In a ruling likely to doom similar local mandates across the state, Texas’ highest court on Friday held that the city of Laredo’s ordinance preventing retail stores from providing customers with single-use plastic and paper bags is preempted by a state solid waste disposal law.
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Texas High Court Strikes Down City's Plastic Bag Ban

In a ruling likely to doom similar local mandates across the state, Texas’ highest court on Friday held that the city of Laredo’s ordinance preventing retail stores from providing customers with single-use plastic and paper bags is preempted by a state solid waste disposal law. Read more »

Xerox Can't Blame Doctors In $1B Texas Medicaid Fraud Row

Xerox Corp. can’t try to share the blame for what Texas claims is a $1 billion civil Medicaid fraud with orthodontists who allegedly provided unnecessary services to poor children, and the orthodontists can’t pursue claims against the state, the Texas Supreme Court held in a pair of opinions Friday. Read more »

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Akin Gump Boosts Its Tax Group With Ex-Hunton Andrews Partner

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has added to its Houston tax practice a new partner from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP who will provide tax and mergers and acquisitions advice in the energy sector. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Which Deposition Costs Are Recoverable In Texas?

Texas appellate courts seldom delve into questions about which litigation expenses are recoverable, and when they do, they can disagree about the answers. Trial lawyers should carefully consider which deposition-related expenses are truly necessary to the conduct of their case, since many of those costs may be unrecoverable even to a prevailing party, say Bryce Callahan and Elizabeth Wyman of Yetter Coleman LLP. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

These Practices Will Drive Legal Hires In The Next 6 Months

More than half of U.S.-based lawyers anticipate this practice will drive job growth at their firms or companies throughout the second half of 2018, according to a survey released by legal staffing and consulting solutions company Robert Half Legal on Thursday. Read more »

Feature

Getting Acquired? Here's What GCs Should Do

A federal judge's recent decision that AT&T can complete its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner and Disney's raised bid for parts of 21st Century Fox might have in-house counsel wondering what they'd do if a merger happened at their companies. Here, Law360 looks at how GCs and other in-house attorneys can prepare. Read more »

4 More BigLaw Firms Catch Up To Associate Salary Raises

BigLaw firms Shearman & Sterling, Akin Gump, Orrick and Dechert are the latest to increase associate pay in the U.S. to match the scale set last week by Cravath, offering first-year attorneys a $190,000 base salary. Read more »

GOP Sen. Blocks Ga. Justice Tapped By Trump For 11th Circ.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has become the first Republican to hold up one of President Donald Trump’s judicial picks, blocking the Eleventh Circuit nomination of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant for a second time in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Read more »

Immigration Takes Center Stage At House Judiciary Hearing

The Trump administration’s immigration policy and its effect on the courts were front and center Thursday at a subcommittee hearing of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the pressing need for new federal district and appellate judges. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP secured the title of top legal lions this week, winning a favorable decision at the U.S. Supreme Court for a Canadian railroad company in a $13.3 million dispute with the IRS, while legal lamb Brann & Isaacson did not fare so well at the same court in a separate tax fight over internet retailers' duty to collect state sales and use taxes. Read more »

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