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  • October 1, 2018

    Texas Hospital Giants To Join, Forming State's Largest Chain

    Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, and nonprofit Memorial Hermann Health System have signed a letter of intent to merge, the organizations said Monday.

  • October 1, 2018

    High Court Passes On Noble-Conoco Row Over $63M Cleanup

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a 2017 Texas Supreme Court ruling saying Noble Energy Inc. must indemnify ConocoPhillips Co. for $63 million in environmental cleanup costs.

  • October 1, 2018

    Rams Owner Says Stolen Docs Should Kill Aerial Camera Suit

    Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke's entertainment holding company has moved to shut down a suit brought by the former president of two aerial camera companies Kroenke bought, telling a Texas federal court the plaintiff stole documents to support his suit before he was fired.

  • September 28, 2018

    Supreme Court Cheat Sheet: 8 Cases To Watch

    With D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fate as the ninth justice still hanging in the balance, the U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday without a case of blockbuster proportions. But there are several bread-and-butter business issues filling out the docket.

  • September 28, 2018

    Ex-Texas Pol Charged With Fraud Over Frack Sand Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced it has charged a former Texas state senator and another man over a scheme that raised millions from investors for a hydraulic fracking-related company based on misrepresentations. 

  • September 28, 2018

    ‘Disobedience’ Axes Pyramid-Scheme Suit: 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action accusing Texas energy reseller Stream Energy of running an unlawful pyramid scheme exploiting sales agents, saying it was rightly tossed by the lower court after the lead plaintiff defied an order to arbitrate his claims.

  • September 28, 2018

    DHS Failed To Provide Hearing On I-9 Forms, Texas Co. Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had a statutory obligation to provide a Texas-based valve company with a hearing before an administrative law judge prior to issuing a final order that imposed a fine over alleged Form I-9 violations, the company contended Thursday in Texas federal court.

  • September 28, 2018

    CFTC Starts Insider Trading Task Force, Sues Energy Broker

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Friday that it has created an insider trading task force, the same day the agency accused a Houston-based energy commodities broker of using clients’ trading information to help a friend make money.

  • September 28, 2018

    2 Ex-Oil Co. Execs Get Prison For Global Bribery Scheme

    Two former executives of Dutch oil company SBM Offshore NV were sentenced by a federal judge in Houston on Friday afternoon to prison for their roles in an international bribery scheme.

  • September 28, 2018

    Underwriters Slam Quick Win Bid In $500M Chevron Rig Suit

    Insurance underwriters who claim to have paid $500 million to Chevron after a Gulf of Mexico oil rig broke urged a Texas federal judge Thursday to reject American Global Maritime Inc.’s quick win bid on claims seeking to hold the marine surveyor liable, saying the request is premature and meritless.

  • September 28, 2018

    Texas Justices To Hear DFW Airport's Bid To Ax Contract Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday granted a request from the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board to hear its contract dispute with Vizant Technologies LLC over credit-card processing services, with the board arguing it's immune from the claims.

  • September 28, 2018

    ArcLight Eyes American Midstream Buyout

    A private equity backer of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund V wants to take Houston-based American Midstream Partners private in a deal that values the pipeline company at $323.1 million, Arclight announced Friday.

  • September 28, 2018

    Chancery Nixes Blue Bell Investor Suit Over Listeria Outbreak

    A Delaware vice chancellor on Thursday dismissed a derivative suit against Blue Bell Creameries USA Inc. that sought damages for alleged director and officer failures to protect ice cream products in connection with a deadly listeria outbreak in 2015.

  • September 28, 2018

    Petrobras Says $622M Drilling Award Must Be Nixed

    Petrobras has urged a Texas federal court to nix a more than $622 million arbitral award issued to Vantage Deepwater Co., saying the Texas driller's appointed arbitrator, Charles N. Brower, displayed open hostility to Petrobras and improperly refused to consider allegations that the underlying contract had been tainted by bribery.

  • September 27, 2018

    States Stake Claim To Privacy Role With Uber Breach Pact

    State attorneys general demonstrated their disdain for blatant failures to report data security incidents in hitting Uber with a record $148 million penalty for attempting to cover up a 2016 breach, solidifying their role as active and aggressive privacy enforcers at a time when efforts to codify a national framework threaten their powers, attorneys say. 

  • September 27, 2018

    Texas Man Still Barred From Selling 'Miracle' Supplement

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday left intact a lower court's ruling barring a man from selling a “miracle mineral solution” that the federal government has said is a sodium chlorite product that poses significant health risks.

  • September 27, 2018

    5th Circ. Says Guard Supervisor Immune From Worker Suit

    The Fifth Circuit has refused to revive a restaurant worker’s suit against her National Guard supervisor claiming retaliation for reporting a colleague's alleged criminal acts, ruling that the supervisor’s actions were part of his official duties and therefore immune from legal action.

  • September 27, 2018

    Austin Seeing A Texas-Sized Surge In Legal Jobs

    For law firms keen to expand, Austin is the place to be. The Lone Star State capital sticks out due to its high concentration of millennials, as well as its strong growth in both legal services and legal employment, according to a report from real estate firm CBRE released on Thursday.

  • September 27, 2018

    Tinder, Bumble Take Swipes At One Another In IP Fight

    Online dating rivals Tinder and Bumble continued to wage intellectual property war in Texas this week, with Tinder making accusations of a “publicity stunt” and Bumble calling into question the validity of several patents for swipe-based dating apps.

  • September 27, 2018

    Kemper's $141.7M Award OK'd In Software Contract Row

    A federal judge in Texas has approved a $141.7 million arbitration award in favor of insurance company Kemper Corporate Services Inc. in its dispute with Computer Sciences Corp. over a software licensing agreement.

Expert Analysis

  • Lower Court Confusion Over Impact Of Trump V. Hawaii

    Steven Gordon

    In Trump v. Hawaii, the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld President Donald Trump’s so-called travel ban against the contention that it is anti-Muslim and violates the establishment clause. However, it appears that some lower federal courts have not understood the high court's message, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Trends In Protection Of Anonymous Online Speech

    Margaret Krawiec

    Soon the Texas Supreme Court will consider under what circumstances Glassdoor should be compelled to reveal the identities of anonymous reviewers. Skadden attorneys Margaret Krawiec and Thomas Parnham discuss how courts over the years have answered the fundamental First Amendment question of whether to unmask an internet user who chooses to speak anonymously.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Opinion

    A Right To Carry Everywhere, On A Road To Nowhere

    Robert W. Ludwig

    On July 24, a Ninth Circuit panel applied textualist reasoning in Young v. Hawaii to secure a right for individuals to carry firearms in public. To end the gun epidemic — demonstrated in Chicago recently with 74 people shot in one weekend — it’s past time to turn a spotlight on the root cause: legal carelessness and oversights of text, says Robert W. Ludwig of the American Enlightenment Project.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Expectations For Venue-Related Discovery Post-TC Heartland

    Silvia Jordan

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision last year, district courts typically permit venue-related discovery when plaintiffs provide prima facie evidence at the outset that the discovery sought could establish proper venue, says Silvia Jordan of Fisch Sigler LLP.

  • Why Ohio Nixed The New Liability Insurance Law Restatement

    Kim Marrkand

    On July 30, Ohio Governor John Kasich took the unprecedented step of signing into law an amendment that specifically rejects the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance. Red flags about the ALI's over-reaching have been waving for years, and the only question is what state will follow suit next, says Kim Marrkand of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.