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  • July 27, 2018

    Jet Co. Can Bring Claim Against Texas City In Hangar Row

    Laredo Jet Center LLC does not have to vacate the space it was leasing at the city of Laredo's airport, a Texas appellate court has held in partially reversing a trial court's ruling in the contract dispute between the city and the jet services company.

  • July 27, 2018

    Texas Court Won't Split $580M Pension Suit Over Bad Advice

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to split up a $580 million fight involving the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, denying a request lodged by investment consulting firm The Townsend Group LLC in May to separate the claims against it and its former outside general counsel. 

  • July 27, 2018

    Texas Property Owner Says State Auto Welched On $22M Plan

    The owner of several Texas strip malls has accused State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. in Texas federal court of refusing to pay out damage claims from Hurricane Harvey despite coverage plans for windstorm damage totaling $22 million.

  • July 27, 2018

    Atlanta Rapper Can’t Dodge Texas Contract Breach Lawsuit

    A Texas appeals court has ruled that an Atlanta rapper can’t avoid a lawsuit in Texas court claiming he breached a contract with his production company, saying he waived his right to challenge its jurisdiction over him when he filed his answer to the suit.

  • July 27, 2018

    Baylor Says Attys Have 'Alternate Agenda' For Seeking Docs

    Baylor University urged a Texas federal court to deny a motion to compel production of documents related to its former athletic director, saying opposing attorneys in a suit over the school’s handling of sexual assault have an “alternate agenda” in seeking the documents.

  • July 26, 2018

    Texas Power Agency's $1.8M Win Against Lawyer Will Stand

    A Texas power authority's mixed $1.8 million win at trial against its longtime lawyer can't be increased, a state appeals court ruled Thursday, refusing to intercept tens of millions of dollars the lawyer will reap from deals that the utility claims were duplicitous.

  • July 26, 2018

    Texas Plant To Pay $3.5M To Settle Enviros' Emissions Suit

    Pasadena Refining System Inc. has agreed to pay $3,525,000 and make pollution reduction upgrades at its petroleum refinery in Texas to settle Environment Texas and the Sierra Club's lawsuit alleging it exceeded emission limits at the facility, according to a deal the parties proposed Thursday.

  • July 26, 2018

    Texas Doc’s Misspelled Name Dooms Med Mal Suit

    A Texas doctor whose name was misspelled in a medical malpractice suit lodged in connection with a heart surgery patient’s death was properly cut loose from the case since the doctor wasn’t timely served with the original lawsuit, a Texas appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • July 26, 2018

    Daewoo Urges 5th Circ. To Rehear Iron Shipment Seizure Row

    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.”

  • July 26, 2018

    Factory Dust System Makers Can't Ditch $33M Injury Verdict

    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.

  • July 26, 2018

    Court Reverses Doctor's Loss Over Employment Contract

    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.

  • July 26, 2018

    Feds Knock Texas Doc’s Bid To Torpedo $240M Fraud Case

    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.

  • July 25, 2018

    Bracewell Partner Named GC For Texas Gov.

    A partner at Bracewell LLP in Houston has been named general counsel to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the governor's office announced Wednesday.

  • July 25, 2018

    Toyota Can’t Protect Documents From Seat-Design Trial

    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.

  • July 25, 2018

    Deported Seismic Consultant Settles With Immigration Firm

    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.

  • July 25, 2018

    Chevron Raises Bribe Claims Before Ex-Worker's Sentencing

    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.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    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.

  • July 25, 2018

    Texas Judge Won't Toss Indian Child Welfare Act Challenge

    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."

  • July 25, 2018

    Sanction Eased For Texas Judge Who Hawked Divorce Book

    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.

  • July 25, 2018

    Thompson & Knight Steers Closing Of Tailwater's $1B Fund

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • And Now A Word To The Panel: Happy 50th!

    Alan Rothman

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Chicago for its May 31 hearing session, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter observes the panel’s golden anniversary with a retrospective look at its origins in the enactment of the MDL statute in April 1968, and reviews its most recent hearing session held in Atlanta on March 29.

  • Texas 'Hail Bill' Promotes Dispute Resolution Over Litigation

    Kristin Cummings

    A Texas federal court's ruling in Carrizales v. State Farm Lloyds acknowledges that the primary purpose of Texas Insurance Code Section 542A, also known as the "Hail Bill," is to encourage resolution of disputed weather-related claims without the need for litigation, say Kristin Cummings and Lindsey Bruning of Zelle LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

    A.G. Burnett

    In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP. 

  • With States' Crypto Regulation, Problems Multiply

    Jason Gottlieb

    State securities agencies are increasingly regulating the cryptocurrency space through administrative proceedings and summary cease-and-desist orders. But the uncertainties and ambiguities in current cryptocurrency regulation mean that multistate action — even if coordinated — will create a real risk of splintered authority, says Jason Gottlieb of Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.