Texas

  • June 28, 2016

    Wheelchair Suppliers Convicted In $3.5M Medicare Fraud

    A Texas federal jury on Monday convicted a medical supply company’s owner and its office manager of committing a $3.5 million Medicare and Medicaid fraud by forging prescriptions and charging the government for pricey motorized wheelchairs, only to supply patients with cheaper motorized scooters.

  • June 28, 2016

    5th Circ. Reverses NLRB On Gym Chain Arbitration Pacts

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday issued a one-page order reversing a National Labor Relations Board ruling that held class action waivers in 24 Hour Fitness USA’s mandatory arbitration agreements are unlawful after the gym chain argued the circuit’s prior rulings in D.R. Horton and Murphy Oil are binding.

  • June 28, 2016

    Immigrants Faced Tough High Court Term, With Silver Linings

    The U.S. Supreme Court saved its biggest immigration case for the end, issuing a blow to immigrants in the U.S. without legal authorization with a tie vote that upheld a block on the president's executive actions. But while United States v. Texas was the most important immigration case in the 2015 term, it wasn't the only one, and there were a few bright spots for immigrants and immigration advocates, according to experts.

  • June 28, 2016

    15 Immigration Judges Brought On To Serve Across US

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review said Monday it has sworn in 15 new immigration judges, bringing them to courts in California, Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere.

  • June 28, 2016

    Ex-Chief Investigator For Dallas DA Admits Taking Bribe

    The former chief investigator at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office pled guilty Tuesday to a bribery charge, admitting he had taken money to convince a prosecutor to drop charges against an unnamed party.

  • June 28, 2016

    Aviation Co. Claims Partners Covertly Competed, Stole Deal

    The owner of an aviation services and consulting company alleged in a Texas state suit Monday that his former business partners conspired to cut him out of a valuable deal to buy commercial turbine engines from United Technologies Corp. division Pratt & Whitney.

  • June 28, 2016

    Chevron Oil Lease Row Should Be Arbitrated, Court Told

    A former BNP Paribas employee on Monday urged a Texas court to force a Nigerian energy developer to arbitrate its suit stemming from its unsuccessful $1.6 billion offer made to Chevron Corp. for three oil mining leases, or to dismiss the case against him entirely for insufficient allegations.

  • June 28, 2016

    5th Circ. Won't Pause McKool Smith's $1.5M Arbitration Award

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a bid by Canadian electronics manufacturer Curtis International to delay a mandate to pay an arbitration award of $1.45 million to Texas-based law firm McKool Smith PC, which the appeals court upheld in May, while it appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • June 28, 2016

    How To Become The Firm Every GC Wants To Hire

    Some law firms have perfected the art of pleasing general counsels, a skill that wins them the love of clients and allows them to score new cases and deals. Here, we look at a new report that delves into the intricacies of making clients happy.

  • June 28, 2016

    Exxon's $3.3M Coverage Win Ignores Deductible, Insurer Says

    Old Republic Insurance Co. on Monday urged the Fifth Circuit to overturn a district court's ruling that it must cover a $3.3 million personal injury suit against Exxon Mobil Corp., saying a Texas federal judge ignored the effect of its policy's $3 million deductible.

  • June 28, 2016

    The 24 Firms GCs Love The Most

    Some law firms have honed their ability to serve clients so well that their relationships with general counsels have entered a sort of utopian existence where they earn glowing recommendations from clients and consistently win work. Here, find out which 24 firms have reached a state of “clientopia,” according to a new report by BTI Consulting Group.

  • June 28, 2016

    Texas Justices Won't Ground American Airlines Music Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request from Inflight Productions USA Inc. to stop American Airlines Inc. from pursuing claims that IFP must indemnify it for copyright infringement suits related to music made available to customers on American flights.

  • June 28, 2016

    Texas Taxi Companies Pay $1M To Resolve Medicaid FCA Suit

    Seven Texas taxicab companies and three individuals reached an agreement with the Department of Justice on Monday to pay a total of $1.125 million to settle allegations brought by ex-employees that they violated the False Claims Act in executing contracts to provide transportation services to Medicaid recipients.

