• November 24, 2015

    Burleson Closure Reveals Downside To Boom-Fueled Growth

    Monday’s sudden announcement that Burleson LLP would be closing its doors at the end of 2015 highlights the wide-reaching impact of the ongoing downturn in energy prices and should serve as a warning to firms considering rapid growth.

  • November 24, 2015

    Michelin Doesn't Have To Open Up Plant In Texas Injury Suit

    A Texas appeals court on Tuesday found that the family of two boys injured in a car accident allegedly caused by a defective Michelin tire should not be allowed to inspect the facility where the tire was produced because the plant’s current manufacturing processes are different from those used when the tire was made.

  • November 24, 2015

    Munsch Hardt Adds Ex-Cantey Hanger Tax Whiz In Dallas

    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC has announced that a Cantey Hanger LLP partner and former Internal Revenue Service official has joined its Dallas office, bolstering the firm’s corporate and securities practice with his extensive background in the tax and business arenas.

  • November 24, 2015

    Real Estate Rumors: TIAA, NewcrestImage, Charter Schools

    TIAA-CREF has reportedly dropped nearly $150 million on a Mountain View, California, office property, Texas developer NewcrestImage is said to have scored $28 million for a hotel project and Charter Schools USA has reportedly paid $15.5 million to buy one of its school buildings near Hollywood, Florida.

  • November 24, 2015

    Aramark Settles Race, Sex Bias Claims From DOL

    Federal contractor Aramark has agreed to pay back wages to over 300 African American and male employees the Department of Labor said were denied food service jobs on the basis of race and sex, the agency announced Monday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Texas Seeks Delay In Supreme Court Immigration Appeal

    Texas on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to answer the Obama administration's appeal of a ruling that blocked executive actions on immigration, a move that could delay a ruling from the high court until after the president leaves office.

  • November 24, 2015

    5th Circ. Axes Debtors' Garnishment Over Cuban Trafficking

    A company that was hit with a garnishment judgment to help meet a shipbuilder client's $80 million judgment in a human trafficking suit won a major victory Monday when the Fifth Circuit found that state laws preempted the garnishment and ordered the money returned.

  • November 23, 2015

    Justices Asked To Flip FCA Intent Ruling In State Farm Case

    A criminal defense lawyers organization urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to reverse the Fifth Circuit's ruling that State Farm submitted a fraudulent Hurricane Katrina claim, saying the False Claims Act's intent requirement wasn't met because there was no proof that any of the insurer's employees knew the claim was false.

  • November 23, 2015

    Texas Pol Gets 1 Year For Barratry In Kickbacks Plot

    A Texas jury sentenced a state politician to one year in prison Monday, after convicting him on five barratry charges for an alleged scheme in which he and attorneys paid kickbacks to the owner of several chiropractic clinics, a district attorney's office said Monday.

  • November 23, 2015

    Burleson To Close Entire Firm At The End Of The Year

    Citing a downturn in revenues due to decreasing oil prices, Houston-based energy firm Burleson LLP will close all five of its offices by the end of the year, managing partner Richard Burleson confirmed Monday, saying that nearly 60 attorneys remain as the firm begins winding down.

  • November 23, 2015

    Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Cut Medicaid Contracts

    Several Planned Parenthood affiliates and patients on Monday asked a Texas federal judge to stop the state from ending its Medicaid reimbursements to the nonprofit, arguing in a putative class action that the state’s move to revoke its contracts is purely political.

  • November 23, 2015

    EFH Strikes Deal To End Major Opposition To Ch. 11 Plan

    Energy Future Holdings Corp. said Monday that it has struck a settlement with the creditors on the so-called E-side of the massive case that resolves their opposition to the power giant's Chapter 11 plan, potentially removing one of the final barriers in the way of the restructuring strategy.

  • November 23, 2015

    Texas Jury Returns $2.2M Verdict In Tyson Worker Injury Row

    A Texas federal jury ordered Tyson Foods Inc. to fork over more than $2.2 million Friday after concluding that the company’s negligence caused a worker’s injuries on one occasion, holding that the company couldn’t be blamed for two other incidents.

  • November 23, 2015

    Medical Device Maker Gets $7.5M From Jury In Contract Suit

    A Texas federal jury on Friday awarded Dallas-based medical device manufacturer ThermoTek Inc. more than $7.5 million with additional prejudgment interest in its long-running suit against an Illinois-based distributor accused of using its distribution agreement to steal trade secrets and develop its own competing product line.

