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Law Firm Competition Intense for M&A Deals in Texas

Law Firm Competition Intense for M&A Deals in Texas

(April 16) – The Texas Lawbook’s 2017 Corporate Deal Tracker results for M&A dealmaking are final and there are some major surprises. V&E still reigns No. 1, but a handful…

SCOTX On Retained Acreage Conflicts: Lawful Contracts Rule

SCOTX On Retained Acreage Conflicts: Lawful Contracts Rule

In two closely-watched cases decided Friday, SCOTX defended its seemingly conflicting views on state regulation of retained acreage. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht says it’s actually pretty simple: contracts mean what…

Private Equity Reaching Deep Into Texas

Private Equity Reaching Deep Into Texas

The number of private equity deals was down last year from 2016, but deal values were up by 42 percent. This is what happens when a surfeit of capital starts…

DLA Piper’s Big Texas Play

DLA Piper’s Big Texas Play

The firm has been on a lateral hiring spree during the past year that has increased its lawyer headcount in the state by 50 percent. …

Strasburger Finally Announces Merger: Third Involving a Major Texas Firm this Month

The firm will operate in Texas as Clark Strasburger, but as Clark Hill everywhere else.…

Updated – From $50 in the Bank to Tuesday’s $502M Verdict Against Apple: Meet Caldwell Cassady & Curry

Updated – From $50 in the Bank to Tuesday’s $502M Verdict Against Apple: Meet Caldwell Cassady & Curry

Meet Caldwell Cassady & Curry. They started with a $50 bank account and a dedicated client. Now they wear jeans to work, name their conference rooms after hip-hop artists and…

SCOTX: SA School Teacher Bullied, Not Sexually Harassed. Case Closed.

SCOTX: SA School Teacher Bullied, Not Sexually Harassed. Case Closed.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday invalid a complaint of same-sex sexual harassment. The behavior, which involved two female middle school teachers, was not shown the be motivated by sexual…

Rationality Prevailed in SCOTX Fraudulent Representation Decision

Rationality Prevailed in SCOTX Fraudulent Representation Decision

On March 23, the Texas Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion with significant implications for fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims asserted by one contracting party based on alleged extra-contractual representations…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 11 Firms and 121 TX Lawyers Advise on 15 Deals worth $13.4 billion

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 11 Firms and 121 TX Lawyers Advise on 15 Deals worth $13.4 billion

Clearly, spring recess is over. Texas dealmakers were back to work last week, loading 15 deals worth $13.4 billion into their holiday baskets. The Big Deal of the week was…

Lawsuit Alleges Immigration Fraud at Major Building Services Firm

Lawsuit Alleges Immigration Fraud at Major Building Services Firm

In a lawsuit filed in state court, a Dallas-based financial services firm alleged that it was being defrauded by a small subcontractor doing business with a major building services firm.…

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Gardere and Foley Reach Merger Agreement

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Gardere and Foley Reach Merger Agreement

The move had been anticipated for months, but an agreement has finally been reached. Dallas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell is combining with Milwaukee’s Foley & Lardner, effective April 1. The new…

Hopper-1, JP Morgan-0 in Post-$8B Probate Verdict Rulings

Hopper-1, JP Morgan-0 in Post-$8B Probate Verdict Rulings

A Dallas probate judge on Wednesday ordered J.P. Morgan Chase Bank to pay $5.5 million in attorneys’ fees to the widow of an American Airlines executive for an $8 billion…

Concho & RSP Permian Have Gibson Dunn and V&E Lead $9.5B Shale Oil Deal

Concho & RSP Permian Have Gibson Dunn and V&E Lead $9.5B Shale Oil Deal

In the biggest M&A deal in the history of the Permian Basin, Midland-based Concho Resources is buying rival oil producer RSP Permian for $9.5 billion in an all stock transaction.…

Corporate Deal Tracker 2017: A Year of Market Contrasts

Corporate Deal Tracker 2017: A Year of Market Contrasts

Dealmaking in 2017 was confounding: deals were up, but values were down. The deal count hit 735, but total reported value dropped below $400 billion. There are lots of reasons,…

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: New Federal Judge Karen Gren Scholer’s ‘Crazy Busy’ Three Weeks

Texas Lawbook Exclusive: New Federal Judge Karen Gren Scholer’s ‘Crazy Busy’ Three Weeks

As the first new U.S. District judge in North Texas in more than a decade, Karen Scholer has undertaken a fevered pace her first 18 days on the bench. She's…

Is the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Dead – or Only Mostly Dead?

Is the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Dead – or Only Mostly Dead?

A recent decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Department of Labor's so-called fiduciary rule, a set of regulations which would require that all retirement investing advice…

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 51 Texas Lawyers Advise on 17 Transactions Worth $5.8B

Corp. Deal Tracker Weekly Round-Up: 13 Firms and 51 Texas Lawyers Advise on 17 Transactions Worth $5.8B

Spring break in parts of Texas is typically pretty slow in the deal-making world, and this past week was no exception. It was also a secretive bunch this past week,…

Dallas Lawyers, Including AT&T GC McAtee, Take Center Stage in Historic Antitrust Trial

Dallas Lawyers, Including AT&T GC McAtee, Take Center Stage in Historic Antitrust Trial

This week, a potentially epic and landmark trial gets underway in a federal courtroom in Washington, D.C., pitting the mighty power of the United States government against telecommunications giant AT&T…

iHeartMedia Taps Kirkland, Jackson Walker as Debtor’s Counsel

iHeartMedia Taps Kirkland, Jackson Walker as Debtor’s Counsel

iHeartMedia General Counsel Robert Walls chose Kirkland & Ellis and Jackson Walker to guide the San Antonio-based radio giant through corporate restructuring. iHeartMedia filed Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in…

EFH Bankruptcy Legal & Financial Advisor Fees to Near $1 Billion

EFH Bankruptcy Legal & Financial Advisor Fees to Near $1 Billion

The bankruptcy case of Energy Future Holdings is essentially over, but the millions of dollars in fees being paid to lawyers and financial advisers are likely to continue for a…