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Abbott taps his legal adviser to replace Texas SC justice

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott has announced his general counsel, Jimmy Blacklock, will fill the vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court Justice Don R. Willett will create if confirmed by the Senate for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorney loses disbarment appeal in the Texas Supreme Court

AUSTIN: On Oct. 20 the Texas Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Board of Disciplinary Appeals in the case of Ikechukwu Nweze, an attorney who was disbarred after faking an automobile accident and fabricating medical bills.

Monsanto, Helena Chemical take discovery dispute to Texas Supreme Court

HOUSTON – The Texas Supreme Court has been asked to intervene in a discovery dispute between chemical companies Helena Chemical Co. and Monsanto.

You're either a Texas company or not

There are people who've grown up in Port Arthur, Beaumont, or Corpus Christi and never been outside of southeast Texas, but most of us have traveled more widely, venturing into Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, if not all across the continental United States and beyond.

Texas Supreme Court to decide when the statute of limitation starts in a products liability case

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court on Oct. 6 agreed to review a question from the 11th Circuit in a case that asks when the statute of limitations starts to run on a lawsuit regarding an allegedly defective pelvic mesh insert.

Disbarred attorney asks court to reconsider $120K anti-SLAPP award against him

McALLEN – Earlier this month, a district judge in Hidalgo County ordered a disbarred attorney to pay more than $120,000 in legal fees to a newspaper he sued for defamation.

Insurance Council urges Texas SC to clear up ‘confusion’ stemming from past opinion in Ike suit

AUSTIN – Numerous amicus briefs have been filed seeking to have the Texas Supreme Court rehear a Hurricane Ike lawsuit brought against USAA Texas Lloyds, asserting justices need to clear up confusion created by a past opinion.

Federal appellate court seeks answer from Texas Supreme Court on discovery rule

ATLANTA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit is asking the Texas Supreme Court to help answer a product liability case question in a case filed by a Texas woman.

Texas Supreme Court to review case of injured oil rig worker who received $9.6 million settlement

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court will review a case to decide if an oil rig worker who received approximately $9.6 million in damages from injuries sustained on the job deserved the award after a video that had been rejected by a trial court as evidence allegedly showed the man doing physical labor free of pain.

Newest Haynes and Boone hire calls law firm 'gold standard' of appellate practice

AUSTIN – Haynes and Boone has welcomed acclaimed longtime appellate lawyer Mike Hatchell to its team in the Austin office.

Supreme Court of Texas to hear appeal of plastic bag ban

AUSTIN – The Supreme Court of Texas has agreed to hear an appeal of a plastic bag ban application.

Texas Supreme Court ruling gives defendants greater protection under expanded anti-SLAPP law, lawyer says

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court recently expanded the state’s form of the anti-strategic lawsuit against public participant (SLAPP) law ruling that a defendant can pursue a motion for dismissal even if they deny the claims of the First Amendment activity in the lawsuit.

Court battle between Erykah Badu, former manager continues

DALLAS – The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals at Dallas ruled that Erykah Badu’s comments on social media about former manager Paul Levatino were protected free speech, however the case is going back to the trial court for further rulings.

Texas JP suspended after sexting in courtroom, using bailiff to buy drugs

HOUSTON – The Texas Supreme Court recently suspended a Harris County justice of the peace following accusations that she sexted while in the courtroom and used her bailiff of buy drugs.

Eminent domain fight between Denbury Green Pipeline and rice farmers now before Texas SC

BEAUMONT – After suffering a recent defeat, Denbury Green Pipeline Texas has taken its eminent domain case against Texas Rice Land Partners to the highest court in the Lone Star State.

Judge Floyd should explain himself

There are three types of reasoning: sound reasoning, flawed reasoning, and Floyd reasoning – as in Jefferson County District Court Judge Donald Floyd – which seems like no reasoning at all.

Texas SC squashes $1.9M verdict against Port Arthur company, Judge Floyd presided over case

BEAUMONT – For the better part of a decade, a slip and fall case has bounced between the Texas Supreme Court and Judge Donald Floyd’s 172nd District Court, rebounding favorably for a Port Arthur defendant company each time.

Texas Supreme Court to review patent agent-client confidentiality privilege

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court will review whether patent agents who advise their inventor clients should be granted the same confidentiality privileges attorneys have with their clients - the first time a state supreme court has taken up the issue.

Paxton files amicus brief with Supreme Court regarding Laredo's plastic bag ban

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his office have filed an amicus brief with the state Supreme Court advocating in support of the Laredo Merchants Association’s contention that the city of Laredo’s ban on the use of plastic bags violates the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act.

Supreme Court declines to hear Emmert v. Hulcher liability dispute, $2 million cut stands

AUSTIN – A 2nd Court of Appeal's decision to cut $2 million from a jury award in a liability dispute will stand after the Texas Supreme Court declined to review the matter.