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8 Guidelines for Evaluating Accommodation Requests

By Hollie Reiminger and Laurence Stuart |

For employers to stay out of the EEOC's line of fire and limit potential liability under the ADA, they should follow a few basic guidelines to keep in mind when evaluating an accommodation request.

Barry Smitherman, a partner in Vinson & Elkins in Austin

Smitherman Joining Firm With Powerful Energy Practice

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Barry Smitherman, former chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, will join Vinson & Elkins' Austin office on April 1.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton partner

Advance Planning Can Help Avoid the Risks in Law Firm Failures

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi |

While times are changing, it is important for law firms to have agreements and policies in place to protect from unforeseen problems down the road.

<b>CORNELIUS RANGE:</b> He founded a group for first-generation law students at Columbia.

First in Their Families

By Karen Sloan |

Columbia Law School felt like a foreign country to Cornelius Range when he arrived in the fall of 2013. His classmates seemed to know instinctively how to manage the competitive environment, study for exams, network and apply for internships and summer jobs. Range, meanwhile, struggled to adjust.

John Helms, a partner in Dallas' Broden, Mickelsen Helms & Snipes

Dallas Lawyer Scores Win in Judge Bribery Case

By John Council |

"I had to unravel their theory, put it back together and show how it did not fit the bribery statute,'' said John Helms, who beat prosecutors in an appellate decision that orders his client's acquittal.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Mansfield Passes New Fracking Rules Without Expanding Setbacks

By Angela Neville |

Despite the push from some local advocacy groups to greatly enlarge setbacks between fracking operations and residences in the city of Mansfield, Texas, the city council recently voted unanimously to keep the current 600-foot setbacks.

Occupy Protesters Settle for $192K Attorney Fees

By Angela Morris |

Earlier in the litigation, Rodolfo Sanchez and Kristopher Sleeman won a ruling that the city of Austin's policy of banning them from city hall was unconstitutional.

Explaining Compensable Activities Under FLSA

By Edward Slaughter and Brandon Maxey |

Courts have struggled to find a concrete definition of "integral and indispensable"—leading to considerable uncertainty in employment policies and costly litigation.

Senators Seek Attorney Ad Litem Payment Data

By Angela Morris |

Debbie Salinas Valdez of the advocacy group Guardianship Reform Advocates for the Disabled and Elderly said that no one watches what attorneys ad litem do in a case, and fees can climb to hundreds of thousands.

Darin Brooks, shareholder, Gray, Reed & McGraw, Houston

Gray Reed Hires Five Lateral Litigators From Beirne, Maynard

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gray, Reed & McGraw hired a five-lawyer group, led by Darin Brooks.

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Trademark Dispute Revs Up Between Motorcycle Clubs

By Miriam Rozen |

A trademark battle has revved up recently between two Texas-based motorcycle clubs about who owns the name "Sons of Liberty."

Schlumberger to Pay $232 Million Fine for Dealing With Sanctioned Nations

By Angela Neville |

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Limited, recently agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $232,708,356 penalty to the United States for conspiring to violate the IEEPA by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with the sanctioned nations of Iran and Sudan.

Chief U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis, Eastern District of Texas, Tyler

Former Eastern District Chief Judge Leonard Davis to Join Fish & Richardson

By John Council |

Davis, former chief judge of the Eastern District of Texas—the nation's busiest jurisdiction for patent cases—said it made sense to join one of the nation's busiest intellectual property law firms when he leaves the bench in May.

Eight Creative Ways for Law Firms to Get Client Feedback

By Shilpa Malik |

At times, finding meaningful feedback can be difficult if you don't have the formal channels in place.

Lawyers for Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley on Thursday responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s threat to sanction him for a petition he filed in a patent case.

A Tip From The Justices on Writing: Keep it Simple

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court rarely offers practice pointers to the advocates who appear before it. But it did just that on March 23.

