Texas

  • February 7, 2018

    Andrews Kurth, Hunton & Williams Leaders Agree On Merger

    A long-rumored combination between Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and Hunton & Williams LLP is advancing toward the finish line, as leaders at both firms recently signed an agreement to merge, sources familiar with the deal told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • February 7, 2018

    Oncor Urges Texas Justices To Toss Energy Contract Row

    Counsel for Oncor Electric Delivery Co. asked the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday morning to overturn a lower appellate court's ruling against it in a contract dispute over electric service to oil wells, saying that ruling would “destroy” the regulatory schemes for public utilities statewide.

  • February 7, 2018

    Vinson & Elkins Associates To Get Cravath-Scale Bonuses

    Houston-based Vinson & Elkins LLP announced in a memo made public Wednesday that its associates would receive bonuses matching or in some cases exceeding those on the now-familiar scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the market standard for several BigLaw firms.

  • February 7, 2018

    Bankrupt Payday Lender Can't Move CFPB Suit To Texas

    A Montana federal judge refused to transfer a CFPB action alleging Think Finance duped borrowers and used sham tribal payday lenders to collect money it was not owed, finding Tuesday the case need not be moved to where the financial technology company’s Texas bankruptcy is.

  • February 7, 2018

    Texas Tribe Looks To Halt E-Bingo Order Pending Appeal

    The Alabama-Coushatta tribe on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to hold off on enforcing an order likely barring the tribe from operating electronic bingo games while it appeals, saying it would otherwise have to close its electronic bingo center and force hundreds out of work.

  • February 7, 2018

    5th Circ. Lets Alone Reversal Of Cities’ $84M Hotel Tax Win

    The Fifth Circuit declined Tuesday to rehear its decision to overturn an $84 million award for a class of cities seeking unpaid taxes on the full amount paid for hotel rooms in a dispute with online travel companies over Texas’ hotel occupancy tax ordinances.

  • February 7, 2018

    Bellicum Hit With Stock Drop Suit In Texas Over Drug Risks

    Bellicum Pharmaceuticals of Houston has been accused in a proposed class action of failing to disclose potential dangers of one of its clinical immunotherapy drugs, resulting in a 25.8 percent stock drop when the dangers were brought to light.

  • February 7, 2018

    Beyond Gilstrap: 5 Judges To Watch In Patent Litigation

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap in the Eastern District of Texas has long sat atop America’s patent docket. But as the patent litigation landscape shifts, here’s a look at some other judges who should also be on your radar.

  • February 7, 2018

    New Normal Takes Shape After TC Heartland Shakeup

    The number of patent complaints filed in the Eastern District of Texas dropped significantly following the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling while Delaware and other venues saw more action, but attorneys say they don’t expect filing trends to change much more going forward.

  • February 7, 2018

    ITC Patent Rebound Shows Signs It’s Here To Stay

    The resurgence of patent cases at the U.S. International Trade Commission continued in 2017, settling in at a level many believe will become the new standard amid lingering uncertainty for patent owners in district court litigation and an increased awareness of what the commission has to offer.

  • February 7, 2018

    How Patent Litigation Changed In 2017

    A new report from legal analytics firm Lex Machina reveals some major shifts in the U.S. patent landscape that came amid a tumultuous year for patent attorneys. Here are some of the key findings from the 2017 data.

  • February 7, 2018

    The Firms That Fielded The Most Patent Cases

    A blockbuster Supreme Court ruling. A shift in strategy for patent venues. A downturn in the number of patent suits. 2017 was an unusual year in patent litigation. Here’s a look at the law firms that clients turned to most frequently for help navigating these trends.

  • February 7, 2018

    Drop In IPRs Tied To Patent Litigation Slowdown

    The number of petitions for inter partes review filed at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board plunged during the course of 2017, which attorneys say may be the result of several factors, including a decline in patent litigation and fewer PTAB decisions invalidating patents.

