Hanen issued a sanctions order calling for five years of ethics training for a broad swath of DOJ lawyers May 19, after he concluded that the DOJ lawyers had made intentional misrepresentations to his court in bad faith. But that has not been the only Hanen ruling to generate national press attention.
Two days after a Dallas federal bankruptcy judge ordered former billionaire and Texan Sam Wyly to pay the Internal Revenue Service $1.1 billion, the same judge issued a memorandum allowing him to claim only a $155,000 homestead exemption on his home. Wyly values the home at $12 million and the local tax appraisal district values it at $9 million.
Haynes and Boone announced Thursday that it has agreed merge with Curtis Davis Garrard, a 20-lawyer London firm that has clients in the shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas industries and handles both transactional work and litigation.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has declined to overturn the convictions of formerly married San Antonio lawyers who were convicted of theft after the wife had sexual liaisons with four men whom the husband subsequently threatened with litigation unless they compensated him for his emotional distress.
In Texas, hearing-impaired persons under the age of 25, who use sign language to communicate, face special obstacles to obtaining a driver's license and therefore from equal access to public benefits, according to plaintiffs who won on June 28 the right to argue their case before the U.S. Supreme Court during its next term.
Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Kent Rutter recently convinced the Texas Supreme Court that a railroad had no liability to a worker who contracted the West Nile virus while repairing track on a mosquito-infested worksite.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused executives at a Dallas oil and gas energy company, including the CEO and general counsel, of a "long-lasting and egregious fraud" that included spending investors' money at gentlemen's clubs.
If lawyers are going to make a mistake and send a text message to a reporter with attorney-client privileged information, the scenario may play out better for them in disciplinary terms when the client is as famous as ex-pro football player Johnny "Football" Manziel.
Shortly after Volkswagen announced a $14.7 billion deal to settle claims in the United States with consumers and the federal government related to its alleged diesel emissions deceptions, Texas unveiled a partial settlement, calling for the German carmaker to pour some $50 million into state coffers.
Energy Transfer Equity may escape its merger agreement with Williams Companies, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled in a closely watched case June 24, finding Energy Transfer’s desire to avoid potential tax liability was genuine and not a malicious effort to sandbag the deal, once valued at over $30 billion.
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled 5-3 in favor of abortion rights, striking down restrictions imposed by Texas on abortion clinics that the court said posed an “undue burden” on a woman’s access to abortion.
In abortion ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court majority's reliance on that data throws into high relief a pending controversy: Did the state agency's general counsel delay release of additional, updated data from the same sources?
Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller, who spent his recent Mondays and Thursdays like most other Supreme Court watchers — glued to social media — reflects on his first year as Texas' top advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court, which was capped Tuesday by a defeat on abortion restrictions but was also marked by an effective victory that stopped enforcement of the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration.
In 43 years of fighting on behalf of minority voters, farm workers and people with disabilities, Austin civil rights lawyer Jim Harrington says he's been called plenty of derogatory names, but never this one: Racist.
Remember studying for the bar exam? Flashcards, prep courses, outlines. So fun! As thousands of law graduates across the country are preparing for the test this summer, we asked prominent lawyers who made it through to the other side to share their quirky rituals or behaviors that helped them succeed.
Law firms across the U.K. and beyond are facing an uncertain future after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Clifford Chance senior partner Malcolm Sweeting said the so-called Brexit will have "serious implications," while K&L Gates' European managing partner Martin Lane said it will "create shockwaves across the globe."
Volkswagen AG will pay more than $10 billion dollars to settle a wave of consumer litigation that has enveloped the company since its emissions cheating scandal erupted, and a further $4 billion to address the environmental impact it has caused, according to news reports.
Earlier this morning, the U.K. took the unprecedented step of voting to leave the European Union. The so-called Brexit will not happen for at least two years, but the shock result has already resulted in widespread market turmoil.
Just three months after George Mason University faced a barrage of criticism for renaming its law school in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the South Texas College of Law has raised the ire of the nearby University of Houston Law Center by renaming itself the Houston College of Law.
As a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued today in an immigration case, many more eyes will be trained on U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen who will preside at trial. At that trial, which the high court ruled may now take place, Texas and 25 other states will be pitted against the Obama administration's proposed immigration reforms. A portrait below, scheduled for print publication in the July issue of Texas Lawyer, shows Hanen's performance last month as he wrestled from the bench with arguments that he had overstepped his authority by issuing sanctions requiring ethics training for U.S. Department of Justice lawyers. At the hearing, Hanen reversed his own sanctions order, but his expressions from the bench before doing so, may shed light on how he will preside at the scheduled trial.
A Wyoming federal judge's decision Tuesday striking down the Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rules was a significant victory for the oil and gas industry as federal, state and local governments clash over the authority to impose regulations.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s surprise ruling on Thursday upholding the affirmative action program at the University of Texas may bring a pause—but not an end—to decades of attacks on race-conscious admissions policies nationwide.
Abid Qureshi, a partner at Latham & Watkins and the global chairman of the firm’s pro bono practice, is being vetted by the White House for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, according to four sources familiar with the process.
Midsize and regional firms are eyeing a wave of salary increases for associates at big law firms as a way to reinforce their long-touted message: We're in tune with the economic realities facing clients and do high-quality work for less money.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday deadlocked in a challenge to an Obama administration program that would defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, issuing a 4-4 ruling that keeps in place an injunction blocking the immigration directives.
A Wyoming judge on Tuesday struck down as unlawful a set of federal rules that regulate the extraction of oil and gas by hydraulic fracturing, delivering a setback to the Obama administration and environmental advocates.
A report released Wednesday by the American Constitution Society confirmed what anyone who has set foot in a courtroom may have noticed: judges are mostly white men, while the people appearing before them are much more diverse.
Call him the American Ninja Law Student. Brian Burkhardt, who just completed his first year at Texas Tech University School of Law, made his debut Monday on American Ninja Warrior—the supersized obstacle-course TV show that sends buff and nimble contestants scurrying up walls, shimmying across balance beams, and swinging from a Rube Goldberg-esque lineup of ropes, poles and moving contraptions.
Affirmative action advocates applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas — a decision they believe that will go a long way in preserving racially diverse student bodies on college campuses across the United States.
A four-day trial in federal court in Tyler,Texas, this month led to a $34.4 million verdict for a young mother from nearby Marshall and her toddler son, who suffered life-altering head and back injuries while in a front-facing car seat during a crash.
