In the firms 12th story conference room, Houston Attorney Cris Feldman focuses on the rest of the battle after a major victory in the historic legal battle over oyster rights in Galveston Bay.
Feldman used state records over several decades old to prove fishing rights belong to all Texans.
After Feldman’s constitutional arguments, Galveston State District Judge Lonnie Cox voided the controversial lease that created the firestorm along the Texas Coast. The ruling makes it clear the Chambers Liberty County Navigation District had no right to lease 23,000 acres of Galveston Bay bottom to a company called S.T.O.R.M.
“For two years this illegal lease has added to the heartaches of the good people who make their livelihood harvesting for oysters. Good people have been hurt. Their life’s work threatened. Judge Cox delivered justice for the People of Texas”, says Cris Feldman, partner in the Feldman and Feldman law firm. “We are elated to restore the people’s right to Galveston Bay.”
Feldman will now seek legal fees and pursue financial damages for oyster fishermen who were threatened with trespassing charges if they entered the area.
“This lease was born out of a corrupt process, and even victory cannot recover the damage done to the oyster industry in Galveston Bay”, says Feldman. “For the last two years, oyster companies have been kept from transplanting oysters for public safety, or from investing in reefs. The damage will be felt for years.”
Feldman is readying for the next court battle in December in the oyster fight, but Lisa Halili of Prestige Oyster says the firm has already delivered a miracle.
“When I took on the fight against S.T.O.R.M. I asked God to put the right people in my life for the right reason. We trusted Cris to lead the fight for right. We all owe him a tremendous debt.”
“The bottom line is that Jeri’s Seafood in Chambers County decided it wanted Galveston Bay to itself, went into a back room with cronies, cut a political deal with their buddies, and declared itself sheriff of all things oyster in Galveston Bay, in complete violation of Texas Law,” said Cris Feldman regarding STORM’s ”leasing” of 23,000 acres of bay bottom oyster reefs.
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Following the filing of a whistleblower lawsuit against H.I.S.D, the district doubled down on retaliation by terminating the Chief Internal Auditor Richard Patton. HISD spends taxpayer money on Patton investigation, but now wants to keep it a secret from taxpayers.
David Feldman of Feldman & Feldman, P.C., filed suit on behalf of the Chief Auditor of Houston Independent School District on Friday, August 5, 2016. Richard Patton, HISD Chief Auditor, was suspended with pay for approximately five months after he reported several violations of law to the district’s police chief and the FBI.
On March 10, 2016, the HISD temporary suspended Richard Patton, the district’s chief internal auditor, on “allegations of misconduct and other performance concerns.” David Feldman of Feldman & Feldman, P.C., Patton’s attorney, believes that the suspension was retaliation for blowing the whistle on suspected illegal behavior. Following the suspension, Mr. Feldman plans on filing a whistleblower grievance with the school district. State law protects those who report alleged illegal activity in good faith to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
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Following Dallas Morning News’ request for copies of all of the prosecutor records for the three felony counts against Attorney General Ken Paxton, David Feldman of Feldman & Feldman, P.C. filed suit in Travis County on behalf of the prosecutors to block the TPIA request.
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David Feldman, of Feldman & Feldman, filed suit in Travis County on January 14 to seek declaratory judgment from a TPIA request by Dallas Morning News. “It’s one of those unique things you run into when the attorney general is a criminal defendant, and he also has a separate role – for example, under the public information act. All parties have an interest in protecting the rights of the defendant,” Mr. Feldman, who was appointed by the trial judge to represent the prosecutors, said.
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On October 14, 2015, Dallas Morning News requested copies of the investigative records pertaining to Ken Paxton’s securities fraud investigation. Following an Attorney General letter notice that the sensitive case information should be release, David Feldman of Feldman & Feldman filed suit in Travis County to block the release of sensitive case information. “We’re having to sue the AG so we don’t have to disclose information adverse to the AG that we shouldn’t have to disclose under the law… Fundamentally, it comes down to the notion of a fair trial and avoiding pretrial publicity that might be prejudicial,” Mr. Feldman, who was appointed by the trial judge to represent the prosecutors, said.
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On October 30th, Feldman & Feldman won an important victory for oysterman in Galveston Bay, and indeed for Galveston Bay itself. Cris Feldman, of Feldman & Feldman, obtained a Temporary Injunction keeping 23,000 acres of Galveston Bay open for harvesting and out of the hands of a well-financed front group trying to keep the leases for themselves.
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In November of 2014, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County (MHMRA) was notified that Millet Harrison had been granted outpatient treatment after being confined to an institution in Rusk, Texas since 1994. MHMRA, represented by David Feldman and Christin Grant, appealed an order by a district judge in Jefferson County that required Mr. Harrison to receive treatment in Harris County, to the Beaumont Court of Appeals. On October 30, 2015, the Court of Appeals ruled that the Jefferson County judge lacked authority to order MHMRA to provide outpatient treatment for Mr. Harrison.
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