Debunking Myths About Hiring Outside Counsel

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Like stepping into the perfect pair of shoes, there’s no one way for a general counsel to find the right fit with an outside firm.

Deborah Williamson, managing director, Cox Smith Matthews, San Antonio

Cox Smith Merging With Dykema

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Eight years after Dykema Gossett opened an office in Dallas, it's merging with Cox Smith Matthews, the largest firm based in San Antonio.

VerdictSearch: Ex-husband Prevails on Slander Claim

A jury awarded $10,500 to a man who nearly lost his pilot's license because he was falsely accused of having a bipolar disorder.

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Analysis of Bills to Ban 'Pick-a-Pal' Grand Jury

By Angela Morris |

The Texas Senate passed a bill to prohibit judges from using the so-called pick-a-pal method to choose a grand jury.

Oil Prices Down, Trade Secret Disputes Up

By Scott D. Marrs and Scott R. Davis |

Texas has a number of statutes that companies can deploy to protect their trade secrets. Put an action plan in gear now. A trade secret once lost is lost forever.

Susan Hawk, newly elected Dallas DA

Shocking Changes at Dallas DA's Office

By John Council |

Two of Susan Hawk's top assistants have departed three months into her first term in office. The Dallas District Attorney's Office staff "deserve a leader who is stable and competent," said Bill Wirskye, who recently parted ways with Hawk as her first assistant.

Steve Brand, a partner in Fagerberg, Arana & Brand in Austin

DA, County Pay $270,000 to Settle Ex-Prosecutor's Suit

By Angela Morris |

Travis County settled with a former prosecutor who sued District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg for allegedly terminating him in retaliation for statements he made to investigators. Lehmberg denied the allegations.

Fort Worth O&G Company Opts for Bankruptcy

By Angela Neville |

Quicksilver Resources, an oil and gas producer that is headquartered in Fort Worth, is one of the most recent examples of Texas energy businesses being hit hard by depressed oil and gas prices.

PDC Energy Settles for $37.5 Million in Class Action

By Angela Neville |

After years of hard-fought litigation, a case pitting PDC Energy against a group of investors who claimed they were "duped" into approving a cash-out merger of their interests in 12 O&G limited partnerships for a fraction of their true value was finally resolved.

Attorney Broadus Spivey of Austin's Spivey & Grigg

Litigator of the Week: $1 Million Verdict for Civil Rights Plaintiff, Even Without Medical, Economic or Punitive Damages

By Miriam Rozen |

Broadus Spivey, a veteran Texas litigator, didn't let a challenging scenario stop him from winning a big verdict for his client Carlos Chacon, who claimed police officers used excessive force.

Judge Gisela Triana DWI arrest booking photo

Discipline for Appellate Justice's DWI Arrest

By Angela Morris |

Austin police arrested 200th District Judge Gisela Triana of Austin for driving while intoxicated at 10:05 p.m. on March 20.

Houston Lawyer Too Busy for Arbitration Sued

By John Council |

Fred Hagans said his energy company client sued Daniel Woods and his law firm after they dropped it as a client a week before an arbitration hearing, which led to a $3.8 million being levied against it.

David Dow

Support Swells for Death Row Defense Counsel

By Miriam Rozen |

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association filed friend of court brief and more than 250 defense counsel signed Dow's petition seeking to have the state's highest civil court reverse the state's highest criminal court's suspension of David Dow.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

New Federal Fracking Rules Spark Litigation

By Angela Neville |

Two oil and gas industry groups wasted no time digging in and suing the federal government over its new effort to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands.

(From left) Texas State Bar president-elect candidates Randy Howry and Frank Stevenson

State Bar of Texas Candidates Address What Lawyers Really Want to Know

By Angela Morris |

As lawyers prepare to vote on the next leader of the State Bar of Texas, candidates Randy Howry and Frank Stevenson answer questions from practicing attorneys who posted on Facebook.

David Dawson, Winstead shareholder and member of the board of directors, will be chairman and CEO as of April 1, 2015.

