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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…

SEC Hits Oil Services Firm Again for Deceptive Practices

SEC Hits Oil Services Firm Again for Deceptive Practices

For the second time in three years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has nailed oil services company Weatherford International, which has substantial operations in Houston, with illegal busiess practices.…

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…

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