"These claims are worth a lot," said Galvin Kennedy, partner in Houston's Kennedy/Hodges, who represents the workers.
"These claims are worth a lot," said Galvin Kennedy, partner in Houston's Kennedy/Hodges, who represents the workers.
H. Victor "Vic" Thomas, an appellate attorney in personal injury and business litigation, has joined Preis in Houston.
Defense counsel hope to reverse a recent trend of workers suing energy industry employers for unpaid overtime.
Plaintiffs attorney says the lawsuit against Blue Bell of Brenham may be the first since its products were connected to Listeria infections.
Former employees are suing the Orlando-based foreclosure firm Butler & Hosch, which shut down without notice to its 700 employees.
Attorney Charles L. Clay Jr. had been operating his own firm for only a few days when he received a call from a friend with a lead on a big case.
There's only one hurdle left for a bill that would authorize the Texas attorney general to sue so-called patent trolls that send demand letters in bad faith about patent infringement.
Houston-based Noble Energy is poised to acquire all of the common stock of Rosetta in an all-stock transaction valued at $2.1 billion, plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8 billion.
"Our board does not agree with complaints Jeff made in his resignation letter concerning the Innocence Project," according to the board's statement.
Vinson & Elkins represents Eagle Rock Energy Partners in its pending acquisition by Vanguard Natural Resources for about $614 million.
Litigators are known for their zealous representation, creative advocacy, and quick "on their feet" thinking. Yet they are still required to follow all applicable rules of ethics. This poses unique challenges and risks for attorneys who specialize in litigation.
Will businesses allow open carry? Lawyers say if a business prohibits open carry, it needs procedures if a customer has a gun. Lawyers are divided about whether allowing open carry brings litigation risks.
"The idea that we're waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in this case [Obergefell v. Hodges], but you're asking for the Texas Supreme Court to reach out and invalidate a valid marriage in the interim—it seems not just mean-spirited, it seems it would violate constitutional rights,'' said Kurt Kuhn who represents Texas' first legally married same-sex couple.
Amarillo criminal defense lawyer Jeff Blackburn has a certain flair for the dramatic, as is demonstrated in his recent resignation letter as chief counsel of the Innocence Project of Texas.
As business lawyers prepare to counsel companies on new policies and procedures under a bill to legalize people to carry holstered handguns openly, another company plans to educate gun owners about the change.
BP, Halliburton Co. and Transocean Ltd. each reached settlements this week in the litigation stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has refused to invalidate a nearly $2.7 million settlement that BP PLC reached with a member of a boat crew who went to court to enforce the award after he never got paid.
Unfortunately, oil and gas companies filing for bankruptcy protection in today's unstable price environment is nothing out of the ordinary. What set these cases apart are the unusual names of a number of Duer Wagner's subsidiaries, which are named after famous athletes.
Woman filed suit in 2014, alleging that Houston lawyer and his firm paid themselves a $20,000 contingency fee from an $85,000 settlement without a signed contract.
Ask an energy industry expert about the effects of the U.S. shale boom, and the expert will likely speak of job creation, low natural gas and crude oil prices, and the emergence of U.S. LNG export terminals. A less likely answer is the dramatic rise in supply of natural gas liquids and its effect on the petrochemical industry.
With reports of earlier violent gang confrontations at the Waco Twin Peaks and more than 20 uniformed police officers sitting in the parking lot when the shootings began, it may be challenging to contend in court that no one in management had a reason to know of an unreasonable and foreseeable risk immediately preceding the attack.
Congress created new patent office procedures in 2012 with the America Invents Act (AIA) to challenge the validity of issued patents. These procedures have become the new norm in patent infringement litigation and must be considered as part of any strategy in district court litigation.
Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed into law House Bill 40. The new law pre-empts regulation of oil and gas activity at the municipal and local levels and places that duty with the state.
A group of Mexican residents allege that their personal injury suits were dismissed because of the negligence of lawyers.
Keith A. Ward said a lawsuit filed against by him the ex-wife of the late Jerry Lynn Williams, who wrote songs for B.B. King and Eric Clapton, is a "silly money grab" and without merit.
Court ruling describes Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which previously represented a corporate plaintiff that forged trial documents, as "another victim" of the fraudulent conduct.
Be in this moment, from which good ideas emanate, undisturbed by the noise from an already decided past and an always uncertain future.
At every opportunity, we shake the hands of managing partners, storied litigators, judges and esteemed general counsel. There is so much to learn from their war stories and commitments to their practices, bar associations and alma maters.
Students pose as would-be renters to expose landlords who refuse leases unfairly.
"Rarely in the law practice do we have the opportunity to teach somebody a lesson," Buzbee said.
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr has grown from six to 118 lawyers since founded 30 years ago.
