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  • January 15, 2019

    Weil Steers Tritium Partners In $465M Second Fund Closing

    Texas-based private equity firm Tritium Partners LP, advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, on Tuesday said its second buyout fund hit its final close with $465 million in committed capital, well above its $375 million target.

  • January 14, 2019

    Jones Walker Snags Fowler Rodriguez Team In Merger

    Jones Walker LLP has absorbed the founding partner of fellow New Orleans-anchored international dispute firm Fowler Rodriguez, along with a group of attorneys versed in working with domestic and international maritime, energy and insurance clients on issues including infrastructure deals, immigration, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, and international arbitration.

  • January 14, 2019

    EPA Right To Nix Houston, Dallas Air Controls, Texas Says

    Green groups are too late to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revocation of certain ozone limits and pollution control requirements for the Houston and Dallas metropolitan areas, the Texas attorney general and industry groups have told the Fifth Circuit.

  • January 14, 2019

    'National Emergency' Would Be Rife With Legal Challenges

    President Donald Trump would face a tangle of property, contract and environmental obstacles if he followed through on his proposal to circumvent Congress and authorize the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border by declaring a national emergency, experts say.

  • January 14, 2019

    United Airlines Staff Dropped, Hurt Disabled Flyer, Jury Told

    Attorneys for a woman who alleges that United Airlines contract employees dropped her while moving her from a wheelchair to her seat on an airplane in Houston told a federal jury on Monday that it would hear evidence that the airline covered up the incident.

  • January 14, 2019

    J&J Faces Retrial After $151M Hip Implant Loss Reversed

    Johnson & Johnson will face off this week in Texas federal court against five plaintiffs who claimed they received defective hip implants and whose $151 million award in the first trial was tossed over misleading expert witness testimony.

  • January 14, 2019

    Ex-GC Returns To Lead Haynes And Boone Group In Dallas

    A former partner in Haynes and Boone LLP's white collar practice group has returned to the law firm's Dallas office — after a stint as assistant general counsel for a public health care company — where he will co-lead its health care and life sciences group, the firm announced Monday.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Store Chain Not Covered In Sex Assault Suit, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed that United Fire and Casualty Co. has no duty to defend or indemnify a Texas convenience store chain in a lawsuit brought by an employee who alleged she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker, agreeing with a Texas federal judge that the underlying claims fall squarely within a pair of policy exclusions.

  • January 11, 2019

    Texas Hospital System Must Face Doc’s $19M Antitrust Suit

    A Texas federal judge refused Thursday to toss a doctor’s $19.2 million antitrust suit accusing Baptist Healthcare System Inc. of excluding him and 70 percent of pediatric anesthesiologists in the San Antonio, Texas, area from working at its hospitals.

  • January 11, 2019

    High Court Will Take Up Calif. Offshore Drilling Wage Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a Ninth Circuit decision that California's wage-and-hour laws apply to offshore drilling workers in the Golden State, a ruling that industry claims conflicts with the Fifth Circuit's conclusion that federal law should apply to workers on the Outer Continental Shelf.

  • January 11, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Ships $93M WesternGeco IP Row Back To Texas

    The Federal Circuit on Friday ordered a Texas district court to decide whether to hold a new trial to determine if WesternGeco LLC can recover $93.4 million in lost profits from Ion Geophysical Corp. in a long-running patent case, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Burns Charest Picks Up Dallas Litigator From Sayles Werbner

    Burns Charest LLP on Friday added a litigation partner to its Dallas office who previously practiced at trial boutique Sayles Werbner PC and who is experienced in a wide range of complex commercial disputes.

  • January 11, 2019

    Consumers In All 50 States Sue Marriott Over Data Breach

    A total of 176 plaintiffs from all 50 U.S. states have filed suit against Marriott International Inc. in Maryland federal court following its recent announcement that attackers in a 2016 data breach swiped about 5.25 million passport numbers left unencrypted by the Starwood Hotels unit's guest reservation system.

  • January 11, 2019

    Exxon, Texas Tell 5th Circ. Enviros Can't Second-Guess EPA

    Exxon Mobil Corp. and the state of Texas on Thursday asked the Fifth Circuit to toss environmentalists' challenge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to deny the oil giant's air pollution permit application for a petrochemical plant, arguing it was well within the agency's discretion and can't be second-guessed.

  • January 11, 2019

    Tech Startup Partner Gets $5.9M Arbitration Award OK'd

    A federal judge in Texas has affirmed a nearly $6 million arbitration award in favor of a founding partner of a technology startup, rejecting arguments from the inventor of the technology that the sum should be axed altogether or knocked down to $500,000.

  • January 11, 2019

    Health Hires: Lewis Brisbois, Pierce Bainbridge, Bradley Arant

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, McGuireWoods LLP, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Dentons and King & Spalding LLP are the latest firms to add new health and life sciences talent to their ranks.

  • January 11, 2019

    Samsung Ducks Out Of Mobile Traffic, Battery Life IP Suit

    Samsung Electronics America Inc.’s involvement in a consolidated patent infringement suit over technology relating to mobile traffic and battery life conservation, among other things, ended Thursday when a Texas federal judge ordered the case closed after previously granting Samsung and Seven Networks LLC’s joint motion to dismiss.

  • January 11, 2019

    Texas Aviation Co. Wins Transfer Of Fatal Crash Suit

    Aviation company Flare Air LLC can move a lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died in a plane crash to the county where the crash occurred, a Texas appellate court held Friday, reversing a trial court's ruling that the case stay put.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Top 10 SALT Stories Of 2018: Part 3

    Chuck Jones

    In part three of this four-part series, Grant Thornton LLP attorneys continue discussing important recent SALT developments, including challenges to Michigan's and Texas' attempts to limit allowable deductions from their tax base, the continued uncertainty surrounding state sales factor sourcing and how some municipalities fared in efforts to levy tax to fund special initiatives.

  • Is Texas V. US Taxing For Obamacare?

    Andrew Oringer

    Following a Texas federal judge's recent opinion that the Affordable Care Act is rendered unconstitutional by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Andrew Oringer of Dechert LLP reviews some history leading up to the decision and explores how the issues should be analyzed.

  • Top 10 SALT Stories Of 2018: Part 2

    Lori Stolly

    Last year saw implementation of 2017's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a significant overhaul of the federal income tax system. In part two of this four-part series, attorneys at Grant Thornton LLP take a look at how states have been reacting to the changes.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • Top 10 SALT Stories Of 2018: Part 1

    Jamie Yesnowitz

    After a year in which state and local tax professionals experienced a veritable Super Bowl and Olympics in the form of South Dakota v. Wayfair and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it is a good time to reflect on how much things have changed, say attorneys at Grant Thornton LLP.

  • Watch These ERISA Cases In 2019

    Karen Handorf

    Last year, rulings by multiple federal courts reduced fiduciaries' accountability to retirement plan participants. But litigation and regulatory developments in the coming year may ensure that participants harmed by fiduciary misconduct find fewer hurdles to recovery, say Karen Handorf and Daniel Sutter of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.

  • Texas Marijuana Laws And Where They May Be Going

    Steve Roppolo

    At least 10 bills seeking to liberalize Texas’ marijuana laws have been filed in advance of the state’s 2019 legislative session. Employers rightfully wonder whether any of these potential changes would affect their ability to maintain a drug-free workplace or test for marijuana use, says Steve Roppolo of Fisher Phillips.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.