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  • January 3, 2019

    Franchisee Asks To Dodge Arbitration After Closing Eateries

    The franchise owner of nine closed Dickey's barbecue restaurants urged a California federal court Wednesday to stop the chain from forcing him into arbitration over whether he breached his franchise agreements by closing the eateries, saying the arbitration provisions are unenforceable.

  • January 3, 2019

    Oil Recycling Co. Must Face Suit Over Highway Spill

    A Texas appeals court has revived a woman’s claim that chemicals leaking from a passing truck onto the hood of her car caused a host of medical problems for her and her children, overturning a previous summary judgment ruling in favor of an oil recycling company.

  • January 3, 2019

    FisherBroyles Snags Health Industry Counsel As Partner

    FisherBroyles LLP has lured to its Houston office a new partner whose tenure at a northeastern U.S. physical therapy network bolstered her authority as a seasoned health care industry litigator, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 3, 2019

    Edelson Wins Discovery Bid Against Atty In Extortion Suit

    A Texas attorney accused by Edelson PC of using the class action objection process to extort class counsel must turn over information about his work in Illinois, including how he settles objections and how he gets paid, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • January 3, 2019

    Airline Flyers In Antitrust MDL Seek Delay On Atty Fee Ruling

    At the request of 10 state attorneys general, the lawyers representing airline passengers in line for a $60 million settlement from two of the nation’s largest airlines asked a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to delay ruling on the plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees in the price-fixing multidistrict litigation. 

  • January 3, 2019

    XTO Energy Hit With Suit Over 'Grossly Negligent' Operation

    Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy has been hit with a lawsuit by the partial owner of oil and gas wells in New Mexico, alleging for years it has been “grossly negligent” in its operations by overcharging for overhead expenses and running dozens of unprofitable wells.

  • January 3, 2019

    17 AGs Appeal Ruling That Nixed Affordable Care Act

    The attorneys general for 16 states and the District of Columbia announced Thursday that they are appealing a controversial Texas federal court ruling last month that struck down the entire Affordable Care Act.

  • January 2, 2019

    Schiff Hardin Escapes Insurer's Malpractice Suit At 5th Circ.

    Schiff Hardin LLP can’t be held liable to Ironshore Europe DAC for representations it made to the insurer during a product liability trial because those representations were made as part of the law firm’s legal services to its client, a Fifth Circuit appeals panel ruled Wednesday.

  • January 2, 2019

    Cos. Face Rise In Need, Cost For Legal Work In Big US States

    Corporate legal departments in some of the biggest states in the U.S. will have a greater need for legal services in the coming year and will also pay more for that work, according to survey data compiled by HBR Consulting.

  • January 2, 2019

    Fairway Energy, Creditor Fight Ch. 11 Move From Del. To Texas

    Houston-based Fairview Energy LP and its largest creditor hit back Wednesday against a bid to move its more-than-$100 million Delaware Chapter 11 case to the Southern District of Texas, warning that resulting delays could jeopardize plans for the sale of the underground oil storage company.

  • January 2, 2019

    Ex-Dickies Manager Seeks $1M In Age Discrimination Suit

    A former marketing director for work clothes giant Williamson Dickie Mfg. Co. has told a Texas state court he was sacked because of his age as the company carried out a campaign to "get younger" at the senior management level, seeking more than $1 million in damages.

  • January 2, 2019

    Booted Texas Law Student's Cheating Probe Suit Revived

    An ousted first-year law student has persuaded a Texas appellate court to revive his suit alleging that the school's failure to thoroughly investigate a cheating scandal impacted his grade-point average and resulted in his dismissal.

  • January 2, 2019

    BoyarMiller Adds Probate, Estate Practices With Acquisition

    BoyarMiller announced Wednesday that it is adding probate and estate litigation to its list of practice areas through the acquisition of another Houston-based law firm, Young Graves & Burt.

  • January 2, 2019

    Texas Midstream Co. Sues To Keep Millions In Payments

    Targa Channelview LLC has asked a Texas state court to declare that Vitol Americas Corp. cannot ask for the return of over $100 million it paid to Targa after terminating a contract for the construction of a crude oil storage and processing facility, arguing their agreement forbids it.

  • January 2, 2019

    Seyfarth Shaw Snags IP Duo From Baker McKenzie In Houston

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has hired away two intellectual property partners from Baker McKenzie to join its Houston office.

  • January 1, 2019

    Financial Services Litigation To Watch In 2019

    On the horizon for the financial services industry in the new year are cases that will turn up the heat on the debate over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s constitutionality, test the legality of the much-vaunted fintech banking charter and potentially increase the number of lawsuits from homeowners fighting foreclosure. Here, Law360 examines the cases that experts most often singled out for their potential impact on the industry.

  • January 1, 2019

    Personal Injury And Med Mal Cases To Watch In 2019

    A U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide whether a federally owned utility can be sued for personal injury and a Texas high court medical malpractice dispute that could change standards for expert witness testimony are among the cases that personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys will be following in 2019.

  • January 1, 2019

    Texas Cases To Watch In 2019

    Texas’ fights to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and hold opioid manufacturers to task for alleged deceptive marketing will continue to make legal waves in 2019, while Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is yet again waiting out a potential trial on securities fraud charges.

  • January 1, 2019

    Patent Cases To Watch In 2019

    The courts are set to tackle key patent issues like the on-sale bar rule, standing to seek or appeal America Invents Act reviews and whether patents issued before the AIA was passed can be challenged under the law. Here's a roundup of patent cases to watch in the coming year.

  • January 1, 2019

    Post-Wayfair State Developments To Watch In 2019

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Wayfair decision may have raised more questions than it answered, and 2019 will see states and the business community trying to address those questions. Here are key developments in response to Wayfair to watch for in 2019.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.

  • 5th Circ. Takes A Broad View Of Vessel 'Operators'

    Andrew Stakelum

    In its recent ruling in United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, the Fifth Circuit may have expanded the class of marine parties potentially liable under the Oil Pollution Act, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.