  • November 23, 2015

    5th Circ. Won't Rethink Revival Of $8.8M Coverage Battle

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday denied Safety National Casualty Corp.’s request for a full reconsideration of its decision to revive the case of Ironshore Specialty Insurance Co., which seeks to cover only a portion of liability in an underlying personal injury suit against Safety National’s policyholder.

  • November 20, 2015

    Texas Jury Finds Apple Didn’t Rip Off ContentGuard IP

    A Texas federal jury concluded Friday that Apple did not infringe five digital rights management patents held by privacy technology company ContentGuard, months after another Texas jury cleared Google and Samsung of similar infringement claims.

  • November 20, 2015

    Obama Administration Takes Immigration Row To High Court

    The Obama administration lodged a petition with the Supreme Court on Friday seeking immediate review of the Fifth Circuit's decision to uphold a block on executive actions that could shield millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 20, 2015

    5th Circ. Sends Deepwater Insurance Query To Texas Justices

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed that Liberty International Underwriters Inc. must cover $50 million of a $250 million settlement between Cameron International Corp. and BP over a failed Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer, while asking Texas' high court to decide whether Cameron can sue Liberty for unfair practices.

  • November 20, 2015

    Ariz. Sheriff Takes Executive Action Suit To Supreme Court

    Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has brought his challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive action policies on immigration to the U.S. Supreme Court, urging justices to defend the Constitution against “lawless disregard” by the administration.

  • November 20, 2015

    Texas Justices Will Hear Key Ponzi Scheme Case In January

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday teed up a key legal question for oral argument in the R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme’s receiver’s quest to recover millions from The Golf Channel Inc. and other businesses paid by Stanford during his sprawling fraud.

Expert Analysis

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Avoiding Gamesmanship In Appointing Appraisal Umpires

    G. Brian Odom

    A recent decision by the San Antonio Court of Appeals has made it harder for parties looking for a level playing field in the process of seeking a court-appointed umpire for property insurance disputes, says Brian Odom at Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.

  • FinCEN Expands Data Collection Geography Beyond Banking

    Heather A. Kabele

    Over the last 15 months the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has issued five geographic targeting orders aimed at data collection that reach beyond the traditional banking sector into the armored car, common carrier and fashion sectors, says Heather Kabele at Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Ins And Outs Of US Trusted Traveler Programs


    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in November plans to expand to citizens of the United Kingdom the benefits of the Global Entry program, which permits expedited processing through CBP upon arrival to the United States. Effective Dec. 3, 2015, the expansion represents the latest step in allowing U.S. immigration and security officials to focus on higher-risk travelers, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Zigzag On Zeig: When Is Exhaustion Really Exhaustion?

    Simone R. Bonnet

    The outcome of a dispute over primary policy exhaustion turns on some combination of policy language and public policy concerns, but the relative weight given to each of these factors seems to vary between states and jurisdictions, or even within a single jurisdiction, based on court interpretations of the influential Zeig v. Massachusetts Bonding & Insurance decision, says Simone Bonnet at Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • State Statutes May Stymie Arbitration Of R&W Disputes

     Michael J. Gill

    There is a potential trap for parties choosing to arbitrate representations and warranties insurance disputes. In some jurisdictions, the parties to an R&W insurance policy may be unable to enforce the arbitration provision because of state laws. There is some good news, however, say Michael Gill and Alexandra Newman at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.

  • OPINION: We're Still Failing Our Vets

    Lisa W. Borden

    In recognition of Veterans Day, flags were flown, green light bulbs glowed, parades were organized, and ceremonies were observed. It's right that we should honor the vital contributions of the military veterans we consider heroes. But the truth is that we are failing veterans on a massive scale, says Lisa Borden, pro bono shareholder for Baker Donelson and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Exhibit A — Winky Face: Emoticon Evidence Enters Courts

    Karen A. Henry

    With so many emojis and emoticons being transmitted online and in text messages, it was inevitable that they would end up in communications used as evidence in court cases. But what do they mean? And when their meaning is in dispute, who should resolve the conflict — the court or the jury? These questions recently have arisen in a variety of civil and criminal cases, say Karen Henry and Jason Harrow of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.