NextEra Inc. told Texas regulators Tuesday their rejection of its $18 billion bid to take over Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC isn’t supported by state law and wrongly concludes it would subject Oncor ratepayers to increased risks.
Neal Katyal seemingly tried to educate Justice Samuel Alito about a well-known Latin phrase, Justice Sonia Sotomayor prayed aloud that she wouldn’t be assigned a mind-numbing opinion, and Justice Elena Kagan needled a lawyer who confused her with another justice. Here, Law360 wraps up the top moments of legal levity from the latest high court term.
Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year, a new U.S. Supreme Court justice has emerged as the most talkative at oral arguments — and the title holder should come as no surprise to court watchers.
The justices’ level of engagement at oral argument can provide a crucial window into their thinking on an issue, but interpreting what that might mean for how they’ll rule is an elusive art. Here, Law360 looks at the sessions in which each justice engaged the most.
TPG Pace Holdings Corp., a blank check company backed by private equity firm TPG and led by Hotwire.com founder Karl Peterson, priced a $400 million initial public offering on Tuesday, raising money to pursue an acquisition potentially in the technology, media or business service industries.
A French, private equity-backed medical diagnostic equipment manufacturer could sell for €2 billion or more, KKR will rake in £1.4 billion through the sale of its stake in a Norwegian software company, and Halliburton has its eye on a U.S. oilfield equipment supplier backed by billionaire George Kaiser.
Sprint Communications Co. LP must still pay local CenturyLink Inc. units about $12.5 million in access fees after Sprint cut the rates it paid and argued that it shouldn’t have to pay tariffs for connecting voice over internet protocol customers with traditional landlines, the Fifth Circuit affirmed in an opinion on Tuesday.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court handed abortion rights advocates a major legal victory in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, lower courts have continued to toss legislation restricting abortion access, but that hasn’t stopped new laws from popping up just as quickly.
Houston personal injury law firm Arnold & Itkin LLP has filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston against a company it had won a nearly $755,000 default judgment against in an underlying lawsuit, telling the court that ASI Aviation LLC has refused to hand over the money.
In Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas seems to have found a U.S. Supreme Court justice after his own heart. The court’s newest member and its most silent one cast identical votes in case after case this year, at times taking positions deemed more conservative than those of their fellow Republican appointees on the court.
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP announced Monday that it has added three partners to its Houston office, bolstering its corporate and commercial litigation practices.
Nintendo may not use the Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland decision governing patent suit venues to transfer a patent infringement case over Wii technology from Texas to Washington, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Dykema Cox Smith has added to its ranks, announcing recently that three attorneys have joined its Dallas office as senior counsel, bolstering both the commercial litigation and corporate finance practice groups.
A Texas appeals court ruled Tuesday that a lower court had improperly infringed on an arbitration agreement by ruling that a contract dispute between a commodities trader and a metals company over the purchase of iron ore was outside the scope of the agreed-to arbitration clause.
“Concurring opinion” can feel like a misnomer when a justice departs from — or downright slams — the reasoning of the majority. Here are the opinions from the latest U.S. Supreme Court term in which the biggest divisions bore the label of agreement.
While there were fewer dissents coming from the U.S. Supreme Court during its October 2016 term than in years past, justices still managed to come up with creative disses and blistering attacks when they were on the losing side. Here, Law360 highlights the term’s top dissents.
A Texas appellate court on Monday reversed a trial court’s finding of securities fraud against a company selling investments in a senior care facility, holding the lower court didn’t adequately consider the company’s argument that the suit is time-barred.
Twelve Republican state attorneys general have urged a New York federal judge to keep alive ExxonMobil's suit challenging climate change probes launched by two of their Democratic counterparts, accusing the pair of unconstitutionally abusing their investigative powers.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the estate of late business tycoon Charles Wyly Jr. shot off opposing briefs in the Second Circuit last week over whether the agency’s claims for disgorgement survive Wyly’s death or whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Kokesh ruling puts his estate off the hook.
Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.
Many questions about the Texas Defamation Mitigation Act remain. But one thing is certain — the 90-day and one-year deadline can fundamentally alter the value of any defamation case, say Ethan Gibson and Nick Brown of Fulkerson Lotz LLP.
The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
One year ago the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decisively rejected the widespread anti-choice tactic of restricting women’s reproductive rights with sham legislation. A new lawsuit recently filed in Louisiana reveals exactly why that ruling is the most important decision on abortion rights in a generation, says Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.
Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.
The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.
One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Texas Senate Bill 1289 requires the use of domestic iron and steel for public infrastructure projects in the state. But given the higher price of U.S.-sourced steel, the bill would increase project costs significantly, likely resulting in fewer capital improvements, and possibly impacting construction-related jobs, say Brian Gaudet and Traci Donatto of Coats Rose PC.
Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.