Texas

  • May 15, 2017

    Medtronic Settles Heart Valve Patent Suit After Venue Fight

    Medtronic Inc. on Monday said it has settled claims it infringed on a heart valve patent, just days after an Eastern District of Texas judge declined a request from co-defendant St. Jude Medical to dismiss the case in light of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case addressing venue for patent cases.

  • May 15, 2017

    5th Circ. Vacates Order Reversing GE Oil & Gas Arbitration

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday said a Texas federal court can't cancel its previous arbitration order in a suit brought by a former GE Oil & Gas employee who says he was fired in retaliation after reporting workplace discrimination, finding the lower court lacked jurisdiction to walk back its arbitration ruling.

  • May 15, 2017

    Energy MLP, Cancer-Focused Biotech File IPOs Totaling $200M

    An energy master limited partnership created to monetize Oasis Petroleum Inc.'s oil and gas assets in the Williston Basin and a biotechnology company developing treatments for cancer filed initial public offerings totaling $200 million on Friday, adding to a growing IPO pipeline.

  • May 15, 2017

    Dallas Wants Texas Justices To Block $200M Drilling Suit

    Dallas has asked the Texas Supreme Court to block a $200 million lawsuit that accuses the city of wrongfully blocking natural gas drilling on city-owned land, arguing its decision to lease its minerals rights was a governmental function, and it should be immune from suit.

  • May 15, 2017

    Texas Oil Refinery Wants Clean Air Act Suit Tossed

    Pasadena Refining System Inc. asked a Texas federal judge on Friday to toss a suit brought by two environmental groups alleging it had violated the Clean Air Act by spewing toxic chemicals into the atmosphere, saying the groups haven't shown their alleged injuries were caused by the refinery.

  • May 15, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Standly Hamilton's Chris Hamilton

    We’re living through an era — brought about by “tort reform” and other such misguided ideas — where we’re seeing an unprecedented assault on the Seventh Amendment guarantee of trial by jury, says Chris Hamilton of Standly Hamilton LLP.

  • May 12, 2017

    3 Things To Know About Texas' Anti-Sanctuary Cities Law

    Texas' newly passed anti-sanctuary cities law echoes other severe immigration measures from the past decade and has pushed Texas to the forefront of the debate about sanctuary cities. Here's what you need to know about the new law.

  • May 12, 2017

    Lloyd's Hit With $41.6M Verdict In Offshore Rig Damage Row

    Following a five-week trial, a panel of jurors in Harris County on Friday returned a $41.6 million award in favor of Prime Natural Resources in its coverage dispute with insurer Lloyd's over damage caused to a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico during Hurricane Rita in 2005.

  • May 12, 2017

    AT&T Rival Can't Get 'Do-Over' In Piggybacking Dispute

    New Talk Inc., a phone company that “piggybacks” on infrastructure owned by AT&T Texas, cannot revive its lawsuit against the telecommunications company alleging it was overcharged when AT&T failed to give it certain credits under an agreement, a Texas appellate court held Thursday.

  • May 12, 2017

    5th Circ. Panel Upholds $1M Deepwater Claim Clawback

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision ordering a seafood company and its owners to pay back $1 million they received from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims program, saying that the business should have known it had failed by the time it made its claim.

  • May 12, 2017

    Texas Court May Clarify Jurisdiction In Cross-Border Disputes

    A Texas appeals court in Dallas will hear arguments in three cases in the coming week addressing when Texas courts have jurisdiction over Mexican entities and individuals, setting the stage for greater clarity on when plaintiffs in cross-border disputes can access the U.S. legal system for tort claims and other legal remedies not always available in Mexico.

  • May 12, 2017

    Texas Supreme Court Denies Review In Med Mal Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a medical malpractice suit brought by the widow of a man who died after being treated for a broken jaw, leaving in place a lower appellate opinion affirming a take-nothing judgment in favor of Christus St. Michael Hospital and the treating doctor.

