Texas

  • July 11, 2017

    The Firms Filing The Most Patent Cases

    The list of law firms that filed the most patent cases in the second quarter of 2017 includes several firms from Texas and Delaware, often representing patent owners in cases against big-name companies over computer technologies or branded drug companies taking on generics makers.

  • July 11, 2017

    Hicks Thomas Nabs Andrews Kurth Energy Trial Atty

    Hicks Thomas LLP announced Tuesday that it has hired away an experienced oil and gas trial attorney from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP who has joined the firm's Houston office as a partner.

  • July 11, 2017

    Judge Says BigCommerce Patent Suit Should Stay In EDTX

    An infringement suit over a website hosting patent that was filed just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision should remain in the Eastern District of Texas, a judge said, finding BigCommerce Inc. lost its chance to fight venue by not raising the issue in earlier filings.

  • July 11, 2017

    Blue Star Grabs Youth Sports Media Biz

    Sports technology and media company Blue Star Sports Inc. said Monday it has acquired Stack Media Inc., a content and media provider geared toward youth and amateur athletes, and picked up an investment from the NFL’s venture capital arm as Blue Star looks to grow its youth sports offerings.

  • July 11, 2017

    Texas Judge Orders Consumers, Credit Monitor To Arbitration

    A federal judge in Texas on Monday determined a group of consumers who filed suit against One Technologies LP alleging the company committed fraud by leading them to believe they were signing up for a free credit report then enrolling them in a paid credit monitoring service will have to arbitrate the claim.

  • July 11, 2017

    Govt. Settles Suit Over Botched Surgery At Army Hospital

    A Texas woman has settled her case against the government in Texas federal court alleging that a U.S. Army doctor botched her hysterectomy, perforating her rectum.

  • July 11, 2017

    Halcon Sells Oil Assets For $1.4B To Bruin E&P Partners

    Energy company Halcon Resources Corp. has entered into an agreement that will offload its Williston Basin assets in North Dakota to Bruin E&P Partners for $1.4 billion in cash, according to a Tuesday announcement that said the deal will help raise Halcon’s liquidity.

  • July 10, 2017

    McGuireWoods Adds Product Liability Litigator In Dallas

    McGuireWoods LLP has added a product liability and mass tort litigator with experience handling cases involving automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical manufacturers, the firm said Monday.

  • July 10, 2017

    HHS Wins Stay In Suit Challenging Transgender Bias Rule

    A Texas federal judge on Monday paused a legal challenge by Texas and several other states and medical groups to a regulation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity, while the agency re-evaluates the rule.

  • July 10, 2017

    Enbridge Says Consulting Co. Owes $2M For Shoddy Work

    Enbridge US Inc. has filed a breach of contract lawsuit in Harris County District Court against right-of-way and land management consulting company Contract Land Staff LLC, alleging its shoddy work in collecting and compiling land acquisition documents has cost it at least $2.15 million to clean up.

  • July 10, 2017

    Elliott Says It's Considering $9.3B Offer For Oncor

    Elliott Management Corp., the largest creditor of the bankrupt parent of Oncor Electric Delivery Co., has reportedly said it is in the process of making a $9.3 billion offer for the Texas utility, potentially topping a $9.1 billion offer from Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway.

  • July 10, 2017

    Cop Rips Into Twitter, Others In Suit Over Dallas Shooting

    A Dallas police sergeant asked a California federal judge on Friday not to toss his lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook and Google alleging the companies gave a platform to the terrorist organizations that radicalized the gunman who ambushed and killed five officers in July 2016, arguing the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act nullifies dismissal.

  • July 10, 2017

    Gardere Adds Energy Litigation Partner In Houston

    Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP has added an energy litigation partner in Houston from Strasburger & Price LLP who works with investors and private equity firms in a variety of trial and arbitration matters, the firm announced Thursday.

  • July 10, 2017

    McGuireWoods Adds International Arbitration Atty

    McGuireWoods LLP has picked up a former Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP attorney and ex-sportswriter to bolster its international arbitration practice in Texas, the firm announced on Monday.

  • July 10, 2017

    Texas Politico's Atty DQ'd Over Client Conflict

    A Texas federal magistrate judge on Monday said the lawyer representing state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, in a securities fraud case tied to a fracking sand company should be disqualified because of a client conflict, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed.

  • July 10, 2017

    American Airlines, Ex-Affiliate Agree To $22M ERISA Deal

    American Airlines Inc. and former affiliate American Beacon have agreed to pay $22 million to settle an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action alleging that the airline loaded a company 401(k) plan with mutual funds offered by American Beacon, according to a document filed on Friday in Texas federal court.

  • July 10, 2017

    5th Circ. To Review If Maritime Law Applies To Well Injury

    The Fifth Circuit agreed on Friday to review whether the involvement of a barge-mounted crane is sufficient to shift a case over an injury incurred during work on an offshore gas well from being governed by state to maritime law.

  • July 10, 2017

    Munck Wilson Acquires Boutique Firm To Bolster IP Group

    Texas law firm Munck Wilson Mandala LLP on Monday announced that it has bolstered its technology and intellectual property law practice with the acquisition of IP boutique Howison & Arnott LLP, bringing the firm’s total number of registered patent attorneys to 27.

  • July 10, 2017

    Apollo Scores Golf Club Operator In $1.1B Take-Private Deal

    Private equity giant Apollo Global Management LLC has agreed to buy golf club operator ClubCorp Holdings Inc. for roughly $1.1 billion, the companies said Monday, in a deal guided by respective legal advisers Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • July 7, 2017

    Sedgwick Closes Austin Office

    Sedgwick LLP has shuttered its Austin office, which was home to three lawyers and a paralegal, Chief Marketing Officer Maggie Watkins told Law360 on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • When 'I Pick, You Pick, They Pick' Goes Wrong

    Angela Zambrano Headshot.jpg

    In the “I pick, you pick, they pick” arbitration system, each party selects its own arbitrator, and those two arbitrators select a third. But the Texas Supreme Court's recent decision in Forest Oil v. El Rucio Land and Cattle demonstrates how this method can heighten rather than minimize the chance of an arbitral mistake, say Angela Zambrano and Robert Velevis of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • What Ill. Sanctuary City Bill Means For Local Gov'ts

    Marco Crocetti

    Last week the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Trust Act, a statewide sanctuary jurisdiction bill. If signed into law, it would have broad implications for the state's local governments and could play a role in the larger sanctuary discourse playing out in Congress, the executive branch and the federal courts, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Debating The Value Of Distributed Rooftop Solar

    Brad Thompson

    How much is solar power really worth? Although a seemingly simple question, it has a myriad of complex and sometimes conflicting responses that many regulators across the U.S. are trying to resolve, say Brad Thompson and Jessica Sabbath of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • How High Court Resolved The Service-By-Mail Circuit Split

    Victoria Dorfman

    In Water Splash Inc. v. Menon, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the Hague Convention does not preclude service by mail on defendants residing in foreign countries. Attorneys with Jones Day review how the court resolved this long-standing question for many jurisdictions.

  • Why Menchaca Changes Nothing For Appraisal Law

    Lindsey Bruning

    Some argued that the Texas Supreme Court's April decision in USAA v. Menchaca changed the landscape of Texas law regarding extracontractual liability in first-party insurance cases. However, a close reading of both the case and post-Menchaca case law confirms that appraisal law remains unaffected, say Lindsey Bruning and Tyler McGuire of Zelle LLP.

  • Measuring The Success Of Motions To Stay Pending IPR

    Jim Warriner

    A stay of district court litigation pending inter partes review is not a given. In this article, Jim Warriner of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP looks at three years of orders on contested motions to stay from the Northern District of California, the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas.

  • New Cases Test The Patent Venue Waters After TC Heartland

    Stephen Stout

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision has been widely hailed as ending the Eastern District of Texas’ run as the go-to patent venue for many plaintiffs, six new cases filed by Uniloc suggest that some businesses may continue to see cases filed against them there, says Stephen Stout of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Why Even Public Info Must Be Kept Private Under HIPAA

    Glory Francke

    A nonprofit health care system recently agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $2.4 million as part of a settlement over potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The lesson? Covered entities and business associates should educate their staff about what qualifies as protected health information, say attorneys with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.