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  • June 22, 2018

    Texas 'Black Hat' Gets 8 More Years In Prison For Retaliation

    A Texas federal judge has sent a man already convicted of threatening to extort a business investment firm through the internet back to prison for eight years for targeting the same company again with negative online reviews designed to harm its reputation.

  • June 22, 2018

    Texas Justices To Hear Atty-Client Privilege Discovery Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday decided it will hear a dispute between the city of Dickinson, Texas, and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association over benefits paid out after 2008's Hurricane Ike, in a case that asks the court to determine to what extent the attorney-client privilege applies to discovery documents.

  • June 22, 2018

    In His Own Words: How Texas Judge Is Mulling ACA Case

    A once-obscure Texas federal judge who rocketed to prominence after being handpicked to hear lawsuits against the Obama administration is now overseeing his biggest case yet: an existential challenge to the Affordable Care Act. In an interview with Law360, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor explained how he's approaching the momentous legal battle.

  • June 22, 2018

    Jury Awards Slain Woman's Family $42M Over Hotel Stabbing

    A Texas jury on Friday awarded $41.55 million in a suit accusing a hotel of contributing to the death of a woman stabbed by her estranged husband in 2013, finding employees weren’t properly trained in responding to emergency situations, an attorney for the woman’s family said.

  • June 22, 2018

    Privately Backed Rail And Transit Projects To Watch

    Government officials and private developers are pushing ahead with mass transit modernization projects even as infrastructure investment budgets tighten and the political tug-of-war over rural versus urban transportation needs intensifies, industry observers say.

  • June 22, 2018

    Texas Justices Partly Revive Ex-Manager Win Over Dealership

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday revived part of a $2.6 million jury award for the former manager of a car dealership who claims his old boss reneged on a buy-in agreement and ruined his reputation, saying the court of appeals was wrong to strike down the entire award and ordering the lower court to revisit the case.

  • June 22, 2018

    NCAA Avoids Adverse Verdict, Settles CTE Case Mid-Trial

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association has settled a lawsuit brought by the widow of a former University of Texas football player who was posthumously found to have had CTE, deciding to put an end to a case many had viewed as a bellwether for such suits, though the association is far from out of the woods.

  • June 22, 2018

    Texas Justices Say Interference With Inheritance Not A Claim

    Texas doesn’t recognize a legal claim for intentional interference with an inheritance, the Texas Supreme Court said Friday, leaving intact a lower court ruling that wiped out a $2.5 million judgment in a case alleging an attorney blocked a family from inheriting an uncle’s oil and gas millions.

  • June 22, 2018

    Texas High Court Strikes Down City's Plastic Bag Ban

    In a ruling likely to doom similar local mandates across the state, Texas’ highest court on Friday held that the city of Laredo’s ordinance preventing retail stores from providing customers with single-use plastic and paper bags is preempted by a state solid waste disposal law.

  • June 22, 2018

    Akin Gump Boosts Tax Group With Ex-Hunton Andrews Atty

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has added to its Houston tax practice a new partner from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP who will provide tax and mergers and acquisitions advice in the energy sector.

  • June 22, 2018

    Xerox Can't Blame Doctors In $1B Texas Medicaid Fraud Row

    Xerox Corp. can’t try to share the blame for what Texas claims is a $1 billion civil Medicaid fraud with orthodontists who allegedly provided unnecessary services to poor children, and the orthodontists can’t pursue claims against the state, the Texas Supreme Court held in a pair of opinions Friday.

  • June 21, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Seeks Testimony Of Texans Owner In Injury Suit

    A former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker suing the Houston Texans over a career-ending injury on the team’s pocked and scored home field wants a court to order the Texans owner and a defensive end to sit for depositions under oath.

  • June 21, 2018

    Jury Reaches $2.4M Decision In Booze Biz Pay Dispute

    A Dallas County, Texas, jury reached a verdict Thursday that puts two ex-executives for liquor distribution giant Glazer’s Inc. in line to receive nearly $2.4 million as a result of a company merger under a “change of control” contract provision, according to their counsel.

  • June 21, 2018

    Liberty Withdraws $1.16B Offer For 40% Of IHeartMedia

    Liberty Media has taken a much talked-about $1.16 billion offer for a 40 percent slice of iHeartMedia off the table, according to a Thursday court filing, leaving the bankrupt radio giant with no outside funding source as it seeks to cut $10 billion from its swollen balance sheet.

  • June 21, 2018

    Breitling 'Frack Master' Arrested On $62M Fraud Charges

    The self-proclaimed “Frack Master,” who is the CEO of Breitling Energy Corp., has been arrested on charges he defrauded investors out of $62 million to fund a lavish lifestyle filled with luxury vehicles, private jets and expensive jewelry, according to a statement Thursday from U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox.

  • June 21, 2018

    Blogger Uses Texas Free Speech Law To Nix Defamation Row

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday sided with a blog and its author, holding a trial court had wrongly declined to dismiss a defamation claim brought by a school principal and ruling a state free speech law protects the blog posts at issue on the ground they concern matters of public concern involving public officials.

  • June 21, 2018

    Google Urged To Drop Huawei Collab Over Security Concerns

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has asked Google to rethink its relationship with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which some American intelligence officials have flagged as a national security threat.

  • June 21, 2018

    Texas Patient Shot By Hospital Guards Gets Claim Trimmed

    A man who says he was shocked with a stun gun, shot and arrested by hospital security as he was having a manic episode cannot pursue a negligence claim against the medical center because it is technically a health care liability claim requiring a qualified expert witness, but his other claims can move forward, a Texas appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • June 21, 2018

    DOL's Fiduciary Rule's Demise Made Official By 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday closed the book on the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial 2016 fiduciary rule, which required retirement advisers to act in the best interest of clients, issuing a mandate that officially vacates the rule three months after a divided panel invalidated it.  

  • June 21, 2018

    Immigrant Kids Are Forcibly Medicated At Shelters, Suit Says

    Migrant children detained in a Texas youth facility are regularly placed on psychotropic medications without their parents’ consent and are forcibly sedated and physically abused by staff, according to affidavits filed as part of a class action alleging the government violated a 1997 settlement that set standards of care for detained immigrant children.

Expert Analysis

  • Which Deposition Costs Are Recoverable In Texas?

    Bryce Callahan

    Texas appellate courts seldom delve into questions about which litigation expenses are recoverable, and when they do, they can disagree about the answers. Trial lawyers should carefully consider which deposition-related expenses are truly necessary to the conduct of their case, since many of those costs may be unrecoverable even to a prevailing party, say Bryce Callahan and Elizabeth Wyman of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • What NFL Should Do About Cheerleader Discrimination Claims

    Kerry Garvis Wright

    The National Football League has been implicated in the #MeToo movement as it faces a series of sexual harassment and gender discrimination allegations against individual teams. There are several steps the NFL and its teams can take to remedy these issues, say Kerry Garvis Wright and Aaron Swerdlow of Glaser Weil LLP.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Insights From State AG Coordinated Opioid Investigation

    Richard Lawson

    Much ink has been and will be spilled over the merits and complexities of the lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers by 23 state attorneys general. However, for any company engaged in a consumer-facing industry, the progress of the recent multistate investigation offers lessons on what to expect when subject to this type of inquiry, says Richard Lawson of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Amended Fiduciary Rule: Done, Done, On To The Next One

    Andrew Oringer

    The deadline for appealing the Fifth Circuit's decision on the amended fiduciary rule to the U.S. Supreme Court expired on June 13, and — pending the Fifth Circuit's mandate ordering the U.S. Department of Labor to officially strike it down — the rule is no more. So, what now? Will the clock be turned back to an earlier time? Maybe not completely, say Andrew Oringer and Aryeh Zuber of Dechert LLP.

  • A Farxiga Opinion That's All Hat, No Cattle

    Lora Spencer

    Is everything really bigger in Texas? A New York federal court's ruling in Aron v. Bristol-Myers Squibb — apparently the first reported opinion from the Farxiga multidistrict litigation — would have us believe that pharmaceutical manufacturers have bigger tort liability under Texas law. But the court let the plaintiffs slide on a number of key points, says Lora Spencer of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.