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Appeals court dismisses utility company's suit against Fort Bend Independent School District

By Taryn Phaneuf | Nov 22, 2016

TYLER — A utility company can’t force a school district to settle an outstanding invoice for services because a state law grants the district immunity from lawsuits.

BP takes oil and gas lease arguments to Texas Supreme Court

By Taryn Phaneuf | Nov 7, 2016

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.

Bankrupt hospital company accuses Texas tribe of fraud

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jul 26, 2016

The owner of a Texas hospital has accused the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas of fraud and violating a federal labor law when its health plan and plan administrators refused to pay more than $2 million in medical benefits for services provided to an employee covered in the health plan.

Report gives Texas a 'D' in court diversity

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jun 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – New data on the makeup of state courts reveals that white men fill most judicial seats in Texas.

Texas has ninth-best economy among U.S. states, WalletHub analysis reports

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jun 14, 2016

AUSTIN – Texas boasts one of the top-10 best economies among the states, according to an analysis by personal-finance website, WalletHub.

Survey shows Texas is still the best state for business

By Taryn Phaneuf | May 13, 2016

AUSTIN — Texas continues its reign as the best state for business, according to Chief Executive magazine’s latest survey.

Homeowners sue Sabine River Authority over flood damage

By Taryn Phaneuf | May 13, 2016

ORANGE — Homeowners looking to force a state agency pay for the flood damage done to their homes in March could have a claim, but arguing the case will likely be a challenge, one law professor said.

Court reduces attorneys fees awarded to whistleblower

By Taryn Phaneuf | May 8, 2016

More than 18 months after a hospital operator agreed to pay $98 million to settle False Claim Act allegations with the federal government, an appeals court reduced the attorneys fees that should be awarded to one of the whistleblowers.

27 students earn scholarships for demonstrating potential in insurance business

By Taryn Phaneuf | May 4, 2016

AUSTIN — More than two dozen insurance and risk management students at six Texas universities were awarded scholarships by the Insurance Council of Texas Education Foundation.

Texas AG makes 'clumsy, awkward' defense against civil charges, political scientist says

By Taryn Phaneuf | Apr 12, 2016

Civil securities fraud charges filed Monday bring everything back to the surface over Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s relationship with a Texas tech company that includes allegedly accepting a commission in exchange for recruiting investors.

SCOTUS says states may base voter districts on total population

By Taryn Phaneuf | Apr 7, 2016

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared victory following the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision that states may base election districts on the total population, rather than just eligible voters.

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