Texas

  • June 24, 2016

    Nationwide Gets Texas High Court OK To Push Case To Ohio

    Nationwide Insurance Co. of America can force a dispute with one of its former agents to be heard in Ohio under a forum selection clause despite having participated for years in Texas litigation with the agent, the Texas Supreme Court held Friday.

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas High Court To Review Dallas Mag 'Welfare Queen' Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a Dallas-based news and lifestyle magazine’s appeal of a decision that kept alive a defamation suit over an article called “The Park Cities Welfare Queen.”

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas IP Firm Accused Of Stealing Client's Invention

    A Texas inventor filed suit against intellectual property litigation boutique Matthews Lawson McCutcheon & Joseph PLLC, alleging that he and his co-inventor hired the firm to protect their tanker truck patent, only to see his attorneys and the co-inventor steal the technology and start their own company.

  • June 24, 2016

    Insurer, CF Drop Clashing Suits Over TX Explosion Coverage

    Ironshore Specialty Insurance Co. and the ammonium nitrate maker whose product blew up a Texas fertilizer plant in 2013 dropped dueling suits against each other but left open the possibility that either action could be revived with amended claims, according to a pair of filings in federal court.

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas Justices Say Workers' Comp Deals Must Follow Formula

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismantled a workers’ compensation settlement American Home Assurance Co. had reached, saying the insurer’s agreement to pay an injured worker supplemental income benefits didn’t comply with strict statutory formulas.

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas AG Reaches Deal With Disbarred Immigration Atty

    The Texas Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that it has secured an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction overhauling an immigration firm previously operated by a now-disbarred attorney accused of seeking asylum for immigrants who were ineligible, causing them to be placed in removal proceedings.

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas High Court Swats Employee's West Nile Virus Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday determined that Union Pacific Railroad Co. is shielded from a worker's suit alleging that he was infected with the West Nile virus on the job, because state common law limits a property owner's liability for harm from indigenous animals.

  • June 24, 2016

    Goodrich Seeks Emergency Hearing On Asset Bidding Rules

    After failing to come to terms with its first lien lenders on bid procedures for a proposed bankruptcy sale, oil and gas driller Goodrich Petroleum Corp. asked a Texas federal judge for an emergency hearing to approve the company's proposed bidding rules and schedule.

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas High Court Backs Atty Disbarment In Mineral Lease Suit

    An attorney disbarred for knowingly making false statements and engaging in dishonest or fraudulent conduct in a suit over mineral lease rights had his disbarment upheld by the Texas Supreme Court on Friday.

  • June 24, 2016

    Dallas Jury Awards $142M In Day Care Infant Death Suit

    A Dallas County jury on Thursday, after about a day of deliberations, awarded a $142 million verdict to the family of an infant who died after being swaddled and laid down for a nap.

  • June 24, 2016

    Pepsi Asbestos Jurisdiction Row Lands In Texas High Court

    The Supreme Court of Texas said Friday it will hear a jurisdictional dispute in a lawsuit brought by a PepsiCo Inc. subsidiary over an allegedly secret $308 million asbestos settlement, after an appeals court found the facts of the case were sufficiently connected to Texas despite the companies' nonresident status.

  • June 24, 2016

    Sony Settles Network-1 Suit After Fed. Circ. Upholds Patent

    Sony Corp. has agreed to pay Network-1 Technologies Inc. for a license for its ethernet patent to settle Network-1's infringement claim against it in Texas federal court, the Network-1 announced Friday, almost a year after after the Federal Circuit rebuffed Sony's bid to have the patent declared invalid.

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas Justices Redefine Nuisance In $2M Pipeline Noise Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday set a new standard for nuisance claims — a legal concept so unclear that it has been called “the law’s garbage can” — in a ruling that remanded for a new trial a $2 million case accusing an EnLink Midstream LLC subsidiary of running too-noisy compressors.

  • June 24, 2016

    Bereaved Parents Ask 5th Circ. To Rehear Honda Airbag Suit

    The parents of a young woman who died in a car crash because of an alleged airbag design defect asked the entire Fifth Circuit on Thursday to hear their case, saying a lower court summary judgment in favor of American Honda Motor Co. denied them their right to a civil jury trial.

  • June 24, 2016

    Milestone Apartments REIT Scores $46M Loan From Lincoln

    Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust has secured $46.2 million in financing from insurance firm Lincoln Financial Group for a pair of multifamily properties in Plano, Texas, according to a Friday announcement from Milestone's broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP.

