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The Texas Lawbook Surpasses 10,000 Paid Subscribers

The Texas Lawbook Surpasses 10,000 Paid Subscribers

Today, I am pleased to announce that The Texas Lawbook has reached and surpassed 10,000 paid subscribers – 2,359 of whom are general counsel or corporate in-house counsel. …

Op-Ed: Bankruptcy Venue – A Time for Change

Op-Ed: Bankruptcy Venue – A Time for Change

The time has come to eliminate venue shopping in corporate bankruptcies and restructuring. Based on my first-hand experience leading American Airlines' corporate restructuring in a distant locale, it is my…

Judge Allows Mineral Interest Fight Against Chesapeake, Total E&P to Proceed

Judge Allows Mineral Interest Fight Against Chesapeake, Total E&P to Proceed

A state court in Fort Worth has denied requests by Chesapeake Exploration and Total E&P USA to dismiss claims in multidistrict litigation brought by North Texas mineral interest owners over…

Lawsuit Claims Funeral Home Wrongfully Moved 80-Year-Old’s Parents’ Remains

Lawsuit Claims Funeral Home Wrongfully Moved 80-Year-Old’s Parents’ Remains

The 80-year-old scion of a Dallas oil and gas production company has sued the owners of Restland Cemetery for allowing the removal of his parents’ remains to another cemetery without…

DBJ: Lawsuit Alleges Fraud by Toyota Music Factory Developer, Seeks to Block Payment of $44M From Irving

DBJ: Lawsuit Alleges Fraud by Toyota Music Factory Developer, Seeks to Block Payment of $44M From Irving

Dallas attorney Larry Friedman filed a lawsuit Wednesday attempting to block the North Carolina-based developer of the Toyota Music Factory from receiving $44 million in public money. Friedman filed on…

V&E, Latham Advise on Devon’s $3.12B Sale of EnLink Interests to GIP

V&E, Latham Advise on Devon’s $3.12B Sale of EnLink Interests to GIP

(June 7) – There was a surprise sale this week. Devon Energy sold all of its interests in publicly-traded EnLink Midstream Partners LP and EnLink Midstream LLC to Global Infrastructure…

Senate Approves Rodriguez Judicial Nomination 96-0

Senate Approves Rodriguez Judicial Nomination 96-0

Another vacant Texas judicial seat was filled Tuesday when the U.S. Senate voted 96-0 to approve the nomination of human rights lawyer and advocate Fernando Rodriguez, Jr. as a district…

SEC Charges ‘Whale Whisperer’ with Securities Fraud

SEC Charges ‘Whale Whisperer’ with Securities Fraud

(June 4) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused a musician and composer who designed sound systems at the ballparks for the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers with…

Kirkland Partner’s $11M Salary = Big Win for Women

Kirkland Partner’s $11M Salary = Big Win for Women

The news broke last week that Kirkland & Ellis enticed commercial litigator Sandra Goldstein away from Cravath, Swaine & Moore for a reported annual salary of $11 million guaranteed for…

SCOTX: Context Presumes Intent In Murphy Exploration Lease Case

SCOTX: Context Presumes Intent In Murphy Exploration Lease Case

SCOTX last week ruled in yet another dispute pitting the plain language of oil and gas leases against the variable technology of the industry. In a 5-4 decision, the court…

Sidley Serves as U.S. Counsel to Canada Development Investment on $3.5B Kinder Morgan Pipeline Deal

By Claire Poole - (June 1) - The Houston office of Sidley Austin was involved in a big deal this week, serving as U.S. counsel to Canada Development Investment…

SCOTX: New Leases End Old Leases – Unless They Don’t

SCOTX: New Leases End Old Leases – Unless They Don’t

(May 31) – The Texas Supreme Court tried to simplify its earlier rulings on oil and gas titles with a remarkably simple principle: a new lease supplants an old lease unless…

Court of Appeals Upholds $11M Judgment In 2013 Casino Bus Crash

Court of Appeals Upholds $11M Judgment In 2013 Casino Bus Crash

The 25-page opinion, written by Justice Jason Boatright, rejected all 15 issues raised on appeal by the Choctaw, including their argument that federal law should preempt state common-law claims involving…

Bain-backed BMC Software sold to KKR for reported $8.3B

After reports earlier this year that it was looking at launching an initial public offering, Bain Capital-backed BMC Software said May 29 that it has agreed to be sold to…

Chinese Counterfeit Producers: Say ‘Ni Hao’ to Patterson + Sheridan Duo

Chinese Counterfeit Producers: Say ‘Ni Hao’ to Patterson + Sheridan Duo

He knows trademark infringement. She speaks fluent Mandarin. Together they make the rounds at trade shows looking for illegal knock-offs of their clients' products with the aim of friendly persuasion.…

Supreme Court Approval of Class-Action Waivers Will Benefit Oil Field Employers and Other Industries

Supreme Court Approval of Class-Action Waivers Will Benefit Oil Field Employers and Other Industries

The Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis puts to rest one of the most publicized and debated legal issues affecting employees and employers this decade. Now that…

Supreme Court Provides Roadmap for Employers to Eliminate Their Largest Employment Law Risk

Supreme Court Provides Roadmap for Employers to Eliminate Their Largest Employment Law Risk

The U.S. Supreme Court has settled the contentious class action waiver issue that has riled courts and confounded employers for the past six years, thereby providing a roadmap for employers…

AmLaw 200 Firm Absorbs Dallas Litigation Shop To Open First Texas Office

AmLaw 200 Firm Absorbs Dallas Litigation Shop To Open First Texas Office

The Dallas litigation firm of Lackey Hershman has agreed to combine with Stinson Leonard Street.…

Regulations, Risks & Remedies When Your Brand Is Used in Cryptocurrency Promotion

The promotional materials hyping new cryptocurrencies regularly include lists of "advisors" – usually respected individuals associated with well-known brands – in order to add credibility to the offerings. Whether or…

V&E Wins $31M IP Defense Verdict for HTC

V&E Wins $31M IP Defense Verdict for HTC

(May 14) – An East Texas jury on Friday threw out claims that HTC Corp. infringed on a former U.S. government rocket scientists’ patent on user interface and infrared universal…

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