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  • December 11, 2018

    ZeniMax, Oculus End Appeals Of $304M IP Judgment

    ZeniMax Media Inc. and Oculus VR LLC announced Monday they settled their cross-appeals in the Fifth Circuit stemming from disputes that led to a final judgment of $304 million in favor of ZeniMax after a jury found that Facebook-owned Oculus infringed its virtual reality intellectual property.

  • December 11, 2018

    Houston Attys Agree On How To Split $12M Arbitration Row

    A settlement between three law firms — two with Houston ties — jockeying for their share of winnings from a $12 million settlement reached in February in a dispute between Universitas Education LLC and Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB over the fund's alleged mismanagement of a trust has been approved by a federal judge in Virginia.

  • December 11, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Urged To Review Venue In Cialis Patent Fight

    Weighing in on venue rules in patent infringement disputes, nonprofit Washington Legal Foundation urged the full Federal Circuit on Monday to rehear arguments by Eli Lilly and Co. that a Cialis dispute resulting in a $20 million verdict against the pharma giant shouldn’t have been litigated in East Texas.

  • December 11, 2018

    RPX, Ericsson Get Bandwidth Patent Claims Nixed At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has doled out wins to Ericsson Inc. and RPX Corp. in a dispute over two network bandwidth patents held by Texas-based software company Iridescent Networks Inc., ruling that all the challenged claims in both patents are invalid.

  • December 11, 2018

    AGs Ask SSA To Set Up ID Theft Prevention Database, Fast

    A coalition of 43 state attorneys general urged the Social Security Administration to make a priority of establishing a nationwide database for electronically matching names and dates of birth to Social Security numbers, in order to fight “synthetic identity theft” where legitimate numbers get tied to fake identities.

  • December 11, 2018

    Ex-Oilfield Co. Worker Can't Revive $20M Race Bias Suit

    A former employee of National Oilwell Varco LP lost his bid to revive a $20 million race-based discrimination lawsuit filed in the wake of his termination after a Texas appellate court on Tuesday determined that negligent destruction of video evidence wasn't enough to merit a new trial.

  • December 11, 2018

    Texas Medical Device Co., Atty Settle Suit Over Alleged Scam

    A medical device developer has settled a case accusing a California attorney of scamming it out of $1.76 million by misrepresenting her ability to connect the company with potential clients in Asia and continuously trying to get more money.

  • December 10, 2018

    US Citizen Kids Ask High Court To Halt Dad's Deportation

    The children of an unauthorized Mexican immigrant have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether they, as American citizens, can claim a violation of their constitutional rights due to their father's deportation.

  • December 10, 2018

    Oil Co. Officer Pleads Guilty In Venezuelan Bribery Case

    A former procurement officer of Venezuela’s state-owned energy company pled guilty on Monday in Texas federal court to obstructing an investigation into a scheme involving U.S.-based companies that allegedly paid bribes to Venezuelan government officials to secure business.

  • December 10, 2018

    Neiman Marcus Accused Of Funneling $1B To LBO Sponsors

    Neiman Marcus Group Inc. was hit with a suit in Texas state court Monday alleging the company orchestrated a plot to loot its own luxury department store and online retailer of about $1 billion and transfer the cash to indirect owners Ares Management LP and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

  • December 10, 2018

    Ex-Financial Co. CEO Accuses Financier Of Sabotage

    The former CEO of a financial firm has sued Emigrant Bank and several of its board members in Texas state court, accusing them of personal and professional sabotage intended to drive down the value of the company so it could be acquired on the cheap. 

  • December 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Skips VirnetX Challenge To Retroactive AIA Reviews

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed an America Invents Act review decision invalidating a VirnetX patent challenged by Apple, saying VirnetX did not preserve its argument that AIA reviews cannot be retroactively applied to patents filed before the law was enacted.

  • December 10, 2018

    Thomas Says Politics Tainted Planned Parenthood Rejections

    Justice Clarence Thomas, backed by two of his right-leaning colleagues, accused the rest of the U.S. Supreme Court of putting politics over the law by refusing Monday to hear two cases questioning the rights of Medicaid recipients to challenge qualified providers solely because the suits were against Planned Parenthood affiliates.

