Tag: Texas Supreme Court

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Texas Supreme Court Curbs Same-sex Marriage Benefits

The Supreme Court of Texas held that the U.S. Supreme Court opinion recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry does not automatically entitle them to spousal employment benefits. The unanimous court held that the 2015 opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges did not address the right to tax, insurance, or other benefits–only the right to marry.


Texas Court Hears Case to Curb Gay Marriage Rights

The Supreme Court of Texas heard oral arguments today in a case where Houston taxpayers sued urging that subsidizing employment benefits for the spouse of a same-sex couple is illegal. Lawyers for the taxpayers describe the case as “the only one of its kind in the nation.”

County Flip-Flops Over Paying Legal Fees in Prosecuting Texas AG

It seems that some county officials in Collin County, Texas, knowingly, or inadvertently, have taken inconsistent positions over the power of the judiciary to interfere with their governing powers. They took one position in May in a brief to the Texas Supreme Court, but some of them are now taking the opposite position when making a decision about paying what could end up being over a million dollars for prosecuting the Texas Attorney General.

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Texas Supreme Court Asked to Reconsider Same-Sex Spousal Benefits

Two taxpayers filed a motion for rehearing with the Texas Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider their order denying review of a case against the openly gay former Houston Mayor and the City of Houston. They urge that Mayor Annise Parker violated the Texas Constitution and state statutes when she gave spousal benefits to gay employees in 2013 and 2014. Parker issued these benefits to employees prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.

Texas Supreme Court Justice: Same-Sex Spousal Employment Benefits Can Be Denied

A Texas Supreme Court Justice has issued a dissenting opinion stating that while the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples may marry, the U.S. Constitution does not necessarily require cities to offer benefits to same-sex spouses of employees. While marriage may be a fundamental right, spousal benefits are not. He says that the same constitutional strict scrutiny does not apply to employment benefits.

Abbott Signals Texas Supreme Court Justice Willett for Top Pick

During the Republican presidential debates on Wednesday evening, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted that he would recommend to the winning candidate that they appoint Texas Supreme Court Justice Don R. Willett to the U.S. Supreme Court. The topic of what kind of judges the candidates would appoint to serve on the nation’s highest court was a question posed to the candidates during the debates.


Texas Lawyer Building Class Action Lawsuit Against City for Possibly Illegal Houston Drainage Fee

HOUSTON, Texas — A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit, and is attempting to have it declared a class action, against the City of Houston for the possibly illegal collection of drainage fees. The fees are one of the results of the 2010 Prop 1 “Rain Tax” charter amendment election which is in danger of being thrown out after a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling.

Houston Could Face Sharp Financial Downfall After Texas Supreme Court Reverses ‘Rain Tax’ Decision

HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas Supreme Court has sent the lawsuit surrounding Houston’s infamous “Rain Tax” back to district court. The move by the State’s highest civil court reverses a Court of Appeals decision. How the decision would impact the City’s collection of the drainage fees will be determined after the lower court takes another look at the case.

Texas Court Filings Are Down 17 Percent: Tort Reform Is Blamed

Civil lawsuit filings are down 17 percent in Texas over the last 10 years. Although Texas lawyers put forth a variety of reasons for the drop, the consensus is that tort reform is responsible. The bad news, some say, is that medical malpractice cases have all but been annihilated. W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm, says that the majority of medical malpractice cases that should be litigated have to be turned away because of the legal caps on non-economic damages.

‘Special Immigrant Juvenile Status’: Texas Democrat Files Bill to Mandate Education Materials for Judges

Democrat Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez (D-Houston), has filed a bill that would require a Texas Supreme Court committee to develop an educational guide that would assist judges in determining which children are eligible for “special immigrant juvenile status” (“SIJS”). Federal law gives special protections to eligible unaccompanied immigrant children (“UACs”) who have entered the country illegally.

Texas Islamic Tribunal ‘Lawyers’ Appear to be Practicing without License

Breitbart Texas has learned the four Islamic Tribunal “lawyers” in Dallas do not appear to be licensed to practice law in Texas. A search of the State Bar of Texas’ membership lookup revealed the four men are not listed as members of the Bar. Breitbart Texas confirmed this search in a conversation with the Bar’s membership department who claimed they had no membership listing for the four individuals.