• September 20, 2017

    5th Circ. Urged To Lift Block Of Texas Sanctuary City Law

    West Virginia and seven other states sought Tuesday to support a push by Texas to pause a temporary block of much of the Lone Star State’s anti-sanctuary city law, arguing that Texas will likely prevail in the case.

  • September 20, 2017

    Rolls-Royce Wants FCA Claims Tossed, Atty DQ'd

    Rolls-Royce North America Inc. told a Texas federal court Tuesday that a former consultant accusing the company of improperly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts from crashed aircraft has made too-vague allegations and that his counsel once represented Rolls-Royce and should be disqualified.

  • September 20, 2017

    4th Bellwether Over J&J Metal Hip Implants Kicks Off

    Six plaintiffs on Wednesday told a Texas federal jury that a money-driven Johnson & Johnson pushed a dangerous metal-on-metal hip implant into the world that it knew wouldn’t work well and that was defectively manufactured, in the fourth bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over the devices.

  • September 20, 2017

    Trump Fed. Judge Pick Says Trans Kid Part Of ‘Satan’s Plan’

    A Texas federal judicial nominee referred to a transgender child as evidence of “Satan’s plan,” defended conversion therapy and compared same-sex marriage to marrying a pet or a tree in a 2015 lecture to a group of pastors, a video unearthed Wednesday shows.

  • September 20, 2017

    IRS Defends Response In Exxon $1.35B Refund Case

    The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday hit back at ExxonMobil’s contention that it is taking too long to respond to the oil giant's request to recover administrative penalties it paid after seeking $1.35 billion in tax refunds, for which it later sued, telling a Texas federal court the clock hasn’t yet wound down on the agency’s administrative process.     

  • September 20, 2017

    Dallas Woman Pleads Guilty In $5.1M Medicare Fraud

    The administrator of a company that provided hearing-related services to Medicare beneficiaries in nursing homes pled guilty in Texas federal court on Tuesday to taking part in a $5.1 million scheme to defraud Medicare.

  • September 20, 2017

    Marathon Oil To Pay $33.1M In Foreign Tax Settlement

    Marathon Oil told a Texas federal court Tuesday that it has agreed to pay a group of limited partners $33.1 million to settle claims that the company cheated them out of millions in foreign tax credits in connection with a gas processing plant in Equatorial Guinea.

  • September 19, 2017

    DOJ Urges High Court To Nix Atty's Client Bilking Appeal

    The government asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to hear an appeal brought by a former Houston defense lawyer who is serving a 15-year sentence after he was convicted for promising criminal defendants he could use government connections to get their charges dropped, arguing he raised no issues on appeal that merit the high court's review.

  • September 19, 2017

    Paxton Prosecutors Appeal Pay Ruling To Top Criminal Court

    Prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday asked the state’s highest criminal court to enforce a trial judge’s order they should be paid $300 an hour for their work, saying a lower appellate ruling threatens the fair administration of justice.

  • September 19, 2017

    JLL Can't Access Atty Emails In Failed Land Sale Row

    A Texas appellate court on Tuesday held that a property owner's communications with an attorney who had negotiated an ultimately failed real estate sale to a Jones Lang LaSalle client are privileged, despite arguments the attorney was acting only as a broker during the transaction.

  • September 19, 2017

    Closed-Captioning Co.'s Social Media Rule, Firings Illegal

    A closed-captioning nonprofit violated federal labor law by firing two workers over their union activity and maintaining a rule blocking employees from making social media posts that “reflect poorly” on it, a National Labor Relations Board judge said Monday.

  • September 19, 2017

    Farrar & Ball Gets Fees In Ex-Paralegal's Defamation Row

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday granted Farrar & Ball LLP's request to enforce an award of $11,625 in attorneys' fees after the dismissal of a paralegal's defamation and malicious prosecution claims, which stemmed from the firm's suit over the alleged submission of false overtime claims.

