Texas

The state of Texas is the second largest in the US by area, and population. With nearly 270,000 sq.miles in area, and over 28 million residents living in the state, the south-central state shares borders with Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. It is also bordered by Mexican states and the Gulf of Mexico. Houston is the state’s most populous city and 4th most populous city in the country. It was admitted as the 28th state into the union on December 29, 1845.

Texas’ economy was driven by four-prominent industries prior to WWII including cattling, timber, oil, and cotton. The discovery of oil deposits in the state led to the economic boom and was the main driving force in the state throughout the 20th century. Since 2002 Texas has been the leading state in the US in exports, and maintains the second highest GDP in the nation. Today the state is a leading producer in oil, is one of the leading states in government jobs in the tech industry, and has one of the largest economies throughout the US and worldwide.

The government of Texas was set up by the Texas Constitution, and consists of a unitary democratic state government operating under a presidential system that uses the Dillon Rule, as well as governments at the county and municipal levels.  The Dillon Rule is  a legal principle that local governments have limited authority, and can pass ordinances only in areas where they have been granted authority by the larger state government.  The executive branch of the Texas state government includes the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Land Commissioner, Attorney General, Agriculture Commissioner, the three-member Texas Railroad Commission, the State Board of Education, and the Secretary of State.   The system in Texas limits the power of the Governor, as each executive branch member (with the exception of the Secretary of State) are elected independently.

Much like the federal government, the legislature of Texas has two houses-the Texas House of Representatives and the Senate.  Again, like the federal government, the Speaker of the House leads the House of Representatives, and the Lieutenant Governor leads the Senate. 

Texas boasts one of the most complicated judicial systems in the country.  The system is described in Article 5 of the Texas Constitution and is further defined by statute, in particular the Texas Government Code and the Texas Probate Code.  The system is complicated by multiple levels and overlapping jurisdictions, with different courts often sharing courthouses.  The court levels are: The Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of Appeals, District Courts, Probate Courts, Constitutional County Courts, Statutory County Courts at Law, Municipal Courts and the Justice of the Peace Courts.

The National Law Review covers several stories from the state of Texas and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Cases and stories related to telemedicine and healthcare in the state, data and cybersecurity laws, labor and employment laws, paid sick leave, insurance law, bankruptcy and tax cases, are among the different areas of law visitors will find, as they relate to Texas, on the National Law Review site.

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May
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2024
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26
2024
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17
2024
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15
2024
Are You Ready for July 1? Florida, Oregon, and Texas on Deck Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
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19
2024
Money Trees (and Office Greens): Why Real Estate Developers are Transforming Vacant Office Spaces into Trendy Urban Farms ArentFox Schiff LLP
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15
2024
Texas House Speaker Creates Select Committee on AI and Emerging Technologies Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Mar
28
2024
Texas Regulators to Consider Changes to Consumable Hemp Program Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Mar
27
2024
Texas Tells Employers No COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Permitted (US) Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Mar
26
2024
Update on Texas Senate Bill 14-Related Lawsuits McDermott Will & Emery
Mar
14
2024
Texas Hold ‘Em: Lone Star State Enacts New Notice Law Regarding Workplace Violence Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Mar
8
2024
Edwards Aquifer Blindcats: A Potentially Endangered Species With Amanda Glen and Ann Navaro [Podcast] Bracewell LLP
Mar
6
2024
Court Held That Deed For Common Area To Homeowners’ Association Did Not Create A Trust For The Members Winstead
Feb
27
2024
2024 Litigation Look Ahead Series: Increased Application of Major Questions Doctrine Could Limit Regulatory Authority Beveridge & Diamond PC
Feb
26
2024
Steel Fabricator Wins Appeal in OSHA Lock-out/Tag-out Violations Keller and Heckman LLP
Feb
26
2024
Court Affirmed Award of Damages Against Trustee Due to Breach of Duty to Disclose, Held that Trust was Terminated and Disclaimer was Effective, and Affirmed Award of Attorney’s Fees Against Trustee and Refusal to Allow Trustee to Reimburse Herself Winstead
Feb
11
2024
Court Held That A Trust Terminated Upon The Primary Beneficiary’s Death And That The Trustee Did Not Have Authority To Accept New Assets As A Part Of Its “Winding Up” Authority Winstead
Feb
9
2024
Prohibiting Gender-Affirming Care for Minors: Update on Texas Senate Bill 14-Related Lawsuits McDermott Will & Emery
Feb
6
2024
The New Texas Law on Vaccination Mandates: What Changes Do Employers Need to Make Now? Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Feb
6
2024
Don’t Mess with Texas Nurses: Texas Healthcare Facilities Must Adopt Workplace Violence Prevention Plans by September 1, 2024 Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Feb
6
2024
Trending in Telehealth: January 16 – 22, 2024 McDermott Will & Emery
Feb
5
2024
Texas Supreme Court Rules to Foreclose Attorney’s Fees in First Party Appraisal Context Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Feb
2
2024
Texas Hydrogen Alliance – “All Things Hydrogen” Event Recap Foley & Lardner LLP
Jan
31
2024
USDA Awarding $19 Million in Grants to U.S. Business Owners to Increase Access to Clean, Affordable Domestic Biofuels Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Jan
29
2024
Court Reverses Summary Judgments on the Alleged Exercise of a Power of Appointment, Disclaimer, And the Statute of Limitations Winstead
Jan
24
2024
Reminder to Employers Regarding Mandatory Workplace Posters Winstead
Jan
23
2024
Trade Secret Law Evolution Podcast Episode 60: Two States’ Approaches to Preemption [PODCAST] Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jan
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2024
Reflecting on the Interplay Between Real Estate and Intellectual Property in 2023 - Landmark Trademark Cases and Copyright Conundrums ArentFox Schiff LLP
Jan
16
2024
Rooted in Change: Texas Enacts the CROWN Act Foley & Lardner LLP
Jan
9
2024
Current Status of US State Privacy Law Deluge: It’s 2024, Do You Know Where Your Privacy Program’s At? Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Jan
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2024
Texas Updates K&L Gates
Jan
7
2024
New Texas Law Prohibiting Institutions of Higher Education From Establishing or Maintaining DEI Offices Is Now Effective Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Jan
5
2024
Texas Urges Federal Court to Toss Tofurky Challenge of Labeling Law Keller and Heckman LLP
Jan
2
2024
US State Law Roundup – 2023 Year-end Update Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Dec
28
2023
2023 Round-Up on State Consumer Data Privacy Laws Mintz
 

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