I wrote previously about the Apache Corp. v. Davis, No. 19-0410 (Tex. 2021), decision¬†here. I mentioned then that Justice Hecht’s largest campaign donor was the law firm, Vinson & Elkins. Vinson & Elkins represented Apache Corporation during its appeal. This controversy started in October, 2020, when the Supreme Court denied Apache’s request

The law must reflect the everyday reality of all Americans.  If the law is not grounded in reality, it is no longer "the law."  It becomes something oppressive.  Judge Tate, a long-time judge on the Fifth Circuit, used to say that an appellate decision should make sense to a barber in Ville Platte, Louisiana.  He

Federal trials have become as rare as hen’s teeth.  In the appeal of a jury verdict in Phillips v. Leggett & Platt, Inc., we see part of the reason why.  A Mississippi jury found that the defendant had discriminated against Jean Phillips on the basis of her age.  Ms. Philips was 66 years old when Leggett