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Bizarre $12M Trade Secrets Case for Quantlab Finally Nears an End

Bizarre $12M Trade Secrets Case for Quantlab Finally Nears an End

A decade-long legal battle between a privately-held Houston financial research firm and Ukrainian mathematician and a Wisconsin securities lawyer nicknamed Emo over secret algorithms and mathematical formulas that aid high…

Jennifer Ecklund Scores $65M Verdict Against Life Partners CEO & GC

Jennifer Ecklund Scores $65M Verdict Against Life Partners CEO & GC

The long and sordid legal drama known as Life Partners took another step toward finality last week when a Fort Worth jury ruled that the company’s former chief executive officer…

Federal Judge Stops Texas Radioactive Waste Disposal Merger

Federal Judge Stops Texas Radioactive Waste Disposal Merger

Dallas-based Valhi’s attempt to sell its radioactive waste disposal operation in West Texas to a competitor violates antitrust laws. A federal judge ruled Wednesday, in a 52-page opinion that is…

Facebook to Judge Kinkeade: Tell Skadden Lawyers ‘To Go to Hell or Put Them in Hell’

Facebook to Judge Kinkeade: Tell Skadden Lawyers ‘To Go to Hell or Put Them in Hell’

A federal court hearing scheduled to debate the validity of a $500 million jury verdict in a trade secrets and patent infringement case against Facebook erupted into allegations of lying…

Texas Supreme Court Upholds College Station Hospital’s ‘Without Cause’ Termination of Heart Surgeon

By Janet Elliott (June 19) – In a case closely watched by Texas employers, the Texas Supreme Court Friday reaffirmed the principle of “at-will” employment, upholding a hospital’s right to…

Energy Company Directors Win Corporate Loyalty Case at Texas Supreme Court

Despite warnings that doing so would undermine the responsibilities of corporate directors, the Texas Supreme Court Friday threw out a $95.5 million judgment against two Longview Energy Co. directors. The…

How Not To Maintain Privilege: Fifth Circuit Rejects Defendant’s Privilege Log

How Not To Maintain Privilege: Fifth Circuit Rejects Defendant’s Privilege Log

Proper preparation of a log is key to litigating about privilege. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently rejected the sufficiency of the defendant’s log in an…

SCOTUS Limits SEC Disgorgement: What It Means for Sam Wyly and Other Defendants

When the U.S. Supreme Court last week imposed a five-year statute of limitations on any claim for disgorgement in a Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action, the justices almost certainly…

Houston-area Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty to $1.9M Fraud

Lawrence Allen deShetler, an investment adviser and certified financial planner in The Woodlands, has pleaded guilty to using up to $1.9 million of client money for personal expenses. He faces…

WannaCry Attack Prompts Focus on Cyber Insurance

WannaCry Attack Prompts Focus on Cyber Insurance

Driven by headlines, cyber insurance discussions often focus on data breaches and coverage for notification, public relations and breach coach expenses, investigation costs, and defense and indemnification against third-party claims…

Baker Botts Leads Major Antitrust Trial for Waste Control Specialists

Baker Botts Leads Major Antitrust Trial for Waste Control Specialists

Antitrust trials are usually dominated by dreadfully boring expert testimony over economic models and vertical v. horizontal agreements. Van Beckwith is representing Valhi subsidiary Waste Control Specialists of Dallas against…

The End Is Nigh For The ‘Rocket Docket’ — Or Not?

The End Is Nigh For The ‘Rocket Docket’ — Or Not?

The US Supreme Court reversed a 27 year-old ruling Monday that had allowed great freedom for plaintiffs in their choice of venues for intellectual property disputes. The high-anticipated ruling threatens…

Wylys Appeal Billion-dollar Judgment to Fifth Circuit

Wylys Appeal Billion-dollar Judgment to Fifth Circuit

Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist Sam Wyly and his sister-in-law Dee Wyly have asked the federal appeals court to reverse a ruling by a bankruptcy judge that found that the Wylys…

Patent Lit is AT&T Legal Team’s Specialty

Patent Lit is AT&T Legal Team’s Specialty

Facing a mountain of patent infringement lawsuits, AT&T GC David McAtee created a specialized five lawyer group within the corporate legal department focusing exclusively on patent infringement litigation. The mission…

Creating New Value for Clients with Litigation Funding

Creating New Value for Clients with Litigation Funding

Law firms motivated to deliver increasing value to clients have a new solution in litigation finance. …

‘Runaway Swiss Businessman’ Pleads Guilty to Perjury in Court Filings

‘Runaway Swiss Businessman’ Pleads Guilty to Perjury in Court Filings

A Swiss businessman and former Dallas resident who was a fugitive abroad for nine months last year will plead guilty to one count of perjury in a federal bankruptcy proceeding,…

Richard ‘Racehorse’ Haynes Dies at 90

Richard ‘Racehorse’ Haynes Dies at 90

Comedian and musician Kinky Friedman described Haynes as “one of the most successful and most colorful silver-tongued devils to grace Texas since God made trial lawyers.” A legal legend in…

McKool Smith Wins $43M Antitrust Verdict in East TX

McKool Smith Wins $43M Antitrust Verdict in East TX

A federal jury in Marshall ruled Wednesday that General Electric Company violated antitrust laws in the marketing of anesthesia machines and the market for GE anesthesia machine servicing. After hearing…

Chris Hamilton ’Follows the Money Trail’ in Bankruptcy Litigation

Chris Hamilton ’Follows the Money Trail’ in Bankruptcy Litigation

Recouping losses in bankruptcy cases resulting from failed mergers or acquisitions is never easy, especially when negligence and reckless fraudulent inducement are alleged. But Chris Hamilton's representation of the trustee…

CMBS Trusts Maintain Access to Federal Courts After Americold

CMBS Trusts Maintain Access to Federal Courts After <em>Americold</em>

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a February ruling brought clarity to subject matter jurisdiction in the formation of commercial mortgage-backed securities trusts.…

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