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  • January 26, 2018

    Halliburton Must Arbitrate $12M Dispute, Insurer Tells 5th Circ.

    Ironshore Specialty Insurance asked the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to send a dispute over whether Halliburton Energy Services Inc. owes it $12 million for an oil field explosion to arbitration, saying Halliburton can’t duck the arbitration clause in its drilling contract.

  • January 26, 2018

    Health Hires: Frost Brown, EBG, McDermott, Dykema Cox

    Frost Brown Todd LLC, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Epstein Becker Green, Dykema Cox Smith and Michelman & Robinson LLP have all expanded their health care and life sciences capabilities with attorneys coming from major insurers, medical device companies, BigLaw and elsewhere.

  • January 26, 2018

    Winston & Strawn Nabs Greenberg Traurig Partner In Houston

    Winston & Strawn LLP has expanded its Houston energy team by luring over a Greenberg Traurig LLP partner with more than 30 years of experience advising on strategic alliances, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

  • January 26, 2018

    7 Cos. To Price IPOs Exceeding $3.4B Led By Gaming REIT

    Eight firms are set to guide seven companies projected to raise more than $3.4 billion through initial public offerings during the week of Jan. 29, led by an estimated $1 billion initial public offering from a real estate investment trust formed by Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s emergence from bankruptcy.

  • January 25, 2018

    Fraudster's Atty Increased His Prison Time, Judge Says

    A man serving 27 years in prison for his role in a $30 million health care fraud scheme saw his jail time nearly halved on Thursday, when a Texas federal judge found that his counsel caused the sentence to be vastly inflated by bungling the appeal.

  • January 25, 2018

    Charter School CEO Indicted In FCC E-Rate Program Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the indictment of a Texas charter school's CEO as well as a construction contracting executive who is accused of bribing his way into a contract providing the school with internet services funded by the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program.

  • January 25, 2018

    Mayors Blast Trump Reluctance To Pay For Infrastructure

    The mayors of Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Austin, Texas, criticized the Trump administration on Thursday for its attempts to curb federal funding for state and local transportation and infrastructure projects, saying federal support is needed to get projects off the ground.

  • January 25, 2018

    Cobalt, Insurer's Angola Drilling Fight Sent To State Court

    Cobalt International Energy Inc. and 15 of its current and former directors and officers can litigate what remains of a coverage fight with its primary insurer over an investor dispute stemming from unsuccessful offshore drilling ventures in Angola in state court, a Texas federal judge said on Tuesday.

  • January 25, 2018

    Texas Man Can't Share $26.4M Tax Liability With Ex-Wife

    A Texas seller of farm equipment, whom a magistrate judge has found to owe the IRS $26.4 million, cannot share the tax burden with his ex-wife after a federal judge ruled Thursday that taxpayers cannot delegate their tax duties.

  • January 25, 2018

    Ford Pushes To Consolidate Transmission Defect Cases

    Ford Motor Co. asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday to consolidate 165 cases pending against the car manufacturer over alleged acceleration problems in Fiesta and Focus transmissions into an MDL in Los Angeles, explaining that the company anticipates more suits.

  • January 25, 2018

    Part Of $32M Nigeria Offshore Drilling Row Sent To Arbitration

    A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday referred to arbitration counterclaims Ranger Offshore Inc. brought against a Nigerian maritime company and a marine support services company in a $32 million dispute over payment guarantees for oil and gas exploration and production activities off the coast of Nigeria.

  • January 25, 2018

    FloaTEC Asks Judge To Reject Appeal Bid Over Chevron Rig

    Engineering firm FloaTEC LLC, which was involved in the design of a Chevron oil rig that broke, asked a Texas federal judge Thursday not to allow an immediate appeal by Lloyd's underwriters and other insurers who lost claims against FloaTEC, saying such an appeal would essentially be a waste of everyone’s time because another similar appeal is likely to exist in the foreseeable future.

  • January 25, 2018

    YPF Can't Pause Arbitration During Fight Over $9.9M Award

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by Argentine energy giant YPF SA to halt or pause arbitration initiated by a Texas oil and gas company as the Texas company’s challenge to a parallel arbitral award favoring YPF remains pending, saying the circumstances didn’t warrant such extreme measures.

  • January 25, 2018

    Texas Surgery Center Bungled Anesthesia Care, Insurer Says

    A Texas surgery center failed to notice that an ankle surgery patient was drowning in her own vomit as she came out of anesthesia, a mistake that ultimately caused permanent brain damage when her heart stopped for 24 minutes, an insurance company said in a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday.

  • January 25, 2018

    Texas Appeals Court Upholds Statoil Win In Retaliation Suit

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday upheld a win for Statoil Gulf Services LLC in a retaliation suit brought by an ex-employee who alleged he had been removed from leadership roles after reporting that another co-worker threatened him, finding that the energy company had presented enough evidence to defeat the claims.

  • January 24, 2018

    Texas Docs Ink Deal After $1M Award In Patient Death Case

    A Texas federal judge on Monday approved a post-verdict settlement to end a suit accusing three doctors of failing to timely diagnose the bacterial infection that caused a man’s death, about two months after a jury awarded more than $1 million to the patient’s family.

  • January 24, 2018

    Texas Sex Trafficking Victim Sues Websites, Hotels

    A sprawling lawsuit was filed in Harris County, Texas, District Court on Tuesday that names more than two dozen defendants — including Backpage.com, hotel companies and truck stops — as parties who profited off of the sex trafficking of a minor girl, identified as Jane Doe #1.

  • January 24, 2018

    Texas Man Gets 4 Years For Space Circuit Smuggling Scheme

    A Texas man was sentenced Wednesday to almost four years in prison for conspiring to smuggle strictly regulated electronic components to China and Russia for use in their space programs, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • January 24, 2018

    Texas Town Settles Suit Over Chemical Explosion For $10.4M

    The city of West, Texas, announced Wednesday that it has reached a $10.4 million settlement with the manufacturers and suppliers of ammonium nitrate that the city blamed for contributing to a deadly fertilizer explosion that rocked the small town in 2013.

  • January 24, 2018

    American Airlines Says Software Co. Sold It Faulty Product

    American Airlines Inc. filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Texas state court alleging that software company Verint Americas Inc. owes it $1 million or more for workforce management software that never worked.

Expert Analysis

  • Dissecting NAIC's Insurance Data Security Model Law

    Lawrence Hamilton

    On the heels of the new Insurance Data Security Model Law recently adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, members of Mayer Brown explain the new law, its substantive requirements, and the takeaways for the insurance industry.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 'Ladies' Day' At The High Court

    Sarah Weddington

    When I first argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, I was told I was believed to be the youngest person ever to argue there. I was 26, says Sarah Weddington, founder of the Weddington Center.

  • 6 Months After TC Heartland, Adjusting To A New Landscape

    Nathan Speed

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22, 2017, decision in TC Heartland, which overturned decades of accepted practice on how to evaluate the proper venue for patent litigation, has been lauded by some as ushering in a new era in patent litigation. Others — including some federal judges who have been applying TC Heartland — have found the decision to be much less significant, say Nathan Speed and Stuart Duncan Smith of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Justice and Empathy

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Deflating Uber's 'Puffery' Defense On Safety Claims

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber and taxi companies in California, Texas and New York are debating whether Uber's use of words like "safe" and "safety" is misleading and deceptive or mere "puffery." Conflicting rulings from federal courts suggest litigation on this issue will continue, says retired New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Dickerson.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • Deliberate Discovery Responses Shift Onus Onto Opponent

    Alexis Kellert

    In a recent ruling, the Fifth Circuit found that a plaintiff who failed to pursue discovery of withheld documents was not entitled to relief from summary judgment in favor of the defendant. Keeping discovery responses specific and narrow puts the onus on your adversary to follow up as cases develop, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.