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Texas

  • June 8, 2018

    Texas High Court Won't Stop $200M Dallas Drilling Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected a bid by the city of Dallas to block a $200 million lawsuit that accuses the city of wrongfully blocking natural gas drilling on city land it had leased to an energy company.

  • June 8, 2018

    Texas Justices To Review Nixed Evidence In $1.4M Death Suit

    The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday said it will take up a case that resulted in a $1.4 million jury verdict for the family of a pedestrian killed by an 18-wheeler, agreeing to hear arguments by the trucking company and driver that the jury should have been given evidence of the woman’s drug use and mental health disorders.

  • June 8, 2018

    Texas Justices Nix Workers' Comp Carrier's Repayment Bid

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled against a workers’ compensation carrier in a dispute over a policy that covered an injured truck driver, holding the carrier had waived its right to be reimbursed from any settlement proceeds the worker might get from a third party liable for the injury.

  • June 8, 2018

    IHeartMedia Can Pay Employee Bonuses, Access $450M DIP

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved iHeartMedia Inc.’s requests to fund its Chapter 11 restructuring with a new $450 million revolving credit facility and pay its non-insider employees an aggregate of up to $66 million in bonuses to encourage peak performance.

  • June 8, 2018

    Houston Must Face Pension System Suit, Texas Justices Say

    The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the city of Houston doesn't have immunity from the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System’s suit seeking to force the city to make contributions for certain employees who were transferred from its workforce to a nonprofit, partially reversing the lower court’s findings.

  • June 8, 2018

    Texas Justices Say Builder Can’t Sue Pol Over Permit Delay

    The Texas Supreme Court said Friday that a developer could not sue a county commissioner in his official capacity for allegedly working to delay the approval of a subdivision project, finding the officeholder is not in a position to remedy any damage the company claims to have suffered.

  • June 8, 2018

    Texas High Court Allows Suit Over Tractor Death In Miss.

    The Texas Supreme Court upheld Friday a trial court’s decision not to dismiss a suit brought by the Texas-based sons of a Mississippi resident who died in a tractor accident at his home, finding a Texas residency exception applies to the allegations.

  • June 7, 2018

    Ex-Baylor Football Official Can't Revive Suit Over Ouster

    A Texas appeals court ruled Wednesday that Baylor University deserved summary judgment on a former football official's claims that a university sexual assault report defamed him, saying the suit was barred because a different court had already dismissed similar claims.

  • June 7, 2018

    Telecom Co.’s $60M Deduction Request Rejected On Appeal

    A Texas telecommunications company cannot deduct $60 million from its taxable income for the cost of electricity it uses to transmit its products after a state appeals court found Thursday that the products were services and therefore ineligible for a cost of goods sold deduction.

  • June 7, 2018

    Schlumberger Beats Whistleblower's Wrongful Firing Suit

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a wrongful termination claim from a former Schlumberger Technology Corp. worker who alleged he was fired after warning a vessel could not be operated safely with certain offshore seismic surveying equipment.

  • June 7, 2018

    Lawyer Asks To Leave Suit Alleging Judge Outed Victim

    The attorney for a woman suing a Dallas County judge on defamation claims after the judge identified her as a domestic violence victim at a public event has asked to withdraw from the case, saying there has been a total breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.

  • June 7, 2018

    Trump Admin. Backs GOP's Latest Anti-ACA Suit

    The Trump administration on Thursday largely endorsed the GOP’s latest legal assault on the Affordable Care Act, telling a Texas federal court that it agrees that the landmark law's individual mandate is now unconstitutional and that key parts of the ACA must be invalidated as a result.

  • June 7, 2018

    Stop Family Separations At Border, Mayors Urge Sessions

    The mayors of Tucson, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Houston and Los Angeles urged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday to halt the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling the policy "flawed on every level."

  • June 7, 2018

    Texas Taxpayer Group Fights $44M Payout To Developer

    A Texas taxpayer group on Wednesday asked a Dallas court for an emergency restraining order to block the payment of $44 million in incentives and upfront infrastructure reimbursements to an entertainment complex, saying the project's developers committed fraud to clear the way for the payment.

  • June 7, 2018

    Oil Field Services Co. Hit With $1M Sexual Harassment Verdict

    An oil field services company on Wednesday was ordered to pay $1 million to a former employee who claimed she was fired one week after starting work as a sales representative both for being pregnant and for rejecting sexual advances from the personnel director.

  • June 7, 2018

    Hilton Owner Can't Revive Hail Coverage Row At 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court decision favoring Lloyd's of London in the underwriter’s dispute with a Hilton Garden Inn owner over coverage for hail damage, agreeing that the owner failed to present evidence that could determine what portion of the hotel’s losses were covered.

  • June 7, 2018

    Qualcomm Took Too Long To Try To Move Patent Case

    Qualcomm Inc. and GlobalFoundries Inc. must face infringement allegations over a patent related to semiconductor technology in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap ruled Wednesday, agreeing with a magistrate judge's finding that the companies waited too long to ask for the case to be moved to another court.

  • June 7, 2018

    6 Cities Where It Pays To Be A BigLaw Associate

    The New York pay scale has long been the gold standard for BigLaw associates — climbing to a dizzying $190,000 at a few firms this past week — but associates in these six cities may still have more money in their pockets at the end of the day. 

  • June 7, 2018

    Senate Panel OKs 9th Circ. Pick Over Home-State Objections

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced another of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Ninth Circuit Thursday, despite objections from Democrats who said it breached the “blue slip” tradition of deference to home-state senators.

  • June 6, 2018

    Texas Court Nixes New Trial In Baylor Sex Assault Case

    Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday held an appellate panel wrongly ordered a new trial for a former Baylor University football star convicted of sexual assault, overturning the court’s finding text messages between the victim and her friend were wrongly kept from jurors.

Expert Analysis

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Big Changes Ahead For Renewable Fuel Standard

    Joel Beauvais

    The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the center of sustained policy discussion and resulting uncertainty during the first year of the Trump administration. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze recent developments with a focus on the legal framework and implications for the RFS program.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Trespass By Fracking: Pennsylvania Court Weighs In

    L. Poe Leggette

    Reversing a lower court's motion for summary judgment, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently held that trespass and conversion claims arising from a hydraulic fracturing operation are not precluded by the rule of capture. The case raises unsettling questions for oil and gas operators, say L. Poe Leggette and Jasper Mason of BakerHostetler.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • How CPSC Late Reporting Penalty Trends Are Evolving

    Eric Rubel

    Dollar amounts of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission prelitigation settlements have increased over the past five years, as most recently shown by a record settlement with Polaris Industries for alleged reporting violations related to three recalls. But this track record has not been matched in recently litigated cases, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 2

    Kip Petroff

    Preemption must be kept in mind as one approaches any medical device litigation; however, it need not be feared. Despite what some observers may say, the preemption shield is not as large as it might seem, and plaintiffs attorneys can still preempt the preemption defense with careful planning, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.