U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division News

New Civil Liberties Alliance says Congress, not ATF, should enact bump stock laws

By John Severance | Apr 29, 2019

AUSTIN – Austin resident Michael Cargill adhered to the bump stock ban and surrendered two of his devices at the local Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) field office.

The Buzbee Law Firm files 'egregious billing' lawsuit against practice connected to Justin Fairfax controversy

By John Suayan | Feb 15, 2019

AUSTIN – An international law firm reportedly involved in an East Coast lieutenant governor’s sexual assault debacle is the target of a federal lawsuit filed deep in the heart of Texas.

Judge dismisses Huntleigh USA from airport injury suit, agrees to add another defendant

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 2, 2018

AUSTIN – A federal judge dismissed a security company from a lawsuit and granted a motion to leave to bring in a second third-party defendant into the case.

Magistrate judge recommends case filed by union against Southwestern Bell, others be dismissed

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 2, 2018

AUSTIN – A U.S. magistrate judge has recommended that a lawsuit filed by a union be dismissed from federal court.

Former executive assistant hits Tex. Crim. App. with wrongful termination suit, claims Facebook posts led to firing

By John Suayan | Jun 5, 2018

AUSTIN – A former executive assistant with the state’s highest appellate court for criminal cases recently initiated legal action last month on claims she was wrongfully terminated for her usage of social media.

Woman says workers' comp claim for snowmobiling injuries sustained during company trip led to termination

By John Suayan | May 12, 2018

AUSTIN – A Seguin woman claims her employer terminated her for pursuing workers’ compensation in response to injuries sustained while snowmobiling on a business outing.

HomeAway asks court to dismiss lawsuit over traveler fee

By John Sammon | Nov 20, 2017

AUSTIN – The Austin Division of the Western District of Texas is being asked to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed by property owner plaintiffs who alleged the imposition of a new traveler fee by a company that makes short-term rental properties available for travelers on the Web was a breach of contract and represented fraud and unjust enrichment.

Lawsuit faults Williamson Co. hospital for female patient's fall, brain injury

By John Suayan | Nov 7, 2017

AUSTIN – After allegedly falling at a Williamson County hospital last year, Travis County resident Ollie Jo Edmondson has filed a lawsuit.

Former Texas State Technical College instructor alleges age discrimination

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 26, 2017

AUSTIN – A McGregor man alleges he was terminated by a college because of his age and replaced with a younger individual.

Family files suit against FCA US LLC after man dies from injuries from Highway 281 crash

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 25, 2017

AUSTIN – The surviving spouse and children of a man killed in a collision allege the vehicle he was driving violated several crashworthiness principles.

Whole Foods securities fraud class action dismissed again

By Angela Underwood | Sep 7, 2017

AUSTIN – The Austin Division of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has dismissed a second amended securities fraud class action against Whole Foods.

District Judge Sparks tosses out Texas lawsuit over sanctuary cities

By Chandra Lye | Aug 18, 2017

AUSTIN – A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas against municipalities looking to become so-called sanctuary cities.

Austin federal court grants motions to dismiss University of Texas professors' complaint on carry law

By Zachary Lewis | Aug 1, 2017

AUSTIN – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas at Austin granted motions to dismiss three University of Texas professors’ complaints against Attorney General Ken Paxton, the University of Texas and the Campus Carry Law on July 6.

WickFire CEO 'confident' appeal filed by TriMax Media will rule in WickFire's favor

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 24, 2017

AUSTIN – WickFire CEO Chet Hall remains as confident as ever nothing will change in his company’s ongoing litigation against internet ad placement competitor TriMax Media.

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. seeks removal of temporary employee's discrimination case to federal court

By Christopher Mobley | Jul 19, 2017

AUSTIN – A former temporary employee of Texas Mutual Insurance Co. alleges that she was subjected racial discrimination and retaliation, as well as deliberate violation of her civil rights, during her employment.

TriMax Media to appeal $2.3 million verdict

By John Severance | Jul 6, 2017

AUSTIN – TriMax Media along with Laura Woodruff, WREI Inc. and Josh West filed an appeal April 21 to block a $2.3 million judgment against them in the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas.

Texas General Land Office seeks to remove songbird from endangered species list

By Nicholas Gueguen | Jun 20, 2017

AUSTIN – The state's oldest agency has filed a lawsuit against federal agencies over the status of a songbird, claiming the bird's presence decreases property values.

Brent Coon files suit claiming patrons' wrongful arrest in 2015 Twin Peaks shooting

By John Suayan | Jun 5, 2017

AUSTIN – A Beaumont attorney recently pursued legal action in response to the 2015 shooting at a Waco Twin Peaks, Austin federal court records show.

Federal judge rules Title IX suit against Baylor University can proceed

By Glenn Minnis | May 1, 2017

AUSTIN – A federal judge in Texas has ruled a onetime Baylor University student’s deliberate-indifference suit naming former school football coach Art Briles as one of several defendants can move forward.

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