Texas

  • April 05, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Michaels Fall Case After Footage Row

    Craft supply store Michaels will not need to face a customer's slip-and-fall lawsuit after a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Thursday that the customer was unable to prove how long a floor at a Slidell, La., location had been wet before the slip occurred.

  • April 05, 2024

    Contractor Settles Naturalized Citizen's Hiring Bias Claims

    A federal contractor settled claims that it slammed the brakes on hiring a naturalized citizen after finding out that she was not born in the U.S., the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • April 05, 2024

    Texas Justices Reverse Course In Atty Sex Tape Dispute

    The state's high court on Friday backpedaled on an earlier decision declining to intervene in a dispute between a woman and a Houston attorney she is suing over a video she says may contain child sexual abuse, agreeing to rehear her bid for relief from a court order governing the video.

  • April 05, 2024

    Beck Redden Beats Disbarred Atty's Texas Malpractice Suit

    A Texas federal judge granted Beck Redden LLP's request to end a malpractice suit against it from a disbarred attorney and former firm client who alleged the firm waived his right to a jury trial.

  • April 05, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Touch Texas Oil Export Terminal License

    The Fifth Circuit has rejected environmentalists' attempt to undo federal approval for a deepwater oil export terminal off Texas' Gulf Coast, finding the U.S. Coast Guard adequately considered the environmental consequences of the facility in its environmental assessment.

  • April 05, 2024

    US Gas Cos. Delay $7.4B Deal Closing Date Amid FTC Scrutiny

    A month after a group of 50 lawmakers urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a recent string of mergers and acquisitions in the oil industry, the regulatory agency is putting Chesapeake Energy and Southwestern Energy's planned $7.4 billion merger under the microscope.

  • April 04, 2024

    Punishing Docs' Statements Chills Free Speech, 5th Circ. Told

    A right-leaning nonprofit sparred with a group of specialty medical boards and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in front of the Fifth Circuit during oral arguments Thursday, saying that revoking doctors' medical licenses in retaliation for public statements on issues like abortion chills free speech.

  • April 04, 2024

    Charter Says Nonprofit's Fight Over Sealed Docs Is Too Late

    Charter Communications Inc. is disputing the Electronic Frontier Foundation's attempt to persuade a Texas federal court to unseal filings in a patent suit against the cable company over data transmission that settled late last year.

  • April 04, 2024

    5th Circ. Scrutinizes Data-Tracking On La. Health Provider Site

    A Fifth Circuit panel questioned Louisiana health care providers Thursday on the use of "tracking pixels" on their website, asking counsel for the providers whether a third party like Facebook could access patient records without patient permission.

  • April 04, 2024

    Depo Conflicts Mean Pretrial Win In Malpractice Suit, Attys Say

    A Texas state court judge on Thursday said he needed to more closely review the prior deposition of a man who claimed his Houston-area property was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda before deciding whether to grant a pretrial win to a law firm the man accused of botching his damage claim.

  • April 04, 2024

    Arby's, Sonic, Dunkin Settle Mystery Shopper IP Claims

    A Texas federal judge has stayed all deadlines in Fall Line Patents LLC's suit that accuses Arby's Restaurant Group Inc., Sonic Franchising LLC and Dunkin Brands Inc. of infringing its mystery shopper patent with their respective mobile applications, after the parties filed a joint bid saying they have settled their claims in principle.

  • April 04, 2024

    Snell & Wilmer Adds Former McDermott Partner In Dallas

    A former McDermott Will & Emery partner and tax specialist has joined Snell & Wilmer's Dallas office to advise clients on cross-border transactions, particularly in Latin America and Mexico.

  • April 04, 2024

    FDIC Reports Discriminatory Lending At SouthStar Bank

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has downgraded SouthStar Bank's community lending rating, reporting that a review of the institution's lending practices revealed evidence of redlining, according to an evaluation released by the agency.

  • April 04, 2024

    NC Tax Fraud Trial Evidence Bids Get Lukewarm Reception

    A North Carolina federal judge on Thursday seemed reluctant to limit certain evidence against two attorneys and an insurance agent in their upcoming tax fraud trial, saying some of it seemed pertinent to the government's quest to prove intent but suspected other information might be construed by jurors as "petty."

  • April 04, 2024

    Brett Favre Fights To Revive Miss. Defamation Suit In 5th Circ.

    Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre is arguing to the Fifth Circuit that fellow Hall of Fame inductee Shannon Sharpe's broadcast comments about his alleged involvement with a huge Mississippi welfare fraud could not be excused as hyperbole, in an attempt to revive a defamation suit against Sharpe.

  • April 04, 2024

    Ginnie Mae, HUD Must Face Bank's Vacated Lien Suit

    A Texas federal judge trimmed but declined to dismiss Texas Capital Bank's suit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and its Government National Mortgage Association program over a vacated loan lien that the bank says was worth tens of millions of dollars.

  • April 04, 2024

    HHS Asks Justices To Review 5th Circ. Abortion Ruling

    The Biden administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to add a Texas legal clash to its review of whether a federal law requiring emergency medical care can preempt state-level abortion bans, a question before the justices in a separate case.

  • April 04, 2024

    Judge Won't Pause Dismissal Of $114M Discord Stock Case

    A Houston judge has denied a bid from federal prosecutors to pause the dismissal of an indictment that accused eight men of running a $114 million pump-and-dump stock scheme, writing that the government's argument for a stay largely rehashes the merits of dismissing the case and "is not particularly persuasive."

  • April 04, 2024

    IT Firm ConvergeOne To Wipe $1.6B Of Debt In Ch. 11

    Information technology company ConvergeOne Holdings Inc. received preliminary approval for a disclosure statement Thursday that describes its plan to slash $1.6 billion from its balance sheet in a prepackaged Chapter 11.

  • April 03, 2024

    SD Gov. Noem Asks Tribes To 'Banish' Mexican Drug Cartels

    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has called on Native American tribes throughout the state to "banish" Mexican drug operators from tribal lands, saying that Indian reservations serve as ideal areas where cartels can set up their illicit operations.

  • April 03, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Wrestles With Crocs' 'Patented' Claim In False Ad Suit

    Efforts by footwear brand Crocs to fight allegations that its use of the word "patented" broke false advertising laws drew confusion from a Federal Circuit panel on Wednesday, spurring one judge to remark that "there's nothing novel" about the material used to make Crocs' shoes.

  • April 03, 2024

    NLRB Defends Urging Calif. Court To Defy 5th Circ. In SpaceX

    The National Labor Relations Board's suggestion that a California federal court should keep a transferred constitutional challenge from SpaceX even after the Fifth Circuit reversed the transfer was an act of "zealous advocacy" for itself, the board said Wednesday, responding to urgent questions from the appeals panel.

  • April 03, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Gets Lost In Intricacies Of Standing In Patent Law

    The Federal Circuit was thrown for a loop Wednesday in a case that asked whether the holder of an exclusive patent license could sue for infringement another company that could have acquired a license for the same patent by other means, with one judge calling the court's case law on the matter "very muddled."

  • April 03, 2024

    5th Circ. Remands Roof Tile Row To Texas District Court

    State Farm and a couple must further litigate whether there's coverage for hailstorm-related roof repairs under a policy provision covering costs to keep their home up to code, the Fifth Circuit ruled, finding a genuine factual dispute over whether replacement roof tiles interlock with original ones.

  • April 03, 2024

    Texas Backtracks At 5th Circ. On Extent Of Immigrant Arrest Law

    Texas' solicitor general denied that the state's controversial law aimed at arresting unauthorized immigrants would result in removing them, telling perplexed Fifth Circuit judges on Wednesday that they were wrong to have concluded the law likely encroaches on federal jurisdiction.

Expert Analysis

  • Insurer's '600-Lb. Life' Win Shows Why Fraud Suits Don't Stick

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    A Texas federal court’s recent ruling that Philadelphia Indemnity Co. did not fraudulently induce Megalomedia, the production company behind reality show “My 600-Lb. Life,” into purchasing insurance, demonstrates why a policyholder’s fraudulent inducement claim against an insurer will rarely succeed, says Robert Tugander at Rivkin Radler.

  • 3 Types Of Evidence Excluded Pretrial In 2023 TM Cases

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    Dylan I. Scher at Quinn Emanuel reviews three areas of rulings on motions in limine from 2023 where parties successfully excluded evidence in a trademark dispute, for legal practitioners to consider for future cases.

  • New Texas Funds For Water And Power Projects: Key Points

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    Two amendments to the Texas Constitution recently approved by the state's voters, implementing public funds for water and energy projects, may incentivize private companies to participate in development of new water and power infrastructure in Texas — and could well serve as a model for similar partnerships elsewhere, say attorneys at O'Melveny.

  • 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.

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