Category Archives: United States Supreme Court Decisions

November 22, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** This week I was able to speak to two different groups on ag law issues.  On Monday, I was in Waxahachie, Texas speaking with folks at the Ellis County Beef and Forage Producer Meeting about agricultural leases.  Over the last two weeks, I have also been guest lecturing for Professor Fred Boadu’s undergraduate ag law course here at Texas A&M.  Welcome to the new readers from the meeting and the class!  Here is a look at… Read More →

October 11, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Thank you all for your comments and emails on the Surface Water Issues blog that was posted earlier this week.  These are major issues that are important not only to agriculture in Texas, but to all people nationwide. To wrap up the week, here is a list of a few ag law stories making news this week.  Have a great weekend!   (First)  A group of animal rights activists, including PETA and the Animal Legal Defense… Read More →

October 4, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** I spent this week traveling across Texas for various presentations and meetings.  I enjoyed the chance to speak to the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in Wichita Falls  about current water legislation and litigation on Monday and to a group of landowners in Jack County about eminent domain and pipeline easement negotiations on Tuesday evening.  To those of you who are new to the blog from those events, welcome! … Read More →

Texas Water Wars: Texas v. New Mexico

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Today we turn to our third and final post in the Texas Water Wars series.  Here are links to the first two posts in this series:  United States v. Mexico and Texas v. Oklahoma. Background In 1938, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado entered into the Rio Grande Compact (“the Compact”) to allocate water from the Rio Grande between the three states.  The Compact requires that New Mexico deliver water into the Elephant Butte Reservoir.  At that point, the United… Read More →

Texas Water Wars: Oklahoma Victorious Over Texas

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** We are moving on to the second of our three part Texas Water Wars blog series today.  As you recall, last Monday the blog focused on the dispute over a 1944 treaty between Mexico and the United States.  Today, we turn our attention north and look at the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Tarrant Regional Water Board v. Herrmann. As Justice Sonya Sotomayor pointed out, there is a long history of battles involving the Red River–a Civil… Read More →

July 12, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Here is a quick recap of some agricultural law stories making the news this week. *Mexico to release water.  The International Boundary and Water Commission announced this week that the Mexican government has agreed to release some water to the United States from a Rio Grande tributary.  This release comes amidst escalating tensions between the United States and Mexico regarding compliance with a 1944 treaty.  Lawmakers and Commission officials say that Mexico’s announcement that will release water is… Read More →

July 5, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** I hope everyone had a great time celebrating the Red, White and Blue yesterday for the Fourth of July.  Here is this week’s round up of interesting stories related to agricultural law.   *  The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill last Friday. [Read the bill's full text here.]  Included in the Senate bill is a section titled the “Agricultural Worker Program.”  This portion of the bill provides a method for undocumented individuals who have been involved… Read More →

June 28, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** At the end of each week, I will provide you with a weekly round up detailing various news stories and court decisions that may be of interest.  This week, I have included a few of United States Supreme Court opinions that you have no doubt seen in the news (and one you may not have seen) and a couple of news stories that caught my attention. This week, the United States Supreme Court released several opinions that will impact Texas or are… Read More →