More than 50 individuals from across the country and in India and five Indian companies have been charged with running a massive call center fraud that caused hundreds of millions of losses, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday in Texas federal court.
A coalition of nonprofits and anti-nuclear groups asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop reviewing an application from Waste Control Specialists LLC for a short-term nuclear waste storage facility in Texas, saying Wednesday they are concerned the site may eventually become permanent.
Propel Orthodontics LLC must stop advertising that its dental appliance, the VPro5, is proven to have a variety of positive effects, a Texas federal judge ruled on Wednesday in a Lanham Act suit brought by competitor OrthoAccel Technologies Inc.
You want to be perceived by potential clients as someone with excellent legal abilities who can truly solve problems, as opposed to someone that may simply be fun to be with, but that they would never hire to take care of a serious matter. People like to hire friends, but they will only hire friends who are trusted problem solvers, says Bruce Bowman Jr., managing shareholder of Godwin Bowman & Martinez.
A group of Texas residents and environmentalists said Tuesday they would appeal a federal judge’s recent rejection of their bid to temporarily block the start of groundwork for three highway improvement projects after he found local transportation officials complied with the proper regulations before greenlighting the projects.
W&T Offshore Inc. asked a Texas federal judge Wednesday to not allow evidence of a 2013 guilty plea to Clean Water Act violations to be entered into its $44 million dispute over well abandonment liability with Apache Corp., saying Apache’s bid to get the evidence introduced is a smear attempt.
A director and former CEO of Cornerstone Health Care Group told Texas jurors Wednesday the hospital owner would have paid $45 million for a chain of rehabilitation facilities if its management team hadn’t conspired to steal away the deal for private equity fund Nautic Partners LLC.
Attorneys for two midstream service companies on Wednesday urged a New York federal judge to overturn a bankruptcy court decision that allowed oil and gas producer Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. to reject gas-gathering contracts in Chapter 11, saying that ruling has riled the energy industry.
The IRS pressed the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday not to revive a dual Swiss-U.S. citizen's dispute over a potential $1.4 million IRS penalty for not disclosing his foreign account, arguing a lower court properly tossed the suit because no penalty has yet been imposed.
The Swiss government said it turned over $51 million in frozen assets owned by the Venezuelan state oil company to the U.S. government Wednesday as part of an ongoing probe into allegations of corruption at the South American operation.
Ford's financial services arm can't escape a man's lawsuit alleging it continually called him with prerecorded messages even after he requested the calls stop because the inconvenience of unwanted communication amounts to a legitimate grievance under the high court's Spokeo rule, a Texas federal judge found Wednesday.
Fighting more than $200 million in market manipulation penalties, a Total SA unit told the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must prove its case against Total and all market manipulation cases in federal courts, rather than in its in-house proceedings.
A New York judge on Wednesday ordered PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to comply with a state attorney general subpoena for documents related to an investigation into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. lied to investors about climate-change-related risks to its business.
The National Labor Relations Board on Monday asked the Fifth Circuit to enforce its order barring Citigroup from using a class action waiver in its mandatory arbitration agreement, despite acknowledging competing court precedent on the issue.
A Texas company and two executives will pay $5.4 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations they perpetrated a scheme to dupe investors in fraudulent oil and gas ventures, according to recent federal court filings.
The Fifth Circuit should back the National Labor Relations Board ruling that various T-Mobile and MetroPCS employee handbooks have unlawful rules like positive workplace behavior requirements and workplace recording bans, the board recently said, because evidence shows the rules are overbroad.
An attorney appealing the denial of fees in his suit accusing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of violating the Freedom of Information Act urged the Fifth Circuit Tuesday to strike an agency brief, saying it includes a prejudicial and “scandalous assertion” his client is a cocaine trafficker.
AT&T roused privacy advocates in unveiling an $85.4 billion cash-and-stock takeover of Time Warner over the weekend, a move that steps up pressure to replace the traditional sectorial approach to privacy regulation with more stringent and uniform rules to counter the increasingly blurry lines between the telecom and tech industries.
A heart doctor who claims his artificial heart valve technology impressed television-famous Dr. Mehmet Oz accused St. Jude Medical and Medtronic Inc. of copying the work from two of his patents with their own devices, according to a pair of suits in Texas on Tuesday.
Government contractors scored a significant win this week when an eleventh-hour injunction blocked much of the controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule from taking effect, but the strong potential for either an appeal or an amended rule means companies need to continue planning for potential compliance, experts say.
Every day, it seemed that virtually the entire day was spent trying to shape the news. Balancing the media day-to-day with the need for strategic planning requires staff to stay in their positions rather than congregate around the ball. Yet the impulse to run to the action is as tempting in the White House as on the soccer field, says C. Boyden Gray, who served as White House counsel for President George H.W. Bush.
I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.
The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.
My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.
Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Production sharing agreement wells and allocation wells present workable alternatives to pooling the tracts needed to drill a horizontal well, but are not without risk, and will often create additional issues that should be considered in planning for the future development of an oil or gas operator’s underlying leasehold position, say Andrew Zeve, Austin Lee and Jonathan Seliger of Bracewell LLP.
All businesses with a website may be said to have reach into, and presence in, every state. Therefore, due diligence into information management compliance of a U.S. target company requires cognizance of the laws of at least 52 separate jurisdictions, say George Wang and Kenneth Rashbaum of Barton LLP.
I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.
While some welcome the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime pay requirements, others believe the revisions ignore the type of work performed in favor of doubling the salary threshold for overtime exemption. Although many employers are wondering if recent challenges to the rules will stop them from coming into force, they are advised to take necessary steps to ensure compliance, say Julius Turman and Ariana Goodell of Reed Smith LLP.