The unanimous decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor wipes out Apple's $399 million in design patent damages and sends the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The unanimous decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor wipes out Apple's $399 million in design patent damages and sends the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra wrote in his Dec. 2 opinion in Lloyd v. Birkman that Robert Lloyd's equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment were violated when he was asked about those issues during an interview conducted March 18, 2013, by the Williamson County Commissioners Court.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed former district judge Faith Johnson as Dallas County's new district attorney, replacing Susan Hawk, who resigned from office in September after a long battle with mental illness.
After his latest trial win against Johnson & Johnson, Houston's Mark Lanier says he has as much as $13 billion in verdicts under his belt. But who's counting?
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was ordered Monday to appear in a Texas federal court to submit to deposition questions asked by Exxon Mobil Corp. lawyers
Whether through yoga, meditation sessions or therapy animals, law schools nationwide are stepping up their efforts to reduce the stress of finals.
The case hinges on Lexmark International's use of patent law to bar recycling and reselling of its used printer cartridges.
A Delaware federal judge has sent back to the Delaware Court of Chancery a proposed class and derivative action over an alleged $1 billion "Ponzi-like scheme" at Texas-based limited partnership United Development Funding III, finding that claims for fiduciary breaches, waste and unjust enrichment called for state, and not federal, review.
Greg Gegenheimer, an Austin solo practitioner, on Monday filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against members of the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas, alleging they have violated the Equal Protection Clause of the constitution by maintaining a race- and sex-based quota scheme for the composition of their panel.
Dallas plaintiff lawyer Brian Loncar, well known in Texas for his "Strong Arm" television commercials, was found dead at his law office on Sunday a week after his teenage daughter died by suicide.
Since the U.S. Department of Labor secured favorable rulings from two federal judges preserving its new fiduciary rule, which is aimed at curbing retirement investment advisers' potential conflicts, many lawyers' eyes are trained on a third judge: U.S. District Chief Judge Barbara Lynn of the Northern District of Texas, before whom a challenge of the proposed regulation is pending.
In a win for Becton Dickinson and its lawyers at Paul Weiss, a unanimous panel held that patent infringement can't give rise to antitrust liability.
In an era when demand for legal services is softening, the country's largest firms are increasingly going to courts and arbitration against their former clients to collect fees in what consultants say is the "new normal."
Though important, cybersecurity for law firms takes a back seat to business and profit demands, according to Novitex and the Association of Legal Administrators' (ALA) "2016 Report on Trends Impacting the Legal Industry," a survey of over 800 law firms and legal administration professionals worldwide.
More than 30 law firms have asked a federal judge to award them legal fees and costs associated with a $14.7 billion class action settlement with Volkswagen, most filing after an order last week that barred attorneys from submitting liens against their clients' awards.
Johnson & Johnson lost a $1 billion verdict on Thursday in a closely watched trial over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. division.
Talmage Boston, a civil litigator for 40 years, spoke with Texas Lawyer and about his perspective on Donald Trump's upcoming presidency, seen through a historical lens.
Kelley Drye & Warren has entered the Texas market through the acquisition of a 14-lawyer environmental litigation boutique.
The litigation firm picked up a pair of Big Law alums to open in Boca Raton.
In recent years, Texas and other central U.S. states have experienced a surprising jump in the number of earthquakes. That has led scientists and regulators on a quest to determine whether the earthquakes are being caused by human activities or are occurring naturally.
Let's face it—lawyers don't get enough credit for their creativity. Sure, we're supposed to be zealous advocates, but when it comes to mounting a defense against a seemingly insurmountable mountain of evidence incriminating our clients, attorneys who come up with the most ridiculous (or ridiculous-sounding) defenses are all too often overlooked or ridiculed.
This article examines key pros and cons to self-reporting potentially unlawful behavior to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Q&A with Tracy Preston, general counsel of Neiman Marcus.
Bruce W. Bowman Jr. has been named president and managing shareholder of Dallas-based Godwin Bowman & Martinez.
The Dallas Women Lawyers Association has presented trial lawyer and philanthropist Lisa Blue with the 2016 Louise B. Raggio Award.
Want to feel grateful at work? It is the place where we spend the most time other than being with loved ones. Ask not whether you are "happy" with your job but rather, as did the ancient Greeks, ask whether you are fulfilled in it.
In an effort to create more efficiency in trademark trial proceedings and to lend clarity to the process, particularly following the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in B&B Hardware, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has amended its Rules of Practice.
We are proud to profile the honorees of our 2016 Top Women in Energy awards. The following women are recognized for their work in the area of energy law—an area that has been particularly volatile this past year.
A jury awarded $18.6 million to a woman who fell off a motorcycle and claimed post-traumatic stress disorder. Breisha Bell was a passenger on the bike operated by her then-boyfriend Kevin Genter.
Tracy Preston is one of very few people who knows what Neiman Marcus will offer as "fantasy gifts" in The Christmas Book long before the catalogue comes out.
Trade secret protection and patent protection have always overlapped. The question owners of these intellectual property rights always have to ask themselves is which protection would better suit their intellectual property needs, if in fact not both.
On Aug. 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, an EPA regulation imposing carbon dioxide limits on existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. It is likely the most impactful and most contentious rule ever issued by the EPA.
The DOJ's new one-year pilot enforcement program, announced in April, encourages companies to self-report illegal payments under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Davis Polk, Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis landed roles in creating a new North American land pressure pumping company called BJ Services.
Yesterday was a big day for Big Law, with news of no fewer than three transatlantic mergers. Eversheds and Holman Fenwick Willan—the U.K.’s 13th- and 29th-largest law firms by revenue—both ended their long-running search for a U.S. combination, while Dentons emerged as a possible savior for the struggling European arm of King & Wood Mallesons.
Nigeria, Angola and Yemen are the countries with the highest risk of bribery, according to a report released today from the anti-bribery group TRACE International.
Few would consider $2.44 million and $440,000 in attorney fees in a prisoner's rights case as a bad haul for a newcomer to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following her first appearance there, Christine Stetson, an associate in Beaumont's Bernsen Law Firm, bolstered the odds that her clients, family members of detainee who died in an Orange County, Texas, jail, will win a final judgment of that size.
In this digital age, technology forces us to evolve in how we communicate with each other. It's not an easy task, but it's imperative that, as a society, we must learn to combat behaviors that can lead to tragic consequences.
Donald Trump's most memorable moment on the campaign trail regarding people with disabilities occurred when he appeared to mimic the physical appearance and distinctive movements of a reporter with a disability. In a report on Aug. 11, 2016, NBC News called it Trump's "worst offense" during the campaign, and during the Democratic convention Time magazine quoted Iowa Senator Tom Harkin to say, "Never has the issue of disability rights and inclusion been this prominent in an election." Trump denied that he had any intention to mock the reporter.
The campaign for the 2017 election of the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas kicked off Tuesday when Austin solo Joe Longley sent emails to more than 60,000 bar members seeking signatures on his petition to get on the ballot.
On Dec. 5, a trial is scheduled to start before U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas to settle a dispute between two alcohol distilling companies, which each claim ownership to trademarks with the word "cowboy" as part of each of their marks.
Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is in talks to combine with Eversheds, one of the U.K.'s largest firms, the two firms announced Tuesday.
Houston's Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown has agreed to merge with London-based Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the U.K.'s 30 largest law firms by revenue, according to leaders at both firms.
Latham & Watkins, Kelly Hart & Hallman and Weil, Gotshal & Manges are handling an $855 million, two-step asset purchase.
The Office of Legal Counsel often has the last word on murky areas of the law — and there are plenty trailing President-elect Donald Trump into the White House.
Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig sparked a national debate with a Nov. 24 Washington Post op-ed arguing that members of the electoral college should choose as president popular vote winner Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump on the grounds that everyone’s vote should count equally.
The agenda for the meeting of the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association on Nov. 29 is not what the group had originally planned. It all changed after Donald Trump won the election.
On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland labor and employment lawyer Peter Kirsanow unexpectedly found himself face-to-face with President-elect Donald Trump.
Disgraced Texas financier R. Allen Stanford will remain in federal prison after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied his petition to reverse his conviction stemming from a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.
This week's episode of Bull dealt with a politically motivated prosecution. The State brought a vehicular manslaughter charge against a man whose wife was killed when the car he was driving collided with a car that stopped suddenly in front of it.
Even a labor lawyer who typically represents employers expressed surprise about the pre-Thanksgiving ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant. Mazzant, who presides in a Sherman, Texas, courtroom, granted Texas and other states their request for a preliminary injunction to halt the Obama administration's proposed regulatory revisions that would have doubled for most employees the salary threshold for overtime pay.
Sam Peca, Dallas associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in recognition of, among other things, his more than 360 hours of pro bono legal service during his two-month tenure as a lend-a-lawyer with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has asked U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas to vacate his order requiring her to appear in a Dallas courtroom to submit to deposition questions posted by Exxon Mobil Corp. lawyers.
Donald McGahn II served as general counsel to Donald Trump's campaign and has continued as an advisor for the transition.
For nearly eight years under President Barack Obama, labor and employment practitioners have been kept busy by a host of new federal policies, largely promulgated through regulations, that have changed everything from the legal definition of "joint employer" to how federal contractors report alleged labor violations.
ALM's recently released report highlights the progress law firms have made over the past several years at incorporating non-lawyer executives into their leadership teams. It also highlights some of the challenges law firms are still struggling with to get the most out of their C-suites.
A few months after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, Houston construction lawyer Thomas Barber decided to wind down his practice at Coats Rose. Six years later, after his cancer went into remission, the newly married Barber joined a new firm and has spent the last year embarking on the demanding task of rebuilding his practice.
Ronald C. Green, who spent a total of 12 years on Houston City Council and as Houston city controller, joined the Houston office of Greenberg Traurig.
From ever-changing technical demands to security and access considerations, mobile discovery can be an intricate and arduous task.
There are strategies to maximize your company's recovery.
Dallas lawyers are mourning the loss of George Bramblett, a well-known civil trial lawyer and founding partner of one of the city's largest law firms, Haynes and Boone. Bramblett, who had a heart attack in his home on Monday, was 76.
