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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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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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Dallas Court of Appeals disagrees with El Paso Court of Appeals and holds civil service commission dismissal of grievance is still subject to appeal to district court

Rodney D. Bailey v. Dallas County, et al.,  05-16-00789-CV (Tex. App. – Dallas, December 21, 2017) This is a county civil service case where the Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part the County Defendants’ plea to the jurisdiction filed … Continue reading

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El Paso Court of Appeals holds non-appearance jurors failed to show waiver of immunity in contempt/fee challenge case but should be allowed to amend.

Joshua Luttrell, et al v. El Paso County, et al., 08-16-00090-CV (Tex. App. – El Paso, December 20, 2017). There is no way to categorize this case in a single sentence. In the thirty-nine page opinion, the El Paso Court … Continue reading

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Plaintiff failed to timely appeal administrative order so court has no jurisdiction to hear his constitutional claims

Jose A. Perez v. Physician Assistant Board and Margaret K Bentley, In her Individual and Official Capacities 03-16-00732-CV (Tex.App—- Austin, Texas October 31, 2017) This is an appeal from the granting of a plea to the jurisdiction where the Austin Court … Continue reading

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Texarkana Court of Appeals holds the vote and decision not to vote on District business cannot be an ultra vires claim

Kilgore Independent School District, et al. v. Darlene Axberg, John Claude Axberg, Sheila Anderson, and the State of Texas 06-17-00060-CV (Tex.App— Texarkana, October 12, 2017) This is an appeal from the denial of a plea to the jurisdiction where property … Continue reading

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District immune from suit challenging the validity of district actions, but Plaintiff entitled to replead as ultra vires claim

 Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Cross-Appellee) v. Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District (Cross-Appellant) 04-16-00536-CV (Tex.App— San Antonio, September 13, 2017) This is a declaratory judgment case between two local governmental entities. The San Antonio … Continue reading

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Town immune from claims to invalidate vote where no ordinance was actually adopted says Fort Worth Court of Appeals

Peter Schmitz, et al  v. Town of Ponder, Texas, et al. 02-16-00114-CV, (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, August 31, 2017). This is an appeal from a final judgment against the Plaintiffs who attempted to force the Town to enforce its … Continue reading

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Interlocutory appeal mooted by Plaintiff’s non-suit, even though Plaintiff refiled similar suit directly after dismissal

City of Sealy, et al.  v. Town Park Center, 01-17-00127-CV (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.], August 24, 2017). This is an opinion where the court held the appeal is moot, but where the City asserted mootness was not applicable … Continue reading