Texas

  • April 25, 2017

    Halliburton Says Supplier's IP Claims Vague, Seeks Sanctions

    Halliburton Energy Services urged a Texas federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss trade secrets claims brought by machine supplier Legacy Separators LLC and to issue sanctions, arguing that after litigating for three years and racking up millions in attorneys' fees, it still doesn't know what secret it allegedly stole.

  • April 25, 2017

    Jury Partially Deadlocked In Dallas Corruption Trial

    A Texas federal jury weighing a corruption case against Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price partially deadlocked Tuesday in its fifth day of deliberations, but was instructed by the judge to “take a few deep breaths,” get a good night’s sleep and return the next morning to try to reach unanimity.

  • April 25, 2017

    Energy Atty Teams With Blank Rome As Partner In Houston

    Blank Rome LLP announced Tuesday that a former Haynes and Boone LLP energy attorney has joined as a partner in the firm’s rapidly expanding Houston office.

  • April 25, 2017

    Ex-Baker Botts Partners Launch Houston Litigation Boutique

    Three partners at Baker Botts LLP who practiced together there for nearly a decade have left the firm to launch their own civil litigation boutique in Houston that will represent plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial litigation, the new firm announced Tuesday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Biotech Investors Seek Ruling On Jefferies Arbitration Fight

    Shareholders who bought stock in a since-failed biotech company urged a Texas federal court Tuesday to reject Jefferies LLC's attempt to enjoin arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, saying the investment firm’s requested preliminary injunction is identical to the end goal of its suit: to dodge arbitration.

  • April 25, 2017

    Vagina Reshaping Patent Survives Invalidity Challenge

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has denied a bid by Thermigen to invalidate a Viveve patent covering a process for reshaping the vagina, determining that the asserted claims go beyond simply reciting a natural phenomenon.

  • April 25, 2017

    Texas AG Paxton Asks Harris County Directly For New Judge

    Defense lawyers in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday directly asked Harris County to assign a new judge to the case, again arguing that without their consent, the original judge can no longer preside over the case after ordering a change in trial venue.

  • April 25, 2017

    Texas Brothers Get Prison In $6.3M Ambulance Scam

    Two Houston-area brothers have each been sentenced to more than four years in prison for fraudulently billing federal health care programs $6.3 million for ambulance services, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • April 24, 2017

    Enviros Gird For Pitched Battle To Stop Trump Border Wall

    President Donald Trump appears committed to his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico, but environmental groups say they are ready to battle the administration in court every step of the way, even though past challenges to border barrier construction have failed.

  • April 24, 2017

    Texas Court Hits Debt Collector With $2M Penalty In FTC Suit

    A Texas federal judge has ordered the president of a debt collection service that was sued by the Federal Trade Commission to pay $2 million for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by falsely threatening debtors with lawsuits and other punitive measures, the FTC announced Monday. 

  • April 24, 2017

    Trans VA Worker Calls For Judge's Recusal In Bias Suit

    A lawyer representing a transgender man in his discrimination suit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs called for a Texas federal judge to recuse himself Monday, saying the judge made multiple comments that show he is biased against transgender individuals.

  • April 24, 2017

    Journalist Sues Tweeter Over Seizure-Inducing Online Attack

    The journalist who was sent a tweet that triggered an epileptic seizure in December filed suit against the alleged perpetrator in Maryland federal court Monday, shortly after the man was charged in Texas federal court with cyberstalking with the intent to kill or injure.

  • April 24, 2017

    Texas Says Xerox Can't Deflect $1B Medicaid Fraud Suit

    Texas told the Texas Supreme Court on Friday that a trial judge rightly barred Xerox Corp. from trying to share the blame in a $1 billion civil Medicaid fraud suit by pointing the finger at orthodontists who allegedly recommended unnecessary services for which Xerox had processed state claims.

  • April 24, 2017

    5th Circ. Agrees To Delay Power Plant Effluent Rule Challenge

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday granted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request to hold in abeyance for four months a challenge to an Obama-era rule that set limits on how much toxic metal can be discharged in wastewater from power plants, despite environmental groups warning the public is harmed the longer a decision on the rule’s merits is delayed.

  • April 24, 2017

    Retailer Can't Escape Tempur-Sealy's TM, Contract Suit

    A Texas federal judge declined Monday to put to sleep Tempur-Sealy’s litigation accusing retailer Mattress Firm of violating an agreement regarding the wind-down of their business relationship by continuing to use the mattress manufacturer's trademarks, but wasn’t persuaded to impose a temporary restraining order either.

  • April 24, 2017

    5th Circ. Backs Dismissal Of ATP Investor Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a shareholder suit accusing executives of now-bankrupt ATP Oil & Gas Corp. of giving misleading information about its financial health and boardroom turmoil, saying there's no evidence the company intended to deceive investors.

  • April 24, 2017

    Lilly Hit With $20M Jury Verdict In Cialis Patent Row

    Eli Lilly & Co. infringed a German pharmaceutical company’s patent when marketing the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis to treat enlarged prostates and should hand over $20 million in damages, a Texas federal jury has found.

  • April 24, 2017

    Trio Bilked Nonprofits With Investor-Finding Scam, Feds Say

    Three men have been charged for their roles in an alleged “advance fee” investment scheme that defrauded victims, most of whom ran nonprofit groups, out of more than $5 million, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday.

  • April 24, 2017

    Texas Court Affirms Dismissal of Spinal Surgery Suit

    A Texas appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing two doctors of botching a man’s back treatment and surgery and purportedly causing him disabilities, concluding the patient didn’t introduce expert testimony establishing how the doctors allegedly caused his injuries.

  • April 24, 2017

    Whirlpool Seeks 'Exceptional' Finding After $7.6M IP Win

    Attorneys for Whirlpool Corp. asked a Texas federal court Friday to find their water filter patent infringement case against TST Water LLC exceptional on the heels of a jury’s $7.6 million damages award, disclosing a plan to seek $3.8 million in fees.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • The 'State' Of The Gig Economy Under Trump

    Amy Strauss

    There is no question that America’s sharing economy is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. However, if the Trump administration continues its hands-off approach to worker misclassification issues, and court decisions create as much confusion as clarity, we may be forced to look to state legislatures to take control, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Walking The Lone Pine Trail

    Alan Hoffman

    Lone Pine orders require plaintiffs to provide some prima facie evidence to support causation or other claims based on expert opinion. Such orders do not require plaintiffs to prove their case — only to demonstrate that they have one. Some examples from recent litigation illustrate how Lone Pine orders can benefit both sides, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Roe V. Wade Will Not Be Overturned

    Donald Scarinci

    The threat that abortion will become illegal again by overturning Roe v. Wade has been a blockbuster campaign slogan in presidential elections for the last 40 years. Like most campaign rhetoric, this threat is not based in reality, says Donald Scarinci, managing partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • The Insurer's Dilemma: To Produce, Or Not To Produce?

    Victoria Vish

    The discovery demand for the entire underwriter's file for underwriting a policy has become far too common in the realm of insurance coverage litigation. This request must be carefully considered and analyzed by insurers to determine whether the production is appropriate, and the extent to which any production should be limited, says Victoria Vish of Zelle LLP.