  • December 10, 2018

    DHS Watchdog To Probe If Detention Caused Toddler's Death

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog has launched a probe into the death of a toddler who died soon after being released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement lockup, a DHS spokesperson said Monday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Dentist Can't Appeal Evidence Admission, Texas Panel Says

    A Texas appeals court has denied a dentist’s appeal of a malpractice verdict in which a jury awarded $200,000 to a patient over botched treatments, saying he could not rely on two separate rules to contest the admission of the same character evidence.

  • December 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Gilstrap's Alice Ax Of Email Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld findings from U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap that invalidated parts of two patents related to email software, including one that was found invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • December 7, 2018

    Texas Court Affirms Tollway Agency's Immunity In Death Suit

    A Texas appellate panel on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of claims against the North Texas Tollway Authority in a wrongful death suit filed by the father of a man who collided with a downed light pole on the tollway, finding that the agency only knew the pole was down one minute before the collision.

  • December 7, 2018

    Texas Panel Won’t Let Doctor Duck Suit Over Bowel Injury

    A Texas appellate court on Friday said a New Braunfels-based doctor can't escape a suit accusing him of failing to diagnose appendicitis in a timely manner, ruling that his former patient's expert medical report supported claims that the delayed diagnosis contributed to his bowel injury.

  • December 7, 2018

    Antenna Maker Can Defend AT&T, Others In Row Over IP

    A Texas federal judge on Friday granted a request by Swedish antenna maker CellMax Technologies AB to intervene in an infringement suit brought by Spanish antenna maker Fractus against AT&T, Sprint and Nextel, alleging they bought antennas that use stolen technology.

  • December 7, 2018

    Fraudster Continues Medicaid Scam From Prison To Pay Attys

    From the prison where she was serving time for a Medicaid fraud conviction, a North Texas woman defrauded the government health care agency again in an attempt to pay legal fees racked up in the first case, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Amrock Appeal Of Trade Secret Verdict Is No Surprise

    Thomas Hodge

    Last month, Amrock appealed a curious verdict that awarded contract breach defendant HouseCanary $706 million on a trade secret counterclaim. There are several factors that should cause one to raise an eyebrow over this initial outcome, says Thomas Hodge of Brock and Scott PLLC.

  • Texas Employers Take Notice: Proposed Bills For 2019

    Felix Digilov

    Many of the bills submitted at the end of the Texas Legislature's last session for consideration next year affect the workplace and carry the potential to significantly alter the landscape for employers and their employees, says Felix Digilov of Fisher Phillips.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Post-Teva Expert Disclosure Trends In 2 Patent-Rich Districts

    Ken Fung

    Local patent rules in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California don’t squarely address the issue of what must be disclosed during claim-construction discovery in order to rely on expert declarations. But thanks to the corpus of post-Teva decisions a clearer picture has emerged, says Ken Fung of Fisch Sigler LLP.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Face Familiar Challenges In 2019

    Korey Clark

    Many of the issues that are most likely to draw the attention of state lawmakers next year — including cybersecurity, internet and data privacy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, sales taxes on remote sellers, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, and marijuana — are already familiar, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Stadium Development Can Breathe Life Into Urban Areas

    Maxine Hicks

    While stadiums have not been economically beneficial for local communities historically, new sports-oriented mixed-use projects built closer to urban areas — such as Atlanta's SunTrust Park — offer opportunities to revitalize underutilized properties and create true public-private partnerships, say Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much of DLA Piper.

  • The Future Of Paid Leave In Texas And Beyond

    Steve Roppolo

    At least 29 Texas lawmakers have vowed to introduce legislation in January that would prohibit local governments from implementing paid sick leave ordinances. However, it likely would not let employers completely off the hook, as U.S. workers may see some form of federal paid leave soon, says Steve Roppolo of Fisher Phillips.