Texas

  • May 24, 2016

    Texas Tells 5th Circ. Voter ID Law Not Discriminatory

    Texas' solicitor general told an en banc panel of the Fifth Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday that the state's controversial photo identification voting law should be allowed to stand because it does not deny anyone an equal opportunity to vote.

  • May 24, 2016

    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Ex-Haynes And Boone Bankruptcy Pro

    Greenberg Traurig LLP augmented its bankruptcy practice on Tuesday, adding a seasoned partner who previously worked on both restructuring and distressed asset acquisition in energy, real estate and other sectors at Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • May 24, 2016

    Calif., Texas Produce Most Patents, USPTO Data Portal Shows

    California and Texas, the two most populous states in the U.S., top the charts for producing the most patents, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s open data portal, which was formally introduced by USPTO director Michelle Lee on Tuesday.

  • May 24, 2016

    2 Cos. Ready IPOs Totaling $341M While Bank Nets $80M

    A blank check company formed to pursue acquisitions and a health care data provider set terms on initial public offerings totaling $341 million, while a Midwest bank raised $80 million Tuesday after pricing at the bottom of its already downsized range, kicking off a potentially busy week for deals.

  • May 24, 2016

    5th Circ. Sides With Gasoline Cos. In Cancer Expert Fight

    The Fifth Circuit refused Monday to reinstate experts who would have provided grounds to revive a suit against Shell Oil Co., Chevron USA and Texaco Inc. brought by a woman who said her late husband got cancer from exposure to gasoline containing benzene.

  • May 24, 2016

    Indebted IHeartMedia Wins Spat With Lenders

    A Texas state judge ruled Tuesday that iHeartMedia Inc.’s decision late last year to transfer shares between two of its subsidiaries didn’t constitute an event of default under multibillion-dollar credit agreements, handing the heavily indebted media company a win in a dispute with its senior lenders.

  • May 24, 2016

    Comcast Fights Patent Claims Over TV Guides

    Comcast asked a New York federal court Monday to find that its on-screen TV programming guides do not infringe patents owned by entertainment company Rovi, arguing certain claims brought in Texas are barred under existing and former licensing agreements between the companies.

  • May 24, 2016

    HFF Lines Up $43M For Dallas Senior Community

    Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP recently secured a $42.9 million construction loan for the developer of a 134-unit luxury assisted living facility outside of Dallas, the commercial real estate services provider said Tuesday.

  • May 24, 2016

    CEO Of Economic Development Biz Cops Plea In Fraud Case

    A Dallas-area man who ran the FAIM Economic Development Corp. pled guilty Tuesday to one felony count of money laundering, linked to accusations that he lied to an investor about trading losses and used money intended for a South Dallas development to buy luxury cars.

  • May 24, 2016

    Ex-Houston Atty Who Swiped $2M From Client Gets 15 Years

    A disbarred Houston attorney was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison on three charges related to a trio of separate schemes, including one where he withheld a client's $1.8 million settlement, according to a Harris County prosecutor.

  • May 24, 2016

    Nonprofit Drops Suit Over EB-5 Program Gerrymandering

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday granted a nonprofit’s bid to toss its suit over “gerrymandered” targeted employment areas that allow would-be immigrants to secure EB-5 visas with lower investment amounts after the government expressed its intention to make reforms that align with the litigation’s goals.

  • May 24, 2016

    Texas Judge Won't Block Sale Of BASF Chemical Unit

    A Texas federal judge on Monday blocked a bid by Swiss chemical conglomerate INEOS Technologies USA LLC to stop BASF Corp. from selling a catalyst unit to W.R. Grace & Co., holding that BASF had complied with a contractual requirement giving INEOS the right of first refusal to buy the catalyst assets.

  • May 24, 2016

    Apache Accuses Ex-Egypt Energy Head Of Trade Secrets Theft

    Apache Corp. sued its former head of Egypt operations in Texas court Tuesday, alleging he surreptitiously joined a startup intended to directly compete with the Houston-based energy company in Egypt and took hundreds of thousands of confidential documents with him.

  • May 23, 2016

    Exxon Wants Virgin Islands Climate Probe Remanded

    ExxonMobil Corp. on Monday sought to move its suit to block a U.S. Virgin Islands investigation into whether the company misled investors with statements about climate change back to Texas state court, saying the grounds for taking the case federal weren’t legitimate.

  • May 23, 2016

    5th Circ. Cements McKool Smith Arbitration Win In Fee Fight

    The Fifth Circuit upheld an arbitrator's roughly $1.45 million award to McKool Smith PC for work on patent infringement cases involving Curtis International Ltd., saying Monday the Canadian electronics wholesaler had not demonstrated the arbitrator manifestly disregarded the law or handed out the award in violation of public policy.

