Texas

  • April 10, 2017

    Fugitive Ex-Mexican Gov. Facing US Fraud Charges Arrested

    A former governor of a Mexican border state was arrested in Italy on Sunday nearly four years after a U.S. federal judge signed a warrant for his arrest on bank fraud charges tied to Texas real estate buys allegedly funded by drug money.

  • April 10, 2017

    Wind Farm Cos.’ Tax Liability Wrongly Assessed, Court Says

    A set of contracts regarding how much each member of a group of wind farm managers was to pay a local school district in taxes was improperly interpreted, a Texas appeals court ruled Friday, finding the latest power production data had to be used to determine the payment share.

  • April 10, 2017

    5 Cos. Expand IPO Pipeline With New Filings Exceeding $400M

    A real estate investment trust, homebuilder, two biotech companies and a bank have filed for initial public offerings since Thursday, bolstering a rapidly growing IPO pipeline, with preliminary fundraising targets that are expected to surpass $400 million.

  • April 10, 2017

    Teladoc, Texas Board Want More Time To Solve Antitrust Suit

    A remote medical care provider and the Texas Medical Board, which have been feuding over a state rule requiring doctors to see patients face to face before providing services, has asked a Texas federal court to grant one more stay of the suit.

  • April 10, 2017

    Exco Selling $300M In Oil And Gas Properties To Venado Unit

    Exco Resources Inc. is selling $300 million worth of oil and natural gas properties and surface acreage in South Texas to a Venado Oil & Gas LLC subsidiary, Exco announced Monday.

  • April 10, 2017

    AT&T Inks $1.6B Deal For Straight Path Communications

    AT&T Inc. will pick up Straight Path Communications Inc. and its portfolio of 28- and 39-gigahertz millimeter wave spectrum for $1.6 billion, according to a Monday announcement, in a deal that follows Straight Path's decision earlier this year to weigh its strategic alternatives.

  • April 10, 2017

    Ex-Rep. Stockman Pleads Not Guilty In Donation Theft Suit

    Former U.S. Congressman Stephen Stockman told a Houston court on Monday that he was not guilty of illegally funneling charitable donations to his campaign.

  • April 7, 2017

    Texas College Can Argue Info Release Would Violate Privacy

    A Texas appellate court decided on Friday to revive a lawsuit that was brought by The University of Texas System against Attorney General Ken Paxton over his decision that the identities of human research subjects were releasable, holding there was a fact issue over whether the release would be a violation of privacy. 

  • April 7, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Jones Day, Weil, Paul

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, British American Tobacco and Qualcomm Inc. cleared regulatory hurdles for acquisitions valued at $49 billion and $37.7 billion, respectively, and 7-Eleven inked a deal to pick up a portfolio of stores from Sunoco LP for $3.3 billion.

  • April 7, 2017

    Glenn Beck Hit With Suit Over Lahren Ouster

    Glenn Beck and his news outlet TheBlaze Inc. were hit with a lawsuit in Texas on Thursday by commentator Tomi Lahren, who said she was unfairly yanked from the air and blocked from her own social media accounts after the conservative pundit said publicly she was pro-choice.

  • April 7, 2017

    Texas High Court Pens New Rules In USAA, Policyholder Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new trial for a USAA Lloyds Texas policyholder who accuses the insurer of acting in bad faith by refusing to investigate damage from Hurricane Ike and wants to recoup damages despite a jury finding USAA did not breach the policy, in a ruling that also aims to clear up confusion over contractual disputes by setting out new rules.

  • April 7, 2017

    Texas Billionaire Hit With $18.4M Verdict In Oilfield Co. Row

    A panel of jurors in Grayson County, Texas, on Wednesday awarded $18.4 million to the former owner of Yellowjacket Oilfield Services LLC, finding he hadn't misrepresented the value of his company or defrauded billionaire Lacy Harber and his company in deals surrounding the purchase of the oilfield services company.

  • April 7, 2017

    High Court Asked To Wipe Out Houston Hospital's Immunity

    A state’s sovereign immunity can’t bar a federal claim under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act against a hospital that receives funding under the law, the family of an MD Anderson Cancer Center patient who died has argued to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • April 7, 2017

    Cellphone Chip Patent Veteran Joins McGuireWoods

    An intellectual property lawyer with expertise in microprocessor patent disputes for clients such as Motorola Mobility and ARM Inc. has joined McGuireWoods LLP in Houston, the firm said.

