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  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Will Hear Pollution Control Tax Break Fight

    The Texas Supreme Court said Friday it would hear a case on whether an electric cooperative that operates heat recovery steam generators in power plants can qualify for a property tax exemption for pollution control, after an appeals court affirmed a state agency’s denial of the credit.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Rule First-Refusal Claim Not Time-Barred

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said the holders of a right of first refusal on mineral rights could not have discovered a sale had taken place without being notified, allowing the holders' suit to be filed after the usual four-year window.

  • November 16, 2018

    5th Circ. Nixes Daewoo Bid To Revise Shipment Row Question

    The Fifth Circuit has declined a bid by Posco Daewoo Corp. to rephrase a question the appeals court panel put to Louisiana's highest court, despite the Korean trading giant's arguments that the question as stated would not help determine whether it could seize an iron shipment as security for a future arbitration award.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices To Weigh Viability Of Negligent Hiring Claim

    The Texas Supreme Court granted review Friday to Endeavor Energy Resources in a dispute that asks the court to determine whether rules limiting a property owner's liability for contractors' injuries can extend to a negligent-hiring claim over a contract employee's death at a drill site.

  • November 16, 2018

    Ion PTAB Wins Can't Kill $93M Jury Award, Fed. Circ. Hears

    Ion Geophysical Corp. can't escape a $93.4 million lost-profits jury award over technology used for oil exploration beneath the ocean floor even though several of rival firm Schlumberger Ltd.'s related patent claims were struck down, Schlumberger told a Federal Circuit panel Friday.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Supreme Court Revives Patient's Suit Over Paralysis

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday restored a patient’s malpractice claim against a Beaumont hospital, finding the former patient’s expert medical report supported her allegation that the hospital’s nurses contributed to her paralysis.

  • November 16, 2018

    Health Hires: Quinn Emanuel, Goodwin, Ropes & Gray

    The newest round of hires in the health and life sciences industries have found homes at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP, Nelson Hardiman LLP, Nichols Liu LLP, K&L Gates LLP, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, Sumner Schick LLP and a handful of companies in need of GCs. 

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Man Convicted In $36M Drug Resale Scheme

    A Texas federal court jury has convicted a Texas man of tax evasion and money laundering conspiracy for selling used prescription medications to a company that would resell them to pharmacies as new.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Mostly Back Equipment Cos. In 4 Tax Cases

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the constitutionality of state tax code sections on the valuation of heavy equipment, and that the statutes apply to pipeline compressors used to transport natural gas.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas High Court Won’t Review $17M Power Plant Award Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said it would not take up a bid by Dixie Equipment LLC to review a ruling against it in an arbitration dispute over the construction of a power plant in Mexico, leaving in place a $16.6 million award.

  • November 16, 2018

    Mattress Firm Puts Dozens Of Ch. 11 Plan Objections To Bed

    Bedding retailer Mattress Firm Inc. breezed through its Chapter 11 confirmation hearing Friday in Delaware bankruptcy court after resolving dozens of objections to its proposed reorganization plan in the days and hours leading up to the approval proceeding.

  • November 16, 2018

    CFPB, Think Finance Say Settlement Talks Are Underway

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Think Finance LLC asked a Montana federal judge on Friday to pause discovery in the agency's suit accusing the financial technology company of deceiving borrowers and using sham tribal lenders to collect money it wasn't owed, saying an end to the litigation is in sight.

  • November 16, 2018

    Austin Paid Sick Leave Law Axed By Texas Appeals Court

    A Texas appeals court on Friday blocked the city of Austin’s ordinance making employers give workers paid sick time, agreeing with the state and a business coalition that the law is unconstitutional.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Won't Hear Cert. Row In Key Contractor Case

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday stood by its decision to not hear a roofing contractor’s challenge to a ruling that certified a class of property owners who claim the company unlawfully acted as an insurance adjuster, leaving intact a decision that could impact all Texas contractors who negotiate insurance claims.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices To Review Conspiracy Time-Limit Rule

    A case that a lower appellate judge argued would give the Texas Supreme Court a chance to clarify “murky” and “muddled” precedent that sets a two-year limit to bring civil conspiracy claims will be argued before the state's high court in January, the justices announced Friday.

  • November 16, 2018

    Limiting Cable Fees Is Harmful, Cities And Towns Tell FCC

    A slew of large cities and small towns submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday opposing a new proposal to limit in-kind contributions to local franchising authorities, saying it violates the language of the Cable Communications Policy Act that allows localities to collect fees.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Holding Co. Commits $100M To Hair Brand, Buys Stake

    California-based luxury hair extension brand Bellami Hair LLC said on Friday that Texas-based holding company Cathexis Holdings LLP has acquired a minority stake in the company for $20 million and also committed $100 million to facilitate growth.

  • November 16, 2018

    Ex-Crowe & Dunlevy Director Joins Barnes & Thornburg

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added an experienced trial attorney and the current chair of the Texas Bar’s antitrust and business litigation section as a partner in Dallas, the firm announced.

  • November 15, 2018

    Texas Urges Court To End Pueblo Tribe’s Gaming Operations

    Texas asked a federal district court Wednesday to end a Pueblo tribe’s electronic bingo and one-touch machines offerings, arguing it’s up to the state's citizens and Legislature — not the tribe — to decide what kind of gambling is allowed in the Lone Star State.

  • November 15, 2018

    Dell Ups VMWare Stock Swap Offer Amid Pressure From Icahn

    Dell on Thursday sweetened the terms of its anticipated stock swap with subsidiary VMWare to $120 per share and agreed to give investors the opportunity to elect a new director, after activist investor Carl Icahn blasted the “insulting” terms of a deal that would see the tech giant rejoin the public market.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

  • Opinion

    Texas Hail Bill Leads To Policyholder Attorney Hail Marys

    Brian Odom

    With the anticipated wave of insurance litigation involving Hurricane Harvey disputes, it's likely that Texas lawyers will look to circumvent the so-called Hail Bill. Courts should continue to enforce the bill's clear intention — promoting early resolution of disputed weather-related insurance claims, say Brian Odom and Raven Atchison of Zelle LLP.

  • 5th Circ. Weighs In On Sentencing Enhancements

    Mario Nguyen

    ​​Escaping sentencing enhancements​ is​ highly unlikely, and the defendant convicted of bank fraud in U.S. v. Miller is no exception​.​ But​ ​t​he Fifth Circuit’s opinion clarifies some legal standards and provides insight into the application of ​these ​enhancements​, says Mario Nguyen of Locke Lord LLP.