Attorneys general from Arizona, Texas and more than a dozen other states on Wednesday backed a class action fairness group's bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to review a privacy case involving Google where class members stand to receive none of the $8.5 million settlement, arguing that such cy pres pacts hurt consumers.
Counsel for a doctor who was hit with a $9.6 million jury award told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Thursday that there's no evidence in the record to support the jury's finding that the doctor gave substandard care to a patient who subsequently suffered a brain injury.
Mott’s LLP is accusing a Mexican food company and a U.S. distributor of infringing its trademark for its seafood-flavored Clamato tomato juice with a competing similar product called Almato, according to a complaint filed in Texas federal court Wednesday.
The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Texas district court decision to dismiss a suit filed by Chinese company Gotech seeking relief from a $102 million judgment awarded to Sweden-based Nagravision for allegedly selling set-top boxes that circumvented piracy protections, saying Gotech failed to prove that the judgment was void.
A Texas appeals court has rejected a request by a doctor being sued for malpractice to add on as a third-party defendant the hospital where he performed a spinal surgery that allegedly led to the patient’s paralysis.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday affirmed a win for Pinnacle Anesthesia Consultants PA in a negligence suit brought by the family of a man who died days after he was given anesthesia and underwent surgery, holding an expert’s report on what caused the death wasn’t “scientifically reliable.”
A Texas federal judge on Thursday confirmed a $19.5 million maritime arbitration award issued to a Mexican underwater construction company in its dispute over unpaid chartering fees with a Mexican infrastructure business and its parent company, finding arbitrators made no errors on attorneys' fees or procedural delays in their decision.
Four operating businesses and a blank check company priced initial public offerings that began trading Thursday after raising $959 million at various points in their price ranges, completing deals despite renewed market volatility.
Texas-based NuStar Energy LP on Thursday unveiled a restructuring effort that would see a subsidiary of the liquids terminal and oil pipeline operations company merge with the owner of its general partner interest to create a $7.9 billion partnership.
The House of Representatives has passed a pair of bills to transfer some land from a federal hydroelectric project to Alaska and to mandate more financial transparency from the Western Area Power Administration.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a Louisiana federal judge’s nomination to the Fifth Circuit to the full Senate on Thursday, along with three of President Donald Trump’s other picks for the federal bench.
A Florida federal judge on Wednesday tossed, without prejudice, a proposed class’ claims that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. put passengers in harm's way by not canceling a cruise as Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas, ruling that their “laundry list” of allegations doesn't amount to negligence.
A Texas personal injury law firm can’t stop lawyers with the same initials as its partners from using the initials in their marketing materials, according to a ruling in a state court case over whether using initials creates a valid common-law trademark in the Lone Star State.
A Texas federal judge on Wednesday said a Texas Department of Transportation contractor is immune to a suit alleging negligence in connection with a driver’s car-accident death, saying the contractor was in compliance with its roadwork contract with TxDOT, which conducted daily inspections of the work performed.
Counsel for tractor manufacturing company Mahindra USA Inc. told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday that a lawsuit brought in Houston by the sons of a man who died while using a tractor at his home in Mississippi must be tossed because it doesn't belong in Texas courts.
Integrated Technological Systems Inc. pressed a Federal Circuit panel in oral arguments Wednesday to revive claims in four money transfer patents that the company contends were wrongly deemed abstract.
A Texas state jury returned a $28.8 million verdict Friday in favor of the owner of a proposed housing development that claimed the state drastically reduced the value of its property by building a major roadway through it.
A Tennessee-based importer of wooden bedroom furniture from China has agreed to a $500,000 settlement with the federal government to end whistleblower False Claims Act allegations in Texas federal court that it lied on customs declarations to avoid paying anti-dumping duties, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.
A Supreme Court ruling redrew the patent litigation map. The International Trade Commission became an ever more popular patent venue. District courts saw fewer cases. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board isn’t what it used to be. 2017 was a challenging year for patent attorneys.
The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a proposed class action alleging RadioShack and its board misled employees who invested their retirement savings in company stock, saying the company didn’t overcharge them for stock because it was priced to match the company’s financial turmoil.
As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision triggered a spate of litigation over how to apply the materiality standard in False Claims Act cases. Throughout 2017, the lower courts built upon the standard, but we expect courts to continue to grapple with the issue through 2018, say Laurence Freedman and Jordan Cohen of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
In a long-anticipated move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that it will allow states to implement Medicaid work requirements, representing a major shift in the agency's policy. However, the move will only impact a small percentage of the Medicaid population, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.
Product liability defendants often seek to remove cases to federal court, because federal jurisdiction means federal pleading standards, robust expert discovery, efficiency through uniform procedural and evidentiary rules and, often, more diverse jury pools. Last year, several cases highlighted the evolving removal landscape and addressed four important questions, say Brett Clements and Amy Rubenstein of Schiff Hardin LLP.
Following Hurricane Harvey, members of the construction industry planning to engage in reconstruction projects should understand the design-build delivery method under the Texas public procurement statutes. Design-build projects for buildings are treated differently than design-build civil projects, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and Traci Donatto of American Constructors Inc.
The volume of health care-related qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act remained robust last year. In the first of four articles on health care enforcement in 2017, Kevin McGinty of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC discusses the important takeaways from a number of trends.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
President Donald Trump’s sanctuary city ban has been enmeshed in litigation since it was enacted, as has similar legislation in the Texas Legislature. But while the future of these regulations may not be certain, they still stand to exact broad impacts, both in Houston and beyond, say Hilary Tyson and Lauren McLaughlin of BoyarMiller.
For members of the construction industry planning to engage in reconstruction projects following Hurricane Harvey, it is important to know how Texas public procurement law regulates two project delivery methods — construction manager-agent and construction manager-at-risk, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.