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John W. Fainter, Jr., 1939-2020

John Wells Fainter Jr. April 20, 1939 – August 29, 2020 Obituary John W. Fainter Jr. 81, of Austin, Texas, passed away on August 29, 2020 after a long life of distinguished service to the State of Texas. Born in Pecos, Texas, on April 20, 1939 to the late Ruth and...

SCOTX Proposes Rule for Service by Social Media

Pursuant to SB 891, the omnibus courts bill enacted last session, the Texas Supreme Court has issued a proposed rule to allow service of process by email, social media, or other electronic means under certain circumstances. The proposed rule amends Rule 106, Texas...

SCOTX Grants Rehearing in Eagle Oil Case

Today the Texas Supreme Court granted rehearing in Eagle Oil & Gas Co. v. TRO-X, L.P. (No. 19-0983). The Court previously denied the petition for review in March, but has now reinstated the petition and set oral argument for December 1. In May TCJL filed an...

Governor Sets Special Election in SD 30

Governor Abbott has set a special election for September 29 to fill Senator Pat Fallon's seat in Senate District 30. The filing deadline is August 28, with early voting set to commence on September 14. Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) has thrown his hat in the ring....

TCJL Files Brief in Contract Damages Case

TCJL today filed an amicus curiae brief in a case that, if not corrected, expands the measure of consequential damages in breach of contract cases. Signature Industrial Services, LLC and Jeffry Ogden v. International Paper Company (No. 20-0396) arose from a...

SCOTX Extends Emergency Order

The Texas Supreme Court has extended its emergency order suspending most in-person proceedings until September 30. The order will continue to allow all Texas courts to modify or suspend deadlines and procedures, whether required by statute, rule, or order, through...

ILR, States Continue Push for Congressional Action

As negotiations continue in Washington over the next round of COVID-19 relief, federal liability protections introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) have become central to the talks between the White House and congressional leaders. Please redouble your efforts to...

Coalition Pushes Congress for COVID-19 Liability Relief

A coalition of 480 business organizations, including TCJL and many other Texas business and professional associations, has petitioned Congress for passage of the "SAFE TO WORK Act," which was introduced last week by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas). A copy of the...

SBOT Takes Action in response to McDougal Controversy

In a special meeting held on July 27, the State Bar of Texas took the following actions in response to comments made by President Larry McDougal. According to an email sent by SBOT to its members earlier today, the board took the following actions after hearing...

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