Texas

  • August 11, 2017

    Gov't Enters FCA Anti-Dumping Suit Against Furniture Co.

    The United States has intervened in a False Claims Act suit filed in a Texas federal court accusing a wooden bedroom furniture company of evading millions of dollars of anti-dumping duties and customs fees, according to documents filed on Thursday.

  • August 11, 2017

    Ranger Energy, YogaWorks Raise $125M In Downsized IPOs

    Oilfield services provider Ranger Energy Services Inc. raised $85 million late Thursday in an initial public offering that priced below range, the same day yoga studio operator YogaWorks Inc. raised $40 million after pricing at the low end of a reduced range, ending a soft week for IPOs.

  • August 11, 2017

    Baylor Waived Privilege On Parts Of Pepper Hamilton Report

    Baylor University waived its attorney-client privilege tied to a Pepper Hamilton LLP investigation of sexual assaults at the school by disclosing findings and conclusions from the firm’s report, but can still assert work-product privilege to keep a majority of the report confidential, a Texas judge held Friday.

  • August 11, 2017

    NFL Suspends Star 6 Games Over Domestic Violence Policy

    The NFL on Friday suspended Dallas Cowboys star second-year running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy due to allegations of domestic violence, with the decision coming after the league said it had consulted an external advisory panel that included Mary Jo White, a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair and U.S. attorney.

  • August 11, 2017

    2 PE-Backed Energy Cos. File IPOs Totaling $200M

    Preferred Sands Inc., a KKR & Co. LP-backed supplier of fracking sand to oil and gas companies, on Thursday filed a preliminary $100 million initial public offering, making it the second energy-related issuer to join the IPO pipeline over the past week, preceded by oil field services company Quintana Energy Services Inc.

  • August 11, 2017

    5th Circ. Upholds Convictions In H-1B Visa Fraud Case

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld the convictions of two brothers who abused the H-1B system by bringing in workers without lining up jobs for them, saying the men's objections to the trial court's judgment were non-starters.

  • August 10, 2017

    Group Says Landry's Appeal In Tiger Suit Should Be Tossed

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund told a Texas appellate court that it has no reason to hear an appeal from Landry's Inc. and its Houston Aquarium restaurant in its suit alleging it was defamed regarding its treatment of white tigers at the restaurant, because the trial court properly tossed the claim under a state free speech law. 

  • August 10, 2017

    Law Firm Accuses Litigation Funder Of Witness Intimidation

    Texas and New York firm Berg & Androphy has accused a litigation funding company of pressuring another law firm to back out of a planned deposition in an ongoing dispute over the repayment of a litigation loan.

  • August 10, 2017

    Mexican Firm Can't Ditch Celanese Smear Campaign Claims

    A Texas appellate court said Celanese Corp. can move forward with a lawsuit in Texas against a Mexican businessman and a Mexico-based law firm the company claims directed a U.S.-based publicist to disseminate defamatory statements in Texas.

  • August 10, 2017

    Excess Director Pay Claims Are Insurable, 5th Circ. Told

    Oceaneering International Inc. and its directors on Wednesday urged the Fifth Circuit to reverse a ruling saying that Twin City Fire Insurance Co. doesn't have to cover the potential settlement of a shareholder derivative action alleging that the directors received excessive compensation, contending that such a deal is insurable under Texas law.

  • August 10, 2017

    Houston Couples Sue To Defend Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

    Three married couples filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city of Houston asking the court to preserve health coverage and benefits for same-sex spouses of city employees, arguing that after a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling those benefits are in jeopardy.

  • August 10, 2017

    Charity Drops Suit Against NFL Over Bowling Event Move

    A nonprofit suing the NFL in Texas federal court over fraud allegations related to the relocation of a charity bowling event from a Las Vegas casino to a smaller establishment said Thursday it will drop its claims against the league.

  • August 10, 2017

    Petrobras Says Don't Pause $400M Suit For Arbitration

    Petrobras America Inc. and certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London urged a Texas federal court on Wednesday not to send to arbitration their $400 million dispute with Vicinay Cadenas SA over an allegedly defective component used in Petrobras’ offshore oil and gas operations, saying Petrobras never signed the underlying arbitration clause.

  • August 10, 2017

    5th Circ. Tosses Stay In Enviros' Barge Facility Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday revoked a lower court’s injunction on operations of a Texas industrial barge facility whose approval has been rescinded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the group’s arguments for a stay pending a review of mooring removals fail on all fronts.

  • August 10, 2017

    5th Circ. Upholds Arbitration Order In Nigeria Oil Dispute

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a Texas federal court’s decision to send to arbitration a Nigerian oil company’s $1.6 billion fraud lawsuit against energy giant Chevron, finding that their arbitration agreement falls under an international enforcement treaty, even if all the parties involved might be U.S. entities.

  • August 10, 2017

    Cabbie Says Law Firm Represented Both Sides In Crash Suit

    A Houston cab driver filed a lawsuit in Texas state district court Wednesday against the law firm Pagel Davis & Hill PC, telling the court the firm wrongly represented adverse parties — him and the company he worked for — in an underlying suit stemming from a car crash.

  • August 10, 2017

    Single-Family REITs Form $11B Giant In Merger Of Equals

    Private equity-backed Invitation Homes and fellow single-family real estate investment trust Starwood Waypoint Homes on Thursday unveiled plans to form an $11 billion industry heavyweight through a tax-free, all-stock merger of equals.

  • August 10, 2017

    5th Circ. Panel Rules In Favor Of Mandatory Class Waiver

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Wednesday found a medical transport service didn’t violate the National Labor Relations Act by forcing employees and job applicants to waive their right to participate in class or collective actions against the company, saying it is bound by its own precedent.

  • August 9, 2017

    Texas’ Sanctuary City Suit Against Austin Dismissed

    A Texas federal judge Tuesday tossed the state's preemptive lawsuit against numerous municipalities seeking a declaration that the newly passed "sanctuary cities" law is constitutional, ruling that because the law is not yet in effect, the municipalities can’t have violated it.

  • August 9, 2017

    San Antonio River Authority Can't Ditch Dam Repair Suit

    The San Antonio River Authority waived its governmental immunity and can't avoid arbitration with contractors who say they were underpaid for a $10 million repair project involving the Medina Lake Dam, a Texas appellate court held Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Section 230 Of The CDA Must Align With The 21st Century

    Demetrick Pennie

    Over the last two decades, several liability claims against online service providers have been dismissed due to antiquated Communications Decency Act interpretations. Arguments in Gonzalez v. Google and my case, Pennie v. Twitter, will show that unregulated social media providers are not above the law when it comes to giving a platform to terrorist organizations, says Demetrick Pennie, executive director of the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Who Wants To Be An MDL?

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    As the lineup for this month’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation demonstrates, requests to create an MDL do not fit a single mold. They can involve headline news, contemporary politics or exotic vacations. They can even trigger forensic research from the National Archives on the status of cases filed decades ago, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • OFAC Continues To Pursue Oil And Gas Companies

    Michael Casey

    The ExxonMobil penalty is the latest in a string of recent, increasingly aggressive U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control enforcement actions targeting nonfinancial institutions and particularly entities operating in the oil and gas industry, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 1

    Robert Ludwig

    In the first installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig takes a deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.