Dear Ex-Employee: Remember that job you left a couple weeks back, downloading the company's product designs and customer list and bringing them to its hottest competitor? Congratulations, here's a federal lawsuit.
Even though a lawyer acted as an escrow agent — and not in the role of an attorney — in a business deal gone sour, Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals reversed a take-nothing judgment against him and his firm after finding they had a fiduciary duty to a client who paid $250,000 for a beer store that turned out to have $260,000 in tax liens looming over it.
Shortly after the Super Bowl last February, two partners in Houston's Baker Botts and principals with their client, a Dallas-based investment advisory firm, reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission concerns about likely problems with investments in a ticket-selling business that an adviser had initiated for a number of clients, including major league sports stars. This week, prompted by that reporting, the SEC announced it had filed a complaint against Ash Narayan, an adviser who previously worked from a Newport Coast, California, office of RGT Capital Management, the Dallas-based firm and others.
Some 400 Houston-area homeowners who claimed their properties suffered flood damages because of upstream development allowed by the local government officials won no relief from the Texas Supreme Court. In a 5-4 ruling, the court's majority determined that local officials would not have known that particular properties downstream would flood.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York which were enacted after the mass shooting of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school.
A Brazilian state governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and request for federal money to meet obligations in hosting the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is being questioned on constitutional grounds and may lead to lawsuits, attorneys say.
The gig economy — specifically, the short-term rental industry that includes HomeAway, Airbnb, and VRBO — is under attack by the city of Austin, Texas, according to a lawsuit filed in state court June 20, which was sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday turned down an oil company's bid for a large tax exemption and held that Southwest Royalties Inc.'s purchases of casing, tubing, other well equipment and associated services were not exempt from sales taxes available to certain manufacturers.
In a case that may be a replay of one of the most notorious tort cases in American history, a Houston attorney recently filed a case against Starbucks alleging that she was seriously burned by hot coffee that was served to her from a drive-thru window.
Mexico, as part of the country's initiative to attract outside investors, recently agreed to use the American Petroleum Institute's safety standards in its energy programs to promote worker safety at offshore drilling sites.
In exactly a week’s time, the U.K. public will undertake arguably its most important vote in generations, on whether the country will remain within the European Union. The repercussions of Brexit, as it is called, could resonate at a global level. Even the mere possibility of a U.K. withdrawal has already taken a toll on law firms and the financial markets.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday recalibrated the law of copyright fee shifting, telling the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that it was placing too much weight on the objective reasonableness of parties’ litigation positions.
Labor lawyers on both the employer and employee side of the aisle predict some heavy lifting for Austin, Texas-based former Uber and Lyft drivers targeting the ride-hailing companies with twin class-action lawsuits.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will officiate his first same-sex wedding this weekend, marrying his former law partner Scott Segal, who leads Bracewell's policy resolution group in its Washington, D.C. office, to Travis Hatch, an interior designer.
Has Donald Trump, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, recently refined his rhetoric enough to satisfy a well-known Texas litigator who has long his hung well-financed his hat on advocating for religious freedoms?
Oral arguments in a closely watched antitrust suit by a pharmacy chain against three drugmakers became weighed down in a procedural morass in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit courtroom Monday.
Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller might be taking multiple victory laps when he makes a July 6 scheduled speaking appearance at a conservative Washington, D.C. think tank's post-term symposium review of U.S. Supreme Court rulings. If the high court rules in the Lone Star state's favor in two pending cases, Keller will have achieved in his first 18 months as Texas' top appellate lawyer a 4-to-1 record before the justices. The cases he has argued are about controversial legal questions, which have generated plenty of nationwide attention.
In his bankruptcy case, onetime billionaire and Texan Sam Wyly asked the court this week to exempt from the clutches of claimants, including the Internal Revenue Service, his annuities, his 401(k), his religious books and his $9 million-appraised Dallas home. Federal prosecutors, however, argue that because Wyly had been found liable in a New York federal court for securities fraud, he should not get to keep such a high-priced abode away from claimants.
In a nationally watched case that set limits on the kind of genetic information employers can compel from employees, a federal judge in Atlanta has awarded more than $500,000 in legal fees to the lawyers who brought the federal discrimination case.
Who knew lawyers have such moral scruples? According to research by business school faculty members at Toronto, Harvard and Northwestern universities, lawyers approach networking with absolute dread because they feel guilty that they’re doing it for purely selfish reasons.
As business leaders in her hometown to call for her resignation, Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty was put by the State Bar of Texas' Commission for Lawyer Discipline on probated suspension for 18 months, ending November 30, 2017.
Austin's Slack & Davis represents both suits and, if the law firm's proposed class actions succeeds, it hopes plenty of others who once drove in Austin, Texas for the ride-hailing companies will follow. In twin law suits filed in San Francisco federal court on June 9, Johnston, Thornton, and their Slack & Davis lawyers have crafted a novel approach to pursue Uber and Lyft.
By now, the statistics are well-known throughout Texas: domestic crude oil prices have fallen over 50 percent since mid-2014; domestic natural gas prices have fallen over 50 percent over the same period.
A federal judge in San Jose on Monday threw out a $200 million patent infringement verdict against Gilead Sciences Inc. over its hepatitis C treatment. And she ripped into Merck, a former in-house patent prosecutor for the company, and Merck’s outside counsel at Williams & Connolly for “egregious misconduct” that tainted the March trial.
During much of a June 7 hearing, U.S. District Judge Hanen and DOJ lawyers revisited what communication had taken place between each other. Both sides addressed the question of whether the DOJ lawyers lied to the judge about number of immigrants who had participated in Obama administration waiver to work programs at various. The DOJ said they hadn't lied or misrepresented. Hanen concluded they did.
The Brownsville, Texas, federal judge who presides in the immigration battle between Texas and 25 other states agreed to stay until at least Aug. 22 an order he issued last month requiring, among other things, five years of ethics training for U.S. Department of Justice lawyers.
In April, a new breed of bank robber hit 24 U.S. and Canadian banks, scooping up $4 million in less than two weeks before heading to Europe and stripping millions more from 17 Polish banks and one major Portuguese bank.
U.S. Department of Justice lawyers filed on Friday evening a petition for writ of mandamus, seeking to overturn a sanctions ruling issued against them by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas.
