Law Lets Texas Decide Who Can File Suit Against It

After December 2009, you have to assume that lawyers for every coach thinking about taking a job at a Texas college — or anyone looking at any contract with the state — have boned up on sovereign immunity law.

They would be stupid not to. With only a few exceptions, the law prevents anyone from collecting on a lawsuit against the state government, or even from successfully suing the state, without the state’s permission.

It is the shoelace that tripped Mike Leach, the former head football coach at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, when he claimed that the school violated ...

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