Top News

Paxton: North Texas Water District members likely can't remove directors before term expires

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently issued an opinion on whether an appointing member city’s governing body may remove a director it has appointed to the North Texas Municipal Water District without cause during that director’s term. 

Appeal gives four-year phone system patent infringement battle new life

TYLER – Despite a final judgment entered Sept. 30 in a lawsuit originally filed in April 2012 that pitted NobelBiz, Inc. against defendants Global Connect, LLC and TCN, Inc. in a patent infringement battle, the defendants have appealed numerous orders filed in the four-year life of the case, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reactivated appeals Oct. 31.  

AG asks Supreme Court to reinstate Voter ID law, congressmen lend support

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said amicus briefs were filed in the U.S. Supreme Court by a coalition of 10 states and 32 members of Congress in support of Texas’ voter ID law.  

Executive order affects government contractors; preliminary injunction issued

BEAUMONT – Associated Builders and Contractors of Southeast Texas, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. and National Association of Security Companies won a preliminary injunction against portions of a presidential executive order that requires federal contracting officers to determine whether labor and employment law violations should keep contractors from winning government contracts.  

Texas Supreme Court returns claim investigation jurisdiction dispute to county court

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.  

Toll road placement draws ire of Grimes County landowners; lawmakers concerned with debt

ANDERSON – Frustration over the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) plans to potentially build a toll road through the rural Grimes County could lead to lawsuits being filed by fed-up property owners, although none have been filed to date.

Battle between Rent-A-Center and customers headed to arbitration

BEAUMONT – A lawsuit filed against Rent-A-Center Texas LP (RAC) in connection with a dispute between an RAC employee and husband and wife customers will go to arbitration after the Court of Appeals for the 9th District of Texas at Beaumont overturned an order denying the company’s motion to compel arbitration.

Cowboys' Bryant files counterclaim against former lawyer, landlord

DALLAS – Dallas Cowboys receiver Desmond D. “Dez” Bryant has filed a counterclaim against State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) as part of a lawsuit filed by Royce amid allegations Bryant damaged the senator’s rental property.  

District judge takes Houston law school name change preliminary injunction under advisement

HOUSTON – U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison has taken under advisement the University of Houston’ motion for a preliminary injunction against the former South Texas College of Law’s changing its name to the Houston College of Law following an Aug. 26 hearing on the injunction request.  

Court rejects Similasan labeling settlement after attorneys general point out unfairness

AUSTIN – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has rejected a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against Similasan Corp. that alleges false and deceptive labeling of Similasan’s homeopathic products.

Competing attorneys trade claims of unethical conduct in barratry statute battle

HOUSTON – Two Texas brothers, the subject of a lawsuit alleging violations of the state’s criminal barratry statute, claim the plaintiffs have ties to a competitor who directed them to make phone calls in an effort to secretly record alleged violations.

Texas voter ID changes address minorities' access issues

AUSTIN – A federal district court entered an order to ease Texas’s strict photo identification law and allow voters without ID to cast a regular ballot this November.

Commodity prices, judges' protocol draw major bankruptcy cases to Texas district

HOUSTON – The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas has seen a boom in major Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings this year, particularly from companies in the energy sector.

DuPont refutes claims of reporting violations at Louisiana acid plant

NEW ORLEANS – E I DuPont de NeMours & Co recently asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to dismiss a False Claims Act-based lawsuit filed against the company by Jeffrey M. Simoneaux.

University of Houston seeks injunction in law school name change dispute

HOUSTON–The University of Houston has requested an interim injunction in the latest step of its legal battle to keep the former South Texas College of Law from changing its name to the Houston College of Law.

Apple, Mirror Worlds agree to $25 million patent infringement settlement

TYLER – Network-1 Technologies Inc., wholly owned subsidiary Mirror Worlds Technologies, has agreed to a $25 million settlement of a patent lawsuit filed against Apple Inc., which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Dodd-Frank replacement, Heritage Foundation ideas on tap for discussion

WASHINGTON – House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) will discuss the Republican plan to replace the Dodd-Frank Act at a Heritage Foundation event on Thursday that will also include a discussion led by the authors of foundation publication “The Case Against Dodd-Frank.”

Future of Texas temporary work permits hinges on Supreme Court ruling

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.

Firm seeks dismissal of $3.16 million legal malpractice claim

DALLAS – Law firm Burt Barr and Associates LLP is asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to reject a second attempt from a client to collect $3.16 million awarded in connection with a sexual harassment lawsuit.

ExxonMobil calls on appeals court to uphold insurance coverage ruling

NEW ORLEANS – ExxonMobil Corp. recently asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to uphold a district court order that awarded $3.67 million to the company in an injury claim insurance coverage lawsuit filed against Electrical Reliability Services Inc. (ERS) and Old Republic Insurance Co.