Texas

  • February 13, 2024

    Dallas Venue Not Covered For Shooting Death, Insurer Says

    The property owner of a Dallas event space is not owed defense or indemnity for an underlying wrongful death lawsuit, an insurer told a Texas federal court, arguing that negligent inaction by the property owner triggers two exclusions barring coverage.

  • February 13, 2024

    6 Sentenced For $20M COVID Aid Fraud Scheme

    Six Texas men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme to bilk over $20 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration using fraudulent applications for financial aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • February 13, 2024

    Foot Locker Can't Escape Fired Manager's Age Bias Suit

    Foot Locker can't avoid a former district manager's suit alleging he was fired because he was 59 years old, a Texas federal judge ruled, finding he provided enough evidence for a jury to conclude the retailer was dishonest when it said his performance was lacking.

  • February 13, 2024

    Elliott Nails 1st Board Seat At Phillips 66 After Prior Demand

    Oil refiner Phillips 66 said Tuesday it has named former Cenovus Energy executive Robert W. Pease to its board, caving to pressure from Elliott Investment Management after the activist investor revealed it bought up a $1 billion stake in the company and was seeking two board seats.

  • February 12, 2024

    Bank Trade Chief Warns Of Rules 'Masquerading As Guidance'

    The American Bankers Association's chief executive fired off a warning shot at federal regulators on Monday over their use of agency guidance, cautioning that several recent documents addressing certain bank fees and other practices are no substitute for formal rulemaking.

  • February 12, 2024

    Aerospace Supplier Can Kick Gulfstream Supply Deal

    A Texas bankruptcy court has said bankrupt supply-chain management company Incora can ditch its contract to buy aerospace parts on behalf of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which would repurchase them for fixed prices.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ex-Jones Day Partner With FERC Past Joins Baker Botts

    Baker Botts LLP announced Monday that the former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Division of Investigations joined the firm's energy litigation practice as a partner in Houston.

  • February 12, 2024

    Kodiak Gas Gives Enforcers More Time To Review $854M Deal

    Kodiak has given enforcers more time to review its planned $854 million deal for CSI Compressco, which would combine two major providers of compression services to the oil and gas industry.

  • February 12, 2024

    Oil Co. Can't Get New Injury Trial With Video Evidence

    A Texas appeals court declined Friday to let National OilWell Varco LP get a redo in a trial that resulted in a $520,000 injury verdict against it, finding that the trial court was right to exclude video evidence that was disclosed well past the discovery deadline.

  • February 12, 2024

    Gilstrap Changes Mind, Delays Netlist Trial For PTAB Order

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap changed his mind Saturday about allowing Netlist's infringement trial against Micron to proceed before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's review of two patents-in-suit concludes in April, noting that on further consideration, doing so would pose a risk of inefficiently spending limited judicial resources.

  • February 12, 2024

    Oil Driller Accused Of Using Creditor Assets For Ch. 11

    A group of claimants in a Texas-based oil driller's Chapter 11 case recently asked a bankruptcy judge to reject the debtor's proposal for reorganization, alleging the plan would unlawfully use their property interests to pay off the company's debts and administrative costs.

  • February 12, 2024

    Feds Want 'Vague' Texas Censorship Suit Moved To DC

    The U.S. State Department wants a Texas federal court to move to the District of Columbia an "incomprehensible" First Amendment lawsuit from the Lone Star State and right-wing media companies, claiming there is no serious connection between the litigation and its current venue.

  • February 12, 2024

    Siblings Fail To Escape SEC's $112M Pump-And-Dump Suit

    A brother and sister named in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case concerning an alleged pump-and-dump scheme that defrauded investors of $112 million failed to escape the suit after a Texas federal judge ruled that the SEC successfully showed that the siblings had at least a general awareness of their role in the scheme, among other things.

  • February 12, 2024

    Let Power Pricing Order Stay Dead, Texas Justices Hear

    There's no reason for the Texas Supreme Court to revive a policy that allowed the state's grid operator to set electricity prices at the systemwide market cap in the wake of winter storm-induced blackouts in 2021, a pair of power companies have told the justices.

  • February 12, 2024

    Prosecutors Say Paxton Can't Alter History To 'Dodge' Fraud Case

    Prosecutors have urged a Texas state court to reject a bid from state Attorney General Ken Paxton to dismiss a 2015 securities fraud case against him on speedy trial grounds, saying he is attempting to rewrite history and use delays he helped create to "dodge prosecution."

  • February 12, 2024

    Discord Stock Traders Say Prosecutors' Evidence Is Faulty

    A group of men accused of operating a multimillion-dollar pump-and-dump scheme on Discord and other social media asked a Texas federal judge to sanction the government, saying that prosecutors had cherry-picked evidence to create exhibits that are misleading at best and inaccurate at worst.

