Texas Supreme Court News

Texas Bar launches counterattack in legal fight to stop collection of mandatory dues

By David Yates | May 14, 2019

AUSTIN - The State Bar of Texas has launched an all-out offensive, firing a barrage of filings yesterday in hopes of killing a lawsuit brought by three attorneys who contend paying mandatory dues violates their First Amendment rights.

Bar Wars: Extending Janus to Bar Associations

By Mark Pulliam | May 6, 2019

Lawyers across the country challenge mandatory bar dues; Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton courageously defends their First Amendment rights

Beto’s ‘green’ policy could mean more climate change litigation against oil companies, loss of Texas jobs

By David Yates | May 6, 2019

HOUSTON – Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke grabbed a myriad of headlines last month by proposing to spend $5 trillion in an effort to combat climate change. What garnered little attention from the media, however, was a single sentence in the “guarantee net-zero emissions” part of O’Rourke’s plan: “Enforcing our laws to hold polluters accountable, including for their historical actions or crimes.”

Texas Supreme Court rules in favor of BoyarMiller client, overturns 80 year-old case law for probate applicants

By David Yates | Apr 23, 2019

HOUSTON – The Supreme Court of Texas delivered an opinion April 12 that changed the interpretation of a Texas law that has existed since 1879 stating that an applicant for probate is charged with the failure of any predecessor to probate a will before them.

TEXAS SUPREME COURT: State Bar Says Farewell to Justice Phil Johnson

By Press release submission | Apr 23, 2019

Flanked by Texas Bar Executive Director Trey Apffel and Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht – and, as alwwys by his side, his wife, Carla – Justice Phil Johnson said his goodbye to Texas lawyers, his former colleagues and other judges and friends Wednesday in a crowded reception at the Texas Law Center.

Harris County judge may lose seat for seeking higher office

By Scott Holland | Apr 5, 2019

HOUSTON — Dress for the job you want, but do not apply for a new position before checking to see if you have to leave your current post first.

A tool for transparency or weapon for big business? HB 2096 seeks to disclose litigation funding in Texas

By David Yates | Apr 3, 2019

AUSTIN – The Texas Legislature is currently considering a bill that, if enacted, would require disclosure of third-party litigation funding in all civil actions.

TEXAS SUPREME COURT: Hours After Senate Confirmation, Justice Busby Takes Oath to Join the Texas Supreme Court

By Press release submission | Mar 25, 2019

Standing before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who nominated him, J. Brett Busby repeated the oath of office as the governor delivered it Wednesday afternoon, becoming the Court’s newest justice.

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.

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