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SEC Takes Aim at Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements

SEC Takes Aim at Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements

Considering the SEC’s enforcement activities have generally lagged from last year’s record numbers, the Commission’s new focus may give company counsel a strong incentive to reevaluate any confidentiality provisions that…

On UNT Accreditation Challenge, is the Real Problem the ABA?

On UNT Accreditation Challenge, is the Real Problem the ABA?

Earlier this summer, an ABA committee recommended that the ABA not grant UNT provisional accreditation after determining that the school admits too many students with weak grades and low LSAT…

Chief Justice Hecht Favors UNT Law Grads Taking State Bar

Chief Justice Hecht Favors UNT Law Grads Taking State Bar

Texas’s highest ranking judge said he supports UNT Dallas College of Law’s first class of graduating students taking the Texas bar exam next July – even if the American Bar…

Trade Secrets in Texas: Is Adoption of the “Inevitable Disclosure” Doctrine… Inevitable?

Trade Secrets in Texas: Is Adoption of the “Inevitable Disclosure” Doctrine… Inevitable?

Texas courts have never expressly adopted the “inevitable disclosure” doctrine, which allows a business to enjoin a competitor from hiring a former employee if the new position is so similar…

Brexit – The Morning After the Night Before…

Brexit – The Morning After the Night Before…

We now know what the eye of a storm feels like… Cameron resigns and will be gone in October; Sterling fell 10 % and is slowly picking itself up off…

Updated – Lawyer: Breitling Energy CEO & ‘Frack Master’ Chris Faulkner ‘Denies Emphatically’ SEC Allegations of Fraud

Updated – Lawyer: Breitling Energy CEO & ‘Frack Master’ Chris Faulkner ‘Denies Emphatically’ SEC Allegations of Fraud

The SEC charged Dallas-based Breitling Energy Corp. and its CEO, “Frack Master” Chris Faulkner, of fraudulently spending tens-of-millions of dollars of investors money on lavish meals, expensive cars, strippers and…

Beck Redden, Lane Law Firm Win a Victory for Texas Homeowners

Beck Redden, Lane Law Firm Win a Victory for Texas Homeowners

This ruling provides a crucial shield for the roughly 15 percent of Texas homeowners who take out home equity loans.…

New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Will Impact More Workers in Texas Than Any Other State

New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Will Impact More Workers in Texas Than Any Other State

The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized its controversial changes to federal overtime pay exemption rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes are expected to affect approximately…

Physician Investments – Make it Rain or Wear a Ball and Chain?

Physician Investments – Make it Rain or Wear a Ball and Chain?

RXpress, a Fort Worth compounding pharmacy facing federal scrutiny, is a cautionary tale of the intersection of physician investment opportunities, the deterioration of relationships and the significant danger when prudent…

Texas Open Carry Leaves Open Questions

Texas Open Carry Leaves Open Questions

The Open Carry Law will undoubtedly have a significant impact on property owners and employers, but given that it took effect only one week ago, the full scope of that…

Shimabuku to Run USPTO’s Dallas Office

Shimabuku to Run USPTO’s Dallas Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office named Xerox Business Services Corporate Counsel Hope Shimabuku to be the first regional director of the agency’s newly-created Dallas office. A former lawyer at…

Texas Patent Bar Sees Lift from USPTO’s Dallas Office

Texas Patent Bar Sees Lift from USPTO’s Dallas Office

By extending into Dallas, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will better enable Texas attorneys to compete for business with their pricier counterparts in the Washington, D.C. area, experts say.…

The Accidental Expat: A Guideline for Employers on Employee Cross-Border Travel

The Accidental Expat: A Guideline for Employers on Employee Cross-Border Travel

Because of the urgent needs of today’s business to have boots on the ground as soon as possible, employers may not always pay attention to the requirements and details involved…

Exclusive: SEC Selects Shamoil Shipchandler to Lead Regional Office

Exclusive: SEC Selects Shamoil Shipchandler to Lead Regional Office

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to announce this week that former East Texas federal prosecutor Shamoil Shipchandler is the agency’s next director of the Texas region, The…

U.S. Labor Dept. Proposed Rules could Impact Millions of Workers

U.S. Labor Dept. Proposed Rules could Impact Millions of Workers

The DOL issued two substantial pronouncements recently, including a proposed rule increasing the minimum salary to be paid for someone to be exempt and an administrative interpretation that most independent…

ALJ Dismisses SEC Allegations Against Houston Investment Firm

ALJ Dismisses SEC Allegations Against Houston Investment Firm

An administrative law judge for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission has exonerated Houston-based Robare Group and two of its executives of all charges the agency brought against them…

SEC Director Woodcock Joins Jones Day

SEC Director Woodcock Joins Jones Day

David Woodcock, the regional director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth office, plans to join Jones Day as a partner in its securities litigation practice at the…

UPDATED – Exclusive: David Woodcock Says Now a Good Time to Resign SEC Post

UPDATED – Exclusive: David Woodcock Says Now a Good Time to Resign SEC Post

David Woodcock, the director of the SEC’s Fort Worth Regional office, said Tuesday that “now is the right time to leave.” In an exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook, Woodcock…

I can fly it for fun—why not for profit?
Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

<em>I can fly it for fun—why not for profit?</em> <br>Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Every week it seems another business is using unmanned aerial vehicles. So why is your company still grounded? That could change soon. This article takes an in-depth look at…

Texas Regulatory Expert Joins V&E

Texas Regulatory Expert Joins V&E

Barry Smitherman has been an investment banker who specializes in the capital markets. He prosecuted domestic violence cases as a lawyer in the Harris County District Attorney’s office. He chaired…

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