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Austin Court of Appeals holds supervisor without law-enforcement powers can still qualify as appropriate law enforcement authority for Whistleblower Act purposes

Rebekha Montie v. Bastrop County,03-16-00123(Tex. App— Austin, October 19, 2016) This is a Texas Whistleblower Act case where the Austin Court of Appeals reversed the granting of the County’s plea to the jurisdiction and remanded the case for trial. Rebekha … Continue reading

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Town’s Interlocutory appeal timely under scheduling order, but permissive appeal by Plaintiff was untimely

Sarah Swanson v. Town of Shady Shores, 02-15-00351-CV (Tex.App— Fort Worth, August 18,2016) This is a Texas Whistleblower Act, Texas Open Meetings Act, due process, free speech and Sabine Pilot case, but the main thrust of the appeal is litigation/appellate … Continue reading

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Failure to give affirmative defense in jury instruction was harmful error in Whistleblower Case says Fort Worth Court of Appeals

Fort Worth Independent School District v. Joseph Palazzolo, 02-14-00262-CV (Tex. App– Fort Worth, July 7, 2016) This is a Whistleblower case where the Fort Worth Court of Appeals reversed a jury award for the employee and ordered a new trial. … Continue reading

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Entity which can pull grants for guideline non-compliance is not an appropriate law enforcement authority under Whistleblower Act

Donna Pulkrabek v. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 05-14-01341-CV (Tex. App.- Dallas, May 25th 2016) and Thobe v. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 05-14-01450-CV (Tex. App.- Dallas, May 25th 2016) These are companion Texas Whistleblower Act … Continue reading

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Plaintiff’s amended pleading and response filed after signed order granting plea is issued should have warranted reconsideration says 1st District Court of Appeals

Ronald Williams v. Metropolitan Transit Authority 01-15-00299-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.], March 22, 2016). This is a Texas Whistleblower Act case where the 1st District Court of Appeals reversed the granting of a plea to the jurisdiction by … Continue reading