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  • April 23, 2014

    Raymarine The Latest Target In NovelPoint GPS Patent Blitz

    Marine electronics manufacturer Raymarine Inc. on Tuesday joined a not-so-exclusive group of companies hit by NovelPoint Tracking LLC with a patent suit in Texas for allegedly infringing a patent covering car GPS and collision prevention systems.

  • April 23, 2014

    Post Oak Energy Sinks $100M Into Texas Oil Co.

    Texas-based oil and gas company Crown Oil Partners V LP has received a $100 million equity commitment from Post Oak Energy Capital LP in a move intended to help further Crown Oil's development and growth, Post Oak said Wednesday.

  • April 23, 2014

    Halliburton Sues Ex-Chief Scientist For Stealing Trade Secrets

    Halliburton Energy Services Inc. launched a suit in Texas state court on Monday against a former chief scientist the company claims has breached an intellectual property agreement by taking company trade secrets with him to go work for a competitor.

  • April 23, 2014

    Kirkland Taps Simpson M&A Partner For New Houston Office

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP said Tuesday it's picked up a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP mergers and acquisitions partner, known for guiding energy-focused deals for clients like Blackstone Energy Partners and Petrohawk Energy Corp., to strengthen its corporate practice at its new Houston office.

  • April 23, 2014

    Andrews Kurth Guides Hilcorp In BP Alaska Oilfield Buy

    BP PLC said Tuesday that it's selling stakes in four oilfields it operates in Alaska's North Slope region to Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. in order to focus on developing its Prudhoe Bay operations and a massive liquefied natural gas pipeline project.

  • April 23, 2014

    Ex-Texas Prosecutor Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes

    A former El Paso County prosecutor pled guilty to a charge accusing him of accepting cash bribes in exchange for dismissing criminal cases in Texas federal court on Monday, according to court records.

  • April 22, 2014

    Deadly Fertilizer Plant Blast Was Preventable, CSB Says Notes

    The 2013 fertilizer plant explosion and fire in the city of West, Texas, that killed 14, injured 200 and destroyed about 140 nearby buildings could have been prevented with better regulations, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said Tuesday, releasing its preliminary findings on the blast.

  • April 22, 2014

    Texas Atty Gets 10 Years For Forgery, Billing Scam

    A Texas criminal defense attorney who recently confessed to felony charges stemming from her alleged overbilling of work for indigent clients and forgery of judicial signatures was slammed with a 10-year state prison sentence Monday.

  • April 22, 2014

    Texas AG Questions Alleged BLM Land Seizure Along Red River

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday penned a letter to the Bureau of Land Management, calling the agency out over its alleged plan to seize land along the Red River that Abbott says belongs to Texas landowners.

  • April 22, 2014

    ETP Seeks $1B Judgment In Pipeline Partnership Fight

    Energy Transfer Partners LP on Monday asked a Texas state judge for a more than $1 billion judgment against Enterprise Products Partners LP after a jury found Enterprise breached a partnership agreement for a crude oil pipeline.

  • April 22, 2014

    Samsung Resolves Patent Suit Over Disk Drive Memory

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Power Management Enterprises LLC's claims accusing Samsung Electronics America Inc. of infringing its cache memory patents with the manufacture and sale of its computers and disk drives, after the parties said they had resolved the dispute.

  • April 22, 2014

    5th Circ. Affirms Travelers' Win In Truck Crash Spat

    The Fifth Circuit said on Tuesday the Bituminous Casualty Corp. must cover a trucking company in litigation over an accident involving one of its vehicles, upholding The Travelers Indemnity Co.’s win in a lower court.

  • April 22, 2014

    The Accidental Advocate: Judge John E. Jones III

    Pennsylvania Middle District Judge John E. Jones III talks to Law360 about the surreal aftermath of his divisive ruling against intelligent design as he prepares for yet another potentially explosive trial over Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban.

  • April 22, 2014

    'Troll' Says FTC Bullying Over Patent Letters Warrants Suit

    Alleged patent troll MPHJ Technology Investments LLC shot back Friday at the Federal Trade Commission’s bid to toss its lawsuit over an investigation into allegedly deceptive patent infringement letters the company sent, telling a Texas federal court that the antitrust agency's enforcement squashed its speech rights, keeping its claims ripe.

  • April 22, 2014

    State Climate Actions Stumble On Dormant Commerce Clause

    A recent ruling that a Minnesota emissions law effectively barring electricity use from new coal-fired power plants is unconstitutional is the latest example of the dormant Commerce Clause impeding states' ability to regulate climate change, and experts say such legal skirmishes will continue until the U.S. Supreme Court sets clear, constitutional boundaries for states' climate policies.

  • April 22, 2014

    5th Circ. Ends Appeal Of Malpractice Suit Over Patent Apps

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a malpractice lawsuit brought by a mouthwash inventor against his attorney charged with preparing and filing patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, saying the plaintiff failed to provide sufficient evidence of damages.

