POSCO Daewoo Corp. urged the entire Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider whether it can seize an iron shipment as security before arbitrating a contract dispute with an English shipper, saying an earlier panel ruling answering that question in the negative “undermines arbitration throughout the U.S.”
A Texas state court judge has rejected a bid to upset a $33 million jury verdict against two companies that made components of a Georgia Pacific wood processing facility’s dust collection system, entering judgment for a worker who was burned in a fire at the plant.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday reversed Texas Inpatient Consultants LLP's win in an employment contract dispute with a prospective physician, holding that it failed to establish that the doctor — who terminated the contract before the partnership obtained his necessary credentials — had liability under their agreement.
The federal government has urged a Texas federal court to reject a series of pretrial motions made by a doctor accused of running a $240 million health care fraud scheme, saying the doctor has no basis to argue the government’s indictment wasn’t specific enough or was time-barred.
A partner at Bracewell LLP in Houston has been named general counsel to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the governor's office announced Wednesday.
A Texas appeals court on Tuesday rejected Toyota’s bid to undo a trial court’s decision to admit allegedly privileged documents into a suit accusing the automaker of designing defective front seats that collapsed during a crash, severely injuring children in the backseat.
A South African seismic consultant in the energy industry came to a settlement with Houston-based immigration law firm Foster LLP over a suit alleging the law firm had cost the consultant permanent resident status in the United States.
Chevron Corp. urged a Houston federal judge on Tuesday to consider kickback allegations that prosecutors have agreed to drop against a former Chevron employee when sentencing him on a related tax charge to which he has agreed to plead guilty.
Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.
A Texas federal judge on Tuesday denied bids to toss a suit from various states and some foster families challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act, finding that, among other things, the individual people who brought the suit "met the constitutional and prudential standing requirements to bring their claims."
A Collin County District Court judge who was found to have violated the judicial code of conduct through his activities writing and promoting a book about divorce he co-authored with his attorney wife had his punishment softened recently when the Texas Special Court of Review issued a public admonishment for his actions.
Dallas-based, energy-focused private equity firm Tailwater Capital LLC on Wednesday said it has closed its latest fund with total commitments of $1 billion, which was guided by Thompson & Knight LLP.
A Texas federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Securities and Exchange Commission’s bid for an injunction against the former CEO of Servergy Inc. after he’d been found guilty of negligence in marketing a new server produced by the company, saying he is not likely to repeat the same offense.
BoyarMiller has brought into the fold in Houston a litigator with more than 20 years of experience who most recently worked as managing counsel at oil and gas giant Halliburton.
A recent study of jury verdicts rendered in patent cases since 2013 found that patent owners win only 50 percent of the time in the Eastern District of Texas, which has a reputation for juries that find in favor of patent owners more often than in other popular patent litigation districts.
In a bench trial in Houston federal court Tuesday, Petroleum Analyzer Co. LP argued its competitor ATOM Instrument Corp. had not presented evidence to back up its contention that PAC had wrongly used its proprietary technology and should be disgorged of $6.67 million in profits from selling equipment that incorporated the technology.
A chemical company has asked the Texas Supreme Court to settle a 50-year boundary dispute between two counties that it says has resulted in double taxation on two of its commercial piers and docks, saying it overpaid $3 million in ad valorem taxes.
Toyota Prius owners with allegedly defective windshields told a Texas federal court Monday they should be allowed to present evidence establishing they are a valid class, contending the automaker's bid to deny certification is premature.
A Texas appeals court gave a Texas plumber another shot Tuesday at suing foreign manufacturers over defective parts, ruling that the county court had abused its discretion by denying the plumber’s attempt to reinstate the case.
Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.
Is everything really bigger in Texas? A New York federal court's ruling in Aron v. Bristol-Myers Squibb — apparently the first reported opinion from the Farxiga multidistrict litigation — would have us believe that pharmaceutical manufacturers have bigger tort liability under Texas law. But the court let the plaintiffs slide on a number of key points, says Lora Spencer of Reed Smith LLP.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
The majority of circuit courts that have addressed the issue have made clear that district courts should not consider inadmissible evidence when evaluating motions for class certification. In the final part of this series, Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP presents a critique of the minority viewpoint as recently adopted by the Ninth Circuit in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center.
Can courts consider only admissible evidence at the class certification stage, or are motions for class certification governed by looser evidentiary standards? Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP discusses the divergent decisions from the U.S. circuit courts of appeals addressing this issue, both in the context of expert and nonexpert evidence.
For patent venue disputes, the Federal Circuit's 2017 Cray opinion marks a return to fact-intensive inquiries over whether a “regular and established place of business” exists in a district. Over the last six months, courts have been placing greater weight on certain facts over others, say Andrew Holmes and Zachary Flood of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
In April, the Fifth Circuit vacated a jury verdict in the Pinnacle hip implant product liability litigation due to undisclosed payments made to plaintiffs' experts. This issue would not have arisen if Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(C) imposed an affirmative duty to make a complete disclosure regarding compensation of nonretained expert witnesses, says Ekaterina Long of Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC.
Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.
As the data shows, the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision last year marked a major milestone in addressing extreme forum selection in patent law, and to some extent the threat of nonpracticing entity litigation abuse faced by startups. But other NPE problems need fixing, say Rachel Wolbers of Engine and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents Inc.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.