Texas

  • February 10, 2016

    Andrews Kurth Accused In Plot To Oust Texas Startup CEO

    The co-founder of a technology company in Texas filed an amended complaint Monday against an Austin-based venture capital firm and Andrews Kurth LLP for allegedly working to terminate him from the company and sell his unvested equity for pennies on the dollar, accusing the law firm of malpractice.

  • February 10, 2016

    Texas Justices Told Investor Has Standing In DLA Piper Row

    An Australian financier and investor who lost $1.7 million in retirement funds because he took allegedly negligent advice from his attorneys and granted a loan to a now-defunct company has standing to sue DLA Piper under longstanding state law, the Texas Supreme Court was told in oral arguments Wednesday.

  • February 10, 2016

    5th Circ. Won’t Rethink Chesapeake Energy Lease Row Ruling

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday refused to rethink its decision that a suit in which a putative class of Texas landowners accuses Chesapeake Energy Corp. of trespassing on foreclosed oil and gas leases belongs in federal court.

  • February 10, 2016

    Texas Appeals Court Sanctions 'Cow In The Road' Doctor

    A Texas appellate court Tuesday sanctioned a retired doctor for filing a frivolous appeal, after he argued a lawsuit alleging he was negligent for letting his cattle stray into the road should have been treated as a health care liability claim and dismissed.

  • February 10, 2016

    Texas Pharmacy Settles EEOC Pregnancy Bias Suit

    A Texas pharmacy accused of discriminating against two pregnant employees by firing them agreed Wednesday to pay $85,000 to settle the suit brought against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • February 10, 2016

    McGuireWoods Nabs Andrews Kurth Trial Pro In Houston

    McGuireWoods LLP on Wednesday announced that an Andrews Kurth LLP partner has joined the firm’s business and securities litigation team, bolstering the firm’s Houston offerings with experience litigating high-stakes suits for clients in a range of industries.

  • February 10, 2016

    Houston Mayor Scraps $60M In Airport Expansion Contracts

    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner hit the reset button Wednesday on some $60 million worth of contracts under a massive, 10-year expansion project at the city's airport, after the city controller warned of serious irregularities in the procurement process and recommended starting over.

  • February 10, 2016

    Texas Agency May Need Funding Changes Amid Oil Price Drop

    Declining oil prices and the accompanying slump in Texas energy production mean the self-funded state energy regulator may need to change its funding mechanism in the coming years, though ultimately that decision rests in the hands of lawmakers, the agency’s new executive director said Wednesday.

  • February 10, 2016

    Carrington Coleman Adds Ex-Fortune 500 Co. GC In Dallas

    Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal LLP on Tuesday announced that it has strengthened its corporate transaction and counseling services with the addition of a former general counsel to BearingPoint and Affiliated Computer Services Inc. as a partner in Dallas, with expertise in the areas of banking, securities, private equity and technology, among others.

  • February 10, 2016

    Suit Against Nationwide Should Stay In Texas, Court Hears

    Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. should not be allowed to use a forum-selection clause to force a former agent to file his breach of contract suit in Ohio after the company “substantially invoked” legal proceedings in the Lone Star State, the Texas Supreme Court was told Wednesday in oral arguments.

  • February 10, 2016

    Victims Say HSBC Helped Finance 'Terrorist' Cartel Attacks

    HSBC Holdings PLC is facing claims that it financed terrorism by allowing a number of Mexican drug cartels to launder billions of dollars through its branches, according to the families of victims of three “horrific” attacks, who have sued the bank in Texas federal court.

  • February 10, 2016

    Texas Appeals Court Axes Atty Fees In Real Estate Blog Row

    A Texas appeals court found Tuesday that when a plaintiff drops claims to avoid having them dismissed as baseless under Texas law, this doesn't make the defendant a prevailing party entitled to attorneys' fees, tossing fees awarded to a real estate blog in a fight with the former president of a homeowners association.

  • February 10, 2016

    Oil And Gas Co. Must Arbitrate Contract Claims, Court Told

    An English oil company being sued in Texas federal court over an African drilling contract it allegedly quit because of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into its U.S. partner asked a judge to throw the partner's case out on Tuesday, saying it failed to arbitrate the dispute as it had agreed to do.

  • February 10, 2016

    Feds Drop More Charges In $24M Iran Export Suit

    Federal prosecutors sought to dismiss charges against three companies Tuesday for allegedly violating Iran trade sanctions by importing microelectronics to the country, following a pair of pardons in the case amid a deal with Iran that freed several imprisoned Americans.

  • February 9, 2016

    Workers' Comp On Our Side, Subcontractor Tells Court

    An appellate court wrongly decided there was a conflict in the provisions of the Texas Workers' Compensation Act that govern whether a subcontractor should be shielded from a suit filed by an injured worker, subcontractor TIC Energy & Chemical Inc. told the Texas Supreme Court Tuesday. 

  • February 9, 2016

    Samsung Hit With $7M Jury Verdict In Imaging Patent Row

    Samsung was hit with a nearly $7 million verdict by a Texas federal jury on Monday that found the smartphone giant willfully infringed at least some claims in a nonpracticing entity's two imaging patents with its devices.

