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Texas Supreme Court Opinions and Orders (6/14, pt. 2)

No. 11-0810, LAN/STV, J.V. v. Martin K. Eby Construction Co. - In a unanimous opinion by Chief Justice Hecht, the Court held that the economic loss rule does not allow a general contractor to recover increased costs of...more

What I Learned as a Boy Scout

My son recently joined the Cub Scouts. It brings back memories of my time as a Scout 25 years ago. Some of my best memories (and stories) are from when I was a Scout. Scouts then, as it still is now, wasn’t a...more

What Litigators Can Learn From Some of the Coolest Graphics in Construction

The ability to make powerful, high-quality trial graphics was extremely limited by the software available in the early 1990s. I was reminded of how far we’ve come in the area of visualization and modeling when I recently had...more

How to Effectively Use Surveillance Video in Tort Cases

One of the things that has changed the most since I started practicing law two decades ago is the prevalence of surveillance video in tort cases. Given its influence on litigation, it’s important for both plaintiffs and...more

One of the Most Important Steps In Any Construction or Injury Case

During my years of litigation, and equally so now in the field of litigation graphics, I became convinced of the importance of inspecting whatever items and locations that a case revolves around in order to visualize and then...more

Graphics to Help You Better Build Your Construction Case

In construction litigation, almost every description—from Aggregate, Beater Bars and Canusa wraps, to Wonderboard, Yokes and Z-bars—involves specialized language of the trade that must be made understandable. Visual aids...more

Preparing Witnesses In Construction Cases

Originally published in The Dispute Resolver, September 2012 Not so long ago, persuading construction industry executives and managers that they needed extensive preparation before testifying in a legal proceeding was...more

OPERATING EXPENSE CLAUSES IN COMMERCIAL LEASES: The Capital Expenses Exclusion

Our last note highlighted the importance of effectively negotiating exclusions to Operating Expenses and offered examples of some exclusions that, if not properly negotiated, can significantly impact the tenant’s bottom line....more

Fire Engineers, Models and Hired Guns

In Australia engineers can be found accountable in common law, under statute in certain contexts and in some jurisdictions they can be found liable for professional misconduct. This paper will focus upon the emerging...more

Termination of Contracts: A Balancing Act or the Tightrope over the Morgul Vale?

There is termination done correctly, and on the other hand there is incorrect or wrongful termination. The later form of termination is commonly known as “repudiation” of contract....more

Solving complex legal disputes for a broad range of publicly & privately held entities. Jeffrey H. Gladstone, Litigation Attorney [Video]

Jeffrey H. Gladstone Litigation Attorney Solving complex legal disputes for a broad range of publicly & privately held entities. Mr. Gladstone has a breadth of experience in civil litigation matters with an emphasis on...more

How to Find the Best Court Reporting Services in Houston

When looking for court reporting services in Houston, Texas, an attorney has a wide range of options to consider. Do they want to hire a freelance court reporter, or will a larger litigation support firm provide the best...more

The Effective Use of Internet Deposition Streaming Services

When an attorney’s caseload is packed, and they have multiple depositions in different locations on the same day, this technology literally allows a busy attorney to be in two places at the same time....more

Questions To Ask When Selecting a Court Reporting Firm

The role of a court reporter is critical to the success of an attorney's case, both in terms of the accuracy of the transcript and the services they provide. Choose the wrong court reporting firm and you could end up with...more

Increased Demand for Realtime Court Reporting Services

Attorneys are quickly learning that realtime court reporting services can provide them with the ability to represent their clients with the highest level of accuracy and efficiency possible. When combined with any of the...more

Advantages of Using an Online Case Repository

It doesn't matter whether you are an attorney, a paralegal or legal secretary...the storage of important legal documents and the ability to access those documents in realtime is critical to your ability to efficiently serve...more

Building surveying fees and the race to the bottom

For those who are antagonistic about the imposition of a minimum level of fee regulation I say this - when Building Surveyors are afforded time and resources to do the job properly, the as-built product will be superior. ...more

Why Construction Attorneys Should Outsource Litigation Support

Construction law is notoriously complicated, drawn out, and technical. Attorneys involved with construction proceedings in Texas are going to have a lot on their plates just trying to manage the cases; trying to organize...more

Top Keys to Success for New Court Reporters in Texas

When starting out as a court reporter in Texas, what will set you apart from the rest and make you successful? There are several ways to earn recognition in court reporting, some of which require extra effort. The best...more

What Makes a Good Expert Witness in Court Reporting?

A court reporting service will see many types of witnesses in the course of their work, but one specific type is very unique. The expert witness stands apart as the only person allowed to give their opinions on a case...more

Court Reporting Services Help Attorneys Make the Most of Legal Video

Today's court reporting services typically include more than just a stenographer. Lawyers want to document every aspect of the record, so they frequently request a legal videographer to capture witness testimony. However,...more

Can Digital Recording Really Replace Court Reporting?

Aside from being marginally cheaper in the long run, automated systems have no advantages over court reporting services. Stenographers are easily more accurate and efficient than any recording capabilities that exist today....more

Court Reporting and Corporate Contracts

Many corporations have contractual provisions that restrict the company to one particular court reporting service provider. As it stands now, corporations are setting the bar for court reporting costs and standards of service...more

Video Conferencing for Depositions: Save Time and Money

Court reporting firms are now providing state-of-the-art video conferencing solutions. This is the new preferred method for conducting depositions over long distances. With video conferencing, you get all of the quality of a...more

Green Court Reporting: Better for the Clients...and the Earth

Court reporting services used to rely on paper files for their case records and for their copies of transcripts. Now, thanks to computer technology, neither of these is necessary....more

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