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  • November 20, 2018

    Saudi Heirs Cite US Aramco Unit In Bid To Confirm $18B Award

    A group of Saudi individuals urged a Texas federal court Tuesday to keep alive their suit seeking to enforce a nearly $18 billion arbitral award issued in a dispute over oil fields in their country, saying the suit that names a U.S. subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company has merit.

  • November 20, 2018

    Strasburger & Price Win Over $161M Malpractice Suit Affirmed

    A Texas appellate court on Monday declined to revive a $161 million malpractice suit against Strasburger & Price LLP and another firm, saying the firm hadn't established an attorney-client relationship when the statute of limitations ran out in the underlying suit it allegedly bungled, and that the firm likely could not have prevented that suit's failure.

  • November 20, 2018

    Missed Deadline Dooms Gurney Suit: Texas Appeals Court

    A woman who claimed she was injured when she took a tumble from a gurney lost her bid to revive her case when a Texas appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that her medical expert's report was filed too late.

  • November 20, 2018

    Saudi Oil Co. Seeks Enforcement Of $5.3M Arbitration Win

    A Saudi Arabian oil logistics company asked a Texas federal court on Monday to confirm it's entitled to a $5.3 million award after a Saudi arbitration panel ruled in its favor against a Houston-based former partner in a contract dispute.

  • November 20, 2018

    Tribes Ask 5th Circ. For Halt In Indian Child Welfare Case

    Four Native American tribes urged the Fifth Circuit to put the brakes on a lower court ruling that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional, saying a stay is needed to protect children from potential abuse in Texas’ foster care system.

  • November 20, 2018

    Lewis Brisbois Attys Threatened With Jail For Order Breach

    A Dallas judge has threatened to jail a representative of security company GardaWorld and attorneys at Lewis Brisbois for refusing to turn over GPS data for a truck involved in a fatal collision.

  • November 20, 2018

    Chipotle Gets New Trial In $3M Sexual Assault Case

    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has won a new trial in a case that had resulted in a $3 million jury verdict against it stemming from the alleged sexual assault of a minor employee by her supervisor, with a Texas appellate court on Tuesday holding the jury should have been allowed to hear about the conduct of the employee.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ignore AGs Meddling In Popular $84M AOA Deal, Docs Urge

    A group of doctors urged a New Jersey federal judge to accept their $84 million antitrust settlement with the American Osteopathic Association, arguing that a group of attorneys general who have stepped in at the last minute to oppose it are misinterpreting U.S. Supreme Court precedent and that no actual class members have objected.

  • November 20, 2018

    Collisions By Runaway Semi Are One 'Accident,' 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday held that multiple collisions caused by a runaway tractor-trailer are a single accident subject to a $1 million limit in the truck owner’s primary policy with Mid-Continent Insurance Co., reversing a lower court’s ruling that the company is liable for an additional sum an excess insurer paid to settle claims stemming from the crashes.

  • November 20, 2018

    Texas Investor Pays $4.9M To Exit IRS' Oil Biz Suit

    An investor has settled his $4.9 million tax bill with the IRS in a Texas federal court using the proceeds of a legal settlement to drop out of a $21 million suit involving an oil business. 

  • November 19, 2018

    Ex-Law Firm Manager Can't Shake Conviction Over $5M Fraud

    The Fifth Circuit has refused to grant a motion for a new trial by a former law firm manager who was convicted of running a scheme to defraud insurance companies of $5 million in injury suits brought by the firm’s clients, saying that there was not enough new evidence to reopen the case.

  • November 19, 2018

    Oil Employment Service Says Trade Secrets Suit Should Stay

    A Texas energy company told a federal court on Friday not to toss a corporate espionage suit, arguing that a jury should decide whether or not the allegedly stolen information qualifies as a trade secret.

  • November 19, 2018

    Engineering Co. Owner Must Pay $917K To Investor He Duped

    A Texas federal jury has found that the owner of an industrial engineering company duped an investor into sinking money into the company’s shares and awarded her $917,000 in damages, but cleared an attorney of responsibility for the fraud.

  • November 19, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear Liability Case Over Enviro Fines

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Texas Supreme Court decision that sided with the state in its dispute with the officer of a limited liability company who argued he was wrongly hit with nearly $370,000 in fines over environmental violations.

  • November 19, 2018

    Pipeline Valve Maker Slips Buyer's Deceptive Practices Claim

    Pipeline valve maker Maverick International Ltd. has won dismissal of a deceptive practices claim in a suit in Texas federal court alleging it caused more than $750,000 in damages by selling a company faulty valve parts for a natural gas pipeline project.

  • November 19, 2018

    5th Circ. OKs Denial Of Atty Fees Over 'Outrageous' Behavior

    The Fifth Circuit refused to override a lower court’s decision denying attorneys' fees in a suit against a debt collector, ruling that even though the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act typically required such fees to be awarded, the attorneys’ “outrageous” conduct made this case an exception.

  • November 19, 2018

    Amended Suit Doesn't Reset Dismissal Deadline: Texas Panel

    A sales tax refund company that knew a competing company was suing it for trade secret misappropriation missed a 60-day deadline to try to toss the claims under a state free speech law, a Texas appellate court has held, rejecting the argument that an amended petition reset the clock.

  • November 19, 2018

    Uber Ex-CEO Seeks To Dump Fraud, Illicit Biz Practices Suit

    Uber's ex-CEO Travis Kalanick asked a California federal judge Friday to toss a Texas-based retirement fund’s revamped proposed class action claiming Uber’s and Kalanick's illicit business tactics, corporate bullying, institutionalized harassment and rampant flouting of the law cost investors billions.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Will Hear Pollution Control Tax Break Fight

    The Texas Supreme Court said Friday it would hear a case on whether an electric cooperative that operates heat recovery steam generators in power plants can qualify for a property tax exemption for pollution control, after an appeals court affirmed a state agency’s denial of the credit.

  • November 16, 2018

    Texas Justices Rule First-Refusal Claim Not Time-Barred

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said the holders of a right of first refusal on mineral rights could not have discovered a sale had taken place without being notified, allowing the holders' suit to be filed after the usual four-year window.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Circuit Split Encourages Forum Shopping By Injured Seamen

    Troy McMahan

    The Fifth and Ninth Circuits disagree over whether a merchant seaman can recover punitive damages for the common law maritime claim of unseaworthiness. The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to review Batterton v. Dutra, and restore certainty for shipowners, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.

  • 5th Circ. Takes A Broad View Of Vessel 'Operators'

    Andrew Stakelum

    In its recent ruling in United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, the Fifth Circuit may have expanded the class of marine parties potentially liable under the Oil Pollution Act, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.