Texas

  • July 26, 2017

    Baker McKenzie Adds Energy Pro To Houston Office

    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.

  • July 26, 2017

    EEOC Backs Grocery Cashier At 5th Circ. In Harassment Suit

    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.

  • July 26, 2017

    Siemens Beats Suit Over $7M Bill For Busted Turbine

    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.

  • July 26, 2017

    J&J Wants 5th Circ. To Block Fourth Hip Implant Bellwether

    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.

  • July 26, 2017

    Texas Co. Owner Gets 4 Years In $374M Medicare Scam

    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.

  • July 26, 2017

    Texas Co. Settles SEC Suit Over Oil And Gas Offering Fraud

    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.

  • July 26, 2017

    AMC Beats Rival IPic's Antitrust Suit In Texas State Court

    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.

  • July 26, 2017

    Staffing Co. Can’t Evade $1.3M Judgment In Contract Fight

    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.

  • July 26, 2017

    Houston Atty, Ex-Firm Settle IP Theft Lawsuit

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    Gilead Backs Cray In Appeal Over Gilstrap's New Venue Rules

    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. 

  • July 25, 2017

    Texas Judge Urges Justices To Review Conspiracy Time Limit

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    5th Circ. Says Several T-Mobile Workplace Rules Pass Muster

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    Dallas Atty Facing Up To 10 Yrs In $22M Workers' Comp Scam

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    Chinese Co. Takes BP Asset Sale Row To Federal Court

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    Pump-And-Dump Orchestrator Ordered To Pay $9.2M To SEC

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    EEOC, Bass Pro Reach $10.5M Deal To End Race Bias Suit

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    Iron Workers To Spearhead Anadarko Securities Fraud Class

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Denies Hughes' Bid To Move Patent Suit From EDTX

    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.

  • July 24, 2017

    Total Asks 5th Circ. To Revisit Suit Over FERC’s Fining Power

    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.

  • July 24, 2017

    $97.5M JC Penney Investor Settlement Gets Initial OK

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    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.

  • Opinion

    Section 230 Of The CDA Must Align With The 21st Century

    Demetrick Pennie

    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.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Who Wants To Be An MDL?

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    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.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    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.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    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.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    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.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    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.

  • OFAC Continues To Pursue Oil And Gas Companies

    Michael Casey

    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.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    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.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    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.