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UPDATED: Johnson & Johnson Plans to Appeal $1 Billion on Defective Hip Implant


mlanier1 By Mark Curriden – (Dec. 2) – A federal jury in Dallas ruled Thursday that pharmaceutical and medical device maker Johnson & Johnson and one of its subsidiaries is guilty of “despicable and vile conduct” for knowingly and fraudulently selling Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants that they knew were seriously defective. The nine-person jury awarded the plaintiffs $1 billion. Lawyers for J&J said Friday that they plan to officially challenge the verdict as soon as possible.


Highland Capital GC ‘Pleased’ with Settlement Result in Marathon Trial


mhurst By Natalie Posgate – (Dec. 1) – Highland Capital Management General Counsel Scott Ellington said he is “pleased” with the settlement that ended a nine-week trial between the Dallas hedge fund’s Cornerstone Healthcare Group, private equity firm Nautic Partners, and a group of defendants that included former Cornerstone executives.

Since early October, lawyers for Highland Capital had been arguing that a group of former Cornerstone executives unlawfully stabbed the company in the back by working secretly for months with Rhode Island-based Nautic Partners to acquire a lucrative inpatient rehabilitation facility, then jumping ship to spearhead the management team of the acquisition.


Did Dallas Court of Appeals Err by Using Wikipedia?


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By Janet Elliott – AUSTIN (Nov. 30) – An appeals court’s use of Wikipedia to define the term “welfare queen” is under review by the Texas Supreme Court in a closely watched libel case involving D Magazine. Media groups urge the court to be cautious in embracing online sources, particularly an open-source website like Wikipedia. The online “encyclopedia” allows users to make and edit entries, which may heighten the potential for inaccurate and biased information.


Kelly Hart, Latham Handle $855M Reeves County Oil Assets Deal


permianbasin2 By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 30) – Riverstone Holdings-backed Centennial Resource Development said Monday that it will acquire 100 percent of Silverback Exploration’s interests in upstream assets located in the Reeves County area of the Permian Basin for $855 million.


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Reptilian Plagiarism? CSI Sues Rival DecisionQuest

Reptilian Plagiarism? CSI Sues Rival DecisionQuest

Las Colinas-based Courtroom Sciences has filed a federal lawsuit accusing rival DecisionQuest of plagiarizing a CSI copyrighted, analytical report that debunks one of the most popular trial strategies…

Derailing the Obama Workplace Agenda: Texas Federal Courts and the Incoming Administration

Derailing the Obama Workplace Agenda: Texas Federal Courts and the Incoming Administration

The injunction issued Nov. 22 against the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule is potentially far-reaching, and a Republican-controlled government makes it conceivable that salary thresholds for white-collar…

Texas Jury Awards Boone Pickens $146 million in West Texas Oil Lawsuit

Texas Jury Awards Boone Pickens $146 million in West Texas Oil Lawsuit

Two Midland-based oil companies and Dallas-based J. Cleo Thompson intentionally failed to meet their end of a decade-old agreement with Dallas oil mogul T. Boone Pickens to acquire…

Judge Changes Dee Wyly Bankruptcy from Reorganization to Liquidation

Judge Changes Dee Wyly Bankruptcy from Reorganization to Liquidation

A lawyer for 82-year-old Dee Wyly, the widow of Dallas entrepreneur Charles Wyly, came to tears in her plea Tuesday to Bankruptcy Judge Barbara Houser that a neutral…

Latham and V&E Advise in $20B ETP-Sunoco Megadeal

Latham and V&E Advise in $20B ETP-Sunoco Megadeal

As part of the deal, Sunoco will acquire ETP in a unit-for-unit transaction. The deal is the third largest to be announced this year for The Texas Lawbook’s…

Houston Chronicle: Regional EEOC Lawyer Retires after Three Decades

Houston Chronicle: Regional EEOC Lawyer Retires after Three Decades

Jim Sacher has filed hundreds of lawsuits and handled more than 1,000 allegations of discrimination during his 28 years as lead lawyer for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity…

Houston Chronicle: Texas Gets $50 Million in VW Global Settlement

Houston Chronicle: Texas Gets $50 Million in VW Global Settlement

Volkswagen will pay the state of Texas $50 million to settle a deceptive trade practices lawsuit brought against the automaker. The settlement is part of an $14.7 billion…

Jury Dilemma: Believe T. Boone Pickens or Not

Jury Dilemma: Believe T. Boone Pickens or Not

T. Boone Pickens is 88-years-old. His hearing and vision are poor. He tires quickly. The oil and gas mogul admits he’s made billions of dollars and lost billions…

NOV Pays $25 Million over Alleged Trade Sanctions Violations

Federal prosecutors in Houston have officially agreed to allow National Oilwell Varco to avoid criminal and civil prosecution for dozens of trade sanction violations the Houston-based oil and…

Ten Things: How to Plan a Legal Dept. Offsite

Ten Things: How to Plan a Legal Dept. Offsite

Corporate executives have used "offsite" meetings to develop strategy, set goals, energize the team, enhance teamwork and cooperation is the offsite. Legal departments seldom use this tool, but…

