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Expediting Trials

Expediting Trials

Proposals would streamline discovery and costs of disputes under $100,000.…

SCOTUS Weighs Three Block Buster Business Law Cases

SCOTUS Weighs Three Block Buster Business Law Cases

John Elwood, a Supreme Court expert and former assistant U.S. Solicitor General, evaluates this year's business docket.…

Supreme Court Says Pipeline Companies Must Prove Status to Tap Eminent Domain

Supreme Court Says Pipeline Companies Must Prove Status to Tap Eminent Domain

Refusal to rehear case likely means more court disputes with landowners…

Texas Supreme Court Shoots Down Challenge to Business Tax

Texas Supreme Court Shoots Down Challenge to Business Tax

Justices unanimously rejected Nestle's argument that tax treats businesses unequally and uniformly.…

U-Haul Case Could Redefine Gross Negligence

U-Haul Case Could Redefine Gross Negligence

Texas Supreme Court reviews $45 million Dallas jury award to a man crushed when a parking brake failed on a U-Haul truck.…

Johnson & Johnson Settles Texas Medicaid Fraud Suit for $158 million

Johnson & Johnson Settles Texas Medicaid Fraud Suit for $158 million

Texas and whistleblower sued J&J for false marketing of its antipsychotic prescription medication Risperdal.…

Texas Businesses Again Challenge Texas Supreme Court on Franchise Tax

Texas Businesses Again Challenge Texas Supreme Court on Franchise Tax

Nestle says the tax fails to treat businesses equally and uniformly and wants the Legislature to start over. …

Texas Supreme Court Tackles Major Land Condemnation Dispute

Texas Supreme Court Tackles Major Land Condemnation Dispute

Case is being closely watched by utilities, pipeline companies and property rights advocates.…

Baker Botts, McKool Smith & Lidji Dorey Lead Dr Pepper and Dublin Bottler Settlement

The 1970s Dr Pepper commercial was catchy: “I’m a Pepper, he’s a Pepper, she’s a Pepper, wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper, too?” …

Texas AG and Johnson & Johnson Battle in Opening Statements

Texas AG and Johnson & Johnson Battle in Opening Statements

In opening statements today in the state’s $1 billion false drug marketing case against Johnson & Johnson, a lawyer for the company said he will present “real world” evidence that…

State’s Billion-Dollar Case Against Johnson & Johnson Goes to Trial Today in Travis County

State’s Billion-Dollar Case Against Johnson & Johnson Goes to Trial Today in Travis County

Allen Jones was an investigator for the Pennsylvania Inspector General a decade ago when a routine inquiry exposed a pattern of pharmaceutical companies lavishing trips, meals and other perks on…

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Limited Partnership Tax

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Limited Partnership Tax

The Texas Supreme Court ruled today that the franchise tax applied to limited partnerships is constitutional and is not a personal income tax.…

The Fine Art of the Benchslap

The Fine Art of the Benchslap

by John Browning, Lawyer Contributor Lawyers frequently compare notes about judges, particularly those with a reputation for being tough or demanding.…