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Texas Business Bankruptcies Spiked, then Tapered Off in 2016

Texas Business Bankruptcies Spiked, then Tapered Off in 2016

Corporate bankruptcies in Texas jumped more than 40 percent in 2016 and are up 80 percent during the past two years, according to new data research by Androvett Legal Media.…

ABA Sues Education Dept. for Flip-flopping on Law School Loan Forgiveness Program

ABA Sues Education Dept. for Flip-flopping on Law School Loan Forgiveness Program

The nation’s largest legal organization filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the U.S. Education Department’s decision to retroactively refuse to honor loan forgiveness commitments to newly minted lawyers who worked…

Texas Supreme Court Changes Mind, Tackles Arbitration Appeal

Texas Supreme Court Changes Mind, Tackles Arbitration Appeal

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear Forest Oil’s challenge to a $16 million arbitration award over drilling waste pollution on the 27,000-acre McAllen Ranch in Hidalgo County. The…

Fifty-Five Minutes at the Fifth Circuit – Trinity Industries Meets a ‘Hot Panel’ in Highway Guardrail Case

Fifty-Five Minutes at the Fifth Circuit – Trinity Industries Meets a ‘Hot Panel’ in Highway Guardrail Case

Trinity Industries told a Fifth Circuit panel last week that the record-smashing $663 million judgment against it should be reversed because any alleged violations of the False Claims Act regarding…

Analysis: Trinity Industries Met a Buzz Saw at Fifth Circuit in Historic FCA Highway Guardrail Case

Analysis: Trinity Industries Met a Buzz Saw at Fifth Circuit in Historic FCA Highway Guardrail Case

Trinity Industries believed the conservative, pro-business Fifth Circuit was its protective barricade against a massive $663 million False Claims Act judgment facing the Dallas-based company. But for 55 minutes Wednesday,…

Analysis – Fifth Circuit Limits the Sherman Act: ‘Disreputable’ is not ‘Anticompetitive’

Analysis – Fifth Circuit Limits the Sherman Act: ‘Disreputable’ is not ‘Anticompetitive’

The federal appeals court has reversed a $340 million antitrust judgment and placed significant limits on the activity to which antitrust laws apply. This case is a forceful reminder that…

Updated – Johnson & Johnson Plans to Appeal $1 Billion on Defective Hip Implant

Updated – Johnson & Johnson Plans to Appeal $1 Billion on Defective Hip Implant

A federal jury in Dallas ruled Thursday that pharmaceutical and medical device maker Johnson & Johnson and one of its subsidiaries is guilty of “despicable and vile conduct” for knowingly…

Highland Capital GC ‘Pleased’ with Settlement Result in Marathon Trial

Highland Capital GC ‘Pleased’ with Settlement Result in Marathon Trial

Highland Capital Management General Counsel Scott Ellington said he is “pleased” with the settlement that was signed yesterday afternoon between the Dallas hedge fund’s Cornerstone Healthcare Group, private equity firm…

Did Dallas Court of Appeals Err by Using Wikipedia?

Did Dallas Court of Appeals Err by Using Wikipedia?

An appeals court’s use of Wikipedia to define the term “welfare queen” is under review by the Texas Supreme Court in a closely watched libel case involving D Magazine. Media…

Reptilian Plagiarism? CSI Sues Rival DecisionQuest

Reptilian Plagiarism? CSI Sues Rival DecisionQuest

Las Colinas-based Courtroom Sciences has filed a federal lawsuit accusing rival DecisionQuest of plagiarizing a CSI copyrighted, analytical report that debunks one of the most popular trial strategies used by…

Derailing the Obama Workplace Agenda: Texas Federal Courts and the Incoming Administration

Derailing the Obama Workplace Agenda: Texas Federal Courts and the Incoming Administration

The injunction issued Nov. 22 against the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule is potentially far-reaching, and a Republican-controlled government makes it conceivable that salary thresholds for white-collar exemptions to…

Texas Jury Awards Boone Pickens $146 million in West Texas Oil Lawsuit

Texas Jury Awards Boone Pickens $146 million in West Texas Oil Lawsuit

Two Midland-based oil companies and Dallas-based J. Cleo Thompson intentionally failed to meet their end of a decade-old agreement with Dallas oil mogul T. Boone Pickens to acquire and drill…

Judge Changes Dee Wyly Bankruptcy from Reorganization to Liquidation

Judge Changes Dee Wyly Bankruptcy from Reorganization to Liquidation

A lawyer for 82-year-old Dee Wyly, the widow of Dallas entrepreneur Charles Wyly, came to tears in her plea Tuesday to Bankruptcy Judge Barbara Houser that a neutral mediator be…

The Patent for Evolving Intellectually Goes to Baker Botts

The Patent for Evolving Intellectually Goes to Baker Botts

From the moment the first gush of oil erupted from Spindletop Hill in Beaumont in 1901, Baker Botts has pioneered its representation of energy clients, which include ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Chesapeake…

Jury Dilemma: Believe T. Boone Pickens or Not

Jury Dilemma: Believe T. Boone Pickens or Not

T. Boone Pickens is 88-years-old. His hearing and vision are poor. He tires quickly. The oil and gas mogul admits he’s made billions of dollars and lost billions of dollars.…

Texas Supreme Court Ponders Level of Cross-ownership Allowed in Alcoholic Beverage Permit Case

Texas Supreme Court Ponders Level of Cross-ownership Allowed in Alcoholic Beverage Permit Case

In a case with potentially huge implications for beer and wine retailers, the Texas Supreme Court is weighing how much of a stake in a brewery could trigger Texas laws…

Fifth Circuit Accepts Sam Wyly Bankruptcy Appeal

Fifth Circuit Accepts Sam Wyly Bankruptcy Appeal

Lawyers for Sam Wyly and his deceased brother were granted permission Thursday to appeal Bankruptcy Judge Barbara Houser's ruling that the Wylys committed tax fraud and owe $1 billion to…

UPDATED: Exclusive – T. Boone Pickens v. J. Cleo Thompson Trial Begins

UPDATED: Exclusive – T. Boone Pickens v. J. Cleo Thompson Trial Begins

Lawyers for oil mogul T. Boone Pickens told jurors Friday during opening statements that the billionaire “may give money to charity, but he’s not going to let you cheat him…

Billion-Dollar Showdown: T. Boone Pickens v. J. Cleo Thompson

Billion-Dollar Showdown: T. Boone Pickens v. J. Cleo Thompson

A big-dollar showdown between two legendary oil and gas names in Dallas goes to trial this week in West Texas in a decade-long dispute over ownership interests and revenues from…

Post-Spokeo, Standing Arguments Rise and Fall on Interpretation of ‘Concreteness’

Post-<em>Spokeo,</em> Standing Arguments Rise and Fall on Interpretation of ‘Concreteness’

Before the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, courts frequently collapsed the element of “concrete and particularized,” requiring that a plaintiff merely demonstrate that the injury…