  • April 22, 2014

    Jury Awards Texas Family $2.9M For Fracking Nuisance Claim

    A Texas jury on Tuesday awarded $2.925 million to a family who alleged they suffered health problems because of natural gas wells drilled in the Barnett Shale by Aruba Petroleum Inc. on neighboring property, finding Aruba intentionally created a private nuisance.

  • April 22, 2014

    Deals Rumor Mill: Carlyle, Red Lobster, Citigroup

    Carlyle and TPG continue to welcome interest from eager suitors around the world vying for their jointly owned, $4 billion Australian health care provider, while flagging restaurant company Darden's shareholders are tipping toward vocal activist critics to force the company into a vote that could upend its Red Lobster spinoff plans.

  • April 22, 2014

    Houston Mayor Introduces Human Rights Law

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker Monday on Monday released a draft of a human rights law that would protect residents, workers and visitors in the city from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, race and religion in housing, employment and public venues.

  • April 22, 2014

    Sales Tax Cuts Amazon Purchases By 10%, Study Finds

    The institution of sales taxes on online purchases in several states across the U.S. caused an almost 10 percent drop in online retailer Amazon.com Inc.’s sales, according to research released this month by The Ohio State University.

Expert Analysis

  • Texas' Atty Fee Statute — Elevating Form Over Substance?

    James W. Holbrook III

    Section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice Remedies Code is cited as a basis for the recovery of attorneys' fees in virtually every breach of contract action asserted under Texas law. However, the statute’s brevity raises several questions regarding its scope and application, including who qualifies as an “individual or corporation” against whom such a fee award may be entered. The issue was tackled head-on in Fleming & Associates v. Barton, says James Holbrook III of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.

  • Mandatory Pro Bono Is Not The Answer For Practitioners

     Amanda D. Smith

    The State Bar of California has decided to follow New York's lead and require prospective attorneys to record 50 hours of pro bono service in order to be eligible for admission. While we applaud the intentions behind these initiatives, there are a number of reasons why state bars should limit any mandatory pro bono requirement to this context, rather than extend it to licensed attorneys as some have suggested, say attorneys with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Earth Day And The Evolution Of Environmental Law

    Timothy J. Bergere

    Since 1970, environmental lawyers have been immersed in a myriad of federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, beginning with the National Environmental Policy Act. As the movement has grown, Earth Day has become a placeholder for the idea that we can better manage our environment, and in the legal community, it reminds us that we must continue advancing the law with the goal of a cleaner environment in mind, says Timothy Bergere of Montgomery McCracken Walker Rhoads LLP.

  • Construction Defect Coverage Recap For 1st Quarter

    John A. Husmann

    The year 2014 has already yielded several noteworthy decisions from courts examining insurance coverage for construction defect claims. Collectively, these cases have dealt with the “occurrence” requirement, contractual liability exclusion and “other insurance” clauses, all of which are sure to affect stakeholders in the construction industry, say John Husmann and Jocelyn Cornbleet of BatesCarey LLP.

  • Texas Businesses: Take Child Abuse Reporting Seriously

    Stephen J. Roppolo

    Texas law requires people to immediately report any suspected or material circumstances of child abuse to the state's proper authorities. While 47 states require some form of child abuse reporting, Texas law is especially broad and creates serious legal obligations for any person — or business — for turning a blind eye to child abuse, says Stephen Roppolo of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • Employers: Take Care In Crafting Confidentiality Clauses

    Christopher V. Bacon

    Employers are often surprised to learn that policies explicitly prohibiting employees from discussing salaries are in violation of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, as was recently affirmed in Flex Frac Logistics LLC v. NLRB. However, employers are still entitled to take precautions in order to protect their confidential proprietary information and trade secrets from disclosure by their employees, say Christopher Bacon and Ashlee Grant of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Beware 'Jewel' Risks In Lateral Partner Hiring

    Pamela Phillips

    Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • A Quick Guide To East Texas' Fast Track For Patent Cases

    Lionel Lavenue

    Some of the early commentary on the Eastern District of Texas' new alternative case management procedure for patent cases focused on how it might be “bad news” for some nonpracticing entities taking that approach. A deeper dive, however, reveals that, while Track B might benefit parties accused of infringing a patent in some situations, in others, it might even benefit parties asserting their patents, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • The Lessons And Limitations Of Chadbourne V. Troice

    Fred Isquith

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice is unlikely to have a sweeping effect on securities or class action litigation. However, professions engaged in assisting clients obtain financing will likely change their internal controls to avoid potential problems in the future — we may even see law and accounting firms called into court to justify their actions, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • Trending: State High Court Accord On 'Faulty Workmanship'

    Carl Salisbury

    In Arlo Guthrie's classic Thanksgiving ballad, he says that if 50 people a day were to walk into a military psychiatrist's office, sing a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and then walk out, "then friends, they may think it's a movement. And that's what it is." Strange as it may seem, something akin to the Alice's Restaurant movement is happening in state supreme courts across the country — most recently with the Alabama Supreme Court decision in Owner's Insurance Co. v. Jim Carr Homebuilders LLC, says Carl Salisbury of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.