  • February 12, 2024

    Lotto Scammer Impersonated SDNY Criminal Chief, Feds Say

    A Costa Rican national was charged with impersonating law enforcement officials, including the chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, as part of a scheme to trick elderly victims into wiring him millions under the false pretense that they'd won a lottery prize.

  • February 12, 2024

    Colo. Personal Injury Firm Ditches TM Suit Against Texas Firm

    A prominent Denver personal injury firm has dropped its suit against a Texas rival for allegedly violating a trademark territory agreement, according to an order approved last week by a Colorado state judge.

  • February 12, 2024

    Schools' $104M Aid-Fixing Deal OK'd, Vanderbilt Deal Coming

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday granted initial approval to a $104.5 million deal with Yale, Emory, Brown, Columbia and Duke in a proposed antitrust class action claiming that 17 universities conspired to limit student aid, with another settlement from Vanderbilt expected to hit the docket in the coming weeks.

  • February 12, 2024

    Viking Energy Shareholder Says Merger Was For CEO's Gain

    The former CEO of Texas energy company Viking Energy Group Inc. has been slapped with a proposed shareholder class action claiming he pursued a merger with a "financially troubled" shell company in order to provide himself with an exponentially greater claim of Viking's economic value.

  • February 12, 2024

    Paul Hastings Adds Corporate Trio From Akin Gump In Texas

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that it has brought on a three-member team of corporate lawyers in Houston from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP who boast more than 70 combined years of mergers and acquisitions and securities experience between them.

  • February 12, 2024

    Diamondback Buying Endeavor In $26B Permian Megamerger

    Diamondback Energy Inc. said Monday it has agreed to buy Endeavor Energy Resources LP in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $26 billion, inclusive of Endeavor's net debt, to create the premier independent operator in the Permian Basin.

  • February 11, 2024

    Rise In Billing For Catheters May Signal $2B Medicare Fraud

    Seven companies may have fraudulently billed Medicare by as much as $2 billion over two years for medical supplies that were never requested or received, according to an analysis by a Washington, D.C.-based group representing healthcare providers.

  • February 09, 2024

    Lawmakers Want TikTok Parent Barred From Software Exports

    A group of lawmakers led by Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Democrat Rep. Josh Gottheimer have asked the Biden administration to add TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, to the U.S. Department of Commerce's foreign entity list and bar the transfer of U.S. software to the company.

  • February 09, 2024

    Texas City Challenges $8M Race Discrimination Verdict

    A Texas city that lost a multimillion-dollar discrimination case brought by its Black former city manager appealed the jury verdict to the Fifth Circuit just as the manager's attorneys moved for $1.2 million in fees in federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Sets Bostock, Faith Exemption Up For Review

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    The Fifth Circuit's Braidwood v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision could tee up U.S. Supreme Court review of whether employing an individual to whose protected class the employer objects infringes on the employer's religious beliefs, potentially narrowing LGBTQ worker protections from the high court's 2020 Bostock v. Clayton County decision, says Adam Grogan at Bell Law.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Alcohol's E-Commerce Spike Brings Regulatory Dilemmas

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    In the evolving landscape of beverage alcohol e-commerce, the clash between supplier marketing and tied-house laws poses challenges, with regulators grappling to keep pace with the digital marketplace, leaving the industry in a gray area, says Jaci Flug at Greenspoon Marder.

  • IRA Monetization Energizes Clean Power Tax Credit Market

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    Recent large sales of clean energy production tax credits reflect an environment in which the Inflation Reduction Act's provisions for monetizing such credits via direct transfer — bypassing slow, costly tax equity transactions — offer opportunities for both developers and investors, says Andrew Eastman at Husch Blackwell.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 1 Year In, Money Laundering Law Tweak May Have Big Impact

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    Despite receiving little attention, Congress' quiet extension of the statute of limitations for money laundering offenses involving foreign bribery offenses is a powerful prosecutorial tool that defense counsel can nevertheless counter by using certain pretrial challenges, says attorney Andrew Feldman.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Tracking MDL Geography

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    In recent years, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has predominantly selected states east of the Mississippi River as venues for new MDLs — but with half of the proceedings it has created in recent months venued in Arizona and California, the panel is not neglecting the western part of the country, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Why Criminal No-Poach Cases Can Be Deceptively Complex

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    Mark Rosman at Wilson Sonsini discusses the reasons many criminal no-poach cases that appear simple are actually more complicated than they seem, following several jury trial acquittals and two dismissed cases.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

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