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The Texas Attorney General claims in court that the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 is outdated, unnecessary and an unconstitutional encroachment on the sovereignty of the state, but his…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

Securities Commissioner John Morgan Ready for Switch in Regulation

Securities Commissioner John Morgan Ready for Switch in Regulation

Number of investment advisers overseen by State Securities Board jumps 61 percent under Dodd-Frank.…

SEC Names Marshall Gandy Head of Examinations at SEC Fort Worth Region

SEC Names Marshall Gandy Head of Examinations at SEC Fort Worth Region

Gandy to leave his post at FINRA in Dallas…

Becky Gregory Joins Curran Tomko as Partner

Becky Gregory Joins Curran Tomko as Partner

Former Eastern District U.S. Attorney expands Dallas firm's white-collar practice.…

Does The SEC Need An Office in Houston? Absolutely, Say Most Securities Lawyers

Does The SEC Need An Office in Houston? Absolutely, Say Most Securities Lawyers

Houston is the largest city in the U.S. that does not have a SEC presence, despite being the home of some of the biggest financial frauds of the past decade,…

American Airlines Bankruptcy Fees Could Top $100 million

American Airlines Bankruptcy Fees Could Top $100 million

AMR Corporation’s filing for Chapter 11 sent bankruptcy lawyers in north Texas scrambling Tuesday to line up clients and could put an estimated $100 million in the coffers of a…

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Limited Partnership Tax

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Limited Partnership Tax

The Texas Supreme Court ruled today that the franchise tax applied to limited partnerships is constitutional and is not a personal income tax.…

Keeping Corporate Bankruptcies Home

Keeping Corporate Bankruptcies Home

Dynegy and American Airlines are multibillion-dollar corporations based in Texas based companies that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November. Their restructurings are predicted to be lengthy and…

Chairman Smith: The Man Behind Bankruptcy Venue Reform

Rep. Lamar Smith remembers his first election as precinct chairman in San Antonio. He knocked on just about every door in the district and personally asked for people’s vote.…

Chapter 11: Entering a New Generation

Chapter 11: Entering a New Generation

Here we are in 2011, thirty-three years after the enactment of the federal Bankruptcy Code.…

SMU Dedman Professor Key Adviser to the U.S. Senate on Tax Reform

SMU Dedman Professor Key Adviser to the U.S. Senate on Tax Reform

Every Monday and Friday, SMU Dedman Law School Professor Christopher H. Hanna stands before law students to discuss the basic theories, applications and history of tax law in the U.S.…

Enforcement Priorities for New SEC Regional Director in Fort Worth

David Woodcock was recently named the Regional Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth Regional Office (FWRO). Woodcock has both accounting and law degrees, and he is an…

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