• March 6, 2018

    Interior Secretary Touts Slashed Regs, New Drilling Options

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told energy industry leaders on Tuesday that he has flipped the script on outer continental shelf oil and gas leases, opening 90 percent of the acreage for development, and is also on pace to cut 22 regulations for every new rule enacted.

  • March 6, 2018

    Akin Gump Energy Pro Joins White & Case In Houston

    A former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner who represents clients worldwide in oil and gas exploration and development projects has joined White & Case LLP in its new Houston office.

  • March 6, 2018

    Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty To Retaining Gov't Secrets

    A former Navy officer and defense contractor pled guilty Monday in Texas federal court to unlawfully holding on to secret information, including ground troop operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Justice said. 

  • March 5, 2018

    Applebee's Franchisee Reveals Payment Card Data Breach

    Diners who used their payment cards at more than 160 Applebee's restaurants in Illinois, Texas, Florida and a dozen other states late last year may have had their personal information compromised in a recently discovered data breach, the franchisee that operates the affected locations said Friday.

  • March 5, 2018

    Willkie Adds Energy Partner From DLA Piper In Houston Office

    An energy industry veteran with years of experience representing private equity funds has been added to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s ranks in Texas after spending about a decade at DLA Piper, Willkie has announced.

  • March 5, 2018

    Feds Defend Duty-Evasion Claims Against Furniture Importer

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a Texas federal judge on Friday not to dismiss a False Claims Act suit alleging a Florida-based furniture company evaded millions of dollars of anti-dumping duties and customs fees, saying the complaint contains enough detail about a scheme to misrepresent its imports.

  • March 5, 2018

    Energy Leaders Urge Investments, Predict Oil Supply Lapse

    Industry leaders gathered at an energy conference in Houston on Monday warned attendees that as oil demand continues to rise without a peak in sight, the lack of investments in oil and gas during the past few years will lead to a supply gap if something isn’t done to address the issue.

  • March 5, 2018

    Senate Approves Trump Picks For Texas, Ga. Judgeships

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s choices for open judgeships in Texas and Georgia on Monday, including a former pick by President Barack Obama for the Lone Star State.

  • March 5, 2018

    Ohio, City Seek To Bar Soccer Team's Move To Texas

    The state of Ohio and the city of Columbus are seeking a declaratory judgment and injunction against the owners of the Columbus Crew soccer team in an attempt to bar the team from moving to Austin, Texas, without providing Columbus and its residents a chance to buy the franchise, according to a complaint filed Monday in Ohio state court.

  • March 5, 2018

    Gilstrap Doubles $4M Jury Verdict In LCD Patent Row

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap on Monday ordered Chi Mei Innolux Corp. to pay competitor Eidos Display LLC more than $8 million for infringing a patent tied to LCD displays, doubling a jury’s verdict as punishment for Innolux’s repeated discovery misconduct and lack of investigation into the infringement claims.

  • March 5, 2018

    Hospitals Can’t Arbitrate Lien Suit, Texas Court Says

    A pair of medical service and insurance providers on Friday lost their Texas state appeals court bid to compel arbitration of a lawsuit brought by a patient who alleged the health care companies applied a fraudulent lien after she was treated following a car accident.

  • March 5, 2018

    Texas Hospital Must Face Claims Nurse Assaulted Patient

    A woman claiming she went to the emergency room for chest pains only to be molested and unnecessarily catheterized by a male nurse can pursue her civil case, a Texas appeals court has ruled, rejecting arguments that the patient’s expert reports were inadequate.

  • March 5, 2018

    PE-Backed Midstream Company Reaps $100M In Initial Equity

    Dallas-based Mettle Midstream Partners LLC, a newly founded independent midstream company, on Monday said it received a $100 million initial equity commitment from energy-focused private equity firms Natural Gas Partners and Pearl Energy Investments.

  • March 5, 2018

    High Court Says US Can Pursue NM Water-Sharing Claims

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said the federal government may pursue claims that New Mexico has violated a Rio Grande water-sharing deal by allowing its residents to siphon off more than their share of the water before it is delivered to Texas.

