BP PLC asked the Fifth Circuit on Monday to expedite its bid to claw back payouts it made under a since-overturned claims calculation in its $9.2 billion settlement in the Deepwater Horizon multidistrict litigation, saying that there won’t be any money left to recover if the appeal goes too long.
A Texas appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's judgment for Abraham Watkins Nichols Sorrels Agosto & Friend LLP in a malpractice suit alleging the firm forced its clients to settle a $10 million suit stemming from a BP PLC refinery explosion for pennies on the dollar.
Houston-based attorney Tony Buzbee sued Weathervane Productions Inc. and Hey Girl Entertainment LLC in Texas state court on Monday for $6.5 million, alleging the companies duped him into investing in a movie featuring Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake that never materialized.
A Texas federal judge said Tuesday she will not force Halliburton Co.'s CEO and another executive to testify in a decade-old class action over a stock issuance, as long as the company officially stands behind their previously provided oral and written statements.
Bringing an eight-week bellwether trial to a close in Dallas federal court, a hip implant patient on Tuesday accused Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit of putting marketing and sales before safety in its allegedly defective Pinnacle line of metal-on-metal implants.
KSL Capital Partners is looking to raise nearly $600 million as the private equity firm sells off its remaining 50.8 percent stake in ClubCorp Holdings Inc., the largest U.S. owner and operator of golf and country clubs, according to a Tuesday regulatory filing.
The U.S. government recently said the Fifth Circuit correctly determined earlier this year that the University of Texas did not qualify for an $11 million refund for Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes against its medical residents and the court should deny the university's request for a rehearing.
The Fifth Circuit on Monday tossed a widower’s suit against Toyota Motor Corp. alleging that defective air bags in his wife's 2010 Highlander led to her death, saying that Texas law requires claims for manufacturing defects to cite more than just deviation from the automaker's performance standards.
A Texas federal jury on Monday convicted four people in connection with a $158 million Riverside General Hospital Medicare scam, in which administrators allegedly made false claims for mental health treatment in order to pay kickbacks and bribes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
A coalition of states, including Texas and Delaware, urged a D.C. Circuit panel Tuesday to nix U.S. Environmental Protection Agency findings that certain counties failed to meet federal ozone restrictions, claiming the agency ignored data and inconsistently applied the standards across the country.
A Texas federal jury on Friday issued a $34 million verdict in favor of law firm T. Wade Welch & Associates to conclude a trial over whether OneBeacon Insurance Group Ltd. had to indemnify the firm against malpractice claims that its former client Dish Network Corp. brought after being sanctioned in antitrust litigation. Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly reported the amount of the verdict. The error has been corrected.
Texas tycoon Sam Wyly sought Chapter 11 protection Sunday, saying he can't afford a potential $198 million government penalty for allegedly using secretive offshore trusts to trade stocks while evading taxes.
A team of public-relations specialists have filed a suit accusing a pair of Houston-based law firms and their principal attorneys of cheating them out of $7.9 million in fees for bringing the firms some 10,000 clients filing claims for damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
A Texas federal jury Monday found that Trinity Industries Inc. defrauded the U.S. government out of $175 million by selling dangerous guardrails to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, reaching the verdict three days after a judge refused to toss the False Claims Act case.
The largest nurses' union in the U.S. on Monday began a week of events to encourage the public to pressure the Obama administration and Congress to require strict standards for Ebola treatment at hospitals and other health care employers.
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency on Friday issued a solicitation for proposals to allow the Fort Hood military base in Texas to generate 100 percent of its power needs from renewable energy sources.
The University of Chicago Press, the largest university press in the country, is facing copyright infringement claims over English translations of 17th-century Spanish author María de Zayas y Sotomayor.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review the Fifth Circuit’s upholding of the dismissal of a suit brought by foreign investors claiming defunct oil exploration company EnerMax stole millions of dollars from them through a joint-venture scheme.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by several Louisiana parishes asking the high court to revive their state-law claims against BP PLC and others over pollution-related wildlife damage linked to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
QEP Resources Inc. said Sunday that it’s agreed to sell its midstream business to Texas-based Tesoro Corp. for $2.5 billion, following through on a January promise to unload the unit in the wake of activist investor pressure to shake up its operations.
In Wheeler v. Enbridge Pipelines, the Texas Supreme Court provided guidance to midstream companies on the proper calculation of damages to real property stemming from the breach of a pipeline right-of-way agreement — a decision that has implications well beyond the oil and gas industry, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.
The U.S. is the only country in the world where standard juries are used in patent cases. With patent trolls imposing huge costs on the economy and crippling our power to innovate, Americans should be willing to consider major changes in how we decide patent cases, says William Watkins, a research fellow at The Independent Institute.
Although many may associate patent litigation with a proliferation of stratospheric jury verdicts, these preconceptions are most often wrong. Few patent cases go to trial, and fewer result in any damages, let alone the kind that make headlines. Let's look at the numbers, says Brian Howard, co-author of the Lex Machina Patent Litigation Damages Report.
Fifty years ago, Justice Felix Frankfurter cautioned courts about getting mired in the “political thicket” of redistricting. In agreeing to hear Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court could be about to take a big step further into that thicket, says Michael Li, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law.
There is an inherent tension between the process of preparing a corporate representative to testify and the protections usually afforded by attorney-client privilege. Judicial decisions addressing these tensions are limited and, as of yet, the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals do not appear to have weighed in on these issues in any meaningful way, say Vanessa Miller and Nicholas Ellis of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Given the steady increase in retaliation claims filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers need to train managers before taking adverse employment actions — especially when they involve employees that may have engaged in protected activity, says Mauro Ramirez of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
If the U.S. Supreme Court applies strict scrutiny in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar to strike down reasonable restrictions on judicial campaign activity, the increasing flood of judicial campaign spending may further damage the public’s eroding confidence in the judiciary, says Matthew Menendez, counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law.
The Fifth Circuit majority opinion’s adherence to history, federal statutory law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent in McBride v. Estis Well Service LLC over limiting injured seamen and their heirs to pecuniary damages will undoubtedly serve as persuasive authority in defending against punitive damage claims in maritime cases nationwide, say attorneys at Sedgwick LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court has signaled its clear determination to resolve the long-debated question concerning the viability of the disparate impact theory under the Fair Housing Act by granting certiorari in a Fifth Circuit case. However, the ruling may result in a substantial reworking of the fair-lending regulatory framework governing financial institutions, say Arthur Anthony and Jennifer Parnell of Locke Lord LLP.
Schlumberger Ltd. v. Rutherford appears to be unique and should not have a broad impact on typical trade secret lawsuits — most cases do not involve an alleged effort to prevent a former employee’s participation in litigation against the former employer, much less a former in-house attorney, say Scott McLaughlin and Crystal Parker of Jackson Walker LLP.