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$820M Mexican Pipeline to Carry Gas From Texas to Mexican Power Plants

By Angela Neville |

As part of the country's initiative to provide natural gas supplies to fuel its electric power plants in Northern Mexico, it is launching the La Laguna Pipeline project. The proposed pipeline will stretch for 465 kilometers (289 miles) between El Encino in the state of Chihuahua and La Laguna in Durango, and connect a pair of CFE power plants.

Plaintiffs: Lawyer 'Generally Gave Bad Advice'

By Angela Morris |

"This is a case involving violations of a lawyer's professional duties in a series of representations," claimed the plaintiffs. "The work performed by Mr. [Jason] Spencer was far below the standard of care."

Darby Dickerson, dean of Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock

Texas Tech University School of Law Welcomes Scribes

By Miriam Rozen |

Ink-stained advocates should turn their eyes in the direction of Lubbock.

Technological Advancements Have Led to More Traces of Infectious Disease—Now How to Assign Blame When They Cause Harm?

By David A. Oliver |

Infections can now be traced to their sources and opportunities to have prevented their spread are being identified. The resulting impact on litigation has been dramatic.

Darrell W. Jordan Jr.

Few Lawyers Volunteer to Serve on DA's Panel Investigating Sandra Bland's Death

By Miriam Rozen |

Instead of appointing the volunteer panel of lawyers, the Waller County DA should have asked a chief administrative judge for the district courts to appoint a prosecutor pro tem, said Dick DeGuerin.

Fracking operation in Texas.

House Bill 40: The Texas Legislature's Response to Denton's Fracking Ban

By Mark C. Rodriguez and Brock Skelley |

The most notable impact of H.B. 40 is its express prohibition of local fracking bans.

Oil Heir Al Hill III Asks CCA to Dismiss Fraud Case

By John Council |

Albert G. Hill III is again arguing that he was selectively prosecuted for mortgage fraud by then-Dallas County DA Craig Watkins as a favor to Hill's former lawyer Lisa Baron Blue.

Ken Paxton

Paxton Prosecutors Spotted at Grand Jury Room

By Angela Morris |

A Dallas TV news crew at the Collin County Courthouse on Tuesday caught footage of two special prosecutors who have investigated Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as they entered a grand jury room.

House Bill 1449 Ups the Family Code Social Study Provisions

By Jonathan J. Bates |

The changes include extensive substantive additions, a complete restructuring of Chapter 107, new definitions and refinement of prior terminology.

Class Certification Granted in Halliburton Securities Fraud Case

By Angela Neville |

The plaintiffs in this case have traveled a long and winding road–including two treks to the U.S. Supreme Court—in their quest to be compensated for what they allege are fraudulent actions by Houston-based Halliburton Company.

Death Certificate Revision Sought to Reflect End of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

By Miriam Rozen |

Both a same-sex marriage and one spouse's death took place before the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling in "Obergefell v. Hodges," which eliminated Texas' ban on same-sex marriages.

Matthew R. Pearson

Litigator of the Week: $20.2M Judgment in Oil-Patch Dispute

By Miriam Rozen |

In "Shale Exploration v. Eagle Oil & Gas," filed in Harris County's 152nd District Court, the dispute concerned lease information about an oil and gas prospect in North Dakota.

Merger Forms $113B Energy Alternative Asset Manager

By Angela Neville |

Under the terms of the agreement, Ares will provide $2.55 billion in consideration, the majority of which will be in the form of Ares Operating Group Units.

Amid Allegations he stalked and Threatened his Mother, National Enquirer Heir Can Get His Guns Back

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney Mike Pike convinced a Palm Beach circuit judge to drop a weapons ban against National Enquirer heir Paul Pope, who was the target of an injunction obtained after he was accused of stalking his mother.

Michael K. Hurst

A First: DWLA Honors Man With Award for Advancement of Women Attorneys

By Miriam Rozen |

For the first time in more than two decades, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association will honor a man for his contributions to the advancement of women lawyers.

DA Requests Opinion on Banning Handguns

By Angela Morris |

Can a county bar people from carrying concealed handguns into the district attorney's office and other departments in the courthouse?

