• January 12, 2017

    Houston Club Wants $139K EEOC HIV Bias Suit Reopened

    A Houston-area nightclub asked a Texas federal judge for relief from a $139,366 default judgment in an employment discrimination case on Wednesday, telling the judge that its attorney accidentally missed a December status conference and arguing that a new trial wouldn’t prejudice the plaintiff.

  • January 12, 2017

    Distillery Didn't Violate 'Cowboy' Trademark, Texas Jury Finds

    Lone Star Distillery LLC did not infringe a rival’s trademark for the word “cowboy” by selling bourbon with the word in its name, a Texas federal jury ruled Wednesday, following a December false start that ended in a mistrial.

  • January 12, 2017

    Munsch Hardt Adds Corporate Partners In Dallas

    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC announced Thursday it has added two shareholders to its corporate and securities practice in Dallas, snagging both lawyers from now-dissolved Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller LLP, where they co-headed the firm's health care division.

  • January 12, 2017

    Energy Pick Perry Cuts Ties With Dakota Access Companies

    President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of energy, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is breaking ties with some energy companies, including stepping down from the boards of two companies developing the Dakota Access pipeline and, should he be confirmed for the role, vowing to shed stock in them.

  • January 12, 2017

    Texas Gov. Appoints Dallas Atty To Appellate Court

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed attorney Jason Boatright to the state's Fifth Court of Appeals, taking over the seat formerly held by Justice David Lewis, for a term that will expire in December 2018.

  • January 12, 2017

    Multistate Hotel Portfolio Scores $92M In Financing

    A portfolio of four hotels in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia has scored $92 million in financing, according to an announcement on Thursday from Sonnenblick-Eichner Co., which arranged four loans for the 592-room package.

  • January 12, 2017

    BC Greenlights Kinder Morgan Canadian Pipeline Project

    The government of British Columbia on Wednesday signed off on Kinder Morgan Inc.'s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, allowing the midstream giant to clear another major regulatory hurdle after the Canadian federal government approved the project in November.

  • January 12, 2017

    Viacom Wins TM Ruling Against 'Spongebob' Restaurant

    Viacom won a ruling Wednesday that a proposed “Krusty Krab” restaurant — the same name as a fictional joint in the Nickelodeon cartoon “SpongeBob Squarepants” — would violate the media giant’s trademark rights.

  • January 11, 2017

    Oculus Exec Denies Using Stolen Code In $2B Trial

    The chief technology officer for Facebook-owned Oculus VR LLC, who formerly worked for a video game developer seeking $2 billion in a Texas federal court trial, told jurors Wednesday the virtual reality headset wasn’t founded using stolen technology.

  • January 11, 2017

    Valve Maker's Trade Secrets Suit Preempted, 5th Circ. Affirms

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a valve manufacturer's state-based claim for trade secrets misappropriation against a competitor and former employee who allegedly used stolen drawings to design a competing product, finding that the general scope of federal copyright law preempts the claim.

  • January 11, 2017

    Mind Your Metadata: Ethics Rules On Hidden Data

    Slowly but surely, state ethics committees are addressing the rules and responsibilities around an often overlooked risk to client confidentiality — document metadata. Here, Law360 answers four common questions lawyers have about the ethical landscape for handling the sensitive client data.

  • January 11, 2017

    Mass. Court Won't Quash AG's Exxon Climate Change Probe

    A Massachusetts state judge on Wednesday shot down Exxon’s challenge to state Attorney General Maura Healey’s climate change investigation, ruling the Texas company couldn’t skip out of Massachusetts court when it does business in the commonwealth.

  • January 11, 2017

    BP Employees Seek Another Chance At ERISA Suit

    BP PLC employees suing over damage to their BP-invested retirement funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continued to press a Texas federal court on Tuesday to let them revamp their claims, after the Fifth Circuit found they hadn’t specified what plan administrators could have done differently to get a better result.

  • January 11, 2017

    Bathroom Rule Ban Is Toothless In Okla., LGBT Group Says

    An Oklahoma LGBT advocacy group told the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday that the state should be exempted from an injunction blocking an Obama administration guidance that students be allowed to use restrooms that match their gender identity, saying the directive conflicted with no Oklahoma law.

