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Supreme Court deadlocks on Obama immigration policy to protect millions from deportation

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jun 23, 2016

The Supreme Court has failed to reach a decision in President Barack Obama’s most prominent effort to reform immigration policy, which would have provided a path to gaining legal status for up to 4.5 million immigrants and protect them from deportation.

ACCESS ACT meant to protect disabled and small businesses instead of enriching lawyers

By Vimbai Chikomo | May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), who is sponsoring the ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice today on behalf of the bill he says will help stop plaintiffs’ lawyers from “trying to enrich themselves on the backs of the disabled.”

Ala. couple accused of filing fraudulent Deepwater Horizon claim can't repay $1.6M

By Vimbai Chikomo | Feb 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – An Alabama couple is denying accusations that they defrauded the Deepwater Horizon claims program and insist they cannot repay $1.6 million awarded to them through the program because the money went to pay off a judgment against them.

Texas AG Paxton appeals judge’s decision for criminal case to proceed; Charges ‘cast a cloud’ over political future, political analyst says

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 19, 2016

Attorneys for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an appeal on New Year’s Eve, challenging a judge’s decision that the criminal case against him should proceed.

Plaintiff appeals Texas appellate court ruling favoring the State Bar of Texas

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 5, 2016

AUSTIN -- A Texas plaintiff has decided to appeal a ruling by a Texas appellate court affirming the decision that the state’s Commission for Lawyer Discipline is not required to disclose recommendations to complainants who file grievances against Texas attorneys.

AG Paxton’s opinion on METRO’s involvement in Uptown Houston Transit Project

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 21, 2015

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion in response to a query on the authority of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) to participate in the Uptown Houston Transit Project. Paxton’s Dec. 14 letter to Senator Nichols addressed the legality of METRO participating in the Uptown Houston Transit Project, also known as the Post Oak Boulevard Dedicated Bus Lanes Project, or “Project,” based on METRO’s 2003 contract with voters. In the letter, Paxton concluded that

Texas citizens react to Sen. Cruz and Gov. Abbott’s announcement of the State Refugee Security Act

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 16, 2015

Citizens of Texas have reacted to the Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement of the State Refugee Security Act with both criticism and praise. “How DARE you think you speak for me.

Woman claims she was fired for not calling 6-year-old transgender student by new name

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 7, 2015

A Houston woman has filed a complaint against her former employer alleging she was discriminated against based on her race, gender, age and religion, and wrongfully terminated. Madeline Kirksey claims that she was terminated from the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers on Nov.3 after she refused to call a 6-year-old transgender student by their new name, and filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Nov.10. “This is not about being anti-transgender,” her a

Wilson Elser expands its Houston office; opens two more

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 7, 2015

Wilson Elser has expanded their offices in Texas.

Former San Antonio judicial candidate accused of compelling prostitution

By Vimbai Chikomo | Dec 7, 2015

Bexar County - Prostitution charges have been filed against a San Antonia attorney by several women claiming he coerced them into having sex with him in exchange for legal representation. Mark Benavides, who was running for judge in the 175th District Court at the time of his arrest, was arrested on Nov. 17 and charged with compelling prostitution, a second-degree felony.

Texas AG silences atheists on 'In God We Trust' stickers

By Vimbai Chikomo | Nov 24, 2015

In a new opinion about the legality of stickers on police vehicles that read “In God We Trust”, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reassured worried state legislators that the stickers are legal, should not be removed, and that the sticker policy will easily survive any court challenge to force their removal.

Texas lawmaker convicted of illegally soliciting injury clients, faces up to one year in jail

By Vimbai Chikomo | Nov 24, 2015

A Texas state lawmaker faces up to a year in jail after being convicted of five counts of misdemeanor barratry for the illegal solicitation of law clients. State Representative Ron Reynolds, a Missouri City Democrat, was prosecuted in Montgomery County along with eight other Houston-area attorneys on barratry charges, also referred to as “ambulance chasing”.

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