  • May 12, 2017

    Texas Justices Allow Suit Over Welder's Canceled Policy

    A finance company that canceled a welding company’s insurance policy following its late payment of premiums can’t avoid liability in the company’s suit claiming it was unfairly hit with a $6 million judgment tied to a fire that occurred days after the policy was ended, the Texas Supreme Court held Friday.

  • May 11, 2017

    Texas HHS Official Forced To Quit Amid Iraq Lobbying Furor

    The inspector general of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission resigned Wednesday at the governor’s request, a decision tied to his moonlighting for a lobbying and law firm that reportedly pushed for the removal of Iraq from President Donald Trump's travel ban earlier this year.

  • May 11, 2017

    Fluor Aims To Drop Afghanistan Contractor Overtime Suit

    Fluor Corp. on Thursday asked a Texas federal judge to dismiss a putative class action from contractors who claim they weren’t paid overtime in violation of Afghanistan labor law, arguing the country’s labor code doesn’t apply to employees of U.S. contractors.

  • May 11, 2017

    Syrian Royalty Owner Can't Revive Shell Affiliate Suit

    A Texas appellate court Thursday held the owner of a royalty interest in Syrian oil and gas properties is time-barred from claiming it was fraudulently induced into entering into a settlement with a Shell Oil Co. affiliate that operated the property.

  • May 11, 2017

    AG Paxton Attys Again Seek New Judge In Securities Trial

    Attorneys for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told an administrative judge Wednesday that the order from the judge presiding over Paxton's felony securities fraud trial sending the Collin County case to Harris County is void because it was issued after the judge's authority over the case expired.

  • May 11, 2017

    Reed Smith Creates Diversity Recruitment Director Position

    Reed Smith has become the latest firm to promote diversity among its ranks of attorneys, creating a new role to spearhead the global firm's efforts at hiring and maintaining a diverse staff.

  • May 11, 2017

    Texas Jet Charter Co. Says Atty's Shoddy Work Cost It Big

    Thunderbird Airways Inc. filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston on Wednesday against the law firm Donato Minx Brown & Pool PC and attorney A. Scot Chase, alleging their negligent representation in a lawsuit arising from an aircraft lease agreement resulted in a $375,000 judgment against it.

  • May 11, 2017

    WildHorse Pays $625M For Texas Oil And Gas Assets

    WildHorse Resource Development Corp. will pay $625 million to acquire over 100,000 net acres and associated production from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and affiliates of KKR & Co. LP, the Houston-based upstream energy company said on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • When Arbitration Clauses Collide With Bankruptcy Laws

    Laura M. Fontaine

    A bankruptcy trustee or a debtor in possession has several specific powers that frequently come into conflict with a nondebtor’s desire to invoke an arbitration clause. The Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Janvey v. Alguire pushed back on a trend of expanding the nonsignatory related parties that can be swept into arbitration, says Laura Fontaine of Gruber Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch, Roe And 'Superprecedent'

    Nancy Northup

    The Senate must now make a decision that holds the potential of striking at the essence of what it means to live in a free nation of laws, where each of us has the right to define who we love, who we are, and the very purpose of our lives — and it must do so without the benefit of essential information, says Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • How Patchwork State Regs Could Benefit Driverless Cars

    Michael R. Nelson

    While a patchwork of autonomous vehicle regulations that vary from state to state is ultimately unsustainable, it may prove to be quite beneficial for short-term, early stage development and could serve as a blueprint that offers a safe and effective means of regulating the autonomous vehicle without severely limiting its development, say Mike Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Closer Look At The Current State Of Equal Pay

    Eve H. Wagner

    While progress has been made toward eliminating gender-based wage disparity, Equal Pay Day, observed Tuesday, is a reminder that more work needs to be done, and long before the next 50 years tick past. But hopefully it will be done through education about the law, and not more litigation, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • District Court Sabine Ruling: Bad News For Midstream Cos.

    Mark D. Sherrill

    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has affirmed that Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation can reject some gathering contracts with midstream energy companies, for lack of valid covenants running with the land. The ruling is another unfavorable result for midstream firms dealing with distressed oil and gas producers, say Mark Sherrill and Stephany Olsen LeGrand of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP.