Texas County Can't Avoid Suit After Waiving Immunity: Court

Law360, Houston (January 31, 2013, 5:36 PM EST) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday denied a bid by the Harris County Housing Authority to dodge employment litigation being pursued by the agency’s former chief, ruling that it could not revive lawsuit immunity it had waived when his contract was signed.

The First Court of Appeals held that Guy Rankin IV could sue to enforce the Housing Authority’s promise to buy out his contract, denying the agency’s argument that its governmental immunity was restored when the buyout superseded Rankin's employment agreement.

“[W]e hold that the...
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