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Implementing Obergefell: Who Decides the Scope of a Newly Minted Right?

Mark Pulliam Feb. 7, 2017, 1:20pm

The Supreme Court’s fractured decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) required states to recognize same-sex marriage. Obergefell came less than 30 years after Bowers v. Hardwick,[1] in which the court refused to recognize a right to engage in homosexual sodomy. In changing its mind, the Court effectively amended the U.S. Constitution with its Delphic utterances.

Despite progress, East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse's founder cites work ahead to combat lawsuit abuse

Carrie Salls Feb. 7, 2017, 8:41am

LONGVIEW – Despite progress made in turning around a reputation that has pegged Texas as a popular venue for medical malpractice lawsuits and “not a business friendly environment,” Ruben Martin, founder of East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse, said in a newsletter entry commemorating ETALA’s 25th anniversary that “junk lawsuits continue to cost us dearly.” 

Judge refuses to unseal Russell Budd deposition, testimony linked to Baron & Budd asbestos memo

David Yates Jan. 31, 2017, 6:21pm

AUSTIN – A documentary filmmaker seeking to obtain the deposition of one of Texas’ most well-known plaintiff’s attorneys was shut down by a district judge Tuesday, as the court refused to unseal testimony linked to an asbestos memo that has been the subject of much controversy for the past two decades.

Former judge Dupuy prohibited from practicing law in Texas

David Yates Jan. 20, 2017, 9:49am

GALVESTON – In Lieu of disciplinary action, the Texas Supreme Court has accepted a motion for resignation from a former Galveston County judge who has been mired in legal troubles the past several years.

Paxton weighs in on lawsuit aiming to overturn state bar diversity laws

Glenn Minnis Jan. 6, 2017, 9:00am

&&& AUSTIN – A federal court suit challenging the legality of the state of Texas’ attempts to diversify its State Bar governing board now has the official support of local Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Director of research: Big business money for state Supreme Court elections leaves Texas - for now

Deb Rogers Dec. 27, 2016, 5:33pm

AUSTIN – With Republicans holding all nine seats on the Texas Supreme Court, there probably will not be a lot of big business spending in that election in the near future, according to the director of research for legal progress at the Center for American Progress.

Texas SC declined rehearing motion for multimillion dollar patent suit

Kerry Goff Dec. 19, 2016, 12:47pm

After Axcess International, Inc. filed an October 2016 motion for a rehearing, the Texas Supreme Court finally declined to hear the $41 million Baker Botts, LLP malpractice case on November 18. The motion filed by Axcess argued that they were prematurely dismissed from a lower appellate court for excessively strict evidentiary standards.

U.S. Chamber asks Texas SC to ‘curb discovery gamesmanship’ in hail cases

David Yates Nov. 16, 2016, 1:31pm

AUSTIN – For the past year, an appeal brought by State Farm Lloyds has been before the Texas Supreme Court, in which the insurer’s allies contend trial lawyers are abusing discovery to force settlements in storm lawsuits.

BP takes oil and gas lease arguments to Texas Supreme Court

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 7, 2016, 3:57pm

AUSTIN — In oral arguments set for this week before the Texas Supreme Court, BP will make another attempt to hold onto an oil and gas lease for a well it shut in more than four years ago.

Ninth Court: Judge ordered discovery of irrelevant information in Mostyn Hurricane Rita suit

David Yates Nov. 3, 2016, 12:25pm

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals has found a lower court abused its discretion by ordering “overbroad” discovery in a Hurricane Rita lawsuit brought against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

Discovery order too broad in Mostyn Law hail cases, Texas SC finds

David Yates Oct. 31, 2016, 3:26pm

AUSTIN – National Lloyds will no longer have to fork over its internal management reports to The Mostyn Law Firm, with the Texas Supreme Court recently finding the information being sought by dozens of hail suit plaintiffs was “overbroad.” In the spring of 2012, two hailstorms rocked Hidalgo County, giving rise to thousands of lawsuits against insurance companies.

Texas, national bag law advocates fight attorney general's suit

Joe Dyton Oct. 27, 2016, 3:49pm

AUSTIN -- Attorney General Ken Paxton has caught resistance from numerous entities in response to his lawsuit against Texas’ first local law against bag pollution in Brownsville.

Three state Supreme Court incumbents top TLRPAC's all-Republican endorsements

Karen Kidd Oct. 21, 2016, 12:50pm

Three incumbent Republicans running for re-election for their positions on the Texas Supreme Court have received endorsements from the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC in next month's general election.

Plaintiff In malpractice suit against Baker Botts files for rehearing

Dawn Geske Oct. 18, 2016, 11:58am

A wireless and business technology company has filed for a rehearing in a $41 million malpractice suit against the law firm that represented them in a patent case.

Ninth Court to examine State Farm appeal of Mostyn Law’s $260K verdict win

David Yates Oct. 17, 2016, 1:21pm

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals is set to review a State Farm Lloyds appeal, which seeks to wipe a $260k jury verdict on the grounds that the opinions of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses were “unreliable and inadmissible.” The appeal stems from a week long trial against State Farm that took place in May 2015.

Texas Supreme Court returns claim investigation jurisdiction dispute to county court

Carrie Salls Oct. 6, 2016, 1:45pm

AUSTIN – The Supreme Court of Texas has denied an appeal filed by the city of Dallas in connection with the city of Corsicana, Navarro County and Navarro College’s (collectively, Navarro) request to investigate a potential tortious interference claim against Dallas, which is likely to exceed the $200,000 claim threshold that limits the County Court at Law of Navarro County’s jurisdiction.  

Don't Thread on Me

Mark Pulliam Sep. 28, 2016, 11:05am

The Texas Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, striking down a state law requiring at least 750 hours of training in order to perform commercial “eyebrow threading”—a form of hair removal mainly performed in South Asian and Middle Eastern communities—has generated substantial notoriety for the court and for the Institute for Justice, which brought the lawsuit challenging the law.

Oral arguments set in National Lloyds fee discovery case before Texas Supreme Court

Karen Kidd Sep. 12, 2016, 3:41pm

HOUSTON (SE Texas Record) – Oral arguments are scheduled for November before the Texas Supreme Court to review a lower court's ruling to compel discovery into attorney fees in multi-district litigation in a hail storm property damage coverage dispute.

Lawsuit blames Texas' at-large districts for lack of Latino judges

Dawn Geske Aug. 7, 2016, 11:57pm

AUSTIN – A lawsuit has been filed against the state's governor and secretary of state regarding the alleged denial of equal opportunity for Latino voters in electing judges of their race.

Texas Supreme Court sides with state in tax-refund case

Emily Crowe Jun. 23, 2016, 5:17pm

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously against oil and gas company Southwest Royalties, Inc., in a tax-refund case that will ultimately save the state and its taxpayers more than $4 billion.