• March 14, 2017

    Camp Ducks Retaliation Claims In EEOC Pregnancy Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Monday trimmed an EEOC lawsuit accusing a religious summer camp and campsite of discriminating against a pregnant former employee who had diabetes.

  • March 14, 2017

    Southern Law Firms Targeted Most For Tie-Ups

    Of the 688 combinations involving a U.S. law firm completed over the past decade, more than a quarter involved a Southern law firm as the target for acquisition, a new report released Tuesday shows.

  • March 14, 2017

    Winston & Strawn Picks Up Weil Corporate Lawyer In Dallas

    Winston & Strawn LLP has added a former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP associate as a corporate partner focused on private equity companies to its Dallas office.

  • March 14, 2017

    NFL Online Media Arm Aims To Elude Streaming Patent Claims

    The NFL's online media arm on Monday urged a Texas federal court to toss most of the counts in a patent suit brought by a subsidiary of the Kudelski Group, arguing the asserted patents cover generic claims for processes commonly performed by humans.

  • March 14, 2017

    Blue Cross Can't Get New Trial In $26M Contract Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Monday rejected Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana’s request for judgment in its favor, reconsideration or a new trial in a $26 million contract suit brought by Encompass Office Solutions over the insurer’s alleged anti-competitive actions and refusal to cover insurance claims.

  • March 14, 2017

    Hunt Wants Arbitration Bid Nixed In $27M Hotel Delay Suit

    Hunt Construction Group Inc. asked a Texas federal judge to dismiss arbitration proceedings initiated by Cobb Mechanical Contractors in a dispute where Hunt is seeking $27 million for Cobb's failure to fulfill the terms of a contract to build the Fairmont Hotel in Austin, arguing there was no agreement to arbitrate.

  • March 14, 2017

    Euronet Lobs $1B Competing Bid For MoneyGram

    Electronics payment company Euronet unveiled a $1 billion takeover offer Tuesday for MoneyGram, potentially setting up a bidding war for the money transfer company, which agreed to an $880 million buyout offer from Ant Financial earlier this year.

  • March 14, 2017

    Split Texas Appellate Court Nixes Cop's Whistleblower Suit

    A split Texas appellate court on Tuesday sided with the city of Southside Place in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former police detective there who claimed he was fired after exposing a ticket quota scandal, upholding a trial court's decision to dismiss his claims because he actually resigned.

  • March 14, 2017

    5th Circ. Upholds Houston Doctor's Fraud Conviction

    The Fifth Circuit has upheld a Houston doctor’s health care fraud conviction, finding that the government sufficiently proved she should have known illegal activity was taking place at her office but deliberately chose not to know.

  • March 14, 2017

    5th Circ. Affirms Nix Of Suit Over IRS Foreign Account Penalty

    A dual U.S.-Swiss citizen who failed to disclose his foreign bank account to the Internal Revenue Service may have to face a potential tax penalty of $1.4 million after the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that he lacked standing to sue the IRS.

  • March 14, 2017

    Photog Sues Over Famed Image Of Baseball Fight

    A Dallas sports photographer is suing over unauthorized copies of a widely distributed image of Texas Rangers baseball player Rougned Odor and his infamous punch to the face of Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • March 14, 2017

    NGP Leads $254M Investment In New Mineral Royalty Co.

    Luxe Minerals LLC, a newly formed company seeking to acquire mineral and royalty interests in targeted basins across the U.S., said Monday that it has raised $254 million, led by private equity firm Natural Gas Partners.

  • March 13, 2017

    Texas AG Paxton Slams Bid To Pause Securities Trial

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday hit back at a recent bid made by special prosecutors to delay a spring trial to determine whether he committed securities fraud by soliciting investments for a tech startup, saying the request violates his right to a speedy trial.

  • March 13, 2017

    Valero Gets Corpus Christi Water Litigation Moved To MDL

    The Texas Multidistrict Litigation Panel on Friday ordered cases against Valero Energy Corp. alleging potential contamination of drinking water in Corpus Christi, Texas, be consolidated for pretrial proceedings.

