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Enterprise GC Hildebrandt Goes to Norton Rose Fulbright, V&E’s Murray is new GC


hildmurray1L By Mark Curriden – (December 18) – Enterprise Products, one of the world’s largest oil and gas pipeline companies, has named V&E corporate finance partner Craig Murray to replace Stephanie Hildebrant, who announced she has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner. The Houston midstream company also said that Locke Lord partner Vijay A. D’Cruz is Enterprise’s new head of litigation.


Fifth Circuit Denies Request to Rehear Whooping Crane Case


wcrane1L By Natalie Posgate – (Dec. 17) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has denied a request to reconsider its previous reversal of a South Texas judge who found that the State of Texas was liable for killing 23 endangered whooping cranes. The 11-4 opinion comes after the Fifth Circuit found in June that U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack failed to adequately determine in her 2013 ruling whether the state could have foreseen that its actions would have led to the whooping crane deaths.


V&E Advises in $2.75 Billion Aussie and Canadian LNG Assets Deal


apache2 By Natalie Posgate – (Dec. 15) – Houston-based Apache Corporation has entered into a binding agreement with Perth-based Woodside Petroleum Limited to sell its Wheatstone LNG and Balnaves oil interests in Australia and its Kitimat LNG project interests in Canada for $2.75 billion.

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Baker & McKenzie Advises Ramboll in Acquisition of ENVIRON

Baker & McKenzie Advises Ramboll in Acquisition of ENVIRON

The combined revenue of Ramboll and Environ exceeds $1.7 billion.…

Baker Botts Advises in $4 Billion Credit Facility for Chesapeake

Baker Botts Advises in $4 Billion Credit Facility for Chesapeake

The credit facility replaces the existing $4 billion senior secured revolving credit facility that was scheduled to mature in December 2015. …

Dallas Airmotive Pays $14 Million Criminal Fine for Bribing Latin American Officials – UPDATED

Dallas Airmotive Pays $14 Million Criminal Fine for Bribing Latin American Officials – UPDATED

Grapevine-based Dallas Airmotive Inc. admitted late Wednesday to federal prosecutors that it paid bribes to government officials in Argentina and Brazil in order to obtain lucrative airplane engine…

Baker & McKenzie Advises Plano Company in $310 Million JV

Baker & McKenzie Advises Plano Company in $310 Million JV

Rimrock Midstream is selling its 50 percent stake in the Grand Mesa Pipeline to NGL Energy Partners, which will make NGL own the entire pipeline system.…

Flaming Well Case Tests Texas Anti-SLAPP Law

Flaming Well Case Tests Texas Anti-SLAPP Law

Video of a Parker County man igniting his water well in flames could help define the reach of a 2011 Texas law designed to protect citizens engaged in…

Baker Botts and Porter Hedges Close $460 Million Investment

Baker Botts and Porter Hedges Close $460 Million Investment

An affiliate of The Energy & Minerals Group, LP (EMG) has closed its $460 million equity commitment to American Energy Minerals Holdings, LLC (AEMN), which was formed by…

SCOTX Examines When Broad Discovery Becomes Too Broad

SCOTX Examines When Broad Discovery Becomes Too Broad

How much discovery is too much? The Texas Supreme Court recently offered important guidance on this practical question, holding that a request for “similar” insurance claim files was…


Texas Courts Find More Businesses Violating Workers' Wage and Hour Rights


avaught1L By Kerry Curry – FORT WORTH – (Dec. 11) – Wage-and-hour lawsuits filed against Texas businesses have increased 41 percent during the past three years and more than tripled over the past decade, according to research by Androvett Legal Media.

“The number of calls I get from potential clients with viable wage and hour cases are more than I have the time and resources to accept,” said Baron & Budd's Allen Vaught, who recently won two major cases against companies under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.

An in-depth examination by The Texas Lawbook finds the tidal wave of wage-and-hour lawsuits against Texas companies is not likely to end soon for one reason: workers are winning in court.

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Strasburger Prevails in Landmark Pro Bono Juvenile Case


jcarnegieL By Natalie Posgate – (Dec. 12) – Christmas came early for Jack Carnegie. Wednesday, after six years and thousands of pro bono hours, the Court of Criminal Appeals in Texas issued an opinion affirming that Carnegie’s client was wrongfully certified as an adult at age 16 in the murder case that sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

But Carnegie, a partner at Strasburger & Price, said Texas’ criminal High Court did more than affirm a wrong that needed to be righted – Wednesday’s 6-3 opinion will change the landscape of juvenile certification proceedings.


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Lawyers & Firms

T&K Austin Expands Government/Regulatory Practice

T&K Austin Expands Government/Regulatory Practice

The firm has added six attorneys from Andrews Kurth and the Public Utility Commission.…

Yetter Coleman, HayBoo Challenge TX Foster Care System

Yetter Coleman, HayBoo Challenge TX Foster Care System

The more than 12,000 children in Texas’ long-term foster care system are seeking federal judicial…

GC Forum’s 3rd Annual Charity Golf Classic Raises Most Money in its History for Texas Access to Justice

GC Forum’s 3rd Annual Charity Golf Classic Raises Most Money in its History for Texas Access to Justice

Close to 100 corporate general counsel, state supreme court justices, law firm leaders and legal…

Harpist Plays Creativity into Law Career

Harpist Plays Creativity into Law Career

Winston & Strawn partner Denmon Sigler is used to the question: How did a harpist…

Legendary Lawyer, WWII Veteran Henry Gilchrist Turns 90

Legendary Lawyer, WWII Veteran Henry Gilchrist Turns 90

For decades, Gilchrist represented oil tycoon Clint Murchison and his two sons, John D. Murchison…

Legal Consultant: Texas Firms to Cut Underperforming Partners to Compete with Nat’l Firms

Legal Consultant: Texas Firms to Cut Underperforming Partners to Compete with Nat’l Firms

More global law firms are planning to move into Texas and they will continue to…

Texas Civil Rights Project Recognizes Three Texas Lawyers

Texas Civil Rights Project Recognizes Three Texas Lawyers

Paula Hinton, Jennifer Doan and Cindy Saiter were recognized at the TCRP's 24th Annual Bill…


Attn General Counsel: What Do You Do When Domestic Abuse Affects the Workplace?


rchapman2L By Ron Chapman, Jr. and Adam Alexander – (Nov. 14) – Recent headlines about abusive NFL players, accompanied by dramatic video, have brought domestic violence into the forefront of the national conversation. What does a general counsel do when its his or her employee who is being abused at home? What are the ramifications if one of your employees is accused of abuse? These two experts provide practical guidance.


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New Texas A&M School of Law Dean Participates in Aggie Ring Day


dayl1L By Brooks Igo - (Oct. 7) – Dean Andrew P. Morriss awarded 20 students their rings at the law school's second Aggie Ring Day.
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