  • April 7, 2017

    Yahoo, EBay, Others Sued For Infringing E-Commerce Patent

    Patent holder Product Association Technologies has sued Yahoo, eBay and others in the Eastern District of Texas for allegedly infringing its patent for an online shopping portal system.

  • April 7, 2017

    Texas Bill May Fix Cos.' Unequal Footing In Atty Fee Fights

    The Texas Senate is poised to consider a proposal to expand when attorneys’ fees are recoverable in commercial contract disputes in a bill that lawyers say would level the playing ground for all types of business entities in the wake of court decisions that have barred recouping those litigation expenses from partnerships.

  • April 7, 2017

    DLA Piper Picks Up Baker McKenzie Tax Partner In Austin

    DLA Piper has added a former Baker McKenzie LLP partner to its Austin office who advises U.S. multinational clients and foreign clients on tax planning often tied to complex cross-border transactions, the firm announced.

  • April 7, 2017

    Ruling Puts FERC Enforcement Bid In Court, 5th Circ. Told

    A Total SA unit told the Fifth Circuit on Thursday that a California federal judge's recent ruling that a civil case was necessary to enforce electricity market manipulation penalties against Barclays PLC bolsters its argument that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can't unilaterally impose natural gas market manipulation penalties.

  • April 6, 2017

    Law Firm Must Face Ex-Partner’s Tax Fraud Claims In Ill.

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday declined to toss a suit against an Illinois law firm accused of altering the compensation of a former junior partner on a 1099 form to harass and harm him, instead granting a bid to send the suit to Illinois, finding a related action there warrants transfer.

  • April 6, 2017

    McDermott Nabs Litigation Partner In Dallas From DLA Piper

    McDermott Will & Emery continues to grow its global litigation practice group with the hiring of a former DLA Piper managing partner who has extensive experience handling complex commercial disputes with an emphasis in recent years on antitrust work and healthcare and life sciences companies.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Who Would Face Liability For Oroville Dam Management?

    Brett Moore

    The Butte County, California, sheriff recently ordered the evacuation of more than 180,000 people in the communities surrounding the Oroville Dam after officials spotted severe erosion in its emergency spillway. Although other avenues may exist to pursue liability against the agencies involved in management of the facilities, those agencies might avoid state tort liability on preemption grounds, says Brett Moore of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • A Reprieve From The Deluge Of Hail Litigation In Texas

    James W. Holbrook

    The Texas Fourth Court of Appeals' ruling in Garcia v. State Farm is a definitive answer to one question commonly presented in hail disputes, holding that an insurer's payment of an appraisal award generally insulates the insurer from liability. This raises some ethical concerns, as hail lawyers continue to sign up insureds on a 40 percent contingency fee basis while knowing that their clients' disputes will likely be resolved by s... (continued)

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • Legal Pot Industry Bugged By Lack Of Pesticide Guidance

    Telisport W. Putsavage

    Marijuana cultivation suffers from the same pest and disease pressure as any large commercial greenhouse operation. However, the circumstance unique to this setting is that any use of a pesticide in the cultivation of marijuana is a violation of federal law, says Telisport Putsavage of Putsavage PLLC.

  • Texas' Secret Weapon To Keep Ex-Employees Honest

    Arthur V. Lambert

    Many employers believe expensive litigation is their only option when an employee defects to a competitor or takes off with proprietary company information. However, small- and mid-sized companies may be best suited to leverage Rule 202 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure because it allows them to investigate possible trade secret claims before filing a lawsuit, says Arthur Lambert of Fisher Phillips.

  • Trump’s Enviro Law Impact May Not Be What Many Anticipate

    Lester Sotsky

    Many posit a material decline in environmental enforcement and a retrenchment or reversal of environmental regulatory initiatives in the new Trump administration. We expect three concrete areas where activism and activity will be on the rise during this time, targeting a variety of environmental, public health and liability issues of considerable potential consequences, say Lester Sotsky and Andy Wang of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.