• February 23, 2017

    Wood Group To Pay $9.5M In False Reporting, Explosion Plea

    Wood Group PSN Inc. will pay $9.5 million over allegations of falsely reporting safety inspections and violating the Clean Water Act in connection with the November 2012 explosion at the West Delta 32 offshore facility in the Gulf of Mexico, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

  • February 23, 2017

    ZeniMax Wants $1B In Damages, Oculus Products Pulled

    After winning a blockbuster trial over virtual reality software, video game developer ZeniMax Media LLC on Thursday asked a Texas federal judge for enhanced damages totaling more than $1 billion and to block Facebook Inc. subsidiary Oculus from selling products that infringe its copyrights.

  • February 23, 2017

    K&L Gates Snags Partner From Squire Patton Boggs

    K&L Gates LLP announced Wednesday that it had hired a partner with a range of experience that includes structuring credit facilities and counseling clients in oil and gas transactions in the firm’s Dallas office, where he will seek to use the firm’s global resources to expand his energy-focused practice.

  • February 23, 2017

    Medical Supply Co. Owner Gets 27 Years In $3.5M Fraud

    A 55-year-old man who was involved in a $3.5 million scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid by filing false claims for powered wheelchairs and scooters was sentenced Thursday in San Antonio, Texas, to 27 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • February 23, 2017

    Marshall Heir's Trade Secret Suit Sent Back To State Court

    Preston Marshall, former president of oil exploration company MarOpCo, won a bid to move his trade secrets suit against the business and his brother from federal court in Dallas back to state court in Houston on Wednesday, when a judge ruled in his favor saying the court had up to this point in the case “only handled procedural motions.”

  • February 23, 2017

    5th Circ. Reinstates Texas Anti-Immigrant Harboring Law

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday reinstated a Texas law that makes it a felony to harbor unauthorized immigrants, lifting an injunction that had blocked the 2015 law from taking full effect, in a ruling praised by both the state and immigrant advocates.

  • February 23, 2017

    FinCEN To Keep Watching Shell Cos.' Big Real Estate Deals

    Title insurance companies will have to keep disclosing the real buyers behind shell companies that pay cash for luxury homes in several major cities, after the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network extended the requirement by six months on Thursday.

  • February 23, 2017

    EEOC Hits Fracking Equipment Co. With Discrimination Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused a Houston-based manufacturer of fracking equipment Wednesday of firing a black employee after he reported his colleagues for donning a white hood that resembled Ku Klux Klan regalia, rather than disciplining his colleagues.

  • February 23, 2017

    Rival's Lie-Spotters Suit Booted Out Of Texas

    A Texas federal judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday between companies specializing in training to spot deception and lies, concluding that the business interference dispute lacked ties to Texas and really stemmed from an allegedly “sham” case in New York state court.

  • February 23, 2017

    Thompson & Knight Defends $25M Fee In Life Partners Ch. 11

    Thompson & Knight LLP has pushed back in Texas federal court against a U.S. trustee’s objections to its bid for more than $25 million in fees and expenses for serving as counsel to Life Partners Holdings Inc.’s Chapter 11 trustee, saying it has already agreed to fee reductions.

  • February 23, 2017

    Littler Mendelson Adds Shareholder To Dallas Privacy Group

    Littler Mendelson PC has announced the addition of a veteran privacy attorney to its workplace privacy and data security practice in Dallas, saying that he will join as a shareholder from the human resources management solutions provider ADP LLC.

  • February 23, 2017

    Deficient Expert Report Dooms Minor's Sex Assault Claims

    A Texas appellate court has dismissed claims against Hickory Trail Hospital LP brought after a minor patient claimed a hospital employee entered her room and sexually assaulted her, finding expert reports in the suit were inadequate, and it overturned a trial court's decision to let the case move forward.

  • February 23, 2017

    $269M JV Forged By Belay Investment, Eagle Property

    Belay Investment Group LLC has entered into a joint venture with Eagle Property Capital Investments LLC to acquire as much as $269 million worth of multifamily properties in Texas and Florida, the firms revealed in a statement Thursday.

