A Texas judge mulling National Oilwell Varco’s requests for sanctions against a Schlumberger unit and the toss of some jury findings following a two-week trade secrets trial scolded both sides during a hearing Friday, telling the competing equipment and service providers in the oil and gas industry that the case represented a waste of time.
A Texas appellate court on Friday rejected argument by the Texas Small Tobacco Coalition that a state law imposing steeper tax burdens on tobacco companies that did not settle a lawsuit violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
A Texas doctor was convicted by a federal jury on multiple counts of health care fraud Friday after federal prosecutors alleged he had participated in a scheme that bilked Medicare out of $40 million for home health services by filing false claims for services that were either unneeded or were never provided.
The Internal Revenue Service and a U.S.-appointed trustee objected on Thursday to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees requested by lawyers and consultants for time spent on Caroline Dee Wyly’s bankruptcy case, saying the work was done in bad faith and didn’t add to the value of the estate.
A Texas appellate court on Friday dismissed on jurisdictional grounds a lawsuit accusing the city of Austin of rigging the bid process to favor a pre-selected contractor when it awarded a $12.2 million contract for body cameras to be worn by its police department.
A Texas federal jury on Friday hit Motorola Mobility LLC with a $9 million verdict, finding willful infringement of five patents related to voice quality on phone calls and rejecting Motorola’s claims the patents are invalid.
Paragon Offshore PLC’s stockholders on Friday attacked what they characterized as manipulated projections of the bankrupt Houston company’s stability, outlook and ability to pay stockholder claims, and urged the U.S. trustee's office to form an official equity committee.
A Hong Kong company on Thursday asked a Texas federal judge to enforce its $1.5 million arbitration award against a buyer that denies its validity because while the sales contract for the shipment of a rubber-production chemical had an arbitration clause, emails changing the terms did not.
An unnamed hospital tech suing her former employer for sexual harassment is not bound by an arbitration policy she was never explicitly informed about, even if it was available online and accessible to her, a Texas appeals court ruled Thursday.
With the U.S. government officially seeking proposals for the border wall, the Trump administration seems determined to get started on its wall project as soon as possible. Here’s a look at the wall’s potential costs, its contracting requirements and the many land, tribal and environmental issues that could get in the way.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday adopted a magistrate's recommendation issued last month and denied Orion Project Services LLC's bid for an early win on its claims that its insurer owes it defense costs for a suit brought by the family of a worker killed in a 2013 terror attack.
The Fifth Circuit Thursday denied Koch Foods of Mississippi LLC’s request that it rehear a decision finding that the company cannot compel the release of identifying visa application information on employees who have brought a sexual harassment suit against it, but after the appeals court revised the decision in favor of Koch.
A company that had successfully challenged a U.S. Army test services contract awarded to a competitor was unable to convince the U.S. Government Accountability Office the second time around that the Army couldn’t back up its evaluation of the rival bidder’s staffing approach, according to a decision released Thursday.
A Dallas anesthesiologist will spend about 3 1/2 years in prison and must pay $7.4 million in restitution after a Texas federal jury found him guilty of seven counts of health care fraud, a Texas federal judge has ruled.
Taxpayers Against Fraud's nonprofit arm urged the Fifth Circuit Wednesday to revive a would-be whistleblower's False Claims Act suit accusing Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman of concealing the true cost of the hugely expensive F-35 fighter program, arguing relators like these need to be incentivized, not discouraged.
The owner of a water supply company was stripped of a jury verdict in his favor by a trial judge who wrongly awarded a new trial to his former attorneys in a contingency fee dispute over whether the lawyers are owed a stake in his company, the Texas Supreme Court was told in oral arguments Thursday.
In a case asking the Texas Supreme Court to reinstate a trial judge’s order enforcing two deeds that convey the seller’s entire oil and gas holdings in an East Texas county, the judges on Thursday heard conflicting arguments about whether the deed itself is ambiguous.
In what many are calling the most important patent case of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on whether to limit where patent lawsuits can be filed.
A Texas appellate court on Wednesday ordered a new trial for a former Baylor University football player whose sexual assault conviction prompted an investigation of allegations that the university improperly responded to sexual assaults of its students.
A Texas appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that BNSF Railway Co. wasn't entitled to oil found on land beneath its railroad tracks, concluding that the terms of a 1903 deed struck between the railroad and landowners only entitled BNSF to an easement on the property's surface.
A review of President Donald Trump's recent budget proposal suggests that none of his goals for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be well-served. In fact, the EPA, states, tribes and other federal agencies would all face serious issues in protecting human health and the environment, says Jim Rubin of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.
Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.
Because the value of natural gas gathering systems, processing plants and related midstream assets depends on fees to be paid under associated gas gathering and processing agreements, terms and conditions of these agreements — with respect to acreage dedication, well connections, covenants running with the land, and other matters — must be scrutinized before asset purchases, say Greg Krafka and Jim Strawn of Winstead PC.
Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.
Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.
In the acquisition of natural gas gathering systems, processing plants and related midstream assets, a primary focus of legal due diligence will be the gas gathering and processing agreements associated with these assets. Terms and conditions governing service levels, fees, environmental costs, termination and other issues must be carefully reviewed before purchase, say Greg Krafka and Jim Strawn of Winstead PC.
What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)
While there is presently a sea of confusion and uncertainty swirling around U.S. Department of Labor overtime exemptions, employers can take solace in the fact that a recent decision from a Florida federal court demonstrates potential jurors are able to understand the proper use of exemptions and apply them fairly and to the benefit of employers accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, says Daniel Krawiec of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.
The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.
The First District Court of Appeals in Houston recently ruled in League City v. Texas Windstorm that an insured cannot sue for breach of contract without attempting to communicate with its insurer. In light of League City and other recent decisions, attorneys who continue to manipulate the claims process do so at the peril of having their claims dismissed entirely, says Summer Frederick of Zelle LLP.