Texas

  • February 9, 2017

    Koch Ranch Tells 5th Circ. Damages Award Should Be Tossed

    A Colorado ranch owned by billionaire Bill Koch on Wednesday urged the Fifth Circuit to toss an award against it in a long-running dispute with a Texas cattle breeder over who has the rights to sell the company's specialty “Akaushi” Japanese cattle, arguing a point of Texas law.

  • February 9, 2017

    Insurance Agency Settles $7M Trade Secrets Row Before Trial

    Texas sports medicine insurance agency Orchestrate HR Inc. has settled, just before trial, its $6.6 million defamation and trade secrets suit against a New Jersey rival that hired a former Orchestrate employee.

  • February 9, 2017

    Texas, Tribe Square Off Over Electronic Bingo

    The Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas and the state traded blows in federal court filings on Wednesday over how to classify electronic bingo, as the tribe seeks to lift a long-standing injunction blocking it from offering the game on its reservation.

  • February 9, 2017

    Energy Cos. Unnerved By Trump's Mexico Border Tax Talk

    President Donald Trump's recent vow to impose import taxes on Mexican goods to pay for a border wall is stoking concerns among energy firms that have cashed in on increasing Mexican demand for U.S. natural gas and petroleum products, and could chill new investment in cross-border infrastructure if Trump follows through on his threat, experts say.

  • February 9, 2017

    GE Doubles Down On DQ Dispute In Incubator Patent Case

    General Electric Co. on Wednesday again urged a Texas federal judge not to disqualify its in-house counsel and external Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP attorneys from a lawsuit by International Biomedical Ltd. over neonatal incubator patents, saying an alleged conflict of interest related to a now-deceased attorney impacts IBL’s counsel instead.

  • February 9, 2017

    ExxonMobil Owes $1M For Spill, Texas Property Owner Says

    The owner of a property adjacent to what used to be an ExxonMobil gas station filed suit against the oil and gas giant in state court in Houston on Tuesday, alleging Exxon never told it about the leaky petroleum storage tanks that contaminated the property in 2003 and halted recent redevelopment plans.

  • February 9, 2017

    Cobalt Says No Charges In 2nd FCPA Probe Of Angolan Ops

    The U.S. Department of Justice has closed its investigation of potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations by deepwater driller Cobalt International Energy Inc., it said Thursday, ending six years of U.S. agency scrutiny of the company's business deals in Angola.

  • February 9, 2017

    Texas Court Says Dallas Must Face $200M Drilling Suit

    Dallas must face a $200 million lawsuit alleging it ripped off a gas driller by entering a mineral lease then denying the company permits to drill, a Texas appellate court has held, saying the city was acting in a proprietary, not governmental, function when it entered the lease.

  • February 9, 2017

    Prosecutors Say Texas AG Crusaded To Taint Jury Pool

    Prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday accused him of orchestrating a two-year crusade to taint the jury pool in his home county, in a motion to change venue before the upcoming trial.

  • February 8, 2017

    Olympic Committee Settles Suit Over City-Year Domains

    The International Olympic Committee has settled cybersquatting claims against a man who registered hundreds of domain names with a city-year convention similar to that used by Olympics host cities, according to documents filed in Texas federal court Wednesday, the deal coming after a federal judge had gutted most of the trademark-related claims last year.

  • February 8, 2017

    BigLaw Moves In Texas Send Local Firms Looking For Edge

    A continued push by national firms like Winston & Strawn and Gibson Dunn into Texas’ thriving legal market has ignited a competitive spirit among homegrown firms and has spurred a race to keep top rainmakers at any cost, while other Texas firms are taking a harder look at possible mergers, experts say.

  • February 8, 2017

    DOL Beats Latest Challenge To Fiduciary Rule

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial fiduciary rule for retirement advisers — just hours after the agency had asked to stay the case in light of President Donald Trump’s directive to review and possibly rescind the rule.

  • February 8, 2017

    Farm Says Texas Justices Went Too Far In Pipeline Ruling

    A rice farm that claimed its land had been improperly taken by a Denbury Resources pipeline company asked the Texas Supreme Court to revisit its January ruling in favor of the company, arguing that there were issues of fact that should have been decided before a jury.

  • February 8, 2017

    PE-Backed Fracking Co. ProPetro Files $345M IPO

    ProPetro Holding Corp., a private equity-backed provider of fracking services to oil and gas companies, on Wednesday filed initial public offering plans to raise up to $345 million under guidance from Latham & Watkins LLP, marking the latest energy issuer to rejoin capital markets.

