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LINN Energy and Berry Raise Merger Agreement to $4.9 Billion

LINN Energy and Berry Raise Merger Agreement to $4.9 Billion

Mounds of Texas lawyers are involved in the deal and come from Latham & Watkins, Locke Lord, Akin Gump and Vinson & Elkins.…

First Neighbors, Then Business Partners: The Short Story of Stewart Strong

First Neighbors, Then Business Partners: The Short Story of Stewart Strong

First neighbors, then friends, now business partners. Stewart Strong is a product of the idea that friends can successfully become business partners. But the union of the two groups did…

The Big Year: Starring Jeff Floyd

The Big Year: Starring Jeff Floyd

The Houston M&A lawyer has led three billion-dollar-plus energy deals in five weeks. …

Frank and Debbie Branson: Partners in Life, the Law

Frank and Debbie Branson: Partners in Life, the Law

(October 24) – For three decades, Frank and Debbie Branson have taken hundreds of catastrophic personal injury cases to trial, winning hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts and…

Fifth Circuit Tackles Indian Tribal Jurisdiction and Business Law

Fifth Circuit Tackles Indian Tribal Jurisdiction and Business Law

The debate over state versus federal court for the forum witnessed an uncharted new dimension at the Fifth Circuit last week. Make it “state, federal, or Indian tribal court.” The…

Texas Lawyers in Forbes 400

Texas Lawyers in Forbes 400

Seven Texas lawyers made the 2013 edition of Forbes 400 richest people in U.S. Some of them even practiced law.…

Top 10 Efforts to be Excused from Jury Service

During the past 25 years as a legal journalist, I’ve heard some outrageous excuses and extraordinary efforts of folks trying to avoid jury service. …

Nathan Hecht Viewed as Favorite for Texas Chief Justice

Nathan Hecht Viewed as Favorite for Texas Chief Justice

The Texas Supreme Court's senior justice tells The Texas Lawbook he has made it clear to Gov. Perry that he wants to be the next chief justice. Some of his…

Baker Botts Advises in Two Oil and Gas Deals

Baker Botts Advises in Two Oil and Gas Deals

The firm is representing two Houston oil and gas companies, Halliburton and Carrizo, in different matters.…

Exclusive: Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson Resigns

Exclusive: Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson Resigns

Wallace Jefferson, the first African-American to lead the Texas Supreme Court and one of the most respected jurists in the nation, is resigning his position effective Oct. 1. Jefferson said…

Weil and V&E Advise in $3.1 Billion Egyptian Oil Deal, Joint Venture

Weil and V&E Advise in $3.1 Billion Egyptian Oil Deal, Joint Venture

Houston-based Apache is selling one-third of its Egyptian oil and gas business to a subsidiary of the Chinese oil giant Sinopec Group. Both companies have also entered a global strategic…

Insurance Company Sues Former CFO Who Also Plans to Sue It

Insurance Company Sues Former CFO Who Also Plans to Sue It

Summit Alliance claims its CFO caused the company significant financial loss, but he has his own unrest with the company as well.…

Exclusive: AA GC Kennedy: No Plan B and No Retreating

Exclusive: AA GC Kennedy: No Plan B and No Retreating

American Airlines GC Gary Kennedy says he was shocked and disappointed that Texas AG Greg Abbott joined the federal antitrust lawsuit filed last week to stop AA's $11 billion merger…

Texas Railroad Commission Sued for Whistleblower Discrimination

Texas Railroad Commission Sued for Whistleblower Discrimination

The state agency is being accused of retaliating against a former employee after he reported unlawful actions of his supervisor.…

V&E and Andrews Kurth Advise in $1.5 Billion Deal

V&E and Andrews Kurth Advise in $1.5 Billion Deal

Pioneer Natural Resources is entering a merger agreement with its Delaware limited partnership, Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners.…

Texas Wesleyan-Texas A&M Deal Officially Closes

Texas Wesleyan-Texas A&M Deal Officially Closes

Texas Wesleyan's law school is now officially called Texas A&M University School of Law.…

Baker Botts, V&E, Andrews Kurth, Bracewell and Latham Advise in $11+ Bn Transaction

Baker Botts, V&E, Andrews Kurth, Bracewell and Latham Advise in $11+ Bn Transaction

The Houston-based Fortune 500 company is turning to dozens of Texas lawyers to assist with this big-buck asset drop-down to its MLP, Spectra Energy Partners.…

SEC Law Judge Bans Three Stanford Execs from Industry

SEC Law Judge Bans Three Stanford Execs from Industry

An administrative law judge with the SEC ruled late Friday that three former senior executives with Houston-based Stanford Group Companies are liable for securities fraud in connection with the marketing…

Report: Texas AG Abbott Gets Half Million A Year From Lawsuit Settlement

Report: Texas AG Abbott Gets Half Million A Year From Lawsuit Settlement

Abbott, a tort reform advocate, receives $14,400 a month from the 1986 a settlement of a premises liability lawsuit, according to Texas Tribune. …

Texas Law School Applications Slide

Texas Law School Applications Slide

Texas’ nine law schools have seen their combined incoming first year classes drop by more than 10 percent during the past two years.…