A Connecticut court determined that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") and its implementing regulations "may be utilized to inform the standard of care applicable to ... claims arising from allegations of negligence in the disclosure of patient's medical records pursuant to a subpoena."
The Brownsville, Texas, federal judge who on June 7 stayed his sanctions order calling for U.S. Department of Justice lawyers to undergo ethics training said he would never send "the entire DOJ to school again."
Billions around the world have felt the death of Muhammad Ali, a legendary boxer who turned himself into a global icon. Not surprisingly, a man who made a living with his fists—but became known for his words—employed more than a few lawyers in his lifetime.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved the approximately $2 billion Elba Liquefaction Project, which will be constructed and operated by the Kinder Morgan subsidiaries Elba Liquefaction Co. and Southern LNG Co.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business and financial industry groups sued in federal court Wednesday to block a new U.S. Labor Department rule that raises the standards stockbrokers must meet when they give retirement guidance.
Dog and fish owners told a Dallas court on June 2 that the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by a pet-sitting company violates their free-speech rights. The pet owners asked the court to toss the lawsuit.
Great Plains Energy, the parent of regulated power utility Kansas City Power & Light has turned to Bracewell for assistance with its pending acquisition of Westar Energy, the largest electric company in Kansas.
The Texas Supreme Court recently expanded the accommodation doctrine—an important concept in oil and gas law—to groundwater estates and extends, for the first time, the same surface protections to landowners dealing with a severed groundwater estate.
Everyone who uses email should be aware of the man-in-the-email scam. In this scheme, a hacker compromises a user's email and gains access to the email traffic. The attacker can view some or all of the email traffic depending on the method of compromise.
When Dallas-based Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. made its $100 million initial public offering in 2014, Jay L. Tobin, the company's senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, had to stop handling the myriad of legal matters that usually keep him busy.
Relying on his extensive experience in the Latin American energy sector, Luis Gomar, a Dallas partner at Thompson & Knight, provides an in-depth look at what to expect in connection with the approaching auction of deepwater oil blocks to be hosted by the Mexican government in December.
Since January, well-known Houston plaintiff lawyer Richard Mithoff filed on behalf of clients three petitions against medical providers in state court in Houston—more than the total number of such claims he filed in the previous seven years.
Frank Stevenson, incoming president of the State Bar of Texas, is launching a legal incubator to teach young attorneys to serve low- and middle-income Texans in family, probate, consumer and landlord-tenant law.
Baylor University School of Law won the horse race of finding jobs for law school graduates in 2015, while Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law came in last. Detailed data shows each school's strengths.
Excuse the pun, but mergers and acquisitions work in Texas is a big deal. So we bring you our cover story which features our long-standing report on the world of corporate finance and capital markets work.
Expect little sleep, lots of takeout and maybe even some 2 a.m. milkshakes. But if all goes smoothly with the initial public offering, general counsels helping to guide their company through the process also should prepare for a very rewarding experience unlike any in their career, experienced in-house lawyers say.
The first step for any good plan is to know the rules and law for TROs. While it is not critical to recall every detail, it is important to know how to quickly access them and review them with specificity every time a TRO appears on the radar.
Mexico kicked off its historic public bidding to open its power sector to private foreign investors this spring, awarding rights to 11 international and Mexican companies in a move that energy lawyers called a huge step toward transforming its aging electric grid.
Only one week passed between when Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration about its directive on transgender people's bathroom access in public schools and he used the litigation to beat the drum for campaign contributions.
After being demoted last week from his job as Baylor University's president for not doing enough to stop rape on campus, Ken Starr has now announced that he's also leaving his job as the school's chancellor.
Even the Texas Supreme Court is a sucker for a good lost dog story. And in a decision that will warm the hearts of canine lovers everywhere, they recently issued a decision that returned Monte the dog to his owners in Houston.
If testimony at a public hearing on April 5 is any indication, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals might find support for a criminal e-filing mandate from court clerks, but opposition from judges and district attorneys.
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that an Australian businessman has standing to sue DLA Piper, giving him a shot at recovering a $1.29 million jury verdict he won against the huge multinational law firm after the judgment was thrown out by an intermediate court of appeals.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe recently represented BlueJack Energy in connection with the Dallas-based company's efforts in securing an initial private equity commitment of up to $100 million from Energy Spectrum Capital, which was represented by Baker Botts.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens gave a brief lesson in civil procedure when telling Republicans in White County how the state would fight the federal government's recent pronouncement on civil rights for transgender public school students.
The U.S. Department of Labor filed on May 25 a lawsuit alleging that the world's second largest chicken producer, Pilgrim's Pride Corp.,systematically discriminated against women, African-American and white job seekers at its plant in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
A nurse who filed sex discrimination and retaliation claims against her former employer, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, won on May 24 a final judgment that includes $115,000 in damages and $84,000 in attorney fees. She alleged she witnessed a supervisor giving a colleague a pop-up penis doll.
Baylor University President Ken Starr, who is best known as the special prosecutor for investigating former President Bill Clinton's affair with an intern, was demoted from his job as president after the school's governing board found he didn't do enough to stop rape on campus.
An Austin federal judge has ruled that an amateur photographer can pursue a civil rights case against four police officers after they detained and handcuffed him for filming the Round Rock Police Department building.
Judge Phyllis Lister Brown kept her problems to herself. So it was a shock to many in the Dallas civil courthouse when they learned she died Wednesday morning. Brown, judge of Dallas County's 162nd District Court, was 54 years old.
An Austin judge appointed Houston plaintiffs lawyer Richard Mithoff as lead counsel for the Texas counties that have sued Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America, alleging violations of the Texas Clean Air Act.
Hunton & Williams is in merger talks with midmarket U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard, Legal Week has learned, with Addleshaw managing partner John Joyce expected to discuss the negotiations with partners Tuesday evening. Joyce visited the U.S. last week to speak to Hunton & Williams alongside a delegation that included his executive team and Addleshaw’s divisional managing partners.
For Buddy Clark, what started as an acceptance to speak before a group of lawyers, ballooned into a five-year project and ultimately led to his new book about the history of the financing of the oil industry.
The Supreme Court of Texas recently handed down a decision in favor of M-I SWACO, a subsidiary of oil technology giant Schlumberger, which had charged National Oilwell Varco with stealing trade secrets.
