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Texas

  • October 12, 2018

    Texas LNG Co., Contractor Settle Pipeline Contract Row

    Wood Group Mustang Inc. and Freeport LNG Expansion LP have tentatively settled their contract dispute stemming from the construction of a pipeline feeding Freeport's liquefied natural gas terminal in Texas, according to a Friday filing in Harris County District Court.

  • October 12, 2018

    Biz, Defense Groups Back Exxon Fight Against Climate Probe

    Business and defense attorney advocacy groups on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant Exxon Mobil Corp.’s request that it end the Massachusetts attorney general’s long-running investigation into the company’s climate change statements.

  • October 12, 2018

    Texas Justices End 46-Year County Boundary 'Death Match'

    Occidental Chemical Corp. will no longer pay double tax on piers in Corpus Christi Bay after the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that only San Patricio County has jurisdiction to tax the structures, resolving a 46-year “Texas Death Match” with Nueces County.

  • October 12, 2018

    Texas Atty Suspended During Workers' Comp Fraud Appeal

    A Texas disciplinary board has suspended the license of an attorney sentenced to 10 years in prison for a scheme to defraud $26 million from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers' Compensation Programs while he appeals his criminal case.

  • October 12, 2018

    Texas Jury Clears DynaEnergetics In Well-Drilling Patent Suit

    An Eastern District of Texas federal jury has handed a win to DynaEnergetics US Inc. after rival GeoDynamics Inc. accused it at trial of infringing a patent related to fracking technology, finding the claims of the patent were not infringed and were invalid as obvious.

  • October 12, 2018

    Charges Over $18M Offshore Tax Scheme Too Late, Atty Says

    A Houston-based attorney has asked a Texas federal judge to dismiss an indictment accusing him of conspiracy and tax evasion for his role in a scheme to repatriate more than $18 million in untaxed earnings from the Isle of Man, arguing the indictment came too late.

  • October 12, 2018

    Tenet Brass Knock Back Derivative Suit Over FCA Settlement

    Current and former Tenet Healthcare Corp. board members have won a Texas court ruling that sends shareholders back to the drawing board on claims that the company leaders shirked their fiduciary duties by not stopping a kickback scheme that led to a $513 million False Claims Act settlement.

  • October 11, 2018

    Senate OKs 15 Judges As Dems Vow Fight On 9th Circ. Noms

    Over the “blue slip” objections of a senator from Pennsylvania, the U.S. Senate confirmed 15 federal judges Thursday, including in the Second, Third and Ninth circuits, as senators from California vowed to oppose Ninth Circuit nominees named Wednesday.

  • October 11, 2018

    Permian Water Disposal A Thorn In Our Side, Oil Execs Say

    Disposing of water used in oil and gas operations in the relatively rural stretches of the Permian Basin is one of the biggest challenges facing energy companies, executives from Shell and Callon Petroleum Co. said at a Houston energy panel on Thursday.

  • October 11, 2018

    First Responders Tell Texas Justices Benefit Rate Is Protected

    A group of Dallas first responders fighting pension cuts told the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday that the interest rate used to calculate their retirement benefits shouldn't have changed in 2014, because lawmakers intended for a constitutional amendment they passed in 2003 to protect that rate.

  • October 11, 2018

    DOL Recovers $2.5M In Wages From 4 Employers

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently recovered about $2.5 million in back wages for workers over four investigations, the agency announced this week.

  • October 11, 2018

    Hanover Insurance Loses Bid To Block Contractor From Spending $2.3M

    Hanover Insurance Co. lost a bid Wednesday for an order blocking Oryx Oilfield Holdings LLC from spending $2.3 million the insurer says the contractor wrongfully obtained after allegedly lying to a Texas city that the money belonged to the contractor and not in an account for the insurer.

  • October 11, 2018

    Tribes Seek Stay To Appeal Indian Child Welfare Act Ruling

    Four tribes have urged a Texas federal judge to stay his recent decision handing states and foster families a quick win on most claims in their suit challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act, saying the ruling is likely to be overturned on appeal and a stay is needed to protect Indian children.

