Southwest Airlines passengers have accused the carrier and Boeing of using a red herring argument in an attempt to dodge claims they colluded to keep 737 Max 8 jets flying when they knew about defects that caused two deadly crashes.
Texas has defended a recently enacted state law that dictates only incumbent transmission companies can build new power lines that connect to their existing systems, pushing back against arguments from the U.S. Department of Justice that the law discriminates against out-of-state entities.
A state district court judge in Houston was suspended Tuesday without pay by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, four days after pleading not guilty to federal charges she used campaign funds for personal expenses.
The Fifth Circuit declined to revisit a $298 million judgment arising from federal loan insurance fraud during the mortgage crisis, after two mortgage loan companies claimed the original appeals panel twisted a causation standard.
Nabors Corporate Services Inc. has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s suit claiming black workers were harassed with racial slurs and that the oil field services company punished employees who complained about the abuse.
A Texas fracking contractor asked a federal court to boot a rival company’s attorneys from serving as trial counsel in a patent infringement suit and force them to turn over privileged emails, claiming the pair were witnesses to an alleged patent fraud scheme related to the case.
A law firm suspected of helping facilitate tax evasion has doubled down in its bid to avoid disclosing the names of its clients to the IRS, telling the Fifth Circuit that complying with the summons would violate attorney-client privilege.
A real estate investor made famous by A&E’s television series "Flip This House" waited too long to try to use a Texas free speech law to end a lawsuit by 423 disgruntled students alleging his seminars and investment lessons were a fraud, a Texas appellate court ruled Wednesday.
Target is asking a Texas federal judge to sanction a Houston-based immigration attorney for destroying key evidence in a discrimination case she filed against the retailer.
Texas medical implant maker Nuvectra Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 protection, saying it needs to deal with the “substantial debt” it took on developing and marketing its products.
Amazon.com Inc. filed suit Monday against a Texas company that's accusing Best Buy of patent infringement for selling Amazon Fire Series tablets, slamming the litigation as "meritless" and arguing that any dispute over Amazon technology must be taken up with the online retail giant itself.
A Texas surgeon convicted for his role in a $40 million kickback scheme to steer patients to a Dallas hospital came up short in his bid for a new trial, prosecutors told a Texas federal judge, saying he can’t show how the anti-kickback statute was unconstitutionally vague.
Amazon on Monday requested a new trial after it was hit with a $2.47 million verdict for failing to pay a shipping company, claiming the Washington federal judge presiding over the case provided jurors with a de facto verdict before deliberation started.
The Fifth Circuit has affirmed a lower court's ruling that an insurance company needn't defend a suit over the electrocution death of a drilling company worker, saying it fulfilled its obligations under the relevant policy when it paid the worker's parents $950,000.
Commercial real estate company Stockdale Investment Group asked federal jurors in Houston on Tuesday to stop another company from using its name, arguing it has caused confusion in the marketplace and could wreck the reputation of the family who built the company 30 years ago.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared wary of allowing the parents of a Mexican teen fatally shot along the U.S.-Mexico border to sue the border agent who killed him.
Ironwood Midstream Energy Partners said Tuesday that a newly formed affiliate received a $400 million investment commitment and will acquire two midstream assets in deals shaped by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.
Environmental justice advocates on Tuesday accused the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of violating the civil rights of Spanish speakers by publicizing meetings only in English and failing to provide interpreters, and asked the agency to change its rules.
A federal judge in Texas has trimmed a lawsuit brought by jilted creditors seeking to collect on a $63 million judgment against a real estate investment company, while holding that tossing the entire lawsuit would be “too draconian, unduly prejudicial to plaintiffs and unwarranted.”
The first-day hearing in the Chapter 11 cases of oil and gas driller MDC Energy LLC and its affiliates will resume Friday after a Delaware judge said Tuesday the debtors and their secured lenders should discuss how the cases will be funded as litigation over control of the bankruptcy looms.
A Texas patient who claims a doctor's approval of his early hospital discharge from gallbladder surgery led to him breaking his ankle at home has asked the Texas Supreme Court to reinstate his case, saying that his expert's report was good enough to keep it alive.
