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Chief Justices Rose and Marion Take Office

Two Texas intermediate appellate courts have begun the new year under new leadership from judges whom the voters elevated from other positions on those courts. Jeff Rose (pictured) has taken the oath as Chief Justice of Austin’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Law Practice Products & Services

The Last of the Perry Appointees

As reported on this blog’s Twitter feed over the past two days, Governor Rick Perry has appointed four new justices to various intermediate courts of appeals. They are..…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

2014 Election Results, Texas Appellate Edition

Republicans continued their dominance of statewide judicial races in yesterday’s election, with Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Justices Jeff Brown, Jeff Boyd, and Phil Johnson winning new six-year terms on the Texas Supreme…more
| Elections & Politics

Firm Helps Defeat Effort to Delay Trial Due to Insurer’s Insolvency

A Texas court has declined to stay a jury trial in a personal-injury case based on a Delaware court’s liquidation and injunction order concerning the defendants’ insurer…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Insurance

Are Lawyer-Hyperlinked Briefs Headed for Extinction?

When used appropriately, hyperlinks to specific portions of the record or to on-point authorities can be a very effective tool in the appellate lawyer’s arsenal. But are recent developments enhancing that tool or effectively…more
| Civil Procedure, Science, Computers, & Technology

Justice Moseley’s Departure Creates Unusual Election Scenario

In early June, Fifth Court of Appeals Justice Jim Moseley (pictured) announced that he would be leaving the Court this month. He has since decided to join Gray, Reed & McGraw, where he will chair the firm’s appellate section…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics

What Notice Is Required When a Summary-Judgment Hearing Is Re-set?

Texas litigators are generally familiar with the TRCP 166a requirement that a motion for summary judgment be served at least 21 days before the date specified for a hearing. But what notice is required when the hearing does not…more
| Civil Procedure

Appellate Court Reverses Retroactive Amicus Attorney Appointment

In a suit to modify the parent-child relationship, the Eleventh Court of Appeals has reversed a final order that significantly restricted a mother’s access to her children, thereby allowing the mother to pursue a new trial…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Family Law

Federal Court Turns Away School District’s Attorney-Fee Claim

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas has rejected a claim for attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1988(b), which authorizes courts to award reasonable fees in actions to enforce civil rights statutes…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Education

Third Court of Appeals Invalidates City’s Civil-Service Appeal Deadline

The Third Court of Appeals has reversed a summary judgment granted to the City of Killeen on the sole ground that a police officer’s administrative appeal to the City’s Civil Service Commission was untimely…more
| Civil Procedure

I, Juror No. 3

Since I became a practicing lawyer, I’ve been called for jury duty four times: twice in Dallas County (where I lived from 1997 to 2003), and twice in Travis County (where I live now). This past week, I served my second stint as…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Fifth Circuit Rejects Qualified Immunity Defense

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed a district court’s summary judgment rejecting a police chief’s attempt to escape First Amendment retaliation liability based on a qualified immunity defense…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law

Judgment Against Commercial Landlord Reversed

The Third Court of Appeals has reversed and remanded a lower court’s judgment that a landlord take nothing on his claims for damages under a commercial lease and pay the tenant’s attorney fees…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

How to Handle Cross-Appeals

Table Of Contents - - Introduction - The Decision to Cross-Appeal ..Does Appellee Seek to Alter the Judgment? ..Pursuing a Cross-Appeal Conditionally ..Timing - Complications in Handling…more
| Civil Procedure

Chief Justice Jefferson to Leave SCOTX

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson (pictured) has announced that he will be departing the Texas Supreme Court effective October 1, 2013. The Texas Lawbook, a Dallas Morning News affiliate, first reported the announcement. It…more
| Civil Procedure
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