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Houston Appellate Judge Jeff Brown Named to Texas Supreme Court

Houston Appellate Judge Jeff Brown Named to Texas Supreme Court

Jeff Brown, a judge on the Houston Court of Appeals, will be the newest justice to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas, Gov. Perry announced Thursday. “Jeff is a…

Top 10 Efforts to be Excused from Jury Service

During the past 25 years as a legal journalist, I’ve heard some outrageous excuses and extraordinary efforts of folks trying to avoid jury service. …

Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson’s Legacy

Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson’s Legacy

When Wallace Jefferson retires next week as Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, he leaves one of the greatest legacies of any public servant in Texas history. He authored…

Frank Branson Leads Wrongful Death Suit Against Six Flags

Frank Branson Leads Wrongful Death Suit Against Six Flags

The family of Rosa Esparza, who died July 19 when she fell while riding the Texas Giant rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas, sued the amusement ride theme park Tuesday…

Governor Names Nathan Hecht Next Texas Chief Justice

Governor Names Nathan Hecht Next Texas Chief Justice

Texas' senior justice has served on the state’s highest court for 25 years, authored more than 350 opinions and is scheduled to become the longest serving justice in Texas history…

5th Circuit Revives Huge Data Breach Litigation

5th Circuit Revives Huge Data Breach Litigation

In one of the largest “data breach” cases ever, hackers broke into the computers of Heartland Payment Systems, a credit card processor, and stole confidential information about millions of cards.…

Ray Hunt Goes to Trial Against Honeywell for Airplane Engine Defect

Ray Hunt Goes to Trial Against Honeywell for Airplane Engine Defect

The Dallas oilman claims the New Jersey-based conglomerate sold him two defective engines for his corporate Learjet – defects he says that could have led to disastrous results and lives…

Nathan Hecht Viewed as Favorite for Texas Chief Justice

Nathan Hecht Viewed as Favorite for Texas Chief Justice

The Texas Supreme Court's senior justice tells The Texas Lawbook he has made it clear to Gov. Perry that he wants to be the next chief justice. Some of his…

Exclusive: Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson Resigns

Exclusive: Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson Resigns

Wallace Jefferson, the first African-American to lead the Texas Supreme Court and one of the most respected jurists in the nation, is resigning his position effective Oct. 1. Jefferson said…

Texas Chief Justice Jefferson: Will He Stay or Will He Go?

Texas Chief Justice Jefferson: Will He Stay or Will He Go?

Wallace Jefferson, Texas first African-American Supreme Court justice and widely proclaimed as one of the best chief justices in Texas history, is expected to announce next week whether he will…

Insurance Company Sues Former CFO Who Also Plans to Sue It

Insurance Company Sues Former CFO Who Also Plans to Sue It

Summit Alliance claims its CFO caused the company significant financial loss, but he has his own unrest with the company as well.…

Fifth Circuit Requires More than Notice to Extinguish Lien through Plan Confirmation

Fifth Circuit Requires More than Notice to Extinguish Lien through Plan Confirmation

Greg Hesse and Charlotte Ritz examine a new Fifth Circuit about creditors still needing to object to reorganization plan to preserve their lien. …

5th Circuit Reverses $25 Million Judgment Against Pilgrim’s Pride

5th Circuit Reverses $25 Million Judgment Against Pilgrim’s Pride

Five hundred chicken growers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas won a $25 million judgment against Pilgrim's Pride in 2011 claiming it illegally attempted to manipulate and control poultry prices by…

Gibson Dunn Secures Federal Antitrust Win for Amarillo Horse Breeders

Gibson Dunn Secures Federal Antitrust Win for Amarillo Horse Breeders

This ruling forbids the AQHA from excluding cloned horses and their offspring from breed registry. …

Texas Railroad Commission Sued for Whistleblower Discrimination

Texas Railroad Commission Sued for Whistleblower Discrimination

The state agency is being accused of retaliating against a former employee after he reported unlawful actions of his supervisor.…

Businesses Sue Visa & MasterCard in East Texas for Antitrust Violations and Excessive Fees — Updated

Businesses Sue Visa & MasterCard in East Texas for Antitrust Violations and Excessive Fees — Updated

More than 100 large merchants, including more than three dozen prominent Texas-based businesses, filed an anti-trust suit against Visa and MasterCard Tuesday, alleging they have been forced to pay excessive…

Eberstein & Witherite Sued for Racial Discrimination

Eberstein & Witherite Sued for Racial Discrimination

Two former African American employees are accusing the Dallas personal injury firm of three counts of unlawful employment practices.…

Winning a $136 Million Verdict is Huge – Keeping it Might Take a Miracle

Winning a $136 Million Verdict is Huge – Keeping it Might Take a Miracle

Pete Marketos won Texas' biggest damages verdict in the state so far this year, but he now faces an appellate court system that has been unfriendly to jury awards for…

SEC Law Judge Bans Three Stanford Execs from Industry

SEC Law Judge Bans Three Stanford Execs from Industry

An administrative law judge with the SEC ruled late Friday that three former senior executives with Houston-based Stanford Group Companies are liable for securities fraud in connection with the marketing…

Dallas Philanthropist Sued Over Investment Deal

Dallas Philanthropist Sued Over Investment Deal

Ted Skokos, a former attorney, is best known in Dallas for a $10 million gift he and his wife donated to the AT&T Performing Arts Center.…