  • February 8, 2017

    Legal Groups Back Patent Venue Rule Changes At High Court

    TC Heartland LLC continues to draw a wide base of support as its asks the U.S. Supreme Court to put restrictions on where patent lawsuits can be filed, with various legal experts and activist groups expressing concern about a concentration of patent cases in a few select districts.

  • February 8, 2017

    Parsley Energy Makes $2.8 Billion Texas Assets Grab

    In Parsley Energy Inc.’s biggest expansion to date, the company on Tuesday announced a deal with Double Eagle Energy Permian LLC to acquire $2.8 billion of oil and gas assets in an effort to add anchorage to the company’s Midland Basin portfolio.

  • February 8, 2017

    Sabine Asks Texas Justices To Nix $24M Contamination Award

    Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday that a lower court ignored the plain text and the intent of the state Legislature in determining that the Texas Railroad Commission did not have exclusive jurisdiction over its $24.5 million dispute with a landowner over radioactive contamination. 

  • February 8, 2017

    DRA Advisors Pays Cabot $1.1B For Industrial Portfolio

    DRA Advisors LLC has picked up a nearly 20-million-square-foot industrial portfolio that includes properties in Texas and Illinois from private equity shop Cabot Properties Inc. for $1.07 billion, according to an announcement from the companies on Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2017

    Mail Fraudster Seeks Permission To Travel For Manager Award

    A woman awaiting sentencing for aiding an $8.8 million scheme that tricked law firms into paying the proceeds of fake settlements asked a Florida federal court Tuesday if she could fly to Nevada to receive a manager of the year award.

  • February 7, 2017

    AIG Policies Don't Cover Unfair Competition Deal, Judge Says

    A Texas magistrate judge on Tuesday found that an AIG unit's policies don't cover agricultural product company Stoller Enterprises Inc.'s settlement of an unfair competition lawsuit, but said Stoller should be allowed to pursue its claims that the insurer's claims handling practices violated the state insurance code.

Expert Analysis

  • Native American Cases To Watch In 2017

    Thomas F. Gede

    The current eight-member U.S. Supreme Court will examine two Native American cases early this year, and may hear additional cases following the confirmation of a ninth justice. Thomas Gede of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP discusses the most important cases to pay attention to, including Lewis v. Clarke and Lee v. Tam.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • State Attorneys General Play Growing Data Privacy Role

    Jasen Eige

    State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security, bringing evolving state laws and broad consumer protection authority to bear on changing technologies and threats. Private sector custodians of personal data such as retailers, financial institutions, technology companies and health systems must understand the role of state attorneys general before a crisis occurs, say Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Top 5 Drug And Device Developments Of 2016

    Christine Kain

    This is a moment to reflect on some of the past year’s biggest developments in drug and device litigation. From video streaming of witness testimony to exclusion of plaintiff experts on scientific grounds, 2016 saw many significant decisions that may impact future cases, say Christine Kain, Patrick Reilly and Joseph Price of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • In Congress: Obamacare, The Cabinet

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    Republican leaders in Congress plan to take the initial steps toward repealing and replacing Obamacare this week, hoping to deliver on the campaign promises made by most Republicans over the past six years and by President-elect Trump during the 2016 election cycle, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Punitive Damages: Post-Campbell, Questions Remain

    Allison Ebeck

    The U.S. Supreme Court has established a framework that requires a case-by-case, fact-based inquiry to gauge punitive damages. Procedural safeguards and substantive due process restrictions have been gradually imposed on punitive damage awards since such limitations were first considered in 1988. But approaches and results have been and remain inconsistent, says Allison Ebeck of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Time To Reopen Some DOJ Antitrust Field Offices

    Robert E. Connolly

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to spend up to $1 trillion upgrading America’s infrastructure. To help ensure that money is spent free from corruption, the incoming administration should reopen at least two of the four Antitrust Division field offices that were shuttered in January 2013, says Robert Connolly of GeyerGorey LLP.

  • What High Court Will Consider In Patent Venue Case

    S. Gregory Herrman

    If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with the petitioner in TC Heartland, venues viewed as “plaintiff-friendly” may no longer be the hubs of patent litigation that they are today, says Gregory Herrman of Blank Rome LLP.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 3

    Anthony B. Cavender

    The final article in this series reviews some of the most significant environmental cases of 2016 decided in the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as several state supreme courts. Anyone who reads these cases will be impressed by the painstaking approach these courts apply to some of the most vexing and complicated cases on their dockets, says Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.