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Texas

  • October 5, 2018

    Texas Doc Pleads Guilty In $40M Med Center Bribery Scam

    A Mesquite, Texas-based bariatric surgeon who was one of the founders of Forest Park Medical Center has entered a guilty plea for his role in what the government alleges is a $40 million bribery and kickback scheme.

  • October 4, 2018

    HealthNow Wants Out Of Hospitals' Benefits Payment Suit

    HealthNow New York Inc. has asked a Texas federal court just to allow it to escape an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit from seven affiliated hospitals which had claimed that dozens of Blue Cross Blue Shield entities underpaid them by tens of millions of dollars.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ex-Camera Co. Prez Fights Rams Owner's Attys' Fees Claim

    The former president of two aerial camera companies, who’s suing Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke's entertainment holding company in Texas federal court for purchasing them, hit back on Thursday against Kroenke’s request that he pay $36,000 in attorneys fees for failing to answer questions at a contentious deposition in March.

  • October 4, 2018

    Holman Fenwick Snags Greenberg Energy Atty In Houston

    Holman Fenwick Willian LLP, a British firm that entered the U.S. market in 2016 after merging with Houston-based Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath & Brown LLP, recently made its first U.S. lateral hire, poaching an energy partner from Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • October 4, 2018

    Insurer Owed Nobilis Defense Of Stock Drop Suits: Judge

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday ruled that Great American Insurance Co. wrongfully refused to cover Nobilis Health Corp.’s costs to defend two shareholder class action suits accusing Nobilis of artificially inflating its stock price, finding that the suits involved allegations similar to those in an earlier action the insurer had agreed to cover.

  • October 4, 2018

    BALCA Says Texas Fencing Co. Can’t Hire Temporary Workers

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has denied a Texas fencing company's bid to hire foreign workers after the business failed to prove it had a temporary need for the 35 laborers.

  • October 4, 2018

    Texas Judge Adds 2 Years To ZTE Oversight In Sanctions Case

    Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. will spend an extra two years under the scrutiny of a Texas federal judge’s hand-picked monitor after the judge found on Wednesday that the company had violated its probation in a criminal sanctions case.

  • October 4, 2018

    Texas Hospital Says Patient Shot By Guard Can't Bring Suit

    A Houston medical center has asked the Texas Supreme Court to toss the remaining claims in a suit brought by a former patient who was shot and arrested by hospital security, arguing prior holdings from the court mandate dismissal.

  • October 4, 2018

    'Puffery' Didn't Hurt Whole Foods Investors, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday declined to revive a shareholder suit against Whole Foods in which investors said that a widely publicized overpricing scheme caused the value of the company's stock to fall.

  • October 4, 2018

    Petrobras Can't Prove Bias To Nix $622M Award, Vantage Says

    Vantage Deepwater Co. defended a $622 million arbitral award over a drilling contract against Brazilian oil company Petrobras, telling a Texas federal court Petrobas’ claims that the driller's appointed arbitrator was biased don’t meet the high standard to warrant vacating the award.

  • October 4, 2018

    GOP AGs Back Big Oil’s Bid To Ditch Wash. Climate Suit

    Republican attorneys general from 12 states urged a federal court Wednesday to nix King County, Washington's suit seeking to hold Big Oil liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, arguing the county can't be allowed to use the courts to usurp federal and state regulation of climate change.

  • October 3, 2018

    Dell Still Exploring IPO Despite VMware Stock Swap Plan

    Dell Technologies Inc. is still exploring the potential of going public, saying Wednesday that it has discussed the possibility of an initial public offering with several investment banks, in the event that a deal involving tracking stock tied to subsidiary VMware is ultimately unsuccessful.

  • October 3, 2018

    Blank Rome Nabs Employment Pro From Ogletree In Houston

    Blank Rome LLP has grown its labor and employment practice in Houston with the addition of a new partner who came over from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • October 3, 2018

    Fiber Optic Co. Hit With Stock-Drop Suit Over Faulty Lasers

    A proposed class of investors hit a Houston area manufacturer of fiber optic networking products with a lawsuit alleging the company hid that faulty lasers in its products caused them to fail prematurely, causing the company's stock price to drop when the information came to light.

  • October 3, 2018

    M&G Gets $2M As Funds In Delaware Ch. 11 Run Out

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday authorized plastics maker M&G USA Corp.'s use of $2 million in debtor-in-possession funds to cover operations and administrative costs in its Chapter 11 as a temporary solution since financing has run out.

  • October 3, 2018

    WebMD Says It Didn't Swipe Smaller Co. Secrets, Break NDA

    WebMD Health Corp. sued a Houston-based online health care services provider in Texas federal court, seeking a determination that it did not steal trade secrets from the smaller company in violation of a confidentiality agreement inked during recently scrapped acquisition talks.

  • October 3, 2018

    Exxon Investors Fight Oil Co.'s 2nd Bid To Ditch Climate Suit

    Investors urged a Texas federal court to deny Exxon Mobil Corp.'s request to take a second look at the court's decision to advance the bulk of a proposed securities fraud class action alleging the oil giant concealed its climate change knowledge.

  • October 3, 2018

    Eagle Ford Shale Cos. Get County's Road Damage Suit Axed

    A Texas appellate court on Wednesday sided with 21 oil and gas companies operating in the Eagle Ford Shale and dismissed them from a lawsuit filed by Dimmit County trying to hold the companies responsible for major road damage in the rural community.

  • October 2, 2018

    Man Who Tried To Kill Texas Judge Gets Life Sentence

    A Texas fraudster was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a crime spree that culminated in the November 2015 attempted murder of State District Court Judge Julie Kocurek, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • October 2, 2018

    Munck Wilson Brings On Complex Litigation Partner In Dallas

    Munck Wilson Mandala has hired a former name partner from what is now Godwin Bowman PC to be a senior partner in Munck Wilson's Dallas office, where she brings decades' worth of experience in complex commercial litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Lower Court Confusion Over Impact Of Trump V. Hawaii

    Steven Gordon

    In Trump v. Hawaii, the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld President Donald Trump’s so-called travel ban against the contention that it is anti-Muslim and violates the establishment clause. However, it appears that some lower federal courts have not understood the high court's message, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Trends In Protection Of Anonymous Online Speech

    Margaret Krawiec

    Soon the Texas Supreme Court will consider under what circumstances Glassdoor should be compelled to reveal the identities of anonymous reviewers. Skadden attorneys Margaret Krawiec and Thomas Parnham discuss how courts over the years have answered the fundamental First Amendment question of whether to unmask an internet user who chooses to speak anonymously.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Opinion

    A Right To Carry Everywhere, On A Road To Nowhere

    Robert W. Ludwig

    On July 24, a Ninth Circuit panel applied textualist reasoning in Young v. Hawaii to secure a right for individuals to carry firearms in public. To end the gun epidemic — demonstrated in Chicago recently with 74 people shot in one weekend — it’s past time to turn a spotlight on the root cause: legal carelessness and oversights of text, says Robert W. Ludwig of the American Enlightenment Project.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Expectations For Venue-Related Discovery Post-TC Heartland

    Silvia Jordan

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision last year, district courts typically permit venue-related discovery when plaintiffs provide prima facie evidence at the outset that the discovery sought could establish proper venue, says Silvia Jordan of Fisch Sigler LLP.

  • Why Ohio Nixed The New Liability Insurance Law Restatement

    Kim Marrkand

    On July 30, Ohio Governor John Kasich took the unprecedented step of signing into law an amendment that specifically rejects the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance. Red flags about the ALI's over-reaching have been waving for years, and the only question is what state will follow suit next, says Kim Marrkand of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.