House Bill 3662 would allow a person or business to sue a state agency that brought a frivolous, unreasonable or baseless regulatory action. A successful plaintiff would win damages, costs and attorney fees.
Gregory Lawrence, the former co-head of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s renewables practice and head of its energy regulatory group, has joined Greenberg Traurig as a partner in Boston and Washington, D.C. Lawrence came to Cadwalader more than four years ago when the firm announced plans for a Houston office.
Capitol watchers say that the legislative process was designed to kill bills. If so, then May 14 and 15 were slaughter days.
Three years ago, an Oregon federal jury hammered Houston-based contractor KBR for negligence for exposing soldiers to a dangerous chemical. It was a trial that should have never happened, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has refused to invalidate a nearly $2.7 million settlement that BP PLC reached with a member of a boat crew who went to court to enforce the award after he never got paid. However, in its ruling on Friday, the panel determined that claimant Elton Johnson will need to provide evidence to a lower court that he didn’t exaggerate injuries sustained in the 2010 blast that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Senate Bill 455 would allow the Texas attorney general to petition the Texas Supreme Court's chief justice to convene a mandatory three-judge court to hear school finance and redistricting cases.
The energy company wins, arguing that the internal report it gave DOJ during an FCPA violations investigation qualified as absolutely privileged.
The Texas Senate approved a resolution for voters to decide whether the Texas Constitution should allow the Legislature to instruct courts to send notice to the attorney general when a litigant alleges a state law is unconstitutional.
"Literally having sex in front of co-workers," Richard Burton said of one of the employee stories he tells in a new book. "Some are less shocking, like embezzlement."
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct disciplined 106th District Court Judge Carter Tinsley Schildknecht for religious/cultural bias after she referred to a district attorney as a "New York Jew" during a private conversation, and criticized another prosecutor's beard because it made him look "like a Muslim."
Although it looked dead, a lawmaker revived a proposal to require judges to call jury pools to pick grand jurors rather than appointing grand jury commissioners to recruit potential grand jurors.
It is my opinion that, despite how often we communicate, and the myriad ways in which we do it, the quality of our interactions has generally deteriorated.
Enrolling in a clinical course wasn't an option when Joel Bernstein was a student at Brooklyn Law School in the early 1970s — lectures and seminars dominated the curriculum.
A talented young woman lawyer decides to leave her law firm in midcareer to tend to her family for four years. And then she wants to restart her career. But how?
Judges, a general counsel, professors and a government official will speak to Texas law school graduates.
Considered one of the largest foreclosure law firms in the country, the Orlando-based firm closed its doors abruptly and filed an assignment for the benefit of creditors in Florida state court.
Large Texas firms hired 533 summer associates in Texas in 2015, up four from 2014.
David Newland has joined Winstead as an associate in Dallas. He handles various corporate transactional matters.
A research engineer who claimed that he was told to not speak Chinese lost his case on March 27.
The three largest initial public offerings to date this year are for energy companies, and Houston firms secured the work.
Texas Lawyer is seeking nominations for our “Legal Departments of Year,” a special section coming out this fall recognizing the Lone Star State’s top in-house departments.”
A bill that would make it easier for convicts to win appeals for post-conviction DNA testing has landed on Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.
A retired doctor has dropped his unusual argument claiming a cattle/auto wreck case filed against him is really a medical malpractice claim, but has refused to dismiss an appeal pending before Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals.
Our profession is quite different from how it was just a few years ago, and far different from how it was decades ago, when lawyers and those who regulate the legal profession claimed—or, rather, dreamed—that the law was a profession but not necessarily a business.
Here are suggestions for getting to that goal, regardless of whether you're on the plaintiff or defense side.
The University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law is the latest to allow certain undergraduates to apply without taking the Law School Admission Test.
Providing the tightest security possible to every step of this process is no longer optional.
New public downtown Dallas law school plans to keep hiring more faculty next year.
Whether a law student wants to do transactional work or litigation, here are six things he can do while in law school to equip him with the tools to be a successful young attorney.
Lance Armstrong is feuding with his former teammate-turned-enemy Floyd Landis over which documents they should have to turn over in the fraud case against Armstrong.
In light of the fact that Texas demographics are changing rapidly, there will be an increasing disparity between Texas' population and the attorneys available to serve it, should we fail to educate more ethnically diverse attorneys.
"The intent of the Legislature is being misconstrued," said Rep. Kenneth Sheets, explaining that just because an incident happens in a health care setting does not mean it's a health care liability claim.
When the defendant's wrongful act that caused the plaintiff's damages is fraud, can that same fraud properly be considered as an aggravating circumstance justifying exemplary damages?
To mitigate the increased risk, buyers should increase their focus on identifying and quantifying risk while increasing protective measures that affect the periods before, during and after the sign and close of a transaction.
