The state’s highest court dealt with a number of issues this past term — a COVID-19 pandemic, changes in personnel and a ransomware attack. But the court also heard a few cases, and a quartet of appellate experts from Beck Redden and Haynes and Boone discussed those cases in a recent panel hosted by The Texas Lawbook.
Last term Texas lawyers were involved in most of the headline cases. In the upcoming term, it appears Texas lawyers will again have an outsized role. The difference: the absence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and, sooner or later, the presence of her successor. Tony Mauro reports on cases Texans are watching.
Texas lawyers mourned the death Friday of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose contributions to the rights of women and the rule of law were fundamental and historic. Mark Curriden asked a few of them to reflect on her impact and how her loss could reshape the court.
Civil litigator John G. Browning was sworn in to the Dallas Fifth Court of Appeals Monday. Gov. Greg Abbott announced his appointment of Browning last week as a result of the unexpected death last month of Browning’s predecessor, Justice David Bridges.
Having lost, on appeal, their challenge to the ban on Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport, third-party defenders of the fast food company say they intend to have SCOTX review their case. Natalie Posgate reports.
With a 90% reversal rate in the term ending last month the U.S. Ninth Circuit continues to be perceived as a whipping boy for SCOTUS. But at an 86% reversal rate, the U.S. Fifth Circuit wasn’t far behind. What’s going on here? Tony Mauro looks at what some describe as a testy history between the upper and lower court.
Eighteen prominent lawyers and corporate in-house counsel filed an amicus brief late Thursday stating that those seeking to have mandatory membership and dues in the Texas Bar declared unconstitutional fundamentally misunderstand the importance of diversity to the practice of law.
U.S. Supreme Court precedent allows the state bar to collect mandatory dues to support programs that improve the quality if legal services. That is the Texas Bar’s argument at the federal Fifth Circuit which is hearing an appeal by lawyers seeking to end the very existence of mandatory bar associations.
Lisa Blatt has argued more cases before the U.S. Supreme Court than any other woman in history – 40 cases, 37 wins. Born in San Angelo and educated at UT, Blatt embraces the state’s “Don’t Mess with Texas” bravado.
Cyberpunk fiction often calls the physical world “meatspace,” as distinct from the online world of cyberspace. Litigation does not observe that distinction. Disputes about personal jurisdiction often ask a court to review the interaction between the physical and online worlds. The Dallas Court of Appeals recently reviewed the current state of that important law in Shopstyle, Inc. & Popsugar, Inc. v. rewardStyle, Inc.