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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…

Locke Lord’s Steve Jacobs advises Brookfield on $855M Houston Center purchase from J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Locke Lord’s Steve Jacobs advises Brookfield on $855M Houston Center purchase from J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Locke Lord partner Steve Jacobs snagged a big real estate deal this week, serving as local counsel for Brookfield Property Partners on its purchase of the Houston Center office-and-retail complex…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-up: 6 Firms, 31 Lawyers, 6 Transactions, $1.8B, and a Dull Week for Texas Deal-Makers

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-up: 6 Firms, 31 Lawyers, 6 Transactions, $1.8B, and a Dull Week for Texas Deal-Makers

Deals involving Royal Dutch Shell and Austin-based Bazaarvoice brightened an otherwise dull $1.8 billion week in Texas deal-making. Claire Poole has the names and the numbers behind the deals in…

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…

Lamar Hunt private equity firm is betting more lawyers will outsource trial work

Lamar Hunt private equity firm is betting more lawyers will outsource trial work

Dallas private equity firm Trinity Hunt Partners, which is sponsored by the Lamar Hunt family, is betting on a growing trend of lawyers outsourcing part of their grueling trial work…

Pinkston Program Shows Students Many Sides of the Law

Pinkston Program Shows Students Many Sides of the Law

Students from a West Dallas high school are seeing a side of the law they might never have known existed were it not for a group of dedicated lawyers at…

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…

Trump Making Mark in Texas Federal Judiciary

Trump Making Mark in Texas Federal Judiciary

Eleven federal courtrooms in Texas have sat empty for years amid political wrangling, including a judgeship in Corpus Christi that has been vacant since 2011. Texas also has two appeals…

V&E, Akin Gump Advise on Talon’s $1.9B Hookup with Stone

V&E, Akin Gump Advise on Talon’s $1.9B Hookup with Stone

Leaders at Tacos Energy and Stone Energy say their combination will create a top offshore-focused exploration and production company with an initial equity market capitalization of $1.9 billion and an…

Updated – Lanier Scores $247M Verdict in Latest J&J Hip Implant Case

Updated – Lanier Scores $247M Verdict in Latest J&J Hip Implant Case

A federal jury in Dallas has awarded $247 million to six New York residents for damages they have suffered from Johnson & Johnson and DePuy’s Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 10 Firms, 48 Lawyers, 10 Transactions, $2.7B

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 10 Firms, 48 Lawyers, 10 Transactions, $2.7B

Deal activity - led by Noble Energy’s $608 million property sale to SRC Energy and BlackRock fund’s $600 million pipeline acquisition from NGL Energy Partners and SemGroup - was strong…

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,…

V&E, Kirkland advise on $746M SandRidge-Bonanza Creek merger

V&E, Kirkland advise on $746M SandRidge-Bonanza Creek merger

SandRidge Energy announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Bonanza Creek Energy for $746 million. Both companies had emerged from bankruptcies filed last year. Claire Poole has details of…

Appeals Court Permits Dallas Celeb Chef to Continue Using Name Pending Trial

Appeals Court Permits Dallas Celeb Chef to Continue Using Name Pending Trial

Dallas celebrity chef Kent Rathbun, known by some in the restaurant industry as the “Chef With No Name,” can continue using his own name to promote his restaurants, but not…

Texas AG Charges Two Businesses with Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging

Texas AG Charges Two Businesses with Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging

Texas officials sued two Big Willy’s in Dallas-Fort Worth and Tejano Mart in Laredo on Monday for allegedly charging customers excessive prices for gasoline – ranging from $4 to $10…

Widow Fires Tony Buzbee, Who Then Sues for Tortious Interference

Widow Fires Tony Buzbee, Who Then Sues for Tortious Interference

The family of a Katy man recently killed in a rig explosion near New Orleans fired Houston trial lawyer Tony Buzbee after he allegedly sued the wrong companies in the…

SCOTX Hears The Case of The Duplicate Lease

SCOTX Hears The Case of The Duplicate Lease

When Orca Assets signed for six leases in the Eagle Ford Shale play, they had no idea the property had already been leased to someone else. But when the trustee…

Cowboys GC and Four Firms Lead Jerry Jones’ E-sports Acquisition

Cowboys GC and Four Firms Lead Jerry Jones’ E-sports Acquisition

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Crescent owner Jason Goff turned to Cowboys GC Jason Cohen and assistant GC Kaleisha Stuart to lead a legal team that included lawyers from…

Husch Blackwell Advises Dairy Queen Franchisee in Bankruptcy

Husch Blackwell Advises Dairy Queen Franchisee in Bankruptcy

Irving-based Dairy Queen franchisee Vasari has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. Varasi, which is closing 19 operations in Texas,…

Non-Lawyers Grow More Powerful in Texas Law Firms

Non-Lawyers Grow More Powerful in Texas Law Firms

Non-lawyer professionals are having a profound effect on the operational and strategic management of top law firms everywhere. Long regarded as an Old School market, Texas had been slow to…

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