Texas

  • January 8, 2018

    Riverstone, Goldman JV Pays $1.6B For NM Gas Assets

    A joint venture involving funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division will pay $1.6 billion to take over natural gas assets in New Mexico from Lucid Energy Group and private equity backer EnCap Flatrock Midstream, the energy company said Monday.

  • January 8, 2018

    Texas Tech Sued Over Release Of Docs In Coach's Ouster

    Texas Tech University was hit with a lawsuit over the weekend by an investigative reporter who alleges the school is flouting a state public information law in handling his request for documents related to the 2009 firing of then-head football coach Mike Leach.

  • January 8, 2018

    SEC Seeks Final Judgment For Texas Adviser In Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday asked a Texas federal court to sign off on a final judgment resolving the agency’s remaining claims against a disgraced investment adviser who admitted to stealing more than $1 million from clients in what prosecutors called a “scam within a scam.”

  • January 8, 2018

    Ogletree Deakins Adds 2 Shareholders In Seattle, Houston

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has announced that it has expanded its presence in Seattle and Houston with the addition of two new shareholders: one from Fox Rothschild LLP and one from Alaniz Schraeder Linker Farris Mayes LLP.

  • January 8, 2018

    Texas Couple Get Prison In Enslaved Nigerian Nanny Case

    A Texas federal judge on Friday ordered a married couple from Katy, Texas, to pay $121,035 in restitution to a woman they had enslaved as their nanny and also sentenced them each to seven months in prison, seven months of home confinement, and three years of probation to follow.

  • January 8, 2018

    Restasis Antitrust Suits Paused For MDL Panel Review

    A Texas federal court on Friday stayed a series of lawsuits accusing Allergan PLC of violating antitrust laws to keep generics for the dry-eye medication Restasis off the market, until the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether the cases should be combined.

  • January 8, 2018

    Justices Won't Hear Appeal Of Houston Doc's Medicare Fraud

    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear a Houston doctor’s appeal of his July 2016 conviction for Medicare fraud, a case in which a Texas federal jury found he falsely had approved home health care services for ineligible Medicare beneficiaries.

  • January 5, 2018

    Ticket Co. Bosses Settle SEC Probe For At Least $945K

    Two executives of a ticket reservation business that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said was at the heart of a $33 million scheme to defraud professional athletes have settled the case against them by agreeing to pay at least $945,000, documents filed in Texas federal court Thursday show.

  • January 5, 2018

    Ex-ArthroCare Exec Gets 4 Years In $750M False Sales Plot

    The former chief financial officer of medical device maker ArthroCare Corp. was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in prison for his role in a fraudulent revenue-boosting scheme that cost investors more than $750 million.

  • January 5, 2018

    Thermo Fisher, Phadia To Exit Allergy Test Antitrust Suit

    A remote allergy service provider has agreed to drop antitrust claims against Phadia US Inc. and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in a suit alleging Phadia partook in a conspiracy to restrict allergy testing, about two months before a scheduled trial, according to dismissal papers filed in Texas federal court on Friday.

  • January 5, 2018

    Doc To Face Pharmacy's Slander Suit As Texas Justices Pass

    A pain management doctor must face a defamation suit brought by a pharmacy that was once his tenant, as the Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear his arguments that the claims against him should be thrown out.

  • January 5, 2018

    Well Owner Must Cover Hercules In Drilling Blowout Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday ruled that the owner of an offshore gas drilling platform is required to indemnify drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc. for claims brought by two other contractors alleging it was responsible for a fire on the platform.

  • January 5, 2018

    Texas Justices Pass On Erykah Badu Defamation Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear singer Erykah Badu's arguments that a lower court ignored key provisions in a state free speech law when it allowed her ex-employee's defamation suit against her to survive her early dismissal bid, leaving in place an August ruling that the lawsuit can proceed.

  • January 5, 2018

    Statoil Drops Out Of Suit Against Oil Rig Engineering Cos.

    A Statoil unit on Thursday dropped out of a Texas federal lawsuit over a failed Chevron oil rig after several of the companies that designed it were able to shrug off some claims last summer, a move that comes as the insurance companies that underwrote the project took a first step toward appealing that decision.

  • January 5, 2018

    Hensarling Aide To Take Up CFPB Chief Of Staff Post

    Kirsten Sutton Mork, a top staffer to House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, will soon take over as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s chief of staff, Hensarling said in a Friday statement.

  • January 5, 2018

    Texas Justices Reject Doc's Bid To Nix Stillborn Baby Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday allowed a lawsuit to proceed claiming a doctor's allegedly negligent treatment of a pregnant woman led to the death of her baby, denying the doctor's bid to overturn a lower court's decision that he must face the claims.

  • January 4, 2018

    Texas Securities Watchdog Blocks UK Cryptocurrency Outlet

    Texas securities regulators issued an emergency halt of certain operations of U.K. cryptocurrency marketplace BitConnect on Thursday, saying its cryptocurrency offerings are opaque and promises to investors are unrealistically rosy.

  • January 4, 2018

    WorldLink Asks 5th Circ. To Revive Wage Coverage Suit

    Staffing agency Adi WorldLink LLC on Wednesday urged the Fifth Circuit to revive its bid for coverage from RSUI Indemnity Co. for a slew of arbitrations with employees who say they weren’t properly paid, asserting that a Texas federal court ignored a key change in the policy terms when it ruled in the insurer's favor.

  • January 4, 2018

    SXSW Tells 5th Circ. It's Not To Blame For Crash Death

    The organizers of the South by Southwest festival urged the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a Texas federal court’s dismissal of a suit claiming they were to blame for the death of a man struck by a drunken driver, arguing that under Texas law the festival cannot be held liable for someone else’s criminal acts.

  • January 4, 2018

    Insurer Says No Duty To Defend In Utility Damage Suit

    Atain Specialty Insurance Co. shouldn’t have to defend a construction company that’s being sued by a telephone company for digging up its underground phone lines, the insurer told a Texas federal court Thursday, since Atain only insured the “tractor services” arm of the company — not its excavation unit.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look Inside Texas' New Home Equity Loan Law

    Jeff Dunn

    New amendments to the Texas constitutional provisions permitting loans secured by homestead equity should help expand loan opportunities, but the transition period requires compliance vigilance by lenders, says Jeff Dunn of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Does The Path To The Right Venue Have To Be Narrow?

    Sue Robinson

    If you juxtapose the “narrow interpretation” language of the post-TC Heartland decisions with the actual contexts in which the Supreme Court uttered such dicta, it should not be a foregone conclusion that the court meant to eschew all contemporary insights when interpreting the patent venue statute, says Sue Robinson, an attorney at Farnan LLP and former Delaware federal judge.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Navigating Whistleblower Protections Across The Atlantic

    Lynne Bernabei

    Both the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S. and rules under the Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. provide whistleblower protections for financial industry employees who report fraud and regulatory breaches. Whereas the specific protections in the U.S. and U.K. differ somewhat, many of the protection mechanisms are remarkably similar, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • The Intersection Of Arbitration And Choice-Of-Law Clauses

    Rachel Mongiello

    Clients on the verge of litigation with a contractual counterparty often furnish their attorneys with the negotiated contract containing a mandatory arbitration provision and choice-of-law clause. But an often overlooked question is whether the Federal Arbitration Act or the parties’ chosen law governs the arbitration itself, says Rachel Mongiello of Cole Schotz PC.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2017

    Steven Pearlman

    The past year saw an aggressive approach to whistleblowing and retaliation actions by the plaintiffs bar and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alike. Steven Pearlman and Edward Young of Proskauer Rose LLP examine the most impactful developments of 2017.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.