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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…

Gibson Dunn, Locke Lord & Akin Gump Advise on $815M Midstream Deal

Gibson Dunn, Locke Lord & Akin Gump Advise on $815M Midstream Deal

Houston-based American Midstream Partners assistant GC Tom Leslie, a former U.S. Army captain who served in Baghdad and Friedberg, Germany, worked with Gibson Dunn in the comany's $815 million purchase…

SEC Charges, Settles Apache Engineer Insider Trading Case

SEC Charges, Settles Apache Engineer Insider Trading Case

The SEC has charged a former Apache Corp. petroleum engineer with insider trading. The SEC says Christopher Lollar has settled allegations that he “traded on nonpublic information” by paying $435,809.50 in…

South TX Jury Slaps $6.9M on CenterPoint, Westwind in Gas Leak Case

South TX Jury Slaps $6.9M on CenterPoint, Westwind in Gas Leak Case

© 2017 The Texas Lawbook. By Natalie Posgate (Nov. 1) – A Laredo jury last Wednesday awarded nearly $7 million to a local elderly man and his family for a…

Vistra & Dynegy GCs use Simpson and Skadden for $1.7B Deal

Vistra & Dynegy GCs use Simpson and Skadden for $1.7B Deal

Two women GCs are starting off the week on total #girlboss status, leading Irving-based Vistra Energy’s first mega-deal: a $4 billion purchase of Houston-based Dynegy. They both hired outside lawyers…

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Survey Shows TX GCs Face Energy & Cyber Litigation Uptick

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Survey Shows TX GCs Face Energy & Cyber Litigation Uptick

Eighty percent of Texas businesses faced civil lawsuits this past year and, although they were sued less often, more and more companies are suing each other, according to exclusive data…

Ex-Executive Sues Omni for Being a ‘Boys Club’

Ex-Executive Sues Omni for Being a ‘Boys Club’

A former female executive for Omni Hotels on Wednesday filed suit against her ex-employer and its holding company for sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation after she spent more than…

SKV Law Firm Wins Corruption Case for Political Client

Houston lawyers Shaun Clarke and Dane Ball demanded last week that corruption charges against Texas Rep. Dawnna Dukes be immediately dismissed. On Monday, Travis County prosecutors agreed, dropping all 15…

How to Secure Financing for Commercial Litigation

How to Secure Financing for Commercial Litigation

Third-party financing can be an attractive option for commercial plaintiffs who want to press their claims while hedging risk and preserving capital. But many companies and their lawyers are not…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-up: 10 Firms, 67 Lawyers, 15 Transactions, $10.5B

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-up: 10 Firms, 67 Lawyers, 15 Transactions, $10.5B

Big Pharma and food distribution provided billable hours for Texas firms last week, but the rest of the week’s deals were still dominated by oil and gas. Claire Poole has…

Mergermarket: Large Corporate Firms Dominate Top 2017 M&A Rankings for Texas Biz

<em>Mergermarket:</em> Large Corporate Firms Dominate Top 2017 M&A Rankings for Texas Biz

Three law firms continue to dominate the top of the rankings for advising Texas-based companies in mergers and acquisitions. New data provided exclusively to The Texas Lawbook from the global…

Artificial Intelligence

Companies in Texas and beyond are increasingly adopting AI to drive innovation and production. The value of the AI market could top a staggering $46 billion by 2020, according to…

Q3 2017 Texas M&A: Deal Count Drops, Deal Value Jumps

Q3 2017 Texas M&A: Deal Count Drops, Deal Value Jumps

Third quarter mergers and acquisitions involving Texas companies dropped to the lowest point in four years, according to the research firm Mergermarket. Thanks to a handful of large-dollar deals, transactional…

O&G consolidation forecast: “It’s going to be good for bankers and lawyers.”

O&G consolidation forecast: “It’s going to be good for bankers and lawyers.”

A crowded field of investors, sticky oil prices and the return of investor activism have set the stage for a glut of consolidation in the oil and gas sector, predicts…

Al Hill Jr. v. Gregory Shamoun: SCOTX Reviews a $48,000 an Hour Legal Fee

<em> Al Hill Jr. v. Gregory Shamoun:</em> SCOTX Reviews a $48,000 an Hour Legal Fee

Al Hill Jr. v. Al Hill III has spawned more than 20 lawsuits involving the heirs of oilman H.L. Hunt over the past decade. This week, the Texas Supreme Court…

Fishing in the Right Pond: Careful Forum Selection May Keep Trade Secret Defendants on the Hook

Fishing in the Right Pond: Careful Forum Selection May Keep Trade Secret Defendants on the Hook

Texas' Third District Court of Appeals recently held that the state's anti-SLAPP statute covers private commercial speech and association in addition to constitutionally protected rights. This adds to the challenges…