I have never lost my passion for politics and remain committed both on a national and local level to help elect lawmakers who want to protect the constitutional right to trial by jury, says Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue.
A Houston OB-GYN has filed a $1 million suit against his hospital and two of its officials in Texas state court, claiming the hospital demoted him as retaliation after he raised an alarm about a proposed hospital policy to record all phone conversations without the consent of patients or staff.
A Fifth Circuit panel on Thursday rejected a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s power to use the Natural Gas Act to impose fines, ruling that Total Gas & Power North America Inc.’s objection to the commission’s authority to penalize it over alleged market manipulation was not ripe.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday held that while an expert report submitted in a lawsuit accusing a hospital of causing a pregnant patient's death was insufficient to allow the lawsuit to proceed, the trial court must be given an opportunity to consider granting an extension to amend the report.
Former football players for the University of Tulsa hit the school, Conference USA and the NCAA with a proposed class action Thursday in Texas federal court, accusing the trio of letting them suffer repeated traumatic head injuries without proper medical care despite understanding the serious long-term repercussions.
A Texas appeals court on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing a doctor of botching a man’s back surgery, saying the patient’s presuit notification to the doctor was not sufficient to halt the running clock on the medical negligence claims.
Turn-Key Specialists, an engineering and construction firm for midstream energy companies, filed suit in Houston on Wednesday against two former employees, a former client and a competing company started by ex-employees, alleging they stole “several million dollars worth” of proprietary information.
Exco Resources Inc. sued a Chesapeake Energy Corp. unit this week, claiming Chesapeake is interfering with Exco’s planned $300 million sale of oil and gas assets in South Texas because it wants to renegotiate a gas sales contract with one of Exco’s affiliates.
A Houston-area nightclub on Wednesday lost its bid to overturn a $139,366 default judgment entered against it in an employment discrimination case after its attorney missed a status conference, because it failed to timely file a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
A Texas state court jury on Wednesday found a Houston-area attorney liable for more than $25 million in civil penalties for deceptive trade practices in the course of his debt collection and enforcement business, the Texas Attorney General’s office confirmed.
Medical and physical therapy provider Union Treatment Center has agreed to pay the government $3 million to settle allegations it ran a scheme to defraud the federal workers' compensation program, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
TPG Pace Holdings Corp., a blank check company backed by private equity firm TPG, filed plans Wednesday for a $400 million initial public offering advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, saying it will pursue an acquisition in industries reflecting its management’s expertise such as media and technology.
A Texas federal judge has ordered a company that compiles personal public records to turn over unspecified information sought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as part of an investigation into possible violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act by consumer reporting agencies.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas on Wednesday stood by its recent decision to reject NextEra Energy Inc.'s $12.2 billion plan to purchase Oncor Electricity Delivery, the state’s largest utility, saying the proposed transaction was not in the public interest.
Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday rejected a bid from special prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Attorney General Ken Paxton to reverse a lower court’s order putting a new trial judge in charge of the case following a venue change.
Several doctors indicted in connection with an alleged $40 million patient referral kickback scheme have asked a Texas federal court to dismiss charges brought against them under a law they say was never intended for use in health care fraud enforcement.
Both Eni US Operating Co. and Transocean Deepwater Drilling Inc. told a federal judge in Houston during opening statements Wednesday in a contract dispute over a deep-water drilling rig ship that the other party was responsible for the breach and owes millions as a result.
The U.S. Department of Justice told the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday that a Texas federal judge erred in finding time-barred its claims that two coal-fired power plants affiliated with Energy Future Holdings Corp. violated the Clean Air Act by undertaking major modifications without following required protocols.
A Texas assistant attorney general who took a leading role in the blockbuster e-book price-fixing case against Apple is set to leave the state prosecutor Friday to join embattled ride-hailing giant Uber as senior litigation counsel for antitrust and competition matters.
In response to a Texas law that the head of the American Immigration Lawyers Association says undermines due process and scapegoats immigrants, the group is canceling its plans to hold its 2018 annual conference in the state, it announced Wednesday.
A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.
Lone Pine orders require plaintiffs to provide some prima facie evidence to support causation or other claims based on expert opinion. Such orders do not require plaintiffs to prove their case — only to demonstrate that they have one. Some examples from recent litigation illustrate how Lone Pine orders can benefit both sides, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
The threat that abortion will become illegal again by overturning Roe v. Wade has been a blockbuster campaign slogan in presidential elections for the last 40 years. Like most campaign rhetoric, this threat is not based in reality, says Donald Scarinci, managing partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.
Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.
It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.
The discovery demand for the entire underwriter's file for underwriting a policy has become far too common in the realm of insurance coverage litigation. This request must be carefully considered and analyzed by insurers to determine whether the production is appropriate, and the extent to which any production should be limited, says Victoria Vish of Zelle LLP.
While it might seem that the new regional polarization over immigration and sanctuary cities may be driving us further away from achieving a national consensus on immigration, it may actually be beneficial to facilitating a unique outcome that can finally create bipartisan progress on immigration reform, says Leon Fresco of Holland & Knight LLP.
Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.
The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Markle Interests v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the dissent from denial of en banc review, involve a recurring conflict between the extent of judicial review and the proper deference to be given to agency action, says Shawn Welch of Holland & Hart LLP.
What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.