Austin Shareholder Elected New Winstead CEO

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Dawson elected chairman and chief executive officer of Dallas-based Winstead, succeeding Kevin Sullivan, who decided against seeking a second term.

The Impact FLSA's Overhaul Has on Exempt Employees

By Michael V. Abcarian |

The new rules likely will open the door for millions of employees to receive overtime pay as a result of a significant raise in the minimum salary required for employers to classify them exempt.

Gibson Dunn and Ropes & Gray Handle Health Care Joint Venture

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher represents Tenet Healthcare Corp. of Dallas in a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International.

Justice Nora Longoria of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals (booking mugshot)

Judicial Discipline for Intermediate Appellate Justice's DWI Arrest

By Angela Morris |

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public admonition over the summertime arrest for driving while intoxicated of Thirteenth Court of Appeals Justice Nora Longoria.

Lawmakers Target Lawyers' 'Prompt Pay' Practice

By Angela Morris |

In recent years, some plaintiffs lawyers have created a lucrative new practice area by representing medical providers suing insurance companies that failed to pay the health care claims on time. Now lawmakers are trying to put an end to the "prompt pay" practice.

Bills: Promoting Green Fracking Through Tax Credits

By Angela Neville |

Two Texas House bills were recently introduced that offer tax credits on a per-well basis for oil and gas drillers that use alternative fracking fluids instead of freshwater during fracking operations.

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Liberty Institute Fighting for Orthodox Jews

By Miriam Rozen |

The argument pits a homeowners association against a religious group that regularly meets in the neighborhood.

Bill: Eliminate Straight-Party Voting for Judges

By Angela Morris |

127th District Judge R.K. "Ravi" Sandill of Harris County said that if a judge couldn't rely upon his party to get elected, he might have to go out and "scare up votes" just like legislators.

Distributions Involving a Special Needs Trust

By Raymond L. Panneton |

Specifically, attorneys must consider the possibility that the settlement proceeds will have a potential negative impact on governmental benefits.

Walmart. December 13, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Wal-Mart to Nix Request for Injured Toddler

By Miriam Rozen |

The giant retailer had asked federal court to have parents of partially paralyzed toddler bring child to jury selection in gross negligence case.

Chip B. Lewis (left) and Dick DeGuerin

Durst Was Advised to Think Twice About Series

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Robert Durst, who decided to participate in documentary subtitled "The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," now faces murder charge.

44th State Civil District Court Judge Carlos R. Cortez

Carlos Cortez Disciplined by Conduct Commission

By John Council |

The former Dallas judge, whose controversial final term in office was the subject of widespread media reports, was issued a public warning by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct months after voters ousted him from office.

Lawyers Want Chancery Court Bill to Die

By Angela Morris |

Commercial litigators from both sides of the bar plead with lawmakers to kill a bill proposing specialized trial and appellate courts for complex, high-dollar business disputes.

Bar Files Disciplinary Case Against Ex-Prosecutor

By John Council |

John H. Jackson is the latest former Texas prosecutor to face disciplinary troubles for his conduct during a controversial capital murder trial.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |
William A. Munck (front) is the managing partner in the Dallas firm Munck Wilson Mandala. Jamil N. Alibhai is a partner at the firm and is representing Mr. Munck in a lawsuit.

Dallas Lawyer Settles Son's Lacrosse RICO Suit

By John Council |

In the lawsuit filed last year, the plaintiff alleges the defendants operated a scheme using fraud, threats and other illegal activities to grow their lacrosse business.

Ellen Pao and legal team leaving court

Ellen Pao Loses Gender Bias Suit Against Kleiner Perkins

By Marisa Kendall |

After some unexpected chaos with the jury, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Lynne Hermle scoops up a total defense win.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Judge Rules Against Same-Sex Medical Leave

By John Council |

A U.S. district judge granted a request by the state not to implement the DOL's new rule, which extends FMLA benefits to same-sex couples.