Continued lack of access in public schools to bathrooms matching transgender persons' gender identity won't cause them irreparable harm, a Texas federal judge has ruled.
The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on an all-stock megamerger that will unite a network of oil and gas pipeline giants controlled by Dallas-based billionaire Kelcy Warren.
The love story behind the U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down state laws banning interacial marriages ensures the movie appeals to lawyers and their families.
A Texas federal judge issued an preliminary injunction halting the Obama administration's proposed regulatory revisions that would have doubled for most employees the salary threshold for overtime pay.
Did your legal department feel pressure to reduce spending in 2016? If so, you're far from alone, according to a report released by the consultancy CEB Global.
Did Texas lawmakers intend to discriminate when they passed a voter identification law? Yes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. No, according to the Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that Texas-based power company Energy Future Holdings Corp. must pay hundreds of millions of dollars for early redemption of notes in its bankruptcy.
Anthem Inc. drew the battle lines Monday in defense of its proposed purchase of Cigna Corp., faulting the U.S. Justice Department for refusing to see any benefit in the $48 billion deal as the blockbuster megamerger trial opened in Washington federal district court.
President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January with the unusual situation of owning or co-owning companies that are involved in disputes with federal agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, including at least two open matters at the board.
A settlement was announced Friday in three suits that claimed President-Elect Donald Trump improperly promoted the now-defunct “university” through which he promised to teach people his real estate secrets.
The first major litigation effect of the election of Donald Trump took place in a Texas federal district court Friday when the lawyers in the case against the Obama administration's plan to delay deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants asked the judge to postpone proceedings until Feb. 20.
Lawyers who attended the oral arguments Thursday in a Texas federal district court in the case challenging the U.S. Labor Department's fiduciary rule had differing views about which way U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn was leaning.
In choosing Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as his nominee for U.S. attorney general, President-elect Donald Trump selected a reliably conservative and outspoken critic of some the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent and most controversial liberal-leaning rulings.
Sen. Ted Cruz dedicated his address Friday at the Federalist Society convention to the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia—and the "great hope," for conservatives, that Donald Trump's presidential win delivered. What about the possibility that Cruz will serve on the Supreme Court? "History is long and can take unexpected paths," Cruz, a former Big Law partner, said in response to a question.
President-elect Donald Trump has offered Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, the position of U.S. attorney general, according to multiple news reports Friday morning.
A subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co. ran a nepotism program on a grand scale in China, Justice Department officials said Thursday, as the bank agreed to pay $264.4 million to settle allegations it hired the sons and daughters of government officials to bribe its way to investment deals.
After more than 80 years, Fort Worth's Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller will close at the end of the year, one current and two former partners said.
Dallas attorney Casey Griffith beat the government at its own game in more ways than one when he recently convinced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to deny review to five out of his client's six patents that the U.S. Department of Justice wanted invalidated.
Although Trump's campaign speeches lacked substance, his position on immigration as set out in his immigration position paper is very detailed and specific.
In 2011, the Obama administration’s U.S. Justice Department ignited controversy over its decision to stop defending a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that it found unconstitutional.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Court affirmed a $30 million judgment against an insurance company after it refused to pay off a Houston law firm's legal malpractice claim by pointing to exclusion in a liability policy that was so broad it covered "every single thing an attorney does or does not do, wrongful or not."
Are you a law firm executive? Do you feel underutilized by the partnership you serve? You’re not alone. A survey released Wednesday by ALM Intelligence found 39 percent of the growing law firm executive ranks did not feel they played a pivotal role affecting the future of their firms.
Litigator Dean Siotos is leaving local firm Macdonald Devin to manage the office.
That decision leaves current third-year students in limbo as to whether they will be eligible to sit for the July 2017 bar exam.
Among the priorities Donald Trump spells out in his "America First Energy Plan," he promises to open untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, as well as onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands. Washington-based Baker Botts partners Steven Leifer, chairman of the firm's environmental team, and Megan Berge, this week shared their perspective about the Trump administration's agenda and its potential effect on the U.S. energy sector.
A Chicago lawyer acquitted on sexual assault charges can pursue a defamation lawsuit against Gawker Media after an appeals court found that a comment posted to its former online site Jezebel “unequivocally” accused him “of committing a crime (rape).”
President-elect Donald Trump offered few specifics on the campaign trail about student debt and the government’s role in aiding those saddled with massive educational loans.
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce has fined Swedish packaging giant Tetra Pak International S.A. $97 million for abusing market dominance.
Texas lagged in revenue growth and demand growth during the first nine months of the year, according to a Citi Private Bank survey of law firms, but excelled in expense containment.
U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings of the Northern District of Texas Wednesday issued a permanent injunction holding unlawful a federal Department of Labor regulation that would require employers seeking legal advice on labor issues to abide by additional reporting obligations.
Panic might be an initial reaction when the Internal Revenue Service comes calling, but some residents in Fort Worth have a new helping hand from law students who will gain hands-on tax law experience.
Texas and 13 other states challenging new public school bathroom policies affecting transgender students said a delay in their implementation would cause no harm to individuals. The argument was made in response to the U.S. government's motion to stay a nationwide injunction on introducing the new policy, which would require that transgender student be allowed to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.
The plaintiffs who sued Baker Botts and a Houston partner, alleging the defendants negligently failed to maintain privileged communication, settled their claims for an undisclosed amount of money.
A new survey report suggests that social media isn’t just for cat photos and political arguments anymore. The inaugural Bloomberg Law Labor and Employment Practice Benchmarks Report highlights the use of Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter “as business development activities.”
In her final House Financial Services panel testimony, White said that the agency is still ‘significantly’ underfunded.
Prominent Houston trial lawyer Tony Buzbee hasn't yet tried to call President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him, but he has told texas Lawyer he doesn't view the soon-to-be president-elect as bad news for plaintiffs' lawyers.
There are plenty of reasons why insurance companies aren't supposed to be third-party defendants in tort cases under Texas law. And Jamie Carsey used all of them to convince Houston's First Court of Appeals to severe her insurer client from a personal injury lawsuit involving an amputated finger.
A recent decision by the American Bar Association to allow alternatives nationwide to the Law School Admission Test and a successful experiment by a major law school to accept the GRE indicate the LSAT may have to learn to share.
Eight of President-elect Donald Trump's 21 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees will find themselves in a sea of enthusiastic faces later this week during the Federalist Society's annual national convention in Washington.
A federal judge has tentatively denied President-elect Donald Trump’s motion to bar plaintiffs lawyers from using statements he made during his presidential campaign at a trial later this month in a fraud case brought by former Trump University students.
Change is coming to the regulatory environment and to the nation’s courts that will reverberate across the legal industry. We have the forward-looking analysis you need to advise clients, manage your business and respond to the new political forces.
Brian Bradigan and Jennifer Cheek have joined Hermes Law in Dallas as attorneys.
Baker Botts represents Hines Real Estate Investment Trust of Houston in its sale of West Coast office assets to an affiliate of Blackstone for $1.162 billion as part of a liquidation.
President-elect Donald Trump has asked to delay a trial scheduled this month in a high-profile fraud case until after he gets inaugurated but has offered to undergo a video deposition or recorded trial testimony – as long as it's all confidential.
Although the general election is in the rear-view mirror, battles over voting rights in Texas appear set to remain on federal court dockets for at least the rest of the year.
President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something, well, more affordable. Beyond that broad declaration, though, Trump has been less than forthcoming with details about what exactly he would do, leading to widespread uncertainty in the health care industry. Nonetheless, there are many things companies, health care and otherwise, can be doing now to prepare for the potential dismantling of the six-year-old law, experts say.
The International Trade Commission will consider whether to block imports of a material used in lithium-ion batteries for violating a domestic company's patent.
The election of Donald Trump as president made it all but certain that conservatives will be joining the U.S. Supreme Court, but there is far greater uncertainty among tort reform groups and the defense bar when it comes to legislative and regulatory efforts aimed at curbing class actions and widening the use of arbitration.
For the 52 nominees to the federal courts waiting for action by the U.S. Senate—some for nearly two years—last night’s Republican sweep of the White House and Congress spells the end for their hopes of making it onto the bench.
With speculation spreading across Washington about possible Trump administration nominees, at least one concrete list of names is already public: 20 people Trump would appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Immigration lawyers in Texas would get a lot of work if Trump follows through on his campaign promise to enforce laws and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants.
President-elect Donald Trump has named J. Steven Hart, a longtime Washington lobbyist who focuses on tax and employee benefits, as the leader of his labor transition team.
Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer’s ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.
“The courts have often served as a defense against injustice and abuse. They will need to do so again.” That’s what Paul Bland, the executive director of Public Justice, wrote Wednesday in his blog, where he pledged that the non-profit will “continue bringing, and winning, the most impactful cases.”
For the 52 nominees to the federal courts waiting for action by the U.S. Senate—some for nearly two years—last night’s Republican sweep of the White House and Congress spells the end for their hopes of making it onto the bench.
Richard Pena's experience—his recollection of it all the more poignant as the nation recognizes Veterans Day on Nov. 11—changed his life, shaped his legal career and now fuels his passion to help today's veterans with their legal problems.
This summer, President-elect Donald Trump recommended the government take no stance on the issue of transgender bathrooms. "There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go. They use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate," Trump said.
Anne-Marie Rábago has been hired by the State Bar of Texas as the first director of the Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator program.
Within hours of Donald Trump clinching the presidency, legal academics across the country were offering their thoughts on the outcome and parsing how a Trump White House will affect their areas of interest in the law.
McGuire Woods partner John Adams, a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, says voters want a court that "does not step out as boldly."
A shock result following a highly divisive campaign with worrying racial undertones, stock markets crashing, currency tumbling, social media in uproar…anyone else getting a strong sense of deja-vu? The Dawn of Trump: It’s like Brexit all over again.
President-elect Donald Trump said during the last debate in October that if he became president, the U.S. Supreme Court would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade, sending the contentious issue of abortion back to the states. But the high court does not make change "automatically"—or quickly.
In raw numbers, it can seem a daunting task: 650,000 emails, eight days, and arguably, one presidential election hanging in the balance.
