Texas

  • July 24, 2017

    Total Asks 5th Circ. To Revisit Suit Over FERC’s Fining Power

    Total Gas & Power North America Inc. urged the Fifth Circuit on Monday to rethink its decision rejecting the company's challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s power to use the Natural Gas Act to hand out fines, insisting only a federal court can decide on penalties for violations of the NGA.

  • July 24, 2017

    $97.5M JC Penney Investor Settlement Gets Initial OK

    A Texas federal judge ruled Monday to grant preliminary approval to a deal for J.C. Penney to pay $97.5 million and make other concessions to a class of investors who’d accused the retailer of lying about its financial health, following the recommendation of a magistrate judge.

  • July 24, 2017

    Flood Board Asks High Court To Revive Coastal Damage Suit

    A Louisiana flood protection board has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive the agency's multibillion-dollar suit alleging that the oil and gas drilling activities of 80 energy companies, including BP PLC, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., have damaged the state’s coastal ecosystems.

  • July 24, 2017

    FasciaBlaster Sues User Over 'Defamatory' Facebook Posts

    A Texas company owned by "fascia therapy" guru Ashley Black on Friday filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston, alleging it's owed $5 million after a study group participant made defamatory Facebook comments about a “cornerstone” product that's used to reduce cellulite, in violation of a nondisclosure agreement.

  • July 24, 2017

    Texas Senate OKs Maternal Mortality Study Extension

    The Texas Senate on Monday voted unanimously for a series of women’s health initiatives aimed at cutting the highest-in-the-nation maternal mortality rate, preventing pregnancy-related deaths and treating postpartum depression.

  • July 24, 2017

    Driver Of Rig Charged With Smuggling After 10 Die In Texas

    The driver of a tractor trailer who told authorities he didn't know his rig was loaded down with as many as 200 immigrants — 10 of whom perished in the sweltering heat — was charged Monday in Texas federal court with unlawfully transporting undocumented immigrants and could face life in prison or the death penalty.

  • July 24, 2017

    Texas Panel Finds Flaw In Spinal Surgery Expert Report

    A Texas appellate court held Friday that the family of a patient who died during spinal surgery at a sports medicine and spinal clinic didn’t adequately link alleged negligence by the doctor with the patient’s death.

  • July 24, 2017

    Ex-CFO's Misappropriation Claim Booted From Texas Court

    The former chief financial officer of digital production company Pulse Evolution Corp., best known for making holograms of famous musicians, can’t bring suit in Texas alleging the company misappropriated his name after terminating him, a Texas appellate court held Friday.

  • July 24, 2017

    TC Heartland Couldn't Be Predicted, Tech Co. Argues

    BigCommerce Inc. objected on Friday to a magistrate judge’s report that found the e-commerce software company had waived its venue defense in its bid to toss a website host’s patent infringement suit, arguing that it couldn't have predicted the U.S. Supreme Court's May ruling in TC Heartland and made the argument earlier.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    Texas Groups Seek to Block Release of Voter Data

    The Texas NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Texas filed suit Thursday against state election officials to prevent the transfer of personal voter data to the Presidential Election Commission, arguing those officials have indicated they will hand over the information in a way that violates state laws.

  • July 21, 2017

    5th Circ. Won't Revive $10M Warehouse Fire Coverage Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday shot down a Florida warehouse owner’s claim that Alterra American Insurance Co. owed it $10 million for underinsuring its warehouse, saying the owner's legal claims did not pass muster in multiple states.

  • July 21, 2017

    20 Democratic AGs Ask Trump To Defend DACA Program

    A group of 20 Democratic attorneys general asked President Donald Trump on Friday to defend the Obama administration program allowing unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children to stay in the U.S., a request that came against a backdrop of opposition from some Republican state AGs and an uncommitted White House.

  • July 21, 2017

    Wash. Expands Biometric Privacy Quilt With More Limited Law

    A newly enacted Washington state law governing the collection and use of consumers’ biometric information is seen as a more business-friendly alternative to an Illinois law that has provoked a flurry of consumer suits, and may stand as a model for states to emulate in future legislation, experts say.

  • July 21, 2017

    Texas Judge Questions Arbitration For 'Indirect Customers'

    A Texas federal judge on Friday questioned whether he can decide if investors who bought shares in bankrupt biotech firm Palmaz Inc. should be considered “indirect customers” of investment firm Jefferies LLC before determining whether the matter should be arbitrated.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions Firm Should Ask Before Approving Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, It's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • OFAC Continues To Pursue Oil And Gas Companies

    Michael Casey

    The ExxonMobil penalty is the latest in a string of recent, increasingly aggressive U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control enforcement actions targeting nonfinancial institutions and particularly entities operating in the oil and gas industry, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 1

    Robert Ludwig

    In the first installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig takes a deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • Why Amazon Is Taking To The Skies

    Dana Hobart

    Logistics companies like FedEx and UPS are considering holiday surcharges to help deliver the dizzying number of packages consumers buy online. The launch of Amazon's dedicated air cargo fleet will allow the e-commerce giant to hold its own shipping prices steady, and may portend a day when it cuts out the middlemen entirely, says Dana Hobart of Buchalter.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?