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SEC: Texans Rank Fourth in Snitching on Business Fraud

SEC: Texans Rank Fourth in Snitching on Business Fraud

The SEC received 135 tips in 2013 from Texans blowing the whistle on bosses or business partners for possible fraud. …

SEC Examiners Invade Houston

SEC Examiners Invade Houston

Twenty-five agents of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission invade Houston next week to conduct dozens of financial examinations of broker-dealers and investment advisors that either haven’t been audited in…

SEC Operations During Federal Government Shutdown

SEC Operations During Federal Government Shutdown

Scott Kimpel and Cam Zachry provide insight into SEC operations if there's a government shut and how it impacts public companies.…

New Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Aims to Protect Innovation

New Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Aims to Protect Innovation

The TUTSA applies to acts of trade secret misappropriation occurring on or after Sept. 1, 2013, and is found in the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Chapter 134A. …

SEC Allows General Solicitation to Attract New Investment

SEC Allows General Solicitation to Attract New Investment

Winstead corporate lawyer Alex Arellano says the days of hedge funds and start-ups buying advertising time during your favorite football game half time show may be upon us. …

Cities, Power Companies and Farmers Await Texas Water Access Decision

Cities, Power Companies and Farmers Await Texas Water Access Decision

Texas’ environmental watchdog is expected to reveal Friday whether it will continue allowing municipalities and power generators to jump to the front of the line over the right to use…

Fifth Amendment Privilege: Shield or Sword in White-Collar Cases?

Fifth Amendment Privilege: Shield or Sword in White-Collar Cases?

A shotgun, a getaway car and a double homicide—how could a case with these facts affect general counsels and business lawyers across Texas? Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court…

Facebook, You and the Government: The SEC is Following Your Tweets

Facebook, You and the Government: The SEC is Following Your Tweets

The SEC now allows public companies, within certain parameters, to use social media to disclose material, nonpublic information. This new rule is already changing how companies talk to the marketplace.…

Fifth Circuit Grants Emergency Stay in Whooping Crane Case

Fifth Circuit Grants Emergency Stay in Whooping Crane Case

A three-judge panel on Tuesday granted an emergency stay requested by Texas officials and large energy business interests to stop a lower federal court from enforcing sweeping environmental reforms in…

2013 Legislative Session is Critical for Oil & Gas, says Energy Expert Gary Compton

2013 Legislative Session is Critical for Oil & Gas, says Energy Expert Gary Compton

Lawmakers already have a 20-page list of proposed bills covering oil and gas, water, the environment, and related tax measures.…

Patent Filers: No More Swearing, says IP Law Expert Yon Sohn

Patent Filers: No More Swearing, says IP Law Expert Yon Sohn

Patent-intensive businesses may find that when the clock strikes midnight on March 16, their R&D investment may turn into a pumpkin.…

Texas Supreme Court Task Force: Open the Door for Foreign Lawyers – Updated

Texas Supreme Court Task Force: Open the Door for Foreign Lawyers – Updated

The Texas legal system has long been one of the most hostile states toward foreign lawyers practicing law, handling cases or advising clients in the US, but that may soon…

AMR Corp. Legal Bankruptcy Fees: $100 Million and Counting

AMR Corp. Legal Bankruptcy Fees: $100 Million and Counting

The lawyers advising American Airlines and its creditors in bankruptcy court have made about $100 million so far. More than a dozen lawyers working regularly on the bankruptcy are charging $1,000…

State Business Tax Withstands Latest Constitutional Challenge

State Business Tax Withstands Latest Constitutional Challenge

The Texas Supreme Court Friday rejected another high-profile challenge to the state’s main business tax, ruling that the levy is applied in an equal and uniform manner. Food and drink…

Did Greg Abbott Just Save the Voting Rights Act?

Did Greg Abbott Just Save the Voting Rights Act?

The Texas Attorney General claims in court that the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 is outdated, unnecessary and an unconstitutional encroachment on the sovereignty of the state, but his…

Heman Sweatt’s Family Files Brief in UT Law Admissions Case

Heman Sweatt’s Family Files Brief in UT Law Admissions Case

Sixty-six years ago, Heman Sweatt walked into the University of Texas Tower seeking admission to the UT Law School. His application was denied for one simple reason: “the fact that…

Texas Court Sets Early Hurdle for Age Discrimination Claims

Texas Court Sets Early Hurdle for Age Discrimination Claims

Fired public employees who are replaced by older workers must present additional evidence for case to continue, says Texas Supremes in 6-3 ruling.…

Healthcare Lawyers: Supreme Court Decision “Anti-Climactic” and Business As Usual

Healthcare Lawyers: Supreme Court Decision “Anti-Climactic” and Business As Usual

Ruling leaves Texas scrambling to implement law and employers debating whether to continue providing coverage for their worker.…

Longview Steel Cylinder Manufacturer Stands Up to China, Inc.

Longview Steel Cylinder Manufacturer Stands Up to China, Inc.

Haynes and Boone scores major win against China in antidumping case.…

Cowboy Mentality Takes Over Independent Contractors

Cowboy Mentality Takes Over Independent Contractors

Texas employers who use independent contractors should be on guard as governmental agencies intend to vigorously investigate the status of workers in contingent workforce categories.…

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