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In-depth coverage of the 2015 Texas legislative session

Monte James, partner in the Austin office of Jackson Walker

Jackson Walker Helps in Over $21 Million Qui Tam Settlement

By John Council |

The U.S. government doesn't always participate in qui tam actions—but they do when it's worth $21.75 million in settlement cash.

The Thirteenth Court of Appeals, Corpus Christi and Edinburg, Texas. Seated, from left: Justice Nelda V. Rodriguez, Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez, and Justice Dori Contreras Garza; standing, from left: Justice Gina M. Benavides, Justice Gregory T. Perkes, and Justice Nora L. Longoria.

Justices Disagree About Splitting 13th Court of Appeals

By Angela Morris |

Thirteenth Court of Appeals Justice Greg Perkes said he favored a bill to split his court and create a new intermediate appellate court, but Justice Gina Benavides disagreed for herself and other justices.

Noble Energy to Pay $73M Settlement, Cut Air Pollution

By Angela Neville |

As part of the recent settlement with several governmental agencies over air pollution problems related to its 3,400 condensate storage tank systems located in the DJ Basin north of Denver, Houston-based Noble Energy agreed to pay a $73 million settlement and also upgrade its pollution control equipment for the storage tanks.

Three judges reviewing case

Committees Debate Scope of Three-Judge Court Bills

By Angela Morris |

The Senate State Affairs Committee considered a bill that would change the judicial process for school finance and redistricting lawsuits. The bill's House companion would also apply to other litigation of major impact to the state.

Litigator of the Week: City of Houston's HERO

By Miriam Rozen |

Geoffrey Harrison, a partner in Susman Godfrey, scores defense victory for city, mayor and city secretary in fight against proponents of referendum to repeal the city's LGBT equal rights ordinance, known as HERO.

Pro Bono: Helpful or Hurtful to Do Something for Nothing?

By The YL Editorial Board |

Some questions to consider before taking on any pro bono work: Does my employer have a policy on pro bono work? Will my pro bono hours be credited to my billing requirement?

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchberg Law Center collaborated with the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County to create the justice patch, which aims to teach girls how the law impact their lives and expose them to women leaders in the field.

These Girl Scouts Are Going to Law School

By Karen Sloan |

Forget arts and crafts. Girls Scouts in suburban New York will soon get a close look at legal careers and the many ways the law shapes their lives because of a collaboration between scouting and the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Fast-Moving Risks for Companies Using Social Media

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Social media may be a marketing imperative for today’s companies, but James Sherer and Melinda McLellan of BakerHostetler are warning organizations that it can turn against them—fast.

Ken Paxton

Prosecutors in Paxton Complaint Vow Nonpartisan Approach

By Angela Morris |

A judge has appointed Houston attorneys Kent Schaffer and Brian Wice to investigate a complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that alleged that he committed a felony under state securities law.

U.S. Supreme Court.

SCOTUS Rejects Natural Gas Suppliers' Challenge to State Antitrust Laws

By Angela Neville |

In a 7-2 ruling in 'ONEOK v. Learjet', the U.S. Supreme Court held that state antitrust claims against natural gas suppliers, including Dynegy, American Electric Power Company and Oneok, are not pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act.

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, Northern District of Texas, Dallas

Judge Gives Lawyer Time to Scrape Up Restitution

By John Council |

"I was on a mad tear," said Andrew Lee Siegel, explaining to a federal judge during his sentencing hearing that he has bipolar disorder and was in a "manic phase" when he misused clients and investors to pay for his expensive lifestyle—and to pay off a civil settlement.

Three judges reviewing case

Committees Debate Scope of Three-Judge Court Bills

By Angela Morris |

The Senate State Affairs Committee considered a bill that would change the judicial process for school finance and redistricting lawsuits. The bill's House companion would also apply to other litigation of major impact to the state.

Tips for Avoiding Overseas Corruption Missteps Amid Oil Downturn

By Thomas Fox |

Oil dipped below the $50-per-barrel threshold. What does this mean for energy companies trying to avoid prosecution for corruption while doing business with countries and companies overseas?

