The Texas Public Information Act is intended to provide the public with a window into the business of government and the official acts of public officials. There are some limited restrictions on the information that may be obtained by a person requesting information. The Austin Court of Appeals’ opinion in The Austin Bulldog vs. Leffingwell
Mike Northrup is the chair of the appellate practice group at Cowles & Thompson, P.C. He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a former Chair of the Appellate Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. He is also a former briefing attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas.
- Civil Appeals
- Labor and Employment Law
- Insurance Law
- Municipal Law
- Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section
- Defense Research Institute
- College of the State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section
- Texas Aggie Bar Association
- JD, Texas Tech University School of Law (1988)
- B.S., (Political Science), Texas A&M University (1985)
- State Bar of Texas
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Court, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
Temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions are governed by some fairly specific requirements. Failure to follow those black-and-white requirements can result in the court’s order being declared void. That’s what happened in Medi-Lynx Monitoring, Inc. v. AMI Monitoring, Inc. Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 683 requires that an order granting a temporary injunction set the…
The Texas Whistleblower Act protects a public employee who makes a good faith report of a legal violation by his or her employer “to an appropriate law enforcement authority.” Tex. Gov’t Code § 554.002(a). Texas law has generally held that the “appropriate law enforcement authority” must be an authority that has outward-looking powers to investigate,…
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion addressing First Amendment protections over political speech and First Amendment challenges to the state regulation of psychological services.
Yours truly–Mike Northrup–will be speaking to the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section at noon on September 17, 2015, at the Belo Mansion. The title of the presentation will be “Just a Spoonful of Supersedeas Makes the Judgment go Down.” Drop in and hear the answer to what Julie Andrews and supersedeas bonds…
The Supreme Court of Texas has clarified the phrase “compensatory damages” as used in the supsersedeas statute (Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 52.006) and Appellate Rule 24. In In re Longview Energy Company, the court held that disgorgement damages are not compensatory damages and therefore need not be superseded to stay enforcement…
The Supreme Court of Texas has recognized the discretion of a trial court judge to deny the State of Texas automatic supersedeas in cases involving non-monetary judgments pursuant to Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 24.2(a)(3).
In In re State Board for Educator Certification, a schoolteacher challenged the State Board for Educator Certification’s revocation…
The Dallas Court of Appeals has written a couple of recent significant opinions addressing no-evidence summary judgment practice.
In the first opinion, the en banc court considered a no-evidence motion that listed the elements of the claim at issue and then asserted that there was no evidence of "one or more" elements of the plaintiff’s…
I recently presented a continuing education seminar focusing on current issues in state summary judgment practice. As a result of that presentation, the Dallas Court of Appeals‘ holding in Bastida v. Abel’s Mobile Home Service, Inc., came to my attention. In that case, the trial court granted a summary judgment in favor of…
The DRI is sponsoring an Appellate Advocacy seminar in Chicago on July 18th and 19th.
Highlights of the seminar include a moot argument, discussions on embedded appellate counsel at trial, in-house perspectives on appellate practice, and building an appellate practice. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and current Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman are…