Texas

  • February 14, 2024

    Google Again Targets 'Strategic' Texas AGs' Ad Tech Delays

    Google is hoping a newly appointed special master can finally force a coalition of state attorneys general led by Texas to hand over "fundamental information" it said Tuesday has long been improperly withheld from one of three cases targeting its dominance over display advertising placement auction technology.

  • February 14, 2024

    Texas Appeals Court Ponders Judicial Redistricting

    A state appeals panel on Wednesday questioned whether a Texas House of Representatives candidate has standing to sue Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Secretary of State over alleged constitutional violations in the state's judicial districting, asking the plaintiff whether voters can bring suit in appellate districting cases.

  • February 14, 2024

    First Purely Tax Crypto Indictment Signals More On Tap

    Federal prosecutors' first public indictment of an individual who underreported the capital gains from a nearly $4 million legal sale of bitcoin indicates that authorities have opened the floodgates for more criminal cases that deal purely with undisclosed gains on legitimate cryptocurrency transactions.

  • February 14, 2024

    March Trial Set For Samsung Claims Against Ex-IP Attys

    A Texas federal judge has backed a magistrate judge's recommendation to resolve Samsung's claims of misconduct against two of its former in-house intellectual property attorneys through a bench trial.

  • February 14, 2024

    Breach Of Contract Claims Trimmed In $30M GameStop Suit

    A Delaware federal court dropped some allegations related to the breach of contract claims against GameStop in a $30 million fee dispute, saying the plaintiff, Boston Consulting Group, has not pled a viable claim in some instances despite having three chances to do so.

  • February 14, 2024

    NY Suggests LaPierre Owes Millions As NRA Trial Ends

    New York state attorneys on Wednesday scrutinized former National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre's testimony that he rectified all his improper spending by repaying $1 million to the gun group, pointing out that LaPierre racked up nearly $13 million in charges for private jet travel alone.

  • February 14, 2024

    Albright Snubs Plea That Meta Transfer Will Doom EDTX Suits

    Western District of Texas Judge Alan Albright has rejected an oil field equipment supplier's objections to a magistrate judge's ruling that transferred a patent case against Meta from the Lone Star State to California, saying the objections don't have merit.

  • February 14, 2024

    SmileDirectClub Trustee Wants To Cut Leases To Stop Losses

    The Chapter 7 trustee for dental care company SmileDirectClub Inc. submitted an emergency motion in a Texas court to end more than 100 active leases and discard related assets, aiming to slow the depletion of limited resources during the company's liquidation process.

  • February 14, 2024

    Jordan Spieth Fights Subpoena In Under Armour Patent Suit

    Golf pro and Dallas native Jordan Spieth wants to avoid testifying in a patent suit claiming Under Armour stole design features of high-performance athletic shoes, as basketball superstar Steph Curry simultaneously squashed a subpoena in the same case.

  • February 14, 2024

    Perkins Coie Keeps Malpractice Win Over Trustee's Standing

    Perkins Coie LLP this week secured a Texas state appellate decision that upheld the dismissal of a malpractice lawsuit brought by a bankruptcy trustee for one of the firm's former clients, with the appellate panel concurring with a trial judge that the trustee lacked standing to pursue the claims.

  • February 14, 2024

    Kirkland-Led PE Shop Raises $887M Across 2 Industrial Funds

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP-advised Core Industrial Partners, a private equity shop focused on industrial technology and industrial services, said Wednesday that it closed two separate funds above target, amassing a total of $887 million in capital commitments.

  • February 13, 2024

    Planned Parenthood Says Immunity Ignored In FCA Case

    Planned Parenthood told the Fifth Circuit that a district court's bases for rejecting its immunity defenses should be rejected, in its opening brief in its appeal in a False Claims Act suit that accuses the group of improperly billing Medicaid programs in Texas and Louisiana for millions after losing its Medicaid credentials.  

  • February 13, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Kicks Back Veterans' Combat Compensation Win

    The Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court's ruling granting a class of veterans represented by a late-filing former U.S. Marine retroactive special compensation, finding that his compensation is limited by a six-year statute of limitations.

  • February 13, 2024

    SpaceX Says It Deserves Injunction In NLRB Structure Fight

    A Texas federal judge should block a National Labor Relations Board case against SpaceX from proceeding while the company challenges the constitutionality of the agency's structure in federal court, SpaceX argued in a brief docketed Tuesday, claiming it has met the criteria for a preliminary injunction.

  • February 13, 2024

    Ship Co. Seeks 5th Circ. Redo On $200M Award Enforcement

    A German shipowner has asked the Fifth Circuit to reconsider whether to enforce a $200 million arbitral award it won following a deadly chemical explosion on its vessel, saying it never had a chance to respond to the argument that ultimately led to the decision.

  • February 13, 2024

    Exxon Investors Urge Judge To Toss SEC 'Proxy Battle'

    The ExxonMobile Corp. investors who backed off plans to call for a shareholder vote on the company's climate change policies now say the company's lawsuit attempting to bar the proposal should be dismissed, arguing the company is only moving forward with the case to indirectly challenge the authority of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • February 13, 2024

    Voyager Investors Suing Mark Cuban Reach Deal With Gronk

    Investors suing billionaire Mark Cuban over his role in promoting now-bankrupt Voyager Digital Ltd. said Tuesday they had reached a tentative agreement with former NFL star Rob Gronkowski to stay claims tied to his social media posts and appearances boosting the cryptocurrency firm.

