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SEC Suspends Public Trading of Addison Firm over Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

SEC Suspends Public Trading of Addison Firm over Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The SEC has suspended the trading of securities of Addison-based Grupo Resilient International in an apparent concern over the accuracy of some of the company’s press releases. The federal agency…

Kent Sullivan Named New TX Insurance Commissioner

Kent Sullivan Named New TX Insurance Commissioner

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed former judge and Jackson Walker partner Kent Sullivan to be the state’s Insurance Commissioner. Sullivan served as a justice on the Texas Court of Appeals…

TX AG Sues Three Businesses for Price Gouging; Hundreds More Cases May Follow

TX AG Sues Three Businesses for Price Gouging; Hundreds More Cases May Follow

Three Texas businesses – two service stations and one motel owner – violated state consumer protection laws prohibiting price gouging during times of natural disaster, the state attorney general announced…

Federal & State Task Force Created to Combat Hurricane Harvey Fraud Schemes

Federal & State Task Force Created to Combat Hurricane Harvey Fraud Schemes

Federal law enforcement authorities announced late Thursday that they have formed a task force with state and local officials in South Texas designed to tackle fraud schemes targeting victims of…

Trump’s Regulation Rollback Going Slow

Trump’s Regulation Rollback Going Slow

Since January, Pres. Trump has signed scores of executive orders rolling back environmental regulations and proposed slashing the budgets of agencies tasked with addressing climate change. But many of the…

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…

NextEra Blasts PUC’s Rejection of Oncor Acquisition

NextEra Blasts PUC’s Rejection of Oncor Acquisition

NextEra Energy is making one final plea with the Texas Public Utility Commission to reconsider its decision earlier this year that rejected the Florida power company’s $18.7 billion acquisition of…

Texas AG Paxton Shocked – Shocked – that California Official Uses Office for Political Purposes

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is outraged that an elected California official is using his office for political purposes and he is threatening to use Texas taxpayer dollars to sue…

Houston-area Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty to $1.9M Fraud

Lawrence Allen deShetler, an investment adviser and certified financial planner in The Woodlands, has pleaded guilty to using up to $1.9 million of client money for personal expenses. He faces…

DBJ: ABA Gives UNT Law Provisional Approval

<em>DBJ:</em> ABA Gives UNT Law Provisional Approval

Receiving provisional approval is a stepping stone to being a fully accredited law school, a university official told the Dallas Business Journal. The UNT team presented their case before an ABA…

President Trump’s Tax Reforms: What Alternative Asset Managers Need to Know

President Trump’s Tax Reforms: What Alternative Asset Managers Need to Know

Love it or hate it, the President’s current tax proposal could have a substantial impact on the alternative asset industry. The authors of this article highlight a number of the…

SEC Charges Texas Investment Firm & CEO with Fraud

SEC Charges Texas Investment Firm & CEO with Fraud

Katy-based Bryant United Capital Funding and its CEO are operating an illegal real estate mortgage investment scheme that defrauded more than 100 investors out of millions of dollars, according to…

David Peavler Exits SEC for HD Vest Financial

David Peavler Exits SEC for HD Vest Financial

The SEC is expected to announce Friday that Associate Director David L. Peavler is leaving his position as head of the enforcement division in the agency’s Fort Worth Regional Office…

Paving the Way for Economic Growth: Reforming the Notorious U.S. Tax System

Paving the Way for Economic Growth: Reforming the Notorious U.S. Tax System

Reforms of the U.S. tax system are considered to be a central issue of the current administration. Sheena Shaghaghi and David Gair of Gray Reed & McGraw describe how the changes…

White-Collar Bar Blasts Federal Prosecutors, FBI in Price Acquittal

White-Collar Bar Blasts Federal Prosecutors, FBI in Price Acquittal

The "not guilty" verdicts Friday in the John Wiley Price trial means that the U.S. Attorneys Office and the FBI need to completely re-evaluate whether it has the appropriate personnel…

Lack of FERC Quorum Creates Uncertainty for Infrastructure Projects and Power Markets

Lack of FERC Quorum Creates Uncertainty for Infrastructure Projects and Power Markets

When former FERC Chairman Norman Bay tendered his resignation in February, it left the agency with only two commissioners. The lack of a quorum has left some energy industry participants…

What to Expect from the Texas Legislature in 2017

What to Expect from the Texas Legislature in 2017

The Texas Legislature's 85th Regular Session poses new and old challenges. The Texas House has 22 freshman members. The Senate has three fresh faces. The House also has eight vacant…

Yogurt CEO Settles SEC Charges of Immigrant Investor Program Abuse

Yogurt CEO Settles SEC Charges of Immigrant Investor Program Abuse

The SEC’s Fort Worth Office charged Fsmoothie and yogurt franchises operator Adam Ogden with wrongly using investor funding intended to create jobs through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Juiceblendz and…

SEC Slaps SandRidge Energy for $1.4 Million for Illegal Retaliation Against Whistleblower

SEC Slaps SandRidge Energy for $1.4 Million for Illegal Retaliation Against Whistleblower

© 2016 The Texas Lawbook. By Mark Curriden (Dec. 20) – Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.4 million fine after the U.S. Securities and Exchange…

Derailing the Obama Workplace Agenda: Texas Federal Courts and the Incoming Administration

Derailing the Obama Workplace Agenda: Texas Federal Courts and the Incoming Administration

The injunction issued Nov. 22 against the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule is potentially far-reaching, and a Republican-controlled government makes it conceivable that salary thresholds for white-collar exemptions to…

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