Chesapeake Energy and Total E&P USA recently reached a global settlement under which they will pay out a combined total of $52.5 million to more than 13,000 clients of two Texas-based law firms who claimed they were shortchanged related to their natural gas royalties.
Baylor University President Ken Starr, who is best known as the special prosecutor for investigating former President Bill Clinton's affair with an intern, has reportedly been dismissed from his post by the school's Board of Regents—a move that shocked many prominent alumni of the school.
A Houston state court has allowed discovery to proceed in a civil lawsuit against John Cracken from Dallas and Bob Hilliard from Corpus Christi, despite the two plaintiffs lawyers' motion to seek a stay in the litigation.
In a decision that's a huge favor for Wal-Mart, the Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that state's tort reform laws that limit plaintiffs' noneconomic damages also apply to civil penalties—including $3.9 million in penalties a federal jury leveled against the nation's largest retailer.
As city leaders in Houston continue to work out the city's notorious flooding problems, commercial property damage and business interruption insurance is more critical than ever in an effort to recover and rebuild in the event of flooding.
David Carlson was allegedly burned so badly by an infrared medical treatment device that it caused him to have part of his leg and foot amputated. He also lost his products liability case before a Houston federal jury after the defense presented one expert witness—the chiropractor who thought the treatment was a good idea.
A federal district judge on Thursday excoriated U.S. Department of Justice lawyers who are defending the Obama administration's immigration plan, issuing an extraordinary order that questioned the department's policing of attorney ethics and ordered certain government lawyers to take an annual ethics class.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is winning praise for re-energizing the movement toward mandatory pro bono for lawyers with her recent remarks on the subject, but some advocates in Big Law think the requirement poses significant challenges and won't work for everyone.
Sean M. Whyte has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell in Dallas as a partner. Whyte has a multifaceted litigation practice that involves complex commercial litigation, consumer class actions and products liability.
The First District of Appeals in Texas recently dealt with a tangled business partnership between BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska Inc., Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. and former partner Unocal Pipeline Co. involving Trans-Alaska Pipeline business operations.
Texas federal bankruptcy courts finally have surpassed others in the nation, including those in Delaware and New York, in terms of the cumulative debt they are administering in oil and gas bankruptcies, according to a report issued by Dallas' Haynes and Boone.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's list for potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees is heavy on federal appellate judges and former clerks for conservative justices but light on big names in politics and private practice.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor this week said she's in favor of "forced labor"—mandatory pro bono. Not a new concept, sure, but the justice's remarks generated considerable buzz. Tell us what you think. Good idea, or bad? How would it work? Join the conversation.
Donald Trump would elevate the "Tweet Laureate of Texas" to the U.S. Supreme Court if given the chance as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee recently listed Don Willett on his short list of people he'd promote to the high court.
In a move that stunned her lawyers, a Texas woman has dropped her lawsuit alleging that the Church of Scientology engaged in a relentless and bizarre harassment campaign against her—including sending her a sex toy at work.
Energy Future Holdings Corp. is running into strong headwinds from creditors as it tries speed up its schedule in its $42 billion Chapter 11 restructuring by seeking the court's approval of its new plan.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday that all lawyers should be required to provide pro bono legal services. "I believe in forced labor" when it comes to improving access to justice for the poor, she said during an appearance at the American Law Institute's annual meeting in Washington. "If I had my way, I would make pro bono service a requirement."
Plaintiff lawyers John Cracken from Dallas and Bob Hilliard from Corpus Christi have asked a Houston state court to stay a civil lawsuit filed against them. The lawsuit is based on allegations that Cracken and Hilliard helped falsify clients.
Texas deal lawyers are working fast and furiously on oil and gas industry mergers and acquisitions. But the total value of such deals in that industry nationwide dropped in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same time in the prior year.
Their actions could subject them to civil liability and criminal punishment, and even affect the admissibility of the very smoking guns they are looking to find when they access their spouse's cellphone.
Ropes & Gray is requesting approximately $10.9 million in attorney fees for five months of work representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation.
Two Texas attorneys are facing fraud allegations after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused them of collecting $13.8 million from investors for escrow accounts, keeping a portion of that money for themselves and using the rest for undisclosed risky investments.
Texas' complicated school finance system is constitutional, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday — a surprise defeat for the 600-plus school districts that endured more than four years of costly legal battles hoping judges would force the Republican-controlled Legislature to fork over more funding.
In remarks emphasizing the importance of international business opportunities for the Texas oil and gas sector, Railroad Commissioner of Texas Ryan Sitton recently discussed attractive prospects related to Mexico's new energy policy changes and overseas energy markets at the 28th Annual Texas Energy Council Symposium that was held at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.
No dramatic turns will take place in pending litigation simply because federal officials determined and announced this week that a criminal act triggered the explosion of a fertilizer plant in the Central Texas town of West in 2013, predicts Steve Harrison, a partner in Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, a firm based in Waco, 30 minutes south of where the blast took place.
William Risinger, owner of RHM Exploration based in Round Rock, Texas, was recently sentenced to 160 months in federal prison and ordered to pay over $3.7 million to his victims related to an oil and gas investment scheme that raised an estimated $4.5 million from investors.
NextDecade, The Woodlands, Texas-based energy company, recently applied for federal authorization to site, construct and operate the Rio Grande LNG, a proposed LNG export facility near Brownsville, Texas, and the Rio Bravo Pipeline, a 137-mile pipeline system that will provide the facility with its feed gas.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher represents Dean Foods of Dallas in its pending acquisition of the manufacturing and retail ice cream business from Friendly's Ice Cream for $155 million in cash, while Friendly's turned to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Francisco Calleja-Ahedo sued Compass Bank for refusing to refund payment of an alleged $38,700 forged check on his account—only to end up owing the bank $49,186 in attorney fees after losing his case before a Harris County district judge.
The Texas Supreme Court recently turned down a request to rehear a motion filed by McDaniel Partners pertaining to its royalty battle with Apache Deepwater and reaffirmed that Apache was not obligated under the lapsed oil and gas leases to continue paying royalties.
A Dallas lawyer has resigned his law license because he faced 11 grievances alleging misconduct like completely missing hearings for clients, neglecting their cases and failing to supervise an employee who the lawyer knew was previously convicted of unauthorized practice of law.
In our report about mental health on law campuses, we examine why law school exacerbates problems with depression, anxiety and substance abuse — and what administrators and fellow students can do to help.
