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

Chandra Lye Sep. 19, 2017, 12:47pm

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

Chandra Lye Sep. 13, 2017, 9:54am

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

Tricia Erickson Aug. 28, 2017, 2:16pm

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

Dee Thompson Aug. 16, 2017, 12:46pm

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

David Yates Jul. 19, 2017, 1:49pm

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

David Yates Jul. 18, 2017, 1:54pm

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

The SE Texas Record Jul. 11, 2017, 1:30pm

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

David Yates Jul. 10, 2017, 1:41pm

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

John Sammon Jul. 5, 2017, 8:05am

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

Andrew Burger Jun. 28, 2017, 10:45am

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

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 10:45am

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.

Texas Supreme Court upholds reversal of $7.9 million lower court verdict in hospital dispute

Glenn Minnis Jun. 26, 2017, 1:30pm

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court has rejected a request to review a breach of contract dispute between two nearby hospitals where a lower court reversed a $7.9 million verdict in favor of Lake Travis Transitional LTCH LLC.

Texas Supreme Court declines to review $1.7M aviation verdict

David Yates Jun. 20, 2017, 1:42pm

HOUSTON – The Texas Supreme Court will not review the top aviation verdict for all of Texas in 2013. The Houston-based law firm Arnold & Itkin secured the judgment, totaling nearly $1.7 million, on behalf of Derek LeBlanc, who was injured in a helicopter crash while on route to work on an oil platform in the Gulf.

Texas appeals court rejects new trial for couple seeking damages to home from Hurricane Ike

John Sammon Jun. 20, 2017, 10:36am

HOUSTON – Two attempts to seek a new trial from a couple who alleged their insurer had failed to provide adequate payments for their home after it was damaged by Hurricane Ike has been turned back by the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas.

Texas Supreme Court -- Model of Judicial Integrity, Unlike California

Mark Pulliam Jun. 13, 2017, 8:55am

The Texas Supreme Court has a unique structure, reflecting the state’s stubbornly independent-minded culture. Most state supreme courts have jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases and have seven (or fewer) members, who are appointed by the governor and face the voters — if at all — only for periodic “retention” elections. The Texas Supreme Court, in contrast, hears only civil appeals (criminal cases are decided by the co-equal Texas Court of Criminal Appeals) and has nine members, all of whom are subject to statewide partisan elections. The last feature is quite unusual; only seven states select judges in this manner. Despite this distinctive design, the Texas Supreme Court succeeds at steering a steady jurisprudential course in a cautious, low-key style.

Texas SC proves retired district judge right, planning commission has immunity definitively yanked

David Yates Jun. 7, 2017, 9:05am

BEAUMONT – In June 2015, the Ninth Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a now-retired district judge’s decision denying the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission governmental immunity. Two years later, on May 17, the Texas Supreme Court issued a mandate stating that its ruling reversing the Ninth Court is final, confirming Judge Gary Sanderson, formerly of the 60th District Court, was ultimately right in his decision to waive the commission’s immunity.

Counsel for judge files motion to dismiss Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint over courtroom prayer

Christopher Mobley May 31, 2017, 10:47am

HOUSTON – Earlier this year, a Montgomery County judge was sued by a nonprofit secularist foundation for having prayers during the beginning of his courtroom sessions.

Texas SC finds ‘proportionality is the polestar’ in e-discovery disputes

David Yates May 30, 2017, 4:17pm

AUSTIN – Trial courts need to be balanced when it comes to their rulings in electronic discovery disputes, as the Texas Supreme Court recently found judges must recognize “proportionality is the polestar.”

Texas Supreme Court reverses ranch hand's $1 million exemplary damages

Pam Wright May 19, 2017, 9:03am

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that $1 million in damages awarded to a ranch hand was unconstitutionally excessive.

Supreme Court rules BP can hold gas well lease

Kristin Regula May 15, 2017, 8:55am

AUSTIN – A reversal of opinion in a verdict set by a court of appeals has allowed British Petroleum (BP) to hold on to the lease of a natural gas well in Texas.