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Official: Texas’ 'fair' legal and regulatory climate attracts businesses

By Jamie Kelly | Jun 14, 2016

AUSTIN—An expansion by W. W. Grainger Inc. in San Antonio that will bring approximately 200 jobs to the city is the latest example of businesses across a wide range of industries that are moving to or expanding in Texas, a trend that’s partly due to the state’s favorable legal, regulatory and tax climates, according to the state’s economic development chief.

Houston drivers have options if cars are towed and held 'for ransom'

By Jamie Kelly | Jun 6, 2016

HOUSTON—It’s a lesson that many drivers in Houston have learned the hard way—some tow truck drivers will tow a car and then charge owners thousands of dollars to get it back, essentially holding the vehicle for ransom.

5 years later, future of Texas voter ID law still in the hands of the courts

By Jamie Kelly | Jun 1, 2016

If the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t issue a ruling by July 20 on Texas’ voter ID law, the plaintiffs in the case will likely ask the U.S. Supreme Court to bar enforcement of the law during the November elections.

Texas, 9 other states, join lawsuit against Department of Labor

By Jamie Kelly | May 27, 2016

LUBBOCK—A federal judge has allowed a coalition of 10 states, including Texas, to join a lawsuit filed by five business-rights organizations against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) opposing the DOL’s new interpretation of a law that would require businesses to disclose contacts with attorneys regarding union organization.

Paxton clarifies question on tax on oil production

By Jamie Kelly | May 24, 2016

The Attorney General of Texas has issued an opinion clarifying that the state no longer taxes crude oil petroleum produced in Texas.

O’Quinn firm asks court to enforce arbitration clause

By Jamie Kelly | May 24, 2016

HOUSTON—A Texas law firm wants a Federal judge to order a man suing the firm for malpractice to be compelled to enter arbitration and have the suit either dismissed or stayed.

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