• August 29, 2016

    Andrews Kurth's Mass Hire Of Kenyon Driven By IP Hunger

    Andrews Kurth LLP's decision to join forces with struggling intellectual property boutique Kenyon & Kenyon LLP follows a flurry of recent combinations of large firms and IP boutiques, a trend that experts say reflects the demand of BigLaw for a slice of the lucrative IP pie.

  • August 29, 2016

    Waste Mgmt., Travelers Want EPA Coverage Suit Reinstated

    A Waste Management Inc. subsidiary on Monday asked a Texas federal judge to reinstate its coverage dispute with Travelers Indemnity Co. over pollution of a Texas river, saying the companies were unable to reach an agreement about final settlement documentation.

  • August 29, 2016

    Texas Ranchers Tell AG Private Board Can't Manage River

    Texas ranchers and property owners concerned about a water management plan for the upper San Saba River are hoping the Texas attorney general can dissuade a central Texas county from letting a private board oversee the area, according to a letter released Monday.

  • August 29, 2016

    Chuck E. Cheese's Says Insurer Must Cover Shareholder Suit

    CEC Entertainment Inc., owner of the Chuck E. Cheese’s pizza chain, filed suit against Travelers in Texas federal court Monday alleging that the insurer owes it at least $4.9 million plus interest for failing to cover a shareholder suit stemming from the company’s merger with an Apollo Global Management LLC affiliate.

  • August 29, 2016

    5th Circ Rejects Gov't Argument That BIA Order Is Not Final

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday denied a bid by the federal government to dismiss an appeal by an immigrant in the U.S. without permission who was ordered removed for lack of jurisdiction, rejecting the federal government’s argument that the Board of Immigration Appeals decision is not a final reviewable order. 

  • August 29, 2016

    Jaffe Raitt, Atty Want Out Of $24M Oil Field Asset Suit

    Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC and senior partner Ira Jaffe pushed a federal judge Friday to dismiss a $24 million fraud suit against it stemming from agreements to purchase oil field equipment and real estate, arguing under Texas laws, both the firm and the attorney are immune from the claims.

  • August 29, 2016

    Full 5th Circ. Needn't Hear Endangered Frog Row, Feds Say

    The federal government on Friday told the Fifth Circuit it should not grant en banc review of a panel's upholding a decision to declare about 1,600 acres of private property in Louisiana as a refuge for the endangered dusky gopher frog.

  • August 29, 2016

    McCathern Insurer Says It's Not On Hook For $6M Claim

    Allied World Specialty Insurance Co. on Friday asked a Texas federal court to put an end to a “long-simmering dispute” with law firm McCathern PLLC over coverage for a $6.25 million malpractice claim the insurer says it doesn’t have to defend or indemnify.

  • August 29, 2016

    Truck Carrying Air Bag Inflators Explodes, Kills Woman

    A truck that was carrying Takata Corp. air bag inflators that are part of one of the largest recalls in U.S. history caught fire and exploded last week in Texas, injuring four people and killing one woman, the auto parts maker and investigators said on Monday.

  • August 29, 2016

    Blackstone Pledges $1.5B To Texas Oil And Gas Partnerships

    The energy arm of private equity giant The Blackstone Group LP has inked two partnership agreements worth $1.5 billion total to buy and develop assets and property in Texas and New Mexico in the Midland Delaware basins.

  • August 29, 2016

    Andrews Kurth Lands Attys Of Struggling Kenyon & Kenyon

    Andrews Kurth LLP has snapped up the attorneys who remained at struggling intellectual property boutique Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, the firm said Monday, in a deal that brings 55 additional intellectual property attorneys into the fold of the Houston-based international law firm.

  • August 29, 2016

    Texas Oil, Gas Cos. Want Suit Over Sale Proceeds Tossed

    Several Texas oil and gas companies asked a federal judge to toss class allegations that they cheated mineral interest owners out of millions of dollars by falsely claiming ownership rights, arguing Friday that the case belongs in another venue.

  • August 29, 2016

    Greenberg Can't Nix $2M Clawback Suit, Co.'s Estate Says

    The bankruptcy estate of a medical center management company has pushed a Texas federal court to carry on with a $2 million suit accusing Greenberg Traurig LLP of receiving fees that are technically fraudulent transfers, arguing the firm has continually shifted the focus of its dismissal efforts. 

  • August 29, 2016

    C&J Energy Gets TRO Against Ex-VP Now At Competitor

    A day after C&J Energy Services Ltd. filed a lawsuit seeking court intervention to keep its former senior vice president and general manager from working for a direct competitor, a state district judge in Houston agreed to the request Friday, finding C&J was likely to succeed on its breach claims at trial.