Lawyers who are expecting babies need to know some of the same things about family leave as anyone else, but they also need to do special planning to hand off their matters to colleagues and monitor cases when they're gone.
"We as lawyers are charged with upholding the honor of the law, the courts, fellow lawyers and our system of justice," said the letter by TADC, TTLA and Tex-ABOTA. Businessmen don't have that calling, it added.
Gino J. Rossini has been promoted to partner in Dallas-based Hermes Law. Rossini's practice is devoted to handling post-trial and appellate matters in state and federal court as well as providing related support at all stages of litigation.
In Waco, after two mediation sessions but before a trial, a family received a court-approved settlement of $27.5 million from Sanderson Farms, a poultry company. The family brought claims against Sanderson Farms for injuries its mother and baby suffered in a car crash with a vehicle owned by the company and driven by its employee.
"As an elected official, I need to be tougher on myself and respectful of the system, and not allow my decision on that night to become a burden," Hays County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge David Glickler wrote.
Royal Mullins convicted of murder in shooting death of Curtis "Topper" Gray, a 50-year-old Greenville resident. "Every murder is a tragedy, but in this case Royal Mullins had reason," the local newspaper reported Mullins defense lawyer told the jury. "You would have hoped someone had done it for you."
A paraplegic plaintiff pursuing a claim filed under the American with Disabilities Act has filed a motion to disqualify well-known Austin civil rights lawyer James Harrington, who represents the defendants.
If Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is convicted of crimes and sentenced, the matter would be ripe for the Commission for Lawyer Discipline to file a compulsory discipline petition seeking Paxton's disbarment.
Quinney Holdings, which does business as Loss Solutions, sued Mostyn Law Firm of Houston and founder Steve Mostyn, alleging the defendants have failed to pay about $700,000 in billings for property damage assessments related to Hurricane Ike.
A Dallas jury began deliberating in late April, took a weekend break, and then returned on Monday, May 2 to deliver a $10.9 million verdict against the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for its alleged role in a 2013 crash of a charter bus.
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s recent decision to accept GRE scores in lieu of Law School Admission Test scores from applicants could cost the school its membership in the Law School Admission Council.
Hopefully, the spirit of an upcoming Women in Law hackathon will stay true to the hackathon ethos: experts and fresh thinkers coming together to generate bold, even crazy, ideas for new products, new services and, in the case of this event, new solutions to persistent problems.
From his early start as an oil field worker in South Texas to his recent stint as chair of the State Bar of Texas' Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section, Locke Lord partner David Patton has gained keen insights into the Texas energy sector.
Plaintiff Charles Hicks recently filed a putative class action in an Arkansas federal court claiming that Southwestern Energy Company and its subsidiaries are defrauding him and the putative class members through underpayment of royalties and seeking in excess of $5 million in damages.
Paul D. Andrews pleaded no contest to second-degree felony solicitation of murder, and the state will dismiss a felony barratry case against him. Codefendant Keith Gould saw his barratry charge dismissed today.
Texas intellectual property attorneys and fans of the Eastern District of Texas can breathe a sigh of relief now that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently rejected a much-watched appeal that could have made it harder to file patent infringement cases in the popular jurisdiction.
In a decision that will make it easier for litigants to recover attorney fees when they are forced to defend baseless trademark infringement complaints, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has loosened the standard for what constitutes a legally "exceptional" case under the Lanham Act in a recent decision.
"From my perspective, I think the market is good," said Andy Rose, who is graduating in May from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock. "My close friends from law school, I think most of them have jobs."
In February 2013, Mikal Watts flew to Miami Beach to attend an American Association for Justice convention. In two weeks' time, he expected to appear in the courtroom as the leader of a legal team opposing BP at a federal civil trial set to determine the energy company's liabilities for the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill.
Nestor Ho, vice president and general counsel for Silicon Labs, an Austin-based silicon, software and solutions provider, wants to do more than just fill the traditional role of a lawyer for his company.
Traditionally U.S. presidents first look to the nation's 13 circuit courts in their search for potential high court justices—often mining the First, Second and D.C. Circuits for their choices. But Fifth Circuit judges often play the role of bridesmaid in the secretive game of Supreme Court nominations.
One of the most difficult issues lawyers face when dealing with technology is that technology professionals often use a different kind of language. The inability to communicate effectively with the IT staff can cause misunderstandings that can be costly.
Grant Wood's parents wouldn't let him have a motorcycle when he was a kid. So he obsessed over what they would let him own—a plastic model of a BMW R80G/S, a German dual sport bike made famous in the early 1980s when European riders used it to win the famous Paris Dakar Rally.
Texas law school deans say that the job market for new law graduates continues to improve, although it's still highly competitive as out-of-state job candidates flood into Texas and as low oil and natural gas prices take their toll.
Richard O. Faulk, an appellate attorney, has joined Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend as a partner in the firm's Houston office. Faulk, who focuses on complex toxic tort and environmental litigation, will split his time between Houston and Washington, D.C.
It is that time of year again when we delve into the wonderful world of Firm Finance. As part of this annual project, we take a look inside the books of the top 25 firms in Texas and see how they fared in 2015.
The Texas Legislature should repeal the rules referendum process that allows lawyers to vote on changes to attorney disciplinary rules, said a report released today by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.
State Rep. Ron Reynolds, who was convicted of barratry last fall, argued today that the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals shouldn't suspend his law license because a jury convicted him based on emotion rather than facts.
A jury in a Harris County case recently found in favor of Exxon Mobil in a long-running dispute it has had with Fort Worth-based Trade Exploration Corp., and its principals, related to two earlier Louisiana lawsuits in which landowners sought damages from Exxon Mobil to remediate alleged environmental contamination.
Since his own legal troubles began last summer, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has not received the love –specifically, in the form of cash contributions to his officeholder's account--from big Texas law firms that his predecessor netted.
Criminal-defense lawyers are up in arms over a plan to change the security screening procedures in Travis County's criminal justice center. They say the plan will cause long delays, make them late to court and impact their businesses.
It was certainly exceptional last spring when an Eastern District of Texas jury gave Jamil Alibhai's plaintiff technology client a whopping $88 million in damages for patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Laura Whiting has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell as an environmental partner in the firm's Dallas office. She will assist clients with all aspects of compliance and permitting for heavily regulated industry and real estate development.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett will deliver remarks at graduations at two law schools, but other speakers at Texas law schools range from trial lawyers to the head of a philanthropic organization.