A whooping crane photographed at the International Crane Foundation located in Barbaboo, WI.
Photo by Ryan Hagerty/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Whooping Cranes Battle Pits County Against State

By Miriam Rozen |

The nation's highest court will decide this term if it hears a case about the endangered bird species. In the litigation, Texas opposes The Aransas Project, a nonprofit. The Aransas Project got help in its argument, most recently, from the Harris County Attorney.

Cuban flag

How to Take Advantage of the Thawing U.S.-Cuban Relations

By James H. Creedon |

The greatest mistake one can make is to behave as if the Cuban market has a need that only your business can fill, and to ignore the importance of developing mutual goodwill and concern for a longer-term relationship.

Stop YourLawFirm.sucks From Surfacing on the Web

By Miriam Rozen |

Haynes and Boone partner Jeff Becker shares ideas about how law firms and other brand owners may avoid the creation of brand-corrosive domain names proliferating without paying to defensively register those names before bad actors do so.

oil platform

Russian Oil Giant, Seadrill Delay Proposed $4.1 Billion Deal

By Angela Neville |

Recently, the Russian oil company Rosneft, Seadrill and its subsidiary North Atlantic Drilling all agreed to extend the termination date of the framework agreement until May 31, 2017.

What the Legal Profession Can Learn From the Ellen Pao Case

By Kathleen J. Wu |

Even if one believes the jury made the right call in Pao's case, most women (and hopefully a growing number of men) will acknowledge that women are held to a different standard than men.

Divided Committee Passes Chancery Court Bill

By Angela Morris |

Despite opposition from some legal groups, a divided House committee amended and passed a bill that would create a Texas chancery court system to handle complex business litigation.

House Amends, Passes Public Integrity Unit Bill

By Angela Morris |

The Texas House approved a bill that creates a unique and complicated venue rule—a rule that would enable a state leader charged with public corruption to have his trial in his hometown county rather than where the offense occurred.

Client Sues Coats Rose for Professional Malpractice

By John Council |

A Texas businessman files a professional malpractice case against a Houston-based law firm, alleging that he hired it for shareholder advice, only to be sued later by the same firm on behalf of a company in a shareholder dispute.

How Can You Stand Out From the Crowded Applicant Field?

By Charles J. Dennen |

Whether your goal is getting a large-firm job through on-campus interviews, public interest work, or a job in the private sector, a lot will depend on how you present through your resume and interviews.

Alfred Meyerson

Houston Real Estate Group Moves to Jackson Walker

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Longtime friendship between two real estate lawyers in Houston leads to firm move.

Akin Gump, Baker & McKenzie on Shale Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker & McKenzie represents Houston's Paloma Resources and its operation Paloma Partners III in sale of Paloma Partners III to Oklahoma company.

Neal S. Manne, managing partner, Susman Godfrey, Houston

Cognac, 'Relocated' Statue Boost Susman Godfrey's Associates' Morale

By Miriam Rozen |

Neal Manne, co mananging partner, responds to inquiry with droll, revealing answer.

Legal Malpractice Insurance—What Coverage is Best for You?

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

With the increasing numbers of malpractice cases in the state, insurance is not a luxury, but a practical necessity.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Texas House Passes Bill Clamping Down on Local Fracking Bans

By Angela Neville |

The Texas House of Representatives recently approved a bill that gives the state the exclusive power to regulate oil and gas production activities such as fracking.

Thomas Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

New JFK Documents Reveal State Bar's Disdain for Melvin Belli

By John Council |

A 1966 casefile recently discovered by the Tarrant County District Clerk's office shows the State Bar took some dramatic steps to ensure Melvin Belli would never practice in the Lone Star state's courts.

Brent Coon is an attorney working on BP litigation -- photographed in Houston, Tx, on 1-14-14.  Photos  by John Everett

BP Oil Spill MDL: Brent Coon Wants His Clients to Opt Out

By Miriam Rozen |

Plaintiffs lawyer says damages paid so far show class settlment not a good deal for the majority of his 10,000 clients.

