Texas

  • May 15, 2018

    Willkie Farr Adds Ex-King & Spalding PE Partner In Houston

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has bolstered its ranks in Houston by bringing on a former King & Spalding LLP partner whose practice focuses on guiding energy and private equity clients through mergers and infrastructure development deals.

  • May 15, 2018

    Rent-A-Center Blasts Investors' Cert. Bid In Stock-Drop Suit

    Rent-A-Center Inc. on Monday asked a Texas federal judge not to certify a group of investors alleging the furniture and electronics rent-to-own giant's stock tumbled when problems with the rollout of a new sales transaction system surfaced, saying the suit lacks a common thread of reliance and is plagued by competing damages calculations.

  • May 14, 2018

    Keurig Serves Up $8B Bond To Help Fund Dr Pepper Merger

    Keurig Green Mountain Inc. on Monday announced an $8 billion private bond offering to help fund its estimated $21 billion merger with Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., aiming to complete a tie-up that would create a North American beverage behemoth.

  • May 14, 2018

    Texas Justices Say 'Defamatory' Column Was Opinion

    The Texas Supreme Court has sided with the Dallas Morning News in a libel lawsuit brought by the family of a teen whose suicide was referenced in a newspaper column, saying while the piece was “reasonably capable” of defaming the family, because the accusation is an opinion, the suit should be tossed.

  • May 14, 2018

    Schiff Hardin Must Face Malpractice Suit, 5th Circ. Told

    Ironshore Europe DAC asked the Fifth Circuit on Monday to allow it to go forward with its claim Schiff Hardin LLP's bad advice about a product liability trial cost it $34 million, saying the law firm is liable under Texas law.

  • May 14, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: EDP, ConocoPhillips, NXP

    EDP - Energias de Portugal plans on snubbing China Three Gorges Corp.’s €9.1 billion ($10.9 billion) takeover offer, ConocoPhillips is getting ready to sell its North Sea oilfields, and regulators in China have reignited their probe of Qualcomm’s bid to buy NXP Semiconductors.

  • May 14, 2018

    Texas Doc Charged With Faking Diagnoses In $240M Scheme

    A Texas doctor was arrested Monday on charges he led a $240 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme in which he falsely diagnosed patients with degenerative diseases and gave them unneeded chemotherapy and other treatments.

  • May 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Nixes Venue Ruling Against ZTE In Texas IP Row

    The Federal Circuit on Monday tossed an Eastern District of Texas ruling that ZTE could be sued in the district for allegedly infringing American GNC Corp. patents because it had contracted with a call center in Plano, finding that the lower court wrongly placed the burden on the telecom company to show improper venue.

  • May 14, 2018

    5th Circ. Revives Atty's Bad Faith Claims In Coverage Row

    The Fifth Circuit has revived a Texas attorney's claims that her insurer acted in bad faith by refusing to pay defense costs in litigation with a former client, ordering a trial judge to review the alleged violations of the state insurance code in light of a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling.

  • May 14, 2018

    Synergy Says Schlumberger, NOV Trying To Steal Its Tech

    Synergy Industries LP has filed a lawsuit accusing oilfield service company giants — National Oilwell Varco LP and Schlumberger Technology Corporation — of conspiring to rip off its proprietary wireline truck technology, in violation of a contract Synergy and Schlumberger have been operating under since 2012.

  • May 14, 2018

    Tinder Settles With Top Chinese Dating App To End IP Fight

    The company that owns the dating app Tinder has reached a settlement agreement to drop a sweeping intellectual property lawsuit it filed in March against a rival service billed as “China’s Tinder."

  • May 14, 2018

    Texas Duty-Free Shop Says Gov’t Effectively Shut It Down

    A Texas duty-free shop on Friday sued the government in the U.S. Court of International Trade after U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered a change to the store's delivery procedures that it says has forced it to cease deliveries and sales.

  • May 14, 2018

    Chili's Grill & Bar Restaurant Chain Hit With Data Breach

    Chili’s Grill & Bar said hackers have compromised credit and debit card information of customers who visited some of the casual restaurant chain’s eateries in March and April, saying it is working with independent experts to investigate the data breach.

  • May 14, 2018

    Texas Law Firm Fights Pa. Default Loss In Contract Fight

    A personal injury and criminal defense law firm in Houston has asked a Texas judge to intervene in a contract dispute with De Lage Landen Financial Services Inc., alleging it was hit with a $33,000 default judgment in Pennsylvania without ever knowing it had been sued by the financial services firm.

  • May 14, 2018

    Cadence Bancorp., State Bank Financial Ink $1.4B Merger

    Houston-based Cadence Bancorp. and Atlanta’s State Bank Financial Corp. on Sunday said they agreed to a stock-for-stock merger in a deal valued at around $1.4 billion to create a combined company boasting $16 billion in assets and locations all across the South.

  • May 11, 2018

    Texas Pipe Leak Explosion Suit Sent Back To State Court

    A wrongful death suit filed by relatives of a woman killed in a gas pipe leak explosion and removed by the energy supplier defendant to federal court was sent back to Texas state court Friday when a federal judge found that state tort laws were more applicable to the case.

  • May 11, 2018

    Texas Plans Opioid Deception Suit, Opposes State MDL

    Texas will file suit in the next week alleging an opioid manufacturer used deceptive trade practices, the state said in a letter to the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, opposing pretrial consolidation of litigation by Texas counties alleging problematic marketing and sales of opioid medications.

  • May 11, 2018

    GAO Denies Protests Over $1.7B Air Force Repair Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied protests by DynCorp and an AAR Corp. unit over a nearly $1.7 billion Air Force training aircraft repair deal, saying the contract award to a joint venture based on the past performance of its JV partners was reasonable.

  • May 11, 2018

    Amazon Device Draws Concerns From Lawmakers, Groups

    A Massachusetts senator and Texas representative wrote to Amazon with questions about privacy issues surrounding its new Echo Dot Kids Edition on Friday, the same day advocacy groups released a statement urging parents not to buy the voice-activated digital assistant device.

  • May 11, 2018

    AMC Urges End To Theater's First-Run Film Antitrust Suit

    AMC is asking a Texas federal judge for a quick win in a Houston theater's suit accusing the nation's largest movie theater chain of illegally blocking access to first-run films, arguing that antitrust laws are intended to protect competition, not individual competitors.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • The Carbon Tax Could Come Soon To A State Near You

    Ryan Maness

    Despite recent setbacks in state legislatures, this year's carbon tax push has been the most successful in American history, demonstrating that the idea has carved a place in our political landscape, says Ryan Maness, tax counsel at government relations services firm MultiState Associates Inc.

  • Texas Insurers Should Prepare For Unexpected Floods

    Shannon O'Malley

    Because Texas floodplain maps have recently been demonstrated to be unreliable, insurers should not rely exclusively upon these designations in underwriting risks. Instead, insurers should reassess the risk for flooding in areas known to have heavy rainfall records, heavy development, aged infrastructure systems and unexpected flood losses, says Shannon O'Malley of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Big Changes Ahead For Renewable Fuel Standard

    Joel Beauvais

    The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the center of sustained policy discussion and resulting uncertainty during the first year of the Trump administration. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze recent developments with a focus on the legal framework and implications for the RFS program.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Trespass By Fracking: Pennsylvania Court Weighs In

    L. Poe Leggette

    Reversing a lower court's motion for summary judgment, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently held that trespass and conversion claims arising from a hydraulic fracturing operation are not precluded by the rule of capture. The case raises unsettling questions for oil and gas operators, say L. Poe Leggette and Jasper Mason of BakerHostetler.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.