• January 3, 2017

    PE-Backed Venado Buys Eagle Ford Assets In $800M Deal

    A unit of private equity-backed Venado Oil and Gas LLC has agreed to buy a number of third-party-operated assets in the Eagle Ford shale from SM Energy Co. in a deal worth $800 million, the companies said Tuesday.

  • January 2, 2017

    Texas Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2017

    For the 2017 Texas legislative session, attorneys are predicting a wait-and-see approach to energy regulation as the impact of Donald Trump presidency’s becomes clearer, a battle over whether to pass a “bathroom bill” that purports to afford women and girls privacy in restrooms, and sweeping reforms to property tax laws. Here are the policy areas that experts will be watching in the new year.

  • January 2, 2017

    Texas Cases To Watch In 2017

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s expected jury trial over felony securities fraud charges is just one of several closely watched Texas cases poised for big developments in 2017, with appellate courts set to rule on two verdicts each tipping the scales at more than a half-billion dollars, and the Texas Supreme Court ready to decide major defamation and property tax cases.

  • December 23, 2016

    Sanders, Other Legislators Urge Revival Of DOL OT Rule

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt. and 25 other members of Congress urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to reverse a lower court’s order that put a stop to the U.S. Department of Labor’s revised overtime rules for white collar workers, arguing that the agency’s initiative does not violate federal regulations.

  • December 23, 2016

    Texas Justices To Hear $3M Jackson Walker Ranch Sale Dispute

    The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to review a case in which a family accused a Jackson Walker LLP partner of cheating heirs of a wealthy landowner out of a 2,400-acre Eagle Ford Shale ranch and underlying oil and gas interests worth $3 million.

  • December 23, 2016

    Texas Justices Take Up Construction Defect Coverage Case

    The Texas Supreme Court  agreed Friday to review a lower court's decision putting Great American Insurance Co. on the hook for a judgment against a policyholder in a construction defect lawsuit, a case that will test the scope of the high court's precedential ruling requiring that an insured's damages result from a fully adversarial trial.

  • December 23, 2016

    Texas High Court Will Decide Drilling Unit Royalty Row

    The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to consider a royalty dispute involving reconfigurations of pooled drilling properties in which it could decide whether property law or contract law principles govern ownership interests in pooled units, an issue that has drawn the attention of oil and and gas industry groups.

  • December 23, 2016

    Texas High Court To Review Longview Energy's $95M Fight

    The Texas Supreme Court decided it will hear a case in which Longview Energy Company urged it to reinstate a $95 million judgment against private equity fund The Huff Energy Fund LP and two directors who jurors concluded stole an opportunity for Eagle Ford Shale investment.

  • December 22, 2016

    Nokia Hits Apple With Patent Suits In Texas, Europe, Asia

    Nokia has hit Apple with a slew of lawsuits in Texas’ Eastern District, the U.S. International Trade Commission and 10 countries in Europe and Asia, including Germany, Italy and Japan, accusing the tech giant of infringing 40 patents related to video coding and other technologies.

  • December 22, 2016

    Texas Court Revives Cleanup Cos.' Trade Secrets Row

    Overturning a trial court’s decision, a Texas appeals court on Thursday ruled that an emergency response and rescue training company’s suit against a rival over stealing trade secrets was not time-barred, saying that although the company formally raised suspicions seven years ago, it understandably did not discover the alleged injury until 2014.

  • December 22, 2016

    FERC Greenlights $10B Gas Export Terminal In Texas

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission signed off Wednesday on Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum International Ltd.’s proposed $10 billion liquefied natural gas export facility, an expansion of an existing LNG import terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast.

  • December 22, 2016

    5th Circ. Affirms $1M Attys' Fees In Trade Secret Row

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld the award of about $1 million in attorneys’ fees to BancorpSouth Bank and Argo Data Resource Corp., finding their victory on state law theft claims wasn’t preempted by federal copyright law in a dispute with a marketing firm.

  • December 22, 2016

    Texas Mutual Wins Fee Fight With Air Ambulance Co.

    Texas Mutual Insurance Co. won its appeal of an order from the State Office of Administrative Hearings when a Texas state judge recently sided with it in a fee dispute with PHI Air Medical LLC over the cost of transporting patients covered by workers' compensation insurance.

  • December 22, 2016

    Tenet Board Faces Shareholder Suit Over $513M FCA Case

    A pension system shareholder in Tenet Healthcare Corp. has claimed in a Texas state court derivative suit that Tenet’s board members shirked their fiduciary duties by not stopping a kickback scheme that led to a $513 million False Claims Act settlement.

