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KBR Pays $2.5M Penalty Settling 2013 Financial Overstatement

KBR Pays $2.5M Penalty Settling 2013 Financial Overstatement

© 2018 The Texas Lawbook. By Mark Curriden (July 2) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that Houston-based KBR employed insufficient financial controls and procedures that resulted…

SCOTX: State Not Immune From Anti-‘SLAPP’ Penalties

SCOTX: State Not Immune From Anti-‘SLAPP’ Penalties

AUSTIN – (July 2) – In a 5-3 decision, the Texas Supreme Court Friday ruled against an effort to remove from office a county hospital district trustee who wanted to…

Federal Court Dismisses Pier One Shareholder Suit… Again

Federal Court Dismisses Pier One Shareholder Suit… Again

A Dallas federal judge this week dismissed a shareholder class action that alleged Fort Worth-based Pier 1 Imports and two former executives committed securities fraud when they misrepresented the company’s…

Judge Kinkeade Cuts Half-Billion-Dollar Jury Verdict against Oculus/Facebook by 50%

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade Wednesday refused to set aside last year's verdict against Facebook and its virtual reality subsidiary Oculus, but he slashed in half the Dallas jury’s $500…

Sabine Saga: 2nd Circuit Upholds Rejection, Cites Approach that Could Broadly Undercut Texas Gathering Agreements

Sabine Saga: 2nd Circuit Upholds Rejection, Cites Approach that Could Broadly Undercut Texas Gathering Agreements

The 2nd Circuit decision emphatically declares that horizontal privity continues to apply under Texas law. Accordingly, unless the May 28th decision is reconsidered or otherwise overturned, virtually all existing gathering…

Appeals Court Reverses Right of First Refusal Mineral Rights Issue

Appeals Court Reverses Right of First Refusal Mineral Rights Issue

A Texarkana appeals court has issued an opinion that favors a Dallas E&P company in a mineral rights dispute in East Texas and provides clarity on right of first refusal…

‘The Art of War’ – Time-Tested Advice on Corporate Crisis PR Strategy, Litigation

‘The Art of War’ – Time-Tested Advice on Corporate Crisis PR Strategy, Litigation

This article applies Sun Tzu's principles to the modern era of public relations during corporate crises and addresses a more powerful weapon: the media.…

Houston Judge Signs Order to Halt Sales of Fake Merch on Eagles Tour – Updated

Houston Judge Signs Order to Halt Sales of Fake Merch on Eagles Tour – Updated

A federal judge in Houston issued a preliminary injunction on Monday that bans the sale of bootlegged Eagles merchandise at concerts as the band’s 2018 North American tour continues. …

SCOTX Delivers Blows To Xerox, Dentists in Medicaid Fraud Cases

SCOTX Delivers Blows To Xerox, Dentists in Medicaid Fraud Cases

The Texas Supreme Court Friday delivered a one-two punch to a group of dentists and a state contractor who were pointing fingers at each other over allegations of massive fraud…

SCOTX: Did Someone Interfere with your Inheritance? Too Bad.

SCOTX: Did Someone Interfere with your Inheritance? Too Bad.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that there is no cause of action in Texas for intentional interference with inheritance, a ruling that will not allow the heirs of…

SCOTX Trashes Laredo’s Plastic-Bag-Ban Ordinance

SCOTX Trashes Laredo’s Plastic-Bag-Ban Ordinance

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the City of Laredo’s plastic-bag-ban ordinance is invalid and cannot be enforced because it directly conflicts with a superseding state law passed in…

Jury Awards Former Glazer’s Liquor Executives $2.4M in Lost Compensation

Jury Awards Former Glazer’s Liquor Executives $2.4M in Lost Compensation

A Dallas County jury has awarded $2.4 million to two former executives of Glazer’s liquor distribution company, finding they were owed compensation when the company combined with Southern Wine &…

To Pay or Not to Pay? What the DOL’s New Test Means for Summer Internship Programs

As summer approaches, many Texas businesses are preparing to welcome interns into the workplace. Companies considering unpaid internships should be aware of the Department of Labor's new seven-factor test for…

Updated: Munck Wilson Secures 10 Millionth Patent in USPTO History

Updated: Munck Wilson Secures 10 Millionth Patent in USPTO History

A group of Dallas lawyers from Munck Wilson Mandala made patent history Tuesday by securing a laser detection technology patent for Raytheon. It is the 10 millionth patent to be…

Randy Johnston Helps ‘No Easy Day’ Navy SEAL Author Get His Day in Court

Randy Johnston Helps ‘No Easy Day’ Navy SEAL Author Get His Day in Court

For the past four years, Dallas lawyer Randy Johnston has been quietly representing the author of No Easy Day, a controversial book by a former U.S. Navy SEAL about the…

Analysis: Behind the Scenes of the AT&T Legal Team that just Kicked DOJ’s Ass

Analysis: Behind the Scenes of the AT&T Legal Team that just Kicked DOJ’s Ass

The day Donald Trump was elected president, AT&T General Counsel David McAtee and his corporate legal department put together a legal team to defend the Dallas telecom giant’s proposed $85…

Six Tips for Managing a Document Review Team

Six Tips for Managing a Document Review Team

© 2018 The Texas Lawbook. By Martha Buttry Daniels of King & Spalding   (June 14) – Most litigation comes with the burden of document review. While not the sexiest…

With Anti-SLAPP Defense Denied, UDF Suit Against Hayman Capital Moves On

With Anti-SLAPP Defense Denied, UDF Suit Against Hayman Capital Moves On

© 2018 The Texas Lawbook. By Allen Pusey (June 12) – A lawsuit for business disparagement against Dallas hedge fund Hayman Capital and its manager, J. Kyle Bass, will continue…

Judge Allows Mineral Interest Fight Against Chesapeake, Total E&P to Proceed

Judge Allows Mineral Interest Fight Against Chesapeake, Total E&P to Proceed

A state court in Fort Worth has denied requests by Chesapeake Exploration and Total E&P USA to dismiss claims in multidistrict litigation brought by North Texas mineral interest owners over…

Lawsuit Claims Funeral Home Wrongfully Moved 80-Year-Old’s Parents’ Remains

Lawsuit Claims Funeral Home Wrongfully Moved 80-Year-Old’s Parents’ Remains

The 80-year-old scion of a Dallas oil and gas production company has sued the owners of Restland Cemetery for allowing the removal of his parents’ remains to another cemetery without…