Texas

  • September 8, 2017

    Joe's Crab Shack Files Ch. 11 Plan After $57M Asset Sale

    Joe's Crab Shack parent company Ignite Restaurant Group Inc. put forth a Chapter 11 liquidation plan in Texas bankruptcy court on Thursday that relies on a settlement reached between secured and unsecured creditors to divvy up $57 million in proceeds made from selling the business to Landry’s Inc.

  • September 8, 2017

    Ponzi Mastermind Blasts $34M Hunton Settlement Deal

    Robert Allen Stanford, a financier who once appeared on the Forbes 400 list before his massive international Ponzi scheme was exposed, objected Friday to a $34 million settlement deal struck by one of his former law firms, Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • September 8, 2017

    Doc Sued Over Surgery On Wrong Ear, Subsequent Deafness

    A Houston doctor and the Houston Ear Nose & Throat Clinic LLP that employs him were hit with a lawsuit Thursday by a mother on behalf of her now-deaf son, who alleges the doctor performed a cochlear implant surgery on the wrong ear and rendered the boy completely deaf in both ears.

  • September 8, 2017

    More Trouble For ALJs Brewing In 5th Circ. FDIC Challenge

    The U.S. government’s bid to preserve the status of administrative law judges who dish out fines and punishments at federal agencies took another blow Thursday, when the Fifth Circuit said a bank director challenging the constitutionality of treating ALJs like normal employees had a solid chance of success.

  • September 8, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, DLA, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, United Technologies scoops up Rockwell Collins in a $23 billion aerospace tie-up, billionaire Tilman Fertitta acquires the Houston Rockets for $2.2 billion, and Teleflex enters into a $1.1 billion deal for medical device company NeoTract.

  • September 8, 2017

    5 Texas Supreme Court Cases To Watch

    In the Texas Supreme Court's new term, the court could set national precedent on whether independent patent agents can be covered by attorney-client privilege and give lawyers a valuable tool to dismiss cases brought against them based on statements made in court. Here, Law360 takes a look at five upcoming cases attorneys are watching.

  • September 8, 2017

    Congress Votes To Avoid Gov't Shutdown, Send Hurricane Aid

    Congress passed a bill Friday that would avoid a costly government shutdown and default on federal debt for three months, as well as provide more than $15 billion in hurricane cleanup funds for hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

  • September 7, 2017

    Justice Thomas Defends Originalist Perspective In Texas Talk

    Though he doesn’t subscribe to the label that he’s an originalist or textualist, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ starting place in interpreting the U.S. Constitution is always to first read it, he said Thursday at an event in Waco, Texas.

  • September 7, 2017

    SAP Gets 'Exceptional' Case Atty Fees In Data Patent Win

    A Texas federal judge granted attorneys’ fees to SAP America Inc. on Thursday after ruling its financial data analysis technology didn’t infringe an InvestPic patent, finding the case was “exceptional” because InvestPic knew the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office thought its patent was weak and because of the subterfuge the company used to collect evidence.

  • September 7, 2017

    Staffing Co. Gets Cut Out Of Bias Suit Against Hospital

    A staffing agency can’t bring a race bias claim on behalf of employees against Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, which allegedly discriminated against the employees, because the staffing agency itself doesn't have a racial identity, a Texas federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • September 7, 2017

    Promoter Balks At Pitcher's Victoria's Secret Tix Suit

    A London-based event promoter pushed a Pennsylvania state court judge Wednesday to end a suit by former Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels, now with the Texas Rangers, that alleges he and his wife were stiffed out of tickets to a Victoria’s Secret fashion show after forking over thousands for a VIP package.

  • September 7, 2017

    Texas 1st Responders Sue Arkema Over Post-Blast Fumes

    Seven first responders who sued Arkema Inc. in Texas court Thursday won a same-day temporary restraining order that the chemicals maker preserve evidence, including air-quality samples taken at its plant after fumes from a series of explosions sent police and medical personnel to the hospital.

