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.
– A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP litigators successfully represented Metroeb Realty 1, LLC in a lawsuit that sought to force Metroeb Realty to sell properties located in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Metropolitan Lofts of New York, LLC.
Metropolitan Lofts commenced an action against Metroeb Realty in October 2012 seeking to enforce a purported agreement to purchase properties owned by Metroeb Realty in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn for $30 million. Metroeb Realty denied that the signed agreement Metropolitan Lofts sought to enforce was valid and binding.
Hastings Entertainment, Inc. reported July 15 that its shareholders approved the merger of Hastings and Draw Another Circle, LLC at a special meeting of Hastings’ shareholders in Amarillo, Texas.
The transaction is valued at about $21.4 million. The vote and merger come after a Texas federal court judge earlier denied a motion for preliminary injunction to halt the deal.