• January 11, 2017

    Tillerson Tries To Draw Hard Line On Russia

    Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, took a hard stance against Russian aggression in his opening statement seeking Senate confirmation Wednesday but later refused to directly call Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal or to stand by sanctions imposed over Russia's alleged election interference.

  • January 11, 2017

    RAIT Financial Sheds $109M In Residential Assets

    RAIT Financial Trust on Tuesday said that it has recently sold four apartment properties in separate deals totaling $109.2 million, as the real estate investment trust looks to focus on its lending business and reduce debt.

  • January 11, 2017

    Texas Justices Told UT Regent Has Right To View Records

    A member of the University of Texas' Board of Regents tasked with setting admissions standards has a “legitimate educational interest” in reviewing related documents, and allowing the regent to do so would not violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Texas Supreme Court was told in oral arguments Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Facebook Faces $2B Trial Over Virtual Reality Software

    A video game developer on Tuesday told a Texas federal jury Oculus VR LLC pulled "one of the biggest technology heists ever" when it allegedly stole proprietary source code to make its popular virtual reality device before selling the company to Facebook Inc., causing it $2 billion in damages.

  • January 10, 2017

    BP Investor Attys Seek $24M From $175M Deepwater Deal

    Lead counsel for a class of investors that reached a $175 million deal with BP PLC after accusing it of downplaying the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the weeks following the 2010 blowout asked a Texas federal court Monday to award $20 million in attorneys' fees and $4 million in legal costs.

  • January 10, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Related, Truck Yard, Sam Chang

    Related and Oxford have reportedly scored $195 million in tax breaks for their $4 billion Hudson Yards tower, Truck Yard is said to be taking space at a new development in Houston, and Sam Chang has reportedly dropped $95 million on a Wall Street Club Quarters hotel.

  • January 10, 2017

    Highmark Seeks To Pierce Veil, Recover $5M In Allcare IP Row

    Health insurer Highmark Inc. filed a lawsuit in Texas federal court Monday, telling the court that in order to recover its $5.2 million attorneys' fees award from Allcare Health Management Systems in a suit over an information management system patent, it must bring this new action against the company's principals.

  • January 10, 2017

    Houston Club Ordered To Pay $139K In EEOC HIV Bias Suit

    A Texas federal court has ordered a Houston-area nightclub to pay $139,366 to a waitress who was allegedly discriminated against for being HIV-positive, in a case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • January 10, 2017

    Camera Co. Says $4.5M Trade Secrets Row Must Be Arbitrated

    A Taiwanese digital surveillance firm sued by a U.S. company it co-founded for allegedly stealing trade secrets and breaching contracts asked a Texas federal judge Monday to send the lawsuit to arbitration, saying the dispute falls under a broad arbitration clause in a different contract.

  • January 10, 2017

    2 More Energy Execs Cop Pleas In Venezuela Bribery Scheme

    Two energy company owners pled guilty to foreign bribery charges for their roles in an alleged scheme to fraudulently secure energy contracts from Venezuela's state-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA, a scheme that has already netted several guilty pleas, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Strasburger & Price Nabs Ex-Shannon Gracey Attys In Texas

    Strasburger & Price LLP has enhanced its offerings across three of its Texas offices with the addition of five former Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller LLP attorneys, including a partner specializing in intellectual property law, and an ex-Winstead PC shareholder focusing on transactions in the energy industry.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sackman JV Scores $106M Loan From Acore For Texas Project

    A venture of Sackman Enterprises Inc. and Chinese developer Starryland USA Corp. has scored $106 million in construction financing from Acore Capital LP for a condo project in Austin, Texas, according to an announcement Monday from borrower-side broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP.

  • January 10, 2017

    Texas Dental Firm Pays $8.4M To Settle Medicaid Fraud Claims

    Texas-based dental management firm MB2 Dental Solutions, along with 21 affiliated practices, agreed on Monday to pay a combined $8.45 million to resolve allegations of filing false claims to Medicaid for pediatric dental services.

