A former art director for Dallas-based marketing agency Moroch Partners LP on Friday sued the company for allegedly discriminating against his religious beliefs when his co-workers created a satirical website that features images of Jesus in “offensive, blasphemous and secular situations.”
A Texas watchdog group has asked Austin’s district attorney to launch a formal criminal investigation into the Republican candidate for state attorney general after he admitted signing up clients for an investment firm without registering with the state, the group announced Friday.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday reversed a trial court's judgment that an attorney breached his contract with another attorney in a separate lawsuit and remanded the case for further proceedings, finding the court erred in its submission of one of the jury questions.
A shareholder trying to sue the directors of Transocean Ltd. in a derivative suit in Texas over their alleged mishandling of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and its aftermath will have to take her case to Switzerland if she wants to continue, a Texas appeals court ruled on Thursday.
The Fifth Circuit on Friday said a district court decision to send a case back to an arbitration panel for further clarification was not a final order that could be appealed, rejecting a Nuance Communications Inc. bid to enforce an arbitration award of zero dollars to investors challenging a $45 million merger.
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price pled not guilty Friday to federal charges that he used his office and political power to obtain more than $1 million in bribes, evaded taxes on the allegedly illicit income, and helped businesses that were paying him get valuable contracts.
The merger and acquisition and public capital markets are very active and hot right now. Price-earnings multiples and debt leverage ratios are very high and continue to climb. It is a very good time to sell a profitable and growing business, says Darrell Windham of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
BNP Paribas SA and two affiliates have agreed to pay $80 million to settle the federal government’s False Claims Act suit over a scheme to fraudulently obtain government financing for international shipments under a U.S. Department of Agriculture credit program, according a Texas federal court order filed Thursday.
An Andrews Kurth LLP partner and former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigator who represented Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford will leave the firm, which says his departure is unrelated to its settlement last month of a $51 million malpractice suit involving the partner.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday affirmed a judgment that requires Sempra Energy Trading LLC to pay its former managing director back salary, severance and additional bonuses he was promised orally by the company’s former CEO but never got in writing.
Canada-based Olymbec Group bought a 49-story office tower in downtown Dallas from Berkeley Investments Inc. that’s home to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Neiman Marcus and a unit of Southcross Energy Partners, broker CBRE announced Thursday.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday refused to throw out a $24.5 million judgment against Forest Oil Corp. over the contamination of a contracted landowner’s property with radioactive material and other waste, finding it is not clear that a member of the arbitration panel that issued the award was biased.
A Texas federal judge has granted an emergency motion from Halliburton Co. to stay discovery in a securities class action involving liability from asbestos litigation while the issue of class certification is revisited following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark June decision in the case.
The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday remanded a class action brought against oil and gas producer Denbury Onshore LLC to Louisiana state court, denying a bid by the company to remove the suit — filed by lessors and royalty owners claiming damages over the negligent operation of a failed well — to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act.
Breitburn Energy Partners LP has agreed to buy QR Energy LP in a deal valuing QR Energy at $3 billion including debt that will make Breitburn the largest oil producer organized as a master limited partnership, the companies said Thursday.
A Texas appeals court on Wednesday reversed a $1.1 million judgment against DLA Piper, finding that the former majority shareholder of defunct security technology company IdentiPHI Inc. lacked standing to pursue his claims against the firm.
Rockstar Consortium LP, a patent-licensing group backed by tech giants including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Inc., urged a Texas federal judge to reject prior art references by Google intended to invalidate the seven asserted patents, saying that Google's tactic violates discovery rules.
Defense contractor DynCorp International LLC was hit with a breach of contract suit Wednesday in Texas federal court by subcontractor C3PO International Ltd., which alleges DynCorp’s decision to abandon a C3PO-constructed facility in Afghanistan following a bomb blast cost the company over $9 million in lost revenue.
I have been involved in a deal where the lawyers of one of the parties spent three hours giving comments to the first nine pages of a 100-plus page indenture. Those lawyers obtained a lot of favorable provisions for their client — up until the time their client got kicked out of the deal, says Quan Vu of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.
A Texas judge is expected to award Energy Transfer Partners LP more than $500 million after the company won a jury finding that Enterprise Products Partners LP had breached a partnership agreement to build a crude oil pipeline, sources say.
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.
Judge Jane Boyle of the Northern District of Texas in Hamilton Properties v. American Insurance Co. addressed issues common in hundreds — if not thousands — of pending Texas hail damage lawsuits, and took strong action in response to such suits, says Brett Wallingford of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.
The trend of indexing minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index will have significant, long-term implications for states and municipalities, telling us two things: minimum wage rates will likely continue to rise annually and will bring with them an increase in potential wage liability exposure for employers, say James McNeill and Peter Stockburger of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.
It only took the threat of a 10 cent cost increase to make people bring their own bags to Bay Area grocery stores. What if we gave partners an extra $10,000 for increasing diversity in their firms? asks Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner Patricia Gillette.
Any practitioner considering predictive coding should fully consider Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen’s reasoning in Progressive Casualty Insurance v. Delaney and the potential pitfalls associated with failure to consistently cooperate, say Emily Cobb and Annamaria Enenajor of Ropes & Gray LLP.