Category Archives: Judiciary and Jurisprudence

States may allow betting on sports after Supreme Court ruling

Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May that cleared the way for states to legalize sports wagering, some states are allowing bets on the outcome of sporting events, and others are considering it. The Texas Constitution and state statutes prohibit sports … Continue reading

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States could receive online sales tax revenue after Supreme Court decision

In the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, online merchants doing significant business in a state may be required to collect sales taxes on products shipped to that state even if the merchant has no physical presence there. … Continue reading

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Air conditioning to remedy heat at Texas prison after legal settlement

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has installed air conditioning in a prison near Navasota as part of a recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by inmates over excessive heat at the facility. The settlement requires TDCJ to install … Continue reading

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Debate continues on guns in buildings that contain courtrooms

Some Texas cities and counties have lifted bans on handguns in multi-use government buildings that house courtrooms after individuals complained that the bans were too broad and therefore illegal. At least two challenges to local bans have moved to the courts. In 2015, the Texas Legislature … Continue reading

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Lawmakers review growing concerns about patent ‘trolls’

As lawsuits over ambiguous patent infringements become a growing concern in several states, including Texas, committees in the Texas Legislature are reviewing the issue this interim. The issue involves patent assertion entities (PAEs) acquiring vaguely worded patents for products or processes … Continue reading

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