  • February 22, 2017

    NLRB Asks 5th Circ. To OK Chipotle Break Petition Ruling

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the Fifth Circuit last week to affirm its ruling that Chipotle Services LLC illegally fired an employee for refusing to stop circulating a petition demanding fair break time, calling this “textbook” protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act.

  • February 22, 2017

    Oil Heir Accuses Ex-Dallas DA, Dallas Attys Of Burglary

    In a wide-ranging lawsuit filed in Texas federal court Wednesday, Hunt Petroleum Corp. heir Al Hill III accused former Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins and a handful of prominent Dallas attorneys who formerly represented him of plotting a burglary of his home.

  • February 22, 2017

    Post Oak Leads $200M Investment Into Midland Oil Biz

    Post Oak Energy Capital LP is leading a $200 million equity commitment to oil and gas company Moriah Henry Partners LLC to fund developments in the core of the Midland Basin, in West Texas, the companies said Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Lawyers Seek Up To $41M From Halliburton Asbestos Deal

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Kahn Swick & Foti LLC lawyers who reached a $100 million investor settlement with Halliburton over its asbestos liability disclosures told a Texas federal court Tuesday they would seek up to $40.8 million after a decade's litigation and two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • February 22, 2017

    Baker Botts Snags 9 Partners From Norton Rose Fulbright

    Baker Botts LLP has hired nine partners experienced in tax, private equity, energy and mergers and acquisitions from Norton Rose Fulbright to join its Houston, Texas, office, including the leaders of several of its transactional and tax practices.

  • February 22, 2017

    AIG, Biotech Co. Fight Toss Of $36M Ad Injury Coverage Suit

    AIG and agricultural product company Stoller Enterprises Inc. on Tuesday both objected to a Texas magistrate judge's recommendation to throw out nearly all of Stoller’s suit seeking coverage from AIG for an unfair competition suit settlement of an undisclosed amount after triple damages totaled $36 million.

  • February 22, 2017

    4G FRAND Suit Against T-Mobile Should Proceed, Judge Says

    A Texas magistrate judge on Wednesday recommended a federal court deny T-Mobile's bid to toss Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s suit for declaratory judgment on whether its license on patented 4G technology was fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, finding the court had subject-matter jurisdiction over the case.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Who Would Face Liability For Oroville Dam Management?

    Brett Moore

    The Butte County, California, sheriff recently ordered the evacuation of more than 180,000 people in the communities surrounding the Oroville Dam after officials spotted severe erosion in its emergency spillway. Although other avenues may exist to pursue liability against the agencies involved in management of the facilities, those agencies might avoid state tort liability on preemption grounds, says Brett Moore of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • A Reprieve From The Deluge Of Hail Litigation In Texas

    James W. Holbrook

    The Texas Fourth Court of Appeals' ruling in Garcia v. State Farm is a definitive answer to one question commonly presented in hail disputes, holding that an insurer's payment of an appraisal award generally insulates the insurer from liability. This raises some ethical concerns, as hail lawyers continue to sign up insureds on a 40 percent contingency fee basis while knowing that their clients' disputes will likely be resolved by s... (continued)

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • Legal Pot Industry Bugged By Lack Of Pesticide Guidance

    Telisport W. Putsavage

    Marijuana cultivation suffers from the same pest and disease pressure as any large commercial greenhouse operation. However, the circumstance unique to this setting is that any use of a pesticide in the cultivation of marijuana is a violation of federal law, says Telisport Putsavage of Putsavage PLLC.

  • Texas' Secret Weapon To Keep Ex-Employees Honest

    Arthur V. Lambert

    Many employers believe expensive litigation is their only option when an employee defects to a competitor or takes off with proprietary company information. However, small- and mid-sized companies may be best suited to leverage Rule 202 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure because it allows them to investigate possible trade secret claims before filing a lawsuit, says Arthur Lambert of Fisher Phillips.

  • Trump’s Enviro Law Impact May Not Be What Many Anticipate

    Lester Sotsky

    Many posit a material decline in environmental enforcement and a retrenchment or reversal of environmental regulatory initiatives in the new Trump administration. We expect three concrete areas where activism and activity will be on the rise during this time, targeting a variety of environmental, public health and liability issues of considerable potential consequences, say Lester Sotsky and Andy Wang of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.