Two brothers who admitted to trafficking alligator snapping turtles can’t escape without a bite, a Texas federal judge held Friday, ordering them to serve 21 months and 16 months in prison, respectively, for illegally taking and selling members of the threatened species.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to disturb a lower court's decision ordering a new trial and giving a Dallas real estate brokerage a chance to pursue punitive damages against lawyers it says botched a chance to limit liability in a real estate fraud case, leading to a nearly $9 million judgment.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to revisit its decision that Noble Energy Inc. has to indemnify ConocoPhillips in connection with $63 million in environmental cleanup costs despite arguments that Noble’s predecessor wasn’t properly told about the indemnity agreement.
The founder and chief executive officer of a Houston software development company pled not guilty Thursday in Texas federal court of charges of playing a role in a $32 million securities and wire fraud scheme by lying to investors.
Texas’ high court on Friday freed four University of Texas doctors from a defamation suit brought by a medical resident, rejecting the resident's attempt to skirt a state law that prevents him from naming both the state university and its employees in the suit.
Republicans unveiled the final version of their tax cut bill on Friday that would impose a 21 percent flat rate on corporations, set the maximum individual tax rate at 37 percent and largely adopt the Senate’s proposal for pass-through businesses.
An Illinois-based trucking company on Thursday lobbed legal malpractice claims in state court against the attorneys who helped defend it in a Texas personal injury trial that saw a $32 million jury verdict returned against it, saying the attorneys could have done more to protect it from such a large adverse verdict.
The Texas Supreme Court declined Friday to hear appeals from both a doctor and the estate of a deceased patient suing him for allegedly bungling a spinal surgery, refusing to toss the suit and leaving in place an appellate ruling that the family must submit an amended expert report.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday granted a request from USAA Texas Lloyds Co. to rehear its long-running dispute with policyholder Gail Menchaca, who alleges the insurer acted in bad faith by refusing to investigate damage from 2008's Hurricane Ike.
Newly formed, Texas-based oil and gas company ATX Energy Partners has received a $780 million line of equity financing from private equity firms Warburg Pincus LLC, Yorktown Partners LLC and Pine Brook Partners, the company said Friday.
Republicans on Friday signed off on changes to their $1.5 trillion tax cut bill to settle differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation, even as details of the final bill remain largely hidden.
A coalition of 35 state attorneys general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a ruling that the federal government can’t access user data stored overseas by Microsoft, saying the “remarkable” decision gives too much control to private companies, while the European Commission and the U.K. and Irish governments separately weighed in on the dispute.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission scored a narrow trial victory this week when a Texas federal jury found a former technology executive liable for a single count of negligence but cleared him of several more serious claims lodged by the Wall Street regulator over the alleged way he promoted investments in his company, Servergy Inc.
The former chief executive of a Texas software company was charged by federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday with defrauding investors out of around $30 million and embezzling upwards of $7 million from the company.
Mired in $2.8 billion of funded debt and reeling from depressed oil and gas prices and ongoing shareholder litigation, exploration and production company Cobalt International Energy Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Texas on Thursday with the expressed hope of driving a value-maximizing sale of its assets.
A Texas appellate panel said Thursday a trial judge shouldn't have denied a dismissal bid in a medical malpractice suit alleging a doctor caused a patient's death by failing to timely order exploratory surgery, saying the estate’s expert testimony was "conclusory and inconsistent."
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner James C. Ho is heading to the Fifth Circuit after a Senate vote Thursday confirmed him to the post as President Donald Trump’s 12th appellate judge confirmed this year.
A Dallas County jury on Wednesday slammed BBVA Compass bank with a $98 million verdict, finding in favor of a developer who alleged that the bank committed fraud while the parties were engaged in loan renewal negotiations stemming from the development of three subdivisions in Tarrant County, Texas.
The pharmacy unit of DaVita Inc. has agreed to pay $63.7 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it improperly billed and overcharged federal and state health care programs and violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by providing financial inducements to patients, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Counsel for a proposed class alleging Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. failed to cancel a trip as Hurricane Harvey descended should be sanctioned because they knew a class action waiver signed by the lead plaintiff barred the case, the cruise line said Thursday.
Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.
We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.
It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.
Biometric technology may provide higher security and greater efficiencies for employers, but with new technology comes new risks and a patchwork of new legal frameworks to be followed, say attorneys with Akerman LLP.
In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 2017 TC Heartland decision, an open question was how to interpret the patent venue’s statutory language regarding “has committed acts of infringement” in the Hatch-Waxman Act context. Two courts have thus far addressed this issue, but each has interpreted the statutory language differently, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
New amendments to the Texas constitutional provisions permitting loans secured by homestead equity should help expand loan opportunities, but the transition period requires compliance vigilance by lenders, says Jeff Dunn of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.
If you juxtapose the “narrow interpretation” language of the post-TC Heartland decisions with the actual contexts in which the Supreme Court uttered such dicta, it should not be a foregone conclusion that the court meant to eschew all contemporary insights when interpreting the patent venue statute, says Sue Robinson, an attorney at Farnan LLP and former Delaware federal judge.
Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.
Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.