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Hunt Maintenance Chief: Honeywell Service Docs Say Take ‘No Action Whatsoever’


huntlogolead2L By Natalie Posgate
Staff Writer for The Texas Lawbook

DALLAS (April 18) – Hunt Consolidated’s former director of maintenance told jurors Thursday that the wording of a 2008 service bulletin prompted him to take “no action whatsoever” with regards to installing updated blade retainers in the Honeywell engines that powered two of Hunt’s corporate jets.

Tim Crain, who was Hunt’s director of maintenance until January 2012, assured the jury that if the history of the defects in the old design of Honeywell’s blade retainers had been described in the service bulletin, he would have pursued service immediately.

The Texas Lawbook is providing extensive daily coverage on the trial. Check here for updates. Spoiler alert: Hunt's first expert witness testified Friday morning and says the diminished value of Hunt's Learjet is "significant."


Study: Businesses Spending More on Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations


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By Mark Curriden, JD
Senior Writer for The Texas Lawbook

HOUSTON (April 15) – Businesses in Texas and across the U.S. continue to spend more and more money on legal fees to fight high-stakes litigation and to deal with a growing number of regulatory enforcement actions from state, local and federal government agencies, according to a new survey scheduled to be released Tuesday.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s 10th Annual Litigation Trends Survey found that 71 percent of corporations spent $1 million or more on litigation costs in 2013 – up from 53 percent the two previous years. More than 26 percent of companies saw their litigation costs exceed $10 million last year – an increase from 11 percent in 2011.

Also, Marsha Gerber and Richard Smith take an indepth look into survey results about an increasingly active regulatory environment, and William Wood discusses why energy companies are concerned about the jump in investigations and regulatory matters.

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(April 4) – Dallas billionaire investor Sam Wyly wrote in his book 1,000 Dollars and an Idea that “the world owes a debt of gratitude” to junk bond…

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Norton Rose Fulbright’s Litigation Trends Survey Reveals an Increasingly Active Regulatory Environment


gerbersmith1L By Marsha Gerber and Richard Smith
Contributing Writers to The Texas Lawbook

(April 15) – Regulatory/investigations are near the top of the list of litigation concerns for senior in-house counsel, and more time is being spent on government or regulatory investigations in company legal departments.


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Dallas Court Rejects Developer Billingsley’s Carrollton Airport Efforts


By Mark Curriden, JD
Senior Writer for The Texas Lawbook

ckratovil1L (April 12) – The Dallas Court of Appeals, in a case that exposes the influence of big money on local politics, has rejected a complex legal effort by real estate developer Henry Billingsley to shut down a residential air park community in Collin County so that he could turn the airport and its land into a shopping and office center.

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Jackson Walker Shines in Otherwise Dismal Women Partner Promotions Trends


wmpromot1L By Brooks Igo
Staff Writer for The Texas Lawbook

(April 10) – Statistics show that a small cadre of law firms have experienced extraordinary success promoting women to partner, while a large majority of Texas firms continue to lag way behind, according to an analysis conducted by The Texas Lawbook of 40 of the state's largest and most prominent law firms.

Eighteen of the law firms in the study elected zero or one woman into the partnership from 2012 to 2014. By contrast, a small handful of law firms promoted as many or more women to partner as they have men during the same three-year period.

But no law firm in the state has a better record in recent years of promoting women to partner in Texas than Jackson Walker. The Dallas-based firm elevated nearly double the number of any other law firm during the time period.

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Lawyers & Firms

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Andrews Kurth Wins MLB Jackie Robinson Award

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Alan Albright Jumps to Sutherland

Alan Albright Jumps to Sutherland

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Gibson Dunn Leads $1.3 Billion Buy for Lone Star Funds

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Energy Companies Concerned About Jump in Investigations and Regulatory Matters


wwood1 By William D. Wood
Contributing Writer to The Texas Lawbook

(April 15) – Energy company general counsel face significantly different litigation issues than the corporate legal departments in other business sectors. Norton Rose Fulbright's 10th Annual Litigation Trends Survey found that 56 percent of energy GCs faced litigation over contract disputes during the past year. Personal injury and environmental/toxic tort litigation were the next, followed closely by labor and employment.

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Holland & Knight's Toast to Dallas


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By Brooks Igo
Staff Writer for The Texas Lawbook

(April 2) – The Florida-based firm recently celebrated the official opening of its Dallas office. Holland & Knight’s Jim Chadwick welcomed more than 100 guests and clients, including Southwest Airlines GC Mark Shaw, at The Crescent Club, which is a few floors above the firm’s new digs.
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