Texas

  • May 29, 2017

    Turning 50, Greenberg Traurig Tops The Law360 400

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is celebrating its golden anniversary with a trip to the top of Law360’s list of the largest U.S. law firms, capping off decades of steady growth by ousting Jones Day from the No. 1 spot.

  • May 29, 2017

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Lost The Most Ground In 2016

    Four firms saw their roster of U.S.-based attorneys shrink by more than 10 percent last year, according to the latest Law360 400. In some cases, a dramatic exodus can be devastating, but experts say there can also be a silver lining.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Grew Fastest Without Merging

    Often with one hire at a time, five firms drove double-digit growth last year, according to the latest Law360 400. Here’s how they added headcount without putting their culture at risk.

  • May 29, 2017

    Biggest US Firms Opt For Modest Growth In Sluggish Market

    In a highly competitive legal market, U.S. law firms on average appear to be leaning on a strategy of slow-but-steady growth as they continue to adjust to sluggish demand for legal services, according to the latest Law360 400.

  • May 26, 2017

    Texas Justices Dump Damages In Noncompete Fight

    In a noncompete dispute between two health care services companies, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday held insufficient evidence supported a jury's $4.2 million lost profits award and that a $1.1 million punitive award was too high in light of the reduced actual damages.

  • May 26, 2017

    Dallas Morning News Must Face Libel Suit Over Pharma Series

    A Texas appeals court ruled on Thursday that the Dallas Morning News can't exit a libel suit brought against it by the owners of a compounding pharmacy, finding that a series the paper ran on the industry may have erroneously implied their business was under federal investigation.

  • May 26, 2017

    Texas Resort Sues Insurer After $157M Storm Damage

    A large Texas resort is suing its excess insurer of last resort, Homeland Insurance, for coverage of major property damage from a storm system that raked its golf course, housing development, and almost two square miles of woods in April 2015 and caused an estimated $157 million in damage.​

  • May 26, 2017

    Kinder Morgan Says Trans Mountain Project Depends On IPO

    Energy infrastructure giant Kinder Morgan Inc. has announced that its Canadian subsidiary has priced a CA$1.75 billion ($1.3 billion) initial public offering, which the company said will fund its expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline if successful.

  • May 26, 2017

    Inheritance Interference Claim Won't Fly, Texas Justices Say

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected the appeal in a family dispute of some heirs of a wealthy landowner who alleged that harmful interference by a Jackson Walker LLP partner caused them to lose out on a 2,400-acre Eagle Ford Shale ranch and underlying interests worth $3 million, holding that Texas does not recognize a claim for tortious interference with an inheritance.

  • May 26, 2017

    Oil Storage Co., Magellan End Pipeline Access Antitrust Row

    Fairway Energy Partners LLC and Magellan Pipeline Company on Thursday asked a state district judge in Houston to toss, with prejudice, an antitrust lawsuit Fairway had brought against Magellan in February over access to its Houston crude oil distribution system, saying an agreement has been reached.

  • May 26, 2017

    Texas High Court Says E-Discovery Disputes Need Balance

    Trial courts presiding over electronic discovery disputes must keep in mind that “proportionality is the polestar” and weigh the burden of producing evidence in specialized formats, the Texas Supreme Court said Friday in a State Farm Lloyds discovery row stemming from hailstorm claims.

  • May 26, 2017

    Former Mexican Finance Secretary, Wife Face Fraud Charges

    Federal prosecutors have indicted a Mexican state’s former secretary of finance and his wife on charges of bank fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, according to court records that were unsealed Wednesday following the wife’s arrest in the Houston area.

  • May 26, 2017

    Texas Justices Won't Recognize 'Compelled Self-Defamation'

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday held that a former Exxon Mobil Corp. contractor can take nothing on his claims against the oil and gas giant and his employer, WHM Custom Services, alleging his drug test was mishandled by a third party, because Texas law doesn't recognize a claim for compelled self-defamation.

  • May 26, 2017

    Texas Justices Affirm Countywide Mineral Grant In Deed Fight

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the validity of a deed that transferred ownership of mineral rights across an entire county, saying the deed was not ambiguous and trumps a later deed purporting to convey some of the same interests.

