Texas

The state of Texas is the second largest in the US by area, and population. With nearly 270,000 sq.miles in area, and over 28 million residents living in the state, the south-central state shares borders with Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. It is also bordered by Mexican states and the Gulf of Mexico. Houston is the state’s most populous city and 4th most populous city in the country. It was admitted as the 28th state into the union on December 29, 1845.

Texas’ economy was driven by four-prominent industries prior to WWII including cattling, timber, oil, and cotton. The discovery of oil deposits in the state led to the economic boom and was the main driving force in the state throughout the 20th century. Since 2002 Texas has been the leading state in the US in exports, and maintains the second highest GDP in the nation. Today the state is a leading producer in oil, is one of the leading states in government jobs in the tech industry, and has one of the largest economies throughout the US and worldwide.

The government of Texas was set up by the Texas Constitution, and consists of a unitary democratic state government operating under a presidential system that uses the Dillon Rule, as well as governments at the county and municipal levels.  The Dillon Rule is  a legal principle that local governments have limited authority, and can pass ordinances only in areas where they have been granted authority by the larger state government.  The executive branch of the Texas state government includes the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Land Commissioner, Attorney General, Agriculture Commissioner, the three-member Texas Railroad Commission, the State Board of Education, and the Secretary of State.   The system in Texas limits the power of the Governor, as each executive branch member (with the exception of the Secretary of State) are elected independently.

Much like the federal government, the legislature of Texas has two houses-the Texas House of Representatives and the Senate.  Again, like the federal government, the Speaker of the House leads the House of Representatives, and the Lieutenant Governor leads the Senate. 

Texas boasts one of the most complicated judicial systems in the country.  The system is described in Article 5 of the Texas Constitution and is further defined by statute, in particular the Texas Government Code and the Texas Probate Code.  The system is complicated by multiple levels and overlapping jurisdictions, with different courts often sharing courthouses.  The court levels are: The Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of Appeals, District Courts, Probate Courts, Constitutional County Courts, Statutory County Courts at Law, Municipal Courts and the Justice of the Peace Courts.

The National Law Review covers several stories from the state of Texas and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Cases and stories related to telemedicine and healthcare in the state, data and cybersecurity laws, labor and employment laws, paid sick leave, insurance law, bankruptcy and tax cases, are among the different areas of law visitors will find, as they relate to Texas, on the National Law Review site.

