Texas

  • May 29, 2024

    Judge Says Texas Can't Relitigate DHS Parole Program

    A Texas federal judge won't reconsider a March decision dismissing the Lone Star state's challenge to the Biden administration's parole program for Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, saying Texas is trying to relitigate the court's conclusion that it lacks standing.

  • May 29, 2024

    No Sanctions Over Drone Video For Houston Cancer MDL Atty

    A state judge said Wednesday that she wasn't planning on sanctioning an attorney representing Houston residents living near a contaminated rail yard for allowing allegedly improper drone videos to be taken over the site despite telling the lawyer that the "miscommunication" with his staff is "really on you."

  • May 29, 2024

    Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Chancery Pins Down Musk, Tesla On Pay Bid, Del. Jurisdiction

    Delaware's chancellor has nailed Elon Musk, Tesla Inc. and their counsel to assurances that the company won't flee state corporate law jurisdiction and a potentially massive stockholder attorney fee dispute by rushing votes on a struck-down, $56 billion compensation plan for Musk and proposed reincorporation in Texas.

  • May 29, 2024

    House Ethics Committee To Probe Indicted Rep. Cuellar

    The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that it has formed a subcommittee to investigate activities of Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, who was recently charged with accepting bribes from entities in Azerbaijan and Mexico in exchange for political favors.

  • May 29, 2024

    Sidley Brings On Akin's Oil And Gas Leader In Houston

    Sidley Austin LLP has fortified its energy, transportation and infrastructure group with a partner in Houston who previously led the U.S. oil and gas practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    5th Circ. Stays Transfer Of Suit Over CFPB's Late Fee Rule

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the transfer of a banking industry lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $8 credit card late fee rule, again intervening in the case less than a day after a Texas federal judge ordered it sent to Washington, D.C., for a second time.

  • May 29, 2024

    Fisher Phillips Adds Employment Pro In Dallas From GRSM50

    Fisher Phillips has strengthened its Dallas roster with a litigator experienced in representing employers in a broad array of complex labor and employment disputes who came aboard from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP.

  • May 29, 2024

    Wachtell, Kirkland Steer $22.5B ConocoPhillips-Marathon Deal

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz-advised ConocoPhillips has agreed to acquire Marathon Oil, represented by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in an all-stock transaction with an enterprise value of $22.5 billion, inclusive of $5.4 billion of debt, the companies said Wednesday. 

  • May 28, 2024

    VLSI Wants Fed. Circ. To Pause Before Pursuing PQA Appeal

    VLSI Technology LLC has asked the Federal Circuit to hold off on deciding whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board improperly invalidated its chip patent in a high-profile dispute until after the court rules on a key prior art issue in unrelated litigation.

  • May 28, 2024

    Frontier, Ex-CEO Settle $21.8M Life Insurance Benefits Feud

    Frontier Communications and Leonard Tow, its former CEO and the top executive of a predecessor, have privately settled a feud surrounding tens of millions in split-dollar life insurance policies, with both sides asking a Connecticut state court judge to withdraw a $21.8 million prejudgment remedy order issued last month.

  • May 28, 2024

    Singer Tells Justices Jurors Should Hear His 'Rockstar' Song

    The frontman of a band called Snowblind is telling the U.S. Supreme Court that at least one appeals court judge seemingly decided for herself that his 2001 demo sounded nothing like the Nickelback hit record "Rockstar," something he thinks a jury should decide instead. 

  • May 28, 2024

    27 States Urge Fed. Circ. To Back Idaho 'Patent Troll' Law

    Attorneys general from 27 states, along with tech industry lobbying groups, have thrown their support behind Micron Technology Inc.'s argument in its fight at the Federal Circuit that Idaho's law barring "bad faith" allegations of patent infringement is constitutional.

  • May 28, 2024

    5th Circ. Flips Cancer-Drug Maker's Defeat In Hair Loss MDL

    The Fifth Circuit has vacated a summary judgment ruling in favor of four women who say two drugmakers failed to warn consumers that their chemotherapy drug could cause hair loss, saying it was impossible for the companies to simultaneously comply with federal and state failure-to-warn laws.

  • May 28, 2024

    Texas Judge Sends Suit Over CFPB Late Fee Rule Back To DC

    A Texas federal judge Tuesday ordered another cross-country trip for a banking industry lawsuit that challenges the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $8 credit card late fee rule, sending the case back to Washington, D.C., shortly after regaining control over it.

  • May 28, 2024

    High Court Passes On Collection Firm's CFPB Funding Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that it won't take up a now-shuttered debt collection law firm's fight against an investigative demand by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, turning down a case that covered the same constitutional ground as one that the justices recently decided in the agency's favor.

  • May 28, 2024

    Ex-NRA CFO Settles NY AG Suit Before Phase-Two Trial

    The National Rifle Association's former chief financial officer has reached a settlement with the New York attorney general's office ahead of the second phase of a trial over claims the group and its executives misused donor money, among other alleged misconduct.

  • May 28, 2024

    FERC Wrong To Backtrack On Grid Project Plan, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unlawfully reversed course on a regional grid operator's plan to spread out the costs of transmission upgrade projects, unfairly saddling customers within certain areas with higher bills, two Kansas electricity cooperatives have told the D.C. Circuit.

