Texas

  • February 21, 2024

    CoStar, Hotel Giants Accused Of Data-Driven Price-Fixing

    Hilton, Hyatt and other big name hotel operators are the target of a proposed class action alleging they colluded with hospitality industry analytics firm CoStar Group Inc. to fix prices in luxury hotel markets in Seattle and other major U.S. cities, according to a suit filed in Washington federal court.

  • February 21, 2024

    5th Circ. Affirms Subrogation Loss In Fieldwood Energy Sale

    The Fifth Circuit has ruled that a group of insurers that issued surety bonds to bankrupt Fieldwood Energy in a sale of its assets are not entitled to subrogation rights because the bankruptcy court's order stripping their rights could not be challenged under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, a protection that limits appellate review of an approved sale.

  • February 21, 2024

    Appliance Parts Maker Can Mediate Creditor Suits In Ch. 11

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Wednesday granted an appliance components producer's request in its Chapter 11 case to engage in mediation with Invesco, a lender group and other parties to address "significant issues" tied to two lawsuits brought against the company last year.

  • February 21, 2024

    Texas Seeks Nonprofit Shutdown, Alleges Migrant Smuggling

    Texas' attorney general wants a court in El Paso County to shut down a Catholic nonprofit organization for allegedly denying the state immediate access to records to evaluate whether the organization was smuggling or harboring migrants, among other alleged legal violations.

  • February 21, 2024

    Ex-Law Prof Wants High Court To Hear Gender Bias Suit

    A white female former law professor urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her suit against Texas Southern University, saying the Fifth Circuit held her to too high of a standard to show she was subjected to so much bullying that she was forced to quit.

  • February 21, 2024

    Crown Castle Proxy Spat Pits Paul Weiss Against Cadwalader

    Crown Castle Inc.'s board has rejected four board nominees of one of its co-founders, Ted Miller, as a proxy fight pits the communications infrastructure company and its Paul Weiss counsel against Miller and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • February 21, 2024

    Bradley Arant Adds Ex-Baker Botts Labor, Employment Leader

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is deepening its bench in the Lone Star State with the addition of its latest partner in Dallas, the former chair of Baker Botts' labor and employment practice.

  • February 21, 2024

    Cruise Line Hornblower Hits Ch. 11 With Over $1B Debt

    Cruise line and ferry service Hornblower Group Inc. and affiliates on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas with a plan to cut $720 million from its more than $1 billion of debt through a deal that will hand majority control to private equity firm Strategic Value Partners.

  • February 20, 2024

    SEC Zeroes In On SolarWinds Exec In Revised Complaint

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has doubled down on its case accusing software provider SolarWinds Corp. of failing to warn the public about the cybersecurity vulnerabilities that gave rise to a 2020 hack, providing a New York federal court with more detail about the involvement of the company's chief information security officer in the alleged cover-up.

  • February 20, 2024

    Bank's Ex-Employees Must Face Trade Secrets Suit

    A Texas federal judge refused on Tuesday to toss the bulk of trade secret claims against a group of former employees of a company that eventually became Centennial Bank, but he did agree to trim some claims.

  • February 20, 2024

    5th Circ. Sides With Nickelback In 'Rockstar' Copyright Fight

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday ruled against an artist who claims Canadian rock band Nickelback ripped off his song for its 2005 hit "Rockstar," saying that singing about making lots of money or referencing sports are rockstar clichés and does not show a striking similarity.

  • February 20, 2024

    Judge Spikes Ebix Investors' Bid For Ch. 11 Equity Committee

    A Texas bankruptcy judge declined Tuesday to take the rare step of ordering the appointment of an equity committee to act on behalf of a group of shareholders in Ebix Inc.'s Chapter 11 case, ruling that the investors will be adequately represented without one. 

  • February 20, 2024

    Jury Says LSD Didn't Cause Quadriplegia; Insurer To Pay $1M

    A North Carolina insurance company is on the hook for a $1 million settlement between a former high school gymnast who became a quadriplegic after taking LSD and the owners of the home where he ingested the drugs, a Houston federal jury ruled Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    High Court Blocks Bid By 3 States To Join Abortion Drug Case

    Republican attorneys general of three states on Tuesday lost in their attempt to join the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging approval of the abortion medication mifepristone, a potential blow to their efforts to ensure the case isn't dismissed for lack of standing.

