Texas

  • May 11, 2018

    New York Times Settles Libel Suit Over Slavery Quotes

    The New York Times said Friday it had reached a nonmonetary settlement with a Loyola University professor who sued the paper for defamation over quotations that he claimed made it sound like he was defending slavery.

  • May 11, 2018

    Texas Justices Pull Crop Insurance Fight Out Of Arbitration

    The Texas Supreme Court sided with a farm on Friday in ruling that the arbitration agreement in its insurance policy didn't extend far enough to force arbitration of the farm's allegation that mistakes by its insurance agent caused it to be denied a crop damage claim under the policy.

  • May 11, 2018

    Katten Muchin Grows In Dallas With Retired Judge, 4 Attys

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has expanded its recently opened Dallas office with a team of experienced new hires, including a retired Texas federal judge, a white collar defense duo from Bracewell LLP that specialize in securities and health care fraud, a corporate partner and a tax associate, Katten Muchin announced recently.

  • May 11, 2018

    Texas Town's Housing Chief Gets 37 Months Over Bid-Rigging

    The executive director of the La Joya Housing Authority and an associate were sentenced to 37 months and 18 months in prison, respectively, for making fake bids that brought work on federally funded housing projects to the director's construction firm, according to a filing in Texas federal court Thursday.

  • May 10, 2018

    Shell Drops Offshore Pipeline Stake Down To MLP For $1.2B

    Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday unloaded its stake in a crude oil pipeline company to its master limited partnership Shell Midstream Partners LP in a drop-down deal worth $1.22 billion, the second major divestment made by the oil giant in the last three days.

  • May 10, 2018

    DOL, Cattle Feeding Co. Settle ERISA Suit For $5.4M

    A Texas-based cattle feeding company has reached a $5.4 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over allegations that it caused its employee stock-ownership program to overpay for company stock, according to papers recently filed in Texas federal court.

  • May 10, 2018

    Ericsson Avoids New Damages Trial After Judge Backtracks

    The federal judge overseeing Ericsson Inc.’s cell phone patent infringement case against TCL Communication Technology Holdings Inc. has reversed course, reinstating Ericsson’s previously stricken $75 million award and topping it off with $35 million in enhanced damages and interest.

  • May 10, 2018

    Charity Workers Denied Atty Fees In Deion Sanders FCA Row

    A Texas federal judge entered an order Thursday denying attorneys’ fees for three defendants who beat a whistleblower's False Claims Act claims that they scammed federally funded school meal programs, in a suit that still includes a live sanctions motion against NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

  • May 10, 2018

    Enterprise Can't Shake Discovery In $50M Oil Shipping Row

    A Texas appellate court has rejected a bid by an Enterprise Products Partners LP affiliate to avoid discovery that it says would force it to turn over trade secrets and is intended to give a Magellan Midstream Partners LP unit a “competitive weapon” in a $50 million oil shipping suit.

  • May 10, 2018

    Andrews Kurth Beats Malpractice Appeal In Real Estate Fight

    A Texas appellate court has affirmed the dismissal of American Realty Trust Inc.’s claims the former Andrews Kurth LLP gave it bad advice about backing out of a late-1990s apartment complex acquisition deal, finding the claims time-barred.

  • May 10, 2018

    Oil and Gas Partner Rejoins Dentons In Dallas

    Dentons has welcomed back to its Dallas office an energy partner with decades of experience with oil- and gas-related matters ranging from contracting work to production after he spent about a year at Gray Reed & McGraw LLP.

  • May 10, 2018

    Change-Averse Oil & Gas Sector Gets Prods To Go Digital

    In an industry not known for change, energy sector leaders should recognize that by embracing technology and digitization, they can increase production efficiencies, profits and in some cases employee satisfaction, though such fundamental shifts will not come without legal risk, experts said Thursday.

  • May 10, 2018

    Starn O'Toole Vet Makes Headway Toward 9th Circ. Bench

    President Donald Trump’s choice for a Ninth Circuit vacancy sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support Thursday, putting one of the president’s picks for the high-profile court on the Senate floor for the first time.

