A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday narrowly advanced President Donald Trump's controversial pick to lead the White House's Council on Environmental Quality in a party-line vote, but not before one Democratic senator said her nomination recalls the tale of a mad Roman emperor and his favorite horse.
U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has denied FedEx Corp.’s bid to move an Intellectual Ventures II LLC patent infringement case out of the Eastern District of Texas, saying the company forfeited its venue objections by “actively litigating” the case for months even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster patent venue decision.
A subsidiary of the medical technology giant Stryker Corp. told a Texas federal judge Tuesday that it has settled its suit against three Biomet Inc. affiliates alleging the affiliates pilfered its employees, customers and trade secrets, according to court filings.
Methodist Healthcare System Ltd. LLP told the Texas Supreme Court on Monday it should review decisions by a trial court and lower appellate court to affirm an arbitration award in favor of an ex-employee who alleged she was fired for discriminatory reasons because the arbitrator clearly acted outside his authority.
A Texas federal judge tossed with prejudice a woman's discrimination suit against General Motors LLC on Tuesday, saying he is “highly suspicious” of factual allegations that could be copies of those made by different plaintiffs in unrelated lawsuits against other companies.
A Texas family on Tuesday filed administrative claims alleging that the U.S. Air Force caused the deaths of nine of their relatives in a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by failing to report a former service member's domestic assault court-martial to a federal database.
The Fifth Circuit on Monday declined to revisit its October decision affirming dismissal of a medical malpractice suit brought by the widower of a woman who claimed a Dallas County hospital knew for years that a piece of a plastic catheter had been left inside her body after a heart procedure but didn’t tell her.
Avigilon Corp. asked a Texas federal judge Monday to dismiss or transfer to another court a patent lawsuit brought by Canon Inc. over surveillance video technology, arguing that it doesn’t have sufficient ties to the district because its office in Dallas was “all but closed” when the suit was filed.
An insurance company on Monday urged the Fifth Circuit to find it doesn’t have to provide liability coverage to a Texas shopping center landlord for failing to complete commercial lease negotiations with a new restaurant on time, arguing a lower court wrongly equated a right to occupy with occupancy itself.
Allergan Inc. was hit with a lawsuit on Monday by a proposed class of indirect purchasers who bought the dry-eye treatment Restasis at allegedly “supracompetitive prices,” saying the company entered into a deal with a Native American tribe to avoid patent invalidation.
The general counsel for the Texas governor’s office would be the next Texas Supreme Court justice if current Justice Don Willett is confirmed to a seat on the Fifth Circuit, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday.
A federal cyberstalking charge against a man who allegedly sent a seizure-inducing tweet to journalist Kurt Eichenwald has been shelved to allow Texas prosecutors to move forward with a related assault charge, according to Eichenwald’s attorney.
Civeo Corp., a global provider of workforce housing and facility management services, announced Monday it has reached a deal to acquire for $289 million Noralta Lodge Ltd., a company that specializes in providing lodging and other services to energy sector employees in Canada.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced on Monday that they are appealing a Texas federal court’s decision to invalidate the anti-inversion rule that sank a planned $160 billion merger between Pfizer Inc. and Irish counterpart Allergan PLC.
Federal prosecutors in Texas have wrapped up an investigation into whether a Johnson & Johnson unit sales representative tainted another witness’s testimony during a recently completed hip implant liability trial, in which the drugmaker was hit with a $247 million verdict, Johnson & Johnson said Monday.
A Texas appellate court has rejected an environmental scientist’s bid to sanction Range Resources Inc. $30 million for its filing of a previously dismissed defamation suit based on claims Range’s Barnett Shale fracking activities had contaminated a groundwater well.
Global investment firm Marlin Equity Partners has agreed to take Texas-based product ratings platform provider Bazaarvoice Inc. private in a deal worth roughly $521 million, the companies said Monday.
The U.S. has asked a Texas federal court to reverse a magistrate judge’s order for it to produce documents related to Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s $25 million tax refund suit, saying because the request seeks irrelevant information, the order would impose an unjustified burden and violate proportionality requirements.
A unanimous jury in Bexar County, Texas, found in favor of a woman injured in a car accident when an oilfield services company employee rear-ended her, awarding her a total of $45.3 million in damages, including $32.5 million in punitive damages.
Investors accusing Exxon Mobil Corp. of concealing its climate change knowledge said Tuesday that the company is glossing over clearly false and misleading statements it made over its climate change costs when it argued that their proposed class action parrots a politically motivated and "baseless" investigation pursued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
State attorneys general have worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, other federal agencies and each other to take on issues deemed to be the fallout of the financial crisis that started 10 years ago. But unlike the CFPB, the jurisdiction of which is limited, the AGs have assumed a wider reach, say former Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Michelle Rogers of Buckley Sandler LLP.
For government contractors, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will continue to cause delays, increases in costs, and material shortages and damage. Most contractors will be entitled to contract schedule relief. But they may not be entitled to additional compensation, say Jay DeVecchio and Lauren Horneffer of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.
For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas state and federal courts will have to tackle the question of whether landowners are entitled to compensation following the government's decision to open the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, causing some homes to be flooded, say attorneys with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.
The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in TC Heartland is rightly treated as having changed patent venue law, as illustrated by the Federal Circuit's recent Cray decision, says James Dabney, co-head of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s intellectual property practice group and counsel for TC Heartland.
It seems natural disasters have dominated the news in the past month, and employers have to know how far they must go to help during these difficult times. Questions about payment of wages, the Family and Medical Leave Act, accommodation for stress, and disaster-related health issues are just a few of the concerns employers must confront in the face of a storm or other major disruptive event, says Shira Yoshor of Greenberg Traurig LLP.