Thompson & Knight LLP has been hit with a negligence lawsuit alleging one of its partners led a Texas businessman to invest in a marketing company that ended up losing money, according to a complaint filed Friday in Texas state court.
Planned Parenthood on Wednesday again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a ruling allowing Texas to enforce a requirement that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges, saying severe harm caused to the applicants and their patients warrants a vacatur.
A Texas state judge on Monday agreed to drop ex-Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett from a suit claiming he and his son fraudulently convinced a Texas media company to produce the pilot for a sports show and never paid for the work.
A settlement reached this week that would seal a $17 billion merger between US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. is skewed in the companies' favor, experts say, requiring only limited concessions after political pressure tore into regulators' initial hard-line opposition.
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and MarkWest Utica EMG LLC said Monday that this week marks the beginning of a binding open season to solicit shipping commitments to aid in the building of a Y-grade pipeline from the Utica and Marcellus shale to Mont Belvieu, Texas.
Bain Capital is closing in on a $2 billion deal for an auto parts supplier it also tried to buy in 2011, while Lloyds inked another divestment worth up to $550 million as it continues to slim down and cut its exposure to risky markets.
Jones Day said Monday it had lured six U.S. Supreme Court clerks from the 2012-13 term to expand its issues and appeals practice in several cities, a move that follows the firm’s hiring of six clerks from the high court last year.
A Dallas real estate firm and energy investor told a jury Tuesday that they're entitled to $21 million in profits from a group of Marcellus Shale gas leases, claiming they were defrauded out of their share of profits by their former partner in a joint venture.
Natural gas pipeline company NET Midstream said Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given it the go-ahead for a planned 124-mile natural gas pipeline in southern Texas.
The Fifth Circuit refused Tuesday to revive claims by Citgo Refining and Chemicals Co. LP console supervisors who alleged they were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, ruling the employees didn't produce key evidence requested for discovery.
SecureNova LLC hit BlackBerry Ltd., ZTE Corp. and Nokia Corp. with suits Friday in Texas federal court over certain smartphones' alleged infringement of a patent for wireless hotspots.
The Fifth Circuit on Monday found that a group of employees seeking a putative class action against UBS Financial Services Inc. over revoked unvested benefits must proceed with arbitration, determining that the workers’ contracts contained clear arbitration provisions.
The field of bidders for $2.5 billion talent agency IMG has been narrowed to a handful of big-name private equity players, and Carlos Slim could soon face stiff competition in the Mexican telecom sector he has dominated for years.
Activist hedge fund Eminence Capital LLC said Tuesday that Houston-based Men's Wearhouse Inc. would review all its strategic options, including a proposed $2.3 billion private equity-backed merger bid from smaller rival Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. that the retailer has so far rebuffed.
US Airways Group Inc. and bankrupt American Airlines will divest departure gates and 138 takeoff and landing slots at seven key airports under a proposed agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to settle the government's antitrust suit attempting to block the airlines' merger, the DOJ announced Tuesday.
Highland Capital Management LP filed suit Friday in Texas state court against Looper Reed & McGraw PC, the firm representing Highland’s former private equity head in a compensation fight with the hedge fund, claiming it tried to extort $2 million for its client by refusing to return confidential information.
Texas faces yet another challenge to its voter ID law with a group of predominantly Mexican-American plaintiffs having filed suit against the state, claiming in federal court that the law infringes their rights by putting a heavy burden on them to obtain a state-issued photo ID.
The Fifth Circuit on Friday largely upheld the convictions and sentences of three Texans involved in running a $10 million Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme, finding the trial court didn't commit any plain error other than imposing an excessive restitution demand on one of the defendants.
California-based Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP made its first foray into Texas, opening an Austin office specializing in international transactional work with Latin America with plans to grow into a base for its technology practice, the firm announced Thursday.
A Texas bankruptcy judge on Thursday ordered TMT Group into mediation with its secured lenders in order to avoid extensive and costly litigation and come up with a consensual plan that will guide the shipping company out of Chapter 11.
Hydraulic fracturing is frequently criticized as being unregulated — this is a myth. Because the practice is contributing to an ongoing economic boom in oil and gas-rich states, the real question is which level of government is best suited to regulate the practice to allow economic development to continue without unacceptable environmental risks, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.
A proposal to amend the Dallas Building Code to include what appears to be a rather severe restriction on glass reflectivity could have serious unintended consequences on the city’s efforts to encourage green building techniques. Among other things, the restriction will likely make LEED certification harder and costlier to achieve, says Jonathan Vinson of Jackson Walker LLP.
The harm that the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Asadi v. GE Energy LLC does to whistleblowers is obvious since it limits the circumstances under which they are protected by the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. But by limiting the law’s protections in this way, the ruling will also weaken the internal compliance programs that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has mandated for publicly traded companies, say David Marshall and Alexis Ronickher of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.
The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Acceptance Loan Company Inc. v. S. White Transportation Inc. may portend adverse consequences for debtors in future cases where the secured creditor chooses to sit out a bankruptcy proceeding in favor of “lying in wait” strategy, says Steven Wilamowsky of Bingham McCutchen LLP.
In the wake of the recent Texas Supreme Court ruling in Neely v. Wilson, it will be much more difficult to obtain summary judgment on libel claims and also to obtain dismissal under the Texas anti-SLAPP statute, as well as to obtain appellate reversal of trial courts’ refusal to dismiss such claims, says Joseph Larsen of Sedgwick LLP.
The Texas Legislature has taken an important step to protect employers who are willing to give applicants with a criminal record a second chance. However, while the new Texas law will ease many employers’ concerns of potential liability for hiring such applicants, it will not completely insulate employers from all claims of negligent hiring or supervision, says Janet Hendrick of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently signed four bills, containing enhanced enforcement capabilities and new protections for health care providers, into law to combat Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse in the state. Most notably, the Legislature made changes to the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, bringing the statute more in line with the federal False Claims Act, say Bill Morrison and Nicole Somerville of Haynes and Boone LLP.
The Federal Circuit has made clear that patent property rights created by state marital property law may entitle an ex-spouse to frustrate a creating-spouse’s standing in infringement suits. Therefore, it is crucial for inventors, employers and investors to take steps to ensure that joint ownership created by operation of Texas community property law does not frustrate their intentions, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Over the last three legislative sessions, newsrooms have gained significantly greater protections under Texas law. Texas is now one of the best states in the nation to be a journalist or media organization, says Laura Lee Prather of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Based on how the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 has been interpreted by various federal courts during the year and a half since it was passed, the JVCA should result in more uniform decisions across jurisdictions regarding the time for removal, determining the amount in controversy and the burden of proof when removal is contested, say Gregory Harley of Burr & Forman LLP and Georgia-based attorney Katie Wolf.