Whether lawyers like it or not, President-elect Donald Trump is poised to make a lasting impact on the federal judiciary in Texas. The state currently leads the nation with 12 federal judicial vacancies including two seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court and emergencies have been declared in all four of its federal divisions.
Litigation over a chemotherapy drug that causes permanent hair loss has attracted an unusually large number of submissions from plaintiffs attorneys hoping to be appointed lead counsel, with an informal group led by Mikal Watts competing against a slate led by Karen Barth-Menzies and Christopher Coffin.
Leaders of Texas firms expect the new administration will provide work in several areas including health care, energy, infrastructure and tax.
President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign called for the repeal of the Wall Street reform law Dodd-Frank, and he advocated for U.S. Supreme Court justices in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. We take a snapshot of Trump's transformative regulatory positions as a new day unfolds in the nation's capital.
A federal judge in Newark has denied a motion to find the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for cooperating with Donald Trump’s election day poll-monitoring plans.
The first — and really only — rule about confidential settlements is that litigants aren't supposed to talk about them. And when an opposing party did talk about a $60,000 settlement, Griffin Collie recently convinced Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals that his client should be excused from paying it.
If post-election litigation erupts, both sides have lawyers at the ready in key battleground states.
She had zero tolerance for politics and was driven by the impact her decisions had on real people, say the lawyers who worked with Reno at Main Justice.
The 2016 presidential election is still a day away, but Charles Franklin crossed his election marathon finish line last Wednesday when the Marquette Law School Poll released its final predictions of the protracted campaign season.
Janet Reno was many things. A South Florida icon. The first woman U.S. attorney general. And the first woman state attorney for Miami-Dade County. Reno died Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 78.
General Electric Co.'s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes Inc. announced in late October their agreement to create a global oilfield technology giant with $32 billion of combined revenue and operations in more than 120 countries.
Amid a trademark dispute with another local law school, South Texas College of Law announced a new name that tacks Houston onto the end of its old name.
The United States' relations with Latin America will pivot on Tuesday's U.S. election, a Brookings Institution foreign policy expert said Monday.
In helping push Donald J. Trump to a shocking presidential victory on Tuesday, Texas Republican voters also made sure that all of the state's most important judicial seats remained firmly in the hands of the GOP.
Lynne Powers is remarkable in more ways than one. Even though she earned her law degree outside the Lone Star State, she snagged the highest score on the Texas bar exam.
Penn State has been hit with a $2.4 million fine for ignoring many duties the university is required to do under the Clery Act, AP reports. The fine issued is the largest under the law.
The legal academy is responding with outrage and disgust that a white professor at the University of Oregon School of Law wore blackface to an off-campus Halloween party attended by some fellow law faculty and students.
Three religious-affiliated, nonprofit health care systems are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step into a multimillion-dollar battle with two plaintiffs firms that claim the pension plans of the medical networks are not exempt from federal law.
Chicago Cubs fans who clung to their seats Wednesday night—wherever those seats were—had some high-powered company rooting for the World Series winners: Justice John Paul Stevens.
It’s a law student’s steroid. Adderall, the drug of choice for nearly all law students who admit to using prescription medication without a doctor’s approval, is attributed with intensifying focus, stimulating thought and eliminating the need for breaks or sleep.
After winning what was then the highest jury award ever in the United States, Stephen Susman went on to open his own firm and pioneer the use of contingency fees in big commercial litigation.
In the same year K&L Gates helped client Carnegie Mellon University secure a $750 million patent infringement settlement that netted the firm $210 million in fees, K&L Gates is giving back to its client in the form of a $10 million endowment to study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence.
A president’s judicial picks are an imperfect lever for shaping policy. And yet their influence long outlasts any executive’s time in the White House. With the clock ticking down on Barack Obama’s presidency, we examine the stamp he leaves on the nation’s courts.
During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama filled crucial judicial vacancies in districts along the U.S. border with Mexico, where immigration matters make up a large part of the docket.
Results of the July 2016 Texas Bar Examination are posted on the Texas Board of Law Examiners website.
For the fourth time this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rescued software patents that a district found ineligible for patenting.
Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan agreed to settle his case against Gawker Media for $31 million, according to bankruptcy court documents filed Wednesday.
The data set is relatively small, but other factors may push answers beyond Election Day.
How ironic that lawyers have reputation as pitbulls who can’t resist a tough fight. From my perch—as a former lawyer and current journalist—I’d say the opposite is often true. Although lawyers can be royal pains in advocating for their clients, there’s also a side of them that’s oddly passive-aggressive and, sometimes, just cowardly.
Lawyers who helped Noble Energy of Houston and Pittsburgh-based CONSOL Energy form a natural gas joint venture in the Marcellus Shale in 2011 are now working to split the two companies' operations.
Dr. Bull and his team were back at it again, this week dealing with the issue of coerced confessions.
Houston's Crown Castle International Corp. is acquiring FPL FiberNet Holdings from Florida's NextEra Energy.
President Barack Obama sought to expand the representation of women and minorities on the federal bench, and many consider diversity gains his most important legacy on the courts. By the numbers, 42 percent of Obama’s judicial appointees are women and roughly 37 percent classify themselves as a race or ethnicity other than white.
President Barack Obama’s appointees to the federal appeals courts have started to leave their mark on the business world, to the chagrin of corporate executives. Appellate lawyers say it’s too early to see major swings in the law, but individual rulings on labor, class actions and administrative law show signs of a shift to the left.
In the last eight years, the Fifth Circuit bench has begun shifting away from predictable conservative patterns, appellate lawyers said.
Susman Godfrey lawyers secured a $43.2 million verdict for their client, Apache Deepwater, against W&T Offshore. That outcome followed a two-week trial in Houston federal court about an oil patch contract dispute between the two companies over the abandonment of a well in the Gulf of Mexico. But there remains wide disagreement over what the jury's decision means.
Two international arbitration partners in New York have joined K&L Gates from Cozen O’Connor, opting for a larger, global platform and allowing K&L to fill a gap in its international arbitration practice.
The big flashy solar projects were a clue that Latin America's renewable energy sector is booming. Growth in Mexico is a example of what is happening in the region.
Law professor Bill Piatt said the "Holy Spirit had bigger plans" for him when he helped organize a faith-based continuing legal education program at St. Mary's University School of Law last year. At the time, Piatt said he only planned to throw in one Christian CLE and be done with it, but instead the school is offering the program again on Nov. 18. Piatt said he has also talked with law professors around the country who want to emulate the program.
From the upbeat summer days of 2014 when crude oil was flirting with prices over $110 per barrel to the deep descent in February 2016 when oil plunged below $27 per barrel, oil prices have been on a rollercoaster ride in recent years that rivals Six Flags' Texas Giant.
Fortunately for lawyers, the boredom of our professional lives is broken up by the myriad odd, and often amusing, "did that just happen" moments in the legal system.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has long recommended that all health care workers receive an annual influenza vaccination. Throughout the United States, employers in the health care industry have experimented with strategies to encourage voluntary influenza vaccinations of health care workers. However, voluntary immunization policies have not had a significant impact on the overall coverage rate. During the 2010-2011 flu season, for example, the CDC found that 95 percent of health care workers received the flu shot when their employer required it but, when vaccinations were made voluntary, the rate of immunization fell to less than 64 percent.
Texas Lawyer spoke with Marguerite Woung-Chapman senior vice president of land administration and computer assisted drawing services, general counsel and corporate secretary of EP Energy Corp.
If I were still a plaintiffs overtime lawyer, this Dec. 1 would feel like Christmas morning.
Charles W. Shewmake has joined the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight as a partner in the firm's trial practice group.
As a woman, mother of two young daughters, and shareholder at a global employment law firm, I find these issues intriguing and ones we should seek to understand and appreciate not only for women in the workplace today, but for those women in the next generation who will occupy our seats— and hopefully many seats within the C-suite—as they are counting on us.
The Waco federal judge accused of sexual harassment retired before the Fifth Circuit could recommend impeachment—and he gets to keep his 200K salary for life. Is this justice?
Thinking about putting a private investigator on opposing counsel? Think again.
There's been an uptick in insurance industry arbitrations in recent years. These proceedings involving corporate insureds can raise complex and time-consuming issues. But early and focused efforts by the insurer and the insured can help provide for a fair and efficient process.
As part of our annual Litigation and Legal Departments of the Year awards, Texas Lawyer invited firms and legal departments across the state to tell us about the great work they did this past year.
After 40 years in place, President Barack Obama lifted the ban on exporting crude oil from America on Dec. 18, 2015. Some of the largest oil companies in the U.S. had aggressively lobbied Congress to end the ban since at least Oct. 2014, when the lobbying group called Producers for American Crude Oil Exports (PACE) was formed.
Marguerite Woung-Chapman helped effectuate private equity firms' acquisition of oil and gas exploration and production assets of one corporation and the use of those assets to create a new stand-alone entity that became her current employer.
"It used to be AGs would band together to fight big battles, but now there is a red and blue state divide." said Neal Devins, a professor at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, who tracks state attorneys general.
One Houston plaintiff's lawyer gets critical message at the office from lawyers unhappy with his "I Sue Lawyers" billboards.
Two established veteran arbitrators discuss fixing the industry gender gap.
A hair stylist who claimed she was fired due to her claustrophobia agreed to a $60,000 settlement.
It's great to honor veterans by having a day off work and attending a Veterans Day parade. But a practicing lawyer could go farther and pay "ultimate respect" by providing veterans with a much needed service—free legal advice or representation, said Betty Balli Torres, executive director of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final regulations establishing a new salary threshold for employees exempt under the "white collar" exemptions.
An article calling Donald Trump a “libel bully” and a “libel loser” will run in an American Bar Association publication after all, over the concerns of ABA officials who worried about running afoul of the group’s nonpartisan stance and inviting a lawsuit from Trump.
Davis, Polk & Wardwell represents Baker Hughes of Houston in its pending combination with General Electric's oil and gas business.
Houston's First Court of Appeals recently dismissed a civil lawsuit filed against an off-duty police officer over his alleged actions breaking up a law student's hot tub party at the apartment complex where they both lived.
Bye bye, corner office. Firms are cutting building footprints to reduce real estate costs, and dramatically redesigning space to appeal to millennials.
Everything's bigger in Texas, including the real estate. But some things—like lawyer offices—are getting smaller.
