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  • January 18, 2017

    Aussie Turf Co. Says Ex-NFLer Didn't Provide Proper Service

    An Australian sports surface company named in a lawsuit by a former NFL linebacker who suffered a career-ending Achilles tendon injury on a removable natural grass playing surface again urged a Texas federal court to dismiss claims against it Tuesday, arguing the player had not satisfied international service requirements.

  • January 18, 2017

    Twitter, Facebook Blamed In Dallas Police Shooting Lawsuit

    A sergeant with the Dallas Police Department filed a federal lawsuit in California on Tuesday against Twitter, Facebook and Google, alleging the tech companies gave a platform to the terrorist organizations that radicalized the gunman who ambushed and killed five officers in July.

  • January 18, 2017

    PTAB Finds Claims In IV E-Commerce Patent Invalid

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated several claims in an Intellectual Ventures II LLC e-commerce patent, dealing a blow to the patent holding company in its East Texas lawsuit against a pair of insurance companies.

  • January 18, 2017

    Mallinckrodt Inks $100M Antitrust Deal With FTC, States

    Mallinckrodt PLC has agreed to pay $100 million to end accusations by the Federal Trade Commission and several states’ attorneys general that it acquired the U.S. rights to an infant seizure drug that competed with its own Acthar, allowing it to dramatically raise prices, the FTC said Wednesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    Munsch Hardt Tells Court Oil Field Service Co. Owes Fees

    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC filed a lawsuit in district court in Houston on Tuesday against a client it said breached a contract for services and owes it about $130,000 in legal fees for work the firm performed during a five-month period last year.

  • January 18, 2017

    More Join Super Bowl Ticket Suit After Stay Lifted

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday allowed a handful of new plaintiffs to join a lawsuit against the NFL alleging they were displaced from their seats or had obstructed views at Super Bowl XLV at AT&T Stadium, after the Fifth Circuit denied class claims over the issue in a similar case last year.

  • January 18, 2017

    Texas Atty Loses 2nd Bid To Ditch SEC's Ponzi Scheme Suit

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit alleging a Texas attorney and another lawyer facilitated a Ponzi scheme by acting as escrow agents to collect $13.8 million from clients, finding the case should proceed in New York.

  • January 18, 2017

    13 States Sue To Stop Coal Mining Stream Protection Rules

    Thirteen states sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in D.C. federal court on Tuesday, alleging that federal rules finalized in December aimed at minimizing harm to surface and groundwater from coal mining operations violated the states’ ability to regulate mining within their borders.

  • January 17, 2017

    Texas City Agrees To Overhaul Sewer System To End EPA Suit

    The city of Tyler, Texas, agreed on Tuesday to pay a $563,000 civil penalty and implement major upgrades to its sewer system to settle allegations brought in federal court by the state and the Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Water Act by allowing raw sewage to flow into two nearby creeks.

  • January 17, 2017

    Dish Network Must Undo Wage Cut During NLRB Case

    Dish Network Co. must restore a 50 percent pay cut to unionized employees at two Texas facilities while the National Labor Relations Board determines if the company’s action was illegal, a Texas federal judge ruled Saturday.

  • January 17, 2017

    Texas Bank Can’t Leapfrog To Full DC Circ. In CFPB Case

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday shot down a Texas bank's bid to join an appeal before the full D.C. Circuit concerning the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s single-director leadership, rejecting the bank’s arguments the move would serve the interest of “judicial economy.”

  • January 17, 2017

    Cadwalader Closing Houston Office

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP said on Tuesday that it will close its Houston office as part of the firm’s decision to consolidate around its core client base of large corporations and the financial sector, including banks and hedge funds.

  • January 17, 2017

    EPA Wants To Revise Haze Rules Over Texas' Objection

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups have asked the Fifth Circuit to deny Texas’ bid to throw out part of the federal government’s regional haze plan, arguing that instead the EPA should be allowed to revise the plan on remand.

  • January 17, 2017

    Sausage Co. Says Insurer Owes In Money-Transfer Scam

    Quality Sausage Co. and a subsidiary filed suit against Twin City Fire Insurance Co. in Texas federal court Friday, alleging that the insurer wrongfully denied coverage after a hacker tricked one of the unit’s employees into transferring $1 million out of a client’s bank account.

  • January 17, 2017

    Green Dot Atty Faces DQ Bid In Prepaid Card Fraud Suit

    A proposed class of consumers suing Green Dot Corp. and the retailers that sold its reloadable prepaid cards for fraud told a federal judge in Texas Monday that it should disqualify the firm Tillotson Law from representing Green Dot because it didn't tell the other retail defendants about a settlement offer.

  • January 17, 2017

    Elliott, Bluescape Mull NRG Energy Proxy Fight

    Elliott Management and Bluescape Energy revealed Tuesday that they together hold a 9.4 percent stake in NRG Energy and are considering nominating directors, marking the first time a hedge fund and a private equity firm joined forces on an activist campaign.

  • January 17, 2017

    Bankrupt Ultra Resolves $303M Pipeline Contract Row

    Bankrupt oil and gas producer Ultra Petroleum Corp. said Tuesday that it will pay Rockies Express Pipeline LLC $150 million and ink a new natural gas transportation contract to settle a $303 million breach of contract claim brought by the pipeline's operator, Tallgrass Energy Partners LP.

  • January 17, 2017

    Exxon, Noble Energy Splash Cash For Permian Basin Acreage

    Exxon Mobil Corp. said Tuesday it will pay up to $6.6 billion for Bass-family companies that own drilling properties in the oil-rich Permian Basin, one day after Noble Energy Inc. expanded its Permian holdings by acquiring Clayton Williams Energy Inc. in a $2.7 billion deal.

  • January 17, 2017

    Zuckerberg Blasts Claims Oculus Based On Stolen Tech

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday told a Texas federal jury the company had investigated a video game developer's $2 billion claim that its popular Oculus virtual reality platform was built on stolen technology and concluded those claims were false.

  • January 17, 2017

    Texas PE Shop Rock Hill Brings In $150.6M For 3rd Fund

    Houston, Texas-based private equity firm Rock Hill Capital Group LLC said Tuesday that it has closed its third fund after raking in $150.6 million from limited partners, with plans to invest in lower middle market companies within the industrial products and service sectors.

Expert Analysis

  • In Congress: Obamacare, The Cabinet

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    Republican leaders in Congress plan to take the initial steps toward repealing and replacing Obamacare this week, hoping to deliver on the campaign promises made by most Republicans over the past six years and by President-elect Trump during the 2016 election cycle, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Punitive Damages: Post-Campbell, Questions Remain

    Allison Ebeck

    The U.S. Supreme Court has established a framework that requires a case-by-case, fact-based inquiry to gauge punitive damages. Procedural safeguards and substantive due process restrictions have been gradually imposed on punitive damage awards since such limitations were first considered in 1988. But approaches and results have been and remain inconsistent, says Allison Ebeck of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • 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.