Energy Future Holdings Corp. has few immediate options to regroup after its innovative $20 billion gamble to reorganize its electricity transmission unit Oncor into a real estate investment trust appears to be history, leaving the mega-Chapter 11 in a state of costly and uncomfortable uncertainty, experts say.
An attorney punished for his behavior during a trial has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether it's fair that opposing counsel — obviously interested in the trial's outcome and in possible monetary sanctions in favor of their client — was also responsible for prosecuting his suspension, saying it's a conflict of interest.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld a Texas federal judge's ruling awarding just over a third of the $2.08 million in attorneys' fees requested in a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit accusing a hospital of overbilling, finding that the attorneys' billable hours failed to adequately break down their work.
A Texas federal jury on Thursday recommended awarding a combined $3.18 million to six current and former employees of the Donna Independent School District who claimed they were demoted and had their pay reduced in retaliation for opposing certain board of trustee members during a 2014 election.
The U.S. government is fighting a bid by Florida and Texas banking associations to revive their challenge of an Internal Revenue Service rule requiring disclosures of accounts held by foreigners, telling the U.S. Supreme Court the D.C. Circuit correctly ruled the Anti-Injunction Act bars the suit.
The Federal Circuit's resounding rejection Friday of a call for tighter venue rules in patent cases will definitely not be the last word on the contentious issue, but those seeking to keep patent suits out of the Eastern District of Texas must now set their sights on Congress, attorneys say.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has resolved racial discrimination claims brought by a black former employee who alleged she was fired for using the wrong parking garage, according to a Friday filing in Texas federal court.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told the Fifth Circuit on Friday that its rulemaking over Texas and Oklahoma’s regional haze plans had nationwide implications, meaning the D.C. Circuit is the only place Texas and other parties can challenge the rule.
Blank check company Landcadia Holdings Inc. filed an initial public offering of stock on Thursday at a maximum price of $345 million to acquire a hospitality enterprise, the latest in a string of such companies to go public this year.
A Texas attorney recently sentenced to 16 years in prison for a money laundering scheme demanded the dismissal of separate charges Friday, saying governmental misconduct should end claims he bilked a Nevada contractor out of $32 million, but if not, the local U.S. Attorney’s Office should be disqualified.
Texas firm Burt Barr & Associates LLP asked a federal judge on Friday to permanently dismiss a former client’s malpractice suit accusing the firm of failing to take the necessary steps for her to collect on a $3 million sexual harassment suit judgment, saying she has failed to show the ability to collect.
Local telephone providers are suing telecommunications company Level 3 Communications in Texas federal court for withholding fees for some long-distance wireless calls, arguing that a judge's previous decision in related multidistrict litigation requires those fees to be paid.
An child abducted by his mother must return to Honduras under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction because it is unclear that the 6-year-old is “well settled” in New Orleans, a Fifth Circuit panel ruled Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a bid by Texas voters to vacate a stay enacted by the Fifth Circuit in October 2014 that kept a controversial voter identification law on the books, giving the circuit court more time to make a ruling in the pending case.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday proposed $225 million in civil penalties and disgorgement for a Total SA unit and two of its employees for allegedly devising a scheme to manipulate natural gas prices in the southwestern U.S. between June 2009 and June 2012.
The Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a retired U.S. Army colonel’s conviction for a scheme to procure contracts intended for disadvantaged businesses but vacated his two-year prison sentence after concluding that a lower court inflated the amount the government lost due to the fraud.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday reversed an $8.7 million judgment in favor of a man who was paralyzed in a Tractor Supply Co. of Texas LP warehouse incident, finding that because he was covered by workers' compensation insurance, the award should have been barred by law.
The Federal Circuit on Friday denied liquid sweetener company TC Heartland LLC’s request for new restrictions on where patent suits can be filed, rejecting an argument that would have effectively barred most suits from the patent hotbed of the Eastern District of Texas.
The Texas Supreme Court said Friday that the heart of a Houston air quality law is preempted by the state's Clean Air Act, handing a victory to an industry group including ExxonMobil Corp. and Dow Chemical Co. that had challenged the law.
An investor dispute about hiring and firing counsel that derailed a wind energy venture's pursuit of a $70 million arbitral award from a Chinese former business partner has been resolved, according to a Thursday filing in Texas federal court.
While I am confident that the decisions in Windsor and Obergefell were made on the basis of the dictates of the Constitution, I am also confident that the communications efforts undertaken gave the justices additional comfort to make the right call, and ensured that these decisions were not treated as a Roe v. Wade redux, says Liz Mair, former online communications director for the Republican National Committee and president of Mair Strategies.
While the U.S. Supreme Court has indicated there is some hope for a final resolution over the Obama administration's immigration action, in reality, the chances of a decision one way or another on all of the issues presented is unlikely, and we will likely have a new president and different Congress when we get the final word on the validity of the policy at issue, says Sujata Ajmera at Strasburger & Price LLP.
Recently proposed regulations that would create sweeping changes to the federal income tax treatment of related-party debt could also have far-reaching effects for state income tax purposes, particularly on the deductibility of intercompany interest expenses in states that do not adopt consolidated returns or similar rules, say Jeffrey Friedman and Madison Barnett of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
Dentons is two different law firm networks in one. So even if the Swiss verein structure should eventually fail and Dentons is forced to operate as a network of independent law firms, it could still be a significant market force, says Mark A. Cohen, a recovering civil trial lawyer and the founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.
North Texas recently experienced a series of significant hailstorms, bringing up issues commonly associated with insurance claims arising from multiple events over a short period of time, like how to calculate multiple deductibles and when to provide notice, says David Winter at Zelle LLP.
As recently demonstrated by a federal district court in Connecticut, because states have a relatively easy standard to meet when proving that e-waste recycling programs match state interests, it's not clear that future challenges to such programs on equal protection bases will be successful at the trial court level, says Joseph Kakesh at Wiley Rein LLP.
The determination of whether an oil producer may avoid the burdens of a gathering agreement through rejection in bankruptcy has boiled down to whether the agreement "runs with the land." The applicable state requirement of when an agreement runs with the land will not only determine bankruptcy disputes, but will also inform the negotiation of future gathering agreements, say Michael Connelly and David Fournier of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
While PACER is a powerful tool for gaining information, practitioners should keep in mind that certain flaws often cause lawyers to be omitted from cases they’ve worked on or to show up associated with the wrong firm. These errors build up across aggregate records, tainting any conclusions drawn from such data — often to a surprising extent, according to Brian Howard, a legal data scientist at Lex Machina.
In this article, attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the most significant cases and government investigations that affected corporate executives in the first three months of 2016.
A proposed tax rule in Texas does not comport with the common-sense meaning of the term “produced,” which has previously been interpreted to mean making a physical change to an item, rather than merely adding intangible property. The rule will likely have the undesirable effect of stifling information technology and pharmaceutical development by Texas taxpayers, say attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery LLP.