The ABA Journal reports, “Seemingly on the verge of retaining counsel to follow the lead of another Texas county and file suit against a national electronic mortgage recording entity, officials in Harris County, which includes Houston, instead decided to look to the state attorney general to take a potential leading role.”
“The federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has refused to allow BP PLC to immediately appeal his ruling allowing a large number of plaintiffs to seek punitive damages,” reports The National Law Journal, a Texas Lawyer affiliate.
The Blog of LegalTimes, a Texas Lawyer affiliate, reports that Roger Clemens’ defense lawyers, including Houston’s Rusty Hardin, told a judge yesterday that the “government should be forced to pay fees and costs associated with the botched obstruction and perjury trial” of the former baseball pitcher. The story says, “William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, declined to comment on Clemens’ request for compensation.”
Grits for Breakfast reports that the latest newsletter from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice indicates the agency is undergoing Sunset Review and invites people to submit feedback as part of the review process. The TDCJ newsletter says, “You can take part in this opportunity for improvement by letting us know what should be done to improve Texas' criminal justice agencies.”
The National Law Journal reports that big-firm lawyers “who for decades worked 60- and 70-hour weeks, but who retired with fundamental needs unfulfilled” are retiring and then joining nonprofits “with challenging cases and a desperate need for quality legal help.” The story says advocates of legal profession public service are “planting seeds among senior firm lawyers that pro bono work has numerous rewards -- and that they can continue on that path after they retire by starting new careers with nonprofits.”
-- Angela Morris