  • September 7, 2017

    Senate Passes Hurricane Aid, Gov't Funding Extension Bill

    The U.S. Senate passed a measure that would provide $15.2 billion in funds for Hurricane Harvey cleanup Thursday, which also contained provisions to keep the government open and avoid a debt default until December.

  • September 7, 2017

    Texas Trial Atty Duo Launch New Boutique Firm

    Two notable Dallas attorneys announced Wednesday that they have launched a new boutique, Hamilton Wingo LLP, that one of its name partners said he intends to build into “the best trial firm in the United States.”

  • September 7, 2017

    Haynes And Boone Nabs Appellate Pro From Locke Lord

    Haynes and Boone LLP announced Thursday that it has hired noted Locke Lord LLP appellate lawyer Mike Hatchell, who has joined the firm's Austin, Texas, office as counsel.

  • September 7, 2017

    Daewoo Can Seize Property For Future Arbitration: 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit has revived an order allowing Daewoo International Corp. to seize a pig iron shipment as it looked to arbitrate a dispute with an English shipper over a broken sales contract, concluding in a published opinion that Louisiana law allows Daewoo to obtain the order even though its suit did not directly seek a money judgment.

  • September 7, 2017

    Energy XXI Execs Face Shareholder Suit Over Statements

    Shareholders in Energy XXI Ltd. on Wednesday accused the energy company’s officers and directors of fraudulently inflating the company’s value for their own benefit leading up to the company’s 2016 bankruptcy.

  • September 7, 2017

    Judge Won't Pause Petrobras' $400M Suit Over Bad Rig Chain

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a $400 million suit brought by Petrobras America Inc. and its insurers against a Spanish manufacturer but declined to halt the remaining claims over an allegedly defective component at an offshore oil and gas rig for arbitration.

  • September 7, 2017

    Trump Taps 16 For Judiciary, Including Ex-Jones Day Atty

    President Donald Trump nominated 16 federal judges on Thursday, including White House attorney and ex-Jones Day partner Gregory Katsas for the D.C. Circuit, the White House said.

  • September 6, 2017

    5th Circ. OKs DOL's Request To Drop OT Rule Appeal

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday agreed to drop the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal of a preliminary injunction against an Obama-era regulation expanding overtime protection to millions of workers, granting a day-old request from the Trump administration.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Takeaways From EEOC's $10.5M Deal With Bass Pro

    Gerald  Maatman Jr.

    For employers who are constantly at risk of being the subject of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s next major investigation or systemic pattern or practice of discrimination class action, a closer reading of the terms in its recent settlement with Bass Pro gives valuable insight, say attorneys with Seyfarth Shaw.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • Patent Venue: How We Got To TC Heartland, And What's Next

    Patrick Coyne

    The growth of the Eastern District of Texas as a venue for patent cases, which led to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in TC Heartland, did not occur overnight. It was the result of seven factors that coalesced over decades, says Patrick Coyne of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • Even An Unsigned Email Can Be A Legally Binding Contract

    Jonathan Jaffe

    A Texas appeals court recently held that an email exchange constituted a signed legally enforceable contract. The ruling is a reminder that parties negotiating contracts in email should generally avoid making unconditional statements, and classic contractual terms such as “offer,” “acceptance” and “agreement” should be used with care, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Mineral Liens Can Be Contractually Waived In Texas

    Brian Mitchell

    The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas recently held that an advance contractual waiver of mineral liens contained in a master service agreement between an oil and gas operator and multiple oilfield service companies was enforceable. The case is likely to influence future drafting and negotiation of master services agreements, say Brian Mitchell and Clark Donat of Bracewell LLP.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 2

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In the second installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig continues his deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • How Highly Automated Vehicles Will Drive Legal Change

    Jason McCarter

    When highly automated vehicles are prevalent on the road there will be at least three major areas in which risk allocation associated with automobiles will change: litigation, contracting and regulation, say Jason McCarter and Tracey Ledbetter of Eversheds Sutherland.