Texas

  • January 30, 2018

    Samsung, Verizon Face East Texas IP Infringement Suit

    An Israeli inventor and computer scientist sued Samsung and Verizon through his patent holding company Tuesday in an Eastern District of Texas lawsuit alleging infringement of cellphone signal-boosting technology that uses televisions and other equipment to route calls through add-on base stations.

  • January 30, 2018

    Texas Court Partially Revives Michelin Faulty Tire Suit

    A Texas appellate court on Monday partially revived a family's product liability suit against Michelin alleging a faulty tire caused a crash that injured several members of the family, holding that a trial court was wrong to grant Michelin an early win on four claims, including negligence.

  • January 30, 2018

    Alston & Bird Nabs M&A Pros For Dallas, Atlanta Offices

    Alston & Bird LLP on Monday announced that it has expanded its corporate transactions practice with the hires of two experienced mergers and acquisitions attorneys who had roles in Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods and Harris Corp.’s $690 million sale of its tech business to Veritas.

  • January 30, 2018

    UPS Scores Quick Win In Ex-Worker's Age Bias Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Monday agreed to toss a suit accusing United Parcel Service Inc. of firing a former employee because of her age, finding that the shipping company gave a plausible nondiscriminatory explanation for why she was fired.

  • January 29, 2018

    3 Banks To Pay Combined $47M In CFTC Spoofing Settlement

    Global banking giants Deutsche Bank, UBS and HSBC agreed to pay a combined $46.6 million Monday to settle separate civil allegations by U.S. commodities regulators that their traders engaged in an illegal practice known as spoofing in an effort to manipulate precious metals markets.

  • January 29, 2018

    AriseBank Hit With SEC Suit Over Initial Coin Offering

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has moved in to stop what has been touted as the largest initial coin offering ever launched, alleging in a complaint unsealed Monday in Texas federal court that the offering by Dallas-based AriseBank, which had a $1 billion goal, was illegal and fraudulent.

  • January 29, 2018

    DOJ, CFTC Spoofing Cases Show Cooperation Running High

    A spate of coordinated spoofing cases against three banks and their former traders are a new high water mark in cooperation between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and bear out commitments to cracking down on manipulation and going after individuals, according to former government attorneys.

  • January 29, 2018

    Texas Panel Says Basic Owes For Employee Death Litigation

    A Texas appeals court on Friday affirmed that, under the plain terms of a contract, well services company Basic Energy Services LP will have to defend and indemnify Exco Resources Inc. and several other energy companies for litigation costs tied to the death of a Basic worker in an accident at a well Exco was operating.

  • January 29, 2018

    Locke Lord Engineer Faces Fair Jail Time, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld the conviction and sentencing of a former Locke Lord LLP information technology engineer, who was found guilty of felony computer intrusion for attacks on the firm’s network in 2011 and ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution and serve 9½ years in jail.

  • January 29, 2018

    Texas Fetal Tissue Disposal Rule Temporarily Blocked

    A Texas federal judge Monday granted pro-choice advocates a preliminary injunction in their challenge of a rule requiring Texas health care facilities to bury or cremate fetal tissue from abortions, finding that they presented a reasonable case that the rule may be found unconstitutionally vague.

  • January 29, 2018

    6 More Cos. Launch IPOs Totaling $1.4B As Pipeline Grows

    Six companies — including energy services providers, an asset manager, a marketing analytics firm and a drugmaker developing a biosimilar of Botox — launched six initial public offerings on Monday that are estimated to raise about $1.4 billion, engaging the work of 11 law firms.

  • January 29, 2018

    Sidley Austin Nabs Ex-Bracewell Enviro Partner In Houston

    Sidley Austin LLP said Monday it has bolstered its Houston office with the hiring of a former Bracewell LLP environmental partner experienced in regulatory matters and energy-related transactions.

