Texas

  • May 23, 2017

    Lilly's $20M Cialis Patent Verdict Stayed During Appeal

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday stayed a $20 million judgment against Eli Lilly & Co. while the drugmaker appeals to the Federal Circuit the jury’s finding that Lilly infringed a German pharmaceutical company’s patent when marketing a new use of the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis.

  • May 23, 2017

    Prosecutors Fight Texas AG's Bid For New Judge

    Prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday told a state appeals court it should dismiss the AG’s attempt to oust the presiding trial judge.

  • May 23, 2017

    Insurer Says College Football Concussion MDL Not Covered

    Great American Assurance Co. asked a Texas court Monday to rule that the company doesn’t have to defend a National Collegiate Athletic Association conference against football concussion multidistrict litigation, saying the policy doesn’t cover football and that concussions are an “expected” injury on the gridiron.

  • May 23, 2017

    Houston Chef Says Restaurant's Noncompete Unenforceable

    A former executive chef at an upscale Houston seafood restaurant has filed a suit accusing his ex-employer of not letting him out of an unenforceable noncompete agreement after turning the venue into a Tex-Mex eatery.

  • May 23, 2017

    SEC Sues To Halt $23M Mortgage Investment Scheme Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed an emergency action in a Texas federal court to stop what it called a phony mortgage investment scheme that took in $23 million but invested no money in mortgages, instead funneling most of the money to a confederate for high-risk securities trading, the agency announced Monday.

  • May 23, 2017

    Feds Drop Tax Fraud Case Against Dallas Politico

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday dismissed tax fraud charges against Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and related criminal charges against a Dallas political consultant who’d been accused of bribing the official, after federal prosecutors indicated they’re pulling out of the case.

  • May 23, 2017

    NFL, Fans Dismiss All Claims In Super Bowl Ticket Dispute

    The National Football League and fans who bought tickets to Super Bowl XLV agreed on Monday in Texas federal court to dismiss all of the ticket holders’ claims in their suit alleging that they were displaced from their seats or obstructed from viewing the game at AT&T Stadium in 2011.

  • May 23, 2017

    Target Pays $18.5M To Settle States' Probe Over 2013 Breach

    Target has reached an $18.5 million settlement with 47 states and the District of Columbia to resolve the states’ investigation into the company’s 2013 data breach — the largest multistate data breach deal ever reached, according to a statement by multiple states’ attorneys general on Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2017

    Texas ‘Gentlemen’s’ Club Suit Blasts Raid Over Latex-Wear

    An El Paso “gentlemen’s club” sued the Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday in federal court, alleging that law enforcement officers stormed the venue to see if the club and its latex-wearing dancers were trying to skirt state taxes imposed on nude entertainment.

  • May 22, 2017

    3 Takeaways From The Supreme Court's Patent Venue Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to put restrictions on where patent lawsuits can be filed will limit the ability of patent owners to file cases in favorable courts, likely marking the end of the Eastern District of Texas as a patent litigation hot spot. Here, Law360 takes a look at the impact and other possible fallout from the ruling.

  • May 22, 2017

    Patent Venue Ruling Will Force Texas Firms To Branch Out

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday placing new restrictions on where patent suits can be filed will force Texas-based intellectual property practices to compete for business beyond the longtime litigation hub of the Eastern District of Texas, but it isn't a death knell for Texas patent cases, lawyers say.

  • May 22, 2017

    Attorneys React To Supreme Court Patent Venue Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC to put tighter restrictions on where patent owners can file infringement lawsuits. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the decision is significant.

  • May 22, 2017

    Chevron Says Contractor Stole 8,000 Permian Basin Docs

    Chevron USA Inc. asked a Texas federal judge Monday to prevent an ex-contractor, who it says stole over 8,000 private documents, from further disseminating the confidential and proprietary Permian Basin investment information, but said the rest of the lawsuit will be handled via alternative dispute resolution forums.

  • May 22, 2017

    Texas Woman Seeks Dismissal In Law Firm Ripoff Case

    A Texas woman is seeking dismissal of her conviction for running a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme that involved tricking law firms into paying her and several co-conspirators proceeds of fake settlements, arguing Friday that a Florida federal court failed to comply with the Speedy Trial Act and violated her constitutional rights.