While describing their work on the case as "extraordinary," a New York federal judge nevertheless chopped a $73 million attorney fees award sought by five law firms in the case by one-third in a recent order approving a $224 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against News Corp.
Seventeen years ago, the woman who claims Justice Clarence Thomas groped her in 1999, and the friends who heard her claim, felt they had no recourse. Seventeen years later, there is still no formal process within the judiciary for complaining about a justice’s conduct off the bench.
After winning an $18 million verdict in an unusual asbestos case, a Dallas attorney hammered out a settlement with cosmetic talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels recently&mdasha move that kept the defendant from facing the potential of even greater damages from a California state jury.
Colleagues are mourning the Kilpatrick Townsend IP litigator, who was fatally shot on his porch Thursday, according to news reports.
The pharma and medical device industries think someone is targeting them. And they're not paranoid, insists attorney Rustin Silverstein.
Energy security, renewable fuels and pollution control have been dominant energy topics in this year's presidential race. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, and her Republican rival, Donald Trump, offer different regulatory approaches to the oil and gas industry.
Anita Hill, whose testimony at Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing in 1991 blew open a nationwide conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace, said she believes there should be an investigation into new allegations of harassment against Thomas.
As an allegation surfaced accusing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of groping a young lawyer in 1999, social media responded by connecting the dots. Moira Smith, now vice president and general counsel to Enstar Natural Gas Co., in Alaska wrote on Facebook about her encounter with Thomas at a dinner party. “He groped me while I was setting the table, suggesting I should sit ‘right next to him,’ ” Smith wrote in a Facebook post Oct. 7.
Latham & Watkins represents Houston's Buckeye Partners in its pending $1.15 billion purchase of a half interest in VTTI, a global marine terminal business.
The damages award for plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini follows two eight-figure verdicts against Johnson & Johnson earlier this year in the same Missouri court.
For many of the women who head large law firms, gender-based pay equity isn’t just a management issue, it’s a bitter memory.
The anticipation of meeting a U.S. Supreme Court justice for the first time turned to shock and distress for a young Truman Foundation scholar in 1999 when, she says, Justice Clarence Thomas grabbed and squeezed her on the buttocks several times at a dinner party.
In July, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released the most recent data highlighting the gap in pay between women and men. For all workers, median full-time weekly earnings were $824. For men it was $909, and for women it was $744, or 81.8 percent for median earnings for men.
They won’t be throwing pitches, taking swings or running bases, but a handful of lawyers have helped shepherd the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians to the World Series, which starts Tuesday night in Cleveland. Both teams are owned (at least in part) by lawyers. And baseball experts call Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations and a 2000 law graduate, the architect of the “lovable losers’” recent turnaround and bid to end their long title drought. Let’s meet these high-powered clubhouse lawyers.
Andrews Kurth Kenyon represents Dallas' Energy Transfer Partners in its pending $640 million purchase of an interest in PennTex Midstream Partners of Houston.
In her amended petition, filed Oct. 25, O'Quinn's companion Lexington alleges that "certain documents, emails, and testimony obtained since this lawsuit was first filed now definitively establish that SCI Texas was not the only bad actor involved."
South Texas College of Law, which changed its name to Houston College of Law in June, is negotiating with a "benefactor" whose name will be part of the downtown Houston law school's new name.
Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager decided Oct. 25 that the subpoena served by AG Eric Schneiderman's office against PricewaterhouseCoopers and ExxonMobil on Aug. 19 as part of an investigation into whether the companies misled investors and consumers about climate change is valid and directed them to comply with it.
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge decided Oct. 25 that the subpoena served by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office against PriceWaterhouseCoopers and ExxonMobil on Aug. 19 as part of an investigation into whether the companies misled investors and consumers about climate change is valid and directed them to comply with it.
When a female lawyer files a public complaint against her firm alleging gender discrimination, the firm’s response tends to fit a standard model: a denial of any discrimination and a confirmation of the firm’s commitment to advancing women lawyers.
As of early October, an article about Donald Trump’s history as a libel plaintiff—one that called him a “libel bully” and a “libel loser,” based on his track record in court—was slated to run in the November issue of Communications Lawyer, a quarterly newsletter from one of the American Bar Association’s member groups.
After the Fifth Circuit concluded there was nothing more they could do to punish former Waco U.S. District Judge Walter Smith on sexual harassment allegations after he retired from the bench, Smith's chief accuser — arguing Smith was treated with too much leniency — has again appealed its decision.
According to the Dykema M&A Forecast, corporate executives expect to see the most M&A activity over the next 12 months in the energy industry.
In a fraudulent conveyance lawsuit in Dallas federal court, a defendant labeled as "baseless" allegations that two defense lawyers — Gregory Shamoun and Stephen Khoury — attempted to influence a witness' deposition testimony by mouthing words and making hand gestures.
Judge Marcia Crone of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas enjoined part of the Obama administration's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order on Oct. 24, a day before its implementation date. The injunction applies nationally.
After 13 years in New York, Doug Bacon joined Kirkland & Ellis' Houston office this week.
When David Sanford earned a record $250 million jury verdict for a sex discrimination and gender pay class-action in 2010, he made more than history. He outlined a business plan for a practice many lawyers say can be a difficult business: Taking on the gender pay gap.
The ongoing energy bust has claimed two more victims in Houston-based Key Energy Services Inc. and Fort Worth-based Basic Energy Services Inc., both of which filed for Chapter 11 protection this week in Delaware.
AT&T Inc.’s proposed $85 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. will face intense regulatory scrutiny from antitrust enforcers, members of Congress and consumer advocates. But, even in an aggressive antitrust climate, the deal could still find a path to regulatory approval.
The trend lines look like the great divide, a gap that might never narrow. Female partners at law firms have earned less, on average, than male partners for at least the six years since ALM has tracked such data. They’ve billed less, too.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is far from finished in its pursuit of charges over alleged deceptive trading by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton when he was seeking capital for a tech startup, says the lawyer who successfully defended Mark Cuban in an insider-trading trial two years ago.
Locke Lord is advising American Midstream Partners in its pending acquisition of JP Energy Partners, which tapped Latham & Watkins.
Tony Buzbee went before a jury again this month for his client Rafael Ortega, a Mexican grocery store chain owner, and secured a verdict of nearly $55 million in a case over breaches of fiduciary duty owed to Ortega.
BP's group general counsel, Rupert Bondy, is leaving the oil giant after eight years, many of which were spent managing the legal fallout from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Artificial intelligence has become one of the hottest trends in Big Law, with a number of major U.S. and international law firms starting to use machine learning technology in an attempt to cut costs and improve efficiency.
It has been nearly 20 years since the Paycheck Fairness Act, meant to remedy pay inequality between men and women in the workplace, was first introduced in Congress. Since then, this legislation has been reintroduced and failed to pass over and over.
The American Bar Association body that accredits law schools voted on Friday to tighten the bar exam-passage standard that schools must meet in order to get the organization’s accreditation blessing.
The movement to bring gender pay equity to the American workforce has been around for more than 50 years, but in the last two has hit a seemingly fever pitch. Women are filing multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits against their employers, more than half of the United States has moved to enact some form of tougher pay equity legislation and the concept of pay equality has become a focal point of the presidential election.
Thank Trump's videotaped comments about groping women and Buzbee's college-age, oldest daughter's persuasive powers for the revocation of the lawyer's support for the candidate.
Can Houston-based Andrews Kurth be sued for allegedly failing to convey a $450,000 pre-trial settlement offer to its former clients in a fraud case in which those clients were eventually hit with a $3 million jury verdict?
A Texas attorney and two co-conspirators face 40 years in prison after a federal jury on Friday convicted them in a case involving defrauding lawyers and law firms across the nation out of at least $8.8 million.
The fourth episode of Bull sees our protagonist and his team defend a woman accused of patent infringement. The woman previously worked for a prescription company, but split off to independently develop an incredibly successful drug to treat people suffering from Hemophilia.
In a divorce case that drew attention because it includes an overturned $400 million judgment and allegations of incessant forum-shopping, a Galveston, Texas, state judge most recently issued a sanctions order against the wife, which could cost her $150,000.
A lawsuit accusing Baker Hughes Inc. of infringing on two patents for oil and gas drilling equipment will proceed in Delaware, a federal judge ruled this week.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake may be exceptional entertainers, but they did not properly prove that a patent infringement case filed against them is “exceptional” and worthy of $755,000 in attorney fees, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday.
Barry Richard bristles at comparisons between Donald Trump’s refusal this week to commit to accepting the results of the November election and Bush v. Gore in 2000.
Although the cellular world moves fast, Samsung Electronics has taken too much time to address reports that multiple generations of its devices’ batteries overheat and pose a danger, according to a plaintiffs’ lawyer who filed one of the most recent in a string of lawsuits filed against the Seoul, Korea-based maker of smartphones.
Are you still undecided about Election 2016? One decision has been made for you by state legislatures across the U.S., including Texas. If you are an employer in Texas, you must let your employees go to the polls to vote, often with pay during their absence from the workplace.
The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee has sued an Irving mediation service seeking to prevent it from practicing law after alleging its nonlawyer staff provided legal advice to hundreds of customers including preparing pleadings for them to use in employment and family law cases.
He’s a senior partner at the firm—an accomplished, 50-year attorney and beloved mentor—who has begun to arriving late for court. He forgets key facts in cases. He dresses a little sloppily. He’s frequently impatient and quick to anger.
Nineteen years after killing Atlanta Police Officer John Sowa and leaving fellow Officer Patricia Cocciolone permanently brain-damaged with a hail of gunfire, Gregory Paul Lawler met his end late Wednesday night.
While in-house legal departments are not immune from pay inequity problems, they may be far better poised than their law firm counterparts to address the problem by analyzing pay data and making adjustments where gender inequities arise.
Bias in the Law Press; Efforts to Kill the CFPB and Restraint in Political Debates.
The firm represents Houston's QStar in its pending $1.6 billion sale of assets to SM Energy Co. of Denver, which will also sell assets in North Dakota to Houston's Oasis Petroleum for $785 million.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner has released the autopsy report for Diane McIver, who was fatally shot in the back Sept. 25 when a gun discharged through the back seat of the vehicle she was riding in.