  • May 28, 2024

    Snubbed ConvergeOne Creditors Appeal Ch. 11 Plan

    A group of ConvergeOne lenders that claim the information technology company's reorganization plan unfairly advantages rival creditors has appealed a Texas bankruptcy judge's recent ruling approving the Chapter 11 deal, asking a district court to stay the decision while it challenges what it called an "exclusive" rights offering underlying the plan.

  • May 28, 2024

    Exxon Investor Broadens Promise To Nix Climate Proxy Bid

    An activist investor sued by Exxon Mobil Corp. over a now-withdrawn shareholder proposal concerning climate change has again called on the oil giant to withdraw its suit after broadening its previous promise not to resubmit the proposal in the future.

  • May 28, 2024

    Texas Crypto Mining CEO Hits Back At SEC's $5.6M Fraud Suit

    The CEO of a crypto-asset mining and hosting company wants out of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's suit accusing him and the company of defrauding investors through a $5.6 million unregistered securities offering, arguing that its agreements with clients were not securities.

  • May 28, 2024

    American To Cut Attys Who Blamed Child Filmed In Bathroom

    Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP attorneys are on the brink of being removed as counsel for American Airlines in a Texas state lawsuit over an ex-flight attendant's secret bathroom recording of a 9-year-old girl.

  • May 28, 2024

    Tech Co. Says Houston Court Set Trial Despite Atty Vacations

    A Kansas-based technology company has asked a Texas appellate court to push back a June trial date in Houston, writing that a trial court judge scheduled the proceeding despite being notified of vacation conflicts by multiple attorneys.

  • May 28, 2024

    V&E, Sidley Austin Build $3.25B Sale Of WTG Midstream

    Vinson & Elkins LLP-advised Energy Transfer on Tuesday announced plans to purchase privately held midstream company WTG Midstream, advised by Sidley Austin LLP, in a deal valued at roughly $3.25 billion.

  • May 28, 2024

    Legal Lenders Can't Avoid Hurricane Ads Suit, Plaintiff Argues

    Funding companies that lent $20 million to a Texas law firm accused of using it to deceptively solicit hurricane victims can't escape liability by claiming they didn't know how attorneys were using the money or "simply because they don't have offices in the state," according to a Louisiana woman at the forefront of a putative class action.

Expert Analysis

  • Cos. Must Stay On Alert With Joint Employer Rule In Flux

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    While employers may breathe a sigh of relief at recent events blocking the National Labor Relations Board's proposed rule that would make it easier for two entities to be deemed joint employers, the rule is not yet dead, say attorneys at ​​​​​​​Day Pitney.

  • 5th Circ. Bond Claim Ruling Shows Creditors Must Be Vigilant

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    In Raymond James & Associates v. Jalbert, the Fifth Circuit recently held that the bankruptcy debtor's indemnification obligations were discharged by the confirmed plan because the indemnified party failed to speak up, demonstrating that creditors must proactively protect their rights, says Joshua Lesser at Bradley Arant.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • One Contract Fix Can Reduce Employer Lawsuit Exposure

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    A recent Fifth Circuit ruling that saved FedEx over $365 million highlights how a one-sentence limitation provision on an employment application or in an at-will employment agreement may be the easiest cost-savings measure for employers against legal claims, say Sara O'Keefe and William Wortel at BCLP.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • The State Of Play In DEI And ESG 1 Year After Harvard Ruling

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    Almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, attorney general scrutiny of environmental, social and governance-related efforts indicates a potential path for corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be targeted, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • FTC Noncompete Rule Risks A Wave Of State AG Actions

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    The Federal Trade Commission's final rule language banning noncompetes may contribute to a waterfall enforcement effect in which state attorneys general deploy their broad authority to treat noncompetes as separate and independent violations, say Ryan Strasser and Carson Cox at Troutman Pepper.

  • What The FTC Report On AG Collabs Means For Cos.

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    The Federal Trade Commission's April report on working with state attorneys general shows collaboration can increase efficiency and consistency in how statutes are interpreted and enforced, which can minimize the likelihood of requests for inconsistent injunctive relief that can create operational problems for businesses, say attorneys at Kelley Drye.

  • When Oral Settlements Reached In Mediation Are Enforceable

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    A recent decision by the New Jersey Appellate Division illustrates the difficulties that may arise in trying to enforce an oral settlement agreement reached in mediation, but adherence to certain practices can improve the likelihood that such an agreement will be binding, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • What Transactional Attys Must Know About Texas Biz Courts

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    As Texas prepares to launch its new business courts, transactional attorneys — especially those involved in commercial, securities and internal governance matters — should keep several issues in mind when considering use of the state's business court system to facilitate deals and settle disputes, say attorneys at Katten.

  • Series

    Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

  • 5 Lessons From Ex-Vitol Trader's FCPA Conviction

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    The recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering conviction of former Vitol oil trader Javier Aguilar in a New York federal court provides defense takeaways on issues ranging from the definition of “domestic concern” to jury instruction strategy, says attorney Andrew Feldman.

  • 3 Employer Lessons From NLRB's Complaint Against SpaceX

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    Severance agreements traditionally have included nondisparagement and nondisclosure provisions as a matter of course — but a recent National Labor Relations Board complaint against SpaceX underscores the ongoing efforts to narrow severance agreements at the state and federal levels, say attorneys at Williams & Connolly.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

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