Election Lawyer, Client Owe $98,000 Sanctions

By Angela Morris |

A judge found that election law solo David A. Rogers and his client, former Austin City Council candidate Laura Pressley, "failed to exercise due diligence in investigating the evidentiary support" for a recent election contest.

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How to Start Out Successfully on Your First Day of Work

By Justin J. Koterba |

The first day at your new job can be an anxiety-provoking yet exciting time, and the first few years of your legal career can be some of the most important of your professional life.

The Other Big Online Threat: Reputational Attacks

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Cyberthreats aren’t just coming from hackers seeking the personal information of your customers.

Unhappy Crestwood Midstream Unitholders Sue Board for Lowballing Company in Merger

By Angela Neville |

A number of Crestwood Midstream unitholders are not pleased with what they allege are breaches of fiduciary duty by the members of the company's board of directors in connection with a proposed merger with Crestwood Equity.

Texas Supreme Court building

High Court Suspends Houston's Equal Rights Law

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court has ordered the city of Houston to scrap its equal rights ordinance or put it to a public vote in November.

Finding the High Ground in The Clean Water Rule

By Lauren Kalisek |

Beyond the press releases, much can be learned from the rule's history and language that can provide a bit of high ground from which to best assess how the new rule will affect the regulatory landscape.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C.

5th Circuit Upholds Texas Air Quality Flex Permit Program

By Angela Neville |

Created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment, the EPA was put in the posture in this case, Environmental Integrity Project et al v. EPA, of defending the state implementation plan (SIP) that it had formerly fought against in 2012 in the earlier case, Texas v. EPA.

Judge Ron Clark, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

New Federal Court in Sherman?

By John Council |

The numbers add up for adding another judge in the Eastern District of Texas said Chief Judge Ron Clark, who will attend a conference that lays out the groundwork for getting a new court.

Lawyer Faces Disbarment for Fake Insurance Claim

By Angela Morris |

The Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals on July 24 heard arguments about disbarring Robert Glen Vernon Jr., who defrauded an insurer by making false claims about a 1977 Superbowl football and other sports memorabilia.

Ridgewood Energy Develops $1.9B Fund for Deepwater Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

By Angela Neville |

Ridgewood Energy Corporation is ready to take plunge once again by putting together its third private equity fund to bankroll finding and developing new oil reserves in the deepwater areas of the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

In Context: Gov. Rick Perry's Indictment

The following timeline details the events that unfolded in Texas courts following Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg's drunk driving conviction in April 2013 through Gov. Rick Perry's booking Aug. 19.

Gov. Rick Perry, middle, and his lawyers David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee confer at a pre-trial hearing to face abuse-of-power charges in the 390th District Court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on Thursday November 6, 2014.   JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Appeals Court Dismisses One of Two Charges Against Perry

By Angela Morris |

Former Gov. Rick Perry will face just one felony charge after an appellate court dismissed his charge of coercion of a public servant. Perry still faces a charge of abuse of official capacity.

Ben Patton

Newsmakers: Week of July 27

Ben Patton has been elected a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman in Houston, where he focuses on environmental matters.

Library Still Called a Library at Two-Thirds of Big Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

According to the 2015 Law Librarian Survey conducted by ALM Legal Intelligence, 32 percent of big-firm libraries have removed the word "library" from the name of the department.

Insurance Coverage for Nuisance Claims in the Oil Patch

By Vincent E. Morgan and Tamara D. Bruno |

Frustrated property owners are increasingly bringing nuisance claims based on bright lights, loud noises, traffic, dust, odors, wastewater and other effects of these activities.

The Insured's Right to Independent Counsel

By David S. Lynch and Jamie M. Cohen |

Under certain circumstances, an insurer's issuance of a reservation of rights letter gives rise to a conflict of interest sufficient to disqualify the insurer from exercising this authority, entitling the insured to choose its own defense counsel.

Weighing the Cost/Benefit of Handing Over the Keys to Personal In-Car Data

By Anna Eby |

Until Congress and/or the courts create a framework for handling in-car data, the use of such information in legal proceedings raises important questions. What opportunities does this new wealth of information create for litigators? And how do we protect drivers' privacy?

