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  • March 24, 2017

    Oil Cos.' Trade Secrets Row 'Waste Of Time,' Judge Says

    A Texas judge mulling National Oilwell Varco’s requests for sanctions against a Schlumberger unit and the toss of some jury findings following a two-week trade secrets trial scolded both sides during a hearing Friday, telling the competing equipment and service providers in the oil and gas industry that the case represented a waste of time.

  • March 24, 2017

    Texas 'Small Tobacco' Tax Beats Constitutional Challenge

    A Texas appellate court on Friday rejected argument by the Texas Small Tobacco Coalition that a state law imposing steeper tax burdens on tobacco companies that did not settle a lawsuit violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

  • March 24, 2017

    Texas Jury Convicts Doc For Role In $40M Medicare Scheme

    A Texas doctor was convicted by a federal jury on multiple counts of health care fraud Friday after federal prosecutors alleged he had participated in a scheme that bilked Medicare out of $40 million for home health services by filing false claims for services that were either unneeded or were never provided.

  • March 24, 2017

    IRS, US Trustee Object To Fees In Wyly Bankruptcy

    The Internal Revenue Service and a U.S.-appointed trustee objected on Thursday to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees requested by lawyers and consultants for time spent on Caroline Dee Wyly’s bankruptcy case, saying the work was done in bad faith and didn’t add to the value of the estate.

  • March 24, 2017

    Austin Ducks Suit Claiming Rigged Body Cam Contract

    A Texas appellate court on Friday dismissed on jurisdictional grounds a lawsuit accusing the city of Austin of rigging the bid process to favor a pre-selected contractor when it awarded a $12.2 million contract for body cameras to be worn by its police department.

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