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Texas

  • July 30, 2018

    Texas Shipper Buys Plant For $15M In Gas Gathering Dispute

    A settlement Monday ended a Texas state court trial over a natural gas gathering and processing dispute in which Badger Midstream Energy LP accused Scout Energy Group III LP of surreptitiously taking about $20 million worth of product from the pipeline stream, with Scout agreeing to purchase Badger's processing plant for $15 million.

  • July 30, 2018

    Houston Firm Asks Court To End Dead Firefighter Benefit Row

    Houston law firm The Hall Law Group PLLC has filed a lawsuit asking a Harris County district court judge to settle a dispute between the mother of a firefighter killed in the line of duty in 2013 and the city of Houston over $302,404 in benefits paid following his death.

  • July 30, 2018

    Contractor Owes $2M From Renovation, Condo Owner Says

    The owner of a luxury condominium development in Houston has launched a $2 million lawsuit in Texas federal court against the contractor hired to renovate the property, saying the company failed to complete the project on time and billed for work already included in the building contract.

  • July 30, 2018

    Estes Thorne Lures Back Ex-Dallas Hospital GC

    Dallas-based Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC has announced that a health care attorney and former hospital general counsel has rejoined the firm as a partner in its health care regulatory compliance practice group.

  • July 30, 2018

    4 Firms Steer Williams’ Multibillion-Dollar Day Of Deals

    The Williams Cos. Inc. on Monday announced two deals totaling $2.325 billion, including the acquisition of an oil and natural gas gathering and processing services provider in tandem with private equity firm KKR & Co. LP, in deals guided by Vinson & Elkins LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • July 30, 2018

    Akerman Adds Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity Pro

    Akerman LLP has hired a Greenberg Traurig shareholder to the firm’s national consumer financial services practice group, where she will serve as co-chair of Akerman’s privacy, cybersecurity and emerging technologies team, the firm said Friday.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    BHP Deals US Shale Assets To BP, Merit For $10.8B

    BHP Billiton LLP on Friday said it will step away from its onshore oil and gas assets in U.S. shale basins in separate sales with subsidiaries of BP and Merit Energy Co., dealing the businesses nearly a year after the Australian energy giant said it was looking to exit the underperforming business.

  • July 27, 2018

    Jet Co. Can Bring Claim Against Texas City In Hangar Row

    Laredo Jet Center LLC does not have to vacate the space it was leasing at the city of Laredo's airport, a Texas appellate court has held in partially reversing a trial court's ruling in the contract dispute between the city and the jet services company.

  • July 27, 2018

    Texas Court Won't Split $580M Pension Suit Over Bad Advice

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to split up a $580 million fight involving the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, denying a request lodged by investment consulting firm The Townsend Group LLC in May to separate the claims against it and its former outside general counsel. 

  • July 27, 2018

    Texas Property Owner Says State Auto Welched On $22M Plan

    The owner of several Texas strip malls has accused State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. in Texas federal court of refusing to pay out damage claims from Hurricane Harvey despite coverage plans for windstorm damage totaling $22 million.

  • July 27, 2018

    Atlanta Rapper Can’t Dodge Texas Contract Breach Lawsuit

    A Texas appeals court has ruled that an Atlanta rapper can’t avoid a lawsuit in Texas court claiming he breached a contract with his production company, saying he waived his right to challenge its jurisdiction over him when he filed his answer to the suit.

  • July 27, 2018

    Baylor Says Attys Have 'Alternate Agenda' For Seeking Docs

    Baylor University urged a Texas federal court to deny a motion to compel production of documents related to its former athletic director, saying opposing attorneys in a suit over the school’s handling of sexual assault have an “alternate agenda” in seeking the documents.

  • July 26, 2018

    Texas Power Agency's $1.8M Win Against Lawyer Will Stand

    A Texas power authority's mixed $1.8 million win at trial against its longtime lawyer can't be increased, a state appeals court ruled Thursday, refusing to intercept tens of millions of dollars the lawyer will reap from deals that the utility claims were duplicitous.

  • July 26, 2018

    Texas Plant To Pay $3.5M To Settle Enviros' Emissions Suit

    Pasadena Refining System Inc. has agreed to pay $3,525,000 and make pollution reduction upgrades at its petroleum refinery in Texas to settle Environment Texas and the Sierra Club's lawsuit alleging it exceeded emission limits at the facility, according to a deal the parties proposed Thursday.

  • July 26, 2018

    Texas Doc’s Misspelled Name Dooms Med Mal Suit

    A Texas doctor whose name was misspelled in a medical malpractice suit lodged in connection with a heart surgery patient’s death was properly cut loose from the case since the doctor wasn’t timely served with the original lawsuit, a Texas appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • July 26, 2018

    Daewoo Urges 5th Circ. To Rehear Iron Shipment Seizure Row

    POSCO Daewoo Corp. urged the entire Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider whether it can seize an iron shipment as security before arbitrating a contract dispute with an English shipper, saying an earlier panel ruling answering that question in the negative “undermines arbitration throughout the U.S.”

  • July 26, 2018

    Factory Dust System Makers Can't Ditch $33M Injury Verdict

    A Texas state court judge has rejected a bid to upset a $33 million jury verdict against two companies that made components of a Georgia Pacific wood processing facility’s dust collection system, entering judgment for a worker who was burned in a fire at the plant.

  • July 26, 2018

    Court Reverses Doctor's Loss Over Employment Contract

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday reversed Texas Inpatient Consultants LLP's win in an employment contract dispute with a prospective physician, holding that it failed to establish that the doctor — who terminated the contract before the partnership obtained his necessary credentials — had liability under their agreement.

  • July 26, 2018

    Feds Knock Texas Doc’s Bid To Torpedo $240M Fraud Case

    The federal government has urged a Texas federal court to reject a series of pretrial motions made by a doctor accused of running a $240 million health care fraud scheme, saying the doctor has no basis to argue the government’s indictment wasn’t specific enough or was time-barred.

Expert Analysis

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Defining A Shareholder's Bankruptcy Veto Power

    Sarah Borders

    The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Franchise Services of North America should give comfort to investors that seek to negotiate consent rights with respect to a bankruptcy filing. The fact that an investor also holds a claim against the company will not, in and of itself, invalidate a bankruptcy consent provision, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Why Fossil Fuel Generation Facilities May Be Overvalued

    Mark Lansing

    As renewable energy and energy storage drive electricity prices down, generation revenues should further decline, which should lower the valuation of coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants. Yet assessments of fossil fuel generation assets have generally remained steady, suggesting they are being significantly overvalued, says Mark Lansing of Dickinson Wright PLLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • States' Crypto Enforcement Onslaught Has Only Just Begun

    John Reed Stark

    It should come as no surprise that state securities administrators have boosted their cryptocurrency enforcement efforts. Because while cryptocurrency promoters can find easy prey in today’s excitable retail investor marketplace, initial coin offerings and digital trading platforms are also easy to surveil and easy to charge, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Marine Businesses, Get Ready For Hurricane Season

    Matthew Guy

    Hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The start of the season is a good time for vessel owners, shipyards, marinas, other marine businesses and their insurers to consider the risks, and make sure they have plans already in place when a storm approaches, says Matthew Guy of Adams and Reese LLP.

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.