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Texas

  • November 13, 2018

    Mom Of 'Frack Master' Sanctioned $10K Over Receiver Suit

    The mother of self-described "frack master" Christopher Faulkner will pay a $10,000 sanction after misrepresenting a state lawsuit she filed against a court-appointed receiver that already resulted in a contempt finding against her, a Texas federal judge said Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Pharma Co. Shakes Texas Securities Suit In Post-Cyan Ruling

    A Texas judge permanently tossed an investor suit alleging pharmaceutical company XBiotech and its underwriters misled investors about its progress in clinical studies for its flagship product, in what is among the first dismissals of a Section 11 securities class action in a state court after the U.S. Supreme Court's Cyan ruling.

  • November 13, 2018

    2 Sentenced For Crimes Including Attempted Murder Of Judge

    Two men have received separate sentences of 25 and 17½ years in prison for their roles in a series of crimes that began with wire fraud and culminated in the November 2015 attempted murder of a judge in Texas overseeing their case, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Texas Contractor CEO Didn't Rip Off NASA, Jury Says

    A Texas federal jury has delivered an acquittal in a criminal fraud case accusing the CEO of a NASA contractor of falsely representing hours worked and costs, according to the executive’s lawyer.

  • November 13, 2018

    Law Firm Says Staffer's Prior Employment Doesn't Warrant DQ

    A Texas law firm defended its involvement Monday in an insurer client's coverage dispute with a seed company, saying one of the firm’s support staff had indeed previously worked for the seed company but left long before the grounds for a coverage dispute were even known.

  • November 13, 2018

    Man Acquitted Of Conspiring On Bribery With Texas Lawmaker

    A man accused of conspiring with a now-convicted former Democratic Texas state senator to bribe a county official to secure a medical services contract at a prison has been cleared of wrongdoing by a federal jury.

  • November 13, 2018

    Justices Won't Hear Chinese Co.'s $102M Piracy Award Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review whether the Fifth Circuit erred by affirming a lower court's awarding of a $102 million judgment to Swiss-based Nagravision SA after China-based Gotech allegedly sold set-top boxes that circumvented piracy protections.

  • November 13, 2018

    Jury Awards $260M After Man's Death In Crash

    A Texas jury has awarded $260 million over an accident in which a man was killed when his van ran into the side of a tractor-trailer positioned across all four lanes of a highway, according to the victim's parents' lawyers.

  • November 13, 2018

    Google Asks Full Fed. Circ. To Review Denied Venue Change

    Google LLC asked the full Federal Circuit on Tuesday to reconsider a decision it issued two weeks ago that allowed a patent lawsuit against it to remain in the Eastern District of Texas, arguing the ruling is based on a flawed understanding of what constitutes a "place of business."

  • November 13, 2018

    Justices Reject Southwest Worker's FMLA Retaliation Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal from a former Southwest Airlines worker who said colleagues were upset he took federally protected medical leave and got him fired by concocting claims that he threatened to bring a gun to work.

  • November 13, 2018

    3 Firms Guide PE Firm’s $655M Sale Of Sonneborn

    One Equity Partners has agreed to sell specialty hydrocarbon chemicals business Sonneborn to Dallas-based oil refining company HollyFrontier Corp. for $655 million, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal piloted by Baker McKenzie, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

  • November 9, 2018

    Oil Group Says 5th Circ. Ruling May Prompt Forum Shopping

    A Fifth Circuit decision that found Devon Energy Production Co. LP’s alleged breach of implied duty to market could support class certification would upend the legal landscape in oil and gas law, the Texas Oil and Gas Association has said in an amicus brief filed in Devon's en banc bid.

  • November 9, 2018

    Vantage Pushes Back On Petrobras Expert In $622M Battle

    Vantage Deepwater Co. continues to push a Texas federal court to strike the declaration of an expert Petrobras relied on to support its bid to vacate a $622 million award, claiming the testimony is unreliable and that a second declaration does not remedy the issues.

  • November 9, 2018

    Murex Shareholders Want Records To Determine Stock Value

    Two of Murex Petroleum Corp.'s shareholders are asking the Delaware Chancery Court to order the company to turn over records they claim they need to determine the current value of their stock.

  • November 9, 2018

    Ex-Clinic Operator Gets Prison In $158M Medicare Scam

    A Texas federal judge has sentenced a man who operated a mental health clinic to 3½ years in prison for his role in what prosecutors alleged was a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme.

  • November 9, 2018

    Newly Blue Texas Appeals Courts Could Benefit Plaintiffs

    The election of more than two dozen Democratic judges to Texas' Republican-dominated intermediate courts of appeal in the midterm elections could mean litigants will see more deference to trial court judgments and more consumer-friendly rulings, experts say.

  • November 9, 2018

    HTC Must Prove Ericsson’s SEP Royalties Breach: Gilstrap

    A Texas federal judge has agreed with Ericsson Inc. that HTC America Inc. bears the burden of proof for its claims that the Swedish telecom breached its obligation to license standard-essential patents for cellular and wireless technology on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

  • November 9, 2018

    Real Estate Co. Must Pay $28.8M After Ripping Off Plans

    A Texas federal judge has ordered a real estate company to pay $28.8 million to an architectural design firm after a jury found that the property business violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 11,516 times by ripping off floor plan designs.

  • November 9, 2018

    Ex-Cable Biz CEO Used Co. Funds For Himself, Chancery Told

    Texas cable TV and internet provider enTouch Systems Inc. filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court on Friday seeking damages against a former CEO it claims breached his contract and fiduciary duties by misappropriating company funds and pursuing a wrongful termination suit after he was fired.

  • November 8, 2018

    19 Cities, Counties Say Detained-Minor Rules Flout Flores

    Nineteen cities and counties on Wednesday got behind a class asking a California federal judge to block the government’s proposed rule changes regarding its detention of immigrant minors, saying the changes would “directly undermine” core protections and concerns in their case’s consent decree.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

  • Opinion

    Texas Hail Bill Leads To Policyholder Attorney Hail Marys

    Brian Odom

    With the anticipated wave of insurance litigation involving Hurricane Harvey disputes, it's likely that Texas lawyers will look to circumvent the so-called Hail Bill. Courts should continue to enforce the bill's clear intention — promoting early resolution of disputed weather-related insurance claims, say Brian Odom and Raven Atchison of Zelle LLP.

  • 5th Circ. Weighs In On Sentencing Enhancements

    Mario Nguyen

    ​​Escaping sentencing enhancements​ is​ highly unlikely, and the defendant convicted of bank fraud in U.S. v. Miller is no exception​.​ But​ ​t​he Fifth Circuit’s opinion clarifies some legal standards and provides insight into the application of ​these ​enhancements​, says Mario Nguyen of Locke Lord LLP.