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American Airlines Settles with DOJ

American Airlines Settles with DOJ

The settlement clears the way for American to merge with US Airways. …

Highland Capital Management Sues Looper Reed for Extortion

Highland Capital Management Sues Looper Reed for Extortion

Accused of holding on to internal documents to extort Highland, Looper Reed contends the lawsuit is factually baseless and a trial tactic for a related case.…

Looper Reed Reaffirms a $900,000 Jury Verdict

Looper Reed Reaffirms a $900,000 Jury Verdict

The case involves an ex-school district police officer in Houston who claimed his whistleblower, due process and freedom of speech rights were violated by his former employer and the two…

Mark Cuban Cleared of All Insider Trading Charges: The Full Story

Mark Cuban Cleared of All Insider Trading Charges: The Full Story

After nearly three and a half hours of deliberation, nine jurors found Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban innocent of insider trading Wednesday afternoon. The verdict marks the end of the three-week…

Federal Courts Getting Slammed by Congressional Budget Woes

Federal Courts Getting Slammed by Congressional Budget Woes

At the end of this week, jurors serving on federal trials will get IOUs. All civil trials are being put hold. Payments to court-appointed lawyers will be halted. The federal…

Fifth Circuit Tackles Indian Tribal Jurisdiction and Business Law

Fifth Circuit Tackles Indian Tribal Jurisdiction and Business Law

The debate over state versus federal court for the forum witnessed an uncharted new dimension at the Fifth Circuit last week. Make it “state, federal, or Indian tribal court.” The…

Locke Lord’s Hastings to Argue Huge Business Dispute at SCOTUS

Locke Lord’s Hastings to Argue Huge Business Dispute at SCOTUS

This Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a $160,000 pay dispute between a Killeen-based subcontractor and a Virginia construction company building a child development center at…

A Change in Leadership, No Change in Direction

A Change in Leadership, No Change in Direction

After 32 years’ judicial service, the past 25 on the Supreme Court of Texas, I am honored and humbled that Governor Perry has appointed me Chief Justice. The Court…

Nathan Hecht’s 25 Year Record in Texas Supreme Court

Nathan Hecht’s 25 Year Record in Texas Supreme Court

Nathan Hecht, who will be sworn in chief justice Tuesday, has been on the state's highest court for a quarter of a century. He's served with 32 other supreme court…

Houston Appellate Judge Jeff Brown Named to Texas Supreme Court

Houston Appellate Judge Jeff Brown Named to Texas Supreme Court

Jeff Brown, a judge on the Houston Court of Appeals, will be the newest justice to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas, Gov. Perry announced Thursday. “Jeff is a…

Top 10 Efforts to be Excused from Jury Service

During the past 25 years as a legal journalist, I’ve heard some outrageous excuses and extraordinary efforts of folks trying to avoid jury service. …

Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson’s Legacy

Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson’s Legacy

When Wallace Jefferson retires next week as Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, he leaves one of the greatest legacies of any public servant in Texas history. He authored…

Frank Branson Leads Wrongful Death Suit Against Six Flags

Frank Branson Leads Wrongful Death Suit Against Six Flags

The family of Rosa Esparza, who died July 19 when she fell while riding the Texas Giant rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas, sued the amusement ride theme park Tuesday…

Governor Names Nathan Hecht Next Texas Chief Justice

Governor Names Nathan Hecht Next Texas Chief Justice

Texas' senior justice has served on the state’s highest court for 25 years, authored more than 350 opinions and is scheduled to become the longest serving justice in Texas history…

5th Circuit Revives Huge Data Breach Litigation

5th Circuit Revives Huge Data Breach Litigation

In one of the largest “data breach” cases ever, hackers broke into the computers of Heartland Payment Systems, a credit card processor, and stole confidential information about millions of cards.…

Ray Hunt Goes to Trial Against Honeywell for Airplane Engine Defect

Ray Hunt Goes to Trial Against Honeywell for Airplane Engine Defect

The Dallas oilman claims the New Jersey-based conglomerate sold him two defective engines for his corporate Learjet – defects he says that could have led to disastrous results and lives…

Nathan Hecht Viewed as Favorite for Texas Chief Justice

Nathan Hecht Viewed as Favorite for Texas Chief Justice

The Texas Supreme Court's senior justice tells The Texas Lawbook he has made it clear to Gov. Perry that he wants to be the next chief justice. Some of his…

Exclusive: Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson Resigns

Exclusive: Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson Resigns

Wallace Jefferson, the first African-American to lead the Texas Supreme Court and one of the most respected jurists in the nation, is resigning his position effective Oct. 1. Jefferson said…

Texas Chief Justice Jefferson: Will He Stay or Will He Go?

Texas Chief Justice Jefferson: Will He Stay or Will He Go?

Wallace Jefferson, Texas first African-American Supreme Court justice and widely proclaimed as one of the best chief justices in Texas history, is expected to announce next week whether he will…

Insurance Company Sues Former CFO Who Also Plans to Sue It

Insurance Company Sues Former CFO Who Also Plans to Sue It

Summit Alliance claims its CFO caused the company significant financial loss, but he has his own unrest with the company as well.…