The Texas Supreme Court on Friday announced it would hear oral arguments in two insurance disputes involving State Farm Lloyds, both of which concern whether policyholders are entitled to statutory damages on top of their initial benefits awards.
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Texas Justices Take Up 2 Post-Menchaca Coverage Battles

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday announced it would hear oral arguments in two insurance disputes involving State Farm Lloyds, both of which concern whether policyholders are entitled to statutory damages on top of their initial benefits awards. Read full article »

Texas Judge Changes Course On County’s ICE Detainer Policy

A Texas federal judge on Thursday vacated his previous order that a Texas county violated a man’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding him based on a detainer request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying a subsequent Fifth Circuit ruling on a related matter left no other option. Read full article »

Texas Justices To Take On Nursing Pay Dispute

The Texas Supreme Court said Friday it will hear oral arguments in a case in which a McAllen hospital claims lower courts have wrongly sided with its nurse supervisors in a pay dispute by treating their annual performance evaluations as employment contracts that set an annual salary. Read full article »

Texas Justices Take Up Permian Basin Lease Ownership Row

The question of whether an appeals court can overrule a contract dispute settlement between two oil companies that traded $3 million in potential damages for a 25 percent working interest in Permian Basin oil and gas leases will come before the Texas Supreme Court next month. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

Texas Bill Would Criminalize Faking Family Relation At Border

A bill filed in the Texas Legislature on Thursday would make it a misdemeanor offense to falsely pass off a child as a family member at a designated border crossing. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Trucking Broker, Texas Cucumber Co. Escape Legal Pickle

An Illinois appellate panel has cut loose a Texas cucumber producer and a trucking brokerage firm in a suit seeking to hold them partially responsible for a woman’s severe injuries from a collision with a big rig contracted to haul cucumbers, saying the companies’ legal exposure ended when the produce was delivered. Read full article »

Grandmother Hits Ballpark With Suit Over 'Unsafe' Stairs

The operator of a minor league ballpark in Texas was thrown a curveball Thursday when a woman filed a lawsuit alleging it is liable for injuries she suffered in a fall down the park's stairs. Read full article »

FIFTH CIRCUIT

Texas Can Cut Planned Parenthood From Medicaid: 5th Circ.

The Fifth Circuit has vacated an injunction barring Texas from excluding Planned Parenthood affiliates from Medicaid based on graphic videos released by an anti-abortion group, saying the district court judge used the wrong standard and ignored the administrative record. Read full article »

BANKRUPTCY

IHeartMedia Clears Ch. 11 Path With Legacy Noteholder Deal

IHeartMedia Inc. has inked a deal with a contingent of its legacy holders who had protested the radio broadcast giant's bid to emerge from Chapter 11 in Texas, giving them $4 million in fees and allowing $544 million in legacy note claims. Read full article »

PEOPLE

Drinker Biddle Hires Benefits Partners In DC, Dallas

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has nabbed two partners for its growing employee benefits practice, adding a former Venable LLP partner in Washington, D.C., and a former Foley & Lardner LLP partner in Dallas. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

State Net

How States Are Preparing For The Next Recession

It’s been nine and a half years since the last U.S. recession, and the economy still appears to be going strong. But there are signs trouble may not be far off. The good news for states is that most seem reasonably well prepared for it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal. Read full article »

5 Fraud Insurance Decisions Sure To Shape 2019

Last year, the circuit split on computer fraud insurance coverage continued, with courts slightly favoring coverage for phishing scams, but oversimplifying those decisions into a simple coverage versus no-coverage distinction would be a mistake, says Patricia Carreiro of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP. Read full article »

Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Woes For Greg Craig

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Greg Craig and potentially others. Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013. Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »

Analysis

For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »

Feature

Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »

Feature

Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

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