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Al Hill Jr. v. Gregory Shamoun: SCOTX Reviews a $48,000 an Hour Legal Fee

<em> Al Hill Jr. v. Gregory Shamoun:</em> SCOTX Reviews a $48,000 an Hour Legal Fee

Al Hill Jr. v. Al Hill III has spawned more than 20 lawsuits involving the heirs of oilman H.L. Hunt over the past decade. This week, the Texas Supreme Court…

Fishing in the Right Pond: Careful Forum Selection May Keep Trade Secret Defendants on the Hook

Fishing in the Right Pond: Careful Forum Selection May Keep Trade Secret Defendants on the Hook

Texas' Third District Court of Appeals recently held that the state's anti-SLAPP statute covers private commercial speech and association in addition to constitutionally protected rights. This adds to the challenges…

Second Wave of Patent Enforcers Try New Tactics

Second Wave of Patent Enforcers Try New Tactics

For frequent patent asserters, things used to be simple: buy patents, allege infringement against anyone you could and then make settlement offers. But a series of issues is forcing changes…

SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument on Future of Class Action Waivers

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in three consolidated cases that will decide the future of class action waivers in the employment context. The…

How Appellate Work Saved Me from Diabetes and Diabetes Made Me a Better Appellate Lawyer

How Appellate Work Saved Me from Diabetes and Diabetes Made Me a Better Appellate Lawyer

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 44 years ago, on Sept. 24, 1973. I have practiced appellate law since 1989. Appellate work has played a major part in helping…

Updated – Judge Higginbotham, James Ho and the Reversal of Trinity Industries’ $663M Judgment

Updated – Judge Higginbotham, James Ho and the Reversal of Trinity Industries’ $663M Judgment

Last week, James Ho was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit and won the biggest case of his career when the appellate reversed a $663.3…

Kent Sullivan Named New TX Insurance Commissioner

Kent Sullivan Named New TX Insurance Commissioner

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed former judge and Jackson Walker partner Kent Sullivan to be the state’s Insurance Commissioner. Sullivan served as a justice on the Texas Court of Appeals…

Justice Willett & James Ho Nominated to Fifth Circuit

Justice Willett & James Ho Nominated to Fifth Circuit

President Trump has nominated two stalwart conservatives – Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Dallas appellate law expert James Ho – to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the…

Updated – Dallas Jury Nails JP Morgan with $4B Verdict in Estate Fraud Case

Updated – Dallas Jury Nails JP Morgan with $4B Verdict in Estate Fraud Case

A Dallas County jury early this morning delivered a stunning $4 billion punitive damage verdict in favor of the heirs of long-time IT expert, Max D. Hopper, against J.P. Morgan…

South TX Jury Awards $100M to Matrix Petroleum in Eagle Ford Dispute

South TX Jury Awards $100M to Matrix Petroleum in Eagle Ford Dispute

A jury in La Salle County has awarded $100 million to Houston-based Matrix Petroleum after finding that Repsol-owned Talisman Energy committed accounting fraud and breached an agreement the two companies…

Taking the Fifth in Civil Trade Secret Litigation: Win the Battle but Lose the War?

Taking the Fifth in Civil Trade Secret Litigation: Win the Battle but Lose the War?

Oliver North and Mark McGwire are notable examples of people who asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by refusing to answer questions. Now, trade secret litigation between Google’s self-driving…

Winston Scores Touchdown & Field Goal in Ezekiel Elliott & IP Cases in Same Courtroom – Updated

Winston Scores Touchdown & Field Goal in Ezekiel Elliott & IP Cases in Same Courtroom – Updated

Tom Melsheimer was in his second week of trial defending Tech Pharmacy in a $350 million patent dispute against Plano-based AlixaRx when he suddenly switched from defense to offense in…

East Texas is Patent Capital No More

East Texas is Patent Capital No More

East Texas has lost its status as America’s top place to sue for patent infringement. Delaware is the new king of patent litigation. During the past four months, plaintiffs filed…

SCOTX Considers Future of Lawsuit against Payday Lenders

SCOTX Considers Future of Lawsuit against Payday Lenders

When Cash Biz didn’t get paid on time, the payday lender sought help from the criminal justice system. Now faced with lawsuits for their overstep, the company is claiming a…

Sanctuary City Litigation Issues Hit Home for Lead Sidley Partners

Sanctuary City Litigation Issues Hit Home for Lead Sidley Partners

There were many reasons Yolanda Garcia decided to get involved in the controversial “sanctuary city” litigation, but a conversation she had with her 14-year-old son was certainly one catalyst for…

Trump Nominates Five for Texas Federal Judgeships

Trump Nominates Five for Texas Federal Judgeships

The Trump Administration announced Thursday morning that it has nominated five lawyers to fill open seats on the U.S. District Courts in Texas, including two attorneys previously nominated by President…

Why Judge Mazzant Terminated Proposed Overtime Rule

Why Judge Mazzant Terminated Proposed Overtime Rule

The proposed update to the overtime exemptions rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act was finally put out of its misery last week U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant. The court…

Munck Wilson Wins $10.1M Jury Award for iLife

Munck Wilson Wins $10.1M Jury Award for iLife

A federal jury ruled Thursday that gaming company Nintendo infringed on patented motion detection technology developed by Dallas-based iLife Technologies. The jury, which heard more than a week of evidence…

Sharply Divided 5th Circuit Rejects J&J’s Mandamus Request in Hip Implant MDL

Sharply Divided 5th Circuit Rejects J&J’s Mandamus Request in Hip Implant MDL

The Fifth Circuit refused to intervene in the massive Johnson & Johnson hip implant multidistrict litigation cases that have been consolidated in federal court in Dallas. But two of the…

Corporate Lawyers: TX AG Paxton ’s Defense of Pro-Insurance Industry Law is Misleading, Wrong

Corporate Lawyers: TX AG Paxton ’s Defense of Pro-Insurance Industry Law is Misleading, Wrong

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and lawyers representing large and midsized businesses in the state are providing contradictory information about the impact of a new law governing the rights of…

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