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Mark Lanier Wins $5.5 Million Jury Verdict for Injured Worker

Mark Lanier Wins $5.5 Million Jury Verdict for Injured Worker

Trial is Lanier's first in his hometown of Lubbock and is first million-dollar verdict in Lubbock in a decade. …

Texas Supreme Court Seeks Comments on Mandatory Limits on Discovery and Trials

Texas Supreme Court Seeks Comments on Mandatory Limits on Discovery and Trials

Defense and plaintiffs lawyers are critical of the one-size-fits-all cases approach. Litigators also worry that language in the order that might allow the court to apply the rules to disputes…

McKool Smith Wins $368 Million Patent Verdict Against Apple

McKool Smith Wins $368 Million Patent Verdict Against Apple

VirnetX Holding Corporation continued its success in federal court in Tyler, winning a $368 million patent infringement verdict this week against Apple over video conferencing technology. The Nevada company scored…

Eastland Appeals Court Sides with Occidental in $10.5 Million Royalty Dispute

Eastland Appeals Court Sides with Occidental in $10.5 Million Royalty Dispute

Lawyers say ruling sets precedent for valuing gas containing high content of injected carbon dioxide, which is then separated out to make marketable hydrocarbon products.…

5th Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Blogging Lawyer’s First Amendment Case

5th Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Blogging Lawyer’s First Amendment Case

Lubbock lawyer John E. Gibson will get his day in court to argue for the domain name texasworkerscomplaw.com. …

Battered Personal Injury Bar Branches Out to Business Clients – Update

Battered Personal Injury Bar Branches Out to Business Clients – Update

A curious development has occurred in recent months: trial lawyer Frank Branson has been showing up in court in multimillion-dollar business disputes representing physicians and other executives who used to…

Texas Employment Discrimination Class Action Against Wal-Mart Dismissed

Texas Employment Discrimination Class Action Against Wal-Mart Dismissed

U.S. District Judge O’Connor ruled that the statute of limitations expired for lawsuit filed by seven women who previously worked at Wal-Mart in Texas. …

$29 Million Wind Energy Contract Dispute Reaches Texas Supreme Court

$29 Million Wind Energy Contract Dispute Reaches Texas Supreme Court

Industry says legal battle could harm state’s renewable energy credit market; TXU says those claims are overblown. Nina Cortell of Haynes and Boone argues for FPL Energy, while James Ho…

Texas Recovers $1 Billion by Joining Whistleblowers in Medicaid Fraud Litigation – Update

Texas Recovers $1 Billion by Joining Whistleblowers in Medicaid Fraud Litigation – Update

Long known for its business-friendly litigation climate, Texas has quietly become the national leader in using the courthouse to punish one set of corporations, pharmaceutical companies that cheat government health…

Wal-Mart Seeks Dismissal of Texas Class Action

Wal-Mart Seeks Dismissal of Texas Class Action

Lawyers for Wal-Mart asked U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas to reject a class action employment discrimination lawsuit claiming to represent more than 50,000 women who have worked at…

Edith Jones Resigns as 5th Circuit Chief Judge

Edith Jones Resigns as 5th Circuit Chief Judge

Chief Judge Jones is stepping away from the leadership role for “various family reasons,” but she will stay on the court as a judge. Her resignation means that Judge Carl…

Class Actions Evolve in the Fifth Circuit

Class Actions Evolve in the Fifth Circuit

The federal appeals court signals the potential future of federal class litigation in the Fifth Circuit after Dukes, writes David Coale.…

DuBose Overcomes Life Obstacles, Joins Godwin Ronquillo

DuBose Overcomes Life Obstacles, Joins Godwin Ronquillo

Two decades ago, Suzanne DuBose was a single mom of a newborn daughter. She had no job, no money and no education. She struggled to buy diapers and put food…

Churchill Downs Seeks Injunction Against Texas Online Betting Crackdown

Churchill Downs Seeks Injunction Against Texas Online Betting Crackdown

Churchill Downs, the most famous Thoroughbred racetrack and home of the Kentucky Derby, sued the Texas Racing Commission in an attempt to stop the racing commission's enforcement of a law…

Court Hears ‘Common-Sense’ Arguments on Business Tax Fairness

Court Hears ‘Common-Sense’ Arguments on Business Tax Fairness

A plain reading of the Texas Constitution’s requirement that taxes be “equal and uniform” should sound the death knell for the state’s revised franchise tax, a lawyer for food and…

Third-party Allegations Scrutinized in Libel Case Heard by Texas Supreme Court

Third-party Allegations Scrutinized in Libel Case Heard by Texas Supreme Court

Justices ponder whether Austin TV reporter's focus on neurosurgeon's disciplinary case, malpractice suits led to defamatory broadcast.…

Managing a Crisis: Oil Spill Case Tests Sutherland’s Rachel Clingman

Managing a Crisis: Oil Spill Case Tests Sutherland’s Rachel Clingman

Hired by rig owner Transocean just days after the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, Rachel Giesber Clingman approached the case with her trademark relentless preparation. Her early work proved critical, as…

Texas Supreme Court Weighs Protections for Whistleblowers who Report Internally

Texas Supreme Court Weighs Protections for Whistleblowers who Report Internally

A demoted Parkland Memorial surgeon urged the justices to protect government employees who report wrongdoing through internal channels.…

Longview Energy Wins $500 Million Land Transfer in Eagle Ford Case

Longview Energy Wins $500 Million Land Transfer in Eagle Ford Case

For a small oil and gas company like Dallas-based Longview Energy, the chance to obtain a lease in the red-hot Eagle Ford Shale was an opportunity that doesn’t come along…

Texas Justices Reverse $46 Million Award in Defective U-Haul Truck Case

Texas Justices Reverse $46 Million Award in Defective U-Haul Truck Case

The Texas Supreme Court threw out a $46 million award to a man who was crushed by a rolling U-Haul truck, finding that evidence of safety problems in Canadian trucks…