A Texas bankruptcy judge Thursday ordered the bankruptcy of oil and gas exploration outfit Erin Energy Corp. be converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 after the company told the court it will soon be out of money to sustain a court fight over a Nigerian oilfield.
Jackson Walker LLP recently announced it has hired two corporate and securities attorneys who had practiced at Foley Gardere for decades to join its Dallas office as partners.
One of several men indicted last year over an alleged bribery scheme involving Venezuela’s state-controlled energy company pled guilty in Texas federal court Monday, admitting that he helped funnel bribes from U.S.-based companies to Venezuelan government officials.
Delaware's Supreme Court on Monday reversed a state lower court decision that saddled Travelers Indemnity Co. with a $13.7 million asbestos exposure coverage judgment, ruling that judgment should have gone in Travelers’ favor based on a similar appellate case last yer.
Drivers have dropped their $60 million proposed class action lawsuit against data company National Recall & Data Services alleging their motor vehicle records were accessed and wrongly sold to advertisers, telling a federal judge in Texas the company doesn't have the funds it would need to pay a judgment.
Tidewater Inc. and GulfMark Offshore Inc. on Monday said the two providers of offshore support vessels for the energy industry will join forces in a $340 million deal, with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Jones Walker LLP guiding Tidewater, and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP steering GulfMark.
The Fifth Circuit on Friday sided with PBL Multi-Strategy Fund LP in a dispute with Hunt Petroleum heir Albert Hill III, upholding a district court's ruling saying the investment company was entitled to an $8.6 million judgment to pay back a credit note advanced to fund litigation between Hill and others in a family dispute over trusts.
Several U.S. business groups have urged the Fifth Circuit to steer clear of a Texas federal judge’s barring of a proposed overtime rule while it considers whether to overturn a contempt charge given to a New Jersey Chipotle employee who filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce that rule.
A Texas federal judge told the government Friday to halt the deportation of a Honduran woman until she is reunited with her daughter, as required by a court order in a separate class action preventing the United States from removing immigrants whose children were taken from them by authorities at the border.
A Texas appeals court has affirmed a summary judgment clearing Kia and an air bag manufacturer of negligence claims, ruling a Texas woman didn’t give evidence to prove defects in her Kia Sorento or its air bags were responsible for injuries she sustained in a car accident.
A Texas appeals panel upheld a trial court’s denial of a $1.49 million sales and use tax refund claim by Silicon Laboratories Inc. on Friday, saying state law doesn’t exempt purchases of software that creates blueprints for third parties to manufacture semiconductor chips.
Match Group LLC was hit with a second patent suit alleging its Tinder dating service infringes a Texas company’s technology for using social networks to help people with their “life issues,” according to a complaint filed Friday in Dallas.
The Fifth Circuit on Friday threw out a nearly $1 million award in favor of a Texas dealership that had sued Jaguar alleging it improperly reclaimed cash the dealer earned under a sales incentive program, saying the lower court granted the dealership an early win before it had jurisdiction to do so.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied a bid from a law firm to overturn a lower court's ruling allowing an attorney who alleged the firm had bribed witnesses to lie in a trial over $1.6 million in fees to try to reopen the dispute with the firm.
Patent litigator Uniloc filed a complaint Thursday alleging that Amazon sells video devices that infringe a patent related to technology that encodes and compresses videos.
A coalition of eight environmental groups on Thursday urged the Fifth Circuit to hold that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lacked the authority to postpone an Obama-era rule that set limits on how much toxic metal can be discharged with power plants' wastewater.
As part of its biggest organizational shakeup in decades, the U.S. Army announced Friday that it has chosen Austin, Texas, for the headquarters of its new Futures Command, a unit meant to improve its modernization efforts and outreach to technology companies and researchers.
An oil and gas driller has accused a midstream energy company owned by Blackstone Group LP of abusing the right of first refusal in a gas processing agreement by drawing out the process so it could edge out a competitor for the driller’s business.
An embattled attorney who has been sanctioned and suspended for frivolous filings in Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits told a Texas appellate court on Thursday to uphold dismissal of a disciplinary lawsuit brought by the state bar because it was brought based on his exercise of the right to petition.
Northstar Offshore Ventures LLC has accused another oil and gas company of breaking a contract to sell its assets, alleging that Tana Exploration Company LLC delayed obtaining Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approval to gain leverage in the deal.
As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
Some asbestos plaintiffs have obtained full recovery from viable defendants and simultaneously, or later, recovered more money for the same injury from asbestos bankruptcy trusts established by those same entities. Recognizing this problem, more and more states are turning to asbestos transparency laws as a solution, say Scott Hunsaker and Karl Borgsmiller of Tucker Ellis LLP.
Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.
Because Chapter 542A of the Texas Insurance Code, commonly known as the Hail Bill, does not apply retroactively, only a handful of cases have interpreted it. However, these decisions show that so far, the Hail Bill is requiring proper notice to claimants exactly as the Texas Legislature intended, says Christopher Avery of Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP.
The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.
Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.
Before relying on vacancy exclusions, Texas insurers should identify and investigate the scope of potential activities that might trigger a renovations exception, which could lead to a prolonged dispute, says Walter Cardwell IV of Zelle LLP.
Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.
While the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lagos eliminated the traditional way that many corporate victims recouped investigation costs, there still may be ways for at least a subset of those costs to be recovered, say Shannon Murphy and Steven Grimes of Winston & Strawn LLP.