The U.S. filed suit in Texas federal court Thursday against Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. of America on behalf of HCBeck Ltd., a contractor that's seeking to collect $2.4 million for unpaid work on two biomedical research facilities.
King & Spalding bolstered its Houston office with a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP transactional oil and gas attorney experienced in a variety of areas in the energy sector, including mergers and acquisitions and project development.
A Texas appellate court announced Thursday it had changed its mind about dismissing a suit against a nursing home, ruling that the children of a deceased patient should be able to amend their expert report and overturning its own December decision to nix the case.
A Texas federal judge refused a satellite broadband technology company’s request to transfer a patent infringement suit against it out of the Eastern District of Texas in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision last month, arguing that it had waived its right to seek transfer by failing to do so earlier.
A split Texas appeals court sided Thursday with Harris County in upending a lower court ruling clearing a refinery owner of local ad valorem taxes, concluding that a change in corporate structure meant the company had lost its claim to a local tax-free “zone” for international trade.
A Fifth Circuit panel on Wednesday denied a request by BP PLC to revisit the decision rejecting most of the formula the oil giant used to determine the settlement it will pay a class of Gulf Coast businesses harmed by 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, saying the company’s argument was wrong.
A unit of Magellan Midstream Partners LP claims in a Texas state court suit that an Enterprise Products Partners LP affiliate owes it at least $50 million after breaching a crude oil shipping agreement by using its own pipelines for oil produced from the Eagle Ford Shale.
The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed part of a lower court’s ruling in a case on the aftermath of an accident in the Gulf of Mexico that damaged a mooring line on a Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiary's drilling unit, finding that two third-party companies are not required to indemnify the two companies found liable for the accident.
Real Estate Investment Trust Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc. said Thursday it has finalized a $163 million deal to sell a portfolio of five Marriott and Hilton hotels to an affiliate of Summit Hotel Properties Inc.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her views on writing dissents and the change she hopes they inspire in the law, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the 111th justice.
A state appeals court on Wednesday ruled partly in favor of a South Texas Whataburger franchise in a dispute over interpretation of a 1993 settlement reached when the company bought 28 of the franchisee's locations in exchange for future development rights.
Although a secret settlement between a Malaysian recycling company and a scrap metal dealer cheated the Malaysian company’s counsel out of its fees tied to an arbitration award, a Texas federal judge found Tuesday that he lacked jurisdiction to rule on the counsel’s claims for payment.
A Texas federal judge on Wednesday said she’s leaning toward dismissal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s allegations two top executives for a ticket reservation business are liable for a scheme that defrauded professional athletes of $33 million.
A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday significantly trimmed a lawsuit brought by a Cumulus Media Inc. subsidiary against syndicated talk show host Michael Baisden alleging it overpaid him $1 million, and set jury selection to begin Thursday.
Federal prosecutors said in a motion unsealed Tuesday that the lawyer defending Texas state Sen. Carlos Uresti in a securities fraud case tied to a fracking sand company should be disqualified because he previously represented a client whom Uresti, also an attorney, allegedly defrauded.
The Houston City Council on Wednesday voted to join a growing list of municipalities and nonprofits challenging the constitutionality of a new state law set to go into effect Sept. 1 banning so-called sanctuary cities that opponents have argued will incite racial profiling and undermine due process.
A Nobel Prize-winning researcher has moved to block a Sandoz Inc. subpoena seeking testimony related to a biosimilar of Amgen Inc.’s blockbuster immunosuppressant Enbrel, telling a Texas federal court that the deposition would almost certainly be fruitless.
Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC must pay one of its Texas dealerships nearly $1 million as a result of a contract dispute, a Texas federal judge said Tuesday, finding that the company improperly reclaimed cash the dealer earned under a sales incentive program.
A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday blocked the $367 million merger of EnergySolutions Inc. and Waste Control Specialists LLC, siding with the U.S. Department of Justice in the government's bid to enjoin the deal between rival nuclear waste processors on antitrust grounds.
A former assistant U.S. attorney and judge for Texas' Fifth Court of Appeals, who resigned from the bench in 2012 in lieu of facing disciplinary proceedings for unprofessional behavior, was found dead in his Dallas County home by police last week.
One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.
Texas House Bill 2492, if signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, will allow surplus lines insurers domiciled in Texas to conduct business in the state, potentially increasing state revenue and creating more job and economic opportunities, says Victoria Vish of Zelle LLP.
In the “I pick, you pick, they pick” arbitration system, each party selects its own arbitrator, and those two arbitrators select a third. But the Texas Supreme Court's recent decision in Forest Oil v. El Rucio Land and Cattle demonstrates how this method can heighten rather than minimize the chance of an arbitral mistake, say Angela Zambrano and Robert Velevis of Sidley Austin LLP.
Last week the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Trust Act, a statewide sanctuary jurisdiction bill. If signed into law, it would have broad implications for the state's local governments and could play a role in the larger sanctuary discourse playing out in Congress, the executive branch and the federal courts, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.
How much is solar power really worth? Although a seemingly simple question, it has a myriad of complex and sometimes conflicting responses that many regulators across the U.S. are trying to resolve, say Brad Thompson and Jessica Sabbath of King & Spalding LLP.
This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.
In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.
In Water Splash Inc. v. Menon, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the Hague Convention does not preclude service by mail on defendants residing in foreign countries. Attorneys with Jones Day review how the court resolved this long-standing question for many jurisdictions.
Some argued that the Texas Supreme Court's April decision in USAA v. Menchaca changed the landscape of Texas law regarding extracontractual liability in first-party insurance cases. However, a close reading of both the case and post-Menchaca case law confirms that appraisal law remains unaffected, say Lindsey Bruning and Tyler McGuire of Zelle LLP.
A stay of district court litigation pending inter partes review is not a given. In this article, Jim Warriner of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP looks at three years of orders on contested motions to stay from the Northern District of California, the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas.