Texas

  • 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.

  • February 13, 2024

    Elliott Nails 1st Board Seat At Phillips 66 After Prior Demand

    Oil refiner Phillips 66 said Tuesday it has named former Cenovus Energy executive Robert W. Pease to its board, caving to pressure from Elliott Investment Management after the activist investor revealed it bought up a $1 billion stake in the company and was seeking two board seats.

Expert Analysis

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Why Criminal No-Poach Cases Can Be Deceptively Complex

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    Mark Rosman at Wilson Sonsini discusses the reasons many criminal no-poach cases that appear simple are actually more complicated than they seem, following several jury trial acquittals and two dismissed cases.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • CFPB, DOJ Signal Focus On Fair Lending To Immigrants

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    New joint guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice effectively broadens the scope of protected classes under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to include immigration status, indicating a significant shift in regulatory scrutiny, say Alex McFall and Leslie Sowers at Husch Blackwell.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Questions Linger Over Texas Business Court's Jurisdiction

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    If parties to a case in Texas' new business court do not agree on whether the court has supplemental jurisdiction over their claims, then those claims may proceed concurrently in another court — creating significant challenges for litigants, and raising questions that have yet to be answered, says Ryan Sullivan at Reichman Jorgensen.

  • Cross-Market Implications In FTC's Anesthesia Complaint

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent complaint against a private equity firm's acquisition of anesthesiology practices highlights the controversial issue of cross-market harm in health care provider mergers, and could provide important insights into how a court may view such theories of harm, say Christopher Lau and Dina Older Aguilar at Cornerstone Research.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • 10 Essential Bankruptcy Litigation Tips For In-House Counsel

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    Bankruptcy litigation is a complex and multifaceted area of law that poses unique challenges for in-house counsel, and there are several tools at legal professionals' disposal, like appraisals and understanding jurisdictions, to stay well-informed and protect their companies' interests, says Alison Ashmore at Dykema.

  • Total Stay Of CFPB Small Biz Data Rule Is Boon To Lenders

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    The Southern District of Texas’ nationwide halt of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Small Business Lending Rule would end if the CFPB wins a pending U.S. Supreme Court case, but the interim pause allows valuable extra time for financial institutions to plan their compliance strategies, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Why The Effect Of Vivint Has Been Minimal

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    A survey of recent ex parte reexamination decisions since the Federal Circuit’s 2021 In re: Vivint decision appears to support the court’s conclusion that the ruling was limited in scope and would have limited impact, says Yao Wang at Fish & Richardson.

  • 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.

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