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P3's as the Future for U.S. Infrastructure Investment

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley, and Kaitlyn Pennington-Hill |

As the Texas population has grown, and especially with the current energy industry boom, funding has failed to keep pace with the public need for basic infrastructure.

Michael McCrum, McCrum Law Office, San Antonio

CCA Clears Way for Contempt Hearing Against Michael McCrum

By Angela Morris |

"I'm going to see how this contempt proceeding plays out. I think it's independent. I don't think it should affect the Perry case or any other case I work on," said Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor in Gov. Rick Perry's felony case, who faces contempt proceedings in an unrelated matter.

Practicing Parents: Four Partner-Moms Offer Insight

By Angela Fontana, Michelle Hartmann, Yvette Ostolaza and Penny Reid |

Raising a family and practicing law are not mutually exclusive. Certainly, doing both takes time, attention and hard work, but each one can strengthen the other.

Law Firm Retirement Plans Don't Follow One Trend but Set Another

By Miriam Rozen |

Don't expect law firms' retirement plans to pioneer sustainable and socially responsible investment strategies, but count on them for doing so with the "cash-balance" defined-benefit structure, which allow participants to park much more than under 401(k)s in deferred tax accounts.

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Deal of the Week: Plano's Alliance Data Systems Plans to Buy California Marketing Company for Around $2.3 Billion

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents Alliance Data Systems Corp. of Plano in pending acquisition of Conversant Inc., which turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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Winning: What Lawyers Can Learn From Competitive Shooters

By J. Mitchell Little |

In his book, "With Winning in Mind," competitive shooter Lanny Bassham writes: "If you can define a thing, you can duplicate it. If you can duplicate it, you can achieve mental consistency. If you have mental consistency, you can win."

Eleventh attempt to repeal 'homosexual conduct' statute

By Angela Morris |

"There is no valid reason, legal or otherwise, to keep penal code §21.06 'on the books,' said a legislative proposal by the State Bar of Texas LGBT Law Section.

Businesses Divided on Need for State Patent Reform

By Angela Morris |

Senators said they want tort reform groups Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Civil Justice League to help draft state legislation.

Matthew Pearson, a partner in San Antonio's Gravely & Pearson

Unsigned Contract Leads to $18.8 Million Verdict

By John Council |

After a new jury panel is called a litigant earns a big win in a energy trade secrets trial.

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Supporting Women in Law is Good for Business

By Melanie Okon, Dawn Estes and Susan Hannagan |

When it comes to promoting and supporting other women, there is simply no room for women who refuse to help other women.

$770,000 Judgment in Sexual Harassment Suit Against Firm, Management Company

By Miriam Rozen |

Judge orders firm and its management company to pay $770,000, including $26,000 in attorney fees, to a former employee who alleged she suffered gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

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High Court: Seeking discovery under Rule 202? Personal jurisdiction matters

By Michael P. Maslanka |

(And we all thought that boring first-year civil procedure class would never come in handy.)

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Dallas Solo Prepares Minors to Represent Themselves in Immigration Court

By Miriam Rozen |

Paul Zoltan led a two-hour training session for some 25 unaccompanied minors who face immigration court removal hearings in the next few weeks.

Lawyer Files Civil Suit Alleging Two Men Beat Him, Posted Video to Snapchat

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston trial lawyer files civil suit against two men, alleging that he suffered "extensive and permanent brain damage" after they assaulted him outside his house.

King & Spalding Adds Two Health Care Lawyers in Austin

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Kathy Poppitt and Catherine Greaves leave Cox Smith Matthews and join King & Spalding in Austin.

44th State Civil District Court Judge Carlos R. Cortez

Carlos Cortez Recused After Unusual Hearing

By John Council |

Cortez is recused from hearing a business dispute after a legal malpractice lawyer at odds with the judge makes an appearance in the case.

