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  • July 16, 2018

    Erin Energy Ch. 11 Case Converted To Liquidation

    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.

  • July 16, 2018

    Jackson Walker Snags 2 Foley Gardere Attys In Dallas

    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.

  • July 16, 2018

    Venezuelan Ex-Official Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

    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.

  • July 16, 2018

    Del. Justices Reverse $13.7M Travelers Coverage Judgment

    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.

  • July 16, 2018

    Drivers Drop $60M Suit Against Data Co. Over Selling Info

    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.

  • July 16, 2018

    3 Firms Steer $340M Tidewater, GulfMark Tie-Up

    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.

  • July 16, 2018

    5th Circ. OK's Lender's $8.6M Win In Fight With Hunt Heir

    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.

  • July 16, 2018

    Biz Groups Ask 5th Circ. To Leave DOL OT Injunction Intact

    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.

  • July 16, 2018

    Honduran Can't Be Deported Until She's Reunited With Child

    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. 

  • July 16, 2018

    Kia Cleared Of Defective Steering, Air Bags Suit In Texas

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Texas Panel Denies Silicon Labs $1.49M Sales Tax Refund

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Match Faces 2nd Infringement Suit Over 'Life Issues' Patent

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    5th Circ. Scraps Dealership’s Nearly $1M Win Against Jaguar

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Texas Justices Turn Away Firm's Bid To Nix Atty Bribery Claim

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Uniloc Says Amazon's Video Compressor Infringes Its Patent

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Enviros Ask 5th Circ. To Declare Effluent Rule Delay Illegal

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Army Picks Austin For New Cutting-Edge Tech Unit

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Gas Driller Says Blackstone Unit Abused First Refusal Right

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Texas Atty Defends Toss Of Suit Over Abusive ADA Litigation

    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.

  • July 13, 2018

    Northstar Sues Tana For Contract Breach In Oil Asset Sale

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    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.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    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.

  • Asbestos Transparency Laws Can Stop Double Recovery

    Scott Hunsaker

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    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.

  • Texas Hail Bill Is Already Affecting Insurance Litigation

    Christopher Avery

    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.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    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.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    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.

  • Renovation Exceptions Can Complicate Vacancy Exclusions

    Walter Cardwell IV

    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.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    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.

  • The Path To Restitution After Lagos

    Shannon Murphy

    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.