More Bad News for the Environment

On December 28, 2018, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Trump Administration has pulled the plug on Obama-era regulations that would have required coal-fired power plants to retrofit their facilities with air-pollution scrubbers designed to reduce the emission of sulfur dioxide. This “rollback” will affect 9 power plants in Texas. Sulfur dioxide, which is colorless […]

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A Dangerous Call to Inaction

On December 27, 2018, The Eagle ran an op-ed piece by a retired oil and gas lawyer named Cullen Godfrey which basically said that global warming is a hoax, climate science and climate scientists are wrong, and that we should all just stay calm. Godfrey goes so far as to say there is a “global […]

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Implicit Bias

A recent article in the Texas Bar Journal, the official publication of the State Bar of Texas, raised the issue of implicit bias. The article relies upon a definition of implicit bias used by the United States Supreme Court: “Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in […]

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The Assault on the Environment

In the space of less than 2 years, the Trump Administration has mounted an unprecedented assault on the environment. Trump’s actions cannot be seen in any other way.   Here are at least a few of his notable actions:   1 – Weakening of regulations on planet warming emissions from cars, power plants and oil […]

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Don’t Forget Habitat for Humanity at Christmas

We at Davis & Davis Lawyers support the mission of Habitat for Humanity. We are matching donations up to $10,000 during Habitat’s year-end fund drive. Two recent articles caught my eye. The first is in Time magazine of December 17, 2018. The article reports that owners of mobile-home parks nationwide are raising rents to levels […]

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Be Careful What You Wish For

As you may have heard by now, a federal judge in Texas recently held the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be unconstitutional in its entirety. The political machinations by Trump and Republicans that it took to get to this point were highly unusual to say the least. Nevertheless, the 20 Republican state attorneys general, including […]

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The Dangers of Day Care

On December 6, 2018, the Austin American Statesman ran a lengthy story by Andrea Ball and Tony Plohetski about the dangers of child day care centers.   The story followed a year long investigation. The story was immediately picked up by The Eagle and many other news outlets.    The investigation revealed the dangerous conditions existing […]

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A Whistle in the Wind

A Whistle in the Wind I recently read a magazine article about a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 27 years in prison. The author, Max Adler, a respected journalist, reviewed all of the pertinent legal documents in an attempt to learn what had gone awry in the legal system that led […]

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Racial Bias in Arbitration?

Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images The concept that racial bias can affect juries is not new. In 1986, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Batson v Kentucky that the systematic exclusion of African-Americans from juries based upon race was unlawful. That concept is now being used by a celebrity litigant in […]

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There is No Plan B

Now that the election is over, it seems clear that each party had its own distinct message. Republicans, following Trump’s lead, went all-in on immigration, the wall, migrant caravans, crimes committed by illegals, fearsome Central American gangs, birth-right citizenship, appointment of conservative judges, and a sprinkling of self praise for tax cuts and deregulation. Democrats […]

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Now What?

The election is over. What did we learn? The turnout was excellent when compared to recent elections, but the election exposed mechanical flaws, breakdowns, unpreparedness and likely voter suppression. In some places voters on Tuesday had to wait 3-4 hours. Would you vote if you had to wait 3 hours and had a job or […]

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Teen Driving Deaths

We are fortunate and proud to be the home of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, which is the premier transportation research institute in the world. On 11/07/18, the Houston Chronicle published an article by Lisa Minjares-Kyle of Texas A&M Transportation Institute regarding teen crash deaths. According to the article, car crashes remain the number 1 […]

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Voting

amberzen https://pixabay.com/en/users/amberzen-1239031/ It is election time, for better or for worse. I half expect a public announcement any minute that Russians, Chinese or someone else has “hacked” the election. Where once that idea would have been laughable, it certainly isn’t anymore. One can only hope that our intelligence agencies, cybersecurity experts and election officials are […]

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Rivers Aren’t Sewers

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the Houston Chronicle ran a front page story, “EPA Eyeing Water Well Rules,” which said the Trump Administration may change federal clean water regulations to allow oil and gas companies to discharge their wastewater directly into rivers and streams. I was so astonished that I had to read it twice. […]

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The Price of Power

Photo is property of en.wikipedia.org I have long wondered why politicians cling so tenaciously to their offices. Is it the money? Is it ego? Is it the perks and benefits they receive from the government and the innumerable lobbyists that court them? Is it the power, prestige and fame? Is it the sense of privilege […]

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Some Good News about Safety

It doesn’t happen often, but once in a great while politicians do the right thing for the right reason. I have a very dear friend who lost her only child, a beautiful daughter, and her son-in-law, a gifted medical researcher and fine man, in the balloon crash that occurred near Maxwell in Caldwell County, Texas […]

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What to Do About Football Concussions?

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the Houston Chronicle ran a frontpage story about a Santa Fe, Texas husband and wife who have sued the school district, coaches and others in federal court for a severe closed head injury sustained by their son while playing football. The most unusual thing about this case is that it […]

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Whom to Believe?

Like many of you, my wife and I watched the testimony of Dr. Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Then we listened to the politicians and commentators dissect the testimony on television and read about it in newspapers and periodicals. Finally, as is usual for husbands and wives, we talked about it all. Because I once […]

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