Former Dallas Stars hockey player Aaron Rome has sued the National Hockey League and his insurance provider alleging they intentionally mishandled his disability claim and wrongfully denied him benefits after he sustained a career-ending injury, according to a suit that was removed to Texas federal court Friday.
A Texas federal judge dismissed a nonprofit’s Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the state housing agency Friday, saying the complaint can’t identify a specific practice governing the allocation of tax credits for low-income housing that creates a racially disparate impact.
The IRS on Friday objected to a Chapter 11 plan proposed in Texas bankruptcy court by the widow of business tycoon Charles Wyly, echoing concerns raised by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that there’s no way to ensure Wyly assets held in Isle of Man trusts would be transferred to fund the plan.
Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas has invalidated two retail patents that Intellectual Ventures accused J. Crew of infringing, saying they claim only abstract ideas under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision, but he decided not to invalidate a third patent.
A Texas trade group representing alcohol retailers has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resurrect a long-dormant state law requiring a year of state residency before landing an alcohol sales permit, saying a recent Fifth Circuit decision is at odds with rulings from other circuits.
Nine women seeking to intervene in a sex discrimination suit against Wal-Mart urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to reject the retail giant's arguments that their claims have been brought too late, saying there's precedent to do so because Wal-Mart settled with the former named plaintiffs.
An energy company run by oil magnate Jack Grynberg has asked arbitrators to sanction its British partner in a Cameroon drilling venture for allegedly hiring an unqualified contractor and spending too much to lease a brand-new drilling rig, according to a statement Friday.
Texas can’t enforce a state law barring beer, ale and malt liquor producers from selling regional distribution rights for their products after a Texas state judge on Thursday found the regulation unconstitutional and invalid.
An administrative law judge with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer has fined a Texas taco restaurant $33,380 for not filing employment eligibility forms for its workers, after an ex-employee alerted immigration authorities about the restaurant’s employment practices.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday tossed a class action by an investor in Harvest Natural Resources Inc. claiming the company misled investors about its financial health to keep its stock afloat, chalking up the oil field operator’s alleged deception to simple human error rather than a conspiracy to defraud shareholders.
BridgeTex Pipeline Company LLC filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston Thursday against a former business partner, Stampede Energy LLC, telling the court that Stampede breached the terms of an agreement to provide crude oil to BridgeTex and now owes it $279 million.
The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over Energy Future Holdings Corp.’s bankruptcy gave his OK on Friday to the first phase of the power giant’s Chapter 11 exit, allowing the company to spin off its major operating unit in what is hoped will be a mostly tax-free transaction.
C&J Energy Services Ltd. on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Houston against its former senior vice president and general manager, telling the court it needed immediate intervention to prevent the former employee from divulging its trade secrets to his new employer — a direct competitor where he now holds a similar leadership position.
A new suit in New York federal court hoping to narrow the scope of the block against President Barack Obama’s immigration actions is being called “novel” and “creative” by experts, but they say the case may face a tough road ahead since federal judges don’t often buck each other’s injunctions.
Texas lawyers would retain their right to vote on proposed changes to state disciplinary rules under a plan approved this week by a state legislative committee, but the much-criticized rule-making process leading up to attorney voting would be modified.
VirnetX Inc. cannot claim in a retrial that Apple Inc. willfully infringed patents for FaceTime and other technology, after the patent-holding company specifically disavowed that allegation in earlier court filings, Apple told a Texas federal judge on Wednesday.
A Texas federal court found Thursday that Cincinnati Specialty Underwriters Insurance Co. can move forward with its claim it has no duty to indemnify or defend a subcontractor facing suit for mismarking a high school running track.
The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has affirmed the denial of a labor certification for an elementary school teacher position with a Texas school district, finding that the employer did not properly post the job.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday said an arbitrator — not the courts — should decide whether a drilling worker’s claims he and others were wrongly not paid overtime compensation can be heard as a collective action or if their claims must go forward individually.
A jury in Houston on Thursday afternoon found it was not a defect in GM's ignition switch that was responsible for the 2011 wreck that injured Zachary Stevens and killed another person, clearing the automotive giant following a three-week trial in a suit brought by Stevens.
As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.
Some market watchers believe that law firms with significant energy-related practices have experienced precipitous declines in revenue and profits due to the dip in oil prices. Yet, firms continue to be bullish on Texas, and those still looking for a point of entry will jump at the right opportunity, say consultants with LawVision Group LLC.
By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.
A number of states, including Illinois, New Jersey and Ohio, could become insolvent in the next two decades. It is not too early for Congress and the next president to start planning. Both the Detroit and Puerto Rico bankruptcies were preceded by years of denial in the face of increasingly inevitable facts, says Joseph Kennedy, former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Key Energy had adopted a code of conduct, a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-corruption policy, and a procurement policy, but made no effort to ensure that these policies were enforced in Mexico. Companies continue to fall short on the compliance front by relying on local country managers, says Michael Volkov, a former federal prosecutor.
In jurisdictions where the at-will employment doctrine is recognized, employers are advised to zealously protect this right, including disclaimers in employee handbooks and other employment documents. But two recent federal appellate decisions out of the Fifth Circuit and Ninth Circuit suggest that even this hallowed doctrine is not without its limits, says Laura Lawless Robertson at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
Although the "last-antecedent canon" and the "series-qualifier canon" may sound like neutral grammatical principles, they carry different weights and are applied differently depending on the court. Ashley Johnson and Will Thompson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP explore two fundamentally different approaches by the Texas Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court.
A recent decision by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas in the case of Sanjel adds a wrinkle to the case law addressing the domestic application of foreign stays through Chapter 15, and in particular, whether it is appropriate for a bankruptcy court to modify or limit a foreign stay, says Brian Wells of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.
The court of public opinion can mete out judgments as harsh as those rendered by a court of law, which is why communications professionals and attorneys should be working together to protect their clients’ reputation and advance their legal objectives as litigation proceeds, as well as when decisions or settlements are reached, say Michael Gross and Walter Montgomery at Finsbury.