Harris County Judge Ursula Hall has until 5 p.m. Monday to rule on a motion that has been pending before her in a foreclosure dispute for three years and five months or the First Court of Appeals has said it will initiate contempt proceedings.
How trial and appellate courts should review challenges to outsize noneconomic damages awards has been the talk of the Texas bar. With the Texas Supreme Court indicating openness to verdict comparisons, defense counsel should consider, when the facts permit, using visuals such as scattergrams to show that a verdict lies so far outside the norm.
Coming off another cohesive term, the Supreme Court of Texas began its new session hearing arguments this week in a variety of cases. The Texas Lawbook hosted a panel of appellate experts on Tuesday to discuss some of the upcoming cases they are watching and reviewed significant decisions from last term.
U.S. District Judge Gray Miller, who presided over a bench trial, determined in May 2022 that IBM committed fraud in a dispute involving IBM’s removal of BMC’s mainframe products from their largest mutual client, AT&T. The case was argued before the Fifth Circuit Sept. 5.
Texas Enhances Permissive Appeals by Requiring Explanation for Denials and Expanding Supreme Court Review
The Texas Supreme Court has unveiled a change to Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 28.3 to implement recent legislation requiring the state’s 14 intermediate appellate courts to explain themselves when denying petitions for permissive appeal. The amendment increases the importance of permissive appeals in Texas and will enhance their ability to impact outcomes in civil litigation.
Litigation Roundup: Wells Fargo Asks for Arbitration in Discrimination Class Action, Jerry Jones Assault Case to Proceed
In this edition of Litigation Roundup, Southwest Airlines attorneys are denied a stay of a sanctions order that they undergo religious liberty training, the Texas Supreme Court rejects Jerry Jones’ request to end an assault suit brought by a woman he allegedly forcibly kissed at AT&T Stadium and the Fifth Circuit revives a suit against the Food and Drug Administration over tweets about ivermectin.
The fast-moving case is heading to the Fifth Circuit over the First Amendment implications of a new law requiring booksellers to rate material sold to public school libraries. Would Texan Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet be banned for sexual content?
Upending nearly 30 years of precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s recent ruling in Hamilton v. Dallas County makes it easier for employees to challenge perceived workplace discrimination going forward. The resulting uncertainty in the law will likely lead to more lawsuits challenging “non-ultimate” employment decisions based on policies and practices that employees perceive to be discriminatory and fewer grants of motions to dismiss or for summary judgment.
Fifth Circuit Judge Ho Sounds Off on ‘Officials Abusing our Criminal Justice System to Punish Political Adversaries’
In a dissent from a denial of rehearing en banc, Judge James C. Ho pointed to two other recently decided cases to illustrate his argument that First Amendment protections are being eroded for those who live in the Fifth Circuit’s jurisdiction. He decried circuit precedent that has kept free speech cases from making it to trial.
Updated — Appeals Court Upholds Suspension of Dallas Lawyer David Finn Over Alcohol-Fueled Misconduct
An eight-page opinion by a Fifth Circuit panel cites “several instances of inappropriate behavior” by Finn, a former state district judge, including “twice failing to show up for a client’s sentencing hearing.”