  • June 28, 2016

    Yetter Coleman Nabs Energy Trial Partner From Andrews Kurth

    An Andrews Kurth LLP partner has made the jump to Yetter Coleman LLP, bringing his expertise as a commercial trials lawyer who primarily works with clients from the oil and gas energy industry to its Houston office.

  • June 28, 2016

    Supreme Court To Hear Deaf Texans' Drivers Ed Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review a lawsuit brought by a group of deaf Texas residents who allege the state's driver education requirements prevent them from receiving licenses, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • June 28, 2016

    TripAdvisor Can’t Check Suit Out Of EDTX, Patent Owner Says

    A patent holder alleging TripAdvisor and several other sites use side menu bars that infringe its patented technology asked a Texas federal court Monday not to move its suit against the travel service to the Northern District of California, saying key documents and witnesses would be easier to round up in Texas.

  • June 28, 2016

    Kinder Morgan Selling Stake In $500M Pipeline To Riverstone

    Energy infrastructure giant Kinder Morgan Inc. on Tuesday said that it has agreed to sell a 50 percent stake in its $500 million Ohio pipeline project to energy-focused private equity outfit Riverstone Investment Group LLC.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Firms That Won Big At the Supreme Court

    While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.

  • June 27, 2016

    Split 5th Circ. Revives Texas Suit Over 'Felon-Hiring' Rule

    A split Fifth Circuit handed the state of Texas a win Monday in its case against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the agency's criminal background check guidance warning employers against blanket policies against hiring felons, though a dissenting judge painted Texas’ action against the guidance as purely political.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Top Supreme Court Dissents Of The Term

    While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.

Expert Analysis

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • 5th Circ. Brings Consistency To Improper-Joinder Analysis

    Tyler J. McGuire

    In International Energy Ventures Management v. United Energy, the Fifth Circuit recently cleared up the confusion over improper-joinder analysis in Texas by unequivocally holding that the federal pleading standard applies, says Tyler McGuire at Zelle LLP.

  • Texas Extends 'Accommodation Doctrine' To Groundwater

    Anthony B. Cavender

    The Texas Supreme Court's recent decision in Coyote Lake Ranch v. City of Lubbock can be seen as a predictable evolution in the court’s approach to groundwater and the need to access this resource in a fair and reasonable manner, says Anthony Cavender at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Lessons From NFL Player's Case Against Financial Adviser

    David J. Lisko

    Professional athletes and those advising them should take a close look at the mistakes Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden made in trusting his former manager and financial adviser, Michael Eugene Vick, who allegedly misappropriated $15 million of McFadden’s money, say David Lisko and Philippa Balestrieri of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • The Face Of Patent Litigation After Federal Rules Amendments

    Marc Pensabene

    In the past five years, patent litigation has seen the implementation of the America Invents Act and several significant U.S. Supreme Court cases. These changes have tipped the balance of power a little more in the direction of the accused infringers, and the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are likely to have a further impact on that balance, say Marc Pensabene and Sarah Pfeiffer of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • 5 Steps For Creating An LGBT-Supportive Workplace

    Jim S. McNeill

    Law governing LGBT workplace protections is in flux, and largely does not keep pace with the opinion of society. To stay one step ahead, proactive employers should consider taking steps to ensure their workplace is LGBT-supportive. Doing so will not only mitigate future liability, but it will telegraph to employees that management believes in an inclusive and diverse workforce, say Jim McNeill and Peter Stockburger at Dentons.

  • Easing The Burden Of Affordable Housing Mandates

    Chuck Reed

    As affordable housing zoning ordinances proliferate across the country, landowners and developers have an opportunity to shape them to lessen their detrimental impacts, before the ordinance is even adopted, says Chuck Reed, special counsel at Hopkins & Carley and former mayor of San Jose, California.

  • Redefining The Focus Of Federal And State Equal Pay Laws

    Susan Gross Sholinsky

    While the federal government has not enhanced its own equal pay law, the current administration has made clear that equality in the workplace is a priority. State and local governments have taken it upon themselves to create more protections for employees, and there are several different elements employers should consider as they prepare for the possibility of defending cases under the new amendments, say attorneys at Epstein Becker Green LLP.