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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…

NOV Pays $25 Million over Alleged Trade Sanctions Violations

Federal prosecutors in Houston have officially agreed to allow National Oilwell Varco to avoid criminal and civil prosecution for dozens of trade sanction violations the Houston-based oil and gas driller…

Election Day and Political Speech: What Texas Employers Need to Know

Election Day and Political Speech: What Texas Employers Need to Know

Texas employers have special obligations under state and federal law when it comes to workers’ voting and political speech rights. Violations can carry serious criminal penalties and even draw the…

Texas AG Paxton Seeks Dismissal of SEC Charges

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a federal judge to dismiss recent charges of securities fraud filed against their client by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In court documents…

Southlake Resources & Execs Pay $5.4 million in Securities Fraud Case

Southlake Resources & Execs Pay $5.4 million in Securities Fraud Case

The SEC's Fort Worth office announced Tuesday that it has charged a North Texas oil and gas company and two of its senior officials with violating federal securities laws. Southlake…

SEC Refiles Securities Fraud Charges Against Texas AG Paxton

SEC Refiles Securities Fraud Charges Against Texas AG Paxton

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed new, amended charges Friday afternoon accusing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of securities fraud. …

SEC: Alternative Fuels Company in Texas and Ex-CEO Gave Incomplete Info to Investors

SEC: Alternative Fuels Company in Texas and Ex-CEO Gave Incomplete Info to Investors

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that it has charged and settled allegations that a Pasadena, Texas-based bio fuels company and its former chief executive officer failed to…

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