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Can TX Businesses Use Stock Incentive Plans as De Facto Non-Complete Clause?


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.”


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


walmartstore2L By Mark Curriden – (August 15) – A federal appeals court, in a potential landmark decision, ruled that Texas tort reform laws override civil penalties in other state laws unless the victims have suffered actual damages. “This is a significant, unprecedented decision that could have potentially grave unintended circumstances,” says Russell Post.

What’s Next in Energy Future Holdings’ Bankruptcy?


rpatel1L By Rakhee V. Patel – (August 13) – With EFH's original restructuring plan gone and the Dallas company facing a looming deadline in late August to file an official plan, the timing and playing field have changed dramatically for the utility. As the length of time for EFH to exit bankruptcy grows longer, restructuring costs substantially increase. With no clear path to achieve its pre-filing goals, legal and financial experts are wondering, what’s next since for EFH?


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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.…

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.…

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.…

Scores of Texas Lawyers Advise in $44 Billion Kinder Morgan – El Paso Deal

Scores of Texas Lawyers Advise in $44 Billion Kinder Morgan – El Paso Deal

By Mark Curriden - (August 10) – Bracewell Giuliani, Baker Botts, Vinson & Elkins and Weil, Gotshal & Manges played key legal advisory roles in Kinder Morgan Inc.’s…

Jones Day and Locke Lord Advise in $500 Million Pipeline Deal

Jones Day and Locke Lord Advise in $500 Million Pipeline Deal

Dallas-based Regency Energy Partners LP and American Energy – Midstream LLC have entered a joint venture agreement to build a pipeline in the Utica Shale. …

Baker Botts Advises in Three Deals Totaling $1.2 Billion

Baker Botts Advises in Three Deals Totaling $1.2 Billion

The firm advised in two IPOs and one acquisition of assets in the Hugoton Basin and V&E, Latham and Bracewell were on the other ends of the deals.…

Nat’l Law Firm Invasion into Texas Changes Legal Marketplace

Nat’l Law Firm Invasion into Texas Changes Legal Marketplace

By Mark Curriden - HOUSTON (August 7) – More than 600 Texas lawyers during the past five years have left local based firms to start or grow the…


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.



Chief Justice Hecht: UNT Law Students Will Make History


west-hecht2L By Natalie Posgate – (Aug. 11) – Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, past and current judges, elected officials, lawyers and bar representatives gave their praises to UNT's new law school, which is the first public law school in Dallas. Before it opened, Dallas was the only major metropolitan area in the country without a public law school.

“All of you are making history not just in the law school, but with new ways in learning and practicing the law,” Chief Justice Hecht said during Sunday's convocation ceremony for UNT Dallas College of Law’s inaugural class.


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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.
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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
 Texas Rangers
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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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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