State Bills Would Stop Cities' Regulation of O&G Operations

By Angela Neville |

The recent passage of these bills has opponents complaining that if they do become law, Texas cities could end up with drilling operations right next to homes, day care centers or hospitals.

Texas Lawyer Honored for its Civil Rights Act Commemorative Issue

The issue examined those Texans who were an integral part of the act, which continues to influence Texas law and lawyers.

Texas Legislation Roundup

In-depth coverage of the 2015 Texas legislative session

Chip B. Lewis (left) and Dick DeGuerin

Durst Discounts Advice to Think Before You Speak

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Robert Durst, who decided to participate in documentary subtitled "The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," now faces murder charge.

Walmart. December 13, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Wal-Mart to Nix Request for Injured Toddler to Attend Voir Dire

By Miriam Rozen |

The giant retailer had asked federal court to have parents of partially paralyzed toddler bring child to jury selection in gross negligence case.

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Legal Analysis of Bills to Ban 'Pick-a-Pal' Grand Jury

By Angela Morris |

The Texas Senate passed a bill to prohibit judges from using the so-called pick-a-pal method to choose a grand jury.

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Liberty Institute Fighting for Orthodox Jews in Neighborhood Dispute

By Miriam Rozen |

The argument pits a homeowners association against a religious group that regularly meets in the neighborhood.

Bradley J. B. Toben, dean of Baylor University School of Law in Waco

Which Texas Law School Is Rated Among the Best for Practical Training?

By John Council |

This same law school, rated in a recent issue of The National Jurist magazine, is also the oldest in Texas.

Lawyers Want Chancery Court Bill to Die

By Angela Morris |

Commercial litigators from both sides of the bar plead with lawmakers to kill a bill proposing specialized trial and appellate courts for complex, high-dollar business disputes.

The Bankruptcy Files: Oil Slide a Boon to Some Big Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Bracewell & Giuliani, Haynes and Boone, Kirkland & Ellis and Vinson & Elkins are some of the Am Law 200 firms that have snagged leading bankruptcy and restructuring roles in the struggling U.S. oil and gas sector.

PDC Energy Settles for $37.5 Million in Class Action

By Angela Neville |

After years of hard-fought litigation, a case pitting PDC Energy against a group of investors who claimed they were "duped" into approving a cash-out merger of their interests in 12 O&G limited partnerships for a fraction of their true value was finally resolved.

Texas Lawyer Launches Weekly Energy Newsletter

By Heather Nevitt |

Houston Lawyer Too Busy for Arbitration Sued

By John Council |

Fred Hagans said his energy company client sued Daniel Woods and his law firm after they dropped it as a client a week before an arbitration hearing, which led to a $3.8 million being levied against it.

The Impact FLSA's Overhaul Has on Exempt Employees

By Michael V. Abcarian |

The new rules likely will open the door for millions of employees to receive overtime pay as a result of a significant raise in the minimum salary required for employers to classify them exempt.

David Dawson, Winstead shareholder and member of the board of directors, will be chairman and CEO as of April 1, 2015.

Austin Shareholder Elected New Winstead CEO

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Dawson elected chairman and chief executive officer of Dallas-based Winstead, succeeding Kevin Sullivan, who decided against seeking a second term.

LOTW: 'Deliberate Indifference' Leads to $2.4 Million Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

Civil rights litigator David Bernsen knew he had to persuade the jury that Orange County officials had shown "deliberate indifference" to Robert Montano, a county prisoner who died of renal failure in jail after spending days in a cell without running water or a toilet.

Bill Aims to Eliminate Straight-Party Voting for Judges

By Angela Morris |

127th District Judge R.K. "Ravi" Sandill of Harris County said that if a judge couldn't rely upon his party to get elected, he might have to go out and "scare up votes" just like legislators.

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Little Direct Impact Expected From Federal Fracking Rules

By Lizzy McLellan |

A new set of rules governing hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands likely will not impact Pennsylvania directly, observers said, but it does set the stage for future regulation at the state level.

