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SEC Accuses Patrick Howard & Two Dallas Investment Funds of Fraud

SEC Accuses Patrick Howard & Two Dallas Investment Funds of Fraud

The SEC has charged Dallas venture capitalist Patrick O. Howard, Howard Capital Holdings and Optimal Economics Capital Partners with operating a $13 million Ponzi scheme and providing false or misleading…

Jury Rules for Homeowners Damaged by I-635 Express Lane Construction

Jury Rules for Homeowners Damaged by I-635 Express Lane Construction

In 2014, Farmer’s Branch homeowners Felipe and Aurora Rodriguez noticed huge cracks developing in their foundations, floors and walls. Big cracks. The value of their property plummeted. They blamed Trinity…

Tom Melsheimer’s Lateral Move He Didn’t See Coming

Tom Melsheimer’s Lateral Move He Didn’t See Coming

Tom Melsheimer planned to practice at Fish & Richardson for the rest of his career. Then Winston & Strawn came calling. The Chicago-based firm convinced the former federal prosecutor that…

SCOTX Considers ‘Independent Injury’ Requirement in Hurricane Ike Claim Denial

SCOTX Considers ‘Independent Injury’ Requirement in Hurricane Ike Claim Denial

(AUSTIN) – A Hurricane Ike claim that grew from $11,000 in home repairs to more than $1 million in awarded damages is the eye of a brewing legal storm at…

Court affirms dismissal of First Amendment case; splits over remand

Court affirms dismissal of First Amendment case; splits over remand

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Allen Pusey (Jan. 30) – The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday affirmed an appeals court decision setting aside a jury verdict against a…

The Death of a Texas Lion: Tax Law Legend Vester Hughes Dies at 88

The Death of a Texas Lion: Tax Law Legend Vester Hughes Dies at 88

Legendary tax lawyer and Hughes & Luce co-founder Vester Hughes passed away over the weekend, according to some of his colleagues and friends. He was 88 years old.  …

JW Media Law Experts: Trump’s Bark Worse than His Bite

JW Media Law Experts: Trump’s Bark Worse than His Bite

The media law gurus at Jackson Walker told a gathering of Texas journalists Tuesday that Pres. Trump's campaign promise to loosen libel laws to make news operations more vulnerable to…

Jack Co. Family Hit with $23M Cattle Fraud Verdict

Jack Co. Family Hit with $23M Cattle Fraud Verdict

In what is believed to be one of the largest cattle fraud cases in Texas history, a jury has found that a North Texas cattle farming family perpetrated a check-kiting…

Bankruptcy Asset Purchasers Anxious Over Texas Supreme Court Case Involving Louisiana School Land Pollution

Bankruptcy Asset Purchasers Anxious Over Texas Supreme Court Case Involving Louisiana School Land Pollution

The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments last week in a dispute between ConocoPhillips and Noble Energy. Although the case ostensibly involves liability for a $63 million oil field cleanup, many…

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Plummet, but EDTX Still Dominates IP Litigation

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Plummet, but EDTX Still Dominates IP Litigation

There were 33 percent fewer patent infringement lawsuits filed in Texas in 2016 than there were the year before. Even so, Texas' Eastern District has more than three times as…

Gardner Haas Scores Win for Highpoint Risk in South Carolina

Gardner Haas Scores Win for Highpoint Risk in South Carolina

A South Carolina federal judge handed Dallas-based Highpoint Risk Services and its owner Charles David Wood, Jr. a $30 million victory this week in the company’s three-year legal battle with…

Exclusive: Runaway Swiss Businessman Returns to Dallas… In Handcuffs

Exclusive: Runaway Swiss Businessman Returns to Dallas… In Handcuffs

A Swiss arbitration ruled that Rudolf Suter owed $2 million to a Florida investor from a failed business deal. Suter ignored it. When the investor discovered he was living large…

Pipeline Industry Notches Win at Texas Supreme Court in Eminent Domain Case

Pipeline Industry Notches Win at Texas Supreme Court in Eminent Domain Case

After a nine year fight in Texas courts to establish that its carbon dioxide pipeline is a common carrier, Denbury Green walked away from the Supreme Court of Texas Friday…

Analysis: Who Are the Top Contenders for Trump’s First SCOTUS Pick?

Analysis: Who Are the Top Contenders for Trump’s First SCOTUS Pick?

When the next history of the Supreme Court of the United States is written, several pages will be devoted to Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination and the 2016 presidential election. Some…

Analysis: ERISA Fee Litigation in 2016

Analysis: ERISA Fee Litigation in 2016

Litigation involving the reasonableness of fees in ERISA plans was more prominent in 2016. New suits targeted plan sponsors, universities and investment companies. The fees of plans with balances less…

Exclusive – Legal & Financial Advisers Feast on Bankruptcy Fees from the Oil Patch

Exclusive – Legal & Financial Advisers Feast on Bankruptcy Fees from the Oil Patch

During the past 30 months, more than 240 companies in the energy sector – a majority of them based in Texas – have declared bankruptcy. The Texas Lawbook conducted an…

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…