San Antonio criminal-defense lawyer Mark Benavides was indicted today for 35 second-degree felony counts of sexual assault and compelling prostitution. He allegedly forced sex with three clients as his attorney fee.
Good news for the Tea Party. A Texas appellate has ruled that just because an anti-tax politician tries to eliminate his own agency by denying it funding, he can't be removed from office by the government for incompetency.
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently blocked a lawsuit filed by a former Southern Methodist University student who sued the school claiming he wasn't treated fairly after officials expelled him for alleged threatening behavior and circulated warning photos of him.
Wharton County DA Ross Kurtz's alleged comments about striking blacks from juries concerned one of his prosecutors and brought tough questions from a judge. But the State Bar dismissed a grievance over it.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed a lawsuit against ValueAct Capital and its affiliates for allegedly violating U.S. antitrust laws in their recent purchase of approximately $2.5 billion of stock owned by Houston-based Halliburton and Baker Hughes.
After chasing an evasive litigation investment company all over the United States with a federal subpoena, Meredith Parenti's corporate defendant client has so far been unsuccessful in compelling documents that may be crucial to a lawsuit it faces in Mexico.
In an insurance industry related dispute, a Dallas federal court ordered sanctions against defendants and their counsel, Sandra Liser, an attorney in the Fort Worth office of Naman Howell Smith & Lee. The court ordered the sanctions, but, in the same ruling, also denied other motions for sanctions filed by the plaintiff.
White Star Petroleum is using the firm of Porter Hedges for its pending acquisition of Mississippi Lime and Woodford Shale assets for $200 million from Devon Energy Corp., which is being represented in the deal by two Houston Vinson & Elkins partners.
Halliburton Co.'s proposal to purchase oil-services rival Baker Hughes Inc. may soon be hit with new opposition from European Union (EU) regulators who are expressing concerns about how the merger of the two Houston-based oil services giants could hurt competition throughout the EU.
The family of a man killed after falling from the upper deck of Turner Field last year has sued the Atlanta Braves, parent company Liberty Media Corp. and Major League Baseball Enterprises, alleging the defendants knew the guard rail height was—and still is—dangerously low.
The Texas Office of the Attorney General alleges that a court should dismiss a discrimination lawsuit by a former staffer who claimed she was terminated because Ken Paxton wanted to replace her with his friend.
Sidley Austin represents private equity company Stonepeak Infrrastructure Partners in an equity commitment of up to $500 million in Houston's Sage Midstream Ventures, which turned to Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Three Texas counties think the Texas Office of the Attorney General got the law wrong on the legality of courthouse handgun bans, and they might file lawsuits to ask judges to decide if they can keep guns out.
The Texas Young Lawyers Association this month went live with a new, interactive website dedicated to educating lawyers about how to halt wrongful prosecutions. It speaks to audiences of both defense lawyers and prosecutors.
The family of a worker who died during the construction a new Baylor University football stadium won a $17.72 million wrongful death verdict against Austin Bridge & Road, a company engaged in the building project.
The federal government came down hard on Dr. Tariq Mahmood two years ago, sending him to prison for eleven years for Medicare fraud after his chain of East Texas hospitals allegedly overbilled taxpayers to the tune of $599,128.02.
As cheers and chants from immigration supporters and opponents filled the air outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the justices struggled over the legality of Obama administration's plan to delay temporarily the deportation of nearly 4 million illegal immigrants. At the end of the 90-minute argument, the eight justices appeared divided on the threshold question of whether Texas had standing to challenge the immigration plan in federal court and divided over the fundamental issue of whether the plan violates federal law and the Constitution.
A former district judge from Laredo has sued the state and Gov. Greg Abbott, alleging that part of the Texas drone law is unconstitutional because it violates his privacy and treats Mexican-Americans differently than other Texans.
Confirmation of the award is pending in state court in Dallas. But the consortium has objected to award, arguing it should be vacated because that the three-member arbitration panel exceeded its authority. The consortium has also objected to the attorney fees, arguing that no statutory basis exists in Texas law upon which the digital security company, Amsterdam-based Gemalto, could obtain attorney fees. Nor did the two sides include in their agreement to arbitrate any preset conditions for fees, the consortium argued.
While 300 women who are current and former lawyers for Farmers Insurance Group will be splitting $4 million as a part of a settlement of a federal pay bias class action lawsuit, one attorney who won't likely get any that money is Leslie "Les" Sachanowicz, a San Antonio prosecutor who's running for judge.
When the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for Texas and 25 other states opposition to the Obama administration proposed immigration reforms, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sat in the audience, along with his counterparts from Nebraska, Oklahoma and Indiana.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. and several other defendants are in the middle of a fierce fight in an Oklahoma federal court with a large number of plaintiffs who are alleging the defendants engaged in business actions that stifled competition in negotiating oil and gas leases and violated U.S. antitrust laws.
Texas Lawyer's Legal Departments of the Year award recognizes the Lone Star State's top in-house departments in six distinct categories: 1. General; 2. Outside Counsel Management; 3. Technology; 4. Diversity and Quality of Life; 5. Pro Bono and Community Service; and 6. Corporate Compliance. To qualify, the department must be led by a GC from Texas.
U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews, who was presiding over the case in which the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to block Halliburton Co.'s proposed $34.6 billion merger with Baker Hughes Inc., recently recused himself on the grounds that he has a "financial interest in Schlumberger."
While the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage 10 months ago, two members of the Texas Supreme Court recently took shots at the trial judge and the lawyer who allowed the first lesbian couple to get married in the state months before the landmark decision was issued.
A McAllen federal judge granted a summary judgment motion filed by an insurance defendant and ordered plaintiffs counsel Steve Mostyn and his Houston firm to show why the court should not impose Rule 11 sanctions against them. The show cause hearing is scheduled for May 6.
EIV Capital, an energy industry-focused firm, and EIV MAS Georgia LFG, recently turned to the firms of Sidley Austin in Houston and Porter Hedges in Houston for assistance with their sale of four long-term contracted landfill gas-to-energy facilities located near Atlanta.
An Austin criminal-defense solo practitioner who has represented high-profile defendants in the most serious criminal cases was appointed to defend the homeless charged with murdering an 18-year-old UT Austin student.
A former Texas judge and prison guard will be heading to the big house himself as an inmate after he was sentenced recently for stealing $133,333 in traffic ticket money from the county that had employed him.
