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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.

Texas Supreme Court: Optometrist group not entitled to civil penalties

Mike Helenthal Jun. 6, 2016, 12:32pm

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that a group of optometrists suing Wal-Mart over workday requirements were not entitled to civil penalties.