High-tension power transmission towers at twilight in North texas. September 26, 2009. Photo: David R. Tribble via Wikimedia Commons.

Power Play: Bill Pushes Choices for Austin Energy Users

By Angela Neville |

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, recently introduced a new piece of legislation—Senate Bill 1945—that is aimed at opening up municipal electric power providers such as Austin Energy to deregulation.

Inmate Gets 21 Months for Threatening Judge

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Texas jail inmate was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to mailing a threatening communication to U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas.

Bill Expands Attorney Fees in Breach of Contract Suits

By Angela Morris |

The House passed a bill that clarifies that plaintiffs in a breach of contract lawsuit can seek attorney fees from individuals and all types of business entities—not just corporations.

Michael D. Pegues

Newsmakers: Week of April 20

Michael D. Pegues and Jason A. Wietjes have joined the Dallas office of Polsinelli as shareholders in the firm's national intellectual property and technology litigation group.

Woman Sues Three PI Firms, Lawyers for Breach of Fiduciary Duty

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Mississippi woman files a negligence and breach of fiduciary duty suit against three Texas firms and three lawyers after her product liability suit was dismissed.

Cynthia Orr, partner, Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley, San Antonio

Analyzing Complaint Against Texas AG Ken Paxton

By Angela Morris |

Texas Lawyer asked San Antonio criminal defense lawyer Cynthia Orr to analyze an advocacy group's complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleging that he committed a felony under state securities law.

VerdictSearch: Jury Sides With Defense in Pepper Spray Incident

A jury found no excessive force was used in a pepper spray incident.

Judge Indicted on Federal Firearms Charges

By Angela Morris |

Williamson County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Tim Wright is off the bench after federal prosecutors unveiled a nine-count indictment accusing him of selling fireams to a convicted felon, helping to smuggle firearms and more.

Firm Finance: Gardere Has a Solid 2014

By John Council |

"It was solid performance across the board," said Holland N. O'Neil, chair of the firm's board of directors.

An oil refinery

EPA Strikes Deal Over Renewable Fuel Standard

By Angela Neville |

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to avoid adding fuel to the fire in connection with a lawsuit filed against it in March by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute.

Presidential Power Players: Texas Lawyers Shine in Super-Pac Roles for 2016 Election

By Miriam Rozen |

A few prominent Texas lawyers, with a variety of practices, have signed up to help super-PACs backing presidential bids of candidates with ties in the state.

Phil Appenzeller, CEO of Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr in Dallas

Firm Finance: Slow Start, Strong End to 2014 for Munsch Hardt

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue and net income improved in 2014 at Dallas-based Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr compared with 2013.

Patent Troll Bills Vie for Committee's Favor

By Angela Morris |

Both bills prohibit someone from sending a demand letter making a bad faith claim of patent infringement and allow the Texas AG to sue violators. But the bills' definitions of a "bad faith claim" vary greatly.

Daniel L. Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price in Dallas

Firm Finance: Head Count, Gross Revenue Drop at Strasburger

By John Council |

"It's an interesting way to look at it—2013 was an extremely good year for us," said Dan Butcher, Strasburger's managing partner. "And 2014 was a more normal year for us."

Gregory R. Ave, managing partner, Walters Balido & Crain, Dallas

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: 'Don't Slip' Case Skids to a Close

By John Council |

"It's one of those cases where you have to check your common sense at the door if you find for the plaintiff," said Greg Ave, who defended a client who warned a mailman, "Don't slip," just before he fell on her sidewalk and later sued. "Warning him at the door isn't enough? What do you have to do?"

Inadmissible: Tax Scam

Fifth Circuit Kills Controversial Attorney Fee Rule

By John Council |

The ruling from the full court gets rid of Pro-Snax, a 1998 decision that allows for a "hindsight" analysis of whether an attorney's work benefited an estate before awarding attorney fees.