  • February 6, 2018

    'Serial Objector' Attys Dodge RICO Claims In Class Action

    Although she condemned so-called “serial objectors” and attorneys who would extort money from plaintiffs’ counsel through objections to settlements, an Illinois federal judge said Tuesday that the behavior of a Texas attorney doesn’t reach the requirements to bring Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims.

  • February 6, 2018

    U-Haul Tells Texas Justices Accident Expert Has Conflicts

    A U-Haul International Inc. unit asked the Texas Supreme Court on Monday to disqualify an accident reconstruction expert in a suit claiming a U-Haul employee negligently injured a motorcyclist, saying the expert is a constable in the precinct where the accident occurred so conflicts of interest exist.

  • February 6, 2018

    State Law Blocks Texas Tribe's E-Bingo Plans, Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas are not protected from the state’s gambling restrictions, expressing regret at the “unjust” situation but saying that permission by the National Indian Gaming Commission was not enough to authorize the tribe’s electronic bingo games.

  • February 6, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Adds Ex-BakerHostetler Attys As Partners

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has announced it's snagged two more attorneys from BakerHostetler, including a partner with a history of working on mergers and acquisitions in the energy and health care spaces, who will be partners in its Washington, D.C., and Houston offices.

  • February 6, 2018

    Texas Justices Asked To OK Amputation Suit's Expert Reports

    A woman whose leg was partially amputated following complications after a foot surgery has asked the Texas Supreme Court to revive her suit against the hospital where the surgery took place, arguing that the appellate court used the wrong standard in evaluating the two expert reports she submitted with the suit.

  • February 6, 2018

    Photog Wants To Exterminate Use Of Ant, Roach Pics

    An insect photographer whose pictures have been used by National Geographic and the Smithsonian hit a pest control company with a $2.7 million suit in Texas federal court, alleging that it wrongly used his photos of ants and cockroaches on its website.

  • February 6, 2018

    Hercules Wants $4.8M In Atty Fees In Drilling Fire Suit

    A drilling contractor on Monday asked a Texas federal court for $4.8 million in attorneys' fees and expenses from the owner of an offshore gas drilling platform after the court ruled the owner was required to cover the contractor’s costs in a dispute over liability for a fire that destroyed the rig.

Expert Analysis

  • Texas Citizens Participation Act: A Broad Dismissal Tool

    Dale Wainwright

    The Texas Citizens Participation Act has been successfully employed as a motion to dismiss in a wide variety of cases, some of which are far removed from the constitutional-rights context mentioned in the act's purpose section. The Supreme Court of Texas may ultimately curtail the act, but until then, it is worth considering in most actions, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 3 Enforcement Priorities For State AGs In 2018

    Joe Jacquot

    State attorney general campaigns will be in full swing with 31 elections this year. In addition to three top substantive areas, campaign issues themselves will influence how state attorneys general prioritize enforcement, says Joe Jacquot, former chief deputy attorney general of Florida, now with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Why Physician Choice Matters In Medical Product Cases

    Luther Munford

    When the law addresses medical judgment directly, it allows room for reasonable physician choice. But a product liability suit over a design defect may not allow any such room. To protect physician choice, courts must resist turning product liability disputes into contests where reasonable physician choice has no place, says Luther Munford of Butler Snow LLP.

  • The Broader Implications Of Sessions’ Marijuana Move

    Markus Funk

    Beyond what it heralds for the marijuana industry, Jeff Sessions’ memo on marijuana enforcement signals a new era of increasingly decentralized federal prosecutorial power, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP, including former Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • Why Sales Rep Witness Tampering Accusations Matter

    Ryan O'Neil

    In two recent product liability trials, plaintiffs have alleged that witnesses were improperly contacted by pharmaceutical and medical device sales representatives. Such allegations can be damaging to a case and to attorney credibility, and can divert precious resources midtrial, while sidelining the actual products liability claims at issue, say Ryan O’Neil and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Rebuilding Texas: An Overview Of Public Procurement Issues

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    Following Hurricane Harvey, the federal government committed substantial dollars toward reconstruction efforts in Texas. For members of the construction industry planning to engage in these public projects, there are important things to know about Texas public procurement law, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.