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Texas

  • July 25, 2018

    Bracewell Partner Named GC For Texas Gov.

    A partner at Bracewell LLP in Houston has been named general counsel to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the governor's office announced Wednesday.

  • July 25, 2018

    Toyota Can’t Protect Documents From Seat-Design Trial

    A Texas appeals court on Tuesday rejected Toyota’s bid to undo a trial court’s decision to admit allegedly privileged documents into a suit accusing the automaker of designing defective front seats that collapsed during a crash, severely injuring children in the backseat.

  • July 25, 2018

    Deported Seismic Consultant Settles With Immigration Firm

    A South African seismic consultant in the energy industry came to a settlement with Houston-based immigration law firm Foster LLP over a suit alleging the law firm had cost the consultant permanent resident status in the United States.

  • July 25, 2018

    Chevron Raises Bribe Claims Before Ex-Worker's Sentencing

    Chevron Corp. urged a Houston federal judge on Tuesday to consider kickback allegations that prosecutors have agreed to drop against a former Chevron employee when sentencing him on a related tax charge to which he has agreed to plead guilty.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Texas Judge Won't Toss Indian Child Welfare Act Challenge

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday denied bids to toss a suit from various states and some foster families challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act, finding that, among other things, the individual people who brought the suit "met the constitutional and prudential standing requirements to bring their claims."

  • July 25, 2018

    Sanction Eased For Texas Judge Who Hawked Divorce Book

    A Collin County District Court judge who was found to have violated the judicial code of conduct through his activities writing and promoting a book about divorce he co-authored with his attorney wife had his punishment softened recently when the Texas Special Court of Review issued a public admonishment for his actions.

  • July 25, 2018

    Thompson & Knight Steers Closing Of Tailwater's $1B Fund

    Dallas-based, energy-focused private equity firm Tailwater Capital LLC on Wednesday said it has closed its latest fund with total commitments of $1 billion, which was guided by Thompson & Knight LLP.

  • July 25, 2018

    Ex-Servergy CEO Dodges Injunction, Disgorgement From SEC

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Securities and Exchange Commission’s bid for an injunction against the former CEO of Servergy Inc. after he’d been found guilty of negligence in marketing a new server produced by the company, saying he is not likely to repeat the same offense.

  • July 25, 2018

    Halliburton Litigation Alum Joins BoyarMiller In Houston

    BoyarMiller has brought into the fold in Houston a litigator with more than 20 years of experience who most recently worked as managing counsel at oil and gas giant Halliburton.

  • July 24, 2018

    Patent Owners Win Only Half Of EDTX Trials, Study Finds

    A recent study of jury verdicts rendered in patent cases since 2013 found that patent owners win only 50 percent of the time in the Eastern District of Texas, which has a reputation for juries that find in favor of patent owners more often than in other popular patent litigation districts.

  • July 24, 2018

    Energy Tech Co. Says Rival Can't Prove Damages In IP Row

    In a bench trial in Houston federal court Tuesday, Petroleum Analyzer Co. LP argued its competitor ATOM Instrument Corp. had not presented evidence to back up its contention that PAC had wrongly used its proprietary technology and should be disgorged of $6.67 million in profits from selling equipment that incorporated the technology.

  • July 24, 2018

    Boundary Row Led To Double Taxation, Texas Justices Hear

    A chemical company has asked the Texas Supreme Court to settle a 50-year boundary dispute between two counties that it says has resulted in double taxation on two of its commercial piers and docks, saying it overpaid $3 million in ad valorem taxes.

  • July 24, 2018

    Toyota Owners Defend Cert. Bid In Defective Windshield Suit

    Toyota Prius owners with allegedly defective windshields told a Texas federal court Monday they should be allowed to present evidence establishing they are a valid class, contending the automaker's bid to deny certification is premature.

  • July 24, 2018

    Texas Appeals Court Revives Plumber’s Defective Parts Suit

    A Texas appeals court gave a Texas plumber another shot Tuesday at suing foreign manufacturers over defective parts, ruling that the county court had abused its discretion by denying the plumber’s attempt to reinstate the case.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 24, 2018

    Texas DOT Can't Avoid 3rd-Party Claim In Deadly Crash Suit

    A Texas appeals panel has reversed the tossing of the Texas Department of Transportation as a third-party defendant in a case in which relatives of a man who died in an auto crash are suing the business owners of the other vehicle involved in the crash.

  • July 24, 2018

    Texas Firm Dodges Claims It Fumbled Oxygen Tank Suit

    Texas firm Walker Bright PC dodged a suit on Tuesday claiming the firm’s attorneys failed to file a medical malpractice lawsuit on time as a state appeals court affirmed the suit’s dismissal, saying the appellant hadn’t produced evidence to show the attorneys had been negligent.

  • July 24, 2018

    DuPont Reaches $3.1M Settlement Over Fatal 2014 Gas Leak

    DuPont has come to a $3.1 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Air Act that led to an accident at its La Porte, Texas, chemical production facility in 2014 that left four workers dead from exposure to a toxic chemical.

  • July 23, 2018

    Texas Jury Awards Rain-X Maker $1.3M In False Ad Row

    A panel of jurors in federal court in Houston on Monday afternoon found that Rust-Oleum Corp. had put out false advertisements in its bid to market its car windshield water-repellent product against leading competitor Rain-X, returning with a $1.3 million verdict in favor of Rain-X's maker, Illinois Tool Works.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word To The Panel: Happy 50th!

    Alan Rothman

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Chicago for its May 31 hearing session, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter observes the panel’s golden anniversary with a retrospective look at its origins in the enactment of the MDL statute in April 1968, and reviews its most recent hearing session held in Atlanta on March 29.

  • Texas 'Hail Bill' Promotes Dispute Resolution Over Litigation

    Kristin Cummings

    A Texas federal court's ruling in Carrizales v. State Farm Lloyds acknowledges that the primary purpose of Texas Insurance Code Section 542A, also known as the "Hail Bill," is to encourage resolution of disputed weather-related claims without the need for litigation, say Kristin Cummings and Lindsey Bruning of Zelle LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

    A.G. Burnett

    In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP. 

  • With States' Crypto Regulation, Problems Multiply

    Jason Gottlieb

    State securities agencies are increasingly regulating the cryptocurrency space through administrative proceedings and summary cease-and-desist orders. But the uncertainties and ambiguities in current cryptocurrency regulation mean that multistate action — even if coordinated — will create a real risk of splintered authority, says Jason Gottlieb of Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Fed. Circ. Continues To Clarify Venue Post-TC Heartland

    Ann Fort

    Tuesday marked one year since the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally narrowed patent venue in its TC Heartland decision. This month, three Federal Circuit decisions addressed a number of outstanding questions on patent venue, but none of the court's positions was unexpected, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.