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Former Texas Supreme Court justice joins Greenberg Traurig

Olivia Olsen Mar. 27, 2017, 9:17am

AUSTIN – Dale Wainwright, an attorney and judge who formerly served as a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, has switched gears in his career.

Implementing Obergefell: An Addendum

Mark Pulliam Mar. 24, 2017, 8:49am

In a prior post, I discussed the Pidgeon v. Turner case, now pending before the Texas Supreme Court, involving a taxpayer challenge to same-sex spousal benefits.  Oral argument was held on March 1. The taxpayers challenging the city of Houston’s policy of granting same-sex spousal benefits to city employees were represented at oral argument by Jonathan Mitchell, a former Scalia clerk, former Texas solicitor general, and now a visiting professor at Stanford law school. The city of Houston was represented by Douglas Alexander, a leading appellate practitioner in an Austin law firm whose partners include former Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. The oral argument was superb, and both counsel fielded numerous questions from the fully-engaged justices.

Texas SC allows Beaumont church a crack at attorney in $1M stolen funds suit

David Yates Mar. 20, 2017, 1:33pm

BEAUMONT – The Texas Supreme Court has ruled a local church has a claim against a defendant who was previously awarded summary judgment in litigation brought over the theft of funds from a $1 million Hurricane Rita settlement.

Texas Supreme Court’s spousal benefit reversal raises eyebrows

David Hutton Feb. 28, 2017, 3:12pm

&&& AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court in January ruled that it will decide whether the husbands and wives of gay city employees in Houston deserve spousal benefits, a rare reversal reportedly driven by pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott and dozens of other top Republicans.

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.