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Brooks County hires its own county attorney for opioid suit, law prohibits paying fees to salaried officers

By David Yates | May 29, 2019

SOUTH TEXAS – David Garcia, the county attorney for Brooks County, signed a contingency fee agreement with his employer to represent the county in an opioid lawsuit – a relationship that seemingly comes into conflict with the Texas Local Government Code.

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Democrat congressman signs 'modified' contingency contract to keep financial stake in Texas lawsuit

By David Yates | Feb 28, 2019

McALLEN – Only three months ago, a sitting member of Congress signed a “modified” contingency fee contract to represent Hidalgo County in a construction defect lawsuit – a possible ethics violation.

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Exxon argues for Texas justice as it defends self from climate change lawsuits

By David Yates | Jan 17, 2019

FORT WORTH – Texas justices will soon decide whether California municipalities took aim at Texas-based free speech by bringing climate change lawsuits against ExxonMobil, a Texas company, in California courts.

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DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

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Titus County sues Texas AG following opinion ordering opioid time and expense records released

By David Yates | Oct 18, 2018

AUSTIN – For the past year, numerous Texas counties pursuing opioid litigation against pharmaceutical giants have been subject to open records requests. The requests have sought a wide-range of information, including attorney solicitation emails, contract details with outside counsel and, in some cases, even time and expense records.

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Calif. cities file appeal in effort to avoid possible lawsuit from Exxon

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2018

Potential defendants argue Texas court lacks jurisdiction.

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Opioid lawyers pumped $110K into LaHood’s campaign after Bexar County DA hired them

By David Yates | Apr 12, 2018

SAN ANTONIO – Although he lost in the Democratic Primary last month, Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood had his campaign bolstered with $110,000 in contributions from lawyers he hired to represent the county in an opioid lawsuit.

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Records show all-out, unsolicited attorney scramble to sign up Texas counties for opioid litigation

By David Yates | Mar 29, 2018

BEAUMONT – A new lawyer feeding frenzy has swept through Texas – a rush to push counties onboard the opioid litigation train before the state can pull into the station.

Paxton indicted on security fraud charges, Democratic PAC calls Texas AG ‘greedy’

By David Yates | Aug 2, 2015

Austin - Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of security fraud – a development that has one Democratic PAC calling the Republican greedy.

Houston MDL dismisses 30,000 asbestosis cases statewide

By David Yates | Jul 24, 2015

Tens of thousands asbestos cases are coming off the books in the state of Texas, dismissed for lack of medical proof.

Eastern District of Texas No. 1 home for patent suits, report finds

By David Yates | Apr 6, 2015

MARSHALL, Texas (Legal Newsline) - So-called “patent trolls” helped make the Eastern District of Texas the top spot for patent litigation in 2014, a recent report found.

BP can’t tap $750M from Transocean insurance policies, Texas SC rules

By David Yates | Feb 17, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - ,On Friday The Texas Supreme Court blocked BP from collecting $750 million from Transocean insurance policies.

PAC funded by trial lawyers accused of multiple violations

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – A legal watchdog group suspects a PAC funded mostly by trial lawyers has committed multiple violations.

RNC setting sights on Hispanic voters

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Republican National Committee has established its latest Hispanic Advisory Council, targeting Hispanic voters in Pennsylvania.

California Assembly proposes ‘nightmare’ gun control bill

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Two California Assembly Democrats have proposed a gun control bill Friday allowing anyone to target gun owners for firearm confiscation warrants.

Conservative icons Hannity, Beck and Paul to appear in Atlas Shrugged 3

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A trio of famous conservative icons will appear in the upcoming film “Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?”

‘Big Time’ takes jab at Hobby Lobby Ruling

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2014

DELRAY, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A former heavyweight champ and Congressional hopeful is calling the recent Hobby Lobby decision a “blow to women’s health.”

WSJ article calls Cali SC last check against Democratic power

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Perhaps the only thing keeping the Democratic supermajority in check in California is the state’s Supreme Court, suggests a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

Spending in N.C. Supreme Court election soars past $1M

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – With less than one month remaining before Election Day, candidates for the North Carolina Supreme Court have booked more than $1 million worth of TV airtime for campaign ads in the four contested races.

Report suggests ads accusing judges of being soft on crime influence decisions

By David Yates | Nov 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – Campaign attack ads accusing judicial figures of being soft on crime influence their decisions, according to new research sponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

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