HR Legal Troubles That Spoil Mergers and Acquisitions

By Alan Bush and Meghan Hurse |

What can a buyer's deal team look for in due diligence? And what can a seller do before going on the market? Let's talk it out.

money pile

Would You Pay Your Own Bill?

By Tim McDaniel and Karen Roberts |

Here are seven key considerations for attorneys getting ready to bill.

Rare Death Penalty Sanctions Issued

By Miriam Rozen |

District judge in Collin County orders defendants to pay nearly $900,000 in sanctions.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |

16 Years of UCCJEA Interstate Custody Jurisdiction in Texas

By Brad LaMorgese |

Given all of the recent migration into Texas, this act has been and will continue to be the subject of litigation for Texans and would-be Texans.

Ex-Judge Angus McGinty Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case

By Angela Morris |

In a plea deal, Angus McGinty stated, "I accepted these benefits knowing that the purpose behind them was to influence me to exercise my official discretion as judge of the 144th Judicial District Court."

Dallas Judge: Doctor's Cow in Road Is Not Med Mal

By John Council |

In a case that's testing the reach of Texas tort reform laws, a Dallas judge has ruled that it's not a "health care liability claim" when a plaintiff hits a cow in the road that's owned by a doctor.

Texas Conundrum: Married With No Way Out

By Joan F. Jenkins and Erin R. Christopher |

Texas not only denies same-sex couples the right to marry but also denies them the ability to divorce, even when their marriage was legally entered into in a sister state. It is this problem that confounds family law practitioners.

SEC Prosecutes Texas O&G Company for Alleged $4.4M Investment Scam

By Angela Neville |

According to the complaint filed by the SEC on April 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, Mieka Energy Corporation of Flower Mound, Texas, and its founder and president, Daro Ray Blankenship, were recently charged with running an investment scheme that bilked at least 60 investors in multiple states out of a total of approximately $4.4 million.

Drilling Operations (North Dakota, July 2012)

Subsurface Trespass and Actual Harm

By Mark C. Rodriguez and Brock Skelley |

Does an unauthorized, yet imperceptible, entry into the core space beneath another's land give rise to an actionable trespass, even if the complaining landowner does not suffer actual harm?

JP Energy Cuts Two Midstream Deals

By Angela Neville |

JP Energy Partners recently negotiated two new midstream transactions that promise to bolster the company's current financial position.

Courtroom Named in Honor of Dallas Civil Rights Pioneer

By John Council |

And in a fitting tribute after the conclusion of lectures about Louis A. Bedford, who became Dallas' first African-American judge in 1966, the historically black college's mock courtroom was named in honor of him.

Page Missing in Discovery = Award of $6K in Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

After learning about a federal judge's ruling this week, lawyers will check printers carefully before delivering discovery documents.

Jason Weber, associate, Thompson Coe Cousins & Iron, Dallas

Litigator of the Week: Associate's Victory May Set Favorable Precedent for Employers

By Miriam Rozen |

Thompson Coe associate prevails on summary judgment for a temporary staffing firm and wins a take-nothing judgment, arguing that employers' distribution of W-2 tax forms to employees doesn't automatically mean control of their workplaces.

Unusual Visitation Schedules Upon Divorce

By Marilea Lewis |

Ideally, parents will agree on an equitable schedule; however, when conflicts can't be resolved, the court must step in to resolve what has been called for many years "visitation."

John Hoffman

One-Fifth of Exxon Accord May Go to Outside Counsel

By Michael Booth |

At least a fifth of the $225 million New Jersey is supposed to receive from its controversial settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over pollution related to the company's Bayonne and Bayway refineries is earmarked for the Louisiana law firm that has been representing the state, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman has told lawmakers.

Daniel L. Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price in Dallas

Firm Finance: Head Count, Gross Revenue Drop at Strasburger

By John Council |

"It's an interesting way to look at it—2013 was an extremely good year for us," said Dan Butcher, Strasburger's managing partner. "And 2014 was a more normal year for us."

