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Tax appraisal districts cannot move boundary lines between school districts, Paxton opines

Karen Kidd Nov. 17, 2017, 9:03am

AUSTIN – A tax appraisal district cannot unilaterally move a boundary line between two contiguous Texas school districts, such as a state lawmaker alleges happened in Montgomery County in 2016, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a recently issued opinion.

Texas investors appeal recently dismissed $7.2 billion Stanford Ponzi case against Proskauer law firm

Karen Kidd Nov. 10, 2017, 9:12am

NEW ORLEANS – Texas investors who for years have accused Proskauer Rose LLP of nurturing the $7.2 billion Robert Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme, appealed their case five days after it was dismissed by a federal judge who said the firm was entitled to attorney immunity.

Appeals court denies Enterprise Products' request for dismissal in dispute with DCP Partners

Karen Kidd Nov. 6, 2017, 9:14am

BEAUMONT – A Texas appeals court has declined a petition in a dispute between entities in an oil pipeline company over whether to build a pipeline interconnection between two existing pipelines in the state, according to a recent court order.

Doing business and paying taxes in Texas does not create Texas jurisdiction over out-of-state companies, appeals court says

Karen Kidd Oct. 23, 2017, 9:57am

HOUSTON – A non-Texas company may seek out and do business with Texas companies and pay Texas taxes but that isn't enough for that company to fall under the jurisdiction of Texas courts, according to a recent opinion from a state appeals court.

Paxton joins 20-state coalition of attorneys general in letter to EPA regarding WOTUS rules

Karen Kidd Jul. 6, 2017, 2:07pm

AUSTIN – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army are moving to rescind the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) following a 20-state coalition, including Texas, calling for the preservation of the states' role in protecting the nation’s water sources.

Allegiance Bank requests injunction against Clear Lake marina sale

Karen Kidd Apr. 26, 2017, 9:19am

GALVESTON – A Houston-based bank has asked a federal court for a temporary restraining order to stop sale of a Clear Lake marina in Kemah, property previously used as security for now defaulted loans.

Public may be surprised by report's allegations about Texas asbestos litigation, tort reform spokesperson says

Karen Kidd Apr. 18, 2017, 11:03am

AUSTIN – A Texas tort reform group found information in its report all too familiar but it's likely news to the every-day Texan, a spokesperson for the group said during a recent interview.

Vet files second lawsuit over his firing after animal complaints against UT

Karen Kidd Apr. 18, 2017, 11:00am

GALVESTON – A veterinarian fired from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2015, allegedly after he spoke out about monkeys allowed to needlessly suffer during biomedical research, has filed a second lawsuit over his dismissal.

Federal judge's injunction gives NLRB time to decide Dish Network case

Karen Kidd Jan. 25, 2017, 1:00pm

FORT WORTH – An injunction by a federal judge in Texas has given the National Labor Relations Board time to decide whether Dish Network Co. legally cut the wages of union employees by about half.

Texas brothers agree to SEC settlement in $23 million fraudulent energy venture

Karen Kidd Dec. 7, 2016, 2:46pm

&&&SHERMAN (SE Texas Record) – Two Texas brothers must to cough up all illegal gains from an alleged $23 million fraudulent oil and gas well investment scam as part of a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in federal court.

Texas AG's felony fraud trial could come next spring after court refuses appeal

Karen Kidd Nov. 8, 2016, 9:44pm

DALLAS – Texas' embattled attorney general is headed for a trial date as early as next spring after the state's court of criminal appeals decided to not get involved in his securities fraud case.

Texas civil rights group says will continue fight for ADA rights following U.S. Supreme Court decision

Karen Kidd Nov. 4, 2016, 9:13am

Texas' attorney general is pleased the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case after all about whether Texas must force private drivers’ license training schools to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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.

Asbestos-related litigation declined, but still attractive to attorneys

Karen Kidd Oct. 12, 2016, 10:24am

The amount of asbestos litigation in the U.S. continues to decrease.

Paxton: U.S. Supreme Court validated Texas position in immigration case

Karen Kidd Oct. 6, 2016, 1:46pm

AUSTIN – The state of Texas scored a win this week when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rehear an Obama administration immigration case, state Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement released after the high court's decision.

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.

AG Paxton 'challenges' all Texans to fight human trafficking

Karen Kidd Sep. 9, 2016, 8:41am

AUSTIN – The fight against human trafficking, a modern day form of slavery, is the duty of every Texan, state Attorney General Ken Paxton said during a recent press conference at San Antonio Police Department’s Public Safety Headquarters.

Texas AG office sues Waller County over courthouse gun ban

Karen Kidd Sep. 6, 2016, 2:12pm

AUSTIN – Waller County faces a lawsuit from State Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office over its controversial courthouse gun ban.

Still no ruling from federal judge on Texas request to block Obama administration guidelines over transgender student bathroom privileges

Karen Kidd Aug. 17, 2016, 10:22am

AUSTIN (SE Texas Record) – The school year in many state districts begins next week but the Texas Attorney General's office still awaits a federal judge's decision about their request to block the Obama administration's bathroom guidelines for transgender students.

Donor subject of Medicaid fraud probe gives to Paxton campaign for his legal defense

Karen Kidd Aug. 7, 2016, 11:01pm

DALLAS – When Texas' embattled attorney general accepted a $100,000 gift from a businessman allegedly without knowing the donor faced allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, it raised questions similar to those endured by another Southern attorney general this summer.