Kurdistan's regional government on Wednesday vowed to challenge the attempted seizure of more than 1 million barrels of oil from a tanker floating near Galveston, Texas, which the Iraqi government claims was pumped illegally from wells in semiautonomous Kurdistan.
Schlumberger Ltd. could be slapped with a $611,000 attorneys' fees bill plus additional sanctions if a Texas judge decides the oilfield giant’s suit accusing its former intellectual property general counsel of stealing trade secrets lacks merit, according to Tuesday court filings.
Enterprise Products Partners LP will seek a new trial against Energy Transfer Partners LP, its former ally in a crude oil pipeline project that won a $536 million judgment Tuesday after a jury found the two energy giants had formed a binding partnership to build the line.
Texas’ attorney general on Monday told the Fifth Circuit the state's ban on same-sex marriage doesn’t violate federal due process and equal rights protections, in a brief asking the appellate court to overturn a federal decision that found the law unconstitutional.
The CEO of troubled Taiwanese shipping firm TMT Group launched a suit in Texas federal court Monday, alleging that a planned bankruptcy sale of three company ships to Mega International Commercial Bank Co. Ltd. will strip him of intellectual property worth more than $100 million.
Facebook Inc. has been hit with a $123 million "revenge porn" lawsuit in Texas state court by a Facebook user who says her former friend posted doctored photos depicting sexual acts, without her knowledge or consent, "to the Facebook world of 1.23 billion subscribers worldwide."
Personal Audio LLC on Tuesday threw some punches at comedian and star podcaster Adam Carolla, accusing him of soliciting money from fans to cover legal fees even though the podcast patent-holding company had agreed to dismiss its patent infringement suit against him.
The Fifth Circuit said Monday that a Texas law that prevents charities from spending money raised through bingo games on political lobbying imposes an impermissible restriction on free speech.
Funds managed by MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC on Monday asked the Texas Supreme Court to allow them to sue units of Deutsche Bank AG and Credit Suisse AG over the failed $6.5 billion merger involving Huntsman Corp., arguing they were wrongly limited to filing derivative claims.
HTC Corp. on Tuesday lost a bid to move to California a lawsuit that alleges the company — and several others, including Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. — infringed on patents that Apple Inc.-based Rockstar Consortium US LP bought for $4.5 billion.
A Texas magistrate judge on Tuesday ruled that several patent infringement suits brought against Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and American Honda Motor Co. by American Vehicular Sciences LLC should be transferred to the Eastern District of Michigan, citing a recent Federal Circuit order.
A Texas federal judge on Monday ordered the seizure of more than 1 million barrels of oil from a tanker floating near Galveston on the basis of claims from the Iraqi government the oil was pumped illegally from wells in Kurdistan.
Waste Management Inc. is set to sell its renewable energy generation subsidiary to an affiliate of private equity firm Energy Capital Partners for $1.94 billion, the companies said Tuesday, as Waste Management attempts to focus on its core business.
Locke Lord LLP has bolstered its energy and corporate practices in Dallas and Houston, picking up a former Dentons partner who specializes in mergers and acquisitions, development projects and financing for energy companies, the firm announced Monday.
Jones Morris Klevenhagen LLP has been slapped with a $6 million malpractice suit in Texas state court, which accuses the law firm of bungling a wrongful death suit against a Houston hospital and several medical providers, causing the litigation to be dismissed.
Vascular Solutions Inc. will pay $520,000 to resolve a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit accusing the company of inducing physicians to bill federal health programs like Medicare for an unapproved treatment of varicose veins, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.
Schlumberger Ltd.'s former general counsel for intellectual property asked a Texas judge on Monday to throw out a lawsuit her former employer filed against her, saying the oilfield services giant has no proof she stole trade secrets before going to work for patent holding company Acacia Research Group.
A Texas lawmaker has asked a state appeals court to reverse a judge’s decision allowing the Mostyn Law Firm to take his deposition in a $26 million lawsuit that accuses the state’s windstorm insurer of improperly denying a school district’s hurricane damage claims.
A plaintiff in a putative class action dismissed last month accusing BP PLC of failing to pay a promised $750 million in dividends to shareholders shortly after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill is appealing the decision to the Fifth Circuit.
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that prevents pollutants associated with hydraulic fracturing from contaminating groundwater in eight states, including California, Pennsylvania and Texas, is outdated and lacks sufficient muscle, according to a report released by a government watchdog on Monday.
While Texas has a reputation for being an employer-friendly state, for health care employers it’s a mixed bag as physicians garner special treatment under state law regarding noncompete covenants, says Robert Kilgore of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to the “Heart of America” for its July 31 hearing, this column will take a bit of a detour from its regular format and present a top 10 list of arguments — some strange, yet true — made in support of a particular MDL venue, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
For defendants, perhaps the most important task will be to impress upon trial judges just how rigorous plaintiffs must be to meet the Supreme Court of Texas' standard in Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific Corp. — any failure to present an opinion based on generally acceptable methodologies as to any component will doom the plaintiff to summary judgment, directed verdict or reversal on appeal, says James Smith of Porter Hedges LLP.
The Fifth Circuit's ruling in Indemnity Ins. Co. of N. Am. v. W&T Offshore Inc. is important because many believed it was implied in umbrella/excess policies that only damages covered by them would count against their retained limit — now carriers wishing to restrict damages against such limits must expressly state so in policies, says Stephen Pate of Norton Rose Fulbright.
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General resurfaced the issue of offshoring restrictions in the context of Medicaid contracts. This easily overlooked issue has been percolating to the top of the list for government agencies, state attorneys general and, perhaps, qui tam plaintiffs’ attorneys, say attorneys with Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
The Fifth Circuit opinion in Goldsby v. 804 Congress suggests that even where parties agree upon foreclosure-related fees, costs and charges before a bankruptcy, Section 506(b) of the Bankruptcy Code may still trump the provisions of their contract, says Debra McElligott of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Because Texas' workers' compensation is a "no fault" program, employees of subscribers are rarely allowed to sue their employer for damages in connection with work-related injuries, however employees of nonsubscribing employees may bring negligence and related claims as a result of on-the-job injuries, says Janet Hendrick of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
Given Tesla’s current tiny share of the U.S. auto market, the debate over Tesla’s direct sales to consumers may seem like much ado about nothing. But the direct sales model is also being studied by both new Chinese automakers and mainstream U.S. and global manufacturers as they plan their future U.S. marketing strategies, says Robert Zinn of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLP.
Nondiverse state court defendants facing purely state law claims that seek to secure federal jurisdiction should determine whether a good faith basis exists to pursue a third-party action against a federal actor in order to trigger the representative U.S. Attorney’s certification and remove such claims under the Westfall Act, say Michael Blumenfeld and Jonathan Singer of Miles & Stockbridge PC.
The Texas Supreme Court's recent ruling in Marcia Fuller French v. Occidental Permian Ltd. upheld the settled expectations of parties to oil and gas leases and confirmed they apply even with respect to enhanced recovery operations — welcome news to lessors with such operations, say Stephanie Kinzel-Tapper and Carter Williams of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.