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Texas Jury Awards $166M in Murder-for-Hire Case

A Fort Worth jury slapped a $166 million judgment against the daughter and son-in-law of a North Texas woman who was killed in 2014 for the proceeds of life insurance…

Houston Appeals Court Reverses $17M Baylor Drowning Verdict

Houston Appeals Court Reverses $17M Baylor Drowning Verdict

A Houston appellate court has tossed out a $17 million jury negligence verdict against subsidiary of Baylor University’s general contractor for the death of a steel worker who drowned in…

Yearning For Zion: A Massive Child Custody Case Remembered 10 Years After

Yearning For Zion: A Massive Child Custody Case Remembered 10 Years After

Ten years ago, Carmen Dusek found herself square in the middle of the largest child custody case ever litigated. The case involved charges of child abuse and rape in a…

SBOT Election 2018: The Insiders, the Outsiders & the “I Don’t Care’s”

SBOT Election 2018: The Insiders, the Outsiders & the “I Don’t Care’s”

Election season at the State Bar of Texas ends today. The campaign has inspired a clash that has been full of sound and fury. The question is whether it actually…

SCOTX Tosses $416K Verdict Against Oncor

SCOTX Tosses $416K Verdict Against Oncor

The Texas Supreme Court tossed out a $416,000 jury verdict against Oncor Electric citing the failure of the plaintiff, Chaparral Energy, to take its initial complaint to the Public Utility…

Updated: 5th Circuit Voids $502M Jury Verdict Against J&J in Hip Implant Case

Updated: 5th Circuit Voids $502M Jury Verdict Against J&J in Hip Implant Case

Citing substantial errors by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade and inappropriate and unequivocally deceptive conduct by Texas plaintiff’s attorney Mark Lanier, the federal appeals court has reversed a Dallas jury’s…

Swiss Deportee to File Claims Against his Lawyers, Federal Marshal for Malpractice, ‘Entrapment’

Swiss Deportee to File Claims Against his Lawyers, Federal Marshal for Malpractice, ‘Entrapment’

A Swiss businessman may soon be filing a malpractice lawsuit against the federal public defenders who represented him in a criminal bankruptcy fraud case, a recent letter to a federal…

Dallas Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment for the NFL

Dallas Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment for the NFL

A Dallas appeals court said Dallas trial judge acted within the bounds of his discretion when he dismissed a lawsuit filed against the National Football league by former NFL star…

Judges, GCs Speak of the Golden Rule at DBA Day of Civility

Judges, GCs Speak of the Golden Rule at DBA Day of Civility

Though that legal degree on your wall is kind of important in order to practice law, it turns out that everything you need to know about civility in the profession…

SCOTX: When is Technical Ineptitude Grounds for Seizing Devices in e-Discovery?

SCOTX: When is Technical Ineptitude Grounds for Seizing Devices in e-Discovery?

With all the complexities digitalization has brought, it is no surprise that courts require parties engaged in e-discovery to demonstrate some baseline level of technical competence. But how computer savvy…

SCOTX Remands Employee Transportation Case For Trial

SCOTX Remands Employee Transportation Case For Trial

SCOTX reversed two lower courts and remanded for trial a lawsuit brought by the survivors of two men killed in a 2007 West Texas car crash, as well as a…

Houston NRF Lawyer Scores Appellate Win for Phillips 66 in Toxic Tort Case

Houston NRF Lawyer Scores Appellate Win for Phillips 66 in Toxic Tort Case

A group of Houston lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright have been on a winning streak of toxic tort cases for Phillips 66. The latest happened in a federal appeals court…

SCOTX Bumps ‘$48K-an-hour’ Lawyer Back to Square One in Hill Jr Legal Fee Battle

SCOTX Bumps ‘$48K-an-hour’ Lawyer Back to Square One in Hill Jr Legal Fee Battle

The Texas Supreme Court last week remanded a controversial jury award on legal fees back to a Dallas court for retrial. The court decided that expert testimony instrumental in the…

SCOTX On Retained Acreage Conflicts: Lawful Contracts Rule

SCOTX On Retained Acreage Conflicts: Lawful Contracts Rule

In two closely-watched cases decided Friday, SCOTX defended its seemingly conflicting views on state regulation of retained acreage. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht says it’s actually pretty simple: contracts mean what…

Exclusive: Litigation Boutique Pioneer Mike Gruber Joins Dorsey

Exclusive: Litigation Boutique Pioneer Mike Gruber Joins Dorsey

Prominent litigator Mike Gruber has left the Dallas litigation firm that bears his name to join Dorsey & Whitney, a 106-year old Minnesota firm. The decision was hard, he says,…

Updated – From $50 in the Bank to Tuesday’s $502M Verdict Against Apple: Meet Caldwell Cassady & Curry

Updated – From $50 in the Bank to Tuesday’s $502M Verdict Against Apple: Meet Caldwell Cassady & Curry

Meet Caldwell Cassady & Curry. They started with a $50 bank account and a dedicated client. Now they wear jeans to work, name their conference rooms after hip-hop artists and…

SCOTX: SA School Teacher Bullied, Not Sexually Harassed. Case Closed.

SCOTX: SA School Teacher Bullied, Not Sexually Harassed. Case Closed.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday invalid a complaint of same-sex sexual harassment. The behavior, which involved two female middle school teachers, was not shown the be motivated by sexual…

Rationality Prevailed in SCOTX Fraudulent Representation Decision

Rationality Prevailed in SCOTX Fraudulent Representation Decision

On March 23, the Texas Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion with significant implications for fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims asserted by one contracting party based on alleged extra-contractual representations…

From High Heels to High Success: Estes Thorne & Carr Turns 10

From High Heels to High Success: Estes Thorne & Carr Turns 10

Estes said she anticipates the firm to grow even more in the next decade – particularly with Big Law continuing its exponential growth in Dallas…

Lawsuit Alleges Immigration Fraud at Major Building Services Firm

Lawsuit Alleges Immigration Fraud at Major Building Services Firm

In a lawsuit filed in state court, a Dallas-based financial services firm alleged that it was being defrauded by a small subcontractor doing business with a major building services firm.…