  • March 13, 2017

    In-House IP Pro Joins Dykema Cox Smith In San Antonio

    Dykema Cox Smith announced last week that it had hired away a veteran intellectual property attorney from cloud computing service company Rackspace and that he had joined the firm's San Antonio office as senior counsel, where he will focus his practice on the tech industry.

  • March 13, 2017

    NM High Court Applies Texas Law, Cuts Doctor From Suit

    The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower appellate and trial court decision and dismissed a Texas doctor from a medical malpractice suit filed there, holding that Texas law, which would call for dismissal, should be applied in the case rather than New Mexico law, under which the suit could proceed.

  • March 13, 2017

    Baker Botts Picks Up Energy, Construction Atty In Austin

    Baker Botts LLP announced they had hired a lawyer with a long record of litigation experience who specializes in representing electric utilities before Texas energy regulatory agencies as a partner in the firm's Austin office, where she will be part of its global projects practice.

  • March 13, 2017

    Texas Justices To Weigh Heavy Equipment Tax Law Challenge

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to resolve a split among lower Texas courts on whether a state tax law uses an unconstitutional framework to value heavy equipment like pipeline compressors.

  • March 13, 2017

    Tribe Says E-Bingo Not Prohibited At East Texas Facility

    The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas urged a federal judge Friday to reject the state's bid to find the tribe in contempt of a court order preventing it from conducting gambling games, saying the electronic bingo the tribe is now offering isn’t covered by the order.

  • March 13, 2017

    Houston’s CityCentre Retail Gets $65M In Financing

    Houston’s CityCentre, a 47-acre mixed-use development that replaces a failing mall, has received $65 million in interim financing for a 307,509-square-foot retail component, borrower-side broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP said on Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Post-Spokeo Issues Emerge In The 5th Circ.

    Christopher Chorba

    Although the Fifth Circuit and its district courts have addressed Spokeo issues numerous times since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision, Spokeo’s future in the Fifth Circuit remains unclear. Recent opinions underscore that litigants should be prepared to argue not only about Spokeo’s significance for pre-existing case law, but also the scope of its applicability, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Final Face-Off For The Future Of Employment Class Waivers

    John B. Lewis

    For five years, employers and the National Labor Relations Board have battled over the impact of class and collective action waivers in arbitration agreements. But the U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments on the issue and its resolution of the conflict will have profound implications for employers nationwide, say John Lewis and Dustin Dow of BakerHostetler.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • Letters Of Intent: Avoiding Common Problem Areas

    Michael J. Mazzone

    Letters of intent are often used during negotiations for both large and small transactions, but they can be problematic if not properly utilized. Attorneys with Haynes and Boone LLP break down recent court cases on this subject, highlighting key problem areas and takeaways.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Inside Northern District Of California's New Patent Rules

    Sruli Yellin

    While the recent revisions to the Northern District of California's influential patent local rules provide for several small tweaks to the rules governing disclosure of infringement contentions and invalidity contentions, the most notable and significant changes impact damages discovery and the disclosure of damages theories and positions, says Sruli Yellin of Fisch Sigler LLP.

  • When Smartphones Get The Blame For Driver Distraction

    Freddy Fonseca

    In Modisette v. Apple, the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California, must decide whether a smartphone manufacturer has a duty to protect the public by preventing the use of certain applications while driving. But the plaintiffs — who allege that Apple's iPhone was defective because the company failed to implement a patented "lock out" feature — face an uphill legal battle, says Freddy Fonseca of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Sue-per Bowl Shuffle: The Year In NFL IP Litigation — Part 2

    David Kluft

    Although NFL ratings may be down a bit this year, intellectual property lawsuits related to the NFL most certainly are not, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Gorsuch And The Future Of Class Action Waivers

    Ron Chapman Jr.

    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon consider whether the National Labor Relations Board can ban class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. Assuming President Donald Trump's high court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is confirmed and participates in these cases, he could cast the deciding vote and break the five-year deadlock on the contentious issue, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.