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SEC Charges Dallas Crypto-Currency Biz with Fraud

SEC Charges Dallas Crypto-Currency Biz with Fraud

The SEC's Fort Worth Office has charged AriseBank and its Dallas executives with fraud, illegally selling unregistered securities and providing misleading information to potential investors – all part of an…

Houston, We have New Tax Rates – Guiding Oil and Gas Companies Through Tax Reform

Houston, We have New Tax Rates – Guiding Oil and Gas Companies Through Tax Reform

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act passed this week by Congress impacts domestic oil and gas space (energy companies, private equity investors, investment bankers, and lenders) significantly. This articles examples…

Judicial Ethics and Social Media: Still No Click and Paste Answer

Judicial Ethics and Social Media: Still No Click and Paste Answer

An advisory committee to the Texas Supreme Court is having trouble deciding an approach to new judicial ethics guidelines for the use of social media. The new sticking point is…

SEC: Houston Financial Adviser Defrauded Investors

SEC: Houston Financial Adviser Defrauded Investors

The SEC charged Houston investment adviser James C. Tao of Presidio Venture Capital with misappropriating funds and making material misstatements to those who contributed to the private equity fund he…

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: UDF Sues Kyle Bass & Hedge Fund Amid Flurry of Law Enforcement Investigations – Updated

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: UDF Sues Kyle Bass & Hedge Fund Amid Flurry of Law Enforcement Investigations – Updated

The two-year feud between Hayman Capital Management hedge fund manager Kyle Bass and United Development Funding erupted publicly last week when UDF filed an explosive lawsuit accusing Bass and Hayman…

Houston is Center of Int’l Business Corruption Probes

Houston is Center of Int’l Business Corruption Probes

Houston businesses last year accounted for seven, or about one-fourth of the 26 cases brought by the Justice Department under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Over the past decade, Houston…

House Bill Proposes Big Changes to Personal and Corporate Taxes

House Bill Proposes Big Changes to Personal and Corporate Taxes

After years of blueprints, frameworks and speeches, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee recently released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that attempts – for the first…

Feds Drop Charges Against Ex-Marine in Seizure-Inducing Tweet

Feds Drop Charges Against Ex-Marine in Seizure-Inducing Tweet

Federal prosecutors in Dallas have dismissed the criminal case against John Rayne Rivello, a former U.S. Marine who allegedly sent a seizure-inducing Twitter message to a Newsweek journalist who published…

Erin Nealy Cox Takes Over as NDTX U.S. Attorney

Erin Nealy Cox Takes Over as NDTX U.S. Attorney

U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle swore in Erin Neely Cox on Friday as new United States Attorney for North Texas. Cox, in an exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook, said…

Tax Reform Could Radically Change Executive Pay

Tax Reform Could Radically Change Executive Pay

Nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements have become an integral component of executive compensation packages. They are a means by which employers attract and retain key employee talent. Tax reforms pending in Congress,…

Digital Health and Telemedicine

Digital Health and Telemedicine

The digital health market is expected to exceed $200 billion by 2020. Many companies and startups looking for a share of this market are headquartered right here in Texas. This…

SEC Charges, Settles Apache Engineer Insider Trading Case

SEC Charges, Settles Apache Engineer Insider Trading Case

The SEC has charged a former Apache Corp. petroleum engineer with insider trading. The SEC says Christopher Lollar has settled allegations that he “traded on nonpublic information” by paying $435,809.50 in…

Artificial Intelligence

Companies in Texas and beyond are increasingly adopting AI to drive innovation and production. The value of the AI market could top a staggering $46 billion by 2020, according to…

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…

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…

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…