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Supreme Court rejects Ferguson's Domino theory

The SE Texas Record Nov. 14, 2016, 10:10pm

The lyrics to Van Morrison's 1970 hit sum up pretty well how Provost Umphrey attorney Paul Ferguson Jr. must be feeling, now that the High Court has affirmed the reversal of a $32 million settlement he won against a national pizza chain three years ago.

SCTOUS no help in effort to reinstate $32M verdict against Domino’s

David Yates Nov. 2, 2016, 1:56pm

Last March, the Texas Ninth Court of Appeals axed one of top 100 national jury verdicts of 2013, dismissing Domino’s Pizza from a Beaumont lawsuit brought by Raghurami Reddy.

Attorney Dan Linebaugh recognized by the American Association for Justice

Kathleen McGuire Gilbert Oct. 12, 2016, 10:25am

HOUSTON -- Personal injury attorney Dan Linebaugh, founder and leader of the Linebaugh Law Firm, recently received the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Diplomates of Trial Advocacy designation. This title recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to legal education by completing more than 400 hours of qualifying AAJ educational programs. 

Labor Pains

Mark Pulliam Oct. 5, 2016, 2:52pm

When thinking about the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, most observers recall the 2014 decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning, in which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Obama’s kangaroo-court “recess appointments”—made when the Senate was not actually in recess—were invalid.

New ruling triples Samsung's damages in smartphone camera case

Jenna Spinelle Sep. 2, 2016, 8:47am

SHERMAN – Electronics giant Samsung now faces triple the originally proposed damages for patent infringement on its mobile phone cameras, according to a ruling issued Aug. 24 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

Obama seeks second chance for illegal aliens in Texas immigration case

Michelle de Leon Jul. 28, 2016, 11:31am

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration wants to convince the Supreme Court to reconsider the decision in U.S. v. Texas, noting that nine justices must be present in the vote to finalize the ruling.

Future of Texas temporary work permits hinges on Supreme Court ruling

Carrie Salls Jun. 16, 2016, 11:30am

WASHINGTON – Cornell Law School professor Stephen Yale-Loehr believes the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a landmark case that will dictate whether President Barack Obama can bypass Congress to defer deportations and grant temporary work permits for millions of undocumented parents will be important for Texas, no matter which way the high court rules.

Texas AG joins suit to get unclaimed millions from MoneyGram

David Yates Jun. 9, 2016, 11:28am

WASHINGTON – On June 9 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the state has joined Arkansas’ Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in co-leading a 21 State coalition to file a lawsuit at the U.S.

SCOTUS to hear Katrina fraud case involving State Farm

Rick Fahr Jun. 6, 2016, 10:39am

WASHINGTON – In their term that begins in October, U.S. Supreme Court justices will consider a case involving alleged fraud against the federal government in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Texas, W.Va. AGs ask EPA to halt spending on Clean Power Plan

Chris Dickerson May 25, 2016, 9:27am

AUSTIN — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency to stop spending federal tax dollars to comply with the halted Power Plan.

Twenty-two states file briefs in support of Texas immigration lawsuit

Alan Goforth Apr. 11, 2016, 4:07pm

AUSTIN – Twenty-two states have filed amicus briefs with the U.S.

Abbott, other governors file amicus brief in amnesty fight

David Yates Apr. 4, 2016, 2:08pm

AUSTIN – On April 4 Gov. Greg Abbott led a coalition of six governors in filing an Amici Curae - or friend of the court brief - to the U.S.

SCOTUS upholds judgment won by PU, class awarded $5.8M for unpaid plant work

David Yates Mar. 28, 2016, 9:50am

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling awarding $5.8 million against Tyson Foods Inc. in favor of more than 3,000 workers from an Iowa meat-processing plant who were not paid for the time they spent putting on and removing required protective clothing and traveling to their work areas.

Texas intervention granted in federal Red River Land grab case

David Yates Mar. 15, 2016, 1:01pm

AUSTIN – On March 14 Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a federal court granted Texas’ intervention in a case against the Bureau of Land Management, which seeks to establish recognition of Texas boundary by challenging federal encroachment on Lone Star land near the Red River.

SCOTUS denies Apple’s request to review E-books price-fixing case

David Yates Mar. 7, 2016, 3:17pm

AUSTIN— On March 7 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the U.S. Supreme Court denied Apple’s request to review a lower court decision, clearing the way for the distribution of $400 million to U.S. consumers who paid artificially-inflated prices for e-books.

Texas Lt. Gov. asks AG to advise on prayer in the courtroom

David Yates Feb. 23, 2016, 3:25pm

AUSTIN – Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has requested an advisory opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton on the constitutionality of a volunteer justice court chaplaincy program and prayer given as part of the opening ceremonies.

Tsunami of patent suits floods East Texas, 196 cases filed in a single day

David Yates Dec. 3, 2015, 1:35pm

Nearly 200 patent infringement lawsuits were filed in the federal district for East Texas in a single day – increasing the odds the venue will remain a patent troll favorite for the second year in a row.

Texas, W.Va. attorneys general underscore legal limits of Obama administration on climate accord

David Yates Nov. 24, 2015, 11:43am

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey have called on U.S.

Obama administration takes immigration fight to Supreme Court

David Yates Nov. 23, 2015, 1:53pm

The Obama Administration petitioned the U.S.

Texas sues U.S. over ‘unconstitutional Obamacare Tax’

David Yates Oct. 22, 2015, 1:33pm

On Oct. 22 Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas has filed suit against the federal government over a regulation forcing states to effectively pay an unconstitutional to fund the Affordable Care Act. According to a press release, the law coercively threatens to choke off Medicaid funds for the health needs of millions of Texas citizens, including over 350,000 children, unless Texas taxpayers pay hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for Obamacare. “This threat to cut Medicaid fund