  • August 26, 2016

    Ex-Dallas Stars Pro Sues NHL For Denied Disability Benefits

    Former Dallas Stars hockey player Aaron Rome has sued the National Hockey League and his insurance provider alleging they intentionally mishandled his disability claim and wrongfully denied him benefits after he sustained a career-ending injury, according to a suit that was removed to Texas federal court Friday.

  • August 26, 2016

    Texas Housing Credit Policy Upheld After High Court Remand

    A Texas federal judge dismissed a nonprofit’s Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the state housing agency Friday, saying the complaint can’t identify a specific practice governing the allocation of tax credits for low-income housing that creates a racially disparate impact.

  • August 26, 2016

    SEC, IRS Say Wyly Ch. 11 Plan Flawed By Isle Of Man Trusts

    The IRS on Friday objected to a Chapter 11 plan proposed in Texas bankruptcy court by the widow of business tycoon Charles Wyly, echoing concerns raised by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that there’s no way to ensure Wyly assets held in Isle of Man trusts would be transferred to fund the plan.

  • August 26, 2016

    Gilstrap Kills 2 Intellectual Ventures Patents Under Alice

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas has invalidated two retail patents that Intellectual Ventures accused J. Crew of infringing, saying they claim only abstract ideas under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision, but he decided not to invalidate a third patent.

  • August 26, 2016

    Texas Group Wants Out-Of-State Booze Sellers Dried Up

    A Texas trade group representing alcohol retailers has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resurrect a long-dormant state law requiring a year of state residency before landing an alcohol sales permit, saying a recent Fifth Circuit decision is at odds with rulings from other circuits.

  • August 26, 2016

    Ex-Employees Look To Revive Wal-Mart Sex Bias Claims

    Nine women seeking to intervene in a sex discrimination suit against Wal-Mart urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to reject the retail giant's arguments that their claims have been brought too late, saying there's precedent to do so because Wal-Mart settled with the former named plaintiffs.

Expert Analysis

  • State Of Texas Legal Market: Litigation Trends

    Michael K. Hurst

    Litigation in the Texas energy sector has increased substantially as a result of the drop in oil prices. The trends reflect a market reality where all participants, including contractors, insurers, lenders, partners and employees, are forced to embrace “lower for longer” pricing, say Michael Hurst and Jonathan Childers of Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst LLP.

  • Defining Attorney-Client Relationships In The Electronic Age

    Elizabeth Fitch

    As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.

  • State Of Texas Legal Market: It Isn’t Just About Oil

    Geoff Schuler

    Some market watchers believe that law firms with significant energy-related practices have experienced precipitous declines in revenue and profits due to the dip in oil prices. Yet, firms continue to be bullish on Texas, and those still looking for a point of entry will jump at the right opportunity, say consultants with LawVision Group LLC.

  • 4 Reasons Law Firm Business Development Initiatives Fail

    Adam Donovan

    By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • What Happens When A State Runs Out Of Money?

    Joseph V. Kennedy

    A number of states, including Illinois, New Jersey and Ohio, could become insolvent in the next two decades. It is not too early for Congress and the next president to start planning. Both the Detroit and Puerto Rico bankruptcies were preceded by years of denial in the face of increasingly inevitable facts, says Joseph Kennedy, former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • 5 Key Takeaways From Key Energy’s FCPA Settlement

    Michael Volkov

    Key Energy had adopted a code of conduct, a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption policy, and a procurement policy, but made no effort to ensure that these policies were enforced in Mexico. Companies continue to fall short on the compliance front by relying on local country managers, says Michael Volkov, a former federal prosecutor.

  • Exploring The Limits Of The At-Will Employment Doctrine

    Laura Lawless Robertson

    In jurisdictions where the at-will employment doctrine is recognized, employers are advised to zealously protect this right, including disclaimers in employee handbooks and other employment documents. But two recent federal appellate decisions out of the Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit suggest that even this hallowed doctrine is not without its limits, says Laura Lawless Robertson at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Conflicting Courts On Neutral Canons

    Ashley Johnson

    Although the "last-antecedent canon" and the "series-qualifier canon" may sound like neutral grammatical principles, they carry different weights and are applied differently depending on the court. Ashley Johnson and Will Thompson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP explore two fundamentally different approaches by the Texas Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court.

  • New Uncertainty Surrounds Disputes Over Foreign Stays

    Brian M. Wells

    A recent decision by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas in the case of Sanjel adds a wrinkle to the case law addressing the domestic application of foreign stays through Chapter 15, and in particular, whether it is appropriate for a bankruptcy court to modify or limit a foreign stay, says Brian Wells of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.