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Texas AG Charges Two Businesses with Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging

Texas AG Charges Two Businesses with Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging

Texas officials sued two Big Willy’s in Dallas-Fort Worth and Tejano Mart in Laredo on Monday for allegedly charging customers excessive prices for gasoline – ranging from $4 to $10…

Widow Fires Tony Buzbee, Who Then Sues for Tortious Interference

Widow Fires Tony Buzbee, Who Then Sues for Tortious Interference

The family of a Katy man recently killed in a rig explosion near New Orleans fired Houston trial lawyer Tony Buzbee after he allegedly sued the wrong companies in the…

SCOTX Hears The Case of The Duplicate Lease

SCOTX Hears The Case of The Duplicate Lease

When Orca Assets signed for six leases in the Eagle Ford Shale play, they had no idea the property had already been leased to someone else. But when the trustee…

After 6.5 Years, Judge Godbey Ends The Rudolf Suter Saga. Maybe.

After 6.5 Years, Judge Godbey Ends The Rudolf Suter Saga. Maybe.

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Natalie Posgate (Nov. 7) – He served 11 months of jail time and is about to be deported from the U.S. But goshdarnit, at…

South TX Jury Slaps $6.9M on CenterPoint, Westwind in Gas Leak Case

South TX Jury Slaps $6.9M on CenterPoint, Westwind in Gas Leak Case

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Natalie Posgate (Nov. 1) – A Laredo jury last Wednesday awarded nearly $7 million to a local elderly man and his family for a…

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Survey Shows TX GCs Face Energy & Cyber Litigation Uptick

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Survey Shows TX GCs Face Energy & Cyber Litigation Uptick

Eighty percent of Texas businesses faced civil lawsuits this past year and, although they were sued less often, more and more companies are suing each other, according to exclusive data…

Ex-Executive Sues Omni for Being a ‘Boys Club’

Ex-Executive Sues Omni for Being a ‘Boys Club’

A former female executive for Omni Hotels on Wednesday filed suit against her ex-employer and its holding company for sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation after she spent more than…

SKV Law Firm Wins Corruption Case for Political Client

Houston lawyers Shaun Clarke and Dane Ball demanded last week that corruption charges against Texas Rep. Dawnna Dukes be immediately dismissed. On Monday, Travis County prosecutors agreed, dropping all 15…

How to Secure Financing for Commercial Litigation

How to Secure Financing for Commercial Litigation

Third-party financing can be an attractive option for commercial plaintiffs who want to press their claims while hedging risk and preserving capital. But many companies and their lawyers are not…

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…