  • January 9, 2017

    Stanford Receiver Tells Jury Investor Should Repay $90M

    The receiver for the $7 billion Ponzi scheme run by R. Allen Stanford asked a Texas federal jury Monday to allow him to recoup nearly $90 million from a billionaire investor who allegedly learned insider information that tipped him off Stanford was running a fraud.

  • January 9, 2017

    The Firms That Dominated In 2016

    Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.

  • January 9, 2017

    Google Should Face Anti-Malware Patent Suit, Judge Says

    A magistrate judge in Texas’ Eastern District on Monday recommended denying Google Inc.’s bid to toss a patent infringement suit over malware protection software, saying disputed issues of fact exist regarding the tech giant’s arguments of invalidity and non-infringement.

  • January 9, 2017

    Golfsmith $22M Bid-To-Beat Is Only Offer In Ch. 11 Sale

    Bankrupt sporting goods retailer Golfsmith International Holdings Inc. on Monday informed a Delaware bankruptcy court that it had canceled a Chapter 11 auction of its Texas corporate headquarters after receiving no qualified offers to compete with a stalking horse bid of more than $22 million.

  • January 9, 2017

    5th Circ. Asked To Consolidate Hip MDL Bellwether Appeals

    Patients in appeals stemming from multidistrict litigation lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over its hip prosthetics on Friday asked the Fifth Circuit to consolidate the appeals from the second and third bellwether trials, arguing that substantial overlap of the facts involved makes a consolidated appeal more efficient.

  • January 9, 2017

    Bennu Titan Trustee Wants Parent Co. Ch. 7 Case In Del.

    The court-appointed overseer of the Chapter 11 case of oil platform owner Bennu Titan asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday to transfer the Chapter 7 case of its parent company to Delaware because Bennu Titan’s case was filed first.

  • January 9, 2017

    Criminal Allegations Out Of Line, Moorings Builder Says

    A company that built a coastal barge mooring project and has since had its permit rescinded asked a Texas federal judge on Friday to strike various criminal allegations made by an environmental group, claiming they are stated without evidence and asking for sanctions.

Expert Analysis

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • The Future Of FLSA's Revised White Collar Exemption

    James C. Cunningham Jr.

    Last month, a Texas federal district court enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor's 2016 revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act's white collar exemptions. The issue is unlikely to be resolved before President-elect Donald Trump takes over, so his administration will be the one to deal with this case, says James Cunningham Jr. of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Using Payroll Cards To Pay Employees’ Wages

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Kevin E. Vance

    When advising employers on the use of payroll card programs as an alternative method of paying employees there are several considerations lawyers should adopt. Kevin Vance of Duane Morris LLP discusses key issues concerning payroll cards and best practices for establishing and maintaining a payroll card program.

  • Judicial Treatment Of Interrelated Acts: Part 1

    Rory Eric Jurman

    Courts have reached varying conclusions regarding the extent to which claims must be related in order to constitute a single claim under an insurancy policy. Rory Jurman and Steven Cula of Fowler White Burnett PA explain the question of interrelatedness and discuss how various states have approached the issue.

  • Utility Mergers And Acquisitions Lift Capital Markets

    Steven Friend

    In the past several years, there has been a pronounced increase in mergers and acquisitions activity in the electric utility industry. Three themes have been particularly notable of late: consolidation among utilities, the acquisition of gas assets by electric utilities, and the acquisition by Canadian utilities of U.S. companies, say Steven Friend, Michael Fitzpatrickan and Peter O’Brien of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • How Employers Can Prep For New OSHA Reporting Rule

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    A Texas federal court's denial of the injunction that sought to block the nationwide implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new injury and illness reporting rule means that major parts of the rule went into effect last week. The rule includes several new obligations and prohibitions that employers should be aware of, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Hitting Pause On FLSA White Collar Changes

    Kathleen Anderson

    The eleventh-hour preliminary injunction from the Eastern District of Texas against expanded coverage under the Fair Labor Standards Act is a blow to the U.S. Department of Labor, which had estimated expanded overtime coverage to more than four million additional employees, says Kathleen Anderson of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.