Texas

  • April 13, 2018

    Energy-Focused Pure Acquisition Tops Target With $360M IPO

    Texas-based Pure Acquisition Co. kicked off trading on the Nasdaq Friday after scoring $360 million in an upsized initial public offering priced the night before, as the special purpose acquisition company looks for an investment opportunity in the energy space.

  • April 13, 2018

    A Conversation With Baker Botts CMO Gillian Ward

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Gillian Ward, chief marketing officer at Baker Botts LLP.

  • April 13, 2018

    Texas Justices Ax 'Latent Injury' Suit Against Schlumberger

    The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday shot down claims against Schlumberger Technology Corp. by a man who says he developed skin cancer from exposure to chemicals at a well site, ruling the trial court correctly found the claims had been filed too late and that an appellate court was wrong to try to revive them.

  • April 13, 2018

    Hunt Petroleum Heir's Attys Lose $7.3M Fees In Estate Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed a $7.25 million award for Shamoun & Norman LLP's work in a dispute over a Hunt Petroleum Corp. heir's family estate, holding there was insufficient evidence to support the jury's award and ordering a new trial to decide how much recovery the firm is entitled to.

  • April 13, 2018

    Kickback Scheme Gets Diagnostic Center Owner 68 Months

    A Texas federal judge has sentenced the owner of a durable medical equipment company and multiple diagnostic businesses to 68 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy involving kickbacks for access to patients, while also ordering $2.8 million in restitution, the U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday.

  • April 13, 2018

    DC Circ. Tells NLRB To Try Again On Unfair Firing Case

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated the National Labor Relations Board's finding that a Texas electric company illegally fired a worker over his testimony at a state Senate hearing, directing the board to flesh out how it decides whether federal labor law protects workers when they criticize their employers before third parties.

  • April 13, 2018

    Mass. Top Court Won't Quash AG Climate Probe Of Exxon

    Massachusetts' top court on Friday upheld the dismissal of ExxonMobil's legal challenge of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's climate change probe, dealing the oil giant a second defeat within a month in its fight against her investigation into whether Exxon concealed its climate knowledge from investors.

  • April 12, 2018

    Backpage.com Pleads Guilty In Texas, CEO Cops In Calif.

    The CEO of recently shut-down sex ad site Backpage.com has pled guilty to conspiracy and money laundering in California, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday, the same day Texas' state attorney general announced the company itself pled guilty to human trafficking.

  • April 12, 2018

    Schiff Hardin Asks 5th Circ. To Nix Insurer's Malpractice Suit

    Schiff Hardin LLP on Thursday asked the Fifth Circuit to end a suit by Ironshore Europe DAC claiming the law firm's bad advice about a product liability trial cost it $34 million, saying it has immunity under Texas law.

  • April 12, 2018

    Migrant Caravan Requires More Border Agents, Congress Told

    Law enforcement representatives urged Congress to increase resources for border enforcement at a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday to deal with a caravan of Central American migrants trying to cross the southwest border without authorization.

  • April 12, 2018

    Hospital Owner Can't Keep Ch. 11 Malpractice Row In Court

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday refused to overturn a trial court's order sending to arbitration a claim that law firm Johnson DeLuca Kurisky & Gould PC botched its representation of a Houston entrepreneur in connection with a bankrupt hospital.

  • April 12, 2018

    JG Wentworth Didn’t Pay OT, Loan Operators Claim

    Home loan company J.G. Wentworth failed to pay legally required overtime wages to loan operators who worked as many as 70 hours per week at an Eastern Pennsylvania call center, according to a putative class action filed this week in Pennsylvania state court.

  • April 12, 2018

    Apple's Infringement In $502M Security IP Row Willful: Jury

    One day after finding Apple Inc. infringed VirnetX network security patents, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday found the infringement was willful, a decision that has the potential to put the iPhone maker on the hook for more than $1.5 billion in damages after an initial award of over $502 million.

  • April 12, 2018

    Statoil, Ex-Employee Settle Wrongful Termination, Fraud Row

    A dispute between Statoil Gulf Services LLC and an accountant who alleged she was fired in retaliation after telling superiors she believed some in the company were committing shareholder and securities fraud in violation of federal law, has been settled, the parties told a federal judge in Texas on Wednesday.

  • April 12, 2018

    Texas Doctor Charged With Trading Xanax For Favors

    An El Paso, Texas-area doctor has been indicted on charges of "doling out" Xanax and other controlled substances in exchange for favors, federal prosecutors said.

  • April 12, 2018

    Ex-Texas Congressman Found Guilty In Charity Fraud Trial

    A Texas federal jury on Thursday found former U.S. Congressman Stephen Stockman, R-Texas, guilty of funneling what were solicited as charitable contributions into accounts that instead funded political campaigns and paid personal expenses.

  • April 11, 2018

    Broker Says It's Owed A Defense In Fight Over Policy Sales

    An insurance broker and its executives launched a lawsuit in Texas federal court Tuesday accusing a pair of liability insurers of wrongfully refusing to defend them against claims that the broker interfered with another insurance company's ability to sell policies.

  • April 11, 2018

    Imperium In Rarefied Air With $7M Patent Atty Fee Award

    Imperium IP Holdings secured a whopping $7 million in attorneys' fees last week in a patent case against Samsung, among the largest of its kind since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it easier for winning patent litigants to recover fees. Here, Law360 looks at this and other notable recent fee awards.

  • April 11, 2018

    UK Football Club Accuses Utah Kids' Group Of Stealing TM

    Britain's Liverpool Football Club launched a trademark infringement suit in Texas federal court Tuesday alleging a Utah-based youth soccer group struck a deal to use the professional team’s crest and other insignia but has since willfully refused to make the required payments.

  • April 11, 2018

    Apple Says Uniloc’s 'Bad' Patent Suit Warrants Sanctions

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to toss Uniloc USA Inc.’s patent infringement suit and sanction the nonpracticing entity, saying Uniloc pursued the claims knowing Apple's devices don’t use Uniloc’s motion device technology and such "bad cases" should be cut off in their infancy.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • Insurtech Is The Next Frontier For Texas Insurance

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Texas has shown strong interest in investing in insurtech startup companies, and insurers would be wise to implement insurtech innovations before being left in the dust. Though some view insurtech as a threat, it appears to be here to stay and will supply insurers with a wealth of information, say Jennifer Gibbs and Bennett Moss of Zelle LLP.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Harassment Claims Highlight Risk For Individual Liability

    Lariza Hebert

    With the recent rise of sexual harassment allegations, it is vital for both employers and managers to know that extraneous common law claims can — and most likely will — be brought with claims of harassment, says Lariza Hebert of Fisher Phillips.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • Searching For 'Act Of Infringement' Under Hatch-Waxman

    Ron Vogel

    Federal courts in Delaware and Texas have reached different conclusions on the location of an “act of infringement” under the Hatch-Waxman Act. The Bristol-Myers decision's nationwide act of infringement offers a reasonable approach, while the Galderma ruling’s reliance on the abbreviated new drug application preparation seems questionable, say Ron Vogel and Brian Coggio of Fish & Richardson PC.

  • Hercules Ascendant? A Gasp Of Breath From A 'Dead Letter'

    Christopher Hannan

    The Fifth Circuit continued the jurisprudential renaissance of personal jurisdiction decisions with Sangha v. Navig8 Shipmanagement Private Limited, a recent maritime ruling that has implications for jurisdictional disputes in all substantive areas. The Sangha dicta may result in a second wave of removals under Hercules, says Christopher Hannan of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.