• December 05, 2023

    ​​​​​​​Chevron-Backed Renewable Oil JV Secures $16M DIP Loan

    Novvi LLC, a renewable oil joint venture that's majority-owned by a Chevron subsidiary, can use $16 million in debtor-in-possession funding, a Texas bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, overriding objections from an investor that said the agreement will water down its ownership stake.

  • December 05, 2023

    Texas Sued By Pregnant Woman Seeking Abortion Care

    A Texas woman who says she is suffering pregnancy complications sued the Lone Star State on Tuesday seeking to block its abortion bans, so she may terminate a nonviable fetus, in what an advocacy group believes is a first-of-its-kind case since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973.

  • December 05, 2023

    Intel Seeks New Trial In $1B VLSI Case After Ax Of $2B Verdict

    After the Federal Circuit vacated a $2.18 billion verdict against Intel Corp. in a patent dispute with VLSI Technology LLC, Intel told a Texas federal judge that the ruling means a new trial is also needed in a $948 million case over a different VLSI microchip patent.

  • December 05, 2023

    States Ask Justices To Ignore US Objections To Water Deal

    Texas, New Mexico and Colorado are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the federal government's objections to a proposed consent decree that resolves a long-running dispute over Lower Rio Grande water resources.

  • December 05, 2023

    Travelers Says No Coverage In Ericsson Terrorist Bribery Suit

    Travelers told a Texas federal court Tuesday it should have no duty to defend or indemnify Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson Inc. over claims that it engaged in a "global bribery scheme" with foreign terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and ISIS to protect its business interests in the Middle East.

  • December 05, 2023

    Chamber Sees 'Red Flags' In Joint Employer Transfer Bid

    The NLRB's attempt to transfer a suit over its new joint employer rule to the D.C. Circuit is a departure from precedent, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups argued to a Texas federal judge, saying "red flags abound" with the agency's arguments.

  • December 05, 2023

    Texas Landlord, AIG Unit Settle Hail Damage Coverage Row

    An AIG unit reached a settlement resolving a Texas landlord's claims it wrongfully denied coverage for property damage from a June 2020 hailstorm, ending the plaintiff's bid to recover nearly $318,000 from the insurer.

  • December 05, 2023

    Ex-Hospital CFO, 3 Doctors Settle Kickback Case For $880K

    A former hospital finance chief and three doctors in Texas will pay a total of more than $880,000 to the government to settle its allegations that they were involved in a kickback scheme to steer patients to specific laboratories for testing, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed this week.

  • December 05, 2023

    5th Circ. Unsure Of Free Speech Claims In Tobacco Case

    A Fifth Circuit judge appeared skeptical Tuesday of an argument by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. that cigarette companies' freedom of speech is being violated by government mandated text warnings and supposedly graphic images on packs of cigarettes to advertise the health risks of smoking.

  • December 05, 2023

    $2M Houston Car Wreck Award Reversed Due To Service Error

    A Texas appellate court has reversed a more than $2 million default judgment in a car accident case, writing that the woman injured in the wreck did not follow the Houston court's requirements when serving the driver of the vehicle with her complaint.

  • December 05, 2023

    5th Circ. Temporarily Blocks Feds From Cutting Border Wire

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday temporarily barred the Biden administration from cutting down the wire fences that Texas installed at the U.S.-Mexico border, overriding a district court's reluctant refusal to issue the same ruling.

  • December 05, 2023

    Allen & Overy Private Equity Pro Rejoins Kirkland In Austin

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has strengthened its corporate practice with an Austin-based partner from Allen & Overy LLP's Los Angeles office who previously practiced with Kirkland as an associate.

  • December 05, 2023

    Texas Jury Finds Microchip Co. Infringed Purdue Univ. Patent

    A Western District of Texas jury has found that European microchip maker STMicroelectronics infringed a patent covering semiconductor technology held by the trustees of Purdue University and awarded the trustees $32.5 million in damages.

  • December 05, 2023

    FTC Seeks More Info On $60B Pioneer, Exxon Deal

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued second requests for more information from both Pioneer Natural Resources and Exxon Mobil Corp. regarding their planned $59.5 billion merger, Pioneer revealed in a securities filing Tuesday. 

  • December 05, 2023

    Recycling Co. Strategic Materials Hits Ch. 11 With $433M Debt

    Glass recycling company Strategic Materials Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in a Texas bankruptcy court with about $433 million in debt and a plan to hand lenders its business, after struggling to meet payments on floating-rate debt that's become "significantly more expensive" as interest rates have risen.

  • December 04, 2023

    GenesisCare Lender Objects To DIP Refinancing Move

    One of the exit lenders to GenesisCare — a KKR-backed healthcare company whose Chapter 11 plan was confirmed last month — objected on Monday to the company's emergency motion for post-petition financing, saying the proposed financing "materially alters" the outcome of a group of creditors who voted on the plan.

  • December 04, 2023

    Insurer, Staffing Co. Drop $10M Overbilling Coverage Row

    A dispute between a healthcare staffing company and a Liberty Mutual unit over $10 million in excess liability coverage for an underlying emergency room overbilling settlement was dropped by both parties Monday in Texas federal court.

  • December 04, 2023

    EPA's Ozone Plan Analysis Was Unfair, Texas Tells 5th Circ.

    Three states on Monday defended their plans for complying with ozone emission regulations meant to curb downwind ozone problems, telling the Fifth Circuit that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unfairly relied on data the states didn't have access to when it denied their proposals.

  • December 04, 2023

    Feds Say 5th Circ. Must Pause NM Nuke Storage Site Fight

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reiterated that the Fifth Circuit should pause a dispute over licensing for a temporary nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico until the appeals court decides whether to reconsider a decision that the agency lacks the authority to license another temporary facility in Texas.

  • December 04, 2023

    Senate Confirms First Hispanic Woman To 5th Circ.

    The Senate voted 80-12 on Monday evening to confirm U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez to the Fifth Circuit, making her the first Hispanic woman on the court.

  • December 04, 2023

    Texas Co., ASUSTeK Settle Patent Claims Ahead Of Trial

    A Texas licensing company and Taiwanese manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc. came to an 11th-hour settlement agreement over the weekend in a patent dispute that was scheduled to go to trial Monday.

  • December 04, 2023

    Chevron-Backed Joint Venture Hits Ch. 11 With $29.7M In Debt

    Renewable oil producer Novvi LLC told a Texas bankruptcy court its two largest creditors signed off on Chapter 11 plans to shift its sales strategy and streamline operations to come out from under $29.7 million in debt within the next three years.

  • December 04, 2023

    Texas Justices Say Airline Crew Can Sue Over Hearing Loss

    The Texas Supreme Court said that a pair of flight attendants can pursue their claims against The Boeing Co. and others over damage to their eardrums while on a flight, saying their refiled suit falls under a state law exception to the two-year statute of limitations.

  • December 04, 2023

    Geothermal Co. Says Co-Founder's Dismissal Bid Hypocritical

    A geothermal energy startup said a co-founder can't credibly contend its Colorado federal lawsuit criticizing his work performance is too similar to claims in another case, writing in a brief that the co-founder made the opposite argument in his own lawsuit against the company.

  • December 04, 2023

    Ex-Samsung Exec Must Attend Patent Trial, Court Rules

    A Texas federal court has ordered the former head of Samsung's intellectual property center and founder of Synergy IP Corp. to attend a January patent trial between the two companies after he missed a November hearing on Samsung's motion for sanctions.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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