  • February 13, 2024

    Apache Agrees To Pay $4M For Air Pollution Violations

    Apache Corp. reached a deal Tuesday with the federal government and New Mexico to pay $4 million in civil penalties over allegations the company failed to capture and control air emissions from its oil and gas production operations.

  • February 13, 2024

    NLRB's Joint Employer Rule Gets Long Look In Biz Challenge

    The National Labor Relations Board's revised joint employer test is not just "logically incoherent" but also violates federal labor law, the attorney for a U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led business coalition argued during marathon Texas federal court arguments Tuesday in a bid to block the impending shift.

  • February 13, 2024

    Billing Cos. Deny Claims By Health Facility In $7M Fraud Case

    Three medical billing companies are fighting a suit by a mental health treatment facility alleging their "incompetence" cost it roughly $7 million in lost revenue and damages, telling a Connecticut federal judge that the facility wrongly terminated their agreement.

  • February 13, 2024

    Hess Loaded 401(k) Plan With Costly Investments, Suit Says

    Energy company Hess Corp. allowed its $903 million employee retirement plan to be filled with expensive and poorly performing investment options, costing workers millions of dollars in retirement savings, according to a proposed class action filed in Texas federal court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurer, Apartment Owner Agree To End Hail Damage Dispute

    The owner of a 12-building apartment complex near Texas A&M University has agreed to end a dispute in Texas federal court with its insurer over $4 million in hail damage coverage.

  • February 13, 2024

    House GOP Passes Measure To Impeach DHS Secretary

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday in favor of impeaching Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, over claims of "willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law" and "breach of public trust" for his management of the southern border, after a failed attempt last week.

  • February 13, 2024

    Samsung Echoes LG Chem In Vape Battery Arguments

    Samsung told a Houston appellate court Tuesday that it shouldn't be held liable for injuries a man incurred after a lithium-ion battery exploded in his pocket, saying the case fell outside the scope of recent battery explosion cases state courts have been wrangling with, despite making substantially similar arguments to the panel.

  • February 13, 2024

    AT&T, Nokia Turn To 1884 Precedent To Fight $181M Trial Loss

    AT&T and Nokia are challenging a jury verdict out of Marshall, Texas, that orders them to pay a small Utah business more than $181 million, telling a federal appeals court that paying that sum would upend important Supreme Court precedent on patent damages that dates to the late 1800s.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Power Rulings Change Outlook For Transmission Cos.

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    The cumulative effect of three December power cases that halted state actions that gave preference to incumbent transmission providers could level the playing field for independent developers, say Harvey Reiter and John McCaffrey at Stinson.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • Environmental Justice: A 2023 Recap And 2024 Forecast

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    A 2023 executive order directing each federal agency to make environmental justice part of its mission, as well as the many lawsuits and enforcement actions last year, demonstrates that EJ will increasingly surface in all areas of law and regulation, from technically challenging to seemingly ordinary permitting and construction matters, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • 5 Privacy And Cybersecurity Resolutions For 2024

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    In 2023, companies grappled with an unprecedented array of data privacy and cybersecurity challenges that are likely to continue in 2024, meaning businesses will be well-served to incorporate strategies, such as data governance and website configuration, into their compliance programs, say Steven Stransky at Thompson Hine and Violet Sullivan at Crum & Forster.

  • Fed. Circ. Patent Decisions In 2023: An Empirical Review

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    The Federal Circuit decided 306 patent cases last year, which is still well down from the pre-pandemic norm of around 440, and on the whole the court's decisions were markedly less patentee-friendly in 2023 than in 2022, says Dan Bagatell at Perkins Coie.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Texas Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    Among the most noteworthy developments in the Texas banking sphere in the last quarter of 2023 were the Texas Department of Banking's extension of the state banking commissioner's authority, a recommendation to implement an updated ransomware self-assessment tool, and ongoing litigation in the state involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says Patrick Hanchey at Alston & Bird.

  • After Headwinds, 2024 May See Offshore Wind Momentum

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    Despite skyrocketing raw material costs, conflicting state and federal policies, and other setbacks for the offshore wind sector in 2023, the industry appears poised for growth in the coming year, with improving economics, more flexible procurement procedures and increasing legislative support, say Emily Huggins Jones and Ben Cowan at Locke Lord.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Inside Higher Education's New FCA Liability Challenges

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    As the educational sector expands its use of government funding, schools are at increased risk under the False Claims Act, but recent settlements offer valuable lessons about new theories of liability they may face and specific procedures to reduce their exposure, say James Zelenay and Jeremy Ochsenbein at Gibson Dunn.

  • 5 Most Notable Class Action Standing Cases Of 2023

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    Key appellate class action decisions this past year continued the trend of a more demanding approach to the threshold issue of standing during each phase of litigation, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

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