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Attn. General Counsel: Big Changes are Coming to Wage-and-Hour Law


rrickman1 By Rob Rickman – (September 19) – It is simply a matter of time before the federal government starts enacting changes that could increase minimum wage, raise the salary threshold for overtime exemption, and change commonly used overtime exemptions that make it more difficult for employers to qualify employees under those exemptions. Is your company prepared? This article examines the landscape and tells you what to expect.


Obama Nominates Three More to Federal Judgeships in South Texas


ghanks1 By Mark Curriden – (September 19) – The nominations of Harris County District Judge Alfred H. Bennett, Brownsville District Judge Jose Rolando Olvera, Jr. and U.S. Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks, Jr. of Houston have been sent to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

The IPO Market In 2014: Are Boom Times Back?


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By Bill Howell – (Sept. 16) – The IPO market appears to have fully recovered from the stock market crash of 2008. Sixteen Texas-based companies priced initial public offerings in the first half of 2014 - up from five during the first half of 2013. This article compares the Texas IPO market to the rest of the U.S. We also provide details about the 16 IPOs so far this year, how well each has done and lists the law firms involved.

TX Supreme Court Hears BP, Transocean $500 Million Dispute


sroberts2L By Janet Elliott – AUSTIN (Sept. 15) – BP and Transocean take their bitter, protracted half-billion-dollar battle over who pays for pollution-related liabilities arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to the Texas Supreme Court this week. The federal court in New Orleans overseeing the Deepwater Horizon case asked the Texas high court to decide a simple but critical issue: Is BP covered by Transocean’s insurance policy?

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Five Fifth Circuit Judges Offer Pointers on Appellate Advocacy

Five Fifth Circuit Judges Offer Pointers on Appellate Advocacy

By Chad Ruback (September 15) – Clarity. Brevity. Honesty. Three of the many tips five judges from the Fifth Circuit have for lawyers taking cases to the federal…

Ajinomoto Buys José Olé’s Manufacturer for $800 Million

Ajinomoto Buys José Olé’s Manufacturer for $800 Million

Jones Day represented Ajinomoto and Baker Botts represented Windsor, a private Houston-based manufacturer of ethnic frozen foods in the U.S. that owns brands including José Olé, Ling Ling…

Jury Awards $18.6 Million Against Goodyear

Jury Awards $18.6 Million Against Goodyear

The jury found the tire company negligent for allowing continued exposure of asbestos fibers to its former employee, Carl Rogers, who passed away in 2009 from mesothelioma as…

Waco Judge Awards EFH/Luminant $6.4 Million, Calls Sierra Club ‘Frivolous’

Waco Judge Awards EFH/Luminant $6.4 Million, Calls Sierra Club ‘Frivolous’

The fees award follows two years of litigation in which Sierra Club claimed Luminant's Big Brown power plant violated the Clean Air Act.…

SEC Brings Fraud Charges on Houston Investment Firm – Updated

SEC Brings Fraud Charges on Houston Investment Firm – Updated

The SEC claims Robare Group Ltd. failed to disclose a conflict of interest to its clients when it recommended they invest in particular mutual funds and in turn…

TX Supremes Side with Contractors over Local Gov’t

TX Supremes Side with Contractors over Local Gov’t

A deeply divided Texas Supreme Court ruled that Zachry Construction Corp. can seek damages from the Port of Houston Authority for project delays despite a “no-damages-for-delay” contract provision.…

Hamm Divorce Largest in U.S. History, Raises Securities Law Issues

Hamm Divorce Largest in U.S. History, Raises Securities Law Issues

The divorce trial of Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm and his wife, Sue Ann, may be the largest divorce case in U.S. history. At stake is nearly $17…

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

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.…


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.


Akin Gump Tests Law Office of the Future


agtreadmills3L By Natalie Posgate and Paige Kerley – DALLAS (Aug. 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.


BLS: Texas Legal Market Remained Flat


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By Natalie Posgate – (Sept. 11) – Recent numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that legal jobs for the private sector in Texas have remained flat over the past decade, despite the 21 percent growth of licensed attorneys the state's private sector has seen from 2003 to 2013. Still, the Lone Star State's legal market is better off than most of the nation, the numbers show.


Diamond McCarthy Nabs Jordan and Sales


djordan1L By Mark Curriden – (Sept. 17) - Diamond McCarthy, a 40-lawyer litigation boutique founded 14 years ago by former Hughes & Luce partners, has added two of their former colleagues to their firm: Darrell Jordan and Mark Sales. “I still love practicing law and I still enjoy being a lawyer," says Jordan, who is 76.


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Lawyers & Firms

Jackson Walker Picks Up Brad Lowry

Jackson Walker Picks Up Brad Lowry

Seasoned real estate lawyer leaves boutique to go back to Big Law. …

Weil Brings Back Corporate Expert John Quattrocchi

Weil Brings Back Corporate Expert John Quattrocchi

Quattrocchi said the globalization of the legal practice and technology have made being responsive and…

UPDATE: Locke Lord Seeks Merger with Boston’s Edwards Wildman

UPDATE: Locke Lord Seeks Merger with Boston’s Edwards Wildman

Locke Lord, a 630-lawyer firm based in Texas, announced Wednesday that it has signed a…

Fish & Richardson Teams Up with Sabre to Combat Human Trafficking

Fish & Richardson Teams Up with Sabre to Combat Human Trafficking

The firm is partnering with Sabre by providing IP protection in the U.S. and internationally…

Norton Rose Fulbright Recognized by ABA for Pro Bono Efforts

Norton Rose Fulbright Recognized by ABA for Pro Bono Efforts

Houston partner Stewart Gagnon also received the ABA Family Law Section's annual Pro Bono award.…


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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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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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