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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.