A Texas federal judge on Monday shut down a Dallas-area doctor and two home health agency owners’ bids to escape their convictions for running a $374 million Medicare billing fraud ring, ruling there was sufficient evidence backing the jury’s decision.
The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday declined to rehear a case in which it affirmed that Sprint must pay local CenturyLink Inc. units about $12.5 million in access fees after Sprint cut the rates it paid and argued that it shouldn’t have to pay tariffs for connecting Voice over Internet Protocol customers with traditional landlines.
Baxter Oil Service Ltd. can't duck an order from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality related to the cleanup of the Voda Petroleum State Superfund site after a Texas appellate court on Monday rejected its argument that the order violated due process by not providing notice it could appeal.
A Chinese petroleum company urged a Texas federal judge Tuesday to toss a consulting firm’s suit over unpaid invoices related to the $775 million sale of certain BP PLC assets, arguing that the court does not have jurisdiction over the dispute, which is currently in arbitration.
A Texas appeals court on Monday found a lower court erred when it refused to toss Securus Technologies Inc.’s defamation suit that accused Global Tel*Link of orchestrating a smear campaign amid an ongoing patent battle between the rival prison telecommunications providers.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP isn't subject to Texas jurisdiction in a suit brought by former client Millennium Chemicals Inc. alleging it gave flawed advice on a tax-sharing agreement, a Texas appellate court held Monday.
ETC Global Group, a brokerage and clearing services provider based in Los Angeles and Toronto, has received a $68 million capital injection from private equity investors Cerberus Capital Management LP and Quantlab Investments LLC, according to a Tuesday statement.
An attorney experienced in handling trials and appeals, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Brunei under President George H.W. Bush, has joined Chaffe McCall as senior counsel in its New Orleans and Houston offices.
A Texas pipeline company operated by Energy Transfer Partners told the D.C. Circuit Monday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was right when it concentrated its review on a small portion of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline system, arguing an environmental group’s objections should have been raised earlier.
A putative class action brought by Chipotle employees in New Jersey alleging that they are owed overtime under U.S. Department of Labor regulations that were enjoined in November merits a contempt finding against the workers’ counsel, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. told a Texas federal judge on Tuesday.
A Texas federal court on Monday said investors who bought stock in a since-failed biotech company could not force Jefferies LLC into arbitration, because the shareholders bought stock from other entities and were not Jefferies’ customers.
Nevada told the Fifth Circuit on Monday that it should not allow Texas to force a decision on a nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, because it doesn't have standing to do so and is attempting to short-cut congress and the administration of President Donald Trump in the process.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a Texas federal judge Tuesday that the court shouldn't reconsider its emergency restraining order temporarily freezing the assets of multiple conspirators accused of running a phony mortgage investment scheme that took in $23 million but never invested money in mortgages.
Two charity workers and a clergyman embroiled in a whistleblower lawsuit accusing them and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders of violating the False Claims Act by filing bogus claims for his charter school sought an exit in Texas federal court Sunday, arguing the accusations come from public sources.
A Texas federal judge said Monday he was correct to impose a nearly $20 million civil penalty on Exxon Mobil Corp. over allegations brought by environmental groups including Sierra Club that it improperly emitted millions of pounds of air pollution from a complex in Texas, ruling that the company should have voiced objections sooner and that penalties were correctly tied to Clean Air Act violations.
The Fifth Circuit freed Nationwide on Monday from defending a chiropractor in a lawsuit alleging it impermissibly used soft tissue massage techniques and trademarks, rejecting the chiropractor's claims that the suit should be covered under its policy covering advertising injuries.
A half-dozen of Houston’s top lawyers were among the dozens of oil, finance and other executives who on Monday told the Texas governor a proposed “bathroom bill” that would bar transgender people from using a bathroom of their choice would hurt the state’s economy.
A Latino civil rights group slammed Texas on Friday for attempting to pause and potentially shift a suit's focus from fighting the Obama administration’s 2014 executive action expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to instead going after the program entirely, arguing that the now-rescinded action leaves the state without a case.
The Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed the dismissal of a suit against a Talos Energy LLC unit brought by a woman whose husband was killed while working for a contractor on the decommissioning of an offshore rig, holding that the Talos unit isn't liable for the contractor's negligent actions.
A $100 million settlement between Halliburton Co. and disgruntled investors that awards one-third of the amount to class counsel is fair and reasonable, a Texas federal judge found Monday.
These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.
With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.
Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.
Many questions about the Texas Defamation Mitigation Act remain. But one thing is certain — the 90-day and one-year deadline can fundamentally alter the value of any defamation case, say Ethan Gibson and Nick Brown of Fulkerson Lotz LLP.
The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
One year ago the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decisively rejected the widespread anti-choice tactic of restricting women’s reproductive rights with sham legislation. A new lawsuit recently filed in Louisiana reveals exactly why that ruling is the most important decision on abortion rights in a generation, says Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.
Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.
The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.