Maybe Donald Trump has sensitized me to the plight of men who feel they’re not getting a fair shake. Or maybe I’m just skeptical of what seems to be too good to be true. In any case, I’m getting nervous about some of those wonderfully generous policies aimed at women, particularly new moms. I’m talking about the way that law firms and corporations are tripping over themselves to show how much they want to retain women.
Harry Shearer has filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi S.A. over profits from the 1984 cult film “This Is Spinal Tap,” in which he starred as fictional rock band member Derek Smalls.
Moves and honors of lawyers from all over Texas.
The legal equivalent of folding chairs and ladders are flying in World Wrestling Entertainment’s concussion litigation involving some 50 former wrestlers.
In late September, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton scheduled a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol. Paxton arranged the event so he could talk to reporters after arguments concluded in one of the many lawsuits his office has filed against the White House.
The Texas federal judge who previously blocked a nationwide mandate by President Barack Obama's administration to allow transgender public school students to use bathroom facilities matching their gender identities reaffirmed his ruling this week.
When a plaintiff fails to read an insurance policy, they usually don't have much of a case against an insurer if they're denied coverage. But Keith Gross recently convinced Houston's Fourteenth Court of Appeals that his client could sue an insurance company over a policy he'd never laid eyes on before filing a claim.
OPINION: The proposed changes to the American Bar Association's bar-passage standard need to consider the impact on historically black colleges and universities.
Did a Nashville, Tennessee attorney, who is a defendant and a counterclaimant in a case brought by a diamond retailer, intimidate and harass potential witnesses by threatening subpoenas for non-existent litigation through a surrogate? That's a question a Sherman, Texas, federal judge will review at a hearing scheduled next month about a Dallas diamond retailer's motion for sanctions that makes those precisely those allegations against the lawyer.
The Clinton campaign is asking attorneys and law students to volunteer as poll observers or to staff voter-protection hotlines on election day as part of the Hillary for America Victory Counsel. Actor Josh Charles, who played a lawyer on the television show The Good Wife, made the pitch in a cheeky video released Monday on Clinton’s Twitter feed that lawyers are uniquely positioned to protect voter rights—or at least more qualified than the “fake lawyers” that populate the small screen.
An annual meeting of top in-house lawyers for some of the world’s most powerful banks focused on class action attorneys looking for billion-dollar payouts over alleged market manipulations. The takeaway? Hang together and don’t settle so quickly, or so sources told Bloomberg.
From litmus tests to same-sex marriage to outside-the-box nominees, lawyers in Washington and around the country have U.S. Supreme Court questions in mind for Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate.
David McCraw is used to working behind the scenes at the country’s largest metropolitan newspaper. Last week, he became part of the news.
Vinson & Elkins represents RSP Permian, a company it took public in 2014, in a pending $2.4 billion acquisition of two companies with Permian Basin assets.
The third episode of Bull concerns a high-profile case. A young woman is facing charges on a reopened murder and she claims innocence.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition, a group representing energy producers, has asked the Commonwealth Court to put the brakes on significant portions of the new oil and gas drilling regulations enacted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, less than a week after the rules went into effect.
Norton Rose Fulbright represents an affiliate of Genesis Park L.P. in its pending $25 million purchase of Texas Monthly magazine from Emmis Communications Corp.
Jonathan Turley entered his torts class at George Washington University Law School Wednesday to a student commanding, “All stand for Justice Turley.”
In the face of a glaring pay gap between male and female partners, some firm leaders point to the emphasis on origination credit as the key culprit. But moving away from such a model may not be so easy.
Exxon Mobil Corp. reversed course and no longer plans to cooperate, and instead intends to engage in a legal battle with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according to a motion filed by the energy company Monday.
The school won a preliminary injunction forcing the newly rebranded Houston College of Law to revert to its old name, South Texas College of Law.
Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Houston Texans and the NFL alleging that he suffered a career-ending injury because of the field conditions at NRG Field, which were once ranked the very worst in the league.
Darby Dickerson, dean of Texas Tech University School of Law, will leave her post in December to become the next dean of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Much has been written regarding the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in China, but relatively little consideration is given to the treatment in U.S. courts of awards entered by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), or to the enforcement of CIETAC arbitration agreements.
Being a younger partner at a law firm comes with great opportunity — but tremendous pressures as well. There are demands on your time, extraordinary expectations for your career, and impulses to spend more of your newly increased income on upgrades like a larger home or luxury car. A few simple guidelines can help you avoid lifestyle inflation and increase your wealth significantly in the long run:
Angelina Jolie has bolstered her divorce team with the addition of Pierce O’Donnell and Bertram Fields, two powerhouse litigators known for their work navigating some of the most turbulent family disputes in Los Angeles.
The firm beefed up its white-collar team with a four-lawyer group in Dallas led by partners Barrett Howell and Brandon McCarthy.
We are proud to announce the honorees of our 2016 Women in Energy awards. The following women are recognized for their work in the area of energy law—an area that has been particularly volatile this past year.
The two Texas firms landed key roles in a $1.3 billion deal that will see Phillips 66 Partners acquire midstream energy assets from parent Phillips 66.
Lawyers who advise banks, mortgage lenders and other industries regulated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau were hit by a blizzard of calls and inquiries this week by clients who are feeling more confident in challenging the agency after a court ruling limited its authority and rejected its statutory interpretations.
After his colleagues came to the conclusion he'd become too mentally impaired to function as a judge, Dallas Fifth Court of Appeals Justice David Lewis has resigned rather than face formal removal proceedings by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Hogan Lovells has formed a formal association with China’s Fidelity Law Firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, making it the third international law firm to take advantage of a special pilot program that enables foreign firms to incorporate Chinese legal advice in its offering.
A lawsuit alleging the executor of John M. O'Quinn's estate has treated it as a "personal slush fund" and seeks to remove him as executor has been delayed until January.
A group of Slater and Gordon shareholders have launched a class action against the Australian personal injury law firm following a catastrophic U.K. acquisition that led to its share price crashing 95 percent in less than a year.
The average compensation for male law partners is about 44 percent higher than that of female partners, a new survey released Thursday by Major, Lindsey & Africa found.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's hopes of avoiding trial on criminal securities fraud charges all but vanished Wednesday when a court rejected his third attempt at dismissing indictments that have shadowed nearly his entire time in office.
A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday declared the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional, saying the “massive, unchecked power” wielded by its single director lacks necessary supervision and direction from the president.
More than 160 students who took real estate seminars from Armando Montelongo, the Texas investor made famous from “Flip This House,” have dismissed their $12 million racketeering case with plans to bring new claims in Texas.
Just before the close of business last Friday, Mylan N.V. announced it would pay $465 million to the U.S. Justice Department and other agencies to resolve regulatory questions about the company’s alleged misclassification of the EpiPen device for purposes of Medicaid rebates.
Days after it came down, the employment bar is still dissecting a complicated en banc ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that says older job applicants can’t bring discrimination suits based on a theory of disparate impact.
A Delaware federal judge on Oct. 7 upheld Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s patent for its opioid painkiller Opana ER, rejecting arguments by Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA that the patent claim was invalid as obvious and that Teva had obtained permission to use its active ingredient.
The U.S Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed eager to split the baby—or the smartphone— in the titanic design patent battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., but it struggled to find a way to do it.
If you thought the presidential election couldn’t get any uglier, guess again. Because a suit against Donald Trump alleging that he raped a 13-year-old girl has new life.
Daryl Landsale Jr., based in Houston and San Antonio, will succeed Linda Addison as the firm's next U.S. managing partner.
A Dallas businessman and former client of Dykema Cox Smith has sued the firm and one of its partners alleging they botched the defense of an involuntary bankruptcy so badly that he lost a $1 million house — a property that should have been protected under Texas' strong homestead exemption laws.
Just as dogs aren’t like cats, Uber isn’t the same as a taxi cab service. And there’s no reason that all of them should be regulated the same way according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit which blessed the Chicago ordinance which allows smartphone-based ride sharing services to operate in the city.
Attorneys around the country are already fielding calls from clients about New York’s recently proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions and insurers, which, if enacted, could have both immediate and long-term implications far beyond the state’s borders.
The private Christian university announced on Oct. 7 that it has named Doug Welch, the Waco school's associate general counsel since 2006, as its chief compliance officer.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested Sunday night she might avoid lawyers who worked at “a big law firm and maybe clerked for a judge” without “real life experiences” in picking nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court if she is elected.
Celebrity lawyer Terry Christensen, whose trial on wiretapping charges sent shockwaves throughout the Hollywood’s legal community, has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse his 2008 conviction in a final bid to avoid serving three years in federal prison.
The second episode of Bull, CBS's new procedural-drama following a jury consultant named Dr. Bull, explores the issue of juror bias. The episode opens with a commercial airplane crash during a severe electrical storm.
A Sherman,Texas, federal judge's tossing of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's civil fraud complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has not deterred the special prosecutors pursuing criminal charges against the state's top lawyer.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta has revived a lawsuit filed by former students who sued faculty members at a public college in Florida for requiring women to endure invasive ultrasound probing, saying the practice violates the Constitution.
Greenberg Traurig’s announcement that Rudy Giuliani will temporarily step away from the firm to focus on his advocacy of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign highlights the increasingly tenuous tightrope walk law firms’ lobbying arms are staring down in the final month of one of the most divisive elections in modern history.
An environmental group has lost its bid to view documents about a "revolving door" investigation in which a former federal chemical safety official later advocated for his client Chevron Corp. in front of his previous employer.
The Federal Communications Commission outlined a privacy proposal Thursday that would require internet service providers to obtain consumers’ consent before sharing their sensitive personal information, including web browsing histories and their location.
While law firm mergers may pick up in the final months of 2016, combinations slowed in the third quarter, as firms competed for a smaller pool of acquisition targets, according to the latest merger report from consulting firm Altman Weil.
The movie "Deepwater Horizon" depicts the blowout and explosions that killed 11 men and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history in April 2010. Fast-paced and scary, the film focuses on the decisions that caused the catastrophe and the heroics that followed.
