Texas

  • February 16, 2024

    Paxton Prosecutor Steps Down After Row Over Pretrial Deal

    One of two appointed prosecutors overseeing a securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told a state court judge Friday that he is stepping down from the case, citing a disagreement over whether the state's chief legal officer should be allowed to resolve the charges through pretrial intervention.

  • February 16, 2024

    Conspirators In $3M IRS Refund Check Theft Get Prison Terms

    Two men will serve lengthy prison terms for their role in conspiring to steal and cash a Houston couple's tax refund check worth nearly $3 million, according to sentencing orders filed in Texas federal court.

  • February 16, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Paul Weiss, Kirkland

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Diamondback buys Endeavor, KKR & Co. acquires a stake in Cotiviti, and Gilead Sciences Inc. purchases CymaBay Therapeutics Inc.

  • February 15, 2024

    SpaceX Heads To Texas After Musk's Tesla Pay Package Axed

    Elon Musk announced Wednesday that he is taking SpaceX's business incorporation from Delaware to Texas, after Delaware's chancellor last month struck down his proposed $55 billion Tesla pay package.

  • February 15, 2024

    Enviro Orgs Sue EPA Over PFAS Data For Plastic Containers

    Two environmental groups accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday of withholding test data on the presence of forever chemicals in fluorinated plastic containers in response to their Freedom of Information Act request.

  • February 15, 2024

    Restaurant Franchise Owner Hit With $30.7M Jury Verdict

    A Dallas County, Texas, jury has returned a $30.7 million verdict against major restaurant franchise company Sun Holdings Inc. and its owner in favor of an executive who claimed they refused to pay him his fair share of profits for operating nearly 150 Popeyes eateries.

  • February 15, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Revives MasterObjects Patent Suit Against Meta

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday gave MasterObjects Inc. a second chance to argue Meta Platforms Inc. has infringed its search query patents, taking issue with claim construction changes as the case was transferred from Texas to California.

  • February 15, 2024

    Texas Migrant Arrest Law Needs 'A Lot More Care,' Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge Thursday seemed poised to block a controversial state law that would permit the state to arrest and deport migrants, telling attorneys for the state that the statute may lead to a patchwork of immigration law akin to "the kind of thing the Civil War said you can't do."

  • February 15, 2024

    NRA Accuses NY AG Of Political Bias As Trial Closes

    Lawyers for the National Rifle Association and its former CEO Wayne LaPierre accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of political bias in their final trial arguments Thursday, while a government attorney said this "witch hunt" defense is merely a distraction from the gun group's misuse of charitable assets.

  • February 15, 2024

    Instant Brands May Have Rights Against Supplier, Judge Says

    A Texas bankruptcy judge issued a tentative ruling that could favor appliance and housewares maker Instant Brands in its dispute with a supplier objecting to the Chapter 11 plan's treatment of indemnification claims.

  • February 15, 2024

    No Coverage For Pandemic Losses, NY Top Court Rules

    A Texas-based restaurant operator isn't entitled to insurance coverage for its pandemic losses, New York's top court ruled Thursday, saying the operator didn't allege the kind of physical loss or damage required for coverage.

  • February 15, 2024

    SpaceX Suit Over NLRB Structure Shipped To Calif.

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday granted the National Labor Relations Board's request to transfer SpaceX's lawsuit claiming the agency is unconstitutionally structured to California, saying the actions the company said allowed it to file in Texas were "incidental to the principal events occurring elsewhere."

  • February 15, 2024

    Investor In Battery Co. Microvast Sues Over De-SPAC Merger

    Leaders of lithium-ion battery maker Microvast Holdings Inc. and the blank-check company that took it public in July 2021 were so "personally hellbent on completing the merger" for their own benefit that they deceived public investors into approving it, a shareholder alleges in a new Delaware Chancery Court suit.

  • February 15, 2024

    Google, AGs Told To Step Up Discovery In Texas-Led Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday told counsel for Google and a coalition of states led by Texas that they must do a better job coordinating discovery in an antitrust suit accusing the tech giant of monopolizing the online ad market.

  • February 15, 2024

    Ga. Judge Hits Medicare Kickback Con Artist With 30 Months

    A Texas man convicted of running a Medicare kickback scheme that reaped more than $11 million in reimbursements was sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a Georgia federal judge Thursday and ordered to pay $13.3 million in restitution to the government and health insurers.

  • February 15, 2024

    4E Agent Floats Plan To Hand Disputed Atty Fees To Creditors

    The Chapter 11 agent for hand sanitizer maker 4E Brands Northamerica LLC has asked a Texas bankruptcy judge to approve a modified reorganization plan that would allow unsecured creditors to recover fees that Jackson Walker LLP may be forced to disgorge over an ethics scandal involving a former partner.

  • February 15, 2024

    Ex-Employer Blasts Lewis Brisbois Partner's Immunity Claim

    A Houston lawyer and his firm, Berg & Androphy, are urging a Texas state court to reject an attempt by a former employee and current partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to avoid $457,190 in potential sanctions for allegedly harassing Berg & Androphy with years of legal fights over back wages.

  • February 15, 2024

    Petition Watch: Classes, Litigation Changes & Fraud Theories

    The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for review each term, but only a few make the news. Here, Law360 looks at four petitions filed in the past three weeks that you might've missed, including questions over how courts should analyze class certification bids and regulations restricting specific speech for content-neutral reasons, whether plaintiffs must reestablish standing after amending lawsuits, and what constitutes fraud.

  • February 15, 2024

    Bradley Arant Hires Liskow & Lewis Employment Pro In Houston

    A longtime Liskow & Lewis attorney has jumped to Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP's labor and employment practice in Houston in an effort to further the firm's strategic growth in Texas.

  • February 15, 2024

    8 Men Get Jail Time In $2M Hemp Wine Pump-And-Dump Ploy

    Ohio federal prosecutors have announced the convictions of eight men charged with participating in a pump-and-dump scheme meant to boost the Global Resource Energy Inc. stock price, which purportedly planned to offer hemp-infused wine.

  • February 15, 2024

    Appliance Parts Co. Robertshaw Hits Ch. 11 With $833M Debt

    Illinois-based appliance part maker Robertshaw filed for Chapter 11 protection in a Texas bankruptcy court Thursday with nearly $833 million in debt and a purchase offer from a lender group.

  • February 14, 2024

    American Airlines Settles Ticketing Row With Travel Website

    American Airlines Inc. told a Texas federal court Tuesday that it has settled its lawsuit claiming that Kiwi.com sold the airline's tickets and displayed American's trademarks and copyright-protected flight symbol without permission.

  • February 14, 2024

    NY Judge Sends Migrant Busing Suit Back To State Court

    A state court will hear the New York City social services commissioner's $708 million lawsuit seeking to hold charter companies liable for Texas' migrant busing policies, after a New York federal court ruled Wednesday that the case does not raise federal questions.

  • February 14, 2024

    PTAB Denies DJI's Request To Review Textron Drone Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will not review the validity of a Textron Innovations Inc. drone patent challenged by Chinese rival SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. after finding that DJI failed to show that the claims are likely invalid.

  • February 14, 2024

    Google Again Targets 'Strategic' Texas AGs' Ad Tech Delays

    Google is hoping a newly appointed special master can finally force a coalition of state attorneys general led by Texas to hand over "fundamental information" it said Tuesday has long been improperly withheld from one of three cases targeting its dominance over display advertising placement auction technology.

Expert Analysis

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 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.

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