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

  • 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.

  • SEC Fines Mean Cos. Should Review Anti-Whistleblower Docs

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    The Securities and Exchange Commission’s expanding focus on violations of whistleblower protection laws — as seen in recent settlements where company contracts forbade workers from reporting securities misconduct — means companies should review their employment and separation agreements for language that may discourage reporting, says Caroline Henry at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SolarWinds Ushers In New Era Of SEC Cyber Enforcement

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent lawsuit against software company SolarWinds Corp. and its chief information security officer is the first time the SEC has ever filed suit over scienter-based fraud involving cybersecurity failures, illustrating that both companies and CISOs need to be extra cautious in how they describe their cybersecurity practices, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • A Look At Successful Bid Protests In FY 2023

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    Attorneys at Sheppard Mullin look beyond the statistics in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent annual report on bid protests, sharing their insights about nine categories of sustained protests, gained from reading every fiscal year 2023 decision in which the protester had a positive result.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • FDA's Lab-Developed Test Rule May Bring Historic Challenges

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    If finalized, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed rule for regulating laboratory-developed tests will provoke some of the most interesting legal challenges that the agency has faced in decades, with outcomes that will likely reverberate across the agency's product centers, says Stacy Amin at MoFo.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Keeping Tabs On Fight Over Board Diversity Rule At 5th Circ.

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    Attorneys at Mintz dissect why the Fifth Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to Nasdaq’s new requirement that listed companies disclose board diversity data, assess how a petition calling the decision pro-discrimination may fare, and discuss where companies that have yet to meet the exchange's diversity goals go next.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling May Beget Fraud Jury Instruction Appeals

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Greenlaw decision, disapproving disjunctive fraudulent-intent jury instructions, will likely spawn appeals in mail, wire and securities fraud cases, but defendants must show that their deception furthered ends other than taking the victim's property, says Charles Fowler at McKool Smith.

  • Cos.' Trade Secret Measures Must Adjust To Remote-Work Era

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    Several recent cases demonstrate that companies need to reevaluate and adjust their trade secret protection strategies in this new age of remote work, says Stephanie Riley at Womble Bond.

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