  • March 5, 2018

    Justices Pause 5th Circ. Arbitration Ruling In Antitrust Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay Friday that blocked a Fifth Circuit order allowing a dental supply distributor to continue with its antitrust suit against a competitor and several dental supply manufacturers despite an arbitration agreement, a decision that has been appealed to the high court.

  • March 2, 2018

    Texas Supreme Court Says Heavy Equipment Tax Law Legal

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed a lower court's ruling in a dispute over whether the state tax law uses an unconstitutional framework to value heavy equipment such as pipeline compressors, affirming the legality of the statute in question and potentially resolving hundreds of related cases.

  • March 2, 2018

    5th Circ. Lowers Bar To Review Benefits Claims Denials

    A majority of the full Fifth Circuit has adopted a lower standard for reviewing decisions by benefits plan administrators to deny coverage to workers, overturning a precedent that conditioned judges’ review power on whether an appeal turns on facts or plan interpretation.

  • March 2, 2018

    Texas Appeals Court Limits Discovery In NCAA CTE Suit

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association was partially successful in limiting the scope of discovery in a wrongful death suit brought by the widow of a former football player who died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, with a Texas appeals court saying Thursday that a trial court's order was overly broad in some respects.

  • March 2, 2018

    Exxon Wants To Probe Calif. Officials On Their Climate Suits

    Exxon told a Texas state court on Thursday that it should be able to take testimony from attorneys and California public officials it believes are leading a politically charged effort to squash the company’s free speech rights by suing the oil giant over its alleged climate change liability.

  • March 2, 2018

    FasciaBlaster Inventor Sanctioned In Failed Defamation Suit

    A state district judge in Houston has slapped the inventor of FasciaBlaster, a pronged massage stick, with more than $250,000 in sanctions and attorneys' fees after a defamation lawsuit she filed against a woman over Facebook posts critical of the product was dismissed under a state free speech law.

Expert Analysis

  • Texas Citizens Participation Act: A Broad Dismissal Tool

    Dale Wainwright

    The Texas Citizens Participation Act has been successfully employed as a motion to dismiss in a wide variety of cases, some of which are far removed from the constitutional-rights context mentioned in the act's purpose section. The Supreme Court of Texas may ultimately curtail the act, but until then, it is worth considering in most actions, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency


    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 3 Enforcement Priorities For State AGs In 2018

    Joe Jacquot

    State attorney general campaigns will be in full swing with 31 elections this year. In addition to three top substantive areas, campaign issues themselves will influence how state attorneys general prioritize enforcement, says Joe Jacquot, former chief deputy attorney general of Florida, now with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Why Physician Choice Matters In Medical Product Cases

    Luther Munford

    When the law addresses medical judgment directly, it allows room for reasonable physician choice. But a product liability suit over a design defect may not allow any such room. To protect physician choice, courts must resist turning product liability disputes into contests where reasonable physician choice has no place, says Luther Munford of Butler Snow LLP.

  • The Broader Implications Of Sessions’ Marijuana Move

    Markus Funk

    Beyond what it heralds for the marijuana industry, Jeff Sessions’ memo on marijuana enforcement signals a new era of increasingly decentralized federal prosecutorial power, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP, including former Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • Why Sales Rep Witness Tampering Accusations Matter

    Ryan O'Neil

    In two recent product liability trials, plaintiffs have alleged that witnesses were improperly contacted by pharmaceutical and medical device sales representatives. Such allegations can be damaging to a case and to attorney credibility, and can divert precious resources midtrial, while sidelining the actual products liability claims at issue, say Ryan O’Neil and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Rebuilding Texas: An Overview Of Public Procurement Issues


    Following Hurricane Harvey, the federal government committed substantial dollars toward reconstruction efforts in Texas. For members of the construction industry planning to engage in these public projects, there are important things to know about Texas public procurement law, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.