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On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, three (involuntary) members of the Texas Bar sued the leadership of the State Bar of Texas in Federal District Court pursuant to new U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence referred to here by Texas Bar president Joe Longley in his letter to the Texas Attorney General's office (hereinafter: OAG). In that letter Joe requested the OAG's opinion regarding whether or not the Texas Bar is operating legally in light of such jurisprudence.   That new caselaw includes: Janus v. State, County and Municipal Employees, 138 S.Ct. 2448 (June 27, 2018), and more recently Fleck v. Wetch, 868 F.3d 652 (8th Cir. 2017), vacated and remanded [in light of Janus], 2018 WL 6272044 (Dec. 3, 2018).   President Longley’s request's identification tag with the OAG for the relevant inquiry is:   RQ-0265-KP, which is available at:  https://www2.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opin/opin_recent.php .  The OAG has since filed an amicus brief in support of the abovementioned involuntary members, which is available here.   

Anyhow a day-by-day report of the most recent filings & developments in the 3 abovementioned Texas Bar members' federal case (McDonald v. Longley, before Judge Lee Yeakel) is available here, while the initial lawsuit is available in .pdf format below.

Newsflash: Class action lawsuits are increasingly emerging in the growing pursuit of compulsory dues-refunds.

The initial complaint in McDonald v. Longley is readily & freely viewable (in complete form) on this page in Microsoft's browser (for example). One may scroll up and down the pages by (for example) touching a page with your cursor and moving your cursor up & down. If you use Google's Chrome browser, however, please click the blue "open" button (a bit far, below) and the document should save to your hard drive in a folder of your choosing. If you use a cellphone to try to view this, you might (perhaps) want to view this on a desktop computer instead.

In case you have trouble downloading the lawsuit, it is also available on Pacer, as well as on CourtListener here.

Case 1:19-cv-00219

(U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin, with Judge Lee Yeakel)



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