Judge: Gun-Toting Veterinarian Can Pursue Civil Rights

By Miriam Rozen |

Gary Frakes, from Magnolia, may pursue a civil rights complaint with which he alleges two police officers violated his Second Amendment rights, according to a Houston federal judge's Sept. 9 ruling.

Get It Right the First Time: Making a Good Impression

By Anthony M. Bottenfield |

Over the years, I have come to the inevitable conclusion that the older I get, the less I know. However, I do have a few tips for the green attorneys entering practice. What I've learned might help those of you just starting out.

Incorporating Karma Into Practice of Law Can Reap Benefits

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

Winning is important, of course, and zealously representing clients is mandated in the ethical rules. Nevertheless, those objectives can still be achieved when others are treated as respected adversaries and not combatants.

Race Case: 5th Court Issues Favorable Ruling for Police Officer

By Miriam Rozen |

A Fifth Circuit panel determined in a 2-1 decision that a Waco police officer who alleged race discrimination against his employer "plausibly" alleged that the city had subjected him to "the equivalent of a demotion" by stripping him of his previously assigned duties.

Paul David Andrews, Corpus Christi and San Antonio solo, jail mug

Woman Sues Over Lawyer's Alleged Plot to Kill Her

By Angela Morris |

The former employee of a San Antonio firm has updated her lawsuit against the firm and its two partners after one of those lawyers was arrested and charged with solicitation of capital murder in an alleged plot to kill the woman.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd (selfie in front of the Medina County courthouse in Hondo)

The Courthouse Chronicles: Justice Boyd's Goal to Photograph All 254 County Courthouses

By Angela Morris |

"It just became, 'OK, now wherever I go, we'll try to build in enough time to stop at the courthouses,'" said Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd.

Inadmissible: Admissions Investigation

Kroll investigators are questioning present and former deans of the University of Texas School of Law as part of the risk-assessment consulting firm's review of the admissions process at UT.

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Former Judge Denise Pratt Gets Public Reprimand

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"That was a lot of work and a lot of opinion for a public reprimand for a judge who's resigned," said Houston attorney Terry Yates, who represented Pratt in connection with criminal complaints filed against her.

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Houston Lawyer Settles Patent Office Disciplinary Action

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Tracy Druce, a co-executive partner in Houston firm Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, asked to be removed from the list of registered practitioners before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but he will have to jump through hoops if he seeks reinstatement as a result of a settlement in a USPTO disciplinary action that was filed over allegations he failed to adequately supervise an assistant.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Details of Perry's Representation Now Secret

By Angela Morris |

When Gov. Rick Perry, facing two felony charges, chose to pay his lawyers from his campaign instead of using state funds, the move eased the burden on taxpayers but also drew a veil of secrecy across details of Perry's representation.

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EnergyBuzz: Observations on Recent Royalty Litigation in Energy

By Timothy D. Howell and David A. Palmer |

Countless variations of "cost-free" and "no deducts" royalty provisions have been included in leases, though questions linger about what language truly yields "cost-free" royalty.

Austin County Courthouse in Bellville

Does Austin County Have Texas' Ugliest Courthouse?

By John Council |

Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd reignites the debate: Is the windowless courthouse in Bellville unsightly, or a wonder of modern design?

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Firms Cross-Allege Improper Billing, Client-Stealing

By Angela Morris |

A case that must now play out in federal court instead of district court involves a San Antonio firm's allegations of defamation and client-stealing by a California firm.

Lawyer Population, Wages Dominate Texas Legal Sector

By Angela Morris |

Earlier this year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released estimates that give a snapshot of the Texas legal sector from May 2013.

Ensuring an Inherited Workforce Is Authorized for Employment

By Richard A. Gump, Jr. and Lauren B. Allen |

The assurance that the inherited legacy workforce is authorized for employment is imperative for closure, and an investigation of the Forms I-9 (and E-Verify case confirmations, if applicable) is the starting point.