2015 Salary & Billing Survey: Firms Give Modest Raises in 2015 to Administrators and Support Staff

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

According to median salary raises in Texas Lawyer's Salary & Billing Survey, marketing directors got raises on the high end and law librarians received raises on the low end.

VerdictSearch: Passenger claimed neck and back strains with radiculopathy

A driver wasn't to blame for alleged neck and back injuries in a rear-ender, a jury found on May 13.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht

Parental Notification Law Revisions Prompt Procedural Questions

By Miriam Rozen |

The lawmakers' revisions specifically address a provision of the law that allows a small number of minors seeking abortions who have been threatened with physical or emotional abuse to request a judicial bypass to the state's parental notification requirement.

Tips for Navigating the New Realm of Cyber Insurance

By Amy Elizabeth Stewart |

As the cyber insurance market grows, traditional policies are more likely to exclude cyber risks, requiring firms to make decisions about whether to buy cyber coverage. Here are a few tips to help law firms navigate the new universe of cyber insurance.

Barbara Evans

U of H Law Professor, White House Push Precision Medicine Concept

By Miriam Rozen |

"Developing genomic data systems in the 21st century is one of the great national infrastructure challenges, akin to building the railroads in the 19th century and the national power grid in the 1930s. It will require decades of work. The legal workforce needs to include people like utility lawyers who do not think of themselves as biotech lawyers," professor Barbara Evans writes.

Rudy Telscher

Octane Fitness' Lawyer, Many Others, to Get Paid

By John Council |

Rudy Telscher isn't the only one who stands to make some cash for filing what's known as a 285 motion in a patent case. The case he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court has freed up U.S. district court judges to grant attorney fees against parties who file baseless claims.

Shortened Limitations for Insurance Claims

By Jon Michael Smith |

In each insurance claim, the policy, chronology of events and applicable law should be studied to gain a proper understanding as to the deadline for filing suit against the insurance company.

Casey Kennedy

Texas Courts' Website Wins National Award

By Angela Morris |

David Slayton of the Texas Office of Court Administration said that txcourts.gov won the honor for being user-friendly and dynamic, providing helpful information about the courts and making it easy to find information.

Judge Michelle Slaughter (center) and Charles

Facebook Judge Gets New Trial in Judicial Ethics Matter

By Angela Morris |

Judge Michelle Slaughter, reprimanded for posting about her criminal cases on Facebook, maintains that she did nothing wrong, but the State Judicial Conduct Commission argues that the judge crossed a line.

Suit Sparks Brawl Over $589K in Attorney Fees

By Angela Neville |

In something of a hollow victory, two Texas oil companies recently won a jury trial in a landman case fought in Dallas County, yet the jury failed to award the winning parties their respective attorney fees that together total approximately $600,000.

Lawyers Sued for Alleged Mishandling of PI Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Houston-area man filed a $1 million negligence and breach of contract suit against two Houston lawyers, alleging that they missed a filing deadline and were not honest with him about litigation he hired them to handle.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Attorney Wins 'Old Fart' Discrimination Ruling

By John Council |

"What the court honed in [on] was that the [supervisor] was going to get rid of the old farts. And sure enough he did,'' Alfonso Kennard said of his plaintiff client's age discrimination victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

.Law Domain Soon Available for Lawyers as ALM Becomes Early Adopter

By Ed Silverstein |

Lawyers will soon be able to get “.law” domain names as a way to be distinctive and grow their brand.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht

Achieving Diversity on Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee

By Miriam Rozen |

"We want the justice delivery system to work for the people. That is the first qualification. We do everything we can to make it diverse. But that doesn't necessarily mean numbers," said Chief Justice Nathan Hecht.

More Firms, Lawyers Sued Over Lawsuits in Deadly Offshore Accident

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Mexican offshore worker alleges that he was solicited by a "runner" working for lawyers whom he hired to represent him in personal injury suit stemming from the accident.

Court Rejects Privacy Claim Over Pocket-Dialed Call

By Zoe Tillman |

A cellphone user who unknowingly places a call doesn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy in conversations exposed to the person on the other end of the line, a federal appeals court said on Tuesday.

Mexico's Energy Reform: A Look From Inside the Learning Curve

By Gabriel Ruiz |

While the interest of the companies in Mexico's oil and gas potential is real, the opening process coincides with difficult world economic challenges, particularly depressed oil and gas prices and the concomitant impact on the oil and gas industry.