  • May 22, 2017

    SEC Slams Retrial Bid In $22M Oil Investment Fraud Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission scoffed Monday at a retrial request from a broker found to have sold $22 million in unregistered investment vehicles disguised as partnerships in oil and gas drilling, telling a Texas federal court he is merely repackaging an already-rejected reconsideration bid.

  • May 22, 2017

    Texas Appeals Court Revives New Braunfels River Can Ban

    A Texas appeals court has revived a New Braunfels law that bars those who go tubing along the popular Comal and Guadalupe rivers from using cans and other disposable food and beverage containers, saying a district court doesn’t have jurisdiction to force the city to stop enforcing its ban.

  • May 22, 2017

    The EDTX Exodus: How TC Heartland Narrowed IP Venues

    In a decision predicted to have wide reverberations in the world of patent litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court voted unanimously on Monday to return to a stricter standard for patent venue selection, effectively blocking most future patent cases from the ever-popular Eastern District of Texas. Here’s a look at the history of the TC Heartland case.

  • May 22, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear $3M Jenner & Block Fee Appeal

    Following a similar move by the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a dispute between Jenner & Block LLP and Parallel Networks, which alleged the law firm had wrongly been allowed to drop its representation of the patent holding company and still receive $3 million in fees, in violation of public policy.

  • May 22, 2017

    Shop Owners Move To Keep $1.8M Dress Seizure Suit Intact

    The owners of a defunct Texas bridal shop have hit back against the U.S. government’s efforts to trim their $1.8 million lawsuit alleging that the IRS hastily auctioned their business’ wedding dress inventory, which amounted to their life savings, saying their claims have enough detail to survive dismissal.

  • May 22, 2017

    PE-Backed Oil Field Services Provider Joins IPO Pipeline

    Ranger Energy Services Inc., a private-equity backed provider of well services to energy companies exploring the Permian Basin, filed a preliminary $100 million initial public offering Monday, advised by Vinson & Elkins LLP, one of two new energy issuers seeking public offerings.

Expert Analysis

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • 'From Heaven To Hell' — Mineral Rights And Ancient Deeds

    Marcy Rothman

    Development of mineral rights can lead to title disputes, especially where conveyances to railroads are memorialized in ancient documents, with archaic expressions that do not correspond to modern usage. Ownership interests in any parcel crossed by railroad tracks could be affected, says Marcy Rothman of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC.

  • Cybersecurity Is The Next Frontier Of State Regulation

    David Forscey

    States considering whether to enforce existing cybersecurity rules more aggressively, or else pass standards of their own, should carefully consider the policy rationale and potential pitfalls of existing frameworks and collaborate with private experts to determine what works and what does not, say David Forscey of the National Governors Association, and Steven Cash and Benjamin Nissim of Day Pitney LLP.

  • The Whys And Hows Of Forced Pooling

    Jack Luellen

    Forced pooling in oil and gas development allows small or irregularly sized tracts to be joined without the consent of the mineral interest owners. But stakeholders must be aware that rules vary from state to state, and current legislation pending in Colorado and elsewhere may alter the terms applied in forced pooling scenarios, says Jack Luellen of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Defining The Scope Of Property Improvements In Texas

    Pierre Grosdidier

    In the wake of Ineos v. Elmgren last year, Texas appellate courts have split over the exact meaning of a Chapter 95 improvement when determining whether premise owners are liable for employees' work-related injuries, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Why US Law Firms Need Anti-Money Laundering Policies

    Kristine Safos

    For U.S. law firms, anti-money laundering compliance are a business necessity. As large financial institutions and other clients adopt their own AML policies, they expect law firms they work with to do the same. Kristine Safos of HBR Consulting offers guidance on AML and client due diligence best practices.

  • A Refresher On Exceptions To The 'American Rule' In Texas

    David Salton

    Although there are several well-known exceptions to the American Rule, Texas entities — and foreign entities doing business in Texas or performing a contract governed by Texas law — should be aware of another exception flying under the radar that may be available to parties incurring attorneys' fees when enforcing agreements to arbitrate, says David Salton of Porter Hedges LLP.

  • Insurance Industry’s Disgorgement Defense Hits A Wall

    Marshall Gilinsky

    For decades, policyholders seeking insurance claims have been bedeviled by insurance companies invoking the "disgorgement" defense. The New York Supreme Court's decision in JPMorgan v. Vigilant last month is part of a recent trend pushing back against this misused defense, say Marshall Gilinsky and Vivian Costandy Michael of Anderson Kill PC.