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Texas' Economic Growth and the Changed Legal Landscape

By Katherine Sunstrom |

As the rest of the nation has dealt with an economic downturn over the last several years, Texas has skirted by relatively untouched, prompting growth in the population and economy. The influx of people and capital, however, brings its share of change to the legal community.

Ex-Client Sues, Alleges Conflict of Interest Against Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A former client of Thompson & Knight files a $1 million lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it had a conflict of interest when representing him and a third party in an acquisition.

Perry's Legislative Director Also Lawyered Up

By Angela Morris |

The Texas Office of the Governor paid over $19,000 for Austin attorney Jack P. Bacon to represent Kenneth "Ken" Armbrister, Perry's legislative director, in the grand jury investigation that led to the governor's indictment.

Court Reverses Part of Negligence Judgment

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |
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Locke Lord Signs Letter of Intent With Edwards Wildman Palmer

By Brian Baxter, The Am Law Daily and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Texas Lawyer |

Dallas-based Locke Lord announces a letter of intent to combine with Edwards Wildman Palmer, creating Locke Lord Edwards.

VerdictSearch: Jury Awards Man $60,000 Who Fell in Oil-Change Pit at Auto Shop

A man suffered a closed head injury when he fell into the 6-foot deep pit at Hargraves Tire and Auto in San Angelo. The plaintiff claimed that the injury caused his left eye to cross sometimes. He said he had to slow down his ranching duties and that, because of vision problems, he could no longer ride a horse to work the ranch.

Elsa Manzanares, partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell, Dallas

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 15

Elsa Manzanares, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell, has been selected by the Dallas Regional Chamber to participate in the 40th Class of Leadership Dallas.

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Firms Cross-Allege Improper Billing, Client-Stealing

By Angela Morris |

A case that must now play out in federal court instead of district court involves a San Antonio firm's allegations of defamation and client-stealing by a California firm.

Robert Pitman, left, and Amos Mazzant.

Trio of Nominees for Texas Benches Praised

By John Council |

Robert Pitman, who would become Texas' first openly gay U.S. district judge, is among the nominees supported by the state's GOP senators.

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Rethink Noncompetes to Keep Them Afloat During Injunctions

By Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman |

It's tempting for enforcement counsel to lavish attention on the merits of the noncompete itself, only to lose track of the equities needed to get an injunction. Here are four quick lessons to avoid wrecking before and in court.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Perry Seeks Expedited Resolution in Second Filing

By Angela Morris |

The new filing "avoids the needless consumption of valuable judicial resources, and should expedite the court's resolution of Gov. Perry's constitutional challenges," said the Sept. 8 first motion to quash and dismiss the indictment in Texas v. Perry.

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EB-1(3) a Better Alternate to EB-5 Visas?

By William D. Fong |

When comparing the basic (individual) EB-5 immigrant visa to the international executive immigrant visa EB-1(3), consider these three factors.

David Lynch, partner in Houston's Coats Rose

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Texas Law Applies to $1.5 Million Insurance Dispute

By John Council |

Ruling means insured may get a chance to make its insurance company pay for a punitive damage award.

Chris Panatier, a shareholder in Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C.

Litigator of the Week: $18.6 Million Verdict in Asbestos Case

By Miriam Rozen |

After a nine-day trial and three hours of deliberations, a jury issued a verdict that included $2.7 million in noneconomic damages, $900,000 in economic damages and $15 million in punitive damages.

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Fraud Prevention Means Marriage Vows Aren't Enough for a Green Card

By Liz Cedillo-Pereira and Janet B. Beck |

The individuals in a marriage have the burden to show that the marriage is genuine. It is the government's burden to prove that the marriage was entered into solely to obtain an immigration benefit.

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By David Popple |
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Deal of the Week: Baker Botts, Jones Day Handle Frozen Food Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts represents Windsor Quality Holdings in its pending acquisition for about $800 million by Ajinomoto North America, which is using Jones Day.

