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TX Appeals Court: Cuban Prevails Over Perot Jr. and Hillwood Again


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By Mark Curriden – (August 22) – There is no evidence that the Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of bankruptcy and no need to put the NBA team in the hands of a receiver, a Dallas appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision is the latest blow to Hillwood Properties III and Ross Perot Jr. and a big win for Mark Cuban. We have the details.


FAA and Business at Odds Over Commercial Drone Use


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By Richard L. Wynne, Jr. and Jennifer Henry – (August 22) – From delivering beer to monitoring oil pipelines, businesses are finding new ways to use unmanned aircraft technology, but they are finding that the FAA is standing in the way claiming worries over safety concerns. This article is an extensive update on the legal issues regarding commercial drone use and what is ahead.


Can TX Businesses Use Stock Incentive Plans as De Facto Non-Compete Clauses?


exxmobilsign1L By Janet Elliott – AUSTIN (August 20) — The Texas Supreme Court is expected to decide any day whether stock incentive benefits can be denied when an executive jumps ship. Briefs filed by business and oil and gas associations worry that the decision could have “far-reaching and radical implications.”

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TX Court Expands Libel Rule to Online Media

TX Court Expands Libel Rule to Online Media

Houston’s 14th Court of Appeals has applied the “single publication rule” to online media, which provides electronic news sites with the same statutory limitation protections as print and…

Winston & Strawn Advises Cameron on $850 Million Sale

Winston & Strawn Advises Cameron on $850 Million Sale

The Houston-based company is selling its centrifugal compression business to Irish industrial company, Ingersoll Rand. Non-Texas attorneys from Baker Botts and Simpson Thacher also advised.…

5th Circuit: Wal-Mart Avoids $100 million Penalty to Texas Optometrists

5th Circuit: Wal-Mart Avoids $100 million Penalty to Texas Optometrists

A federal appeals courtl, in a potential landmark decision, ruled that Texas tort reform laws override civil penalties in other state laws unless the victims have suffered actual…

Strasburger, Andrews Kurth, V&E and Latham Close $825 Million Sale for Warren Equipment Company

Strasburger, Andrews Kurth, V&E and Latham Close $825 Million Sale for Warren Equipment Company

Midland-based Warren Equipment Company recently closed the sale of its compressor business to Oklahoma City-based Compressco Partners, LP.…

HayBoo and Jackson Walker Score a win for Media Courtroom Rights

HayBoo and Jackson Walker Score a win for Media Courtroom Rights

The two firms won an appeal in Fort Worth’s 2nd Court of Appeals this week for six media outlets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.…

What’s Next in Energy Future Holdings’ Bankruptcy?

What’s Next in Energy Future Holdings’ Bankruptcy?

- (August 13) – With EFH's original restructuring plan gone and the Dallas company facing a looming deadline in late August to file an…

Baker & McKenzie Advises Pilgrim’s Pride in $575 Million Acquisition

Baker & McKenzie Advises Pilgrim’s Pride in $575 Million Acquisition

Pilgrim's Pride and JBS are acquiring all of Tyson Foods' poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil.…

V&E Advises Riverstone in $300 Million Investment of New Canadian Energy Company

V&E Advises Riverstone in $300 Million Investment of New Canadian Energy Company

The new company, called Canadian Non-Operated Resources LP, will pursue partnerships with top-tier operators to develop oil and gas assets in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.…

Chief Justice Hecht: UNT Law Students Will Make History

Chief Justice Hecht: UNT Law Students Will Make History

Texas’ highest ranking judge and other legal leaders in the state told University of North Texas law students that they are already making an impact in Dallas as…


Patrick Higginbotham: “A Brilliant, Fearless, Independent Judge”


higginwalk1L By Mark Curriden – (July 30) – Judge Higginbotham has authored more than 400 opinions during four decades on the federal bench. His decisions have redrawn Congressional election maps, transformed securities litigation, altered bankruptcy proceedings, and allowed monks to continue selling cheap caskets. But his opinion in the UT admissions case may be his most monumental.


Is the 5th Circuit Eyeing a Knockout Blow to Pro-Snax?


epradoL2 By Gregory G. Hesse and Cameron W. Kinvig – (July 29) – Bankruptcy practitioners may see the 5th Circuit revisit its 1998 controversial decision in Pro-Snax Distributors, Inc., which required professionals to show their services resulted in an “identifiable, tangible, and material benefit to the estate” before those services would be compensable under Section 330 of the Bankruptcy Code.



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Data Privacy: The Airline Industry and Beyond

By Russell Hubbard
Senior Counsel, American Airlines

In the age of big data, consumers are increasingly aware of the personal data they provide companies in connection with their purchase or use of goods and services. Businesses often use the data to provide better and more personalized services, but doing so may put companies - large and small - at an increased risk for data security incidents if they are not careful. State and local officials are increasingly aggressive in passing and enforcing data security and privacy regulations. Hubbard, a legal expert in data privacy, examines the potential legal issues from the viewpoint of the world's largest airline.



Kathleen Wu: From Tennis Mom to Uber-Volunteer


kwu1 By Patricia Baldwin – (August 22) - The Andrews Kurth partner wraps up a two-year appointment as national US Tennis Association chair for diversity and inclusion in a couple weeks. Goldman Sachs VP and Associate GC Carleen Richards of Irving says Wu has demonstrated her commitment to diversity in the legal profession and on the tennis court.


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Lawyers & Firms

Mayer Brown Picks Up Energy M&A Expert

Mayer Brown Picks Up Energy M&A Expert

Thomas Moore said the firm's significant international presence was one of the key factors that…

Insurance Coverage Expert Discusses Trends and Challenges Facing Her Clients

Insurance Coverage Expert Discusses Trends and Challenges Facing Her Clients

In a Q&A, Gartner-Ilai says the cost of insurance and finding proper insurance for cyber-related…

Eric White Jumps to Dykema

Eric White Jumps to Dykema

Dykema’s move to bring on White was announced a couple of weeks after the firm…

Chrysta Castañeda Opens Legal Communications Shop in Downtown Dallas

Chrysta Castañeda Opens Legal Communications Shop in Downtown Dallas

Attention lawyers, general counsel and business executives involved in high stakes litigation: “No comment” just…


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Date: September 3, 5:30-7 p.m.
(Reception to Follow)
Location: SMU Dedman School of Law

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Hosted by SMU Dedman School of Law, Association of Corporate 
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Speakers:
Kate Cassidy - Assistant GC of the
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Jason Cohen - GC of the
 Dallas Cowboys
Robert Hart - GC of Mark Cuban
 Companies
Alana Newhook - Corporate Counsel
 of the Dallas Stars
Paul N. Wageman - Winstead PC - Counsel to pro sport teams in transactional, regulatory and governmental matters.
Alan Tompkins - GC of Unity Hunt, operators of FC Dallas and the Kansas City Chiefs


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Ryan Pittman
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Rick Thompson
Paul Watler
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Legal Seen

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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