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Texas Law Leaders Predict More Mergers, More Competition from Nat’l Firms

Texas Law Leaders Predict More Mergers, More Competition from Nat’l Firms

A new survey by the legal industry consulting firm Zeughauser Group shows that Texas-based business law firms are facing extraordinary competitive pressures from out-of-state corporate legal operations and one-third predict…

Larry Anders’ Firm Sues Transamerica in Dallas Federal Court

Larry Anders’ Firm Sues Transamerica in Dallas Federal Court

Life insurance giant Transamerica has had its share of legal troubles over the past few years after getting hit with class action lawsuits for sharply raising premiums on tens of…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 116 Texas Lawyers Advise on 19 Transactions Worth $5.4B

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 116 Texas Lawyers Advise on 19 Transactions Worth $5.4B

Capital markets activity accounted for the three biggest deals of this past week, and the nature of most of last week's transactions were energy-heavy, but some other industries also struck…

Judge Denies Motion to Seal Toyota Docs

Judge Denies Motion to Seal Toyota Docs

A Dallas judge has refused to seal a cache of purloined documents in a defective products case involving carmaker Toyota. Since the documents are readily available online, sealing them would…

SCOTX Upholds Legislative Tax Formulas

SCOTX Upholds Legislative Tax Formulas

In a decision that could significantly impact school funding in the oil patch, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that statutory formulas setting valuations for business and personal property are not…

Is the End Near for Employee Class Actions in the 5th Circuit?

Is the End Near for Employee Class Actions in the 5th Circuit?

In a pair of potentially landmark decisions, the 5th Circuit recently enforced broad class action waivers in court for the first time. Such waivers could block class action lawsuits under…

Dallas Judge Considers Whether to Seal Toyota’s Privileged Docs

Dallas Judge Considers Whether to Seal Toyota’s Privileged Docs

Lawyers for Toyota Motor Corp. fought hard in a Dallas district court Thursday to keep sealed a set of documents leaked years ago by a former in-house lawyer that are…

Analysis: Is Dallas Appeals Court Ready for a Shake Up?

Analysis: Is Dallas Appeals Court Ready for a Shake Up?

There are 31 different appellate judgeships on primary ballots across Texas. But the Fifth Court of Appeals should get more attention than the rest. Eight of the 13 seats on…

Texas Courts’ Passion for Arbitration Continues in Payday Lender & Dallas Topless Club Cases

Texas Courts’ Passion for Arbitration Continues in Payday Lender & Dallas Topless Club Cases

Proponents of binding mandatory arbitration scored two huge victories this week in the Texas appellate courts. In two separate and unrelated rulings, the Texas Supreme Court and the Dallas Court…

A Quarter Life Without the Crisis: LPCH Turns 25

A Quarter Life Without the Crisis: LPCH Turns 25

Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst is celebrating 25 years on Friday. But unlike the woes of uncertainty many twenty-somethings feel when contemplating what the hell they are doing with the…

SEC: Plano Oil Operators Used Investor Cash for Booze & Strippers

SEC: Plano Oil Operators Used Investor Cash for Booze & Strippers

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged three interconnected oil and gas companies and its executives with fraudulently scheming to raise $11.7 million for drilling projects allegedly located in…

Oncor Deal with Sempra Nears Completion

Oncor Deal with Sempra Nears Completion

A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave approval Monday for Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings to sell its 80 percent ownership stake in Oncor to Sempra. It was a key hurdle to clear…

Updated – Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 69 Texas Lawyers Advise on 20 Transactions Worth $6.6B

Updated – Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 69 Texas Lawyers Advise on 20 Transactions Worth $6.6B

Transaction count and value was up from the prior week, when there were 15 transactions worth $5.5 billion. However, there was one less firm and two-thirds fewer attorneys working the…

Texas Business Bankruptcies Skyrocketed in 2017, Debt Hits ‘Height of Debt Lunacy’

Texas Business Bankruptcies Skyrocketed in 2017, Debt Hits ‘Height of Debt Lunacy’

Texas companies restructuring in federal bankruptcy court jumped more than 42 percent in 2017, nearly reaching the highs of the Great Recession eight years ago. Filings for Chapter 11 bankruptcy…

SCOTX: Lawyer-Client Privilege Applies to Patent Agents

SCOTX: Lawyer-Client Privilege Applies to Patent Agents

Patent agents who provide authorized legal services may invoke attorney-client privilege to withhold client communications, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling supports Andrew Silver, the inventor of tablet…

SCOTX: Mental Anguish Damages Possible for Negligent Mishandling of Corpse

SCOTX: Mental Anguish Damages Possible for Negligent Mishandling of Corpse

Mental anguish damages might be available in a case alleging negligent mishandling of a corpse, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday, sending a recently argued case back to a Brown…

Flying Pig Spotted: Fifth Circuit Grants Mandamus Relief in Privilege Dispute

Flying Pig Spotted: Fifth Circuit Grants Mandamus Relief in Privilege Dispute

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is famously reluctant to grant a mandamus petition. The court recently invoked authority from 1881 as the reason for denial. But…

Toyota Lawyer-Turned-Whistleblower Central to Discovery Battle in Texas Case

Toyota Lawyer-Turned-Whistleblower Central to Discovery Battle in Texas Case

A fierce and dramatic discovery battle with national litigation implications heads back to a Dallas civil courtroom this week. The case pits Frank Branson, one of the toughest trial lawyers…

Texas Appeals Court Upholds $288M Ruling for Highland Capital v. Credit Suisse

Texas Appeals Court Upholds $288M Ruling for Highland Capital v. Credit Suisse

The Dallas Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling for Dallas investment firm Highland Capital Management to recover nearly $288 million from Swiss bank Credit Suisse for a…

Massachusetts Heats up Fiduciary Rule Discussion with Cold-blooded Enforcement

Massachusetts Heats up Fiduciary Rule Discussion with Cold-blooded Enforcement

When financial services firms offer their representatives special incentives related to a specific product or service, they often draw the attention of securities regulators. But Ronak Patel of Winstead argues…