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Texas

  • May 17, 2018

    Creditors Slam iHeartMedia For Double-Adviser Request

    Creditors of iHeartMedia on Wednesday urged a Texas bankruptcy court to reject the radio broadcast giant’s request to retain a pair of financial advisers, saying they duplicate each other’s services and their fees may reach an excessive $90 million.

  • May 17, 2018

    Transocean Wins $8.1M Attys' Fees In Eni Drill Ship Row

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday awarded $8.1 million in attorneys’ fees to Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. in the wake of its win in a contract dispute with Eni US Operating Co. over a deep-water drilling rig ship, although Transocean wanted more.

  • May 17, 2018

    Online Ad Co. Looks To DQ Rival Counsel In Click Fraud Suit

    An internet ad placement company has asked a Texas federal judge to disqualify an attorney representing a rival in a $2.3 million suit over click fraud, saying the attorney had shared information the company designated as for outside attorneys' eyes only.

  • May 17, 2018

    Conservative Blogger Defeats Fees But Not Ethics Fine Suit

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday held that a conservative activist and blogger who was fighting a $10,000 fine from the Texas Ethics Commission for failing to register as a lobbyist cannot use a state free speech law to dismiss his own administrative appeal of the fine.

  • May 17, 2018

    BALCA Affirms Texas Concrete Co. Can’t Hire Foreign Help

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Wednesday upheld the denial of a Texas concrete company’s bid to hire temporary foreign workers under the H-2B visa program, saying the business failed to show a need for the employees.

  • May 17, 2018

    Equipment Seller Tells 5th Circ. $26M Tax Wrongly Calculated

    A Texas farm equipment seller who has been found to owe the IRS $26 million told the Fifth Circuit that the judgment from a lower court was incorrect and based on erroneous calculations made by the agency.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    Blue Spike Loses Bid Again To Keep IP Row In Texas

    An Eastern District of Texas judge remained firm on Wednesday on her decision to transfer to California federal court a sprawling patent infringement suit filed by Blue Spike against Juniper Networks Inc., rejecting the patent-holding company's counterarguments as merely disagreeing with her position.

  • May 17, 2018

    Bridal Shop's Suit Over Ebola Stigma Tossed By Texas Panel

    A Texas appellate court booted a suit brought by a now-closed Ohio bridal shop against hospital chain Texas Health Resources over exposure to Ebola, holding that the boutique's claims were health care liability claims and needed the support of an expert report, which it did not file.

  • May 17, 2018

    Ex-Texas City Atty Gets 35 Years For Bribery Scheme

    A Texas federal judge has sentenced a former city attorney and city manager for Crystal City, Texas, who was accused of being the ringleader in a bribery and kickback scheme, to 35 years in prison, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2018

    Texas Energy Co. Negligent In Home Explosion, Suit Says

    A Houston woman has filed suit in state court accusing a Texas energy company of negligently causing a gas explosion that destroyed her home in 2016 and severely burned its occupants, claiming the company failed "to properly design, maintain, inspect or repair the natural gas lines."

  • May 17, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: The Lanier Law Firm's Mark Lanier

    Winning a $247 million jury verdict in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson over allegedly faulty hip implants was just one of the major victories Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm tallied last year, earning him a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 16, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Moves Suit Against K&L Gates, Others To Fed. Court

    Former NFL offensive lineman Leonard Davis removed to Texas federal court Wednesday his lawsuit accusing his financial advisers and attorneys from such firms as Jackson Walker LLP and K&L Gates LLP of disastrously mismanaging his assets, stating in legal papers the case belongs there because of added claims that fall under the federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

  • May 16, 2018

    Ex-Mayor, Builder Charged With Bribery Over Zoning Changes

    A Texas federal court on Wednesday unsealed an indictment against the former mayor of Richardson, Texas, and a land developer alleging the two devised and executed a scheme where the elected official was compensated for voting in favor of controversial zoning changes.

  • May 16, 2018

    Verizon, Sprint Can’t Duck Local Carrier Fees In MDL

    Verizon and Sprint can't avoid paying local access charges even for wireless users making local calls, a Texas federal judge has ruled, granting a win on counterclaims lobbed by hundreds of local exchange carriers against the multidistrict litigation the telecom giants launched with allegations of overbilling.

  • May 16, 2018

    Family Of Man Electrocuted After Hurricane Sues CenterPoint

    The family of a man who died from an electric shock while wading through floodwaters to rescue his sister's cat in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey announced Wednesday they have filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against several parties, including CenterPoint Energy Inc., and want to see policy changes.

  • May 16, 2018

    5th Circ. Axes OT Verdict For Oil Service Employees

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday upended a jury’s determination that oil well services provider Crest Pumping Technologies LLC illegally denied two workers overtime, ruling that the company was exempt from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • May 16, 2018

    Adopt Uniform Bar Exam, Texas Task Force Recommends

    Texas should adopt the Uniform Bar Exam, a task force told the Texas Supreme Court in a report released Wednesday, saying that it would benefit its law school graduates who want to practice elsewhere or handle matters that cross state lines.

  • May 16, 2018

    5th Circ. Kicks HomeAway Rental Fee Suits To Arbitration

    Two separate lawsuits brought by homeowners who accused short-term vacation rental website HomeAway Inc. of breaking state laws by deciding it would impose service fees for travelers must be arbitrated, per an agreement between the parties, the Fifth Circuit has determined.

  • May 16, 2018

    Democratic AGs Can Fight Latest Anti-ACA Suit, Judge Says

    A squadron of Democratic attorneys general can swoop into a new, Republican-backed legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality and fight the case, a Texas federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • How CPSC Late Reporting Penalty Trends Are Evolving

    Eric Rubel

    Dollar amounts of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission prelitigation settlements have increased over the past five years, as most recently shown by a record settlement with Polaris Industries for alleged reporting violations related to three recalls. But this track record has not been matched in recently litigated cases, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 2

    Kip Petroff

    Preemption must be kept in mind as one approaches any medical device litigation; however, it need not be feared. Despite what some observers may say, the preemption shield is not as large as it might seem, and plaintiffs attorneys can still preempt the preemption defense with careful planning, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.

  • Why Texas Contractors Should Watch Lon Smith V. Key

    Brett Wallingford

    Many Texas contractors offer to handle insurance claims for their homeowner customers, but the Texas Supreme Court is currently considering whether to hear an appeal of a case that could deem such actions illegal, rendering their contracts void and unenforceable, says Brett Wallingford of Zelle LLP.