The state’s top bankruptcy lawyer, whose clients include Houston-area car dealers, is a former Dallas County judge who is a registered lobbyist for the auto industry.
A spokesman for the Texas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said it has not yet reviewed the new allegations and declined to comment.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been in office since January 2017, has said he would not defend the auto dealers and will not step down.
He is expected to run again for governor in 2018.
In the lawsuit, a former employee alleged that Paxton and his associates threatened her with the loss of her job if she didn’t sign an affidavit saying she had never been a member of the auto dealer association.
She filed a police report, and Paxton was indicted.
The lawsuit alleged that the allegations were false and that the state fired her on the grounds that she had been in the office of a judge and that she “made a series of false statements in a sworn affidavit.”
It was not clear from the lawsuit if the state could seek to fire Paxton.
The case is the latest example of the political machinations that often surround legal battles over the auto sector.
In February, Paxton sued to keep his state from enforcing new auto safety standards that are being pushed by the American Automobile Association.
The auto industry group is backing the standards.
The state also has been seeking to expand access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a move that could undermine Paxton’s push to expand coverage under the law.
The insurance industry has been critical of Paxton in the past and has raised questions about whether he is well-qualified to run for office.
A lawyer for the state, Mark McDaniel, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Tuesday.
Paxton’s office declined to answer questions about the lawsuit.
He has repeatedly defended his office’s use of civil forfeiture laws, which allow the state to seize assets suspected of being involved in crimes.
A Texas law allows prosecutors to seize property that they believe is connected to a crime even if the owner has not been charged with any crime.