  • September 19, 2017

    State AGs Widen Probe Into Opioid Makers, Distributors

    A bipartisan state attorneys general investigation into the opioid epidemic has expanded to include more drug manufacturers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma, Allergan and AmerisourceBergen, according to a Tuesday announcement from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • September 19, 2017

    EFH Judge Rethinks $275M Breakup Fee In Nixed NextEra Deal

    The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over the Energy Future Holdings Corp. case said Tuesday he would reconsider his decision to allow a $275 million breakup fee in the now-failed $18 billion NextEra Inc. sale deal, ruling he made a mistake when approving the fee a year ago.

  • September 19, 2017

    NFL Players’ Union Says Elliott Suspension Suit Has Legs

    The National Football League Players’ Association told a Texas federal judge Monday that the league must face its lawsuit challenging Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension, saying the fact the union sued before the arbitrator made his final decision is irrelevant.

  • September 18, 2017

    Energy Co. Says It Doesn't Belong In Suit Over $300M Sale

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. asked a federal judge in Texas on Friday to dismiss Exco Resources Inc.'s suit claiming Chesapeake was holding up the planned sale of its South Texas oil and gas properties to a private-equity-affiliated firm for $300 million, arguing the court lacks jurisdiction over it in the dispute.

  • September 18, 2017

    Chipotle Worker Says Overtime Suit Didn't Flout Texas Court

    A Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. worker who filed a putative class action in New Jersey seeking overtime pay under an enjoined U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule change urged a Texas federal judge on Monday not to hold her and her counsel in contempt over the suit.

  • September 18, 2017

    Bar On NFL’s Suspension Of Elliott Will Remain, Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge on Monday said the National Football League cannot hold off his decision to pause Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension, handing the running back another legal victory that will keep him playing this season.

  • September 18, 2017

    Citi Settles DOJ Suit Over Military Car Repos

    CitiFinancial Credit Co. will pay $907,000 to settle a Texas federal suit alleging the consumer finance company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act by illegally repossessing cars from on-duty military service members, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

  • September 18, 2017

    Stanford Ponzi Scheme Receiver Battles Ex-GC For Records

    The receiver unwinding Robert Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to force Stanford's former general counsel to show why he hasn't produced requested documents regarding his bank accounts and properties in Texas and Florida in the receiver's clawback suit targeting Stanford's legal advisers.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Competitors Collaborating Post-Hurricane

    Meytal McCoy

    Despite the unique and critical need for collaboration among competitors following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and other natural disasters, these events are not an invitation for businesses to ignore antitrust laws, say Meytal McCoy and Jessica Michaels of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • How To Give Patent Clients A 'Get Out Of Texas' Card

    Jeremy Elman

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent patent venue decision in TC Heartland, companies should take a fresh look at the Eastern District of Texas to put an end to forum shopping there, say Jeremy Elman and Robert Mallard of Dorsey & Whitney LLP​.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Preparing For Art-Related Claims After Hurricane Harvey

    Jamie Baker

    Texas insurers will face many new and challenging questions regarding Hurricane Harvey and art-related claims. Damage to fine art often involves unique claim facts due to the nature of the asset at risk, and there is a dearth of case law interpreting fine art insurance issues in general, says Jamie Baker of Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • 8 Key Insurance Coverage Considerations For Harvey, Irma

    Geoffrey Greeves

    In the aftermath of two powerful hurricanes, it will not be uncommon for businesses to be unpleasantly surprised by insurers who are unwilling to stand behind the full insurance coverage they promised. Insureds should pay close attention to the eight property adjustment and coverage issues highlighted in this article in order to maximize recovery, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Understanding Force Majeure In The Aftermath Of Harvey

    Jessica Crutcher

    Hurricane Harvey has undoubtedly affected the ability of some members of the energy industry to fully perform contracts. Force majeure may be a viable defense where failure to perform is caused by a natural disaster. But every contract's force majeure clause is different, so the precise language of the clause should be the first consideration, say lawyers from Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 5th Circ. Tames NLRB Approach To Workplace Conduct Rules

    Laura Lawless Robertson

    In T-Mobile USA v. National Labor Relations Board, the Fifth Circuit recently held that the NLRB went too far when targeting the company's employee handbook policies. The decision signals that federal courts may increasingly rein in the NLRB’s attempts to expansively apply the National Labor Relations Act to seemingly neutral workplace conduct rules, says Laura Lawless Robertson of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.