An Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP bankruptcy attorney left the firm to become a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, where he had started his legal career as an associate, the firm announced Wednesday.
A former client of Houston's Pendergraft & Simon LLP has sued two of the firm's lawyers for $3 million in a case that accuses the lawyers of a laundry list of alleged flubs in a dispute between a doctors' group and its former president and improperly advised the group to pursue Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Counsel representing Sam Wyly in his bankruptcy told a New York federal judge in a letter made public Wednesday that the Texas tycoon hasn’t been liquidating assets unbeknownst to them, firing back against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s bid for an extended asset freeze that would apply to Wyly’s family members and third parties.
A Texas federal judge on Tuesday ordered Trinity Highway Products LLC to mediate its dispute over its ET-Plus guardrail system after a jury found that it had defrauded the U.S. government out of $175 million by selling dangerous guardrails to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.
The Fifth Circuit handed a win to two homeowners on Wednesday by revisiting an earlier ruling that Mid-Continent Casualty Co. correctly applied a contractual liability exclusion, after the homeowners argued that the earlier ruling conflicts with a Texas Supreme Court decision that narrowed the exclusion's scope.
Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.61 million civil penalty to end allegations that a crude oil spill at its Texas storage facility violated the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.
A Texas appeals court on Wednesday rejected Lightning Oil Co.’s argument it would suffer irreparable harm if an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. unit were allowed to drill horizontally through its Eagle Ford Shale mineral estate to reach Anadarko-owned oil and gas underlying adjacent property.
A Texas federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ironshore Indemnity Inc. breached its professional liability policy with Shamoun & Norman LLP when it refused to provide the firm with a defense in a dispute with a former client.
Private equity-backed American Energy Partners LP has increased its presence in Permian Basin of west Texas, saying Tuesday that it’s spent $726 million in a series of deals over the past three months to acquire thousands of acres of leased land and oil production in the oil-rich region.
KKR & Co. LP will team up with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to jointly develop land in southeastern Texas’ Eaglebine Shale, with Anadarko’s stake valued at more than $1.1 billion and KKR putting up $442 million for development in exchange for acreage and a stake in several wells, Anadarko said Tuesday.
McGuireWoods LLP said Tuesday that it has strengthened its restructuring and insolvency practice group in its Dallas office with the addition of a former Norton Rose Fulbright attorney who has experience in commercial litigation, real estate, private equity, telecommunications and energy.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. subsidiary Western Gas Partners LP will buy private-equity backed Nuevo Midstream LLC for $1.5 billion, bolstering development potential in the fertile Delaware Basin where its parent is producing energy.
The chief judge for a Texas appellate court has been sued for alleged retaliation by a staff attorney who claims the chief intervened to block him from working for another judge on the court after the attorney sent a letter raising concerns about the judge’s potential financial impropriety.
A Texas appeals court on Tuesday denied rehearing of a ruling that allows a group of 57 Filipino workers to pursue human trafficking claims against International Paper Services LLC in a suit saying the company brought them to the U.S. on false pretenses and blocked them from getting other jobs.
The Fifth Circuit on Monday refused to rehear en banc its decision upholding Texas’ ban on online horse race betting, one month after rejecting a challenge from the Kentucky Derby’s parent company seeking business for its online betting website.
Allied Home Mortgage Corp. and its president and CEO Jim Hodge urged the Fifth Circuit on Monday to overturn a Texas court's approval of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's suspension of its operations, arguing it was contrary to law as well as arbitrary and capricious.
Texas, North Carolina and several other states urged a California federal judge Tuesday to reject a proposed accord requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to meet new extended deadlines on identifying sulfur dioxide violations, saying the deal with environmental groups is collusive and violates the Clean Air Act.
Dow Chemical Co. urged the Fifth Circuit on Monday to reconsider its decision that it had engaged in sham investment partnerships generating about $1 billion in bogus tax breaks, arguing that the decision disrupted settled federal tax law.
A Texas federal jury has awarded about $500,000 to three former employees of medical services provider EmCare Inc. who were subjected to sexual harassment and fired in retaliation for reporting the behavior, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Monday.
The Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday unanimously adopted rules for drilling injection wells aimed at curbing possible earthquakes, giving the agency the power to shut down wells determined to be contributing to seismic activity and to require drillers to submit detailed logs.
Texas employers, particularly those in energy and hospitality, may be under increased scrutiny in 2015 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division after it received an 18 percent budget increase and 2,000 additional staffers to crack down on worker retaliation in the Southwest, says David Giddens of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
As conscientious professionals who are required to address problems with notoriously elusive dimensions, lawyers should consider securing second opinions in a much wider array of circumstances than has been the norm, says Judge Wayne Brazil, a neutrual with JAMS and former magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Notwithstanding its arguably questionable precedential support, the Third Circuit’s decision in Opalinski v. Robert Half Inc. is not surprising. It continues arbitration law’s march toward a likely end, by any path, for class action liability for companies and other business entities, say Brian Berkley and Matthew Adler of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
In U.S. Metals Incorporated v. Liberty Mutual Group Inc., perhaps the most significant issue to be decided by the Texas Supreme Court is whether the incorporation of a defective product into other property constitutes “physical injury” to other component parts of the property, says Kristin Cummings of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP.
The Nevada federal court's recent ruling in Agincourt Gaming LLC v. Zynga Inc. is an important reminder that a nonparty wanting to challenge a civil subpoena should consider carefully the appropriate jurisdiction in which to file a motion to quash under recently enacted Rule 45, say Steven Luxton and Brad Nes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
In Wheeler v. Enbridge Pipelines, the Texas Supreme Court provided guidance to midstream companies on the proper calculation of damages to real property stemming from the breach of a pipeline right-of-way agreement — a decision that has implications well beyond the oil and gas industry, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.
The U.S. is the only country in the world where standard juries are used in patent cases. With patent trolls imposing huge costs on the economy and crippling our power to innovate, Americans should be willing to consider major changes in how we decide patent cases, says William Watkins, a research fellow at The Independent Institute.
Although many may associate patent litigation with a proliferation of stratospheric jury verdicts, these preconceptions are most often wrong. Few patent cases go to trial, and fewer result in any damages, let alone the kind that make headlines. Let's look at the numbers, says Brian Howard, co-author of the Lex Machina Patent Litigation Damages Report.
Fifty years ago, Justice Felix Frankfurter cautioned courts about getting mired in the “political thicket” of redistricting. In agreeing to hear Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court could be about to take a big step further into that thicket, says Michael Li, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law.
There is an inherent tension between the process of preparing a corporate representative to testify and the protections usually afforded by attorney-client privilege. Judicial decisions addressing these tensions are limited and, as of yet, the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals do not appear to have weighed in on these issues in any meaningful way, say Vanessa Miller and Nicholas Ellis of Foley & Lardner LLP.