44th State Civil District Court Judge Carlos R. Cortez

Plaintiff Moves to Recuse Carlos Cortez

By John Council |

A plaintiff in a business dispute has moved to recuse 44th District Court Judge Carlos Cortez from hearing its case alleging that the lead defense counsel received favorable rulings while giving "large and curiously-timed contributions" to the jurist's campaign, among other things, creating the appearance of bias.

Stanford's 'Net Winners' Lose at Fifth Circuit

By John Council |

Defendants who made interest on investments in R. Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme are defeated on appeal by receiver charged with recovering millions in investors money.

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Fraud Prevention Means Marriage Vows Aren't Enough for a Green Card

By Liz Cedillo-Pereira and Janet B. Beck |

The individuals in a marriage have the burden to show that the marriage is genuine. It is the government's burden to prove that the marriage was entered into solely to obtain an immigration benefit.

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Observations on Recent Royalty Litigation in Energy

By Timothy D. Howell and David A. Palmer |

Countless variations of "cost-free" and "no deducts" royalty provisions have been included in leases, though questions linger about what language truly yields "cost-free" royalty.

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Texas' Economic Growth and the Changed Legal Landscape

By Katherine Sunstrom |

As the rest of the nation has dealt with an economic downturn over the last several years, Texas has skirted by relatively untouched, prompting growth in the population and economy. The influx of people and capital, however, brings its share of change to the legal community.

Jerry Clements

Locke Lord Signs Letter of Intent With Edwards Wildman Palmer

By Brian Baxter, The Am Law Daily and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys, Texas Lawyer |

Dallas-based Locke Lord announces a letter of intent to combine with Edwards Wildman Palmer, creating Locke Lord Edwards.

44th State Civil District Court Judge Carlos R. Cortez

Plaintiff Moves to Recuse Carlos Cortez

By John Council |

A plaintiff in a business dispute has moved to recuse 44th District Court Judge Carlos Cortez from hearing its case alleging that the lead defense counsel received favorable rulings while giving "large and curiously-timed contributions" to the jurist's campaign, among other things, creating the appearance of bias.

Tracy Druce

Houston Lawyer Settles Patent Office Disciplinary Action

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Tracy Druce, a co-executive of Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg of Houston, and the director of the Office of enrollment and Discipline for the United States Patent and Trademark Office settle disciplinary action.

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.

Chris Panatier, a shareholder in Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C.

Litigator of the Week: $18.6 Million Verdict in Asbestos Case

By Miriam Rozen |

After a nine-day trial and three hours of deliberations, a jury issued a verdict that included $2.7 million in noneconomic damages, $900,000 in economic damages and $15 million in punitive damages.

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'Uncle Darrell' reunites with former colleagues

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas lawyer Darrell Jordan joined Diamond McCarthy, where a number of lawyers he used to work with now practice.

Perry's Legislative Director Also Lawyered Up

By Angela Morris |

The Texas Office of the Governor paid over $19,000 for Austin attorney Jack P. Bacon to represent Kenneth "Ken" Armbrister, Perry's legislative director, in the grand jury investigation that led to the governor's indictment.

Ex-Client Sues, Alleges Conflict of Interest Against Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A former client of Thompson & Knight files a $1 million lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it had a conflict of interest when representing him and a third party in an acquisition.

Robert Pitman, left, and Amos Mazzant.

Trio of Nominees for Texas Benches Praised

By John Council |

Robert Pitman, who would become Texas' first openly gay U.S. district judge, is among the nominees supported by the state's GOP senators.

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Rethink Noncompetes to Keep them Afloat During Injunctions

By Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman |

It's tempting for enforcement counsel to lavish attention on the merits of the noncompete itself, only to lose track of the equities needed to get an injunction. Here are four quick lessons to avoid wrecking before and in court.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Legal Contracts, Details of Perry's Representation, Now Secret

By Angela Morris |

When Gov. Rick Perry, facing two felony charges, chose to pay his lawyers from his campaign instead of using state funds, the move eased the burden on taxpayers but also drew a veil of secrecy across details of Perry's representation.

