Marilyn Tennissen News

Judge: Criminal case against Perry can continue

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 28, 2015

The criminal case against former Texas governor Rick Perry will move forward after a district judge refused to dismiss the abuse of power charges.

Appeals court looks at DuPont case under new standards

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 27, 2015

DuPont de Nemours won a legal victory in a Jefferson County asbestos case almost seven years ago, and now the company is asking a Texas appeals court to look at why the trial court judge has granted the plaintiff a new trial. 

Control over franchisee subject of Domino's appeal of $32M wrongful death verdict

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 26, 2015

After being hit with a $32 million verdict after a delivery driver caused a fatal wreck, Domino’s Pizza told a Texas appeals court that it was the franchisee, not the company, that had control over the driver’s actions. 

Texas SC will hear Abbott's appeal of school finance case

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 26, 2015

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s public school funding system – an appeal filed by Texas’ new governor Greg Abbott in the latter days of his term as attorney general.

Galveston apartments damaged by Ike seek reinstatement of $4M insurance verdict

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 21, 2015

The owners of an apartment complex in Galveston that was damaged by Hurricane Ike are seeking insurance payouts to cover the costs of demolition and rebuilding.

Appeals court says Provost Umphrey, attorney did not breach duty in qui tam suit

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 21, 2015

A Texas appellate court has ruled that the Provost Umphrey Law Firm and one of its attorneys did not take confidential information from a possible client and then use it in another case.

Cornyn to chair Senate committee hearings on judicial nominations

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 20, 2015

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) will preside over hearings Wednesday to consider judges to fill vacancies in Texas courts.

Beaumont attorney sentenced for failing to file taxes

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 14, 2015

Trying to avoid paying his income taxes has resulted in a one-year prison sentence for a Beaumont lawyer. 

Court affirms 'Whoomp!' copyright royalties

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 14, 2015

A federal appeals court has finally decided who should get the royalties from the popular 1993 hit song "Whoomp! (There It Is)."

Garza retires from 5th District appeals court; Silsbee cheerleader and UT admissions among notable cases

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 12, 2015

After serving for more than two decades, Senior Judge Emilio M. Garza has retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Smith gets warm welcome to district clerk's office

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 8, 2015

There’s a saying that when one door closes another one opens, and that’s true for Jamie Smith, who today closed the door on his job in the county clerk’s office only to open the door to leadership of the district clerk’s office.

Appeals court: TCEQ not responsible for deaths of whooping cranes

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 7, 2015

A few days ago, a hunting guide in south Texas found a dead whooping crane near the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The birds are endangered, so the death of the bird is being investigated by Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens, according to a Jan. 6 press release from the agency.

Abbott leaves legacy of suits against federal government

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jan 5, 2015

As Greg Abbott prepares to be sworn in as the governor of Texas, the attorney general leaves behind a legacy of lawsuits against the federal government. Since the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009, Abbott has sued his administration almost 30 times.

Judge says ExxonMobil should not be penalized for Baytown emissions

By Marilyn Tennissen | Dec 22, 2014

After spending nearly a year reviewing evidence and testimony, a federal judge in Texas has ruled that ExxonMobil does not need to be penalized for emissions violations at its Baytown facility.

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