How to Navigate Settlement Distributions Involving a Special Needs Trust

By Raymond L. Panneton |

Specifically, attorneys must consider the possibility that the settlement proceeds will have a potential negative impact on governmental benefits.

Attorney Broadus Spivey of Austin's Spivey & Grigg

Litigator of the Week: $1 Million Verdict for Civil Rights Plaintiff

By Miriam Rozen |

Broadus Spivey, a veteran Texas litigator, didn't let a challenging scenario stop him from winning a big verdict for his client Carlos Chacon, who claimed police officers used excessive force.

Andrew Strong, partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Houston

Lawyer Returns to Pillsbury to Build Life Sciences Practice

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Andrew Strong rejoins Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Houston after two general counsel jobs.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

New Fracking Fuss Over Federal Rules for Public and Tribal Lands

By Angela Neville |

Two oil and gas industry groups wasted no time digging in and suing the federal government over its new effort to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands.

David Dow

Support Swells for Death Row Defense Counsel David Dow

By Miriam Rozen |

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association filed friend of court brief and more than 250 defense counsel signed Dow's petition seeking to have the state's highest civil court reverse the state's highest criminal court's suspension of David Dow.

Trade Secrets in the Oil Patch: Oil Prices Down, Trade Secret Disputes Up

By Scott D. Marrs and Scott R. Davis |

Texas has a number of statutes that companies can deploy to protect their trade secrets. Put an action plan in gear now. A trade secret once lost is lost forever.

Susan Hawk, newly elected Dallas DA

Shocking Changes at Dallas DA Office Concern Lawyers

By John Council |

Two of Susan Hawk's top assistants have departed three months into her first term in office. The Dallas District Attorney's Office staff "deserve a leader who is stable and competent," said Bill Wirskye, who recently parted ways with Hawk as her first assistant.

Steve Brand, a partner in Fagerberg, Arana & Brand in Austin

DA, County Pay $270,000 to Settle Ex-Prosecutor's Lawsuit

By Angela Morris |

Travis County settled with a former prosecutor who sued District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg for allegedly terminating him in retaliation for statements he made to investigators. Lehmberg denied the allegations.

District Judge Arrested, Jailed for DWI

By Angela Morris |

Austin police arrested 200th District Judge Gisela Triana of Austin for driving while intoxicated at 10:05 p.m. on March 20.

Another Chapter 11 Casualty: Fort Worth O&G Firm Quicksilver Resources

By Angela Neville |

Quicksilver Resources, an oil and gas producer that is headquartered in Fort Worth, is one of the most recent examples of Texas energy businesses being hit hard by depressed oil and gas prices.

Justice Nora Longoria of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals (booking mugshot)

Judicial Discipline for Intermediate Appellate Justice's DWI Arrest

By Angela Morris |

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public admonition over the summertime arrest for driving while intoxicated of Thirteenth Court of Appeals Justice Nora Longoria.

44th State Civil District Court Judge Carlos R. Cortez

Carlos Cortez Disciplined by Conduct Commission

By John Council |

The former Dallas judge, whose controversial final term in office was the subject of widespread media reports, was issued a public warning by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct months after voters ousted him from office.

7 Key Steps to Ensure Compliance in Staff Reductions

By Stephen J. Roppolo |

Particularly at risk for reductions are thinly capitalized producers operating in the shale plays of Texas, as employers try to assess the damage of the downturn and plan for the future.

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Committee Passes Bill for AG's Public Integrity Unit

By Angela Morris |

"This mechanism we have set up would send cases all over the state and make all the citizens of Texas be part of this process instead of only those who reside in Travis County," said Sen. Joan Huffman.

Bills Ponder Definition of 'Plaintiff' in Forum Non Conveniens

By Angela Morris |

Senate Bill 1942 and House Bill 1692 both address the 2014 Texas Supreme Court opinion in In Re Ford Motor Company, which required the high court to define "plaintiff" under the state's forum non conveniens statute.

