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Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope Dies at 103

Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope Dies at 103

Jack Pope 1913-2017 from Osler McCarthy on Vimeo. Retired Texas Chief Justice Jack Pope, who helped establish formal judicial education for Texas judges, fought for a voluntary judicial-ethics code when judges had none and fought again to make that code mandatory and...

Mostyn Law loses appeal, justices shut down League City Ike suit

Mostyn Law loses appeal, justices shut down League City Ike suit

Source: SE Texas Record Author: David Yates, Feb 1, 2017 HOUSTON – On Jan. 31, the First Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling leaving the city of League City empty handed in its Hurricane Ike suit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.  In...

Legislation Filed to Curb ADA Drive-by Lawsuits

Rep. John Smithee (R-Amarillo) today filed H.B. 1463 to discourage so-called "ADA Drive-by litigation." Similar to “patent trolling,” some plaintiff’s lawyers have developed a practice of sending demand letters to Texas businesses threatening to sue them under the...

1-27-17 Legislative Report

1-27-17 Legislative Report

as of January 27, 2017 2,029 Bills filed through today 1,288 House Bills 620 Senate Bills 121 Resolutions Bill filing deadline is Friday, March 10 Session ends Monday, May 29  Today ends the third week of the 85th Texas Legislature.  Senate committees were appointed...

Another Defense Win in Hailstorm Litigation

More good news on the hailstorm litigation front from Jay Old & Associates PLLC: In an unanimous opinion, the Houston 1st Court of Appeals the first appellate opinion addressing the 2011 reforms to Ch. 2210 of the Texas Insurance Code, otherwise known as “House...

Sen. Kolkhorst Introduces Bill to Rein In Agency Rulemaking

Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) has prefiled legislation to limit state agency rulemaking that imposes a cost on a regulated person. S.B. 210 prohibits a state agency from adopting a rule that imposes an additional cost on a regulated person (including another...

TCJL Urges SCOTX to Accept Rule 91a Case

In an amicus brief filed this afternoon, TCJL asks the Texas Supreme Court to accept review of a court of appeals decision gutting the early dismissal rule enacted by the 2011 Legislature in H.B. 274 and enshrined in Rule 91a, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Among...

TCJL Files Amicus Brief in Discovery Abuse Case

TCJL today filed an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court in In Re State Farm Lloyds (No. 15-0903). This is a mandamus action seeking to invalidate a discovery order issued by Hidalgo County District Judge Rose Guerra in hailstorm litigation brought by, among...

The Fall 2016 TCJL Journal is Out!

The Fall 2016 TCJL Journal is Out!

The 30th Anniversary Fall 2016 Texas Civil Justice League Journal is out today and available just in time for the 2016 General Election. The TCJL Journal contains important information about many civil justice issues Texas faces as we head into the November General...

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Judicial Compensation Commission

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Judicial Compensation Commission

Source: http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/22656 Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Alejandro “Alex” Cestero and Scott Salmans and reappointed Bill Strawn to the Judicial Compensation Commission for terms set to expire February 1, 2021. Strawn will continue serving...

Appeals Court Halts Mostyn Hurricane Rita Lawsuit

Appeals Court Halts Mostyn Hurricane Rita Lawsuit

Source: Southeast Texas Record (Link) Author: David Yates BEAUMONT – The Ninth Court of Appeals recently stayed a Hurricane Rita lawsuit brought against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, finding temporarily relief should be granted to prevent “undue...

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