  • May 10, 2018

    Trump Policies And More Leave Oil Prices A Hazy Unknown

    The fate of oil prices over the next year is hazy and fraught with potential volatility thanks to a cocktail of factors ranging from Trump administration policies, including the decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, to decreased production out of Venezuela and constraints on the Permian Basin, experts told oil and gas industry professionals gathered in Houston on Thursday.

  • May 9, 2018

    DuPont Gets $7M Leukemia Liability Award Tossed

    A Texas state appellate court has overturned a $7 million jury award to an industrial painter who claimed his leukemia was caused by exposure to a chemical found in paint and thinners manufactured by DuPont Co., ruling the patient’s experts did not base their testimony on reliable evidence.

  • May 9, 2018

    Phillips 66 Beats ERISA Suit Over Savings Plan's Assets

    Phillips 66 didn’t flout federal employment law by letting retirement plan participants continue to invest in its former parent company’s stock after the subsidiary was spun off, even though the shares ceased to be employer securities, a Texas federal judge ruled Wednesday, in what he said was a first-of-its-kind decision.

  • May 9, 2018

    Bankrupt iHeartMedia Seeks OK To Pay $108M In Bonuses

    Radio broadcast giant iHeartMedia Inc. Tuesday asked a Texas bankruptcy court to approve the payment of up to $108 million in bonuses to more than 700 employees, saying the incentive is required for its restructuring to succeed.

  • May 9, 2018

    Enbridge Sells Natural Gas Biz To ArcLight Unit For $1.12B

    Energy infrastructure company Enbridge Inc. on Wednesday said its indirect subsidiary agreed to sell a natural gas business to an affiliate of Boston-based private equity firm ArcLight Capital Partners for $1.12 billion in a cash deal steered by Norton Rose Fulbright and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, respectively.

  • May 9, 2018

    Houston Area Residents Say River Authority Flooded Homes

    Dozens of residents from a north Houston community have filed a pair of lawsuits in Texas court, alleging the San Jacinto River Authority unconstitutionally took their property when it fatefully unleashed water from Hurricane Harvey that flooded their homes.

  • May 9, 2018

    SEC Penalizes Paralegal In School District Muni Bond Fraud

    A Texas paralegal with limited experience in municipal bond offerings accepted hefty fees from a school district while holding himself out as a well-versed adviser, in violation of securities laws, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday, ordering him and his advisory firm to pay more than $500,000 in disgorgement and civil penalties.

Expert Analysis

  • Vindication Of Employers' Jones Act Rights At 5th Circ.

    Matthew Guy

    The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Denetra Thomas v. Hercules Offshore Services — holding that a mobile offshore drilling unit was subject to U.S. Coast Guard regulations not those of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration — shows that employers can successfully defend Jones Act claims when an employee fails to provide evidence of fault, says Matthew Guy of Adams and Reese LLP.

  • Single Factor Income Apportionment: Inconsistent Standard

    Glenn Newman

    A majority of states claim that in-state sales are sufficient nexus to collect corporate income tax from businesses physically located across state lines, but income apportionment methods are inconsistent. Companies need to be prepared for the day one state seeks to collect a share of income tax that's already been paid to another, says Glenn Newman of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Importance Of Attorney Etiquette In The Courtroom

    Christina Marinakis

    It’s difficult to say whether an attorney’s social etiquette has any impact on the verdict outcome, but the fact that jurors continually tell us about counsel’s irksome behaviors suggests that, at the very least, these behaviors distract jurors from the issues on which they should be concentrating, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Texas Contractors Can't Rely On Limited Power Of Attorney

    David Winter

    While obtaining an assignment of an insured’s claim, instead of a post-loss assignment of benefits, is certainly appealing for a contractor, the consequences of engaging in such conduct in Texas significantly outweigh any purported benefits, says David Winter of Zelle LLP.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.