Houston attorney Heidi Gumienny successfully defended the city of Baytown, which was sued by a family who lost their teenage son in a tragic accident.
"This court has rejected the defendants' mootness arguments on multiple occasions, and it should do so again," Vanita Gupta, the recently appointed deputy assistant general of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, wrote.
Lawyers who hope to become certified to be guardians for elderly or disabled people would have to take an extra hour of continuing legal education if a bill that the House and Senate have passed becomes law.
These tips will assist attorneys in getting the most out of their time, not only at work, but also in their personal lives as well.
"Before I allow a different justice system in all the 254 counties in the state, I move to withdraw this bill," said HB 282's author, Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston. "I move to postpone it to Jan. 1, 2016."
The Texas Supreme Court decision is significant because it allows a city to sue a developer under state law for knocking down a historic building in violation of a municipal ordinance, said assistant Dallas city attorney Chris Bowers.
May 29 is the last day of business for Hermes Sargent Bates.
She earmarked the money for school to hire new law professor who conducts research through a gender lens.
Upcoming legislative deadlines could stop House Bill 969 from getting back on track after a point of order during a May 11 debate shot the bill back to the House Calendars Committee.
Having a hard time saying "no" to requests at work, or in general? I know I always have. After all I reason: "If I say no, then I may not be asked again."
In this contract breach and business interference tort case over an abandoned Bulgarian gas field venture, the principal issue is whether evidence supporting lost-market value was speculative and based on lost future profits, according to the Texas Supreme Court's opinion.
Dilworth Paxson, long seen as a very traditional regional law firm, was probably not on anyone's list of the most innovative law firms just two years ago.
Michael McCann spent Monday in eager anticipation. The National Football League was expected to announce its decision in the “Deflategate” scandal at any minute, and the University of New Hampshire School of Law professor was preparing to offer commentary to Sports Illustrated, where he serves as a legal analyst.
Whether they’re negotiating an agreement during an M&A transaction or beating back the threat of a lawsuit, many general counsel say they are only as good as their team—and that team often includes outside attorneys.
It has become trendy to proclaim the demise of law schools and predict a bleak forecast for aspiring lawyers. These dire predictions are exaggerated and obscure the real but solvable challenges facing legal educators.
Judicial candidates for statewide office and benches in highly populated counties would no longer have to gather signatures to get on the primary ballot if House Bill 3880 becomes law.
Nonresident plaintiffs who sued for injuries or death that happened out of state would have a harder time keeping their cases in Texas courts if House Bill 1692 becomes law. The bill addresses a 2014 Texas Supreme Court ruling.
Big firms work on Houston-based Noble Energy's planned acquisition of Rosetta Resources, also of Houston.
So you have your first brief-writing assignment, or maybe you are canvassing the Internet for some insight on legal writing after a court ordered you to show cause why you should not be sanctioned for bad legal writing. In either case, there is hope.
Well more than half of the nearly 300 recent law graduates surveyed in by Kaplan Test Prep this year—56 percent—said law school should be condensed to two years.
In one of his last decisions before leaving the bench for private practice, U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis hit three Texas patent attorneys with fines for filing frivolous pleadings.
If a bill that the Texas House passed becomes law, a plaintiff who is sick from asbestos exposure would have to file claims with bankrupt companies' trust programs before seeing his lawsuit proceed to trial.
The Texas House recently approved Senate Bill 709, which contains a number of proposed guidelines, including rules to be considered in determining whether a person or an association has standing in a contested case involving environmental permits.
Recent cases have emphasized the importance of thoroughly and accurately responding to every question in the application so as to avoid the risk of losing coverage when you most need it.
"I'm not ready to hang it up and go off into the sunset," said Jimmy Brill, 82. Working past retirement age is a new trend. In the past 10 years, the state's over-65 lawyer population has grown from 8 to 15 percent.
A jury awarded $131,581 to a man who claimed cervical and lumbar strains in a collision.
Eric Policastro has joined Deans & Lyons in Dallas as an associate. His practice focuses on litigation.
Right now, Blue Bell is walking a tightrope between protecting its brand and protecting its customers.
Across the United States, the legal profession is experiencing its most profound demographic change since the "baby boomer" generation entered the profession in the 1970s and '80s.
Now that Mexico's oil and gas sector has finally been opened to outside investors, the state of Texas is anxious to build a strong business relationship with the nearby country that has rich oil reserves.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has recently announced that Texas intends to fight the Obama administration over a proposed air quality regulation—the so-called Clean Power Plan Rule (also known as the Carbon Rule). The proposed rule is being considered by the EPA and is set to be finalized in June.
Alan Glen leads a group of environmental and land use attorneys who joined Nossaman's Austin and Washington, D.C., offices.
Who would have thought the Texas Legislature might take steps to legalize marijuana—in some form—or at least cut the punishment for minor offenses?