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  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    21 At Texas Med. Center Charged In Massive Bribery Scheme

    Nearly two dozen founders of and investors in a physician-owned health care facility in Dallas have been charged in connection with roughly $40 million in bribes and kickbacks paid for patient referrals, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday in Texas federal court.

  • December 1, 2016

    Law Firm That Sued Ex-Client For Bad Review Hit With Fees

     A Texas judge last week sided with a woman who had been sued by her former attorneys after posting negative reviews about their services on Yelp and Facebook, tossing the case and ordering The Law Offices of Tuan A. Khuu & Associates pay about $27,000 in attorney's fees.

  • December 1, 2016

    Enviros Fight DOE Approval Of LNG Exports At DC Circ.

    The Sierra Club on Wednesday urged the D.C. Circuit to strike down approvals for natural gas export projects in Texas and Louisiana, saying the U.S. Department of Energy should have analyzed the environmental impacts of climate change and new gas production sparked by the projects.

  • December 1, 2016

    Nursing Home, Hospital Caused Woman's Death, Jury Told

    The family of a mentally ill woman who died of pneumonia urged a Texas jury Thursday to find a nursing home and a hospital liable for her death, saying the nursing home neglected her and the hospital wrongfully recognized a do-not-resuscitate document that she signed while unable to care for herself.

  • December 1, 2016

    PE-Backed Energy Developer WildHorse Launches $550M IPO

    Private-equity-backed oil and gas explorer WildHorse Resource Development set terms of a $550 million initial public offering Thursday, guided by Vinson & Elkins LLP, marking the latest energy developer to return to public capital markets.

  • December 1, 2016

    Payment Processor Outsourced Work, Stole $60M, Co. Says

    MyAdvertising Pays Limited, a marketing company that pays people to watch advertisements, filed a lawsuit in Texas federal court Thursday alleging its payment processor, VX Gateway Corp., was actually outsourcing that job to third parties and stole about $60 million in funds.

  • December 1, 2016

    CareTrust REIT Pays $96M For Texas Portfolio

    California-based CareTrust REIT said Thursday it has acquired three skilled nursing facilities and one skilled nursing campus in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at a purchase price of approximately $95.9 million, including transaction costs.

  • December 1, 2016

    Bennu Oil & Gas Files For Ch. 7 Bankruptcy In Texas

    Bennu Oil and Gas LLC, a 3-year-old company focused on offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico, on Wednesday filed a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Texas, saying it has shuttered operations.

  • December 1, 2016

    Texas Jury Slaps Mortgage Lenders, CEO With $93M Verdict

    Two mortgage brokers once among the largest in the nation and their CEO must pay a $93 million verdict that is subject to trebling after a Houston federal jury ruled they tricked the federal government into covering thousands of risky loans.

  • December 1, 2016

    3rd J&J Hip Implant Bellwether Delivers $1B Verdict

    A Texas federal jury on Thursday found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit liable for more than $1.04 billion in a six-plaintiff bellwether trial targeting metal-shedding artificial hips that are part of its Pinnacle line, dwarfing the $150 million verdict J&J is on the hook for after a previous bellwether.

  • December 1, 2016

    Biz Groups Seek $500K In Fees For Persuader Rule Challenge

    A handful of business groups that led a successful challenge of the U.S. Department of Labor’s so-called persuader rule, which expanded employers’ disclosure requirements related to union-organizing campaigns, asked a Texas federal court Wednesday to award them nearly $500,000 in attorneys’ fees.

  • December 1, 2016

    Oil Co. Wants To Nix 2nd FLSA Collective Action Cert. Bid

    Stuart Petroleum Testers Inc. told a Texas federal judge on Wednesday to deny a second bid to certify a collective action alleging the oil company failed to pay overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, saying the worker who filed suit has failed to offer evidence of similarly situated individuals or that others want to join the suit.

  • December 1, 2016

    Verizon Hit With IP Suit Over 4G LTE Network Tech

    The owner of a portfolio of former SkyTel intellectual property Wednesday accused Verizon Wireless of unlawfully using its patented technology to support the mobile company’s 4G LTE networks in Texas federal court.

  • December 1, 2016

    Texas Lawmaker Proposes Creating A 15th Appellate Court

    A bill filed Wednesday by a Texas lawmaker would establish the state's Fifteenth Court of Appeals, to hear cases from Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties, all of which are under the jurisdiction of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals.

  • December 1, 2016

    Quantlab Must Name $12.2M Trade Secret, 5th Circ. Told

    A founder of a stock trading firm that was ordered to pay $12.2 million for taking source code from rival Quantlab Technologies Ltd. has told the Fifth Circuit that his defense was disadvantaged because he didn’t know what trade secrets he was accused of stealing.

  • December 1, 2016

    EEOC Says Trucking Co. Illegally Passed Over Bipolar Vet

    A Texas refrigerated trucking company violated federal law when it failed to hire a U.S. Air Force veteran because he takes medicine to treat bipolar disorder, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Texas federal court.

  • December 1, 2016

    DOL Tells Court It Will Take OT Rule Battle To 5th Circ.

    On the same day that its rule expanding overtime protection to more than 4 million workers had been scheduled to take effect, the U.S. Department of Labor informed a Texas federal court Thursday that it will appeal a recent nationwide injunction that blocked the rule’s implementation.

  • December 1, 2016

    Retailers Face Patent Suits Over Mobile Web GPS Feature

    A patent holder launched a number of lawsuits in Texas federal court on Wednesday against retailers including Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC., Home Depot Inc. and Nordstrom Inc., accusing the companies of infringing its technology for accessing pinpointed store locations using smartphone or tablet GPS features.

  • December 1, 2016

    Judge Denies Enron Investors' Bid To Retry UBS Suit

    A Texas federal judge has declined to rethink her dismissal of a proposed class action claiming UBS Financial brokers hid Enron's fraud from retail investors, saying that investors waited too long to try to fix their claims.

Expert Analysis

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • Endgame Scenarios For The Persuader Rule

    Jennifer Bickley Hull

    The U.S. Department of Labor's "persuader rule" would make basic information about private consultations between employers and outside labor relations consultants subject to reporting and disclosure. But a permanent injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas blocking the rule nationwide, as well as the imminent onset of the Trump administration, likely means the rule is doomed, say Jennifer Hull and Ryan Funk of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • What If The Government Says A False Claim Isn't False?

    Mark Strauss

    The False Claims Act lets whistleblowers with evidence of fraud against the government bring civil suits and recover damages on the government’s behalf. But what if a government agency denies being defrauded, and declares its willingness to keep paying the allegedly false claims? This question — which may be relevant under the Trump administration — is raised by Harman v. Trinity, now before the Fifth Circuit, says Mark Strauss of ... (continued)

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • How Late Is Too Late To Amend Insurance Appraisals?

    Summer L. Frederick

    One of the newest issues to arise in the appraisal process is whether policyholders can amend pleadings to include additional claims at the dispositive motion stage. Summer Frederick of Zelle LLP discusses the factors used to determine whether amendments are allowed, and the question of whether amendments can be used as an end run around existing laws.

  • What History Tells Us About Obama's Antiquities Act Legacy

    John Freemuth

    As the end of the Obama administration approaches there is renewed attention on President Barack Obama's use of the Antiquities Act of 1906. While almost every U.S. president has used his authority under this act to create new national monuments, its use has fueled tensions between the federal government and states over land control, say John Freemuth and Mackenzie Case of Boise State University.

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Beyond Bean Counting: How Legal Can Add True Value

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    For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.