  • January 29, 2018

    DFW Airport Board Asks Texas Justices To Nix Contract Suit

    The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport's governing board has appealed to the Texas Supreme Court in a contract dispute with a financial consulting company, arguing that a lower appellate court misunderstood the basis of its argument in allowing the breach of contract claim to survive early dismissal.

  • January 29, 2018

    Dr Pepper Snapple, Keurig Merge To Create Beverage Titan

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. and privately owned Keurig Green Mountain Inc. have agreed to join forces, the companies said Monday, in a merger that creates a North American beverage behemoth boasting roughly $11 billion in combined annual revenue.

  • January 27, 2018

    Ethics Training For Attys Should Aim Higher, Sotomayor Says

    The education of lawyers should be improved to include a more robust ethics training that goes beyond merely setting a floor for acceptable conduct, U.S. Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor said Friday during an event at the University of Houston Law Center.

  • January 26, 2018

    Texas City Immune From Car Crash Death Suit, 5th Circ. Told

    The city of Austin on Thursday told the Fifth Circuit that claims brought against it by the family of a man who was killed by a drunken driver during the city's SXSW festival must be dismissed because it is immune from the suit under the law.

  • January 26, 2018

    USCIS Reverses Denial Of H-1B Visa For Engineering Job

    An appellate office within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday reversed the agency’s denial of an H-1B visa petition by a geotechnical and geophysical engineering consulting firm for an engineer-in-training job in Texas, finding the company used the correct wage level for the job.

  • January 26, 2018

    Judge OKs Cobalt's $500M Pact With Sonangol For Oil Blocks

    A Texas bankruptcy judge greenlit a deal under which Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol EP will pay $500 million to take over Cobalt International Energy Inc.’s interests in a pair of offshore drilling blocks, resolving arbitration in which Cobalt was seeking more than $2 billion.

  • January 26, 2018

    Texas High Court Won't Revisit Entergy Rate-Setting Fight

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to rethink its 2017 decision against Entergy Texas Inc. that doomed the power company’s efforts to recover $40 million in “expected expenses” through rate hikes.

  • January 26, 2018

    13 States Urge High Court To Let DACA Rollback Proceed

    A coalition of 13 states filed an amicus brief on Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to overturn a lower court's decision preventing the Trump administration from winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying that “nothing” in the Immigration and Nationality Act or federal law “requires a program like DACA.”

Expert Analysis

  • Does The Path To The Right Venue Have To Be Narrow?

    Sue Robinson

    If you juxtapose the “narrow interpretation” language of the post-TC Heartland decisions with the actual contexts in which the Supreme Court uttered such dicta, it should not be a foregone conclusion that the court meant to eschew all contemporary insights when interpreting the patent venue statute, says Sue Robinson, an attorney at Farnan LLP and former Delaware federal judge.

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    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Navigating Whistleblower Protections Across The Atlantic

    Lynne Bernabei

    Both the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S. and rules under the Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. provide whistleblower protections for financial industry employees who report fraud and regulatory breaches. Whereas the specific protections in the U.S. and U.K. differ somewhat, many of the protection mechanisms are remarkably similar, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • The Intersection Of Arbitration And Choice-Of-Law Clauses

    Rachel Mongiello

    Clients on the verge of litigation with a contractual counterparty often furnish their attorneys with the negotiated contract containing a mandatory arbitration provision and choice-of-law clause. But an often overlooked question is whether the Federal Arbitration Act or the parties’ chosen law governs the arbitration itself, says Rachel Mongiello of Cole Schotz PC.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2017

    Steven Pearlman

    The past year saw an aggressive approach to whistleblowing and retaliation actions by the plaintiffs bar and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alike. Steven Pearlman and Edward Young of Proskauer Rose LLP examine the most impactful developments of 2017.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

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    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Why Asking About Salary History Is Risky Anywhere

    Joseph Kroeger

    Recently there has been significant attention around new laws and ordinances that prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history in various U.S. states and cities. But are employers outside of these jurisdictions free to ask for salary history information of applicants without risk? Hardly, say Joseph Kroeger and Audrey Roberts of Snell & Wilmer LLP.