  • June 24, 2016

    Attys Off Hook For Malpractice Because Texas Judge Erred

    The Texas Supreme Court said Friday it was judicial error, not attorney negligence, that led to a usury judgment against the lawyers' clients, holding that the Stone & Associates LLP attorneys fighting the resulting malpractice claim couldn't have reasonably anticipated the trial court's error.

  • June 24, 2016

    SEC Says Breitling Energy CEO Directed $80M Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday sued the head of Texas oil and gas firm Breitling Energy Corp., claiming that he orchestrated a fraud with seven colleagues that scammed investors out of $80 million over a five-year period and spent millions in investor funds on strip clubs and other personal expenses.

  • June 24, 2016

    Texas Biz Groups Urge Pausing Of DOL's 'Persuader' Rule

    A Minnesota federal judge’s decision not to temporarily block implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor's controversial "persuader" rule should have no bearing on a related Texas federal case where business groups are seeking the same result, they argued Thursday.

  • June 24, 2016

    Proskauer Says Investor Group Can't Sue Over Stanford Scam

    Proskauer Rose LLP has again urged a Texas federal judge to toss an investor committee’s allegations that it helped Robert Allen Stanford conceal his $7 billion Ponzi scheme from investigators, saying the Fifth Circuit has barred nonclients from suing over the firm’s representation of Stanford.

  • June 23, 2016

    What Attys Should Know About High Court Immigration Tie

    The U.S. Supreme Court's deadlock Thursday on a challenge to President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration puts millions of immigrants in long-term legal limbo and leaves unanswered important questions about presidential power. Here, Law360 breaks down what attorneys should know about the decision.

Expert Analysis

  • Texas Extends 'Accommodation Doctrine' To Groundwater

    Anthony B. Cavender

    The Texas Supreme Court's recent decision in Coyote Lake Ranch v. City of Lubbock can be seen as a predictable evolution in the court’s approach to groundwater and the need to access this resource in a fair and reasonable manner, says Anthony Cavender at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Lessons From NFL Player's Case Against Financial Adviser

    David J. Lisko

    Professional athletes and those advising them should take a close look at the mistakes Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden made in trusting his former manager and financial adviser, Michael Eugene Vick, who allegedly misappropriated $15 million of McFadden’s money, say David Lisko and Philippa Balestrieri of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • The Face Of Patent Litigation After Federal Rules Amendments

    Marc Pensabene

    In the past five years, patent litigation has seen the implementation of the America Invents Act and several significant U.S. Supreme Court cases. These changes have tipped the balance of power a little more in the direction of the accused infringers, and the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are likely to have a further impact on that balance, say Marc Pensabene and Sarah Pfeiffer of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • 5 Steps For Creating An LGBT-Supportive Workplace

    Jim S. McNeill

    Law governing LGBT workplace protections is in flux, and largely does not keep pace with the opinion of society. To stay one step ahead, proactive employers should consider taking steps to ensure their workplace is LGBT-supportive. Doing so will not only mitigate future liability, but it will telegraph to employees that management believes in an inclusive and diverse workforce, say Jim McNeill and Peter Stockburger at Dentons.

  • Easing The Burden Of Affordable Housing Mandates

    Chuck Reed

    As affordable housing zoning ordinances proliferate across the country, landowners and developers have an opportunity to shape them to lessen their detrimental impacts, before the ordinance is even adopted, says Chuck Reed, special counsel at Hopkins & Carley and former mayor of San Jose, California.

  • Redefining The Focus Of Federal And State Equal Pay Laws

    Susan Gross Sholinsky

    While the federal government has not enhanced its own equal pay law, the current administration has made clear that equality in the workplace is a priority. State and local governments have taken it upon themselves to create more protections for employees, and there are several different elements employers should consider as they prepare for the possibility of defending cases under the new amendments, say attorneys at Epstein Becker Green LLP.

  • 'Taking My Talents To South Beach': Law Firm Version

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    LeBron James has established his worth by tangible metrics. He cashed in on a free agent bonanza fueled by the NBA’s economic model that supports his regal compensation. But such is not the case when it comes to first-year associate salaries of $180,000 at certain law firms and $2,000 an hour billing rates for certain partners, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Your 401(k) Plan: A Ticking Time Bomb Of Liability?

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    No one understands the concept and obligations of “fiduciary duty” better than legal professionals — and yet, many law firm partners and principals may be overlooking a significant source of liability in their practices, says Tom Zgainer, CEO and founder of America’s Best 401k.