Baker McKenzie has added a commercial litigator from BakerHostetler with over 25 years of experience working on cases primarily in the energy sector as a partner to its Houston office.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has told the Fifth Circuit that a lower court dropped the ball when it nixed a sexual harassment case brought by a grocery store cashier who says her husband was knocked unconscious by her alleged harasser in front of the couple’s son.
A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday confirmed an arbitration award in favor of Siemens Energy Inc. stemming from a dispute between it and insurers Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Ltd. and ACE American Insurance Co. over who is liable for a $7.1 million payment made after a gas turbine broke down.
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday asked the Fifth Circuit to block a Texas federal judge from presiding over a fourth bellwether trial involving metal-on-metal hip implants, arguing the Texas court has jurisdiction only over pretrial proceedings as part of multidistrict litigation.
A Texas federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a home health care company owner convicted of health care fraud to four years in prison, rejecting an argument from prosecutors that her role in an alleged $374 million Medicare fraud scheme merited a harsher sentence.
A Texas-based energy company and its founder have settled the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims that they raised $3.9 million in oil and gas offerings without telling investors that extreme wax buildups in the wells inflated production expenses.
A Texas state court on Tuesday handed theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. an early win in an antitrust suit brought by rival iPic-Gold Class Entertainment LLC alleging AMC colluded with Regal Entertainment Group to prevent smaller venues from showing first-run films.
A Fifth Circuit panel refused Tuesday to upend a jury verdict or subsequent $1.3 million judgment awarded against a staffing company found to have purchased a subsidiary from another business only to short that entity on its contractually promised share of a deferred tax benefit.
Houston intellectual property law firm Matthews Lawson McCutcheon & Joseph PLLC and a former firm attorney it had accused of stealing client information to start his own firm asked a judge on Tuesday to dismiss the claims with prejudice.
Gilead Sciences Inc. is backing Cray Inc. at the Federal Circuit in its bid to throw out a decision from U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap setting new venue rules for patent cases, telling the court it believes the opinion misinterpreted the patent venue statute and could allow too-loose connections to determine venues moving forward.
A Texas appellate judge on Tuesday urged the state Supreme Court to clarify “murky” and “muddled” precedent that sets a flat two-year time limit to bring civil conspiracy claims, saying a more sound rule would be to apply a time limit in line with the underlying tort claim.
The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday mostly struck down a National Labor Relations Board ruling that invalidated various T-Mobile and MetroPCS employee handbook rules, including workplace behavior requirements, but upheld the illegality of a rule banning workplace recordings.
A Dallas attorney who was indicted alongside four family members in September 2015 for allegedly perpetrating a scheme to collect more than $22 million in workers' compensation claims entered into an agreement with the government Monday and pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
A Chinese petroleum company embroiled in a dispute with a Texas consulting firm over unpaid invoices related to the $775 million sale of certain BP PLC assets removed the firm’s suit to Texas federal court Monday, blasting the litigation as a "naked attempt" to attack a prior arbitration award.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that it had obtained final judgment against a man accused of arranging a pump-and-dump stock manipulation scam involving Chimera Energy Corp., an action that enjoins him from violating certain securities law provisions and forces him to pay $9.2 million.
Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC has agreed, without admitting wrongdoing, to pay $10.5 million to a class of black and Hispanic workers the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged it discriminated against by failing to hire, according to the consent decree filed on Monday in Texas federal court.
A Texas federal judge Monday named the Iron Workers Benefit and Pension Fund as lead plaintiff for a putative class of investors who say Anadarko Petroleum Corp. violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose risks associated with its gas wells before a deadly explosion.
The Federal Circuit on Monday denied a bid from Hughes Network Systems LLC to transfer a patent suit out of the Eastern District of Texas but hinted it might not agree with the growing consensus among district courts that the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision was not a change in the law.
Total Gas & Power North America Inc. urged the Fifth Circuit on Monday to rethink its decision rejecting the company's challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s power to use the Natural Gas Act to hand out fines, insisting only a federal court can decide on penalties for violations of the NGA.
A Texas federal judge ruled Monday to grant preliminary approval to a deal for J.C. Penney to pay $97.5 million and make other concessions to a class of investors who’d accused the retailer of lying about its financial health, following the recommendation of a magistrate judge.
To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Over the last two decades, several liability claims against online service providers have been dismissed due to antiquated Communications Decency Act interpretations. Arguments in Gonzalez v. Google and my case, Pennie v. Twitter, will show that unregulated social media providers are not above the law when it comes to giving a platform to terrorist organizations, says Demetrick Pennie, executive director of the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation.
As the lineup for this month’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation demonstrates, requests to create an MDL do not fit a single mold. They can involve headline news, contemporary politics or exotic vacations. They can even trigger forensic research from the National Archives on the status of cases filed decades ago, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.
Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.
Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.
The ExxonMobil penalty is the latest in a string of recent, increasingly aggressive U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control enforcement actions targeting nonfinancial institutions and particularly entities operating in the oil and gas industry, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.
It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.