Over the past two sessions, we have observed with growing concern the Legislature’s willingness to consider and enact legislation weakening the 1989 workers’...
Last week the Texas Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion in response to objections lodged by two German automakers, Volkswagen and Audi, to the gubernatorial...
A recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court provides significant clarification of the proper application of §74.503, CPRC, which requires, upon request of a...
An unusually heavy opening to the bill filing period appears to bear out what we had feared: the legislative infatuation with turning over to the courts enforcement...
In the wake of the Obergefell ruling, a Waco justice of the peace refused to perform same-sex weddings but continued to perform heterosexual marriages. She gave an...
As of the time of posting, more than 1000 bills and resolutions have been filed in the opening days of the pre-filing period. Even if that’s not a record, it...
Responding positively to concerns expressed by the business community and trial bar, the Texas Supreme Court has proposed a new remote proceedings rule that requires...
In yet another trucking case involving a plaintiff’s request for discovery of several years of company records, the Austin Court of Appeals has denied a petition for...
The Austin Court of Appeals has applied the law of constitutional standing to affirm a Travis County trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit over the county’s vacation...
The Texas Supreme Court has stayed a trial court order requiring a party to post a supersedeas bond in the amount of attorney’s fees and litigation costs awarded...
Chapters 380 and 381, Local Government Code, permit municipalities and counties to make loans and grants of public money for the purpose of incentivizing local economic development. Chapter 380 and 381 agreements are popular tools because they give local governments...
In a letter to Chief Justice Hecht earlier this week, TCJL requested that rulemaking be initiated to require some form of disclosure of the existence of third-party litigation funding agreements to the court and parties under appropriate circumstances. Our letter asks...
The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this morning in a contentious dispute pitting the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association against the Houston Police Officers’ Union and the City of Houston. Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, et al....
Accepting a permissive appeal from a Victoria County district court, the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals recently ruled that a UM/UIM policy did not exclude coverage on the basis that the tortfeasor was driving a vehicle leased through Enterprise Rent-A-Car. While...
Over the past two sessions, we have observed with growing concern the Legislature’s willingness to consider and enact legislation weakening the 1989 workers’ compensation reforms that rescued the system from collapse caused by the skyrocketing costs of dispute...
Last week the Texas Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion in response to objections lodged by two German automakers, Volkswagen and Audi, to the gubernatorial appointment of two substitute justices to participate in decision. The issue arose when Justices...
TCJL 2021 Legislators of the Year
• Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills)
• Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury)
• Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham)
• Representative DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne)
• Representative Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont)
• Representative Reggie Smith (R-Sherman)
2021 Session Report
• Judicial Reform
• Tort Liability
• Medical Liability
• Product Liability
• Eminent Domain
• Oil & Gas Litigation
• Commercial Litigation
• Employment Law
• Construction Law
• Workers Compensation
• Civil Rights
• Court Records, Filing Fees, and Costs
• Judicial Matters
• Jury Matters
• Attorney’s Fees
• Practice of Law
• Administrative Procedures
• In Re Leon Paul Savoy
• In Re ExxonMobil
• In Re K&L Auto Crushers and Gothard
• In Re Southwestern Energy
• ExxonMobil v San Francisco
• Plaquemines Parish v Riverwood
• Signature Industrial and Ogden v International Paper
• Brewer v Lennox
• Van Dyke v Builders West
• Texas Mutual v PHI Air Medical
• Khosrow Sadeghian v Jaco
• Hlavinka v HSC
• In re Academy
87th Legislature Shrinks Government Power During Pandemic
Dallas Court Upholds Nuclear Verdict in Product Liability Case
Eminent Domain Reforms Enacted
SCOTX Addresses Paid or Incurred, Medical Expense Affidavits
SCOTX Approves Use of Declaratory Judgment Act, Attorney Fees in UIM Cases
TCJL Board of Directors