Carl Ferrer, the chief executive of the internet classifieds company Backpage.com, was arrested Thursday on felony charges his website functioned as an "online brothel" that facilitated sex trafficking, state authorities in California announced.
With the presidential election nearly a month away and Rudy Giuliani increasingly visible in his support for Republican nominee Donald Trump, the former New York mayor will step away from Greenberg Traurig, a partner in the firm confirmed on Thursday.
As Hurricane Matthew barrels up from the Carribean, law school campuses across Florida and along the southeastern coast shut down on Wednesday. The majority of Florida’s 12 law schools canceled classes by 5 p.m. yesterday and planned to reopen on Monday, meaning a loss of as many as three class days.
Ann Ryan Robertson of Locke Lord and Jennifer Smith of Hogan Lovells say the male-dominated field of international arbitration is becoming more inclusive.
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared reluctant Wednesday to loosen the rules that have governed insider-trading prosecutions for more than 30 years, brushing aside the 2014 Newman appeals court decision that made it harder for the government to go after tippers and tippees.
A Texas appeals court has dismissed a libel suit brought by a political hopeful against a recent graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, whose allegations of sexual misconduct got him banned from the Lubbock law campus.
In a proposed class action lawsuit targeting The Jewellery Channel, plaintiffs are seeking sanctions, arguing that a defense lawyer told a defense witness during a deposition to not answer questions about his criminal history.
It’s no secret that Big Law firms and courthouses around the country have struggled with diversity. But even amid incremental progress on those fronts, alternative dispute resolution has been a stubborn enclave of homogeneity.
What can law students learn from the hit musical “Hamilton”? Quite a bit, according to University of Chicago Law School Professor Will Baude, who made the musical’s recent arrival in the Windy City the centerpiece of his welcome address to new law students last month.
Lawyers defending Aetna Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Humana Inc. accused the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday of “serious delay and misconduct” as the two health insurance companies demand access to regulatory information to defend their $37 billion deal.
The legal profession may have been slower to adopt current workspace trends than other occupiers, but a new report from Savills Studley makes it clear that change is coming.
Texas lawyer moves, appointments and honors.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, based in Birmingham, Alabama, opened an office in Houston with nine lawyers, including eight coming from Coats Rose.
Parents perpetually behind on child support payments will soon realize, if they haven't already, the state of Texas has added yet another arrow to its collection quiver.
Three equals the number of times the Caldwell Cassady & Curry lawyers have persuaded a jury that Apple infringed on the same Nevada-based VirnetX-owned patents.
A multimillion-dollar class action in Miami federal court accuses American Airlines of misleading travelers about its vested interest in "aggressively" marketed travel insurance sold on its website.
Female lawyers of America, take heart: You are not the only ones stuck in your careers. Your sisters in Corporate America are just as screwed.
A longtime Texas government lawyer is advising the restaurant industry on how to respond to upstart third-party food delivery services like Amazon Prime Now and UberEATS.
Former clients of R. Brent Cooper and Cooper & Scully say the firm bungled the defense of a copyright infringement case in federal court.
Paul Yetter leads the fight for the forgotten foster children in Texas.
Texas-based Tenet Healthcare, which owns hospitals across the nation, and two former Tenet hospitals in metro Atlanta have agreed to pay more than $516 million to settle federal whistleblower cases.
While the story is not yet fully written on Mexico's energy reform, a key new chapter is about to begin with its auction process.
Moves and honors of lawyers from all over the Lone Star state.
Texas Lawyer spoke to Cowman and other practitioners about in-house privilege and cross-border issues and what corporate legal departments can do to help preserve it in a multinational legal landscape.
Criminal attorneys have been effectively put on notice that, if their clients are not U.S. citizens, they better check if a plea deal they are negotiating will not result in deportation, lest they face a grievance for ineffective assistance of counsel.
The 2016 presidential election is unlike any prior one in that the two major nominees represent polar extremes in terms of their approach toward U.S. immigration policy.
With a wide range of agendas and goals, lawyers have waded into the troubled waters of how universities should best cope with allegations of sexual assault on campus.
With energy industry bankruptcies on the rise, Texas firms are on the prowl for restructuring and bankruptcy lawyers.
The State Bar of Texas Professional Ethics Committee concluded in a recent opinion that Texas lawyers may not use the name of an organization as their firm's name unless all names in the organization name are current or former lawyers of the firm or a predecessor.
"This is the latest setback to the president's attempt to expand executive power and another victory for those who believe in the Constitution's separation of powers and the rule of law," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said about U.S. Supreme Court ruling to not rehear immigration case.
The Judicial Council for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that now-retired U.S. District Judge Walter Smith's sexual harassment of a Waco courthouse employee was serious, but not enough to warrant the "extraordinary step" of impeaching a judge no longer on the bench. In so ruling they also determined that Smith will be allowed to keep his lifetime salary.
A law firm's electronic data can be critical to the firm's efficiency. If a firm's electronic information were lost or otherwise unusable, it could hinder or even cripple the firm's ability to successfully represent its clients.
The rulings by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a number of Clean Air Act cases continue to have important lasting impacts.
Willett spoke with Texas Lawyer senior reporter John Council about his prolific use of social media, his place on the conservative court and whether he now regrets his Trump tweets.
For the second year in a row, the Texas Supreme Court ended their term on Aug. 31 with no backlog of cases. It was another huge accomplishment for a court that has long struggled to dig out from under a mountain of appeals.
As general counsel for Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport, Elaine Flud Rodriguez often gets asked unusual questions, like whether employees in the airport's Wildlife Management Department need hunting licenses. "You get those kinds of questions you would never get in other environments," said Rodriguez, who is responsible for managing and directing all legal functions at the airport.
A Q&A with Elaine Flud Rodriguez, general counsel for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Almost three years after passing the reform, Mexico has successfully developed a new energy regulatory framework, which has created a brand-new energy play in the North American region.
Many lawyers are passionate about practicing law, but not like Brad Houston, who built his whole law firm around his passion for riding bikes.
Pregnant worker settles for $20K
Preparing for a complex trial is difficult; there are no shortcuts. it can be especially difficult for first-year associates who have never taken a case all the way through trial.
My curiosity was piqued by the fact that one question was conspicuously unanswered: Who was the first African-American lawyer in Texas?
Bad advice floats. Why? Because it is repeated so often, and stated with such conviction, that we think "Surely, this advice is righteous and good and wise." Think again. My goal: Sight it, sink it.
More than half of the 39 cases the U.S. Supreme Court has already granted for argument in the new term are business-related—including some criminal law disputes that involve business. Here are four issues worth following:
As the court gets ready to open its fall term on Oct. 3, the political tussle that has left it one justice short may make invisibility impossible. But the court’s caseload for the fall is unlikely to make too many front pages—at least through Election Day.
As was widely expected, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether the government’s ban on “disparaging” trademarks violates the First Amendment.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide a high-stakes retail business case with a First Amendment twist: can states dictate what merchants say to their customers about the different prices they charge for credit card and cash payments?
Nine firm mergers were completed during the third quarter of 2016, according to a new report, bringing the total for the first nine months of the year to 43.
Even in-house counsel for plaintiff had to leave the courtroom at times.
Lawyers representing the federal credit union regulator have scooped up a $1.1 billion settlement from The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC over its role in the subprime mortgage crisis.
Days after a federal judge blasted Kirkland & Ellis and its client Facebook Inc. for sending a junior associate alone to court, a team of five lawyers representing the social networking giant, including deputy general counsel Paul Grewal, appeared before the judge Tuesday, offering an apology that a partner didn’t appear.
Applying artificial intelligence to the practice of law is no longer the stuff of science fiction. But what does legal AI really offer right now? How fast is it improving? And who stands to benefit the most? Meet the people and firms pioneering the answers to those questions below. New technologies will change the way you practice. Here’s how.
One of the most potentially transformative new technologies in the legal field was on display over the summer in a conference room at Milwaukee’s von Briesen & Roper. There, an executive from the small startup ROSS Intelligence led a demonstration of the artificial intelligence system that the company has created for legal research in the bankruptcy field.
The first-ever national study of drinking, drug use, depression and anxiety in the legal profession, published in February in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, showed that “grossly wanting” would be a charitable characterization of the current state of health and well-being among lawyers. “Awful” is the undissembled truth.
Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has boosted diversity on the federal bench with his judicial picks. This month he added a name to his list of barrier-busting nominees: Abid Qureshi, believed to be the first Muslim tapped for a federal judgeship.
These AI tools aim to transform the practice of law.
Defense lawyers for a Plano, Texas, couple who were sued after leaving a bad Yelp review for a pet-sitting service are looking to recover $166,000 in fees, plus another $200,000 in sanctions.
Benjamin Hall, lead trial counsel, said he welcomes the big verdict despite lack of punitives.
The DOJ issued new guidance on what it expects from defendants in civil cases. William Baer, principal deputy associate attorney general, delineated the guidelines in a speech Wednesday to in-house counsel and compliance officers attending the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Conference in Chicago.
International brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $6 million to settle claims that its joint venture in India used third-party promoters to bribe government officials in an effort to boost sales and production of the corporation's beers in the country, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday.
When an intangible asset, usually a business ownership interest such as stock, is valued, the report will necessarily reflect the professional judgment of the appraiser. Evaluating the report will be facilitated by the application of rules or principles that are supplied by relevant professional standards.
Two weeks ago, Paul Hastings issued a press release boasting of its hiring of “pre-eminent” finance partner Nigel Ward from Ashurst’s London HQ.
At least six class actions have been filed against Yahoo! Inc. in the wake of last week’s announcement of a security breach that compromised an estimated 500 million account holders.
A Houston man who alleged in a lawsuit that Justin Bieber smashed his cellphone and had him kicked out of a Houston club filed a nonsuit even before the pop singer filed an answer.
Riding the elevator down after a day of work, associate Shannon White had some awkward conversations when colleagues asked innocently, “What’s in the ice chest?”
How should an employer respond when an employee exhausts other leave entitlements and then claims that, because of a disability, even more leave is needed before returning?
How do you win a jury trial? Well, according to jury consultant Dr. Bull on CBS' new procedural-drama Bull, you need to "know how they'll vote even before they do."
Vivendi's rosy statements about its prospects while it was struggling to pay massive debts run up during its global media acquisition spree justified a jury verdict for securities fraud, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held Tuesday.