Inmate Gets 21 Months for Threatening Judge

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Texas jail inmate was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to mailing a threatening communication to U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas.

16 Years of UCCJEA Interstate Custody Jurisdiction in Texas

By Brad LaMorgese |

Given all of the recent migration into Texas, this act has been and will continue to be the subject of litigation for Texans and would-be Texans.

Tax Scam Hits UT Law Professors, Staff

By Angela Morris |

Tax day might be unpleasant, but it was extra bad for some professors and staff at The University of Texas School of Law.

Gregory R. Ave, managing partner, Walters Balido & Crain, Dallas

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: 'Don't Slip' Case Skids to a Close

By John Council |

"It's one of those cases where you have to check your common sense at the door if you find for the plaintiff," said Greg Ave, who defended a client who warned a mailman, "Don't slip," just before he fell on her sidewalk and later sued. "Warning him at the door isn't enough? What do you have to do?"

Cynthia Orr, partner, Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley, San Antonio

Analyzing Complaint Against Texas AG Ken Paxton

By Angela Morris |

Texas Lawyer asked San Antonio criminal defense lawyer Cynthia Orr to analyze an advocacy group's complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleging that he committed a felony under state securities law.

Drilling Operations (North Dakota, July 2012)

Subsurface Trespass and Actual Harm

By Mark C. Rodriguez and Brock Skelley |

Does an unauthorized, yet imperceptible, entry into the core space beneath another's land give rise to an actionable trespass, even if the complaining landowner does not suffer actual harm?

HR Legal Troubles That Spoil Mergers and Acquisitions

By Alan Bush and Meghan Hurse |

What can a buyer's deal team look for in due diligence? And what can a seller do before going on the market? Let's talk it out.

SEC Prosecutes Texas O&G Company for Alleged $4.4M Investment Scam

By Angela Neville |

According to the complaint filed by the SEC on April 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, Mieka Energy Corporation of Flower Mound, Texas, and its founder and president, Daro Ray Blankenship, were recently charged with running an investment scheme that bilked at least 60 investors in multiple states out of a total of approximately $4.4 million.

Woman Sues Three PI Firms, Lawyers for Breach of Fiduciary Duty

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Mississippi woman files a negligence and breach of fiduciary duty suit against three Texas firms and three lawyers after her product liability suit was dismissed.

Rare Death Penalty Sanctions Issued

By Miriam Rozen |

District judge in Collin County orders defendants to pay nearly $900,000 in sanctions.

Bar Gives $250,000 to Fund Lawyers' Treatment

By Angela Morris |

Of its $47.22 million in total spending, the State Bar of Texas's new budget sends $250,000 to a fund that provides lawyers with money for substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Fifth Circuit Kills Controversial Attorney Fee Rule

By John Council |

The ruling from the full court gets rid of Pro-Snax, a 1998 decision that allows for a "hindsight" analysis of whether an attorney's work benefited an estate before awarding attorney fees.

An oil refinery

EPA Strikes Deal With Oil Industry Groups Over Renewable Fuel Standard

By Angela Neville |

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to avoid adding fuel to the fire in connection with a lawsuit filed against it in March by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute.

money pile

Would You Pay Your Own Bill?

By Tim McDaniel and Karen Roberts |

Here are seven key considerations for attorneys getting ready to bill.

Phil Appenzeller, CEO of Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr in Dallas

Firm Finance: Slow Start, Strong End to 2014 for Munsch Hardt

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue and net income improved in 2014 at Dallas-based Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr compared with 2013.

Ex-Judge Angus McGinty Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case

By Angela Morris |

In a plea deal, Angus McGinty stated, "I accepted these benefits knowing that the purpose behind them was to influence me to exercise my official discretion as judge of the 144th Judicial District Court."

State Bar Deletes CLE Exemption for Elderly Lawyers

By Angela Morris |

Current state bar rules and regulations exempt attorneys over 70 from taking 15 credit hours of CLE each year. The approved change deletes those exemptions.