Fifth Circuit Rules in Bizarre Trademark Case

By John Council |

The case is certainly unusual, but the appellate court has yet to rule wither Baker v. DeShong is legally "exceptional" for the purpose of awarding attorney fees.

Stephen L. Corso, a partner in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone

Newsmakers: Week of March 23

Steve Corso, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas and also a former enforcement attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Haynes and Boone as a partner in Houston.

Lawyer Sanctioned in Home Remodel Dispute

By Angela Morris |

A judge has sanctioned an Austin lawyer in litigation with his home remodeler that is increasingly contentious, swirling with allegations of destruction of key evidence, witness tampering, forged affidavits and more.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |
Jonetta Brooks, a partner in Holland & Knight in Dallas

Holland & Knight Hires Real Estate Laterals in Dallas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Five real estate and finance lawyers have joined Holland & Knight's Dallas office, boosting that office to 36 lawyers.

Deborah Williamson, managing director, Cox Smith Matthews, San Antonio

Firm Finance: Gross Revenue, Net Income Decline at Cox Smith

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Average revenue per lawyer and profits per partner were unchanged in 2014 compared with 2013.

Golf Channel Bogeys Attempt to Keep Millions Received From R. Allen Stanford

By John Council |

How much is nearly $6 million in advertising on the Golf Channel really worth to a business' creditors? About $6 million, unless the company is in the business of running a massive Ponzi scheme.

Michael A. McCabe is a Partner at Munck Wilson Mandala

High Court Grants Review to Anti-SLAPP Case

By John Council |

Texas lawyers have been using Texas' 3-year-old anti-SLAPP statute to defeat defamation suits and collect attorney fees in the process. Michael McCabe convinced the Texas Supreme Court to hear the first case in which a media defendant's attempts to use the law have failed.

Joe Cohen, a partner in Houston’s Beirne, Maynard & Parsons

Treasure Map Leads to High Court Victory

By John Council |

A colorful seismic 'treasure map' helped guide Joe Cohen's clients to a rich gas reserve and a recent victory before the Texas Supreme Court.

Atmos Has No Duty to Disclose Raw Gas Use to Customers

By Angela Neville |

Unprocessed natural gas is sometimes negatively referred to as a "raw gas cocktail" because of its potential problems when used as a residential energy source, such as possible release of carbon monoxide emissions from unburned gas.

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Lawyer Disbarred After Repeated Sanctions

By John Council |

"I am on somebody's hit list,'' said Charles Septowski, who was disbarred after the Commission for Lawyer Discipline concluded that he had practiced law with a suspended license and filed pleadings in a U.S. bankruptcy court using the name of an Alaska family lawyer.

University of Texas president Bill Powers

Plaintiffs: 'Fisher v. UT' Kroll Report Shows School's Arguments Are 'A Sham'

By Miriam Rozen |

In a friend of the court brief, the Cato Institute backs plaintiff Abigail Fisher's request to have SCOTUS hear her claim and cites the Kroll report's examples of Bill Powers putting "holds" on UT admission applications as evidence that UT's arguments represent a "sham"

McKool Smith Seeks 'Exceptional' Finding in $15 Million Win

By Miriam Rozen |

In patent litigation pitting Droplets against Sears and Overstock, McKool Smith argues the $15 million verdict their client won rates as an outcome for an "exceptional" finding, but opposing counsel from Bracewell & Giuliani have filed a motion for a new trial.

Bill: Use O&G Revenue to Fix Damaged Roads

By Angela Neville |

According to Senate Bill 1788, introduced by State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) on March 13, Texas counties owning lands that produce oil and gas revenue would be allowed to keep the royalty payments generated from the minerals under their property and dedicate that money to repairing damaged roads, particularly highways torn up from oil field activity.

VerdictSearch: Store Not Liable for Customer's Allegedly Drunken Fall

A Kroger store wasn't to blame for a woman's fall because she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fall, a jury found.