  • February 20, 2024

    5th Circ. Seeks Texas Justices' Input On LNG Permit Fight

    The Fifth Circuit has yanked its prior ruling that scrapped an emissions permit issued by Texas environmental regulators for a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal, saying it wants the state's Supreme Court to weigh in on how to define the best available pollution control technology under Texas law.

  • February 20, 2024

    US Trustee Wants Sorrento Ch. 11 Tossed Or Relocated

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has moved to have Sorrento Therapeutics' Chapter 11 case dismissed, alleging the biopharmaceutical company manufactured a venue in Texas bankruptcy court, even as the debtor asked for court approval to sell off its assets to its CEO under a revised reorganization plan.

  • February 20, 2024

    VLSI Seeks Delay Of Trial On Intel Patent License Defense

    VLSI has urged a California federal judge to postpone a trial set for next month on Intel's claim that it has a license to VLSI's semiconductor patents in the multibillion-dollar dispute between the companies, saying the current trial date is "unfeasible and unfair."

  • February 20, 2024

    Audacy Ch. 11 Plan Reducing Debt By $1.6B Confirmed

    Radio station operator Audacy Inc. received approval on Tuesday for its prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, allowing it to convert about $1.6 billion of debt to equity and emerge from bankruptcy following approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

  • February 20, 2024

    Steward Health CEO Accused Of $45M Dividend Fraud

    A California medical staffing agency says embattled Steward Health Care owes it a whopping $45 million, telling a Texas federal court that Steward CEO Ralph de la Torre should cough up part of the sum because he issued a $111 million fraudulent dividend even though his company was drowning in debt.

  • February 20, 2024

    Solar Co. Preyed On Elderly Prior To DOE Loan Deal, Suit Says

    Sunnova Energy International Inc. was hit with a proposed investor class action alleging shareholders were damaged when reports revealed that it routinely engaged in predatory tactics against elderly homeowners before it entered a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy to help disadvantaged communities.

  • February 20, 2024

    Hess Corp. Oil Refinery Unit Gets OK For Ch. 11 Plan

    Oil and gas company Hess Corp.'s bankrupt oil refinery unit HONX Inc. received confirmation of its Chapter 11 reorganization plan that would allow it to pay $105 million to injury claimants who they say were affected by the company's asbestos exposure.

  • February 20, 2024

    FERC Greenlights $6.7B Vistra-Energy Harbor Merger

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a $6.7 billion proposed merger between Vistra Corp. and Ohio-based Energy Harbor LLC after taking extra time to review the tie-up amid competition concerns from both federal antitrust officials and state consumer advocates.

  • February 20, 2024

    GOP Sens. Seek Full Impeachment Trial For Mayorkas

    A group of Senate Republicans made the case on Tuesday that their constitutional duty compels them to hold a full impeachment trial for Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, despite reservations from other Republicans in the Democrat-led Senate.

  • February 20, 2024

    Full 5th Circ. To Hear Appeal Of Nasdaq Board Diversity Rule

    The Fifth Circuit agreed Tuesday to rehear en banc a lawsuit challenging a Nasdaq board diversity rule that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had approved, granting conservative groups that brought the lawsuit another shot at overturning a rule that requires Nasdaq-listed companies to disclose board diversity data.

  • February 20, 2024

    Justices Give Feds Time In Texas, Fla. Social Media Law Fights

    The U.S. Supreme Court has set aside time for the federal government to weigh in on looming oral arguments in cases to determine the constitutionality of controversial Texas and Florida laws that restrict social media companies' ability to curb users' speech.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Disability Benefits Ruling Holds Claim Evaluation Lessons

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    In Haynes v. Principal Life Insurance, a Texas federal court recently overturned a disability benefits denial, providing both claimants and insurers with valuable insight on what constitutes a valid benefits claim, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • 8 Privacy Law Predictions For 2024

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    As the new year begins, looking back to several of last year's privacy law developments may help companies forecast what to focus on when updating their privacy programs, including children's privacy, so-called dark patterns and the collection of data by connected cars, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 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.

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