April 6, 2008
Tid Bits: State News
Texas Supreme Court Construes Various Statutes in Major Ethics Case. It's been a major battle that the Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee had been winning, as this article notes, but the Texas Supreme Court reversed that committee's policy and authorized the use of captive firms to represent insureds. The opinion, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee v. American Home Assurance Co., Inc., is here. It was 7-2. A lot of the opinion is founded on Texas-specific statutes, but it's quite a change from the old approach and is likely to have a significant impact on house insureds are represented in Texas.
Wisconsin Voters Oust a Judge. There's an article here that purports that it was a vote against "judicial activists." It's interesting to me because Wisconsin, Michigan, and Connecticut have wildly divergent benches when it comes to the judges' approach to statutory interpretation.
Arkansas Statute Does Not Require Identifying Self in Response to Query. A passenger in a car stopped by police cannot be prosecuted solely for failing to provide identification, so held the Eighth Circuit construing Arkansas statutes, in an opinion, Stufflebeam v. Harris, here.
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