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Texas Supreme Court should uphold contractual agreement in Texas dealership case

By Cameron Kinvig | Feb 19, 2019

It is not news that Texas law has long required businesses to respect the terms of their written agreements. Businesses remain in Texas and many new ones are drawn here, in part, because they know they can rely on the written agreements they enter into and expect the rule of law to be applied to everyone.

LOCKE LORD LLP: Austin Partner Michelle Earley Named to Austin Black Business ‎Journal’s Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyers List‎

By Press release submission | Feb 19, 2019

Austin Partner Michelle Earley has been recognized as one of the 2019 Top 10 Central Texas Super Lawyers by Austin Black Business Journal for her achievements in the legal field and dedication to the ideals of the profession.

Appeals court rules no additional attorney's fees in Montgomery County property dispute

By Karen Kidd | Jan 21, 2019

BEAUMONT – A woman who wanted additional attorney fees following her successful claim on a deed to a Montgomery County property won't be getting any more than the trial court awarded her, according to a recent appeals court's decision.

Exxon argues for Texas justice as it defends self from climate change lawsuits

By David Yates | Jan 17, 2019

FORT WORTH – Texas justices will soon decide whether California municipalities took aim at Texas-based free speech by bringing climate change lawsuits against ExxonMobil, a Texas company, in California courts.

Exception allowing Tyler to provide sewer services unconstitutional, Texas appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – The city of Tyler will not be able to provide sewer services within its own limits based on an exception to the state's water code passed by the state legislature because that exception is unconstitutional, according to a recent Texas appeals court ruling.

First District Appeals Court orders dismissal of trade secrets claims filed by WSP USA

By Carrie Salls | Jan 1, 2019

HOUSTON – A state appellate court has affirmed in part and reversed in part a company's suit against three former employees over allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets.

Court vacates turnover order in case between Port Arthur Steam Energy, Oxbow Calcining

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 26, 2018

BEAUMONT – An appellate court has reversed two decisions made by a lower court in a case between two companies over an energy agreement.

Provost Umphrey, James Payne hit with $1M legal malpractice suit

By David Yates | Dec 3, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Provost Umphrey Law Firm and equity partner James Payne have been hit with a legal malpractice lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages.

Justices affirm judgment in ‘Baby Olivia’ lawsuit, find trial court did not err in deeming expert as qualified

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling deeming a medical expert as qualified in the highly publicized “Baby Olivia” case.

Port Arthur Steam Energy case up on appeal, set for submission on briefs in mid November

By David Yates | Oct 25, 2018

BEAUMONT - In September, a district court ruled in favor of Port Arthur Steam Energy against Oxbow Calcining, issuing a post-judgment turnover order mandating that Oxbow deliver flue gas energy generated by the operation of its calciner facility to PASE.

JC jury hits Compass Bank with $370K verdict, half of amount awarded as attorney’s fees

By David Yates | Oct 15, 2018

BEAUMONT – After nearly three years of litigation, a Port Neches couple received a favorable verdict in their lawsuit against Compass Bank, with jurors awarding around $370,000 in total – half of which was allotted as attorney fees.

Court finds 'clear and convincing evidence' warrants post-judgment relief for Port Arthur Steam Energy

By David Yates | Sep 19, 2018

BEAUMONT - The 172nd District Court of Jefferson County has ruled in favor of Port Arthur Steam Energy against Oxbow Calcining when it issued a post-judgment turnover order mandating that Oxbow deliver flue gas energy generated by the operation of its calciner facility to PASE.

Strange Times Ahead in the Lone Star State?

By Mark Pulliam | Sep 12, 2018

The potential for electoral flukes in November endangers the rule of law.

City of Pasadena not liable for employee collision during lunch break, appeals court finds

By Chandra Lye | Aug 25, 2018

An employee who hit a pedestrian while driving a city of Pasadena vehicle was not considered on duty at the time, an appeals court affirms.

Before Texas Supreme Court: BISD immunity win in suit over death of toddler

By David Yates | Aug 20, 2018

BEAUMONT – The Texas Supreme Court has been tasked to determine whether the Beaumont Independent School District has immunity from a wrongful death suit.

OFFICE OF THE TEXAS GOVERNOR: Governor Abbott Names Jeffrey Oldham General Counsel

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

Governor Greg Abbott named Jeff Oldham as General Counsel to the Governor following the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Andrew Oldham to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Jeff Oldham (no relation) previously worked as a private practice attorney at Bracewell LLP in Houston, TX.

Houston trial lawyers dump $850K into PAC supporting Dem candidates

By David Yates | Jul 24, 2018

HOUSTON – The temperature’s not the only thing rising in Houston, as area trial lawyers have already dumped a small fortune into a PAC supporting the Democrat Party this election cycle.

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of case over dog bite on overseas military base, citing political question doctrine

By Charmaine Little | Jul 12, 2018

AUSTIN – The Supreme Court of Texas reversed an appeals court decision Dec. 7, 2017, addressing the power of the court in the political question doctrine after a military dog bit a woman on a base in Afghanistan.

Texas Supreme Court affirms Laredo's bag-ban is illegal

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 5, 2018

AUSTIN –The Texas Supreme Court upheld the 4th Court of Appeals decision that a city cannot impose an ordinance banning single-use plastic or paper bags by merchants, a ruling that could end the statewide single-use bag bans.

Supreme Court sides with appellate court in medical malpractice case over woman's death

By Charmaine Little | Jun 25, 2018

AUSTIN – The Supreme Court of Texas upheld a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the 14th District of Texas in a medical-malpractice case over a woman's death.

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