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New Texas Pro-Insurance Law may Punish Hurricane Harvey Victims

New Texas Pro-Insurance Law may Punish Hurricane Harvey Victims

Tens of thousands of Texas homeowners and business owners who have suffered billions of dollars in property damages from Hurricane Harvey may soon discover that a new state law eliminates…

Hurricane Harvey Threatens Huge Losses, but Insurance Can Help Weather the Storm

When Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in 2005, it caused an estimated $20 billion in property damage alone. Weather experts believe Hurricane Harvey could be even more powerful when it hits…

It’s All in the Draw: Ken Starr Tangles with Judge Edith Jones in J&J Hip Implant Mandamus

It’s All in the Draw: Ken Starr Tangles with Judge Edith Jones in J&J Hip Implant Mandamus

Plaintiffs’ lawyers battling Johnson & Johnson in a multi-district litigation over allegedly defective hip implants faced what appeared to be a couple of hostile Fifth Circuit judges who seemed ready…

5th Circuit: Judges Should Think Twice in Keeping Search Affidavits Sealed

5th Circuit: Judges Should Think Twice in Keeping Search Affidavits Sealed

Armed federal agents raided a suburban Houston aviation company 16 months ago based on a sealed affidavit. The result: employees quit, customers fled and the business went bankrupt. Agents still…

Updated – Jeff Tillotson Deposes Warren Buffett & Marissa Mayer, Defeats Yahoo at 5th Circuit

Updated – Jeff Tillotson Deposes Warren Buffett & Marissa Mayer, Defeats Yahoo at 5th Circuit

The Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that Yahoo owes Dallas-based prize promoter SCA Promotions $5.5 million for backing out of a deal designed to pay $1 billion to anyone who successfully…

Fifth Circuit: Context Matters in Review of Workplace Rules Under NLRA

Fifth Circuit: Context Matters in Review of Workplace Rules Under NLRA

In a recent decision, the Fifth Circuit overturned much of a National Labor Relations Board holding that several workplace conduct rules at T-Mobile and MetroPCS violated employee rights under the…

Analysis: How New Bankruptcy Rules Will Impact Financial Institutions

Analysis: How New Bankruptcy Rules Will Impact Financial Institutions

Significant changes to federal rules governing the administration of consumer bankruptcy cases – and Chapter 13 cases in particular – are set to take effect Dec. 1. In the meantime,…

DBA Judicial Evaluation Poll: No ‘A’s’ but Nine ‘F’s”

DBA Judicial Evaluation Poll: No ‘A’s’ but Nine ‘F’s”

The Dallas Bar Association’s bi-annual judicial evaluation poll is out and there are only two explanations for the results: Dallas lawyers are very tough graders or the city has a…

Jury: Dallas Wedding Photog Defamed, Gets $1M

Jury: Dallas Wedding Photog Defamed, Gets $1M

A jury has ordered a Dallas couple to pay $1 million to prominent portrait photographer Andrea Polito for conducting a public campaign that defamed the photographer and basically destroyed her…

Judge Slams Rowdy Girl Farm Owners for Frivolous Lawsuit

Judge Slams Rowdy Girl Farm Owners for Frivolous Lawsuit

A Houston judge has ruled that a $1 million defamation lawsuit filed by the self-proclaimed Queen of Honky Tonk and her husband against a former supporter of their Angleton pro-animal…

SEC Names Jessica Magee as FWRO Head of Enforcement

SEC Names Jessica Magee as FWRO Head of Enforcement

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday named Jessica Magee, a tough-mind prosecutor, to become the agency’s new associate director of enforcement in its Fort Worth Regional Office. The Texas…

Updated – Dallas Appeals Court: ‘No partnership between Enterprise and ETP’

Updated – Dallas Appeals Court: ‘No partnership between Enterprise and ETP’

The Dallas Court of Appeals has reversed the 2014 landmark Texas jury verdict that legally established a business version of common law marriage and a $535 million judgment against Houston-based…

Reese Gordon Marketos Scores $10.4M Patent Defense Verdict for WatchGuard

Reese Gordon Marketos Scores $10.4M Patent Defense Verdict for WatchGuard

A federal jury in Sherman tossed claims late Friday by Denver-based Evicam that an Allen-based competitor had violated two of its patents related to the technology in law enforcement video…

Patent Suits Dwindle As New Era Dawns In EDTX

Patent Suits Dwindle As New Era Dawns In EDTX

A Supreme Court ruling helped steer more plaintiffs to places like Delaware, though experts believe East Texas’ efficient justices will maintain the district’s popularity as a place to settle patent…

Norton Rose Fulbright Wins an Appeal in Long-running Mineral Rights Case

Norton Rose Fulbright Wins an Appeal in Long-running Mineral Rights Case

Norton Rose Fulbright’s recent win in a Texarkana appeals court involves a nearly decade-long dispute over ownership rights in the Haynesville Shale. The legal battle's complexity is truly remarkable; one…

Exclusive: Texas Business Bankruptcy Filings Spike Again

Exclusive: Texas Business Bankruptcy Filings Spike Again

The number of Texas companies seeking to restructure their debt and reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code hit a record high during the first six months of…

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Munck Wilson Acquires Patent Boutique

<em>Texas Lawbook</em> Exclusive: Munck Wilson Acquires Patent Boutique

IP lawyers Bill Munck and Greg Howison have known each other for two decades. They shared clients and sent business to each other. Munck even hired Howison’s son as a…

5th Circuit: Texas Partnership Liability Withstands 19th Century SCOTUS Ruling

5th Circuit: Texas Partnership Liability Withstands 19th Century SCOTUS Ruling

A North Dakota farming couple involved in a defunct West Texas agribusiness cannot rely on a 145-year-old court ruling to avoid paying past debts under Texas general partnership liability law,…

SCOTX Rules In Cross-Conveyance Case: A Deal’s A Deal

SCOTX Rules In Cross-Conveyance Case: A Deal’s A Deal

In a long-running dispute over payments from a gas well mistakenly included in two separate pooled drilling units, the Texas Supreme Court sides with the royalty owners. The court says…

SCOTX: Noble Energy Owes $63 million in Closely Watched Bankruptcy Assets Case

SCOTX: Noble Energy Owes $63 million in Closely Watched Bankruptcy Assets Case

The Texas Supreme Court says that obligations assumed in a 1999 bankruptcy require Noble Energy to indemnify ConocoPhillips in a $63 million oil field contamination agreement with the State of…