By Mark Curriden of The Texas Lawbook Published 7:00 am CST, Friday, December 14, 2018 Can boilerplate language in a business to business contract shield a company and its executives from being held accountable for committing felony fraud and other violations of state law because the victim in a civil lawsuit unwittingly signed a pact agreeing that everything was okay? Appellate law experts say the Texas Supreme Court may be on the verge of making such a legal principle - that terms of a contract override specific state laws and stated legislative policy, the law of the land in Texas. In a potentially precedent-setting case that is being closely followed by business lawyers, attorneys for Mercedes-Benz USA say their client should not be legally responsible for repeated misrepresentations and alleged fraudulent conduct against a South Texas car dealer because the dealer signed a deal agreeing that he relied only on the terms listed in the contract. The Harlingen car … [Read more...] about Question for the court: What if a felony was just part of the contract?
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By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: December 10, 2018 at 10:26 am | UPDATED: December 10, 2018 at 10:35 am WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices. Lower courts in both states had blocked the states from withholding money that is used for health services for low-income women. The money is not used for abortions. Abortion opponents have said Planned Parenthood should not receive any government money because of heavily edited videos that claimed to show the nation’s largest abortion provider profiting from sales of fetal tissue for medical research. Investigations sparked by the videos in several states didn’t result in criminal charges. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said they would have heard the case. It takes four votes on the nine-justice court to grant review, … [Read more...] about Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood
Updated 5:55 pm PST, Saturday, November 10, 2018 FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 file photo, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry leaves the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse in Charleston, W.Va. after a federal jury was selected for his criminal trial. On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, the office of Gov. Jim Justice said that he has accepted the resignation of the suspended state Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges, days ahead of a legislative session set to consider the justice’s removal amid an ongoing scandal involving the court. (Craig Hudson/The Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP) less FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 file photo, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry leaves the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse in Charleston, W.Va. after a federal jury was selected for ... more Photo: Craig Hudson, AP … [Read more...] about West Virginia gov: Convicted and suspended justice resigning
Oralandar Brand-Williams The Detroit News Published 11:47 PM EDT Oct 30, 2018 Republican-endorsed Justices Kurtis Wilder and Beth Clement face well-financed Democratic opponents in a Michigan Supreme Court race that has not generated the high-profile outside attack ads of past campaigns. The campaign was roiled in early August when the state's high court ruled 4-3 to let Proposal 2 on the Nov. 6 ballot, despite arguments from Republican officials and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce that it would change too many parts of the Michigan Constitution and should be subject to a constitutional convention. The plan would create a redistricting commission to draw political boundaries instead of the party in power, which has been the GOP for the past two decades. Clement was booed at the Republican nominating convention later that month and told The Detroit News editorial board that unnamed "special interests" attempted to coerce her into supporting the GOP-leaning … [Read more...] about Well-financed foes give Michigan Supreme Court justices a fight
The city of Bisbee, Arizona is nestled between the hills and mountains of the Chihuahua desert, some 90 miles southeast of Tucson, and just seven miles north of the Mexican border. As one winds up the road to Old Bisbee, the vast Lavender Pit greets visitors and residents alike with a strange, other-timely menace, acting as both a gaping wound and as the weapon that caused it. My first visit to Bisbee was in the summer of 2006, a few short months after I had moved from Los Angeles to Tucson. Over the next couple of years, half a dozen visits were made to this city, once deemed the richest in all of Arizona. Dubbed with the moniker Copper Queen, Bisbee led the export of the mineral for decades, going into double time when America needed ammunition for their troops during World War I. Today, Bisbee struggles for notoriety, holding to the shadow of its past with equal disdain and admiration. While sister city Tombstone is called "the town too dumb to die," Bisbee is affectionately, … [Read more...] about Review: BISBEE ’17, Caught Between Documentary and Narrative