Texas

  • February 21, 2018

    From NJ To Texas: How The Courts Fared At The Fed. Circ.

    The differences between the Federal Circuit’s most-reversed and least-reversed district courts run far deeper than their success rates on appeal — a metric that can vary widely throughout the judiciary, according to Law360’s look at three years of Federal Circuit cases.

  • February 21, 2018

    Dallas Mavs To Probe Harassment Claims Against Ex-CEO

    The Dallas Mavericks basketball team said Tuesday it has hired outside counsel to handle an investigation into widespread sexual harassment within its business operations allegedly perpetrated by former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery.

  • February 21, 2018

    Holland & Knight Adds Bankruptcy Litigator In Houston

    Holland & Knight LLP said Wednesday that it has bolstered its commercial litigation practice in Houston with the hiring of a former Greenberg Traurig LLP partner who has significant experience in bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation.

  • February 21, 2018

    Ex-Oilfield Worker Looks To Revive False Imprisonment Suit

    A former Schlumberger Technology Corp. mechanic has taken his fight to revive his false imprisonment claims to the Texas Supreme Court, asking the justices on Tuesday to overturn a lower appellate court's November ruling tossing the lawsuit he filed against the oilfield services company after he was arrested.

  • February 21, 2018

    Why BigLaw Firms Are Hungry To Enter And Grow In Dallas

    The desire of large law firms to set up shop and grow in Dallas appears to have reached near-frenzy levels, with reports of new offices springing up, mergers being inked, and fierce competition in the lateral market replete with hefty paychecks.

  • February 21, 2018

    Andrews Kurth, Hunton & Williams Will Combine In April

    After months of rumors and negotiations, the merger between Texas-based Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and Virginia's Hunton & Williams LLP has been resoundingly approved by partner votes at both firms, and the union is on track to completion by the end of the quarter, the firms announced Wednesday.

  • February 20, 2018

    Stanford Ponzi Deal Wrongly Bars Claims, 5th Circ. Hears

    Hundreds of investors in the Stanford Ponzi scheme urged the Fifth Circuit on Monday to overturn a $120 million deal settling claims that broker Willis Ltd. fraudulently induced their investments, arguing that the settlement funds inexplicably go to the Stanford receiver and the terms of the deal indefensibly bar further claims against Willis.

  • February 20, 2018

    Fed. Circ. OKs Killing Money Transfer Patent Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s decision to invalidate claims in four Integrated Technological Systems Inc. patents tied to money transfers in the newest of several high-profile decisions over how to interpret the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • February 20, 2018

    Texas Health Science Center Pays $13M To Settle Grant Row

    The University of North Texas Health Science Center will pay the federal government $13 million to settle allegations that it was inaccurate in tracking and paying researchers who were working on federal research grants sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

  • February 20, 2018

    Judge Transfers Storage War Over Search Engine Optimization

    A federal judge in Massachusetts on Tuesday kept alive, but transferred to Texas, a small storage facility’s claim that misleading website URLs undercut state and federal antitrust and trademark laws for an edge in Google search results.

  • February 20, 2018

    2nd Circ. Ruling Ends Exxon Free Speech Claims, Judge Told

    The Second Circuit’s recent decision that the First Amendment does not shield social welfare organizations from disclosing their donors should also undermine Exxon Mobil Corp.’s free speech claims against state climate change probes, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office told a federal judge Friday.

  • February 20, 2018

    Texas AI Co. Pockets $56.5M In Series B Funding Round

    Texas artificial intelligence company SparkCognition on Tuesday said its series B funding round, led by the corporate venture capital arm of Verizon Communications Inc., reaped $56.5 million by its official close, up from the $32.5 million the company initially announced it raised in June.

  • February 20, 2018

    Justices Again Turn Down Deportee's Bid To Reopen

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined for a second time to review the Fifth Circuit’s denials of a Mexican native’s bid to reopen his deportation hearing based on what he argued was new legal precedent set by the high court.