  • January 11, 2017

    Parsley Energy Spends $607M For West Texas Acreage

    A Texas-based oil and gas company has struck deals to pay $607 million in cash for a variety of properties it says will raise its production by almost 60 percent in 2017, the company said Tuesday.

  • January 11, 2017

    Feds Urge Against Rule Injunction In Dialysis Program Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday not to grant a request from dialysis companies to stop a Health and Human Services rule change affecting patient insurance coverage, because it is a “limited and modest but urgently needed” step to protect patients.

  • January 11, 2017

    Total Can't Duck FERC With SEC Judges Ruling, 5th Circ. Told

    A recent Tenth Circuit decision on the constitutionality of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judges has no bearing on whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the authority to fine Total SA over gas market manipulation, the agency told the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday.

  • January 11, 2017

    Andrews Kurth Asks Texas Justices To Toss Malpractice Suit

    The former clients of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP alleging their lawyers drafted a faulty health care investment agreement and flubbed subsequent litigation, and who also argue their claims were wrongly dismissed, have failed to meet the court's evidence standards in proving the claims, the Texas Supreme Court was told in oral arguments Wednesday.

  • January 11, 2017

    Ohio Cancer Charity Says Texas No Place For TM Suit

    An Ohio-based cancer charity accused of using trademarks belonging to The University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center does not have enough of a connection to the Lone Star State to be sued there, the fundraiser argued in Texas federal court Tuesday.

  • January 11, 2017

    KBR Says $1.4B LNG Dispute Must Be Arbitrated

    KBR Inc. argued in Texas federal court on Tuesday that an AU$1.9 billion ($1.4 billion) case filed against it by an Australian contractor stemming from a liquefied natural gas project should be resolved through arbitration, saying that the contractor can't avoid the terms of the underlying contract.

Expert Analysis

  • Time To Reopen Some DOJ Antitrust Field Offices

    Robert E. Connolly

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to spend up to $1 trillion upgrading America’s infrastructure. To help ensure that money is spent free from corruption, the incoming administration should reopen at least two of the four Antitrust Division field offices that were shuttered in January 2013, says Robert Connolly of GeyerGorey LLP.

  • What High Court Will Consider In Patent Venue Case

    S. Gregory Herrman

    If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with the petitioner in TC Heartland, venues viewed as “plaintiff-friendly” may no longer be the hubs of patent litigation that they are today, says Gregory Herrman of Blank Rome LLP.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 3

    Anthony B. Cavender

    The final article in this series reviews some of the most significant environmental cases of 2016 decided in the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as several state supreme courts. Anyone who reads these cases will be impressed by the painstaking approach these courts apply to some of the most vexing and complicated cases on their dockets, says Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 2

    Anthony B. Cavender

    In part 2 of this three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP highlights decisions from the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. In particular, these cases reflect issues common to the energy-producing states as well as additional Endangered Species Act decisions.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2017

    Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy

    Transitioning to 2017 promises to be full of changes for employers, and while you may not know how the new administration or court decisions will impact employment laws and regulations, you can resolve to be ready for the changes, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC.

  • Can Employers Still Drug Test Where Marijuana Is Legal?

    Eve Wagner

    It would be great if the new rules surrounding marijuana legalization and employer drug policies were clear, stable and uniform from state to state and across the country. However, especially with an incoming right-leaning cabinet, the reality is we’re facing a mixed bag of guidelines over the next couple of years, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 1

    Anthony B. Cavender

    In part 1 of his three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP analyzes decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the D.C., First, Second, Third and Fourth Circuits, noting, among other observations, the unusual number of Endangered Species Act cases decided by the D.C. Circuit.

  • 2016 Kept Employers On Their Toes, Expect The Same In 2017

    Debra S. Friedman

    There was no shortage of action in the world of labor and employment law in 2016. Looking back on the year behind us, several areas in particular emerge as significant, both because of what happened in 2016 and what those developments will mean as we look toward 2017 and beyond, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor PC.