Paul David Andrews, Corpus Christi and San Antonio solo, jail mug

Woman Sues Over Lawyer's Alleged Plot to Kill Her

By Angela Morris |

The former employee of a San Antonio firm has updated her lawsuit against the firm and its two partners after one of those lawyers was arrested and charged with solicitation of capital murder in an alleged plot to kill the woman.

Race Case: 5th Court Issues Favorable Ruling for Police Officer

By Miriam Rozen |

A Fifth Circuit panel determined in a 2-1 decision that a Waco police officer who alleged race discrimination against his employer "plausibly" alleged that the city had subjected him to "the equivalent of a demotion" by stripping him of his previously assigned duties.

How and When to Seek Business From Your Social Circle

By Sharon Berman |

Asking for business in social situations has both risks and rewards.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Perry Seeks Expedited Resolution in Second Filing

By Angela Morris |

The new filing "avoids the needless consumption of valuable judicial resources, and should expedite the court's resolution of Gov. Perry's constitutional challenges," said the Sept. 8 first motion to quash and dismiss the indictment in Texas v. Perry.

Lawyer Population, Wages Dominate Texas Legal Sector

By Angela Morris |

Earlier this year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released estimates that give a snapshot of the Texas legal sector from May 2013.

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Former Judge Denise Pratt Gets Public Reprimand

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"That was a lot of work and a lot of opinion for a public reprimand for a judge who's resigned," said Houston attorney Terry Yates, who represented Pratt in connection with criminal complaints filed against her.

Court Reverses Part of Negligence Judgment Against Lawyer, Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio reversed part of a judgment against San Antonio lawyer Oscar Gonzalez and his firm but rendered part of it.

Austin County Courthouse in Bellville

Does Austin County Have Texas' Ugliest Courthouse?

By John Council |

Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd reignites the debate: Is the windowless courthouse in Bellville unsightly, or a wonder of modern design?

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Avoid These Accounting Expert Problems

By Jeff Compton and Laura Giese |

The following hypothetical example illustrates the practical need to avoid violations of accounting standards.

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Texas Laws Attempt to Wrangle Drone Misuse Before It Takes Off

By Jennifer P. Henry |

Unmanned aircraft equipped with video cameras are being used more and more to obtain aerial images of subjects and property. But as the technology becomes more affordable, drones are susceptible to misuse.

Ex-Clients Seek up to $1M From Lawyer, Firm for Alleged Negligence

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Two Houston women file a negligence lawsuit against a Houston lawyer and his firm, alleging that the defendants took too long to file an insurance claim stemming from an automobile accident.

High Court Remands High Sanctions Award

By John Council |

Texas Supreme Court rules sanctions are appropriate, but more review is needed in one of the nation's highest attorney fee awards of its kind.

High Court Nixes Defense Win, Fee Award in Delay Case

By John Council |

Damages for delay in contract doesn't shield local governments from liability.

New Remedy for Online Defamation

By Angela Morris |

The Texas Supreme Court recently set precedent by ruling that a court can order an author to delete a defamatory Internet posting, but cannot stop him from reposting the same statements elsewhere.

Litigator of the Week: Shrinking Damages But Big Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

"It took three years to get to trial. We had eight different docket calls and two continuances," Steven Vangel said about the breach-of-contract case, for which his client won $148,000 in attorney fees on $108,000 in damages.

EnergyBuzz: Differing Results in Recent Nuisance Cases Against Oil and Gas Operators

By Michael J. Mazzone and Mike Stewart |

While headlines often mention "fracking," these disputes actually are over other aspects of oil and gas development, including bright lights, loud noises, and odors from drilling, production, or transportation, rather than the fracking process itself.

Jan Soifer, a partner in Austin’s O’Connell & Soifer

Date Set to Hear Oral Arguments in Abortion Case

By Miriam Rozen |

In the same ruling, the appeals court ordered that the plaintiffs who won that trial court order respond to the A.G.'s motion for a stay by Sept. 8. The court noted: "[N]o extensions will be granted."

