AUSTIN – Liberties and rights of Texans depend on general diffusion of knowledge, according to the state Constitution, but its vague requirement of an efficient school system has trapped Texas in a cycle of laws and lawsuits. Now the Supreme Court must decide whether to uphold current school funding law or scrap it and order the Legislature to write new law. The Justices heard oral argument from 10 lawyers on Sept. 1, over a Travis County court order declaring current law unconstitutional. Re
AUSTIN – Houston can punish air polluters as criminals in a manner consistent with state regulators who impose civil penalties, the city argued at the Supreme Court on Sept. 2. Houston seeks Court approval of an ordinance creating an agency to enforce air quality regulations of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Businesses with state emission permits have delayed enforcement since 2008. At oral argument, the theory of city counsel Robert Higgason that city and state enforcement wo
For a quarter of a century, attorney Paul ‘Chip’ Ferguson Jr. spent his days working at the Provost Umphrey law firm in Beaumont, until the current president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association booted him off the premises under threat of armed escort, according to a recent lawsuit.
A lawsuit targeting a Frisco-based sports and comedy entertainment group and two other entities for alleged copyright infringement came to a close last month, according to Sherman federal court records. Plaintiff and Missouri resident Adam Crask entered a voluntary dismissal without prejudice notice into his suit against Dude Perfect, LLC; The Integer Group, LLC and Pringles, LLC on Aug. 31. Crask, professionally known as Skyy Stylez, sued the trio for using a song titled “Going Bananas” in a
A Ghanaian woman recently filed a lawsuit in response to her husband’s 2014 death from injuries sustained while working on the inter-terminal rail at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Isabel Alama-Apamibola’s suit asserts Bombadier Transportation System; Bombadier, Inc.; the City of Houston and United Airlines are responsible for the passing of William Coffy. The litigation began in the Harris County 125th District Court on July 16.
A suit brought by a painter seeking more than $1 million in punitive damages for a scaffold collapse has been slated for trial next September. On April 8 Rosa Arredondo filed a complaint against OCI Partners LP of Dallas, OCI Beaumont LLC of Austin and Safway Services LLC of Austin in Jefferson County District Court, claiming injuries specific to a March 2015 workplace incident. Court records show that on Aug. 26 an agreed scheduling order was entered, calling for the case to be mediated on or