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  • June 19, 2018

    Meet The Judge Who Will Decide The ACA's Fate

    The Texas federal judge presiding over the latest legal assault on the Affordable Care Act has a BigLaw background, Capitol Hill connections, deep roots in the Lone Star State and a judicial track record that could send ACA supporters reaching for bottles of Xanax.

  • June 19, 2018

    Thompson & Knight Guides $233M Grey Rock Energy Fund

    Energy-focused Grey Rock Energy Partners on Tuesday said its latest fund snagged $232.5 million in commitments as it looks to add more oil and gas assets to a growing portfolio, with Thompson & Knight LLP guiding the Dallas-based private equity firm.

  • June 19, 2018

    5th Circ. Revives Texas Walmart Slip-And-Fall Suit

    The Fifth Circuit has revived a slip-and-fall case in Texas against a Walmart unit, disagreeing with the lower court that there was no way the accident victim could prove at trial his fall occurred because of a puddle left behind by a Walmart auto-scrubber.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 19, 2018

    Buc-ee's Says Rival's Proposed TM Injunction Too Weak

    Popular Texas-based convenience store chain Buc-ee's Ltd. has told a federal judge that despite losing a logo trademark infringement trial last month, competitor Choke Canyon has proposed an injunction that would let it keep using a black-and-white version of its offending logo.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    Oil Co. Loses Bid To Recoup $17.7M Tax Refund For Bad Debt

    A Texas federal judge handed the Internal Revenue Service a quick win Monday in a suit brought by oil field services company Baker Hughes Inc. seeking to recover $17.65 million in taxes it claims should have been allowed as a deduction for a bad debt made before it acquired BJ Services Co. in 2009.

  • June 18, 2018

    DHS Sec. Blames Congress For Separating Families At Border

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen denied allegations Monday that the Trump administration’s new policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border is using thousands of children as pawns to drive its agenda, saying, “Congress and the courts created this problem, and Congress alone can fix it.”

  • June 18, 2018

    Barge Co. Loses Bid For Review Of $20M Oil Spill Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied American Commercial Lines LLC's bid for review of a Fifth Circuit decision that left in place a $20 million liability judgment against the company stemming from an oil spill caused by a barge collision on the Mississippi River.

  • June 18, 2018

    Texas Cancer Center Owes $4.3M For HIPAA Failings

    A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administrative law judge has ordered a Texas-based cancer hospital to pay a $4.3 million penalty for three data breaches that exposed the personal health information of more than 33,000 people, the agency announced Monday.

  • June 18, 2018

    Justices Remand Immigrant's Removal Row, Spurn Others

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent back a case brought by a man challenging the classification of an offense that made him deportable in light of a high court April ruling, after denying his petition for review last month, while declining to hear a number of appeals brought by asylum seekers facing reinstated removal orders.

  • June 18, 2018

    Baker Botts Attracts Capital Markets Partner In Houston

    Baker Botts LLP has added a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney as a capital markets partner with a focus on debt and equity capital markets transactions, corporate governance and compliance in Houston, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 18, 2018

    3 Firms Guide $1.4B Sale Of Rent-A-Center To PE Firm

    Vintage Capital Management LLC will pay $1.365 billion to acquire Rent-A-Center, the companies said in a statement Monday, with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC guiding the private equity firm and Winston & Strawn LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP respectively guiding the rent-to-own retailer and its board.

  • June 18, 2018

    In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

    Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.

  • June 18, 2018

    Texas State Senator Convicted Of Fraud Resigns

    A Texas state senator convicted of money laundering, securities fraud and other charges tied to an alleged scheme involving a fracking company announced on Monday that he plans to resign from office, after previously saying he did not plan to step aside despite the conviction.

  • June 18, 2018

    NFL, Texans Want To Arbitrate Ex-Eagles Player's Injury Suit

    The NFL and the Houston Texans want a court to send to arbitration claims that a pocked and scored field at NRG Stadium gave a former Philadelphia Eagles player a career-ending injury, saying the players' union agreed that injury claims like this can only be decided in arbitration.

  • June 18, 2018

    Tribes Want Indian Child Welfare Act Challenge Nixed

    The Cherokee Nation and other Native American tribes on Friday asked for a quick win in a suit from various states and some foster families challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act, saying the parties bringing the suit are trying to undo decades of progress.

  • June 18, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear Total Challenge To FERC Fining Power

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Total Gas & Power North America Inc.'s effort to overturn an appeals court ruling that said the company's challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's power to use the Natural Gas Act to impose fines was not ripe.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Why Fossil Fuel Generation Facilities May Be Overvalued

    Mark Lansing

    As renewable energy and energy storage drive electricity prices down, generation revenues should further decline, which should lower the valuation of coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants. Yet assessments of fossil fuel generation assets have generally remained steady, suggesting they are being significantly overvalued, says Mark Lansing of Dickinson Wright PLLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • States' Crypto Enforcement Onslaught Has Only Just Begun

    John Reed Stark

    It should come as no surprise that state securities administrators have boosted their cryptocurrency enforcement efforts. Because while cryptocurrency promoters can find easy prey in today’s excitable retail investor marketplace, initial coin offerings and digital trading platforms are also easy to surveil and easy to charge, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Marine Businesses, Get Ready For Hurricane Season

    Matthew Guy

    Hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The start of the season is a good time for vessel owners, shipyards, marinas, other marine businesses and their insurers to consider the risks, and make sure they have plans already in place when a storm approaches, says Matthew Guy of Adams and Reese LLP.

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • And Now A Word To The Panel: Happy 50th!

    Alan Rothman

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Chicago for its May 31 hearing session, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter observes the panel’s golden anniversary with a retrospective look at its origins in the enactment of the MDL statute in April 1968, and reviews its most recent hearing session held in Atlanta on March 29.

  • Texas 'Hail Bill' Promotes Dispute Resolution Over Litigation

    Kristin Cummings

    A Texas federal court's ruling in Carrizales v. State Farm Lloyds acknowledges that the primary purpose of Texas Insurance Code Section 542A, also known as the "Hail Bill," is to encourage resolution of disputed weather-related claims without the need for litigation, say Kristin Cummings and Lindsey Bruning of Zelle LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.