Firm Finance: Gardere Has a Solid 2014

By John Council |

"It was solid performance across the board," said Holland N. O'Neil, chair of the firm's board of directors.

Bill Would Guard Net Worth Evidence in Determining Exemplary Damages

By Angela Morris |

"Any judge presiding over the case would have to determine there is enough evidence to use net worth when determining the damages," said the bill's author, Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay.

Bill Expands Attorney Fees in Breach of Contract Suits

By Angela Morris |

The House passed a bill that clarifies that plaintiffs in a breach of contract lawsuit can seek attorney fees from individuals and all types of business entities—not just corporations.

Villanova University School of Law

The Benefits of Staying Engaged With Your Law School

By Geneva Campbell and Lynne Kolodinsky |

As relatively new attorneys, we are uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between law students and older alumni.

Five Tips for Going In-House at a Startup

By Eva Hibnick |

The biggest concerns startups have when hiring a lawyer is they won't fit into the culture that is so important to company founders. They want to be sure everyone they hire works hard, can wear multiple hats and can have a good time with the team.

Donald E. Godwin, chairman and CEO, Godwin Lewis, Dallas

Godwin Lewis' PPP Dip Reflects Successful Conclusion of Litigation

By Miriam Rozen |

This year was very, very good, but work necessarily slowed down after the firm's largest client Halliburton succeeded in federal court in Gulf Coast oil spill MDL, and then settled with majority of the plaintiffs class, said Don Godwin.

Deepwater O&G Projects Attract New High Stakes Bidders

By Angela Neville |

Oil giants Exxon Mobil and BP were outgunned at a recent lease sale for the Block 107 deepwater tract in Walker Ridge area.

Imacon Color Scanner

Senators, Witnesses Pummel Insurance Reform Bill

By Angela Morris |

Senate Bill 1628 is the "Christmas list of insurance companies," said Mark Kincaid, who spoke for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |
Jeffrey E. Spiers

Newsmakers: Week of April 13

Jeffrey E. Spiers, a Houston partner in Andrews Kurth, has been named the firm's executive director.

(From left) Attorneys Corey F. Wehmeyer, Katy Pier Moore and Paul Santoyo of Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer in San Antonio

Cox Smith Shareholders to Form Energy Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Pending Cox Smith Matthews merger with Dykema was a factor in timing of departure of oil, gas and energy trio who formed Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer.

Construction of Panorama Tower, 1101 Brickell Ave.

Keys to Keeping Construction Projects from Breaking Bad

By Subvet D. West |

While Texas has enjoyed a 22 percent spike in housing starts over the past couple years, contractors are seeing a downside based on the flurry of lawsuits by subcontractors who claim they are not getting paid for their work.

Bill Targets Revenge Porn With Criminal, Civil Penalties

By Angela Morris |

Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, said that Senate Bill 1135 tackles a disturbing trend of ex-partners posting nude, explicit photos of women online without consent to seek revenge or cause harm.

Thomas C. Wright, a founding partner in Houston's Wright & Close

Oil Heir Ordered to Pay $28M to His Lawyers

By John Council |

The Fifth Circuit has ordered Albert G. Hill III to pay more than $28 million he owes two Texas law firms in a disputed hybrid contingency fee agreement.

$34.6 Billion Megamerger: Halliburton, Baker Hughes to Form O&G Giant

By Angela Neville |

With both Houston-based companies facing financial challenges caused by the current adverse business climate, Halliburton and Baker Hughes are gearing up to integrate "late in the second half" of 2015.

Deal of the Week: V&E, Latham Work on Houston Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Quantum Energy Partners will initially invest up to $1 billion in oil and gas entity that will be managed by Linn Energy of Houston.

Texas CCA Judge: 'Baby Step' When 'Giant Leap' Is Required

By Miriam Rozen |

Judge Elsa Alcala issued a dissenting statement, lambasting the majority for not staying entirely its suspension of well-known criminal defense lawyer David Dow.