Texas

  • January 4, 2018

    US Trustee Says Seadrill Skimps On Ch. 11 Plan Details

    Offshore oil rig operator Seadrill Ltd. should be required to update the solicitation ballots for its proposed Chapter 11 reorganization plan because the company has misclassified claims and left out pertinent information, the federal government's bankruptcy watchdog said in a Wednesday court filing.

  • January 4, 2018

    Norton Rose Snags Baker McKenzie M&A Atty In Houston

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced Thursday it has bolstered its Houston office with the hiring of a Baker McKenzie partner who practices in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law.

  • January 4, 2018

    Texas Auto Dealer Must Face Privacy Class Action

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday refused to toss a proposed class action against an auto dealership accused of flouting the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act by snooping on state motor-vehicle records to pursue potential customers.

  • January 4, 2018

    San Antonio Tells 5th Circ. To Rethink Reversal Of $84M Award

    The city of San Antonio asked the Fifth Circuit Wednesday to reconsider its decision reversing an $84 million award in a dispute with online travel companies over Texas' hotel-occupancy tax ordinances, saying the court overlooked the city’s tax ordinance.

  • January 4, 2018

    US Asks To Ax Subpoenas In $25M Anadarko Tax Refund Fight

    Internal communications of IRS and Treasury attorneys are privileged and not subject to a deposition request, the U.S. argued in a motion filed Wednesday asking a federal district court to quash subpoenas of three federal attorneys noticed by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the company’s $25 million tax refund lawsuit.

  • January 4, 2018

    YPF's $10M Award Against Apache Put On Hold

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday temporarily hit the brakes on a nearly $10 million award against Apache Corp. confirmed by Argentine energy giant YPF SA late last year, allowing the oil and gas exploration and production company to make a bid to delay payment pending appeal.

  • January 4, 2018

    Paralyzed Girl's Family Tells 5th Circ. Damages Cap Wrong

    The parents of a teenage girl who was paralyzed after allegedly waiting seven hours for an MRI asked the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a lower court order limiting damages to the suit, arguing that since the scan was allegedly delayed for administrative reasons, the state’s limit on medical malpractice damages doesn’t apply.

  • January 4, 2018

    Exxon, Lockheed Settle $16M Asbestos Litigation Bill Dispute

    Exxon Mobil Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. have reached a confidential agreement to settle a dispute over who is responsible for covering $16 million in costs associated with asbestos lawsuits stemming from a product line the oil giant acquired from the defense contractor in 1963, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2018

    Santander Unit Must Face Investor Suit Over Accounting

    Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. and several of its current and former executives must face a proposed class action accusing them of inflating the consumer finance lender’s stock price by fraudulently overstating its net income, a Texas federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2018

    IRS Sues Texas Oilman For $21M In Unpaid Income Taxes

    The Internal Revenue Service filed suit in a Texas federal court Wednesday to collect $21.5 million in back taxes from a Texas oilman and his exploration company.

  • January 3, 2018

    ZTE Settles In Multi-Defendant Cellphone Patent Suit

    Chinese telecom company ZTE Corp. is settling in a consolidated IP suit from a licensing company that also accuses Apple, Motorola and other mobile heavyweights of infringing on data transfer patents, according to dismissal papers filed in Texas federal court on Wednesday.

  • January 3, 2018

    Qualcomm Rips Magistrate's Venue Change Report In IP Row

    Qualcomm Inc. and GlobalFoundries Inc. argued Tuesday that a magistrate judge was wrong to say their motions for transfer due to improper venue were filed too late, telling a Texas federal court that they had not yet waived the defense made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision.

  • January 3, 2018

    Texas Appeals Court Tosses $2.9M Judgment Against Oil Cos.

    A Texas state appeals court on Wednesday tossed a $2.9 million default judgment against two oil and gas exploration companies and a holding company, finding that they were never properly served with the complaint or notices of default in the underlying breach of contract lawsuit.

  • January 3, 2018

    InterOil Investors Misled Into OK'ing Exxon Deal, Suit Says

    A proposed class of former InterOil Corp. shareholders filed suit Tuesday in Texas federal court over the Singaporean oil and gas company’s more than $2.5 billion acquisition by Exxon Mobil Corp., saying InterOil shareholders were misled into approving the deal last year.

  • January 3, 2018

    JPMorgan Sues Patent Firm In Del. For $69M Refund

    JPMorgan Chase sued directors of patent licensing firm DataTreasury Corp. in Delaware Chancery Court late Tuesday over an alleged "deliberate plan to drain the company of revenue" to foil the bank's collection of a $69 million patent royalty refund.

  • January 3, 2018

    5th Circ. Trims Harboring Convictions For Texas Lawyer

    A Texas attorney who was ordered to serve 17 years in prison for helping his fraudster client remain a fugitive and carry out a fraudulent stock sale scheme can have some of his convictions thrown out but doesn't need to be resentenced, a Fifth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday.

  • January 3, 2018

    Alissa Starzak Talks Net Neutrality, US Army, Leap To Startup

    Cloudflare Inc.'s Alissa Starzak discusses her former role as general counsel for the U.S. Army and the lengthy confirmation process leading up to it, as well as her present work in the private sector and views of net neutrality.

  • January 3, 2018

    Stanford Workers Tell 5th Circ. Underwriters Were Let Off Easy

    A group of 36 former employees of Stanford Group Cos. on Tuesday asked the Fifth Circuit to intervene in litigation over R. Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme, arguing a lower court wrongly allowed underwriters to walk away with $36 million of unpaid coverage without providing them any compensation or benefit.

  • January 3, 2018

    No Attys' Fees For CareFirst After Beating $39M ERISA Suit

    A Blue Cross affiliate in Maryland can’t collect attorneys’ fees from a Houston-area medical center, the Fifth Circuit said Tuesday, finding that although the insurer successfully defended against a $39 million Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit, a fee award wasn’t warranted.

  • January 3, 2018

    Ackman's Pershing Square To Trim Stake In Howard Hughes

    Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP hedge fund plans to pare its stake in real estate developer Howard Hughes Corp. through the sale of 2.5 million shares, potentially raising more than $300 million, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Asking About Salary History Is Risky Anywhere

    Joseph Kroeger

    Recently there has been significant attention around new laws and ordinances that prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history in various U.S. states and cities. But are employers outside of these jurisdictions free to ask for salary history information of applicants without risk? Hardly, say Joseph Kroeger and Audrey Roberts of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Dissecting NAIC's Insurance Data Security Model Law

    Lawrence Hamilton

    On the heels of the new Insurance Data Security Model Law recently adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, members of Mayer Brown explain the new law, its substantive requirements, and the takeaways for the insurance industry.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 'Ladies' Day' At The High Court

    Sarah Weddington

    When I first argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, I was told I was believed to be the youngest person ever to argue there. I was 26, says Sarah Weddington, founder of the Weddington Center.

  • 6 Months After TC Heartland, Adjusting To A New Landscape

    Nathan Speed

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22, 2017, decision in TC Heartland, which overturned decades of accepted practice on how to evaluate the proper venue for patent litigation, has been lauded by some as ushering in a new era in patent litigation. Others — including some federal judges who have been applying TC Heartland — have found the decision to be much less significant, say Nathan Speed and Stuart Duncan Smith of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks For Himself

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Deflating Uber's 'Puffery' Defense On Safety Claims

    Thomas Dickerson

    Uber and taxi companies in California, Texas and New York are debating whether Uber's use of words like "safe" and "safety" is misleading and deceptive or mere "puffery." Conflicting rulings from federal courts suggest litigation on this issue will continue, says retired New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Dickerson.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.