After winning a verdict for $319 million in damages against a Houston pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners turned to a Haynes and Boone, LLP team led by appellate partner Nina Cortell
to help convince the judge to enter a judgment in line with the jury's findings.
ETP's confidence in Cortell and her team paid off. On July 29, Judge Emily Tobolowsky of the 298th District Court in Dallas awarded ETP more than $500 million in her final judgment in Energy Transfer Partners v. Enterprise Products Partners
, a dispute over whether the parties had entered a partnership to build a pipeline.
– State District Judge John Dietz today issued a final judgment holding the state’s school finance system unconstitutional on several grounds, giving Haynes and Boone, LLP client Texas School Coalition a groundbreaking victory in the long-running dispute over funding requirements.
All the school district plaintiff groups succeeded on their claims. Judge Dietz held that the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs had proven that the current school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional statewide property tax and fails to sufficiently fund Texas schools at the level required to provide a constitutionally adequate education.
Fort Worth’s 2nd Court of Appeals has ruled that local reporters are allowed access to two barred January hearing transcripts associated with a juvenile capital murder case and that State District Judge Jean Boyd abused her discretion in closing the hearings to the media in the first place.
In a 26-page opinion, Justice Sue Walker determined Judge Boyd closed her courtroom “without showing a good cause,” as required in the Texas Family Code, and ordered Judge Boyd to immediately vacate the courtroom closure orders.
The Texas Supreme Court has recently published for comment rule changes that largely adopt the unanimous recommendations of the Texas Supreme Court task force on international law practice. The reforms address three primary areas: (i) the eligibility of foreign lawyers to sit for the Texas Bar exam (primarily designed for licensed foreign lawyers who have graduated from an accredited law school in their home country and complete an LLM at an American Bar Association accredited law school); (ii) the foreign legal consultant certification for foreign lawyers who wish to solely practice the law of their home country while working in Texas; and (iii) the pro hac vice rule permitting a foreign lawyer to appear in a Texas court proceeding upon application to the judge and with the presence of Texas counsel.