  • May 26, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Cleary, Paul, Winston, Davis

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Clariant and Huntsman combine to form a global specialty chemical company worth $20 billion, RCN Telecom Services picks up Wave Broadband in a $2.365 billion transaction, and blank check company CF Corp. unveils a $1.835 billion deal for Fidelity & Guaranty Life.

  • May 26, 2017

    Landry’s JV With Texas Cruise Co. Nets $100M City Contract

    A newly formed joint venture that brings together Texas hospitality and dining giant Landry’s Inc. and a local Latina partnership on Thursday won a 10-year, $100 million city contract to operate river barges and concessions along the iconic San Antonio River Walk.

  • May 26, 2017

    Investors To Appeal Dismissal Of Fannie, Freddie Suit

    Investors seeking to challenge the sweep of profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac instituted by the Obama administration on Thursday said they intend to appeal a Texas federal judge’s decision that dismissed their complaint against the Treasury Department and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

  • May 25, 2017

    TC Heartland Adds To Fed. Circ. Losing Streak At High Court

    In its blockbuster ruling this week restricting where patent infringement suits can be filed, the U.S. Supreme Court issued yet another blow to the Federal Circuit in an ongoing battle over whether the court is reading too much into statutes and creating too many elaborate rules for patent law.

  • May 25, 2017

    Texas Doctor Can’t Dodge Suit Over Stillborn Baby

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday declined to dismiss a suit accusing a doctor of negligent treatment of a pregnant woman that purportedly led to the death of her baby, saying the patient submitted plausible expert witness testimony.

Expert Analysis

  • Texas Opens The Door To More Oilfield Contamination Suits

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    The Texas Supreme Court affirmed last month that the state agency overseeing oil and gas matters does not possess exclusive jurisdiction over oilfield contamination claims. The result is that a landowner could obtain both an order from the agency compelling an oil company to clean up the contamination and court-ordered damages for the same contamination, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Series

    Revisiting Affiliated Ute: A Rare Presumption In 11th Circ.

    Brian Miller

    The Eleventh Circuit has made clear that it will strictly construe the U.S. Supreme Court's Affiliated Ute decision as well as the omission language of Rule 10b-5(b). This will continue to present challenges to the plaintiffs bar in this circuit, say Brian Miller and Samantha Kavanaugh of Akerman LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • Noncompete Agreements Under Siege At The State Level

    James Hammerschmidt

    Compared with many other areas of employment law, the law of noncompetition agreements has been relatively static. More recently, however, many states have turned their attention to noncompetes and considered significant changes in how they are used and enforced, say attorneys with Paley Rothman.

  • The Next Steps For Biometrics Legislation Across The US

    Justin Kay

    This month, Washington became the third state after Illinois and Texas to enact its own legislation generally governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data. As biometric information becomes more commonplace, there appears to be a renewed focus on the Illinois law, as well as a new impetus in other states to pass similar laws, say Justin Kay and Brendan McHugh of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Forum Selection

    Alan Rothman

    In the latest installment of his column on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP takes a closer look at how the panel decides to exclude a potentially related action from a new MDL proceeding, and at how the panel deals with forum selection clauses in contracts between parties in multidistrict claims.

  • The 1st Amendment Right To Pass Through Fees — And Taxes

    Eric Tresh

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a New York statute that prohibits identifying a surcharge for credit card users regulates speech and is therefore subject to heightened scrutiny. The impact on how businesses collect or seek reimbursement for the costs of state and local taxes from their customers could be significant, say Eric Tresh and Alla Raykin of Eversheds Sutherland.

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    Revisiting Affiliated Ute: And Its Limits In The 5th Circ.

    Susanna Buergel

    Given the perceived higher hurdles to class certification, it is likely that counsel for plaintiffs in securities cases will seek to recharacterize their claims as omission claims to take advantage of the 45-year-old Affiliated Ute presumption. In the Fifth Circuit, that will be a challenging task, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Back To The Fourco: High Court's New, Old Patent Venue Test

    Brian Ferguson

    For nearly 30 years, courts have liberally construed the patent venue statute. But no more — on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated its 1957 Fourco interpretation of the statute. This decision in TC Heartland will have a profound and immediate impact on patent litigation, say Brian Ferguson and Rahul Arora of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.