William Helfand Quoted in Houston Chronicle Article
Houston, Texas (February 11, 2019) – Houston Partner William S. Helfand was recently quoted in an article by the Houston Chronicle about a decision by the Texas Supreme Court to decline to hear an appeal by opponents of a resident-approved sales tax in the city of Friendswood, Texas. The tax was voted on in 2016, but opponents of the new tax brought suit against the city, claiming certain election rules were violated.
Mr. Helfand, who represented the city, was pleased with the court’s decision.
“This result is good for the people of Friendswood,” Mr. Helfand said. “It’s good because the people elected this (additional sales tax to fund) economic development program years ago, and unfortunately, some people, who were in the minority of the vote, didn’t like it and tried to upset that.”
Mr. Helfand also commented on how the case has affected the city: “Unfortunately, this ended up costing a great deal of money because of a small group of people who kept appealing decisions made by judges, judges who, numerous times, indicated the lawsuit had no basis in the first place.”
As a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Labor & Employment Practice, Mr. Helfand is one of the leading civil trial lawyers in the Lonestar State. He focuses his practice on the defense of both public and private employers throughout Texas and the United States.