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Texas Supreme Court holds open enrollment charter schools not subject to Texas Whistleblower Act

  Neighborhood centers INC. v. Doreatha Walker; from Harris County, 16-0897, — S.W.3d. –, (Tex. April 13, 2018) The Texas Supreme Court held that an open enrollment charter school is not subject to the Texas Whistleblower Act. Neighborhood Centers is … Continue reading

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Trial court had jurisdiction to determine if certain jobs should be classified as civil service, but not to award backpay

City of Amarillo, Texas, et al. v. Nathan Sloan Nurek and Michael Brandon Stennett, 07-17-00120-CV (Tex. App. Amarillo — March 21, 2018) This is a civil service lawsuit where the Amarillo Court of Appeals reversed-in-part the denial of the City’s … Continue reading

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County must sue AG, not individual concealed handgun license holder, in dispute over courthouse sign says 1st District Court of Appeals

  Terry Holcomb, Sr. v. Waller County, 01-16-01005-CV, (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.], March 15, 2018) This is a concealed handgun/courthouse civil suit where the First District Court of Appeals reversed a declaratory judgment for the County. The Waller … Continue reading

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City did not act in bad faith under PIA in cost estimate calculation; City established it produced all records discovered

Mark Rines v. City of Carrollton 05-15-01321-CV (Tex. App—Dallas, February 13, 2018) This is a Texas Public Information Act (“PIA”) case where the Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed the trial courts order dismissing the Requestor’s lawsuit. [Comment: this case is … Continue reading

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Home-rule city’s franchise contract and right-of-way ordinance trumps pro-forma provision in a tariff, so utility must bear costs of relocation

City of Richardson v Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC, 15-1008 (Tex. February 2, 2018) This case involves a dispute between a city and a utility over who must pay relocation costs to accommodate changes to public rights-of-way. The City of … Continue reading

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Water District property entitled to tax exempt status even though District rents to private business on river front

Tarrant Appraisal District v. Tarrant Regional Water District 02-17-00042-CV (Tex. App— Fort Worth, January 25, 2018) The Tarrant Appraisal District (“TAD”) asserted part of the property owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District (“TRWD”) was not “used for public purposes” … Continue reading

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Trial Court could not properly issue TRO to enjoin city from considering annexation ordinance

In Re City of Pearland, 14-17-00921-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.], January 9, 2018) The 14th Court of Appeals in Houston granted the City’s petition for mandamus compelling a trial court to lift its temporary restraining order issued in … Continue reading

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Waco Court of Appeals holds property owner was precluded from bringing further claims for disannexation

Karen Hall v. City of Bryan, 10-16-00044-CV (Tex. App. –- Waco, January 3, 2018) This is a disannexation lawsuit where the Waco Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment motion dismissing the Plaintiff’s claims for disannexation. This is … Continue reading

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Tyler Court of Appeals holds even though it was established more than 100 years ago and no street has been built, mere non-use of a dedicated road easement does not amount to abandonment.

The Jesus Christ Open Altar Church, et al. v. City of Hawkins, 12-17-00090-CV (Tex. App. – Tyler, December 21, 2017). This is a property dispute case in which the 12th Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s declaratory judgment regarding … Continue reading