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  • October 17, 2018

    Apartment Seller Stated False Occupancy Rate, $4M Suit Says

    A California-based commercial real estate company has filed suit in Texas state court alleging a Houston apartment complex owner lied about the occupancy rate and condition of the units, leading it to overpay for the property by more than $4 million.

  • October 17, 2018

    Roku Zapped With Infringement Suit Over Streaming Devices

    Roku’s media players and streaming sticks are infringing the asserted claims of a patent covering a system for streaming media content from a mobile phone to larger displays such as televisions, the patent’s owner contended Tuesday in Texas federal court.

  • October 17, 2018

    KKR's Auction Abuse Claims Dismissed As 'Joke' In Apt. Row

    A New York state judge gleefully smacked down counterclaims — including one he called “a joke” — on Wednesday against a real estate owner and manager that sued KKR & Co. LP and investment bank Macquarie for allegedly rigging an auction for $100 million in Texas property.

  • October 17, 2018

    American Airlines Sues Expedia Over 'Advantage' Trademarks

    American Airlines hit Expedia with a trademark lawsuit in Texas federal court Tuesday over the booking site’s launch of an “Add On Advantage” program, saying the name is confusingly similar to the airline’s “AAdvantage” rewards brand.

  • October 16, 2018

    Paul Hastings A 3rd Party To Fraud, Cancer Center Exec Says

    The founder of a now-bankrupt cancer treatment center accused of making false statements to entice billionaire energy tycoon Kelcy Warren to invest urged a Texas judge Monday to block Paul Hastings LLP from being removed as a third party in the case, saying there's enough evidence to raise questions on the firm's involvement.

  • October 16, 2018

    K&L Gates Repped Both Tech Co. And Its Lenders, Suit Says

    K&L Gates LLP was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday in Texas state court by former client Quantum Materials Corp., which alleges the firm committed malpractice through its simultaneous representation of it and its lenders in a payment dispute.

  • October 16, 2018

    San Jacinto River Authority Claims Immunity In Takings Row

    Houston-area homeowners who allege that the San Jacinto River Authority’s actions that flooded their property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey were unconstitutional “takings” have not done enough to waive governmental immunity, the agency told a Texas appellate panel in oral arguments Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    States Say Indian Child Welfare Act Must Be Blocked

    Texas, Indiana and Louisiana and several foster families have urged a Texas federal judge to reject four tribes' request to put a hold on a recent decision that found the Indian Child Welfare Act unconstitutional, saying that the ruling is likely to stand and that a stay would leave many children “in legal limbo” until appeals in the case are over.

  • October 16, 2018

    Winston Strawn Guides Industrial-Focused SPAC's $225M IPO

    Winston & Strawn LLP-led blank check company Graf Industrial Corp. said it has priced its $225 million initial public offering at $10 per share as it began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    5th Circ. Reverses Class Cert. In Devon Royalty Row

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision to certify a class of natural gas royalty owners that have accused Devon Energy Production LP of shorting them on royalty payments, saying that the statute of limitations and other issues weren’t fully considered by the district court.

  • October 16, 2018

    AT&T Looks To Nix Cable Contamination Suit

    AT&T has asked a Texas federal judge to toss a suit brought by a group of landowners over contamination risk from decades-old abandoned telephone cables, saying there is no evidence the cables have damaged any of the properties in question.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up.

  • October 15, 2018

    Dental Co. Claims Must Go To Arbitrator, High Court Told

    Several dental equipment companies doubled down Monday on their efforts to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to send a distributor's antitrust case to arbitration, asserting that the Fifth Circuit was wrong to decide that the matter was not arbitrable when the parties expressly delegated that very question to the arbitrator.

  • October 15, 2018

    NJ Judge Tosses Suit Over 'Back To The Future' Car Royalties

    A New Jersey federal judge has scrapped a lawsuit over royalties a DeLorean automobile dealer received from the car logo’s use in merchandising materials for the “Back to the Future” film franchise, ruling Friday that the suit was barred by a settlement resolving related litigation launched by the widow of the car’s visionary.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t.

  • October 15, 2018

    BALCA Reverses Cert. Denial For Gas Platform Workers

    A Texas-based design, manufacturing and construction company can hire 210 foreign nationals under the H-2B visa program to help construct an offshore gas platform, an administrative law judge for the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has ruled in reversing a certifying officer's decision.

  • October 15, 2018

    Insurers Say No Coverage For Dispute Over Highway Work

    The American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. and Zurich American Insurance Co. asked a Texas federal court to declare that they are not responsible for covering Zachry Industrial Inc. in a $130 million arbitration it faces over allegedly shoddy construction work on the Texas State Highway 130 project.

  • October 15, 2018

    Southwest Must Lease Out Gates At Love Field, Delta Insists

    Delta Air Lines Inc. has urged a Texas federal judge to not let Southwest Airlines Co. duck its purported contractual obligations to make accommodations for gate space at Dallas' Love Field airport, arguing that Southwest made enforceable contractual commitments at the airport where it controls most gates.

  • October 15, 2018

    Texas Builder Says Subcontractor Stole Client, Poached Crew

    A Dallas-area industrial construction company has alleged in Texas state court that a former project manager fed confidential information about pricing for a petrochemical facility job to a subcontractor that stole the client and poached the crew.

  • October 15, 2018

    In-N-Out Can Block Fight For $15 Buttons, Legal Group Says

    The Washington Legal Foundation asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up In-N-Out Burger's request to review a National Labor Relations Board order blocking it from making workers take off buttons backing wage advocacy group Fight for $15.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Opinion

    Dockless Scooter Cos. Rewarded For Bad Behavior

    Tamara Kurtzman

    The proliferation of dockless scooters throughout the U.S. has given life to the slogan “move fast and break things” in a way that even the slogan’s progenitor, Facebook, never imagined. And it will be an uphill battle for riders to recover from either the rental companies or cities in the event of injury, says Tamara Kurtzman of TMK Attorneys PC.

  • Lessons From 5th Circ. Mother-Son Health Care Fraud Case

    Mario Nguyen

    While a lack of intent is a common defense to the prosecution of high-level health care administrators, the Fifth Circuit's decision affirming the convictions of psychologist Rodney Hesson and his mother, Gertrude Parker, shows that there is more than one backdoor for the government to meet its burden, says Mario Nguyen of Locke Lord LLP.