep a soda company from claiming to cure cancer, a similar set of rules are in place for lawyers and law firms who practice in the state of Texas, under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. Founding Attorney, Michael Cowen, served on the committee involved with...

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CASE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

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Is one of your new year’s resolutions to consider a case management software program for your law firm? Transitioning from paper files to a case management program can be a big undertaking. For some firms, sticking to paper files makes the most sense. And for others, making the leap is one of the best decisions they’ll ever make. Here are a few things to think about when trying to decide if a case management software program is a good idea for your firm. 1.Emails Take a moment and think about how you save emails regarding a case. What happens if an...

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