Real Estate Lawyer Denies Responsibility for Refi-Gone-Wrong

By Angela Morris |

"Plaintiffs never paid for any other legal service or advice from defendant, nor did they offer to engage defendant as its/their general counsel or counsel on any refinance deal," lawyer-defendant Jerry Rios argued in an answer in Miramon v. Rios.

Client Denies Firm's Allegations About Yelp Review

By Angela Morris |

Citing a former client's negative Yelp review, Austin firm Grissom & Thompson sued Kyle resident Joseph A. Browning for libel, defamation and libel per se. But Browning denies all of the allegations.

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 8

Adam C. Rehm, a registered patent attorney and former U.S. patent examiner, has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in Dallas.

VerdictSearch: Jury Awards Worker $917,057 in Sexual Harassment Suit

A jury awarded $917,057 to a woman who claimed she had to perform a sexual act on her boss to keep her job at a debt collection agency.

A ship floats amongst a sea of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

BP Alleges Claims Administrator Has Disqualifying Conflict

By Miriam Rozen |

"As a matter of law, it was his obligation to get a written waiver for this conflict. He neither sought nor received one," wrote Geoff Morrell, a senior VP for BP's U.S.-based subsidiary, in an emailed statement.

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Deal of the Week: $860 Million Pending Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Trafigura AG of Houston announces an agreement to sell 80 percent of its interest in entity holding South Texas midstream assets to Buckeye Partners for $860 million.

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Defining 'Plaintiff' in Third-Party Claims Against Design Professionals

By Matthew J. Mussalli |

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled how to construe the term "plaintiff" in the context of claims against design professionals and under what circumstances a Certificate of Merit is required.

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Keys to Invoking Privilege: What Works and What Doesn't

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Issues of attorney-client privilege pervade a general counsel's life. Let's look at some new cases—some with good news and some with not so good news.

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When Does a Defendant Prevail Under a Prevailing Party Provision?

By Robert L. Paddock and Megan H. Schmid |

Depending upon the importance and the magnitude of the amounts at stake, it may be worth spending more time to draft a prevailing party provision that specifically sets forth the intentions of the parties.

Karen R. Miniex, vice president and general counsel, Houston Housing Authority

Helping Houston: GC's Chosen Career Path Continues to Impact Many

By Jeanne Graham |

During the 2.5 years that Miniex has been GC, she has drafted the HHA's first whistleblower policy and an addendum to the agency's lease agreements which prohibits smoking in HHA properties—both adopted by the agency's Board of Commissioners—and streamlined the residential eviction process from 12 to 3 months.

High Court Extends Deadline for Records Affidavits

By Angela Morris |

"Under the final version, no business records have to be filed with the clerk before trial," said Texas Supreme Court Rules Attorney Martha Newton. "It applies to all kinds of cases."

W. Mark Lanier, founder, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

Bellwether Hip Replacement MDL Trial Begins

By Miriam Rozen |

This first bellwether case will help set a pattern for future trials in the MDL, which includes more than 4,000 complaints related to the Pinnacle hip replacement system filed against its manufacturers, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson Services Inc.

Monte is a German Shepard and the property in dispute in Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue Inc. v. Lydia Lira and Alfonso Lira

Who Owns Monte?: Court Rules on Emotional Property Dispute Over Pet German Shepherd

By John Council |

Houston's 14th Court of Appeals rules that owners can't recover a lost dog through a conversion claim.

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Court's Advice on Evidence Preservation Stops Short of Clear Guidance

By Kent Sullivan |

The court's opinion acknowledges that it has left "gap-filling" to the lower courts—perhaps meaning years of ongoing disputes in the lower courts to provide needed clarity.

Judge Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston

Judge Dismisses Patent Case Over 'Misconduct'

By John Council |

Houston federal judge rules that attorney fee award alone is "insufficient" to deter misrepresentation in patent infringement case.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |