Texas

  • February 14, 2018

    Jackson Walker Adds Partners In Austin, Houston

    Jackson Walker LLP has bolstered its real estate and wealth planning practice groups with the addition of two partners in Texas, one in Austin and another Houston, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    5th Circ. Affirms $81M Damages In Citgo Spill Row

    Citgo Petroleum Corp. lost its bid to overturn an $81 million Clean Water Act penalty tied to a 2006 oil spill when a split Fifth Circuit found Wednesday the Louisiana district court hadn't erred in calculating how the oil company could have prevented the damage.

  • February 14, 2018

    Feds Want End To Texas Suit Over Indian Child Welfare Act

    The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a federal judge Tuesday to dismiss a suit led by Texas alleging a federal law that sets rules for adoption and custody cases involving Native American children is unconstitutional, saying challenges to the law belong in state court. 

  • February 14, 2018

    Granite Construction Snaps Up Layne In $565M Deal

    Granite Construction Inc. said Wednesday it will take over water management, construction and drilling firm Layne Christensen Co. in a deal worth $565 million that will see California-headquartered Granite take a major leap in its water infrastructure capabilities.

  • February 13, 2018

    AmEx Ignoring Court Findings, Justices Hear In Antitrust Row

    A group of 11 states pressed forward with its attack on contract provisions that prevent merchants from steering customers to other credit cards in an antitrust case before the U.S. Supreme Court, accusing American Express Co. of ignoring a trial court’s findings.

  • February 13, 2018

    Texas AG Says ERISA 'Likely' Preempts State Reg Of HRAs

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday issued an advisory opinion that a court would “likely determine” that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act preempts some state guidelines on health reimbursement accounts, addressing a question posed by a state politician. 

  • February 13, 2018

    Rolls-Royce Should Win FCA Suit Toss, Atty DQ: Magistrate

    Rolls-Royce shouldn’t have to face a False Claims Act suit over allegedly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts, according to a Texas magistrate’s report Tuesday that found the whistleblower was repeating claims from an old suit and that he was represented by an ex-Rolls attorney.

  • February 13, 2018

    $105M Astrodome Revitalization Plan Gets Green Light

    A $105 million project to revitalize the Houston Astrodome got the green light from county officials Tuesday, clearing the way to transform the historic building into an event space with underground parking.

  • February 13, 2018

    Contractors Smeared Telecom For Bucking Racism, Suit Says

    Telecommunications staffing company Loco Brands LLC hit technician contractors Butler America and Frontier Communications with a suit Tuesday in Texas federal court claiming they released Loco trade secrets and went on a smear campaign after it refused to tolerate the contractors’ alleged racist hiring practices.

  • February 13, 2018

    Enviros Challenge EPA Permit For Gulf Oil Drillers At 5th Circ.

    The Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups asked the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to review a U.S. Environmental Protection Act permit that allowed offshore oil and gas platforms to dump fracking and drilling waste into Gulf of Mexico waters, saying not enough was known about the dangers of those activities.

  • February 13, 2018

    White & Case Launches Houston Office With Oil, Gas Focus

    International firm White & Case LLP opened a new office in Houston on Monday, with a focus on the oil and gas industry, both in the United States and abroad.

  • February 13, 2018

    4 Firms Guide $3.8B WMIH-Nationstar Merger

    WMIH, a company primarily dealing in reinsurance, and Nationstar Mortgage on Tuesday announced their plan to merge in a deal with an enterprise value of $3.8 billion, guided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • February 13, 2018

    Baylor Can’t Use Med Mal Law To Beat Wrongful Firing Suit

    A Texas state appellate court refused Monday to throw out a surgical resident's wrongful termination suit against Baylor University Medical Center, ruling the resident did not need an expert report to bring the suit because the allegations were not tied to the treatment of a patient.

  • February 13, 2018

    Proskauer Says No Evidence Ex-Partner Aided Stanford Scam

    The review of tens of millions of pages of documents and a slew of other discovery work has not unearthed “a shred of evidence” that Proskauer Rose LLP and a former partner knew about onetime client Robert Stanford’s massive Ponzi scheme, the firm told a Texas federal judge on Monday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Arcade Bar Says Rivals In Texas Are Infringing TM

    Barcade, a New York-based company that operates bars featuring arcade games, defended its trademark in Texas federal court on Monday, filing suit against two West Texas bars it alleges have used the “barcade” mark in their advertisements.

  • February 12, 2018

    5th Circ. Nom's Resume Marked By Texas Policy Battles

    Through his work for the state of Texas, Andrew S. Oldham, President Donald Trump's latest pick for the Fifth Circuit, has built a track record championing conservative policies in high-profile cases on abortion access, fair housing and immigration.

  • February 12, 2018

    Honduran's Bid For Removal Review Denied By 5th Circ.

    A Fifth Circuit panel concluded Monday that neither an immigration judge nor the Board of Immigration Appeals abused discretion by denying a Honduran woman's request to reopen deportation proceedings that she claimed she never received notice of.

  • February 12, 2018

    Chubb Negligently Rejected $2M Injury Deal, Suit Says

    Excess insurer American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co. told a Texas federal court on Friday that Chubb Ltd. should pony up the extra money it was forced to pay in a wrongful death action, arguing that Chubb had rejected a $2 million offer to settle the underlying suit.

  • February 12, 2018

    Former Venezuelan Oil Execs Charged In Bribery Scheme

    Prosecutors on Monday unveiled foreign bribery-related charges against five former Venezuelan government officials allegedly connected to a scheme to fraudulently secure energy contracts from the South American nation’s state-owned oil giant, saying one of the officials has been extradited from Spain.

  • February 12, 2018

    AGs Back Ban On Sex Harassment Arbitration Clauses

    Attorneys general in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several U.S. territories told Congress on Monday that it’s time to prohibit employers from keeping claims of sexual harassment hush-hush with forced arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • Your Case Was Remanded By The MDL Court — Now What?

    Brandon Cox

    Multidistrict litigation is an ever-expanding driver of product liability litigation, but when the MDL process runs its course there is often still a trial to be had, and there are strategic and practical decisions to consider once a case has been remanded. Brandon Cox and Charissa Walker of Tucker Ellis LLP offer tips on how to navigate the remand process.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2017: Part 2

    Randall Kahnke

    In 2017, courts considered important trade secret issues, including the federal Copyright Act’s preemptive power as it relates to trade secrets claims, and temporary injunctions based on mere possession of trade secrets, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tackling NFL Trademarks: IP Fights Since Last Super Bowl

    David Kluft

    In case someone at the Super Bowl party you attend wants to talk about legal issues, here are some recent NFL-related intellectual property disputes to discuss, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Rebuilding Texas: Protections And Limitations For Designers

    Bryan Gaudet

    In the final part of their series on considerations for companies engaging in reconstruction projects following Hurricane Harvey, Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP explore some of the particularities of working as a design professional on a public project in Texas.

  • No Consensus On Conspiracy Theory Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Jack Figura

    Courts are divided — and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule — on whether the conspiracy theory of personal jurisdiction is proper under due process requirements. But it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later the high court will narrow the permissible reach of this theory, says John P. “Jack” Figura of Norton Rose Fulbright.