Stereos Get Six Major Automakers Sued for Patent Infringement

By John Council |

"They just took his magic little box, and they put it into their system,'' said Alfred Fabricant, who represents Blitzsafe Texas in a patent infringement suit filed against six major foreign automakers in the Eastern District over a device that integrates music players into car stereos.

E-Discovery a ‘Stain’ on the Legal System

By Erin E. Harrison |

Logikcull CEO Andy Wilson says it's time to end e-discovery in the form it exists today.

Trial Starts in Sanctioned Facebook Judge's Appeal

By Angela Morris |

A judge who was sanctioned for writing about a case on Facebook is getting a new trial, with one side claiming that her posts cast doubt on her impartiality and the other side arguing that the judge's free speech rights protect her conduct.

Fierce Lender Feud in Dune Energy Bankruptcy

By Angela Neville |

Infighting among creditor groups recently erupted in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by Houston-based Dune Energy and its related affiliates.

Has Law School Enrollment Hit Rock Bottom?

By Karen Sloan |

Legal educators are cautiously optimistic that the 2015-16 academic year will mark the low point for law school enrollment, and that the number of applicants next year will start to recover from a five-year slide.

As a Law Grows Older, We Feel Younger

By Timothy P. Van Dyck and Timothy H. Powell |

It is practically a rite of passage that on your 40th birthday you will be bombarded by friends, family and other ostensible well-wishers with reminders that you are now, officially, "over the hill." This clichéd expression, while an unwelcome reminder of impending mortality, also rings hollow these days.

Kachina Seeks Rehearing in Gas Compression Fees Case

By Angela Neville |

Seeking another bite at the apple with the Texas Supreme Court after its recent loss, Kachina Pipeline recently filed a motion for rehearing in the case.

Judge Gary Andrews

Appeals Court Nixes $550K Jury Award to 'Unfaithful' Lawyer

By Greg Land |

A Georgia Court of Appeals decision has upended a jury's award of more than $550,000 to a Texas lawyer who sued his former firm, Atlanta-based Helms & Greene, for bonuses from when he headed the firm's Dallas office—before abruptly taking most of the office's lawyers and cases to his new firm.

Andrews Kurth, Akin Gump Handle $1.5B Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Andrews Kurth represents Enterprise Products Partners in its pending sale of offshore pipeline assets to Genesis Energy, which is using Akin Gump.

Class Action Suit Against Exxon Subsidiary Alleges Gas Royalty Rip-Offs

By Angela Neville |

A group of natural gas royalty owners in Western Pennsylvania are fighting mad and accusing Texas-based XTO Energy, Exxon Mobil Corporation's subsidiary, of messing around with their royalty payments.

Man Convicted for Filing $6.5M Lien Against Judge

By John Council |

"When you file a document claiming a senior U.S. district court judge owes you $6.5 million, it's probably not going to end well for you,'' said Richard Kuniansky, a Houston attorney for Tyrone Eugene Jordan, who was convicted on three counts of retaliation against a federal officer by false claim on July 15.

Certified Mess: Texas Supreme Court Takes On Stanford

By John Council |

What's $6 million in Golf Channel advertising really worth if it's purchased by R. Allen Stanford and his Ponzi scheme? The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to tell us.

Jason Villalba, a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell

Newsmakers: Week of July 20

Jason Villalba, a state representative for Texas House District 114, has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell as a corporate partner in the firm's Dallas office.

Onetime Investigator for Arnold & Itkin Sues Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Richard Fleisher of Friendswood alleges that Houston plaintiffs firm owes him at least $4 million for investigatory work and for referring cases to the firm.

Mentorship is More Than Teaching, It's Making Sure What You Know Doesn't Die With You

By Michael P. Maslanka |

What you do is not just a way of earning a living, keeping body and soul together, but rather a way of life.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Plaintiffs Beat Governmental Immunity in Med-Mal Case

Joseph Gourrier won a big decision from Houston's First Court of Appeals that denies governmental immunity to a nonprofit health care clinic associated with a large state teaching hospital.

