Texas

  • October 13, 2017

    Stanford Receiver Renews Fight Over $88M Clawback Verdict

    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.

  • October 13, 2017

    IHeart Investors Lose Texas Appeal Over $516M Stock Move

    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.

  • October 13, 2017

    Paralegals’ 'Caustic' Jabs At Atty Not Of Public Concern

    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.

  • October 13, 2017

    Trump Taps Climate Skeptic To Lead WH Enviro Council

    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.

  • October 13, 2017

    Texas High Court Won't Hear Anglo-Dutch Atty Fees Row

    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.

  • October 13, 2017

    Luminant Shutters 2 Texas Coal-Fired Plants

    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.

  • October 13, 2017

    Health Hires: Boston Scientific, Mintz Levin

    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.

  • October 12, 2017

    Union Attempt To Beat NFL To Court Over Elliott Backfires

    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. 

  • October 12, 2017

    UT Docs' Employee Status At Issue Before Texas High Court

    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.

  • October 12, 2017

    Ex-ArthroCare CEO Can't Undo $750M Fraud Conviction

    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.

  • October 12, 2017

    Uranium Miner Defends Water Quality Deal To Texas Justices

    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.

  • October 12, 2017

    5th Circ. Opens Door For NFL's Elliott To Serve Suspension

    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.

  • October 12, 2017

    API Says BLM Flaring Rule Twists Definition Of ‘Waste’

    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.”

  • October 12, 2017

    Ex-Congressional Staffer Admits To Fraud, Money Laundering

    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.

  • October 12, 2017

    House Passes $36.5B Disaster Aid Bill

    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.

  • October 11, 2017

    3 Takeaways From NLRB Charge Over Cowboys Protest Policy

    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.

  • October 11, 2017

    Texas Justices Weigh Penalty For Missing TCEQ Suit Deadline

    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.

  • October 11, 2017

    House Panel OKs $36.5B Hurricane, Wildfire Relief Measure

    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.

  • October 11, 2017

    GM, Driver Settle Ahead Of Bellwether Ignition Trial

    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.

  • October 11, 2017

    Judge Puts New York Case Over Elliott Suspension On Hold

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Listen Carefully, Speak Up

    Marcy Rothman

    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 Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    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.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    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

    Post-Crisis AG Enforcement Is Just The Beginning

    Douglas Gansler

    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.

  • Steps For Government Contractors To Take After Hurricanes

    Jay DeVecchio

    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.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    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.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    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.

  • Hurricane Harvey Will Test The Public Necessity Doctrine

    Katherine David

    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.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    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.