Texas law firm Danziger & De Llano LLP urged the Third Circuit Tuesday to undo a lower court's finding that its $2.1 million referral fee row with Ohio whistleblower firm Morgan Verkamp LLC doesn't belong in Pennsylvania, arguing that the boutique's jurisdictional challenge came way too late to stand.
Stockbridge said Tuesday it had purchased 8.7 million square feet of industrial logistics properties, positioning the real estate investor to take advantage of the growing e-commerce industry.
A Fifth Circuit nominee opposed by several GOP senators was left off the list of judicial picks eligible for a committee vote this week at the White House's request, suggesting that U.S. District Judge Halil S. Ozerden has lost his opportunity for elevation.
Dean Foods, one of the largest milk producers in the U.S., filed for Chapter 11 in a Dallas bankruptcy court Tuesday, saying it is seeking an asset sale to escape problems brought on in part by falling milk consumption and unfunded pension obligations.
Because the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has punted on whether Regulation Best Interest will preempt state broker-dealer conduct standards, state laws may face challenges under the doctrines of conflict preemption, as well as limitations from the federal securities laws, say attorneys at Williams & Jensen.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved two regional transmission organizations' energy storage proposals. But full integration of storage resources into the wholesale market will be complex — and ongoing litigation could force FERC to change its approach, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.
As Texas and other states review their judicial election processes, they would be well served by taking guidance from Massachusetts' Governor’s Council system, which protects the judiciary from the hazards of campaigning, says Richard Baker of New England Intellectual Property.
Even as Colorado last week joined a growing wave of states legalizing sports betting, federal laws designed to assist states in gambling enforcement remain a roadblock to commonsense legislation and state cooperation in this area, says Dennis Ehling of Blank Rome.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its updated Trial Practice Guide, which includes several policy changes that tip the scales toward patent owners and make the PTAB less attractive than district courts for litigating patent validity, says Brian Berliner of O’Melveny.
Reading Jeffrey Rosen’s "Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law" is like eavesdropping on the author and his subject while they discuss how the restrained judicial minimalist became the fiery leader of the opposition, says Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown.
Following recent legislative developments — such as a Texas law that expands patient access to medical marijuana and proposed amendments to the federal Controlled Substances Act — many Texas employers are questioning whether to continue cannabis testing because it has become somewhat problematic, says Stephen Roppolo at Fisher Phillips.
With a still-developing outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping, and e-cigarette bans in some states already blocked by courts, regulatory maneuvering over this issue is likely to be a major policy concern in the months to come, says Dave Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.
Not all states have updated their direct insurance procurement tax laws to take full advantage of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, diminishing their ability to tax some insurance transactions, as highlighted by the New Jersey Tax Court's recent decision in Johnson & Johnson v. Director, Division of Taxation, say Zachary Lerner and Stephen Anastasia of Locke Lord.
After hearing arguments last month, the Texas Supreme Court is poised to decide whether Energy Transfer Partners and Enterprise Products Partners entered into a partnership based on their conduct and statements. The case emphasizes the need to draft preliminary agreements carefully, says Ladd Hirsch of Winstead.
As personal injury claims related to exploding lithium-ion batteries in vaping devices increase, defendants must understand the challenges facing both sides to increase the chance of avoiding liability, say Edward Abbot and David Freed of Hawkins Parnell.
Next week, the Trump administration goes before the U.S. Supreme Court to support its cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but the troubling record of immigration adviser Kris Kobach should raise concerns about how legally sound the administration’s case will be, says Liz Mair of Mair Strategies.
Replacing hourly billing with flat-fee arrangements, especially for appellate work, will leave attorneys feeling free to spend as much time as necessary to produce their highest quality work, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.
Although the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to provide a uniform standard of culpability for spoliation, cases with similar facts are still reaching differing results because the rule does not specify how a court should evaluate a party's intent, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton.
The California Consumer Privacy Act and other state data privacy laws have not only motivated companies to rethink how they manage consumer data — they also have many organizations thinking more than ever about cyber insurance coverage, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.