  • October 11, 2018

    Texas Court Says Expert Report OK In Botched Surgery Suit

    A Texas appellate panel on Thursday allowed to move forward a suit accusing doctors of negligently positioning a patient for spinal surgery and causing permanent nerve damage, rejecting the doctors’ arguments that the patient’s medical expert offered an insufficient and conclusory opinion.

  • October 11, 2018

    Texas Justices Told NDA Suit Beats Anti-SLAPP Dismissal Bid

    A paramedic training company trying to revive claims that a former employee smeared its reputation in violation of a nondisclosure agreement told the Texas Supreme Court in oral argument on Thursday that it has shown enough evidence of damages for its case to move forward.

  • October 11, 2018

    BHP Says Bankrupt Driller Must Repay $9M In Royalties

    Units of global mining and petroleum giant BHP on Wednesday launched a complaint in Texas bankruptcy court against EXCO Resources Inc., saying the bankrupt driller won't turn over at least $9.3 million in oil and gas production royalties and other payments owed to BHP from drilling properties that EXCO operated.

  • October 11, 2018

    HTC Told To Reveal Google Transaction Records To Ericsson

    HTC must hand over records of a Google transaction in its lawsuit accusing Ericsson of overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, after a judge said the information may aid Ericsson's counterclaims accusing the Taiwanese smartphone maker of offering unfair licensing rates.

  • October 11, 2018

    Laser Co. Zapped With Stock-Drop Suit Over Alleged Defects

    A fiber optics and laser company purposely misled shareholders and concealed flaws in its devices, which led to a significant drop in stock prices when the information became public knowledge, an investor alleged in a proposed class action filed in Texas federal court.

  • October 11, 2018

    Uber Aims To Dump Drivers' FLSA Suit Over On-App Time

    Uber Technologies Inc. urged a Texas federal court Wednesday to dump a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action alleging the ride-hailing giant misclassified drivers as independent contractors to cheat them out of compensation for all the time they spent logged into the app waiting for rides.

  • October 10, 2018

    In Reversal, Injured Texas Worker Told He Can't Depose CEO

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday reversed a panel ruling on a bid to depose the CEO of a construction company in a suit over a fall at a work site, saying the so-called apex deposition was unwarranted since the worker failed to prove the CEO had unique knowledge relevant to the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Judicial Review Of A Manafort Pardon Would Be Overreach

    Harold Krent

    The conviction of Paul Manafort has sparked speculation as to whether President Donald Trump might issue a pardon to his lieutenant and, if so, whether it would constitute obstruction of justice. But a presidential pardon — irrespective of motive — should not be subject to judicial reversal, says Harold Krent, dean of the Chicago-Kent School of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • Travel Act Gets Mileage In Health Care Cases

    Bradley Smyer

    In U.S. v. Beauchamp, a Texas surgeon recently agreed to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and violation of the Travel Act for his role in an alleged scheme involving millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks for patient referrals. The case confirms that the Travel Act has officially come to health care enforcement, say Bradley Smyer and Mia Falzarano of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • TM Licensors Beware: Your Product Liability Risks May Vary

    Jordan Lewis

    Trademark licensing has exploded in popularity, with everyone from soft drink companies to Ivanka Trump getting into the game. But licensors who attach their name to products over which they lack manufacturing control take a legal risk, and courts' differing views on licensor liability for defective products create a risk of forum shopping by plaintiffs, says Jordan Lewis of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Price Gouging

    Richard Lawson

    After California Gov. Jerry Brown recently declared a state of emergency in several California counties due to fires in the area, the state attorney general issued a reminder that price gouging during this time is illegal under state law. However, price gouging statutes related to states of emergency are not limited to fires or California, say Richard Lawson and Shoshana Speiser of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.

  • The Year Of The Crypto Investigation

    Daniel Payne

    There has been a flurry of subpoenas and investigations into cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings in the first eight months of this year. These investigations, on the rise, are coming from both state and federal regulators, says Daniel Payne of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Exxon Investors' Climate Suit Turns Up The Heat On Oil Cos.

    Mike Biles

    A Texas federal judge's decision last week in Ramirez v. Exxon Mobil — the first climate change-related securities class action against a major oil and gas company — is strikingly pro-shareholder and departs from opinions of numerous federal courts, say Mike Biles and Jessica England of King & Spalding LLP.