The court-appointed receiver handling the Ponzi implosion of Stanford International Bank asked a Texas federal judge on Thursday to overturn a jury's decision keeping $88 million in Stanford cash in the hands of the cable and truck-racing magnate who received it shortly before Stanford collapsed.
Media company iHeart Communications Inc. didn’t violate contracts with investment funds that lent it billions when it transferred $516 million in stock from one subsidiary to another, a Texas appellate panel ruled Wednesday, finding those contracts didn’t require the transfers to have a profit motive.
Scores of "caustic" text messages passed between south Texas paralegals about their county attorney boss that resulted in their firing did not relate to matters of public concern, even if related deposition testimony they gave did, the Fifth Circuit said Friday, backing the dismissal of their employment retaliation suit.
President Donald Trump said late Thursday that he would nominate former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chair Kathleen Hartnett White, a prominent skeptic of man-made climate change, to serve on the White House's Council on Environmental Quality and designate her as the council's chair.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied a bid for review from Anglo-Dutch Petroleum International, which had argued a trial court awarded and lower appellate court wrongly affirmed a “windfall” in interest on attorneys' fees to a lawyer who represented the company in a trade secrets suit, after Anglo-Dutch successfully appealed a verdict on the fee amount.
Vistra Energy said Friday that its Texas-based Luminant subsidiary would close two coal-fired plants in early 2018 due to deteriorating finances, making it three Lone Star State coal plants in the last week the company has tabbed for closure next year.
Several companies and firms have bolstered their health and life sciences practices over the last few weeks, including Boston Scientific Corp., which named a new general counsel with a wealth of in-house experience, and Mintz Levin, which expanded its health practice with the former general counsel of a major New England health system.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension is back on the table as the Fifth Circuit ruled the players union filed suit prematurely, meaning the union’s preemptive legal strategy to beat the NFL to federal court may have backfired, at least for now.
As the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston aims to dump defamation claims against four doctors whose comments allegedly led the hospital to rescind an offer to a medical resident, Texas Supreme Court justices on Thursday weighed whether the doctors are considered hospital employees.
A Texas federal judge denied a former ArthroCare Corp. CEO’s attempt to overturn his conviction after a second jury found him guilty of cheating investors out of roughly $750 million by inflating sales and revenue numbers.
Texas Supreme Court justices on Thursday questioned how a settlement agreement requiring uranium mining company URI Inc. to restore the quality of water wells in Kleberg County could be viewed as unambiguous by both parties when the parties differ sharply on the meaning of a key term.
The Fifth Circuit on Thursday opened the door for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to begin serving a six-game suspension for domestic violence allegations, finding that a Texas federal court where the players union had obtained an order to hold off on the suspension lacked the power to rule on the case because the union filed the suit prematurely.
The American Petroleum Institute told a Wyoming federal court Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management’s rule aimed at limiting the venting and flaring of methane from drilling operations on federal and tribal lands relied heavily on a warped and radical definition of “waste.”
A former congressional aide agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to participating in a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable organizations in order to fund his boss’ political campaign.
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $36.5 billion hurricane and wildfire relief bill, sending a measure to the Senate that includes aid to California, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones drew a line in the sand this weekend by publicly pronouncing that he would bench any player who kneels during the national anthem, prompting a union in Texas to file a charge with the National Labor Relations Board claiming that Jones' edict illegally restricts players' rights under federal labor law. Here, experts share three takeaways from Jones' anthem policy.
Texas Supreme Court justices on Wednesday tried to figure out an appropriate penalty for a coating manufacturer that missed a statutory deadline to serve the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with a lawsuit challenging an agency ruling on pollution emissions credits.
The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $36.5 billion hurricane and wildfire relief bill Wednesday, setting up a vote Thursday on a controversial aid package to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, California and Oregon.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday said that the driver in an upcoming bellwether trial over ignition switches that allegedly caused cars to lose power without warning has reached a confidential settlement with General Motors LLC.
The question of whether Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be forced to serve a domestic violence suspension this season continues as a New York federal judge on Wednesday put the NFL’s suit to force the suspension on hold pending the outcome of a forthcoming Fifth Circuit ruling on the issue.
When I graduated from law school, I landed at an old-line firm in the Golden Triangle of Texas. Two significant things happened to me around that time. One pertained to learning to listen, and the other pertained to refusing to participate in what I heard, says Marcy Rothman of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC.
Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.
Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
State attorneys general have worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, other federal agencies and each other to take on issues deemed to be the fallout of the financial crisis that started 10 years ago. But unlike the CFPB, the jurisdiction of which is limited, the AGs have assumed a wider reach, say former Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Michelle Rogers of Buckley Sandler LLP.
For government contractors, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will continue to cause delays, increases in costs, and material shortages and damage. Most contractors will be entitled to contract schedule relief. But they may not be entitled to additional compensation, say Jay DeVecchio and Lauren Horneffer of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.
For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas state and federal courts will have to tackle the question of whether landowners are entitled to compensation following the government's decision to open the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, causing some homes to be flooded, say attorneys with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.
The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.