Texas

  • February 23, 2017

    K&L Gates Snags Partner From Squire Patton Boggs

    K&L Gates LLP announced Wednesday that it had hired a partner with a range of experience that includes structuring credit facilities and counseling clients in oil and gas transactions in the firm’s Dallas office, where he will seek to use the firm’s global resources to expand his energy-focused practice.

  • February 23, 2017

    Medical Supply Co. Owner Gets 27 Years In $3.5M Fraud

    A 55-year-old man who was involved in a $3.5 million scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid by filing false claims for powered wheelchairs and scooters was sentenced Thursday in San Antonio, Texas, to 27 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • February 23, 2017

    Marshall Heir's Trade Secret Suit Sent Back To State Court

    Preston Marshall, former president of administrative staffing company MarOpCo, won a bid to move his trade secrets suit against the business and his brother from federal court in Dallas back to state court in Houston on Wednesday, when a judge ruled in his favor saying the court had up to this point in the case “only handled procedural motions.”

  • February 23, 2017

    5th Circ. Reinstates Texas Anti-Immigrant Harboring Law

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday reinstated a Texas law that makes it a felony to harbor unauthorized immigrants, lifting an injunction that had blocked the 2015 law from taking full effect, in a ruling praised by both the state and immigrant advocates.

  • February 23, 2017

    FinCEN To Keep Watching Shell Cos.' Big Real Estate Deals

    Title insurance companies will have to keep disclosing the real buyers behind shell companies that pay cash for luxury homes in several major cities, after the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network extended the requirement by six months on Thursday.

  • February 23, 2017

    EEOC Hits Fracking Equipment Co. With Discrimination Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused a Houston-based manufacturer of fracking equipment Wednesday of firing a black employee after he reported his colleagues for donning a white hood that resembled Ku Klux Klan regalia, rather than disciplining his colleagues.

  • February 23, 2017

    Rival's Lie-Spotters Suit Booted Out Of Texas

    A Texas federal judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday between companies specializing in training to spot deception and lies, concluding that the business interference dispute lacked ties to Texas and really stemmed from an allegedly “sham” case in New York state court.

  • February 23, 2017

    Thompson & Knight Defends $25M Fee In Life Partners Ch. 11

    Thompson & Knight LLP has pushed back in Texas federal court against a U.S. trustee’s objections to its bid for more than $25 million in fees and expenses for serving as counsel to Life Partners Holdings Inc.’s Chapter 11 trustee, saying it has already agreed to fee reductions.

  • February 23, 2017

    Littler Mendelson Adds Shareholder To Dallas Privacy Group

    Littler Mendelson PC has announced the addition of a veteran privacy attorney to its workplace privacy and data security practice in Dallas, saying that he will join as a shareholder from the human resources management solutions provider ADP LLC.

  • February 23, 2017

    Deficient Expert Report Dooms Minor's Sex Assault Claims

    A Texas appellate court has dismissed claims against Hickory Trail Hospital LP brought after a minor patient claimed a hospital employee entered her room and sexually assaulted her, finding expert reports in the suit were inadequate, and it overturned a trial court's decision to let the case move forward.

  • February 23, 2017

    $269M JV Forged By Belay Investment, Eagle Property

    Belay Investment Group LLC has entered into a joint venture with Eagle Property Capital Investments LLC to acquire as much as $269 million worth of multifamily properties in Texas and Florida, the firms revealed in a statement Thursday.

  • February 22, 2017

    NLRB Asks 5th Circ. To OK Chipotle Break Petition Ruling

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the Fifth Circuit last week to affirm its ruling that Chipotle Services LLC illegally fired an employee for refusing to stop circulating a petition demanding fair break time, calling this “textbook” protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act.

  • February 22, 2017

    Oil Heir Accuses Ex-Dallas DA, Dallas Attys Of Burglary

    In a wide-ranging lawsuit filed in Texas federal court Wednesday, Hunt Petroleum Corp. heir Al Hill III accused former Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins and a handful of prominent Dallas attorneys who formerly represented him of plotting a burglary of his home.

  • February 22, 2017

    Post Oak Leads $200M Investment Into Midland Oil Biz

    Post Oak Energy Capital LP is leading a $200 million equity commitment to oil and gas company Moriah Henry Partners LLC to fund developments in the core of the Midland Basin, in West Texas, the companies said Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Lawyers Seek Up To $41M From Halliburton Asbestos Deal

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Kahn Swick & Foti LLC lawyers who reached a $100 million investor settlement with Halliburton over its asbestos liability disclosures told a Texas federal court Tuesday they would seek up to $40.8 million after a decade's litigation and two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • February 22, 2017

    Baker Botts Snags 9 Partners From Norton Rose Fulbright

    Baker Botts LLP has hired nine partners experienced in tax, private equity, energy and mergers and acquisitions from Norton Rose Fulbright to join its Houston, Texas, office, including the leaders of several of its transactional and tax practices.

  • February 22, 2017

    AIG, Biotech Co. Fight Toss Of $36M Ad Injury Coverage Suit

    AIG and agricultural product company Stoller Enterprises Inc. on Tuesday both objected to a Texas magistrate judge's recommendation to throw out nearly all of Stoller’s suit seeking coverage from AIG for an unfair competition suit settlement of an undisclosed amount after triple damages totaled $36 million.

  • February 22, 2017

    4G FRAND Suit Against T-Mobile Should Proceed, Judge Says

    A Texas magistrate judge on Wednesday recommended a federal court deny T-Mobile's bid to toss Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s suit for declaratory judgment on whether its license on patented 4G technology was fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, finding the court had subject-matter jurisdiction over the case.

  • February 22, 2017

    Texas Court Says UT Southwestern Doctors Can't Be Sued

    A Texas appeals court has thrown out claims that a group of doctors mistreated a 16-year-old with a brain tumor, holding the doctors established the claims should have been brought against their employer, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

  • February 22, 2017

    Texas Lawmakers Unite Against Dallas-Houston Rail Project

    In a united effort to push back against plans by Texas Central Partners LLC to build a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, a group of state lawmakers on Tuesday filed bills in opposition to the “controversial” proposal.

Expert Analysis

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • A Regulatory Play-By-Play Of The Super Bowl Drone Show

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    Super Bowl viewers may have wondered what type of legal approvals were needed to enable the massive display of 300 choreographed drones that kicked off Lady Gaga’s halftime show. In fact, a tape delay and a special waiver of the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 regulations were required to make the performance work, say Anna Gomez, Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • State AGs Can Enforce Emoluments Clause Against Trump

    Jed Shugerman

    Many argue that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, because foreign states and officials are making payments to Trump through his businesses. Quo warranto — an obscure legal procedure previously used by "birthers" against President Obama — empowers state attorneys general to pursue Trump's business entities for emoluments clause violations, says Jed Shugerman of Fordham University Law School.

  • Don't Overlook Pleading Challenges In State Pharma Suits

    John DeBoy

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Twombly and Iqbal decisions released a torrent of challenges to the sufficiency of plaintiffs’ pleadings in federal court, including in pharmaceutical product liability cases. This strategy has been less common in state courts, but it can help pharmaceutical defendants narrow the scope of litigation and educate the court on important issues, say John DeBoy and Annie Wang of Covington Burling LLP.

  • Considerations For State Universities After PTAB Win

    William Hubbard

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently ruled in Covidien v. University of Florida that sovereign immunity prevents inter partes reviews from being instituted regarding patents owned by many state universities. This result is a boon to universities' patent portfolios and will affect their licensing and litigation strategies, say attorneys with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.