• November 25, 2015

    Texas Appeals Court Dumps Longview's $600M Shale Win

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday tossed an estimated $600 million judgment against Huff Energy Fund LP over Eagle Ford Shale mineral rights, ruling there was insufficient evidence to find Longview Energy Co. had a legitimate opportunity to obtain the disputed property.

  • November 25, 2015

    5th Circ. Upholds $156M Antitrust Award Over Steel Boycott

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a $156 million damages award in steel distributor MM Steel LP’s antitrust suit against manufacturer JSW Steel USA Inc., ruling substantial evidence was presented at trial to conclude that JSW knowingly conspired with MM Steel’s rival distributors to refuse to deal with the company.

  • November 25, 2015

    Texas AG, Others Support Obamacare Tax Row In High Court

    Attorneys general for Texas, Florida and eight other states urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to consider a petition challenging the tax on individuals opting out of Affordable Care Act insurance, saying the measure wasn’t enacted constitutionally.

  • November 25, 2015

    Honda, Others Hit With IP Suits Over Remote Control Apps

    Honda, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and a host of other automakers were hit Wednesday with lawsuits in Texas federal court by a device patent company claiming all of the manufacturers are infringing on a patent that covers customized consumer products created over the Internet with apps that control car functions.

  • November 25, 2015

    Enviros Blast Texas Agency Over Delayed Pollution Permits

    Local and national environmental groups filed suit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in state court Wednesday, challenging the agency’s failure to take action on eight pending air pollution permits requested by companies including BP and Exxon.

  • November 25, 2015

    Texas AG Shuts Down 'Unlawful' Dating Service

    A Massachusetts dating service company will cease operations in Texas according to the terms of a final judgment it entered into with the state Tuesday, following allegations it defrauded customers out of their money by pressuring consumers into expensive contracts for dating services they never received.

  • November 25, 2015

    Jackson Walker Nabs 2 Appellate Pros From Sutherland

    A former Texas appeals court justice and a former state principal deputy solicitor general will take over the appellate group at Jackson Walker LLP in Austin after heading Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP’s appellate practice, drawing on their experience navigating high-profile matters, the firm announced on Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    Halliburton Can't Stay Investor Suit For 5th Circ. Appeal

    A Texas federal court Tuesday denied Halliburton Co.’s request to stay proceedings pending a Fifth Circuit appeal of an order certifying an investor class action that’s made two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the delay would prejudice investor claims that have been pending since 2002.

  • November 25, 2015

    Ex-Food Network Star Sues Developer Over Texas Restaurant

    A restaurateur who appeared on the reality TV series "The Next Food Network Star" in 2008 has hit a developer, landlord and project manager hired to build her new restaurant Shelby Hall in Dallas with a suit in Texas federal court, claiming the developer unlawfully broke their lease agreement after running into cost issues that prolonged construction.

  • November 25, 2015

    O'Quinn Says Insurer's Win In Billing Suit Flouts Rulings

    New case law demands a Texas federal court take another look at last year's ruling that Lexington Insurance Co. wasn't responsible for covering the $46.5 million class action settlement of a suit accusing The O'Quinn Law Firm of overbilling clients in suits over defective breast implants, the firm told the court Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Burleson Closure Reveals Downside To Boom-Fueled Growth

    Monday’s sudden announcement that Burleson LLP would be closing its doors at the end of 2015 highlights the wide-reaching impact of the ongoing downturn in energy prices and should serve as a warning to firms considering rapid growth.

  • November 24, 2015

    Michelin Doesn't Have To Open Up Plant In Texas Injury Suit

    A Texas appeals court on Tuesday found that the family of two boys injured in a car accident allegedly caused by a defective Michelin tire should not be allowed to inspect the facility where the tire was produced because the plant’s current manufacturing processes are different from those used when the tire was made.

  • November 24, 2015

    Munsch Hardt Adds Ex-Cantey Hanger Tax Whiz In Dallas

    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC has announced that a Cantey Hanger LLP partner and former Internal Revenue Service official has joined its Dallas office, bolstering the firm’s corporate and securities practice with his extensive background in the tax and business arenas.