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently lost its appeal before the Texas Third Court of Appeals against Exxon Mobil Corporation, Exxon Mobil Oil Corporation, Shell Oil Company and Pennzoil-Quaker State Company.
Uber recently found itself driving a very narrow road, flanked on the one side by the Scylla of labor-and-employment claims and on the other by the Charybdis of antitrust liability. And the road is narrow because it's the defense to the first type of claim that sets the predicate for the second. To understand why this is, some background to Uber's nature and organization will be helpful.
While diving oil prices took a bite of many Texas law firms energy practice wallets, that hardly seemed to matter to Dallas' Gardere Wynne Sewell, which brought in $149 million in gross revenue during their recently completed fiscal year—an increase 4.2 percent over the $143 million from the previous year.
The year 2016 will bring a new president of the United States. As human resources departments and employment lawyers are realizing, this year will also see changes to fundamental regulations governing the workplace.
Even as plaintiffs were shattering an all-time record by filing 2,591 new cases in the Eastern District of Texas last year, experts predicted the nation's most popular patent docket could not get any bigger. It turns out they were right.
In a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, a former Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty member asked a Dallas federal court to set aside a magistrate's ruling denying her motion for sanctions against the school.
"There is this enormous unmet need for justice and there is this enormous underutilized capacity for the provision of legal services," said State Bar president-elect Frank Stevenson. "It's matching justice with opportunity."
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces a new lawsuit that alleges he violated federal securities laws by recruiting investors for a technology company without saying he was getting paid to promote the company's stock.
The owners of Videogames YouTube Channel, who are defendants in a lawsuit that led to a more than $20 million jury verdict against them, hired new lawyers from Dallas' Friedman & Feiger. Robert Wilson of Dallas, who previously represented them, has withdrawn as their counsel.
In a patent dispute about a mobile payment technology, a Tyler federal magistrate has set an April 22 deadline for a corporate defendant to respond to motions for contempt and one seeking enhanced attorney fees.
Because their child couldn't speak for himself, Breggett and Terrence Rideau filed a federal lawsuit on his behalf, only to learn they didn't have standing to bring the case after they'd won a $1 million verdict from a jury. But the parents will get a chance at recovering some of that money after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the plaintiffs confusion over a complicated standing issue was an "understandable mistake."
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the long-standing practice of using total population—rather than eligible-voter population—in drawing legislative districts, frowning on an approach that could have recast thousands of electoral maps. The court did not, however, rule out the possibility that states could use the voting-population method in the future.
Studies show that over fifty percent of marriages in urban areas end in divorce in this country. So, the effect of property transfers between spouses and family members and the potential effect on marital property in the event of divorce cannot be ignored.
We do things a little differently in the Lone Star State, and our judges are no exception. Sure, any jurist can grant or deny relief or direct parties how a case is going to be conducted, but Texas judges—particularly our federal judiciary—do it with a no-nonsense style, a bit of Texas swagger, and yes, even a healthy dose of humor.
Austin's economy is booming—spurring business growth, creating impressive numbers of jobs and flooding the city with new residents. Law firms are reacting by opening new offices or expanding existing operations.
Judicial clerkships can be like a rocket that takes a young attorney to the moon of his legal career. Texas Lawyer asked judges across Texas for their advice for law students who are interested in clerkships.
Kate Cassidy's office in Arlington overlooks home plate at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, and she rubs shoulders with the likes of Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, a famed professional baseball catcher, and Michael Young, an equally famous infielder, who now both work in the Rangers' front office.
If you believe the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives you the right to free speech, think again. In Texas, of all places, political speech comes with a cost: registration and/or paying a fee to the state for the privilege of speaking.
On April 3, 1985, Texas Lawyer newspaper first hit the market in the Lone Star State, offering news and insights to the Texas legal community. And now, on our 31st anniversary, we are excited to launch the inaugural issue of our monthly magazine.
Neither driver was to blame for a collision on a parkway in Grand Prairie, a jury found on Feb. 8. Gloria Valadez was driving a minivan with Ufoma Oweh driving a sedan in the lane to her right. Valadez's right front quarter panel hit Oweh's left side.
Falling oil prices have rattled the economy, but not Texas energy lawyers. They still have their sights set on the billions of dollars in projects and opportunities for energy companies in Mexico, which is privatizing its dilapidated energy sector and luring foreign investors—many of which want an attorney in Texas.
Ed Blum has kept race as his focus as the director the Project on Fair Representation, an Austin-based nonprofit, which has sponsored plaintiffs suing Texas officials based on allegations of their discriminatory use of race. Blum wants to make the government and other institutions colorblind—race neutral; he has sponsored litigation for the past 20 years to make that happen.
The world was a different place when Dennise Garcia was elected to a family law bench in 2004. That year, Democrats were practically nonexistent on the Dallas County judiciary, lawyers still filed lawsuits using paper and same-sex couples were forbidden by law from marrying in the State of Texas. Twelve years later, Garcia is now one of Dallas's most senior trial judges. Democrats like her now hold every district and county bench in the county.
With the price of oil plunging from more than $100 a barrel to less than $30, energy companies are struggling with a myriad of labor and employment challenges, including some that have forced them into the courts.
On a final basis, a court with continuing, exclusive jurisdiction may modify an existing order regarding conservatorship, support, or possession of and access to a child if modification would be in the best interest of the child and at least one other required prong is satisfied.
Two years ago, Rob Hunter was served with the kind of intellectual property lawsuit that terrifies seasoned corporate general counsel. His company, Altec Industries, was sued for patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas, dropping them straight into a plaintiff's fantasy world of litigation where jury awards are huge and judges rarely dismiss claims on summary judgment.
The San Antonio Bar Association is launching a health law section to build a community of attorneys and address current issues in health law. It will provide continuing legal education and networking opportunities.
The next episode is out in a series of Texas Supreme Court cases that enabled appellate review of orders granting new trials. But the latest ruling might disappoint attorneys looking for more guidance.
After a Dallas jury delivered a more than $20 million verdict against two owners of Videogames YouTube Channel, a U.S. magistrate ordered one of the owners, Bryan Martin, to show why he should not be charged with contempt of court and serve jail time after a tweet.
