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Mergermarket: Evercore Tops Financial Advisers in Texas

<em>Mergermarket:</em> Evercore Tops Financial Advisers in Texas

Evercore continues its reign as the financial adviser handling the most M&A involving Texas-based businesses. Piper Jaffray, JPMorgan, Barclays, Citi and Moelis saw the number of deals in which they…

A Guide to Texas Law for Short-Term Residential Rentals

While the rapid growth of the sharing economy has expanded a multitude of business opportunities, it has also raised legal questions about the use of real property in the short-term…

AKK Discusses 1,000 Lawyer Combo with Hunton & Williams

One year ago, Andrews Kurth merged with New York IP boutique Kenyon & Kenyon. Now, leaders at the Houston-based corporate law firm appear interested in joining forces with a larger…

SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument on Future of Class Action Waivers

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in three consolidated cases that will decide the future of class action waivers in the employment context. The…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Roundup: Eight Transactions, 19 Texas Lawyers, $3.1B in Transactions

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Roundup: Eight Transactions, 19 Texas Lawyers, $3.1B in Transactions

M&A and capital markets activity involving Texas lawyers were sparse in number and modest in size last week. In all, eight transactions were announced in M&A, private equity and securities…

Updated – Judge Higginbotham, James Ho and the Reversal of Trinity Industries’ $663M Judgment

Updated – Judge Higginbotham, James Ho and the Reversal of Trinity Industries’ $663M Judgment

Last week, James Ho was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit and won the biggest case of his career when the appellate reversed a $663.3…

Updated – Dallas Jury Nails JP Morgan with $4B Verdict in Estate Fraud Case

Updated – Dallas Jury Nails JP Morgan with $4B Verdict in Estate Fraud Case

A Dallas County jury early this morning delivered a stunning $4 billion punitive damage verdict in favor of the heirs of long-time IT expert, Max D. Hopper, against J.P. Morgan…

Blockchain and Smart Contracts

Blockchain and Smart Contracts

Businesses and entrepreneurs thrive on North Texas’ culture of innovation, and it's important for businesses and their lawyers to understand the opportunities and risks that come with change. Blockchain and…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Roundup: 80 Texas Lawyers Worked on $4.88B in M&A Deals & Security Offerings

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Roundup: 80 Texas Lawyers Worked on $4.88B in M&A Deals & Security Offerings

Eight M&A and private equity transactions with a total combined deal value of more than $4 billion. The three securities offerings – one IPO and two debt offerings – raised…

South TX Jury Awards $100M to Matrix Petroleum in Eagle Ford Dispute

South TX Jury Awards $100M to Matrix Petroleum in Eagle Ford Dispute

A jury in La Salle County has awarded $100 million to Houston-based Matrix Petroleum after finding that Repsol-owned Talisman Energy committed accounting fraud and breached an agreement the two companies…

SEC Suspends Public Trading of Addison Firm over Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

SEC Suspends Public Trading of Addison Firm over Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The SEC has suspended the trading of securities of Addison-based Grupo Resilient International in an apparent concern over the accuracy of some of the company’s press releases. The federal agency…

Taking the Fifth in Civil Trade Secret Litigation: Win the Battle but Lose the War?

Taking the Fifth in Civil Trade Secret Litigation: Win the Battle but Lose the War?

Oliver North and Mark McGwire are notable examples of people who asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by refusing to answer questions. Now, trade secret litigation between Google’s self-driving…

Winston Scores Touchdown & Field Goal in Ezekiel Elliott & IP Cases in Same Courtroom – Updated

Winston Scores Touchdown & Field Goal in Ezekiel Elliott & IP Cases in Same Courtroom – Updated

Tom Melsheimer was in his second week of trial defending Tech Pharmacy in a $350 million patent dispute against Plano-based AlixaRx when he suddenly switched from defense to offense in…

East Texas is Patent Capital No More

East Texas is Patent Capital No More

East Texas has lost its status as America’s top place to sue for patent infringement. Delaware is the new king of patent litigation. During the past four months, plaintiffs filed…

SCOTX Considers Future of Lawsuit against Payday Lenders

SCOTX Considers Future of Lawsuit against Payday Lenders

When Cash Biz didn’t get paid on time, the payday lender sought help from the criminal justice system. Now faced with lawsuits for their overstep, the company is claiming a…

TX AG Sues Three Businesses for Price Gouging; Hundreds More Cases May Follow

TX AG Sues Three Businesses for Price Gouging; Hundreds More Cases May Follow

Three Texas businesses – two service stations and one motel owner – violated state consumer protection laws prohibiting price gouging during times of natural disaster, the state attorney general announced…

M&A Round Up: AKK, V&E Find Plenty of Deal Work

M&A Round Up: AKK, V&E Find Plenty of Deal Work

The week after Labor Day signified the return to work for a lot of Texas deal lawyers, despite the residual damage in Houston from Hurricane Harvey. Herewith are some highlights…

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Oncor Deal with Sempra

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Oncor Deal with Sempra

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi has given his approval for Energy Future Holdings to sell its 80 percent ownership stake in Oncor to Sepra Energy for $9.45 billion in cash.…

Texas GCs Steven Scheinthal and Rafael Stone — The Legal Minds Behind $2.2B Houston Rockets Deal

Non-Texas lawyers at DLA Piper and White & Case did the paperwork, but the Houston-based general counsel for Fertitta’s restaurant, entertainment and hotel company Landry’s and the longtime general counsel…

Why Judge Mazzant Terminated Proposed Overtime Rule

Why Judge Mazzant Terminated Proposed Overtime Rule

The proposed update to the overtime exemptions rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act was finally put out of its misery last week U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant. The court…

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