The federal government is having trouble extinguishing lawsuits that accuse the federal court’s PACER system of overcharging users to access case information and documents online.
The film “Deepwater Horizon,” which is set to be released in theaters on Sept. 30, tells the story of one of the workers who was injured on the oil rig when it exploded six years ago, causing the largest spill in the history of the Gulf of Mexico. The attorney who represented that worker in his subsequent lawsuit was Paul Sterbcow, a member of the plaintiffs steering committee that went to trial against BP PLC.
The crash of oil prices beginning in late 2014 has led to over 90 exploration and production companies in the United States and Canada filing for bankruptcy over the last 21 months, companies with combined debt obligations well over US$60 billion.
Prominent Dallas lawyer William Brewer III argued that he should not have been sanctioned for directing a telephone survey of potential jurors in a case over gas tubing product defects.
Mammoth litigation over a pillar of the Obama administration’s climate-change policy goes before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today. And depending on your point of view, the so-called Clean Power Plan is either a “blunderbuss” and “power grab,” or a classic “exercise in cooperative federalism.”
The Dallas firm decided to open an Austin office after a partner expressed interest in moving there.
Longtime Law School Admission Council President Dan Bernstine died late last week, according to the organization, which administers the Law School Admission Test and oversees the centralized law school application process.
Newsmakers from week of the week of Sept. 26.
The former law partner of Nathan DeSai said the pair dissolved their partnership for economic reasons in February and had not spoken for months.
DLA Piper uses digital marketing and social media more effectively than any of its Big Law counterparts, according to results of The Social Law Firm Index 2016 prepared by Good2bSocial, a digital marketing agency in New York that does work for lawyers and firms.
At a civil deposition, two Dallas defense lawyers—Gregory Shamoun and Stephen Khoury—engaged in "outrageous, shocking and offensive behavior," according to a plaintiffs motion seeking sanctions. Their alleged tactics included objecting more than 500 times during the seven-hour session and, in Shamoun's case, making attempts to direct the witness by mouthing words to him, the plaintiffs motion filed Sept. 23 alleges.
Jones Day represents DTE Energy in its planned buy of midstream natural gas assets from M3 Midstream and Vega Energy Partners, both of Houston.
Katherine "Katie" Pothier is stepping up to the plate today as executive vice president and general counsel of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Houston police officials said a man who shot nine people earlier in the day, identified by media outlets and the Houston mayor as lawyer Nathan DeSai, was wearing a vintage uniform with a Nazi symbol on it.
Federal officials announced today that three men were indicted for roles in fraud and racketeering schemes that involved the attempted capital murder of 390th District Judge Julie Kocurek of Austin. But the 11-count indictment doesn't include the charge of attempted capital murder.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to announce on Friday a second list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees he would consider as president, underscoring his argument that the future of the high court is a prime reason for voters to elect him.
The number of lawsuits nationwide filed by workers in energy industry seeking unpaid overtime pay declined sharply over the past year, with less than half as many actions being filed when compared with the previous 12 months.
U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to mediate within the next 16 days their dispute that brought them into his Dallas federal courtroom earlier this month.
Twitter on Thursday briefly suspended the account of prominent University of Tennessee College of Law professor Glenn Reynolds over a tweet showing news photos of protestors in a Charlotte Interstate with the comment “Run them down.”
A fresh analysis of 151 large firms finds that litigation work slowed at most of those firms in the first half of this year, continuing a fifth straight year of declines and echoing earlier bad news.
Wells Fargo has been hit with a new shareholder lawsuit accusing its board of directors and senior managers of “recklessly” allowing the creation of roughly 2 million fake customer accounts, adding to the bank’s legal woes since the government slammed it with a record fine.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a draft environmental impact statement recently for the controversial proposed $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) for natural gas in Virginia and West Virginia, saying the project would have "limited adverse impact with the exception of impacts on forests." The project will not be officially approved until FERC issues the final approved version of the impact statement.
Attorney General Ken Paxton is petitioning for review of a Fifth Circuit decision that struck down the controversial measure.
A former member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct has voluntarily resigned from the bench in lieu of discipline after the agency investigated whether he sexted with a woman during a commission hearing.
Among those to be honored at the annual interfaith event is late Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore partner Jeff Bramlett.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network and 180 environmental groups are demanding Congress investigate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for alleged abuses of power over oil and gas pipelines.
Who knew that Hot Springs, Arkansas, the picturesque small town that draws thousands of visitors annually to its natural thermal springs, is the best location for new attorneys to practice?
Led by a partner who moved to Houston from San Francisco, Kirkland & Ellis has started an investment fund group in Houston to capitalize on energy deal work in that market.
Although he just won a favorable ruling from Texas' highest criminal court, the legal struggles are still not over for wealthy Dallas oil heir Albert G. Hill III, who alleges he was selectively prosecuted for mortgage fraud charges as a favor to his former lawyer, Lisa Blue Baron.
A group of El Paso lawyers, judges and residents is pushing for a new law school in the West Texas city, but it faces tough challenges, and the project could take up to 15 years to complete—if at all.
U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, although folksy in his manner, kept tight control of a hearing in his Dallas courtroom this week that pitted Exxon Mobil Corp. against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
Uh-oh, it looks like your firm just wasted a ton of money recruiting those bright young women from Columbia Law School.
A forecast for better bar pass rates is turning gloomy as scores from the July exam begin to trickle in.
A Corpus Christi federal judge ruled Sept. 20 that Texas officials must get approval from challengers to its voter identification law, including the federal government, for all its press releases, polling location posters and advertisements targeted at educating voters of court-revised identification rules.
The PTO's extended After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) 2.0 program, which can speed patent prosecution, is even more helpful than it was when the authors first wrote about the initial version in 2014.
Laura Wasser, the lawyer representing Angelina Jolie Pitt in her divorce from Brad Pitt, is synonymous with Hollywood’s biggest celebrity breakups, with recent cases including Jennifer Garner’s divorce from Ben Affleck and Johnny Depp’s split from Amber Heard.
Has there ever been a less successful law firm deal than Slater and Gordon’s acquisition of Quindell? Australian personal injury and employment claims specialist Slater paid almost a billion dollars for insurance outsourcer Quindell’s professional services division last year. The 677 million-pound ($960 million) acquisition established Slater as one of the U.K.’s largest insurance claims practices overnight.
In the midst of a sexual harassment scandal, Waco, Texas-based U.S. District Judge Walter Smith stepped down from the bench this week. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is still weighing potential harsher punishment for the judge's misconduct.
Amid declining enrollment in J.D. programs nationwide, two law schools have unveiled tuition decreases for the upcoming school year.
K&L Gates has selected two lawyers to succeed chair and global managing partner Peter Kalis, who is stepping down early next year after two decades as leader, the firm announced Monday.
Michael Jung of Strasburger & Price guided a commerical real estate client toward a chance at securing exemplary damages in a legal malpractice case.
In another legal challenge to Obama administration policies, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 20 other states' AGs, filed a lawsuit in a Sherman, Texas, federal court, alleging that a new federal regulation that doubles the salary threshold for overtime pay is unconstitutional.
Howard P. Coghlan of Longview, who died Sept. 15 at age 89, had a long career as an oil and gas attorney in Texas, and he appears in the famous 1945 "Kissing Sailor" photograph.
Schlumberger Ltd. recently notched a victory against a patent licensing company that poached one of its top in-house IP lawyers. Ethics experts say the ruling offers lessons to in-house lawyers considering a career move, including the importance of setting up ethical screens.
Hugh M. Ray III joins Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Houston, coming from McKool Smith.
A Delaware federal judge has tossed three related suits accusing Google Inc., Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and BlackBerry Corp. of infringing a patent for location-tracking technology used on popular smartphone apps.
When the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association honored Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman a few years ago, her longtime colleague Richard Linn described her as “a living legend.”
Uber patrons in Pittsburgh can now dial up an autonomous vehicle, climb inside and watch the steering wheel spin, untouched by human hands, as they scoot through downtown. But the sudden arrival of driverless technology ready for public use has regulators and attorneys still waiting for answers to some important questions, including how liability would be handled in the case of an accident.
In a lawsuit against New York's Proskauer Rose, stemming from disgraced financier R. Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme, all the litigants jointly asked on Sept. 16 a presiding Dallas federal judge for a rare exception to his usual rules about protective orders.
With managing shareholder and chief operating officer Alan York leaving Godwin Bowman & Martinez, the firm is closing its Houston office.
A federal judge in Illinois has certified a class of nearly 5 million policyholders in a case alleging that the insurance giant used campaign contributions to influence the state's Supreme Court.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has transformed the practice of patent litigation. As of today, it officially has its own bar association.
It’s hard enough pumping breast milk multiple times per day for working lawyer-moms, without the stress of figuring out how to ship milk home when traveling for work.
Businesses are experiencing a rise in litigation and the main areas of concern for legal departments are contract disputes, labor and employment claims and regulatory investigations, according a recent survey of in-house lawyers and executives of more than 600 companies.
Literacy rates south of 10 percent. A dearth of textbooks and other key educational materials. Overcrowded classrooms and unsafe and unsanitary school conditions. That’s just a sampling of the jarring allegations in a 136-page class action filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of students in five struggling, overwhelmingly minority Detroit schools.
There are currently 96 federal judicial vacancies, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Planned retirements will open another seven seats by Jan. 1, including two on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the candidate elected president in November will put an enduring stamp on the federal courts. Read our complete coverage.
David Oliver and Paul Kerlin leave the Houston office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease to join Greenberg Traurig in Houston.
Charles Shewmake leaves BNSF Railway Corp. to join Thompson & Knight as a partner in Dallas.
Business advocates who criticize the DOL's proposed "persuader rule" as trampling attorney-client protections won a nationwide preliminary injunction in June halting implementation of the regulation. But neither side has called the fight over yet as cases are pending in Texas, Arkansas and Minnesota.
Texas jails might become safer places for inmates as part of Sandra Bland's legacy and as a conclusion to her family's lawsuit.
The plaintiffs who seek millions in penalties for civil barratry in a Houston suit have nonsuited Mikal Watts and his firm because of a similar suit pending in San Antonio.