  • May 23, 2016

    Chesapeake, Total Resolve 13K Royalty Claims For $52.5M

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Total E&P USA reached a global settlement under which they'll pay out $52.5 million to more than 13,000 clients of two Texas-based law firms that accused them of underpaying natural gas royalties, the companies announced Monday.

  • May 23, 2016

    Texan Asks High Court For 2nd Try To Prove US Birth

    Nearly two years after a judge decided he wasn’t an American citizen, a Texas man has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing it is up to a state, not the federal government, to determine who was born inside its boundaries.

  • May 23, 2016

    DynCorp Failed To Screen Taliban, C3PO Tells 5th Circ.

    C3PO International Ltd. urged the Fifth Circuit Friday to let it amend its since-dropped complaint against DynCorp International LLC, arguing a lower court judge was wrong to block as insufficient allegations that DynCorp workers helped the Taliban attack C3PO's Afghanistan compound.

  • May 23, 2016

    Reed Smith In Houston Snags Antitrust Pro From K&L Gates

    Reed Smith LLP has hired away experienced antitrust attorney Bruce Blefeld, whose practice has spanned industries from energy to pharmaceuticals, from K&L Gates and announced Monday he has joined the firm's Houston office as a partner.

  • May 23, 2016

    3M Won't Have To Arbitrate RFID Trade Secrets Claims

    A Texas appeals court has ruled that 3M Co. can litigate conversion, conspiracy and trade secret theft claims against Star Systems International Ltd., a China-based business founded by former 3M consultants, rejecting its rival’s argument that the claims are intertwined with others sent to arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Convince Calif. And Texas High Courts To Hear A Case

    M.C. Sungaila

    Navigating the discretionary review procedures before the Supreme Courts of California and Texas is tricky, and the odds of review low. M.C. Sungaila and Lynne Liberato of Haynes and Boone share seven ways to beat the odds in each court.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A 21st Century MDL

    Alan E. Rothman

    In honor of our 21st installment of "And Now A Word From The Panel," this month’s column will address a burgeoning category of cases subject to multidistrict litigations during the 21st century — cyber MDLs, or more specifically, cases arising from an alleged data privacy breach, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Not So Fast, Ohio: FERC Weighs In On Wholesale Energy

    Joseph H. Fagan

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently affirmed its role in ensuring reasonable rates for wholesale sales of electric energy in Ohio. But state utilities seek to further their objectives without invoking FERC jurisdictional issues, and if other states aim to advance their public policy initiatives using similar methods, it could impose higher costs on captive retail customers, say Joseph Fagan and David Doot at Day Pitney LLP.

  • Panama Papers: Reminders About Law Firm Cybersecurity

    Sean Doherty

    Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)

  • OPINION: Sotomayor's Solution To Pro Bono Is Incomplete

    David A. Lash

    In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Creating Barclay Damon: Lessons From A Law Firm Merger

    John P. Langan

    Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • Corporate Counsel: Consumer Becomes Provider (The Sequel)

    Mark A. Cohen

    Last week, we discussed why corporate legal departments are taking on so much more work themselves instead of outsourcing it to law firms. This is, of course, an ominous sign for law firms and the traditional partnership structure. So too is disaggregation and the emergence of legal service providers as well as others — notably the Big Four — poised to enter the gargantuan legal services market, says Mark A. Cohen of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Dvorin And Prosecutorial Vindictiveness: A Hard Row To Hoe

    Daniel Wenner

    It’s every convicted defendant’s fear — appeal the conviction or sentence, persuade the appellate court to vacate the conviction or sentence, and end up worse off because on remand the government brings additional charges or seeks a higher sentence. The circumstances of Jason Dvorin’s travels through the criminal justice system are enlightening in this regard, says Daniel Wenner of Day Pitney LLP.

  • Transgender Bathroom Debate: What's The Deference?

    Jim S. McNeill

    The issue of whether an individual has a right under federal law to use the bathroom or locker room corresponding to their gender identity has spurred multiple lawsuits throughout the country. However, the legal arguments underpinning the opposing sides of the debate are relatively straightforward and answers to the questions posed may come from an unusual source, say Jim McNeill and Peter Stockburger at Dentons.

  • Could Community Microgrids Be More Than Just A Fad?

    Thomas C. Havens

    Given the increased focus in the energy industry on reliability, sustainability and resiliency, microgrids could play a key role in shaping the U.S.'s energy future, but the speed and success of that growth will largely depend on how policymakers address the various legal and regulatory barriers to microgrid deployment encountered by project developers across the nation, say Tom Havens and Jennifer Galiette at Day Pitney LLP.