Key decisions in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation have highlighted the evolving legal landscape in assessing liability and financial responsibility in a major accident.
While clients sort out the effects of current commodity prices, lawyers must consider how the drop in oil prices will affect demand for legal services across the state in 2015 and 2016.
Although the new rules have a limited impact on the applicable Texas law regarding eminent domain, they do require parties to provide the RRC with more specific information in order for an applicant to obtain a pipeline permit.
Breakdowns in document retention put companies at incredible risk for penalties and sanctions from regulatory agencies and courts in litigation. It is important for every company to develop a policy that curbs that risk.
In some instances companies have to get aggressive to protect their brands, even if such moves prove unpopular. The resulting fallout is just a cost of doing business.
While many have focused on the executive orders that address undocumented foreign nationals, the president also expressed a desire to revise immigration procedures for foreign skilled workers and professionals.
As part of the effort to combat and prevent fraud involving these nonimmigrant visas, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service utilizes a special investigative unit, which, among other things, performs site visits at petitioning employers' places of business.
With employment eligibility audits of form I-9 employment eligibility verification records on the rise, these lax attitudes may turn costly.
A few months ago we gave tips on drafting non-competes. This month, we look at litigating them. When that decision needs to be made, all eyes turn to the GC. Here is a GC punch list.
We live in a phrase driven world. Often using a phrase as if on automatic pilot, not understanding the hidden or inadvertent meanings behind the phrase.
What can practitioners do to address this issue in copyright cases?
It's fitting that Cherry Hearn arrived at such an unorthodox company in such an unorthodox way.
To minimize the total spend in patent cases is to take the offense early to encourage the patent holder to dismiss the suit or settle as early as possible on defense-favorable terms.
These gatherings can invite unwanted sexual advances and potentially unlawful conduct.
To make break-ups more straightforward and slightly less painful, employers should carefully review all provisions of their severance agreements with the following guidance in mind.
At least eight GCs attending the recent 2014 Legal Week Corporate Counsel Forum were asked about the greatest challenges facing in-house legal departments, and how the role of the department is changing.
Nine months ago, Blake Brodersen left Scott & White Health Plan in Temple, where he had been assistant general counsel for more than 12 years, to become general counsel of Molecular Rebar Design, a young Austin company working with carbon molecules.
Many noncompetes are difficult to understand, confuse employees rather than enlighten them and read as if they were written in the 1970s.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have encouraged companies to include FCPA audit rights as part of a robust compliance program. GCs tasked with drafting a right-to-audit clause should consider the following.
Although working in-house was Julie Lennon's original plan when she went to law school, it wasn't until after almost 20 years in private practice that she finally made the move in-house.
Rather than wait for the SEC to establish the proposed rules for implementation at the federal level, twelve states have gone ahead and adopted their own intrastate crowdfunding rules, and Texas is lined up to be number thirteen.
The average compensation for general counsel at large Texas companies declined by 8.1 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 but still is more than double the average profits per partner at the 25 highest-grossing firms.
General Counsel are Lawyers "Plus." Knowing the law is only part of the job. The rest is in understanding the all too human dynamics that make a company go tick-tock.
The court's opinion acknowledges that it has left "gap-filling" to the lower courts—perhaps meaning years of ongoing disputes in the lower courts to provide needed clarity.
During the 2.5 years that Miniex has been GC, she has drafted the HHA's first whistleblower policy and an addendum to the agency's lease agreements which prohibits smoking in HHA properties—both adopted by the agency's Board of Commissioners—and streamlined the residential eviction process from 12 to 3 months.
Depending upon the importance and the magnitude of the amounts at stake, it may be worth spending more time to draft a prevailing party provision that specifically sets forth the intentions of the parties.
Issues of attorney-client privilege pervade a general counsel's life. Let's look at some new cases—some with good news and some with not so good news.
The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled how to construe the term "plaintiff" in the context of claims against design professionals and under what circumstances a Certificate of Merit is required.
What is the U.S. Department of Justice's next move to avoid prosecuting a corporation and its leaders? This time it's the restitution and remediation agreement.