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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…

Exclusive: Trinity Fights for Legal Principle, Dignity & Billions of Dollars

Exclusive: Trinity Fights for Legal Principle, Dignity & Billions of Dollars

Two years ago today, an East Texas jury ruled that the Dallas-based Trinity Industries violated the False Claims Act when it failed to inform federal officials that it modified its…

Half-Billion Divorce Case Blows Up in Galveston

Half-Billion Divorce Case Blows Up in Galveston

Did you hear about the half-billion dollar divorce in Galveston? Bet not. The divorce was done so quietly that two years ago, almost no one heard about the $416 million…

Supreme Court Revisits Pipeline Eminent Domain Issue

Supreme Court Revisits Pipeline Eminent Domain Issue

The Texas Supreme Court is revisiting the high-profile issue of when pipelines are common carriers allowed to condemn private property. Once again the dispute involves the Denbury Green Pipeline that…

Free Speech vs. Offensive Trademarks: Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Lee v. Tam

Free Speech vs. Offensive Trademarks: Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear <em>Lee v. Tam</em>

The trademark legal battle being fought by the Asian-American band named “The Slants” has entered a new arena. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear The Slants case…

Cross-Examination: From Courtroom to Stage to History Book

Cross-Examination:  From Courtroom to Stage to History Book

Eighteen months ago, I began searching for my "One Big Thing," a project that fully used my experiences, talents and passions. I decided it was to be a proactive force…

Talmage Boston – Lawyer, Historian, Baseball Fan, Writer – Cross-Examines History

Talmage Boston – Lawyer, Historian, Baseball Fan, Writer – Cross-Examines History

Talmage Boston is living the dream of many lawyers. He's a partner at a large corporate law firm. He has authored four books. And he has Henry Kissinger, Ken Burns…

Fifth Circuit Opens Door to More RICO Class Actions

Fifth Circuit Opens Door to More RICO Class Actions

Plaintiffs seeking class action status in federal civil racketeering lawsuits in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi involving pyramid scheme saw their path to victory in the courtroom get significantly easier this…

Wylys Seek Global Settlement Agreement with Federal Gov’t

Wylys Seek Global Settlement Agreement with Federal Gov’t

Dallas business entrepreneur and philanthropist Samuel Wyly and his family are in negotiations with federal officials to resolve claims that the Wylys hid from tax collectors more than $1 billion…

Houston Bankruptcy Judge to Creditors’ Counsel: ‘You’ve Got a Lot of Growing Up to Do’

Houston Bankruptcy Judge to Creditors’ Counsel: ‘You’ve Got a Lot of Growing Up to Do’

Chief Bankruptcy Judge David Jones officially approved the billion-dollar restructuring plan offered by Oklahoma-based Midstates Petroleum on Wednesday, but he blasted the legal tactics of the lawyers for the unsecured…

DC Circuit to Hear All Day Arguments on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

DC Circuit to Hear All Day Arguments on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

A federal appears court hears oral arguments Tuesday in three consolidated challenges to President Obama’s signature climate regulation, which is known as the Clean Power Plan. Twenty-eight states, including Texas,…

Brewer Firm Starts Newest Voting Rights Legal Battle Against Coppell ISD

Brewer Firm Starts Newest Voting Rights Legal Battle Against Coppell ISD

Coppell Independent School District’s election system discriminates against the area’s largest ethnic group by preventing proper representation on the school board, a lawsuit filed Thursday in Dallas federal court alleges.…

Texas Employers Should Take Notice of Gun Law Changes

Texas Employers Should Take Notice of Gun Law Changes

Over the course of the past year, there have been two major gun law developments affecting employers in Texas. On Aug. 8, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the…

SEC Accuses Cooperman and Omega of Insider Trading on Atlas Pipeline Deal

SEC Accuses Cooperman and Omega of Insider Trading on Atlas Pipeline Deal

The SEC claims that Leon Cooperman and his $5 billion New York hedge fund used confidential, non-public information when they purchased large quantities of Atlas Pipeline Partners stock in 2010.…

Updated: Texas and U.S. Biz Groups Sue DOL for New Overtime Pay Rule

Updated: Texas and U.S. Biz Groups Sue DOL for New Overtime Pay Rule

A consortium of more than 55 Texas and national business groups have filed a federal lawsuit in East Texas against the U.S. Department of Labor in an attempt to overthrow…