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Legislative Update: Redacting Confidential Information in Government Contracts Legislative Update: Redacting Confidential Information in Government Contracts July 11, 2017

The recent legislative session did not have the impact on the Texas Public Information Act (“TPIA”) that many people thought it would.  Specifically, efforts to overturn the Texas Supreme Court’s decisions in Boeing and Greater Houston Partnership failed.  Both Boeingand Greater Houston Partnership have helped businesses protect information under the TPIA.  Specifically, Boeing allows businesses to claim the competition or bidding exception under Section […]

Let’s All Be Reasonable: Non-Competition Agreements in Texas Let’s All Be Reasonable: Non-Competition Agreements in Texas July 5, 2017

This is the second post in a two-part series covering the basics of drafting a non-competition agreement in Texas. The Texas Business and Commerce Code mandates that a non-competition agreement be “ancillary to or part of an otherwise enforceable agreement” and “that it contains limitations as to time, geographical area, and scope of activity to […]

For Your Consideration: Ensuring the Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements For Your Consideration: Ensuring the Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements June 27, 2017

This article is the first in a two-part series covering the basics of drafting a non-competition agreement in Texas. We have enjoyed strong economic and population growth in recent years in the Lone Star State, particularly in the technology sector. Joel Kotkin, The Valley And The Upstarts: The Cities Creating The Most Tech Jobs, Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2015/ 04/14/cities-creating-the-most-tech-jobs-2015/#6c275ea958ef[1] (last […]

Do the New DOL Overtime Rules Mean That I Will Be Getting (or Giving) a Raise? Do the New DOL Overtime Rules Mean That I Will Be Getting (or Giving) a Raise? June 13, 2017

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is the federal law requiring employers – with certain exceptions – to pay overtime wages to employees that work more than forty hours in a single week.  FLSA overtime litigation has been a major concern for employers with the Department of Labor (“DOL”) reporting more than 20,000 cases with […]

Session is Over and My Bill Died. What Now? June 6, 2017

“I’m from Texas, and one of the reasons I like Texas is because there’s no one in control.” -Willie Nelson In 140 quick, but drama-filled days, it has come and gone—the 85th Texas Legislative Session has come to a close.  Out of over 6,600 bills filed in both the Texas House and Texas Senate this session, […]

Gina McCarthy, “You’re Fired!” Gina McCarthy, “You’re Fired!” December 2, 2016

How President Trump Will Rewind the Green Tape of Obamas Environmental Legacy

Hillary’s Homebrew Server and Lessons for Texas Open Government Hillary’s Homebrew Server and Lessons for Texas Open Government December 1, 2016

Illuminating the Shadows in the Texas Public Information Act

You’d Better Plan, Baby, Plan! You’d Better Plan, Baby, Plan! November 11, 2016

Texas is changing, and so is the way it regulates the oil and gas industry. Get ready. Its about to get a whole lot tougher to operate here.

Public Access to Government Contracts in Texas: High-Stakes Rock-Paper-Scissors? Public Access to Government Contracts in Texas: High-Stakes Rock-Paper-Scissors? October 27, 2016

As the Texas Supreme Court Was Limiting Public Access to Government Contracts in Boeing, the Texas Legislature Was Expanding It Through SB 20. Private businesses want to keep their proprietary information largely private, while the government wants to make its information mostly public. When those interests collide, the result can be messy and contentious—especially in […]

Texas Attorney General Opinion Requests: How to Advocate Effectively Texas Attorney General Opinion Requests: How to Advocate Effectively October 11, 2016

In a Game Without Rules, (Political) Players Can Drive the Process In some ways, the Texas Attorney General is a little like The United States Supreme Court. Actually, there are two United States Supreme Courts. One Court is frequently in the news, deciding controversial social issues that resolve, or sometimes create, decades-long political fights. The […]

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