A long contentious lawsuit involving Bakken shale oil and gas leases recently lead to a Texas federal jury awarding a total of $9,291,570 to U.S. Enercorp Ltd., which contended that it allegedly had sustained tortious interference with a prospective contract and an existing contract by defendants SDC Montana Bakken Exploration, Val Verde Investments and Ringo Shapiro.
Sanjel Corporation, which is based in Alberta, Canada, recently announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its U.S. fracturing, coiled tubing and cementing assets to Liberty Oilfield Services for an undisclosed amount.
A recent survey of Texas firms indicates that some see a decrease in domestic energy legal work and an increase in bankruptcy representations. Oil and gas attorneys say that the hardest hit firms likely focused on title opinion work.
In an intellectual property dispute in federal court in Oklahoma, a jury recently awarded Houston-based Core Laboratories LP a $1 million verdict after determining that its oil well services competitor, Spectrum Tracer Services, and two former Core employees, were liable for unfair competition by misappropriation.
Anirudh "Andy" Sarwal, a former lawyer who was convicted in 2013 of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and who recently resigned his law license in a disciplinary case, was sued for fraud in an Austin real estate transaction.
Texas Supreme Court ruled that TUFTA allows creditors the ability to void fraudulent transfers made by a debtor and force them back into the debtor's estate. However, a transfer cannot be voided under TUFTA if a transferee proves two things: that it accepted the transfer in good faith, and that the transferee gave the debtor something of "reasonable equivalent value" in return for their money.
Despite a litigious history between them, New Gulf Resources and Energy & Exploration Partners LLC recently worked out a settlement agreement pertaining to their joint operating agreements related to oil exploration and production operations in East Texas and then filed the agreement in their respective Chapter 11 bankruptcies seeking court approval.
When Thad Spalding's client paid $110,000 for a used helicopter only to later discover that it wasn't airworthy, the seller beat them to the courthouse and won a summary judgment ruling that sealed the deal. So Spalding took the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and recently won a ruling that may make his client whole.
'Congratulations, graduate! Now get ready to pay.' Some [law students] panic at that. 'Oh my, I don't have a job yet; how will I ever repay this? Uncle Sam is going to come at me with teeth six inches long.'"
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued a draft environmental impact statement for the $10 billion Golden Pass LNG Export Project located in Sabine Pass, Texas, which is being promoted by Houston-based Golden Pass Products and Golden Pass Pipeline, owned by shareholders ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum International.
Senior District Judge Sam Cummings of the Northern District of Texas in Lubbock overturned a $10 million jury verdict. Cummings granted a defense motion for a renewed judgment and issued a take-nothing final judgment.
A Russian hacker living in Ukraine reportedly tried to gain access to the computer systems of 48 law firms involved in M&A deals, according to a story by Crain’s Chicago Business, citing data by intelligence firm Flashpoint.
In its first high-profile decision since the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last month, the court deadlocked 4-4 on Tuesday, handing at least a temporary victory to California teacher union members in a dispute over fees paid by non-members.
In a patent infringement lawsuit over firearms technology, a Dallas federal court has referred the plaintiff's motion seeking sanctions and a contempt of court order against the defendant's attorney to a magistrate.
A former partner in Fort Worth's Friedman Suder & Cooke has filed a shareholder derivative suit against the law firm, alleging he was fired months before he was to receive his share of $1.7 million attorney fees from a hard-fought litigation and was told the shares he owned in the firm were virtually worthless.
An East Texas federal judge set a timetable for post-trial mediation less than one week after Plano-based Core Wireless Licensing, a patent management company, won a $3. 5 million jury verdict against LG Electronics.
Even though he expects the $1.45 million jury verdict he won this month for his clients to be slashed in a final judgment to about $275,000 because of statutory caps, Kenneth Soh expresses no regrets about trying a medical malpractice case in Texas.
Venoco, an exploration and production company, recently reached an agreement with its senior lenders to reduce the company's debt load and restructure the balance sheet with the lenders agreeing to support a restructuring transaction that will eliminate approximately $1 billion of debt from Venoco's balance sheet.
Not many patent holders survive the so-called "Death Squad" inter partes review process without having some part of their claim die. Yet a small Texas-based company recently beat some extremely unfavorable odds when it faced off against Microsoft in a trial before a U.S. Patent and Trademark Patent Trial and Appeal Board and beat back the software giant's attempt to invalidate 53 patent claims.
Have you ever wondered why so many lawyer dramas on TV seem to borrow plots and characters that are "ripped from the headlines," as the "Law and Order" narrator might solemnly intone? That's because there are so many bizarre happenings in our actual legal system, that you practically don't need to make anything up anymore. Check out some instances that actually occurred recently in real life.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor conducted an investigation in the Texas and New Mexico oil and gas sector that led to 241 oil well service workers being paid a total of $1.5 million – $750,000 in back wages and an additional equal amount in liquidated damages.
Darla Lexington, who alleges she has a common law marriage with John O'Quinn, filed a lawsuit against a Houston funeral company after the prominent plaintiff's lawyer's body was taken from a mausoleum in Texas and moved to Louisiana.
The Texas Supreme Court accepted the attorney disciplinary resignations of a former district attorney who pleaded guilty to third-degree felony misapplication of fiduciary funds. The high court also accepted the resignations of five other attorneys who committed misconduct.
A former patent client is taking its $3 million attorney fee fight against Jenner & Block to the Texas Supreme Court by arguing it's against public policy for the Chicago-based firm to collect after it allegedly walked away from the contingent fee case without just cause.
Houston lawyers in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represent Houston's EP Energy Corp. in the pending sale of shale assets in Texas and Louisiana to Covey Park Gas, which is represented by a Houston team from Latham & Watkins.
While Texas' Senior U.S. Senator John Cornyn has pledged to block President Barack Obama's appointment of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, the influential Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he'll work with the White House to seat five Texans on U.S. District Court benches.
In a race-discrimination employment lawsuit in Dallas federal court, corporate defendants filed a motion for sanctions against the plaintiff, a certified nursing assistant. The defendants' motion alleges the plaintiff's side engaged in spoliation of evidence and specifically that the plaintiff's lawyer failed to produce relevant email correspondence.
The Texas Supreme Court has revived an old task force and given it new instructions to get the Texas judiciary ready for disruptions like hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorist events, public health crises and more.
A former director in the Texas Office of the Attorney General alleged in a federal lawsuit that the office terminated her because she is an African American female, and replaced her with an unqualified white man.