  • February 20, 2018

    BP Says Some Claims In Deepwater Suits Are Time-Barred

    BP PLC has asked a Texas federal court to dismiss claims from two-thirds of the investor suits in multidistrict litigation related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court case made clear that some claims based on company statements from before the spill should be barred by the statute of repose.

  • February 20, 2018

    Shuttered Texas Energy Co. Says Bribe Refusal Cost It $470M

    A Houston energy company says its refusal to pay a bribe to officials with Venezuela's state-run energy company Petroleos de Venezuela SA cost it $470 million and forced it out of business, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Houston on Friday.

  • February 20, 2018

    Akerman Adds 3 Ex-Gardere Attys In Dallas

    Akerman LLP has expanded its government affairs and public policy team in Texas with the addition of three former Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP international trade attorneys to its Dallas office, the firm announced Monday.

  • February 16, 2018

    Topgolf tells 5th Circ. Rival Can’t Pursue Future Claims

    Topgolf International Inc., which operates more than two dozen combined driving ranges and restaurants, asked the Fifth Circuit to affirm a district court's ruling in an antitrust suit alleging it acquired a software provider used by a competitor and may not renew the services contract when it expires, telling the court the claims cannot be brought because they are speculative.

  • February 16, 2018

    Dallas Atty Cops To Running Marriage Fraud Scheme

    A Dallas attorney accused of arranging a marriage to secure lawful permanent resident status for his legal assistant entered a guilty plea to the charge Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • February 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Take Up Arbitration Question In Crop Case

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to weigh whether Jody James Farms must arbitrate its dispute with insurance agency The Altman Group over an unpaid 2010 crop damage claim, after JJF argued there was no arbitration agreement between the parties.

  • February 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Pass On Code Developer's 'Contractor' Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to consider a software developer’s suit in which he claimed that a trial court incorrectly ruled he was an employee and not an independent contractor of the drilling technology company that demanded he hand over a computer application he wrote.

Expert Analysis

  • Understanding Texas Mechanic's Liens And Bonds: Part 2

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    Texas is home to relatively complex statutory frameworks for liens and bonds used to secure payment for services rendered. Statutory and constitutional liens provide powerful remedies for nonpayment, but only if the proper guidelines are strictly observed, says David Tolin of Cokinos Young in the second part of this article.

  • 5th Circ. Adds To Split On Review Of Jury Instruction Errors

    Andrew Goldsmith

    Several circuits have taken different approaches on how to assess the prejudice caused by erroneous jury instructions on a criminal defendant’s principal trial theory when the defendant challenges the instructions for the first time on appeal. The latest decision is from the Fifth Circuit, in U.S. v. Fairley, says Andrew Goldsmith of Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick PLLC.

  • Understanding Texas Mechanic's Liens And Bonds: Part 1

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    David Tolin

    Texas is home to relatively complex statutory frameworks for liens and bonds used to secure payment for services rendered. Statutory and constitutional liens provide powerful remedies for nonpayment, but only if the proper guidelines are strictly observed, says David Tolin of Cokinos Young.

  • Tension Over 'Place Of Business' Timing For Patent Venue

    Brian Kwok

    Post-TC Heartland, an increasingly common venue dispute revolves around whether a patent defendant must have its "regular and established place of business" in the judicial district when filing the complaint, or only when the alleged act of infringement occurred. Two recent district court decisions appear to answer this question differently, say Brian Kwok and Winnie Wong of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Auto Dealers Should Note FTC’s Deceptive Ad Actions

    Christian Scali

    The Federal Trade Commission recently announced it approved a final consent order settling charges against an auto dealership after it disseminated full-page Spanish-language advertisements in print and online. While this action is among the first taken by the FTC to explicitly pursue auto dealers who deceive consumers by switching languages, there have been similar crackdowns in recent years, say attorneys with Scali Rasmussen.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • Emerging Trends In FCA Enforcement: 2018 Outlook

    Vince Farhat

    Two new policies from the U.S. Department of Justice, along with ongoing developments concerning the elements of scienter and materiality stemming from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Escobar, have the potential to significantly change the landscape of False Claims Act enforcement in the year ahead, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.