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Comptroller can’t look behind court’s order of dismissal in awarding compensation under the tim cole act

USA - December 18 2020 When Brown’s capital murder conviction was overturned after he had served more than twelve years in prison—most of it on…

The narrowed scope of “matters of public concern” under the TCPA, as amended

USA - December 2 2020 In 2019, the Texas Legislature amended the TCPA “with the intent to narrow its scope” for actions filed on or after September 1 of that year. In…

Anders and the second mile

USA - October 15 2020 In Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), the United States Supreme Court established a procedure for how appointed counsel for a criminal…

DOMINANT JURISDICTION: TRANSFER AFFECTS WHICH CASE IS “FIRST FILED”

USA - October 7 2020 In re Equinor Texas Onshore Properties f/k/a Statoil Texas Onshore Properties LLC Chief Justice Burns (Opinion, linked here), and Justices…

Dallas Court of Appeals continues to rein in the TCPA’s applicability to business disputes

USA - July 28 2020 In a pair of opinions this week, the Dallas Court of Appeals continued its trend of holding the TCPA inapplicable to many private business dis…