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Lee Harvey Oswald Mock Jury Ends in Mistrials

Lee Harvey Oswald Mock Jury Ends in Mistrials

A jury of a dozen Dallas citizens sat in judgment in the five decade old case in a mock trial orchestrated by the State Bar of Texas. …

Attorney Fees Awarded in Landmark Voting Rights Act Case

Attorney Fees Awarded in Landmark Voting Rights Act Case

The historic case determined last year the City of Farmers Branch's election system was unfair to Hispanics and other minorities.…

Federal Civil Jury Trials Decline to New Lows

Federal Civil Jury Trials Decline to New Lows

Federal Appeals Judge Pat Higginbotham warned lawyers and federal judges in 1997 that civil jury trials were headed to extinction. Most lawyers and judges scoffed. After all, no state in…

Rape Victim Claims Police, Prosecutor Used Her as “Sexual Bait”

Rape Victim Claims Police, Prosecutor Used Her as “Sexual Bait”

The Fifth Circuit federal appeals court is examining the case of a teenage rape victim who claims the police and prosecutor in her case knew she was being sexually assaulted…

Dallas Court of Appeals Rejects Bickel & Brewer’s Disqualification Mandamus — Updated

Dallas Court of Appeals Rejects Bickel & Brewer’s Disqualification Mandamus — Updated

The firm is accused of improperly paying a former exec of an opposing corporation who had confidential inside legal information critical to the case.…

Two Prominent SEC-Fort Worth Lawyers Leave for Private Sector

Two Prominent SEC-Fort Worth Lawyers Leave for Private Sector

The unrelated departures have the SEC scrambling to fill the two critical leadership positions at a time when the agency’s Fort Worth office is handling several high-profile matters.…

SEC Chief Trial Counsel Joins Kelly Hart

SEC Chief Trial Counsel Joins Kelly Hart

Toby Galloway, a 12 year veteran of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth Regional Office, is joining Kelly Hart as the firm beefs up its white-collar criminal and…

The Fifth Circuit’s Top Five Decisions So Far in 2013

The Fifth Circuit’s Top Five Decisions So Far in 2013

The judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals have been busy so far in 2013. They've tackled mandatory arbitration, Daubert, personal jurisdiction, trade secrets and mortgage servicing. Most importantly, monks…

Tomko & Ross Join Dykema

Tomko & Ross Join Dykema

Ed Tomko, a prominent former prosecutor and senior official with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is joining the Dallas office of Dykema. Tomko and Jason Ross, both former partners…

The Mentor: Jim Coleman Turns 90

The Mentor: Jim Coleman Turns 90

Jim Coleman has tried of hundreds of jury trials over six decades of practicing law. He has defended huge corporations, including Oscar Wyatt’s Coastal States in 1972 in a multi-billion-dollar…

Extend & Pretend – Texas Business Bankruptcies Plummet… For Now

Extend & Pretend – Texas Business Bankruptcies Plummet… For Now

Bankruptcy filings by Texas businesses continue to decline and that it is having a negative financial impact on Texas law firms with significant bankruptcy practices. But legal experts predict there’s…

INTA Co-Chair Purvi Patel: Addicted to Madonna – From Pinstripes to Trademarks

INTA Co-Chair Purvi Patel: Addicted to Madonna – From Pinstripes to Trademarks

Since she was a child, Purvi Patel has been fascinated with Madonna. She once told her mother she wanted to be a lawyer and wear a pinstripe suit – like…

Federal Circuit Upholds $345 million Versata IP Verdict

Federal Circuit Upholds $345 million Versata IP Verdict

Winning a $345 million jury verdict is difficult. Keeping such a large judgment on appeal is even harder. McKool Smith has done both for its Austin-based client Versata Software.…

Special Prosecutor: Contempt Proceedings against Watkins Threaten all Texas DA’s

Special Prosecutor: Contempt Proceedings against Watkins Threaten all Texas DA’s

Permitting criminal defendants to pierce prosecutorial privilege in advance of their trials would undermine justice. DA's, like all attorneys, must be free to form opinions, evaluate cases, and communicate freely…

SCOTUS Narrows Alien Tort Act Claims

SCOTUS Narrows Alien Tort Act Claims

Angela Zambrano and Margaret Allen say Kiobel has far-reaching implications.…

Texas Civil Jury Trials Continue Decline

Texas Civil Jury Trials Continue Decline

The number of civil jury trials in Texas district courts hit a four decade low in 2012. Only 1,202 civil disputes were decided by state district juries in 2012 -…

West Fertilizer Explosion Lawsuits Coming

West Fertilizer Explosion Lawsuits Coming

The death and destruction caused by the explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant is likely to cost the owners of the plant, its insurance carriers and the makers and operators…

How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?

How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?

State justices recently reversed a lower court decision that allowed a bereaved dog owner to sue an animal shelter for the wrongful death of his pet.…

No Sole Method in Determining Cramdown Interest Rate in Chapter 11

No Sole Method in Determining Cramdown Interest Rate in Chapter 11

Bankruptcy experts Greg Hesse and Eric Flynn examine Fifth Circuit decision that borrowers and lenders should study.…

TCEQ to Appeal Whooping Crane Case

TCEQ to Appeal Whooping Crane Case

The AG's office intends to appeal a federal judge's ruling that found the state responsible for the death of 23 whooping cranes -- or nearly 10 percent of the migrating…