Texas: Federal Appeals Court Orders Texas to Pay $1M in Legal Fees in Voting Rights Case | National Law Journal

Texas must pay more than $1 million in legal fees to groups that challenged the state’s redistricting plans, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.,  ruled Tuesday. Texas forfeited any opposition to fees when it failed to make substantive arguments in the lower court, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said. A three-page advisory filed by the state—contending that Texas became the winner in the redistricting case after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder—didn’t cut it, Judge Patricia Millett wrote. “Texas gets no second bite at the apple now,” Millett wrote. “What little argument Texas did advance in its ‘Advisory’ provides an insufficient basis for overturning the district court’s award of attorneys’ fees.” Paul Smith, chairman of Jenner & Block’s appellate and Supreme Court practice who argued for the groups that sought fees from Texas, said in an email that the D.C. Circuit “properly recognized that Texas failed to file a valid opposition to our fee requests in the district court and then failed again to challenge (or even mention) the district court’s waiver holding in its opening brief on appeal.” A representative of the Texas Attorney General’s Office was not immediately available for comment.

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