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Patent Cases Pour into East Texas Despite Data Showing District Not So Plaintiff-Friendly

patentlead1L By Jeff Bounds – (August 27) – Businesses and individuals filed 26 percent more patent infringement lawsuits in East Texas during the first six months of 2014 than they did in 2013, which was also a record year. The federal courts in the Eastern District have seen a 1,400 percent in new patent filings over the past decade, even as such cases have remained steady in the rest of the state.

But a separate study shows that the district is in danger of losing its reputation as pro-plaintiff due to an increase in defense verdicts. This is a comprehensive update on patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas.

Akin Gump Tests Law Office of the Future


agtreadmills3L By Natalie Posgate and Paige Kerley – DALLAS (August 26) – Akin Gump and many other law firms have either discussed or already ditched their old leases in classic downtown skyscrapers to opt for tech-industry inspired office spaces that are more modern, eco-friendly and space efficient. But unlike most other law firms, Akin Gump’s Dallas office is testing out these new features before even relocating. Attorneys from the firm’s investment funds practice group raised their hands to be the guinea pigs. The Texas Lawbook took a visit.


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


cubantrophy2L 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.


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TX Supreme Court Issues ‘Groundbreaking’ Opinion on Prior Restraint

TX Supreme Court Issues ‘Groundbreaking’ Opinion on Prior Restraint

Texas' high court ruled that removing speech from the Internet that has been legally determined defamatory does not enjoin future speech, thus is not an unconstitutional prior restraint.…

Exxon Mobil Wins Employee Incentive Plan Dispute

The Texas Supreme Court says Exxon's stock incentive plan could serve as a de facto non-compete clause.…

Two Former Xerox/ACS Executives and SEC Settle Charges for $675,000

Two Former Xerox/ACS Executives and SEC Settle Charges for $675,000

The former executives were represented by two Dallas attorneys: Paul Coggins of Locke Lord and Danny Ashby of K&L Gates.…

V&E and T&K Advise in $450 Million Partnership Formation

V&E and T&K Advise in $450 Million Partnership Formation

The partnership, called THQ, will pursue the acquisition, development and exploitation of oil and gas assets in North America.…

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…

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

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

© 2014 The Texas Lawbook. By Mark Curriden – (August 22) – A Texas appeals court handed Fort Worth-based Hillwood Properties III and its owner, Ross Perot, Jr.,…

FAA and Businesses at Odds Over Commercial Drone Use

FAA and Businesses at Odds Over Commercial Drone Use

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…

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

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

The Texas Supreme Court is expect to decide any day whether stock incentive benefits can be denied when an executive jumps ship. Briefs filed by business and oil…

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.…


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.


How to Become In-House Counsel


knoblin1L By Kelly Noblin – (August 29) - Alana Newhook has the fantasy job of many sports-loving lawyers and law students: She is the only in-house counsel for the Dallas Stars.

How did such a dynamic young attorney only two years out of law school land such an amazing position? Kelly Noblin of legal and executive search firm Newhouse+Noblin shares lessons learned from Newhook's journey to her dream job.


Carrington Coleman Near the End of 5- Plus Year Pro Bono Death Penalty Case


nburgerL By Natalie Posgate – (August 27) - Award-winning lawyers at Carrington, Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas have reached a plea agreement for former death row inmate Manuel Valez, a pro bono client who was wrongfully convicted of murdering an infant on Halloween of 2005. Monday’s plea agreement in Brownsville’s 404th Judicial District marks the near end of almost nine years of legal trouble for Velez and more than five years of pro bono hours Carrington Coleman attorneys have tirelessly devoted to bring justice to Velez.


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Lawyers & Firms

Kathleen Wu: From Tennis Mom to Uber-Volunteer

Kathleen Wu: From Tennis Mom to Uber-Volunteer

By Patricia Baldwin (August 22) - The Andrews Kurth partner wraps up a two-year appointment…

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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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.


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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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