Texas

  • 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.

  • February 13, 2024

    Texas Appeals Court Grants Medical Coding Co.'s Atty Fee Bid

    A Texas appellate panel has ordered a diagnostics business to pay a medical coding company's attorney fees following a contract dispute between the companies, issuing a judgment Tuesday that also affirmed a trial court's decision to grant the coding company summary judgment.

  • February 13, 2024

    LaPierre Defends TV Spots, Celeb Ties As NRA Trial Nears End

    Former National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre told jurors in New York state court in the final week of trial Tuesday that he went on television and rubbed elbows with celebrities not out of a desire for the spotlight but to anchor the gun group in "mainstream American culture."

  • February 13, 2024

    Immigrants Seek To Certify Class Of 170,000 With Visa Delays

    A group of immigrants asked a Michigan federal judge Monday to certify a class of more than 170,000 immigrants accusing the government of mishandling its program of distributing so-called U-visas to immigrant victims of crime, arguing that the court can resolve their allegations of unreasonable delays on a classwide basis.

  • February 13, 2024

    Biden Administration Beats Big Pharma Texas Medicare Suit

    A Texas federal judge said he could not entertain Big Pharma's challenge to the Biden administration's prescription drug pricing program since the only Texas-based trade group fighting the lawsuit failed to first bring its constitutional complaint to U.S. healthcare authorities.

  • February 13, 2024

    LSD Trip Didn't Cause Quadriplegia, Houston Jury Told

    An attorney for a former high school gymnast who became a quadriplegic after allegedly taking LSD compared the circumstances of the man's injuries to the hypothetical of a juror getting hit by a car on the way to the courthouse as he fought off a bid from an insurance company seeking to avoid paying a $1 million settlement connected to the man's injury.

  • February 13, 2024

    Power Trader Fights $25M Loss Over Winter Storm At 5th Circ.

    A power trader told the Fifth Circuit Monday that a lower court wrongly awarded an electricity seller over $25 million in a contract fight over electricity price-hedging deals that sustained heavy losses during 2021's Winter Storm Uri, arguing that the seller already made a 41,982% return on its power transmission costs.

  • February 13, 2024

    ConocoPhillips Wins Transfer Of Retirees' 401(k) Suit To Texas

    An Oklahoma federal judge transferred to Texas a proposed class action from ConocoPhillips retirees alleging they lost more than $260 million when the company sunk their investment savings into the stock of a company ConocoPhillips spun off in 2012, given a forum selection clause in the 401(k) plan documents.

  • February 13, 2024

    Crypto Exec Wants IRS Summonses Quashed, Citing Privacy

    A cryptocurrency executive charged in a 2020 bitcoin fraud investigation was never notified about Internal Revenue Service summonses later sent to two banks that sought his and his company's financial records, he told a Texas federal court, arguing that the summonses should be quashed.

  • February 13, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A pizza chain, an energy company, a medical-device maker and a Manila casino were all hit with book-and-record demands last week in Delaware's Court of Chancery. A shoe company also walked away from a shareholder suit, two cryptocurrency companies tallied the costs of a broken merger, and three cigarette giants argued over Florida settlement payments.

  • February 13, 2024

    Biden Offshore Leasing Plan Faces Legal Heat On All Sides

    The Biden administration faces dueling D.C. Circuit challenges from the oil and gas industry and environmental advocates over its scaled-back offshore leasing program for 2024-2029.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    What 5th Circ. Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Ruling Got Wrong

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent ruling in National Press Photographers Association v. McGraw threatens to dilute the First Amendment rights of photographers using uncrewed aircraft systems and undermine federal control of the airspace, and is indicative of how other courts may misinterpret the Federal Aviation Administration's new fact sheet down the line, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • What Texas Business Court Could Mean For Oil, Gas Cases

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    While the new business court in Texas might seem an ideal venue for the numerous oil and gas disputes litigated in that state, many of these cases may remain outside its reach under the rules governing the court's jurisdiction — at least for now, say Conrad Hester and Emily Fitzgerald at Alston & Bird.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • SEC Fines Mean Cos. Should Review Anti-Whistleblower Docs

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    The Securities and Exchange Commission’s expanding focus on violations of whistleblower protection laws — as seen in recent settlements where company contracts forbade workers from reporting securities misconduct — means companies should review their employment and separation agreements for language that may discourage reporting, says Caroline Henry at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SolarWinds Ushers In New Era Of SEC Cyber Enforcement

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent lawsuit against software company SolarWinds Corp. and its chief information security officer is the first time the SEC has ever filed suit over scienter-based fraud involving cybersecurity failures, illustrating that both companies and CISOs need to be extra cautious in how they describe their cybersecurity practices, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • A Look At Successful Bid Protests In FY 2023

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    Attorneys at Sheppard Mullin look beyond the statistics in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent annual report on bid protests, sharing their insights about nine categories of sustained protests, gained from reading every fiscal year 2023 decision in which the protester had a positive result.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • FDA's Lab-Developed Test Rule May Bring Historic Challenges

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    If finalized, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed rule for regulating laboratory-developed tests will provoke some of the most interesting legal challenges that the agency has faced in decades, with outcomes that will likely reverberate across the agency's product centers, says Stacy Amin at MoFo.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Keeping Tabs On Fight Over Board Diversity Rule At 5th Circ.

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    Attorneys at Mintz dissect why the Fifth Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to Nasdaq’s new requirement that listed companies disclose board diversity data, assess how a petition calling the decision pro-discrimination may fare, and discuss where companies that have yet to meet the exchange's diversity goals go next.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling May Beget Fraud Jury Instruction Appeals

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Greenlaw decision, disapproving disjunctive fraudulent-intent jury instructions, will likely spawn appeals in mail, wire and securities fraud cases, but defendants must show that their deception furthered ends other than taking the victim's property, says Charles Fowler at McKool Smith.

  • Cos.' Trade Secret Measures Must Adjust To Remote-Work Era

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    Several recent cases demonstrate that companies need to reevaluate and adjust their trade secret protection strategies in this new age of remote work, says Stephanie Riley at Womble Bond.

  • Opinion

    Time To Ban Deferred Prosecution For Fatal Corporate Crime

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    As illustrated by prosecutors’ deals with Boeing and other companies, deferred prosecution agreements have strayed far from their original purpose, and Congress must ban the use of this tool in cases where corporate misconduct has led to fatalities, says Peter Reilly at Texas A&M University School of Law.

  • Opinion

    Courts Shouldn't Credit Allegations From Short-Seller Reports

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    Securities class actions against public companies can extend for years and lead to significant settlements, so courts should not allow such cases with allegations wholly reliant on reports by short-sellers, who have an economic interest in seeing a company's stock price decline, to proceed past the motion to dismiss stage, says Richard Zelichov at DLA Piper.

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