  • February 9, 2016

    Life Partners Investors Say Trustee Derailing Ch. 11 Plan

    Multiple creditors of Life Partners Holdings Inc. on Monday came out against its current Chapter 11 reorganization plan, with one informal group of investors telling a Texas bankruptcy court the estate trustee essentially forced their objection by insisting that he be appointed to control several trusts proposed in the plan.

  • February 9, 2016

    Hyperdynamics Unit Says Partner Is Hindering Contract Row

    A unit of Houston-based oil and gas driller Hyperdynamics Corp. accused Tullow Guinea Ltd. in Texas federal court Monday of trying to stall proceedings in a case alleging the company and another partner driller used a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation as an excuse to fall through on a petroleum exploration agreement.

  • February 9, 2016

    5th Circ. Revives Barge Co.'s Malicious Prosecution Suit

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Monday revived a barge manufacturer's allegations of malicious prosecution against the U.S. government that had been barred by statute of limitations, finding the company couldn't have found out sooner that federal agents kept up an environmental investigation in order to continue their affair.

  • February 9, 2016

    Texas Court Revives Workers' Comp Bid In 'Imbecility' Case

    A Texas appellate court ruled Tuesday that a state judge had applied an overly restrictive definition of “imbecility” — a vague 100-year-old term used in a state law governing workers' compensation claims — and revived an injured man’s suit seeking benefits from Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Tips For Handling Office Romances

    Robert Dolinko

    While some office romances end unremarkably, others could form the basis for sexual harassment lawsuits with the potential to cost employers millions of dollars. With Valentine's Day approaching, there's no better time of year for employers to be proactive about mitigating the potential liability, disruption or embarrassment that can arise from sexual harassment claims, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • How Does Skadden Stay No. 1?

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Analyzing the reasons why clients choose certain firms reveals a great deal about what is important and valued in the marketplace. Based on interviews with a random sample of over 600 heads of legal in the largest U.S. organizations, Elizabeth Duffy, vice president of Acritas US Inc., identifies the core brand drivers of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • OPINION: The Road To Partnership Must Keep Evolving

    Daniel L. Butcher

    In a recent Law360 article it was suggested that promotion to partner was a competition between associates and that taking maternity, paternity or family medical leave could impact an associate's chances at promotion. But this sort of ethos — which may have contributed to law firms’ success in the past — is not the best way to secure the industry's future, says Daniel Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price LLP.

  • Rodeo Associations Fail To Rein In Each Other In Round 1

    Bruce D. Sokler

    Last week, a Texas federal court denied the Elite Rodeo Association’s preliminary injunction motion to block the enforcement of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's bylaws, and also denied the PRCA’s motion to dismiss on the ERA’s Section 2 claim. In reaching that conclusion, the court had to address and distinguish a host of arguably applicable sports antitrust cases, say Bruce Sokler and Farrah Short of Mintz Levin Cohn F... (continued)

  • Has Gene By Gene Unzipped TCPA Insurance Exclusions?

    Joshua A. Mooney

    Evanston Insurance v. Gene By Gene Ltd. in Texas district court addresses a new twist on an insurer's Telephone Consumer Protection Act exclusion, in effect limiting it to underlying marketing claims involving junk faxes or spam email. Some might herald this decision as a judicial scaling back of the exclusion, but such proclamations would be premature, says Joshua Mooney at White and Williams LLP.

  • Man Vs. Machine: The New Era Of Self-Driven Cars

    Kimberly L. Wald

    Although self-driven cars are a very new development, many different companies, like Google, Tesla and Nissan are scrambling to develop a foothold in this arena. Self-driving cars have already raised a host of legal issues, and states are already introducing new legislation to try and keep up with the fast pace of progress, says Kimberly Wald at Kelley Uustal PLC.

  • Restrictive Covenants: The Law In Flux

    Nicholas J. Boyle

    The rules for testing the legality of restrictive covenants vary greatly among states, and recent decisions from several courts illustrate the point, both with respect to the framework for considering such covenants, and specifically regarding the reformation of overbroad covenants. As a result, employers should be wary of boilerplate contract language that has been successful in the past, say attorneys at Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • Patent Venue Wars: Episode 5 — 5th Circ.

    Robert M. Isackson

    Despite the relatively low success rate for venue transfer motions in the Fifth Circuit, where plausible, it generally appears worth the effort to pursue transfer, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • De Facto Patent Reform In The Eastern District Of Texas

    Lionel M. Lavenue

    Although Congress has not changed the patent laws recently, things are definitely changing in the Eastern District of Texas, with movement in Section 101 challenges and attorneys' fees, and on stays pending validity challenges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Cicero On Legal Advocacy

    Eliot J. Walker

    Today’s lawyers might be surprised to find that the teachings of Cicero remain relevant to modern practice. In recognition of the ancient Roman orator's birthday this month, Skiermont Derby LLP attorney Eliot Walker offers three practice points for lawyers and politicians plucked from Cicero’s seminal dialogue on rhetoric.