AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court has determined state law and other rules don't allow special prosecutors in Attorney General Ken Paxton's felony securities fraud case to collect their $300-an-hour rate.

The 5th Court of Appeals as part of a ruling Monday voided the prosecutors' $205,000 invoice that dated to early last year.

The court sided with commissioners in Collin County, north of Dallas, who filed a lawsuit arguing that the prosecutors' fees were too high.

The court said Texas law requires that counties set both minimum and maximum hourly rates.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Collin County has since changed its fee schedule.

Paxton has pleaded not guilty to charges that he steered investors to a technology startup in 2011 without revealing he was being paid by the company.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News,