A dozen academics, including Professors Ralph Brubaker and Robert Lawless, are urging the United States Bankruptcy Court to abolish the two-judge panel on a south Texas bankruptcy court that has earned a reputation as a key venue for large bankruptcy cases. The letter from the legal scholars to Chief Judge Eduardo V. Rodriguez comes as a result of media reports about undisclosed relationships between Judge David R. Jones and parties that appeared in his Texas bankruptcy court. Jones was the chief judge who created the two-judge panel to oversee complex cases, which was established in part because of "judge shopping" by companies within Texas's jurisdiction. The two-judge panel became a target for the same practices, however, leading to "controversy and criticism for undermining public confidence in the chapter 11 system," as the letter to Judge Rodriguez states.
Read the full letter to Judge Rodriguez urging the abolition of the Texas two-judge panel system.
Read a Law360 article quoting Professor Lawless about the controversy in the Texas court.