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Who said that? Rule 202 Petitions and Anonymous Online Reviews

Who said that? Rule 202 Petitions and Anonymous Online Reviews

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By David S. Coale of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst – (March 28) – “I wish I knew who said that!” is the typical response…

AZA Firm Scores $9 Million Verdict Against Motorola Mobility

AZA Firm Scores $9 Million Verdict Against Motorola Mobility

A federal jury in Marshall on Friday ordered Motorola Mobility to pay $9.17 million for deliberately infringing on a small Plano-based licensing firm’s patents for technology that helps create high-definition…

For US Expats, Income Tax Exclusion Depends on Their ‘Abode’

For US Expats, Income Tax Exclusion Depends on Their ‘Abode’

Since many Texas companies send employees on international assignment, they should be mindful that federal income tax rules don't apply to everyone in the same way. …

Dallas Lawyers Battle Banker Andy Beal & Plano Vulture Fund

Dallas Lawyers Battle Banker Andy Beal & Plano Vulture Fund

Nearly a dozen Dallas lawyers are representing two financial institutions – BB&T of North Carolina and Plano-based LNV Corp, which is a subsidiary of Beal Bank – fierce, five-year-long breach-of-contract…

Texas Supreme Court Reverses Appeals Court on Non-Resident Jurisdiction

Texas Supreme Court Reverses Appeals Court on Non-Resident Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court of Texas ruled Friday that a Texas court has no jurisdiction over non-resident defendants in a lawsuit filed by Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling Company Inc. Reversing a ruling…

Anti-SLAPP Legislation Bolstered by Courts in Texas

Anti-SLAPP Legislation Bolstered by Courts in Texas

In two vastly different and utterly unrelated court decisions last week, the state of Texas declared itself to be among the staunchest guardians of public speech in the nation. On…

Texas Rice Land Partners Revisited: Texas Supreme Court Sets Low Bar for Pipeline Common Carriers

<em>Texas Rice Land Partners</em> Revisited: Texas Supreme Court Sets Low Bar for Pipeline Common Carriers

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Michael E. Schonberg, Richard B. Hemingway Jr., Richard B. Phillips Jr. and John Atkins of Thompson & Knight In Denbury Green Pipeline–Texas, LLC v.…

Breaking News – Federal Judge Dismisses SEC Fraud Case Against AG Paxton, Again

Breaking News – Federal Judge Dismisses SEC Fraud Case Against AG Paxton, Again

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant today dismissed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with prejudice. …

‘Judicial Icon’ Chief Justice Jack Pope Dies at 103

‘Judicial Icon’ Chief Justice Jack Pope Dies at 103

His judicial tenure, as a whole, was the longest of any Texas Supreme Court justice.…

Exclusive – Goldman Sachs Litigation Tied to Alleged Conflicts by Federal Judge’s Law Clerk and Prestigious Law Firm

Exclusive – Goldman Sachs Litigation Tied to Alleged Conflicts by Federal Judge’s Law Clerk and Prestigious Law Firm

Should law clerks for federal judges be allowed to work on cases involving law firms that have previously employed them or plan to employ them in the future? Gruber Elrod…

Are East Texas’ Days Numbered as Patent-Suit Hub?

Are East Texas’ Days Numbered as Patent-Suit Hub?

East Texas may well lose its standing as patent lawsuit capital of the nation in a closely-watched case scheduled for argument in late March before the U.S. Supreme Court. In…

Chief Judge Barbara Lynn Brings Patience, Order and Blind Justice to John Wiley Price Trial

Chief Judge Barbara Lynn Brings Patience, Order and Blind Justice to John Wiley Price Trial

This week, hundreds of North Texans report to jury service in the public corruption trial of Dallas Co. Commissioner John Wiley Price. The trial is considered one of the most…

SEC Accuses Patrick Howard & Two Dallas Investment Funds of Fraud

SEC Accuses Patrick Howard & Two Dallas Investment Funds of Fraud

The SEC has charged Dallas venture capitalist Patrick O. Howard, Howard Capital Holdings and Optimal Economics Capital Partners with operating a $13 million Ponzi scheme and providing false or misleading…

Jury Rules for Homeowners Damaged by I-635 Express Lane Construction

Jury Rules for Homeowners Damaged by I-635 Express Lane Construction

In 2014, Farmer’s Branch homeowners Felipe and Aurora Rodriguez noticed huge cracks developing in their foundations, floors and walls. Big cracks. The value of their property plummeted. They blamed Trinity…

Tom Melsheimer’s Lateral Move He Didn’t See Coming

Tom Melsheimer’s Lateral Move He Didn’t See Coming

Tom Melsheimer planned to practice at Fish & Richardson for the rest of his career. Then Winston & Strawn came calling. The Chicago-based firm convinced the former federal prosecutor that…

SCOTX Considers ‘Independent Injury’ Requirement in Hurricane Ike Claim Denial

SCOTX Considers ‘Independent Injury’ Requirement in Hurricane Ike Claim Denial

(AUSTIN) – A Hurricane Ike claim that grew from $11,000 in home repairs to more than $1 million in awarded damages is the eye of a brewing legal storm at…

Court affirms dismissal of First Amendment case; splits over remand

Court affirms dismissal of First Amendment case; splits over remand

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Allen Pusey (Jan. 30) – The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday affirmed an appeals court decision setting aside a jury verdict against a…

The Death of a Texas Lion: Tax Law Legend Vester Hughes Dies at 88

The Death of a Texas Lion: Tax Law Legend Vester Hughes Dies at 88

Legendary tax lawyer and Hughes & Luce co-founder Vester Hughes passed away over the weekend, according to some of his colleagues and friends. He was 88 years old.  …

JW Media Law Experts: Trump’s Bark Worse than His Bite

JW Media Law Experts: Trump’s Bark Worse than His Bite

The media law gurus at Jackson Walker told a gathering of Texas journalists Tuesday that Pres. Trump's campaign promise to loosen libel laws to make news operations more vulnerable to…

Jack Co. Family Hit with $23M Cattle Fraud Verdict

Jack Co. Family Hit with $23M Cattle Fraud Verdict

In what is believed to be one of the largest cattle fraud cases in Texas history, a jury has found that a North Texas cattle farming family perpetrated a check-kiting…

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