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Texas

  • 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.

  • October 2, 2018

    Prologis Sells $1.1B Property Portfolio To Mapletree

    Prologis Inc. announced Tuesday it has sold a portfolio of properties — some of which it owned through a venture with Norges Bank Real Estate Management — that are located across Europe as well as in Illinois, Texas, New Jersey and Florida to Mapletree Investments Pte. Ltd. for $1.1 billion.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • What District Courts Are Saying About Admissibility Of IPR

    David Cavanaugh

    Given the frequency with which inter partes reviews are utilized in tandem with district court litigation to resolve patent disputes, the question that practitioners are starting to face with some regularity is whether, and to what extent, IPR decisions are admissible in district court litigation, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework

    Stephen Woods

    Twenty years ago, the first state "ban the box" law crystallized a movement that, in time, would yield similar background check restrictions across the U.S. The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants in different jurisdictions, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.