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Norton Rose Fulbright Duo Secures Two Class Action Securities Lawsuit Dismissals


pecht-stokesL By Natalie Posgate – (July 24) – Gerry Pecht and Peter Stokes have had a killer month. They secured major shareholder securities class action lawsuit dismissals for two separate Houston oil and gas companies. LINN Energy GC Candice Wells said she hired the duo because of their experience in securities litigation. “The pattern I’ve observed is on any announcement of bad news, it seems there’s a lawsuit filed,” Wells said. Because of that, Stokes said oil and gas companies will seek an increasing amount of shareholder derivative claims being filed in the months ahead. The Texas Lawbook has the behind-the-scenes details on the two cases.


Dallas Judge Awards ETP $500 Million in Enterprise Partnership Dispute


etpbuilding1L By Mark Curriden – (July 23) – A Texas judge has awarded Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners nearly a half-a-billion dollars in damages in a dispute with a Houston pipeline company over an attempted partnership that went awry. Legal experts say it is the largest civil judgment ever awarded by a Dallas state court judge. Analysts also predict the case will be appealed and will attract strict scrutiny from the Texas Supreme Court because of the size of the judgment and the legal issues in question.


Statewide Need is Great for Pro Bono Legal Work on Border Crisis – Updated


nhecht3L By Natalie Posgate – (July 22) – Lawyers across the state are getting involved in pro bono projects to help the migrant children arriving from the border crisis, but Texas’ highest ranking judge says more of them need to step up. “The need is going to be a whole lot bigger than the supply,” said Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht.

The Texas Lawbook found out what programs are already in place, some firms’ successes and upcoming CLE sessions for those interested in learning more about the legal needs in the border crisis.


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Latham, V&E and Bracewell Advise in $3 Billion Acquisition of Houston Company

Latham, V&E and Bracewell Advise in $3 Billion Acquisition of Houston Company

Brietburn Energy Partners' acquisition of Houston-based QR Energy will make Breitburn the largest oil-weighted upstream MLP with a pro forma enterprise value of approximately $7.8 billion.…

Locke Lord and Akin Gump Advise in $538 Million Midland Basin Assets Deal

Locke Lord and Akin Gump Advise in $538 Million Midland Basin Assets Deal

Diamondback Energy, Inc. will acquire additional acreage in the Midland Basin from Rio Oil & Gas, LLC and Bluestem Energy Partners, LP.…

Locke Lord Closes $800 Million Sale of TGI Fridays

Locke Lord Closes $800 Million Sale of TGI Fridays

Mounds of attorneys from the firm's Dallas office helped Carlson Restaurants sell the franchise to two private equity firms. …

Bloomberg: EFH May Scrap Initial Reorganization Plan

(July 18) – Lawyers for Energy Future Holdings Corp. told a bankruptcy judge in Delaware today that the Dallas power company may abandoned its pre-negotiated restructuring and reorganization…

Weil Leads Closing of PetroLogistic’s $2.1 Billion Sale to Flint Hill Resources

Weil Leads Closing of PetroLogistic’s $2.1 Billion Sale to Flint Hill Resources

The Houston-based propylene producer was acquired by Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources, which is a subsidiary of the giant private multinational corporation, Koch Industries.…

Andrews Kurth, Hogan Lovells and Bracewell Advise in $1 Billion JV

Andrews Kurth, Hogan Lovells and Bracewell Advise in $1 Billion JV

The companies, NRG and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, claim the JV will build the world’s largest cost-combustion carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) facility on an existing…


Exclusive: M&A in Texas Hits 10-Year High During H1 2014 - UPDATED

mmtablesq21L By Mark Curriden – (July 7) – Texas companies were involved in 255 mergers and acquisitions during the first half of 2014 – a 30 percent increase over H1 2013 and more than any two consecutive quarters over the past decade, according to mergermarket media. The Texas Lawbook has the list of the top 20 law firms and investment banks for deal-making so far this year.



Meet the Lawyers in the John Wiley Price Case


jwp3L By Natalie Posgate – (July 25) — Lawyers involved in Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price’s case will certainly be off the ground running after today’s arrest. They are: Billy Ravkind, Cheryl Wattley and Tom Mills. Prosecutors are Assistant U.S. Attorney Walt Junker and Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham. Read more here to get to know them.


DMN: Ex-Recognition Equipment CEO Loses Trial to End 25 Years Battle


bmoore1L By DMN Writer Michael Lindenberger – WASHINGTON (July 21) — A nine-member federal jury just ended former Dallas CEO William Moore’s 25-year journey to punish the postal inspectors he claims conspired — unsuccessfully — to send him to prison in the 1980s, and he’ll have to be satisfied with having had his day in court. The unanimous verdict was in favor of the five former postal workers he sued, and Moore will not collect any of the $231 million he had sought.


Quinn Emanuel Opens in Houston with David Gerger


dgerger1L By Mark Curriden – (July 14) – Another new week, another national law firm opens in Texas. Prominent Houston white-collar criminal defense attorney David Gerger, who represented Enron CFO Andy Fastow and now defends BP rig supervisor Robert Kaluza in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, will lead Quinn Emanuel's new Houston office.

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Hugh Tanner Becomes Second MP of Morgan Lewis’ Houston Office

Hugh Tanner Becomes Second MP of Morgan Lewis’ Houston Office

Oil and gas litigation partner Hugh Tanner became the office’s second managing partner July 1.…

Veteran Jackson Walker Partner Selected to Lead Dallas CASA

Veteran Jackson Walker Partner Selected to Lead Dallas CASA

Kathleen LaValle is taking on leadership of the nonprofit during a $37 million fundraising campaign.…

Get Wall Street Out of the Practice of Law

Get Wall Street Out of the Practice of Law

The Texas Bar's ethics opinion that Big Law can no longer give their non-lawyer administrators…

Coffee with Squire Patton Boggs: Merger Means “Getting to Know Each Other” in Texas

Coffee with Squire Patton Boggs: Merger Means “Getting to Know Each Other” in Texas

By Mark Curriden - (July 14) – Squire Patton Boggs doesn’t roll off the tongue…

Hilda Galvan Named Dallas Partner-in-Charge at Jones Day

Hilda Galvan Named Dallas Partner-in-Charge at Jones Day

Galvan is the second Hispanic woman to be partner-in-charge of one of Jones Day's Texas…


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New Incubator Space Helps Attorneys Launch a Solo Practice


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By Sheila Sheley – (July 10) – Attorneys looking to go out on their own face two big decisions: where to office and how to develop business. Pearlstone Suites offers a first-of-its-kind solution to address both of those concerns.

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DAYL Wine Tasting Event


daylwine2L By Brooks Igo – (July 14) – Jones Day associate Chiji Offor was honored with this year's DAYL Pro Bono Service Award.
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Justice Eva Guzman Named Liaison at Texas Access to Justice Reception


guzmanliaison1L By Brooks Igo – (July 14) – More than 70 judges and lawyers were in attendance for the Texas Access to Justice Commission's Second Annual Champion of Justice Society Reception at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Austin.
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