Features

Tom Barber ‘2.0’: Construction Lawyer, Cancer Survivor, Lucky Guy


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By Patricia Baldwin – (Nov. 29) - As one of his colleagues notes, Tom Barber is a “true subject matter expert” when it comes to construction law. He’s currently lead attorney for one of the largest civil works projects in Texas. His professional vita, however, does not reflect “Tom Barber 2.0.” After this seven-year lung cancer survivor and three-year melanoma survivor surpassed all odds to beat deadly diagnoses, he rebuilt his life to include new law challenges, marriage and family, and triathlons. As he marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Barber says, “I’m about the luckiest guy on the planet.”


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Lawyers & Firms

Legge Farrow Merges with London Law Firm

Legge Farrow Merges with London Law Firm

Houston-based Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown announced Tuesday that the 18-lawyer litigation boutique is…

Updated – George Bramblett, a Lion of the Texas Bar, has Died

Updated – George Bramblett, a Lion of the Texas Bar, has Died

Bramblett, who was 76, practiced law in Dallas for five decades – 40 of those…

The Patent for Evolving Intellectually Goes to Baker Botts

The Patent for Evolving Intellectually Goes to Baker Botts

From the moment the first gush of oil erupted from Spindletop Hill in Beaumont in…

Stacey Doré named GC at Hunt Utility Services & InfraREIT

Stacey Doré named GC at Hunt Utility Services & InfraREIT

Hunt Consolidated has named former Energy Future Holdings General Counsel Stacey H. Doré as its…

Slack & Davis Partner John Jose Named TCTLA’s 2016 Outstanding Trial Lawyer

Jose, who received the award yesterday, is the managing partner of Slack & Davis' Fort…

Baker Botts Promotes Eight to Partner

Four of the newly-minted partners are based in Houston.…

Locke Lord Partner Ann Ryan Robertson Re-Elected as Trustee for CIArb

Robertson focuses her domestic and international arbitration practice on commercial and energy-related disputes.…

Weil Named Oil & Gas Awards’ 2016 Texas Law Firm of the Year

The firm was honored at the Oil & Gas Awards' fourth annual gala this month.…

Norton Rose Fulbright Named Law Firm of the Year by NAACP LDF

The firm worked with the LDF in helping The University of Texas at Austin achieve…

Exclusive – GC Forum Names Corporate In-House Lawyers of the Year

Exclusive – GC Forum Names Corporate In-House Lawyers of the Year

The GC Forum awarded its prestigious Magna Stella Awards to lawyers in corporate legal departments…

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The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker reports M&A activity and securities offerings handled by lawyers based in Texas, even if those transactions involve non-Texas-based companies. The Corporate Deal Tracker ranks matters by deal/offering count primarily and value secondarily. The data includes the announcement date, the names of the companies involved and the lawyers and their law firms. These charts are up to date as of September 30, 2016.

Please contact us if you see any information that is inaccurate or missing.

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Corporate Deal Tracker: Securities Offerings Jump Again in Q3

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By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 2) – The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker shows the number of securities offerings skyrocketed 72.5 percent and the size of those offerings jumped 53 percent during the third quarter of 2016 compared to one year earlier, but the totals fall far short of the record amount of corporate dollars raised during the first half of 2015. V&E continues to dominate the capital markets in the oil patch. The Texas Lawbook has the Q3 rankings and the details.


Corporate Deal Tracker Q&A with Capital Markets Leader Sean Wheeler


swheeler1L By Natalie Posgate – (Nov. 2) – Sean Wheeler has had a productive year so far. The Houston-based Latham & Watkins partner led or co-led 17 securities offerings for issuers or underwriters during the first nine months of 2016. The Texas Lawbook conducted an in-depth Q&A with Wheeler to learn what he anticipates will keep him busy in 2017 and his insights into the current state of the market for securities offerings involving energy companies.


Twinkies, LinkedIn & The Cloud: The M&A Chronicles of Jim Griffin


jgriffen1l By Natalie Posgate – DALLAS (Nov. 1) – If one were to look at Jim Griffin’s 2016 monthly calendar, there would be quite a few events scribbled in. A 1,700-mile move and phone calls and meetings for Microsoft's $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn would just be a couple. The Texas Lawbook recently sat down with Griffin at the Dallas Ritz-Carlton to learn about what has been occupying the time of one of the state's busiest M&A lawyers of 2016.


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Corporate Deal Tracker: Jones Day and V&E Fight for Top M&A Honors


madealcounttight1 By Natalie Posgate – (Oct. 27) – Energy transactional work among Texas lawyers remains flat while other areas are up. Deal value is down more than 50 percent. Law firm competition remains stiff. Three lawyers from Weil, Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Kirkland & Ellis rank at the top for leading deals. The Q3 results of The Texas Lawbook’s Corporate Deal Tracker are out, with a full analysis in this article.