  • December 22, 2016

    Texas Jury Convicts Landscape Co. Owner Of Visa Fraud

    A Texas federal jury has found the owner of a commercial landscaping company guilty of harboring unauthorized immigrants, conspiracy and visa fraud following a seven-day trial, according to a Wednesday announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas.

  • December 22, 2016

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Skadden, Ropes

    This week’s Taxation With Representation sees the formation of a $65 billion industrial gas heavyweight, the $2.8 billion sale of American Railcar Leasing and a $445 million merger between KLR Energy and Tema Oil and Gas.

  • December 22, 2016

    Texas Cable TV Co. Reaches $750K Deal To End FLSA Suit

    A Texas cable TV company and a proposed class of 238 employees who claimed it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by withholding overtime compensation and other pay have asked a Georgia federal judge to approve a $750,000 settlement agreement between the parties.

  • December 22, 2016

    4 Texans Indicted In $242K 'Foreclosure Rescue Scheme'

    Four people were indicted by a federal grand jury in Dallas Wednesday on charges they ran a “foreclosure rescue scheme” whereby they defrauded vulnerable homeowners out of at least $242,000, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced.

  • December 22, 2016

    US Sues Barclays Over Pre-Crisis Mortgage Securities

    The Justice Department on Thursday sued Barclays PLC, alleging that the British bank and two of its former employees made false statements about the quality of mortgages packaged into around $31 billion worth of residential mortgage-backed securities prior to the financial crisis.

  • December 22, 2016

    How Employers Can Navigate Worker Mental Illness

    Employing a member of a protected class will always pose challenges for companies. It can be especially difficult when the traits that confer protected status aren't visible. Here, attorneys share their recommendations for how companies can handle mental illness in the workplace.

Expert Analysis

  • The Tug-Of-War Of BEC Scheme Insurance Coverage

    John C. Pitblado

    Last year, the Southern District of Texas decided in Apache v. Great American that losses caused by a "business email compromise" fraud were covered by computer fraud insurance. This decision gained some momentum, but circuit courts have reversed it in recent months, says John Pitblado of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA.

  • A Look At Atty Fee Awards In Post-Kirtsaeng Copyright Cases

    James E. Griffith

    A review of cases following the U.S. Supreme Court's Kirtsaeng decision in June is instructive for copyright litigants who wish to assess what kinds of cases are likely to result in fee awards and the probability of fees being awarded in a particular case, says James Griffith of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Candid Advice From The Bench: Judges Are People Too

    Alison Wong

    While it’s true that judges are more capable than juries of rendering decisions based on a subtler understanding of the law, trial lawyers shouldn’t assume that judges are immune to the unfolding drama and underlying context of the case. In fact, the most important lesson we’ve learned from interviewing retired judges is that they process information the same way jurors do, says Alison Wong of Salmons Consulting.

  • The Burden Of E-Discovery In Patent Litigation: A Few Tips

    Joseph A. Loy

    Joseph Loy and David Draper of Kirkland & Ellis LLP discuss the persisting problem of unduly burdensome e‑discovery — particularly the collection and disclosure of email — in patent lawsuits and consider a number of options available to litigants to more effectively manage the search for and disclosure of electronically stored information.

  • 7 Steps For Managing An Associate Who May Be Impaired

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    According to a recent study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, more than one-third of practicing attorneys in the U.S. qualify as problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression. While change in large law firms can be slow, there is a lot firms can do to navigate situations where an associate’s performance may be impaired, says Stacey Saada Schwartz, a former litigator and Los Angeles-based... (continued)

  • The Role Of Litigation Analytics In Your Case

    Thomas C. Gricks III

    Lawyers often use analytics in the course of an e-discovery review for production, where these tools help them assign documents into buckets such as “relevant” or “privileged.” Increasingly, lawyers are using analytics to see if there is anything unusual within the collection and if there are stories the documents can tell, say Thomas Gricks, Bayu Hardi and Mark Noel of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • What's Next For The Contractor Fair Pay Rule?

    Joshua F. Alloy

    Following a Texas federal court's preliminary injunction stopping most aspects of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order the government now has several choices for how to proceed. Given the level of uncertainty, contractors and subcontractors should continue to plan as if they will need to comply with all aspects of the rules in the future, says Joshua Alloy of Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • 4 Ways To Get Associates Trial-Ready

    Stephen B. Crain

    For young trial associates who want to evolve into young trial lawyers, getting the necessary experience is increasingly challenging. The only surefire way associates can become first chair advocates is through effective mentoring, and the best way to achieve effective mentoring is to incorporate it in your approach to cases, say Stephen Crain and Drew Taggart of Bracewell LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 4

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    Compensation isn't what it used to be — and never will be again, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.