Lloyd Gosselink News

New Lead and Copper Rule: Updates and Impacts for Public Water Systems

by Nathan Vassar, Lauren Thomas, and Justin Cias A set of drinking water rules that could impose significant operational and cost requirements on public water systems remains pending, as the administration change has caused the Lead and Copper Rule (“LCR”)… Read More

Fair Labor Standards Act: An Overview of the Basic Provisions and Recent Developments

by Sheila Gladstone, Sarah Glaser, and Emily Linn The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is a federal employment law that establishes many of the workplace wage and hour standards employers should be familiar with, including minimum wage, overtime pay, record… Read More

Municipal Corner

Neither the separation of powers provision of article II, section 1 of the Constitution, nor the dual-officeholding prohibition in article XVI, section 40, nor the common-law incompatibility doctrine preclude a deputy sheriff from simultaneously serving as a city councilmember. Tex. Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, We are receiving numerous notices of unemployment claims from the Texas Workforce Commission that are on behalf of employees who are still working here. I am the owner of my company, and we just got one for me!… Read More

In the Courts

Water Cases Optimus Steel, LLC v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1:20-CV-00374, 2020 WL 5881828 (E.D. Tex. Oct. 4, 2020). The dispute in this case concerned a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) for the construction… Read More

Agency Highlights

United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Michael Regan Confirmed as EPA Administrator. On March 10, 2021, the U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Regan as EPA Administrator. Regan previously served as an environmental advocate with the Environmental Defense Fund and served as… Read More

The Lone Star Current – January 2021 Edition

Don’t forget – if there is ever a topic that you would like for us to cover, please reach out to our Managing Editor, Chris Brewster, at 512.322.5831 or cbrewster@lglawfirm.com. Otherwise, enjoy our latest issue! If you… Read More

Preview of the Regular Session of 87th Texas Legislature: The Legislature During a Pandemic

by Ty Embrey The Texas Legislature commenced its 87th Regular Session Tuesday, January 12, 2021, and promises to be unlike any we have seen in some time. Every Regular Session of the Texas Legislature is unique, but the 2021 Regular… Read More

New “Physical Capabilities” Test for 7 U.S.C. 1926(b) Debtors Applied to Dismiss CCN Decertification Complaint

by David Klein and Maris Chambers As we have reported in a number of recent editions of The Lone Star Current, the legal and regulatory landscape governing the protection afforded under 7 U.S.C. § 1926(b) to holders of water and… Read More

Municipal Corner

The common-law reserved powers doctrine could limit whether a home-rule municipality may enter a contract that would prohibit decertification of a special utility district’s certificate of convenience and necessity in the future. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. KP-0340 (2020). The Honorable… Read More

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