An El Paso, Texas, hospital has agreed to pay $860,000 to the federal government to settle allegations of False Claims Act violations related to the payment of kickbacks to a physician, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, which announced the deal Thursday.
In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Parsley Energy in Texas makes its biggest expansion to date with the acquisition of $2.8 billion of oil and gas assets, private equity shop Clayton Dubilier & Rice enters into a $2.3 billion sale of Mauser Group, and CyrusOne Inc. acquires two data centers for $490 million.
Longview Energy Co. urged the Texas Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate a $95 million award it won after a jury found that two of its directors, appointed by a private equity fund, had usurped the company’s opportunity to invest in Eagle Ford shale property.
The Trump administration will need to build a robust administrative record if it wants to convince the public and courts a full-scale repeal of the new fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers is justified and not merely a political about-face, experts said, after a Texas federal judge on Wednesday issued the third lengthy opinion endorsing the U.S. Department of Labor's original analysis.
Two former Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP senior partners announced Thursday they have opened their own firm in Houston, Johnson Garcia LLP, that will exclusively focus on the recovery of damages for businesses and individuals in complex business and personal injury disputes.
A Texas appellate court on Wednesday revived a whistleblower suit brought by three police officers against the Collin County Community College District, holding that a lower court had wrongly given the college an early win without the institution conclusively establishing it didn't retaliate against the officers.
A Colorado ranch owned by billionaire Bill Koch on Wednesday urged the Fifth Circuit to toss an award against it in a long-running dispute with a Texas cattle breeder over who has the rights to sell the company's specialty “Akaushi” Japanese cattle, arguing a point of Texas law.
Texas sports medicine insurance agency Orchestrate HR Inc. has settled, just before trial, its $6.6 million defamation and trade secrets suit against a New Jersey rival that hired a former Orchestrate employee.
The Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas and the state traded blows in federal court filings on Wednesday over how to classify electronic bingo, as the tribe seeks to lift a long-standing injunction blocking it from offering the game on its reservation.
President Donald Trump's recent vow to impose import taxes on Mexican goods to pay for a border wall is stoking concerns among energy firms that have cashed in on increasing Mexican demand for U.S. natural gas and petroleum products, and could chill new investment in cross-border infrastructure if Trump follows through on his threat, experts say.
General Electric Co. on Wednesday again urged a Texas federal judge not to disqualify its in-house counsel and external Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP attorneys from a lawsuit by International Biomedical Ltd. over neonatal incubator patents, saying an alleged conflict of interest related to a now-deceased attorney impacts IBL’s counsel instead.
The owner of a property adjacent to what used to be an ExxonMobil gas station filed suit against the oil and gas giant in state court in Houston on Tuesday, alleging Exxon never told it about the leaky petroleum storage tanks that contaminated the property in 2003 and halted recent redevelopment plans.
The U.S. Department of Justice has closed its investigation of potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations by deepwater driller Cobalt International Energy Inc., it said Thursday, ending six years of U.S. agency scrutiny of the company's business deals in Angola.
Dallas must face a $200 million lawsuit alleging it ripped off a gas driller by entering a mineral lease then denying the company permits to drill, a Texas appellate court has held, saying the city was acting in a proprietary, not governmental, function when it entered the lease.
Prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday accused him of orchestrating a two-year crusade to taint the jury pool in his home county, in a motion to change venue before the upcoming trial.
The International Olympic Committee has settled cybersquatting claims against a man who registered hundreds of domain names with a city-year convention similar to that used by Olympics host cities, according to documents filed in Texas federal court Wednesday, the deal coming after a federal judge had gutted most of the trademark-related claims last year.
A continued push by national firms like Winston & Strawn and Gibson Dunn into Texas’ thriving legal market has ignited a competitive spirit among homegrown firms and has spurred a race to keep top rainmakers at any cost, while other Texas firms are taking a harder look at possible mergers, experts say.
A Texas federal judge on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial fiduciary rule for retirement advisers — just hours after the agency had asked to stay the case in light of President Donald Trump’s directive to review and possibly rescind the rule.
A rice farm that claimed its land had been improperly taken by a Denbury Resources pipeline company asked the Texas Supreme Court to revisit its January ruling in favor of the company, arguing that there were issues of fact that should have been decided before a jury.
ProPetro Holding Corp., a private equity-backed provider of fracking services to oil and gas companies, on Wednesday filed initial public offering plans to raise up to $345 million under guidance from Latham & Watkins LLP, marking the latest energy issuer to rejoin capital markets.
The 115th Congress began by introducing bills aimed at defunding sanctuary cities in both the Senate and House, efforts consistent with President Donald Trump’s recent executive order, which aims to cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities. However, such action is likely to lead to a showdown in Congress and in the federal courts over a variety of constitutional, federal and administrative legal issues, say attorneys at Holland & Knight LLP.
It has become increasingly prevalent for employers to pay their employees with payroll debit cards due to the benefits to both employers and employees. However, despite these mutual benefits, many states have enacted legislation that may potentially curtail the use of these cards to pay wages, says Caroline Berdzik of Goldberg Segalla LLP.
In Abston v. Jungerhaus Maritime Services, the Fifth Circuit recently held for a vessel owner against a longshoreman injured on the job during heavy rainfall. As the court noted, a vessel owner must exercise reasonable care to prevent injuries in areas under "active control of the vessel," but the owner often relinquishes control to contractors for loading or unloading, says Hansford Wogan of Jones Walker LLP.
In Temperature Service v. Acuity, the Northern District of Illinois recently addressed property insurance claims for damage progressing over the course of multiple policy periods. This decision reiterates that in certain jurisdictions it is possible for progressive loss from a common cause to "commence" more than once for coverage purposes, say William Kolb and Michael Silvestro of Skarzynski Black LLC.
While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
In U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, a Texas federal court denied the EEOC’s motion for a ruling that would allow it to include discrimination claims in its lawsuit for individuals who had not yet applied to work for Bass Pro. The decision is a positive signal that at least some courts may be unwilling to allow the EEOC to add claimants with whom it never conciliated, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.
Trying to prognosticate what President-elect Donald Trump will do is very difficult. But assuming he does seek to implement change at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if it's perceived as backing off of environmental enforcement, private parties will step in and cases will likely be even more expensive, more problematic and more unreasonable than those brought by the EPA and the states, says Mitchell Klein of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
Under Texas insurance law, provisions regarding accrual have been surprisingly ambiguous despite the Texas Supreme Court's instruction. For this reason, the Fifth Circuit's decision in De Jongh v. State Farm is important because it has provided critical clarity in determining how much time insureds have to file bad faith lawsuits, says Summer Frederick of Zelle LLP.
Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.