The firm announced Wednesday that it's sweetening its bonuses for incoming associates, with new lawyers eligible to get as much as $100,000 if they've clerked for more than one judge.
For the fourth time in four months, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a trial court decision that found a patent ineligible for protection under Section 101 of the Patent Act.
A Harris County jury found Chandler, Mathis & Zivley breached agreements with lawyer Joby Hughes related to Gulf oil spill litigation.
Uber Technologies Inc. is urging a California judge to reject National Labor Relations Board subpoenas that seek nationwide information about the ride-sharing company’s relationships with its drivers.
Fed up by years of declining bar exam passage rates—and looking for explanations—the deans of Texas's 10 law schools have convinced the state's highest court to hold a magnifying glass to the rigorous exam.
A Dallas federal judge set for Sept. 19 a hearing when he will consider a preliminary injunction sought by Exxon Mobil Corp. to halt Massachusetts Attorney General's investigation into allegations it misled consumers about climate change. In advance of hearing, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office led a 10-state coalition, which filed a friend of court brief supporting the oil company's strategy and proposed preliminary injunction.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a sweeping disqualification order caused by an in-house IP lawyer’s decision to join Acacia Research Corp. and then participate in a patent suit against her former employer.
Latham & Watkins represents Anadarko Petroleum Corp. of The Woodlands in its pending $2 billion purchase of deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets from Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas.
When Justin Leto was a young plaintiffs attorney, another lawyer in his building asked how he dealt with the financial risk of pursuing litigation. Could his firm somehow insure legal costs in case the jury returned a defense verdict?
Paul Clement, a former U.S. Solicitor General who left King & Spalding in 2011 to join Washington, D.C.-based appellate litigation boutique Bancroft, is moving to Kirkland & Ellis.
Before they hunker down for the fall term in September, justices of the U.S. Supreme Court often fan out in September to speak to incoming law school audiences and other venues.
The word “memories” doesn’t seem to apply to 9/11. Fifteen years now have passed, but survivors and witness recall with perfect clarity the “beautiful” September morning interrupted by so much violence. Recollections are still so raw, fresh despite the passing years.
With the University of Houston and Houston College of Law in a lawsuit over one of the law school's new name, the USPTO has suspended Houston College of Law's trademark application for a logo.
With the highest number of open federal judge seats and a mounting case load, Texas has a significant judicial vacancy issue. What's behind it, and how might things change when the next president takes office after the November election?
Refusing to stay the execution of five death row inmates in Texas, a federal appeals court found that the state's use of lethal injection doesn't constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Firms from across the state will be honored for the great work their litigation departments did this past year.
Houston's Meredith Parenti recently secured a ruling that that would make it easier for politicians to post billboard advertising along Texas' highways.
In a patent lawsuit, a Tyler, Texas, federal judge scheduled for next month a hearing to determine whether lawyers from Dallas' Buether Joe & Carpenter and their patent infringement plaintiff corporate client, Marshall, Texas-based Wireless Remote Systems, should be sanctioned for filing an infringement claim, given that the company no longer owns the disputed patents.
Somewhere in New York today, a football fan will make his final picks on a roster of professional players, hoping the selections and the results from this weekend’s National Football League opening games will deliver a payout from DraftKings, FanDuel or one of a myriad of other daily fantasy sports sites.
A federal judge in Georgia livid over lawsuits he views as meritless has threatened to sanction plaintiffs attorneys if they continue to pursue cases that “probably should never have been brought in the first place.”
Want to pass the bar exam on the first try? Pay extra attention in civil procedure and legal research and writing, and serve on a law journal or participate in moot court if possible.
Newsmakers for the week of Sept. 12.
Henry Gilchrist, who has practiced at Hunton & Williams in Dallas since 2007, represented the Clint Murchison family and the Dallas Cowboys.
The victim's widower is suing security companies at a Davie gated community in the home invasion slaying of a Halliburton heir. The suspect made a daring courtroom escape weeks earlier.
Lee DiFilippo earned hefty paychecks for 13 years as a corporate transactional attorney in Big Law and later as in-house counsel to a couple of corporations.
Four months before it won a $5.3 million jury verdict against a union that allegedly disparaged it, Professional Janitorial Service of Houston hired a new team of litigators, led by John Zavitsanos of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing in Houston, to try the case.
U.S. Department of Justice lawyers filed a motion this week alleging that, in court-ordered educational voter educational materials, Texas state officials have recast language to communicate a narrowing of opportunities for voters to cast regular ballots.
Houston-based Direct Energy announced on Tuesday the appointment of Thomas Smith as executive vice president and general counsel. He will oversee all aspects of the company's legal operations in North America.
Less than a month after he was acquitted of criminal charges related to BP oil spill litigation, a group of oil spill claimants seek civil barratry penalties from San Antonio lawyer Mikal Watts, his firm and others.
Keith Raniere is said to hold a lot of sway over the people who are drawn to his professional success training programs, be they girlfriends, wealthy heiresses or business associates.
Thompson & Knight represents target Yates Petroleum on the deal, which expands EOG's presence in New Mexico and beyond.
A New Jersey trial court judge has struck two upcoming trials over talcum powder’s link to ovarian cancer after concluding that two plaintiffs’ experts had “made-for-litigation” scientific methods.
General Motors Corp. has settled the last two bellwether cases scheduled for later this year over alleged faulty ignition switches following a number of successful outcomes before juries.
Some simply want out of law practice, some want a simpler, less stressful type of practice, and others want out of leadership or group/firm practice. It is a menacing moment to understand that a life time of effort has now come into question and in order to honor one's deepest needs, it might be time to step away.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday for five nominees for federal judge slots in Texas.
Peter Kalis will not seek re-election to the top post at the firm he has steered for 19 years, K&L Gates announced Tuesday.
Texas Lawyer's editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Legal Departments of the Year awards.
Immigration lawyer Jacob Monty said he can no longer support the candidate after he 'demonized immigrants.'
Apologizing won’t get you anywhere with Melania Trump. At least that’s how it looks in the wake of a fresh libel lawsuit against the UK’s Daily Mail and a Maryland blogger over articles referencing rumors that Republican presidential candidate’s wife was a sex worker in the 1990s.
Wachtell, Skadden, and Sullivan & Cromwell are among the firms advising on the merger, which will create one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America.
After surviving an attempt to remove legally her from office for alleged incompetence and coming public about her struggles with mental illness, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk announced her resignation from office.
In the wake of the U.S. mortgage industry meltdown that peaked in 2008, key federal agencies are now focused on avoiding a similar fiasco in the energy sector. Several agencies, including the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are increasingly taking a stricter approach to rating the risk level of banks' loans to exploration and production companies.
Dozens of companies, public institutions and individuals this week were granted waivers to the Federal Aviation Administration’s new drones regulations.
In an unexpected turn, law graduates’ performance on the multiple-choice portion of July’s bar exam rose slightly, indicating a reversal from the steep two-year slide in test scores overall.
A female litigation partner from Chadbourne & Parke has filed a $100 million class action complaint alleging that the firm is run by an “all-male dictatorship” that pays women partners less and provides them fewer leadership opportunities than men.
Mayer Brown hires Ariel Ramos for the firm's Mexico City office, along with two associates.
Dallas-based Haynes and Boone merged today with Curtis Davis Garrard of London, giving the firm a London office and 20 lawyers.
In products liability litigation, an East Texas federal judge denied a motion for sanctions for alleged spoliation sought by Chrysler Group against the widow of a man who died while driving a Jeep Wrangler.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, once again postponed any sanctions of U.S. Department of Justice lawyers.
Tom Reavley, one of the oldest federal judges in the U.S. who still hears cases, speaks about his job, his early stand against racial injustice and what it's like being the only circuit judge in the country who's married to a colleague.
Moves and promotions in Dallas, Houston, Austin and beyond.
Edward Vishnevetsky, a 34-year-old of counsel in K&L Gates' Dallas office, died in June on a trip in Costa Rica.
With the controversy over various security aspects of phones and tablets, what are practicing lawyers' ethical obligations, and are we doing enough to protect our client(s)' confidences?
Governments want to be the fly on the wall, and technology is helping make it happen.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Spokeo v. Robins decision has been heralded by the Texas business community as an important limitation on class action liability. The decision, however, has triggered concerns in at least some states that it might have the unintended consequence of creating more class action litigation in state court forums that are viewed by some defendants as less favorable.
A collection of recent verdicts and settlements.
A well-crafted venue selection clause is essential to mitigating the risks of a hostile venue.
It's our pleasure to present the honorees of our 2016 Professional Excellence Awards, which celebrates Lifetime Achievement honorees, Lawyers on the Rise and the Attorney of the Year finalists.
Drama and divorces go hand in hand, but not usually from alleged forum-shopping and filing successive divorces in multiple Texas jurisdictions.
Big-company general counsel in Texas pulled in less total compensation on average in 2015 than in 2014.
When Kin Gill joined Austin-based Bazaarvoice in January 2013, he faced a baptism of fire during his early days with the company.
A powerful air-gun fires underwater as part of a seismic survey to find oil reservoirs. An underwater explosive breaks down a rig that's being decommissioned. Pile-driving hammers smash into the seabed. These are the sounds of oil and gas operations in the ocean—unheard by most humans but an auditory disruption, according to environmentalists, to the marine life of the seas, including dolphins and whales.
While I hope to instill a love for practicing law, I strive to caution about its dangers, seductions, and pitfalls. Want to clue into them?
A Texas district attorney is defending himself from public backlash after he and his wife said in a video interview that vaccines caused their son's autism.
In a legal battle that pits Baker Botts against Jackson Walker, pretrial procedural and discovery battles have been testy.
One advantage of the pending move of 55 intellectual property lawyers to Andrews Kurth from Kenyon & Kenyon is how Andrews Kurth will grow in New York.
The plaintiffs law firm that’s been Enemy No. 1 to Corporate America when it comes to litigation over retirement plans has a new target—the country’s largest universities.
Even though Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison lawyers have yet to finish their task, no shortage of skeptics, critics and second-guessers trail a legal team led by Michele Hirshman, a partner in the New York firm tapped by Fox News’ parent company to investigate alleged pervasive sexual harassment of women at the network.