Texas

  • August 1, 2017

    Texas Fraudsters Can't Slip $374M Medicare Scam Convictions

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    5th Circ. Won't Redo $12.5M Access Fee Ruling Against Sprint

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Fuel Broker Can't Avoid Texas Superfund Cleanup Order

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Chinese Co. Moves To Dodge Suit Over $775M BP Asset Sale

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Global Tel*Link Gets Patent Smear Campaign Suit Tossed

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Fried Frank Ex-Client Can't Sue In Texas Over Tax Advice

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    ETC Inks $68M Financing Agreement With PE Investors

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Former Ambassador To Brunei Joins Chaffe McCall

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Texas Pipeline Co. Asks DC Circ. To Affirm FERC Approval

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Chipotle Seeks Contempt Order Over DOL Overtime Rule Suit

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Jefferies Dodges Arbitration With Biotech Investors

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Texas Can't Force Yucca Mountain Decision, Nev. Says

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    SEC Battles For Asset Freeze In $23M Mortgage Fraud Suit

    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.

  • August 1, 2017

    Charity Workers Want Out Of Deion Sanders FCA Suit

    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.

  • July 31, 2017

    Texas Judge Won't Cut Exxon's $20M Clean Air Act Penalty

    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.

  • July 31, 2017

    Ad Liability Insurance Can't Cover IP Theft Suit, 5th Circ. Says

    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.

  • July 31, 2017

    Texas BigLaw Leaders Line Up Against State 'Bathroom Bill'

    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.

  • July 31, 2017

    Latino Group Slams Texas' Threat To Alter DACA Suit

    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.

  • July 31, 2017

    5th Circ. Clears Offshore Rig Operator In Worker Death Suit

    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.

  • July 31, 2017

    Texas Judge Greenlights $100M Halliburton Class Settlement

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    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.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    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.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    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.

  • A Case Killer Lurks In The Texas Defamation Mitigation Act

    Ethan Gibson

    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.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    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.

  • Opinion

    Why Whole Woman’s Health Still Matters 1 Year Later

    Nancy Northup

    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.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    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.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    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.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    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.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    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.