  • November 24, 2015

    Real Estate Rumors: TIAA, NewcrestImage, Charter Schools

    TIAA-CREF has reportedly dropped nearly $150 million on a Mountain View, California, office property, Texas developer NewcrestImage is said to have scored $28 million for a hotel project and Charter Schools USA has reportedly paid $15.5 million to buy one of its school buildings near Hollywood, Florida.

  • November 24, 2015

    Aramark Settles Race, Sex Bias Claims From DOL

    Federal contractor Aramark has agreed to pay back wages to over 300 African-American and male employees the Department of Labor said were denied food service jobs on the basis of race and sex, the agency announced Monday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Texas Seeks Delay In Supreme Court Immigration Appeal

    Texas on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to answer the Obama administration's appeal of a ruling that blocked executive actions on immigration, a move that could delay a ruling from the high court until after the president leaves office.

  • November 24, 2015

    5th Circ. Axes Debtors' Garnishment Over Cuban Trafficking

    A company that was hit with a garnishment judgment to help meet a shipbuilder client's $80 million judgment in a human trafficking suit won a major victory Monday when the Fifth Circuit found that state laws preempted the garnishment and ordered the money returned.

  • November 23, 2015

    Justices Asked To Flip FCA Intent Ruling In State Farm Case

    A criminal defense lawyers organization urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to reverse the Fifth Circuit's ruling that State Farm submitted a fraudulent Hurricane Katrina claim, saying the False Claims Act's intent requirement wasn't met because there was no proof that any of the insurer's employees knew the claim was false.

  • November 23, 2015

    Texas Pol Gets 1 Year For Barratry In Kickbacks Plot

    A Texas jury sentenced a state politician to one year in prison Monday, after convicting him on five barratry charges for an alleged scheme in which he and attorneys paid kickbacks to the owner of several chiropractic clinics, a district attorney's office said Monday.

  • November 23, 2015

    Burleson To Close Entire Firm At The End Of The Year

    Citing a downturn in revenues due to decreasing oil prices, Houston-based energy firm Burleson LLP will close all five of its offices by the end of the year, managing partner Richard Burleson confirmed Monday, saying that nearly 60 attorneys remain as the firm begins winding down.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

    James Maiwurm.jpg

    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • 5th Circ. Clarifies And Complicates Choice-Of-Law Analysis

    Michael D. Karpeles

    As companies grow and expand into multiple states, determining the applicable law for restrictive covenants can be puzzling. In a case related to the merger of Prosperity Bank in Texas and F&M Bank in Oklahoma, the Fifth Circuit provides a useful road map, but also demonstrates that there is no certainty that the chosen law will be enforced against employees in other states, says Michael Karpeles of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Avoiding Gamesmanship In Appointing Appraisal Umpires

    G. Brian Odom

    A recent decision by the San Antonio Court of Appeals has made it harder for parties looking for a level playing field in the process of seeking a court-appointed umpire for property insurance disputes, says Brian Odom at Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.

  • FinCEN Expands Data Collection Geography Beyond Banking

    Heather A. Kabele

    Over the last 15 months the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has issued five geographic targeting orders aimed at data collection that reach beyond the traditional banking sector into the armored car, common carrier and fashion sectors, says Heather Kabele at Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Ins And Outs Of US Trusted Traveler Programs


    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in November plans to expand to citizens of the United Kingdom the benefits of the Global Entry program, which permits expedited processing through CBP upon arrival to the United States. Effective Dec. 3, 2015, the expansion represents the latest step in allowing U.S. immigration and security officials to focus on higher-risk travelers, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Zigzag On Zeig: When Is Exhaustion Really Exhaustion?

    Simone R. Bonnet

    The outcome of a dispute over primary policy exhaustion turns on some combination of policy language and public policy concerns, but the relative weight given to each of these factors seems to vary between states and jurisdictions, or even within a single jurisdiction, based on court interpretations of the influential Zeig v. Massachusetts Bonding & Insurance decision, says Simone Bonnet at Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • State Statutes May Stymie Arbitration Of R&W Disputes

     Michael J. Gill

    There is a potential trap for parties choosing to arbitrate representations and warranties insurance disputes. In some jurisdictions, the parties to an R&W insurance policy may be unable to enforce the arbitration provision because of state laws. There is some good news, however, say Michael Gill and Alexandra Newman at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.