Date Title Organization
27
Feb
2024 Litigation Look Ahead Series: Increased Application of Major Questions Doctrine Could Limit Regulatory Authority Beveridge & Diamond PC
26
Feb
Steel Fabricator Wins Appeal in OSHA Lock-out/Tag-out Violations Keller and Heckman LLP
26
Feb
Court Affirmed Award of Damages Against Trustee Due to Breach of Duty to Disclose, Held that Trust was Terminated and Disclaimer was Effective, and Affirmed Award of Attorney’s Fees Against Trustee and Refusal to Allow Trustee to Reimburse Herself Winstead
11
Feb
Court Held That A Trust Terminated Upon The Primary Beneficiary’s Death And That The Trustee Did Not Have Authority To Accept New Assets As A Part Of Its “Winding Up” Authority Winstead
9
Feb
Prohibiting Gender-Affirming Care for Minors: Update on Texas Senate Bill 14-Related Lawsuits McDermott Will & Emery
6
Feb
The New Texas Law on Vaccination Mandates: What Changes Do Employers Need to Make Now? Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
6
Feb
Don’t Mess with Texas Nurses: Texas Healthcare Facilities Must Adopt Workplace Violence Prevention Plans by September 1, 2024 Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
6
Feb
Trending in Telehealth: January 16 – 22, 2024 McDermott Will & Emery
5
Feb
Texas Supreme Court Rules to Foreclose Attorney’s Fees in First Party Appraisal Context Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
2
Feb
Texas Hydrogen Alliance – “All Things Hydrogen” Event Recap Foley & Lardner LLP
31
Jan
USDA Awarding $19 Million in Grants to U.S. Business Owners to Increase Access to Clean, Affordable Domestic Biofuels Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
29
Jan
Court Reverses Summary Judgments on the Alleged Exercise of a Power of Appointment, Disclaimer, And the Statute of Limitations Winstead
24
Jan
Reminder to Employers Regarding Mandatory Workplace Posters Winstead
23
Jan
Trade Secret Law Evolution Podcast Episode 60: Two States’ Approaches to Preemption [PODCAST] Greenberg Traurig, LLP
17
Jan
Reflecting on the Interplay Between Real Estate and Intellectual Property in 2023 - Landmark Trademark Cases and Copyright Conundrums ArentFox Schiff LLP
16
Jan
Rooted in Change: Texas Enacts the CROWN Act Foley & Lardner LLP
9
Jan
Current Status of US State Privacy Law Deluge: It’s 2024, Do You Know Where Your Privacy Program’s At? Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
8
Jan
Texas Updates K&L Gates
7
Jan
New Texas Law Prohibiting Institutions of Higher Education From Establishing or Maintaining DEI Offices Is Now Effective Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
5
Jan
Texas Urges Federal Court to Toss Tofurky Challenge of Labeling Law Keller and Heckman LLP
2
Jan
US State Law Roundup – 2023 Year-end Update Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
28
Dec
2023 Round-Up on State Consumer Data Privacy Laws Mintz
28
Dec
Texas Workforce Commission Issues Required Workplace Violence Reporting Notice Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
22
Dec
Data Broker Rulemaking in Texas and Oregon Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
22
Dec
Trending in Telehealth: December 14, 2023 – December 20, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
20
Dec
Episode 60: Two States’ Approaches to Preemption [Podcast] Greenberg Traurig, LLP
19
Dec
Who Has The Duty To Prepare An Accounting When The Trustee Dies Or Becomes Incapacitated? Winstead
19
Dec
Texas Supreme Court To Review Joinder Issue In A Trust Dispute Winstead
12
Dec
Texas Court Approves Accounting In An Estate Dispute Winstead
12
Dec
It’s Not Your Imagination: It’s Getting Even Harder to Permit Your Project In Texas Beveridge & Diamond PC
11
Dec
Local Challenges to Renewable Energy Projects [Video] Jones Walker LLP
8
Dec
An Uncertain Future for DOJ’s No-Poach Prosecutions Vedder Price
8
Dec
Hospital Executive and Three Physicians to Pay More Than $880,000 to Resolve Kickback Allegations ArentFox Schiff LLP
8
Dec
Electric Storage Resource Growth and Deployment: A Tale of Two Markets Mintz
4
Dec
SEC Share Repurchase Rules on Hold (For Now) Barnes & Thornburg LLP
2
Dec
Highlighting Key Economic Development Actions from Across the U.S. Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
1
Dec
Court Held That The TCPA Does Not Apply To Claim Involving Texas Trust Code Section 113.28 And Suits Against Third Parties Winstead
1
Dec
Trending in Telehealth: November 15 – 28, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
30
Nov
Texas Enacts Ban on COVID-19 Vaccine Workplace Mandates: Six Things Health Care Employers Need to Know Now Foley & Lardner LLP
29
Nov
Texas Passes Bill Imposes Obligations on Digital Service Providers to Protect Minors Hunton Andrews Kurth
29
Nov
Texas Passes Bill Requiring Digital Service Providers to Get Parental Consent for Create Minors’ Accounts Hunton Andrews Kurth
28
Nov
Texas Amends State Data Breach Notification Law Hunton Andrews Kurth
28
Nov
Third-Party Drug-Testers—Not Just Employers—Owe no Duty to Employees Hunton Andrews Kurth
24
Nov
Texas Bans COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Employees and Contractors Proskauer Rose LLP
21
Nov
Driving Between the Lines: As a Private Company Majority Owner, What Are the Rules for Dealing with Minority Business Partners Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
20
Nov
Big Law Redefined: Episode 8 | 2023 Texas Legislative Session Wrap-Up Greenberg Traurig, LLP
17
Nov
Trending in Telehealth: November 8 – 14, 2023 McDermott Will & Emery
10
Nov
Courts Have Ordered Trial Courts To Grant TCPA Motions To Dismiss Based On No-Contest Clause Claims Winstead
8
Nov
Right of Publicity Bill Would Federally Regulate AI-Generated Fakes Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
6
Nov
Data Protection Update: Q4 Noteworthy Dates Jackson Lewis P.C.
 

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