VerdictSearch: Doctors Not Responsible for Patient's Death, Jury Finds

On May 28, a jury found that three doctors weren't liable for a patient who died of a pulmonary embolism resulting from deep vein thrombosis.

Ken Paxton

Paxton Campaign Not Paying for Criminal Defense

By Angela Morris |

While Ken Paxton's latest campaign finance report does include $19,340 for legal spending, no payments went to three law firms representing him in an ongoing criminal investigation for alleged securities law violations.

L to R: Dorothy Hubbard Cornwell and Howell Hollis III

No Signed Contract Is No Problem for Law Firm to Collect $835K From Client

By Greg Land |

A Fulton County jury awarded a law firm more than $835,000 in attorney fees and interest after finding that the firm's former client had agreed to pay a contingency fee on a nearly $4.2 million settlement—even though no signed fee agreement could be found and the client insisted he had never agreed to a contingency fee at all.

Ken Paxton

Paxton: No Duty to Defend Unethical Judges

By John Council |

In a recent opinion, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton determined that a county government has no duty to defend a judge who gets hauled in front of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Rick Perry booking photo

Perry Pays Criminal Defense Lawyers Another $1.02 Million

By Angela Morris |

Four attorneys who are representing former Gov. Rick Perry in his criminal case have continued to make it rain for their firms: This year alone, Perry has paid them $1.02 million, which brings his total legal spending to $2.09 million.

Lee Cheng, Newegg CLO

Judge Gilstrap: Don't 'Shoot First and Ask Questions Later' After Newegg GC Complains of Delay to Federal Circuit

By Scott Graham |

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is not happy with the Eastern District of Texas court clerk, and he is not happy with online retailer Newegg Inc.

Orrin Lea Harrison III

Litigator of the Week: Gold and Coin Wholesaler Wins Take-Nothing Verdict in Stanford Litigation

By Miriam Rozen |

The outcome represents a rare loss for Ralph Janvey, the receiver in R. Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme- related litigation.

WPX Energy to Buy RKI Exploration for $2.75 Billion

By Angela Neville |

WPX Energy, a publicly traded domestic energy producer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with operations in the western United States, recently entered into an agreement to acquire privately held RKI Exploration & Production for $2.35 billion plus the assumption of $400 million of debt.

Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse exterior, July 2015

Courthouse Calamity: Austin Lawyers Form PAC to Push for New Courthouse [SLIDESHOW]

By Angela Morris |

To convince voters of the great need for a new courthouse, a handful of Austin lawyers launched a political action committee, which has attracted funding from some of the state's biggest law firms.

Judge, Lawyer Get Prison Time in Bribery Scheme

By Angela Morris |

Former district judge Angus McGinty and criminal-defense lawyer Alberto Acevedo Jr. of San Antonio are both headed to federal prison after being sentenced in a bribery case on July 15.

Gauging the Toxic Tort Landscape One Year after Texas Supreme Court's Ruling in Bostic

By Maryann B. Zaki |

Although only cited a few times over the past year, Bostic has gained some traction in other states including New York, and could possibly be applied in non-asbestos toxic tort litigation.

Discovering the Income Statement and Balance Sheet

By Jeff Compton |

While financial statements comprise balance sheets along with statements of income, cash flow and retained earnings, the balance sheet and the income statement are the most frequently available. Discovering what the balance sheet and income statement intend to present leads to more accurate discovery.

Determining Premises Liability in a Criminal Case

By Quentin Brogdon |

Crime victims who seek to hold premises owners liable in Texas must clear foreseeability hurdles that are steep, but not insurmountable.

Bracewell, V&E Work on Renewable Energy Deal

By —Brenda sapino jeffreys |

Bracewell & Giuliani represents Bluescape Resources in investment in Clean Line Energy Partners, which turned to Vinson & Elkins.

Marathon Petroleum to Acquire MarkWest in $21B Merger

By Angela Neville |

The companies said the combination would create the fourth-largest master limited energy partnership, with a $21 billion market capitalization.

Innovation Awards Honor Technology Leaders, Law Firms

By LTN Staff |

Wrapping up Legaltech West 2015, 26 vendors, lawyers and technologists were recognized at the 2015 Innovation Awards in San Francisco.

