The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a would-be class action from borrowers alleging payday lender Cash Biz LP broke the law when it filed criminal charges against them for unpaid debts.
A Houston personal injury attorney has been hit with three barratry lawsuits with total claims equaling more than $1.7 million over the past three weeks, accusing him and his associates of, among other things, soliciting grieving families of car accident victims.
The bankrupt parent company of Joe's Crab Shack traded barbs Friday with hospitality giant Landry's Inc. over the debtors’ choice to stick with a $50 million stalking horse bid from another competitor instead of accepting a $55 million offer from Landry’s ahead of a proposed Chapter 11 auction.
The federal government showed its support for Texas on Friday in a lawsuit brought by municipalities and nonprofits challenging the constitutionality of a new state law set to go into effect in September banning so-called sanctuary cities, saying in a filing in Texas federal court that the law is legit.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday was closely divided in a suit involving competing royalty claims, with a majority holding deeds must be interpreted according to the parties’ intent, not under “rigid, arcane” rules of deed construction.
The maker of Schutt Sports football helmets blasted a bid by Riddell Inc. to dodge a suit alleging it infringed three helmet design patents, arguing Thursday that the Texas federal case is right where it belongs, as the rival companies clash with dueling infringement suits.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear oral arguments in a dispute between North Cypress Medical Center Operating Co. Ltd. and an uninsured patient in which the hospital is seeking reversal of a trial court's order requiring it to disclose insurance reimbursement rates.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed a nearly $2 million jury verdict holding Exxon Mobil Corp. partly liable for a workplace fistfight that led to the death of an employee’s father, saying though the Texas judiciary does not have a formal framework for weighing an employer’s duty to control its workers, Exxon had no duty here.
The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously against Samson Exploration LLC on Friday and said the company must pay royalties for a gas well’s production to two pooled units of royalty owners, deciding a lower court was right to assert that contract law governed the overlapping obligation.
An East Texas hospital lost its bid to overturn a jury verdict and lower appellate ruling that it was negligent in the death of a woman who managed to jump out of an ambulance going 70 mph when the Texas Supreme Court declined Friday to take the case.
The Fifth Circuit rejected the last efforts of a mathematician and an attorney found to have stolen high-frequency trading firm Quantlab Technologies Ltd.’s code to launch a competing firm, saying Thursday that Quantlab proved its code was a trade secret and fairly presented its damages proposal.
The Fifth Circuit said Thursday that a Texas public school teacher should not be blocked from pursuing discrimination and retaliation claims against her school district that were excluded from an earlier, since-dismissed lawsuit, ruling they were unready for adjudication during the prior case.
The newly elected Harris County district judge who is now overseeing the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is in store for a “trial by fire” that will force the rookie jurist to navigate choppy political waters and unclear law on the charges at hand, experts say.
A Texas state appellate court has ruled that a lower court doesn’t have jurisdiction to handle a suit brought by a nursing home patient's daughter in which she tried to force the nursing home’s executives to pay a $31 million judgment she obtained against the now-bankrupt company that operated the facility.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied a request from the University of Texas at Austin to review a lower appellate court's May 2016 ruling allowing a former track coach, who alleges she was forced out over a years-past relationship with a student, to bring her discrimination lawsuit.
Forestar Group Inc. said Friday that an increased offer from D.R. Horton to purchase 75 percent of the real estate development company for around $568 million was superior to a bid made by Starwood Capital Group that would mean a higher total price but take the company private.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday held Noble Energy Inc. must indemnify ConocoPhillips Co. for $63 million in environmental cleanup costs under an indemnity agreement that wasn’t disclosed when Noble’s predecessor bought oil and gas assets during a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
A Fifth Circuit panel on Thursday agreed with Exxon Mobil that it did not owe damages to an insurance company stemming from losses the insurer had to cover when Exxon halted a propane contract because of a fire at a plant, deciding that the contract’s provisions specifically forbid recovery.
The former CEO of a Texas energy company was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison, after he admitted to embezzling at least $450,000 from the company through faked invoices and reimbursements for personal expenses.
The states of North Dakota and Texas on Wednesday filed a brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to put on hold and revise parts of a rule aimed at curbing methane emissions, saying that the agency properly exercised its discretion in issuing the stay.
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.
Read literally, the delay exclusion contained by many commercial property policies would preclude coverage for any loss of revenue incurred, even if the delay is a direct result of a covered cause of loss. However, case precedent shows that it is necessary to reconcile the delay exclusion with the business income or extra expense coverage grant, says Hilary Henkind of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass.
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission's recent decision in Secretary of Labor v. Hensel Phelps Construction has immediate implications for construction employers in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and could preview a split among federal circuit courts regarding the secretary of labor’s enforcement powers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, says Michael Abcarian of Fisher Phillips.
Forty years ago, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was created as the successor to the Federal Power Commission. Daniel Hagan and Jane Rueger of White & Case LLP review how FERC has dealt with historic changes in the natural gas and electric power markets over the last four decades, and consider the evolving energy landscape the commission will face in coming years.
One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.
It has become more and more common to see oil and gas operators drill their leases from off-site locations. Last month's decision by the Texas Supreme Court in Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore should be seen as a welcome development for operators seeking access to the surface overlying a neighboring lessee’s leasehold estate, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.