Randy Johnston, who is often retained as an expert witness in a variety of cases, was quoted recently by The Texas Lawbook on a case where one attorney actually slapped the hand of opposing counsel during a contentious deposition. The question was whether this was a breach of professionalism or whether it was justified. When asked […]
Texas litigators sometimes find themselves running head-long into the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Responsibility on their journey through the court system. In an effort to inform his fellow legal practitioners on how to avoid ethical rules violations “when the ice is getting thin,” Dallas trial lawyer Randy Johnston took on the task of writing […]
By Robert Tobey On July 3, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court set forth new standards for proof of spoliation of evidence in Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. v. Aldridge, 2014 Tex. LEXIS 562. This decision is important for every company that has a document retention policy. On September 2, 2004, Aldridge slipped and fell near a display […]
The 2013 Texas legislature adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, effective September 1, 2013. Nearly every state and the District of Columbia has passed this statute. Texas now joins these states in implementing nationwide standards concerning what trade secrets are and how they can be protected.
Contracts typically include what’s called a merger clause. The clause says that all the parties’ agreements are included in the contract. But a foul odor put this principle to the test before the Texas Supreme Court.