The 2015 GC Compensation Survey

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Who's the leader of the club? Stock options and equity in general stage a comeback in this year's General Counsel Compensation survey.

Waverly Nolley of Houston's Waverly R. Nolley & Associates

Biker Uses Law Degree to Win Motorcycle Rumble

By John Council |

"Value is in the pride of ownership, and you protect that with your life," Waverly Nolley said of his four-year fight to win the rights to his motorcycle club's colors. "And here we did that with the legal system."

Scott C. Wallace

Holland & Knight Taps New Leader in Dallas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Corporate finance partner Scott Wallace is new executive partner in Holland & Knight's Dallas office.

From left: Casie Gotro and Stanley Schneider

Family Says DA's Office Should Disqualify Itself in Murder Case

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The brother of David Temple, who is serving life in prison after he was convicted of murder of his wife, wants a special prosecutor to reopen investigation.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes Agree to DOJ Delayed Review

By Miriam Rozen |

If antitrust regulators' objections foil a proposed merger between the oil field service industry giants, Halliburton might owe Baker Hughes a $3.5 billion breakup fee.

Report: Dismiss Client, but Keep Suit Against Firm

By Angela Morris |

The Law Offices of Ernesto Martinez Jr. in San Antonio claimed that a client and another law firm communicated false and disparaging allegations and improperly solicited the Martinez firm's clients. The defendants deny it.

Lawyer Disbarred for Client-to-Client Loan Deal

By Angela Morris |

A Corpus Christi lawyer must surrender his law license and pay more than $77,000 after a grievance panel found that he committed misconduct by loaning one client's money to another client who didn't pay it back.

UTA Shuttering Legal Clinic for Students

By Miriam Rozen |

The shutdown means that Keisha Ware will no longer serve as the attorney for the students, her title for the past 10 years at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Judge Cuts Verdict for Wedding Photographers

By Angela Morris |

"Without any documentary evidence or expert opinion to demonstrate the existence of essential facts of injury to their financial interests, the testimony offered was simply too weak," the court found.

Jail mugshot of Judson V. Sutherland, a partner in Austin's Hajjar Sutherland & Peters

Austin Lawyer Faces Formal Prostitution Charge

By Angela Morris |

The Travis County Attorney's Office recently filed formal charges against an Austin lawyer who was netted in a sex sting and charged with prostitution last year.

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BPZ Resources Sells Off $8.5M in Assets

By Angela Neville |

The heavy price decline in the oil and gas industry since last summer has caused and will continue to cause significant financial pain for many companies in this volatile sector.

Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C.

Judiciary in 'Disaster' Mode After OPM Data Breach

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal judges and judiciary employees were among the millions of federal employees whose personal information was compromised in a data breach. "We treated this at the A.O. the same way we would treat a disaster, like if a hurricane hit a court," a spokesman for the Administrative Office told the NLJ.

Energy Future Dodges $431M Bullet in Bankruptcy Case

By Angela Neville |

For Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings, waiting for the bankruptcy judge's recent ruling related to a $431 million fight with the company's first lien note holders was a real nail-biter.

Ex-Prosecutor Appeals High-Profile Disbarment

By John Council |

Charles Sebesta has filed a notice of appeal with the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals indicating that he'll argue that the bar wrongly took his license away in connection with a case that wrongly sent a man to death row.

Texas Re-Examines Civil War Monuments as Nation Debates Display of Confederate Flag

By Miriam Rozen |

Even before South Carolina's lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds, Texas lawyers, school leaders and lawmakers had rebooted debates about stripping Confederate symbols from government properties in their state.

Robert W. Dockery

Newsmakers: Week of July 13

Robert W. "Bob" Dockery has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm's Dallas office.

VerdictSearch: Neither Party Liable for Collision, Jury Finds

Neither driver was to blame for a rear-ender with alleged cell phone use, a jury found on May 6. During rush hour Gracie Black was driving on Interstate 30 in Tarrant County with her husband and their then 6-year-old daughter.

Kent Rutter

Will SCOTX Hear First Transgender Marriage Case?

By John Council |

Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, which should end the high court's interest in a case involving a transgender woman's union, said Kent Rutter, who represents Nikki Araguz in the probate case. But a lawyer seeking to void the marriage on appeal isn't so sure.