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GCs Call for Reforms to Limit Patent Trolls

GCs Call for Reforms to Limit Patent Trolls

The chief legal officers of Whataburger, Rackspace Hosting Inc., the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association and the Internet Association trade group said patent lawsuits have an $80 billion drag on…

EXCLUSIVE: Texas GCs Honored for Leadership in Litigation, M&A, Pro Bono and Leadership with Magna Stella Awards

EXCLUSIVE: Texas GCs Honored for Leadership in Litigation, M&A, Pro Bono and Leadership with Magna Stella Awards

The General Counsel Forum paid tribute this week to the professional successes of Texas' chief legal officers. The 700 corporate GCs who make up the organization gave Frost National Bank…

Weil and V&E Close $3 Billion Egyptian Oil Deal, Joint Venture

Weil and V&E Close $3 Billion Egyptian Oil Deal, Joint Venture

Houston-based Apache Corporation sold one-third of its Egyptian oil and gas business to Sinopec, Asia's largest oil refining and petrochemical enterprise.…

V&E Advises in $775 Million General Partner Sale

V&E Advises in $775 Million General Partner Sale

ACON and TPG, Northern Tier Energy's private equity sponsors, sold all of their interests in the Connecticut downstream energy company on Tuesday.…

American Airlines Settles with DOJ

American Airlines Settles with DOJ

The settlement clears the way for American to merge with US Airways. …

Highland Capital Management Sues Looper Reed for Extortion

Highland Capital Management Sues Looper Reed for Extortion

Accused of holding on to internal documents to extort Highland, Looper Reed contends the lawsuit is factually baseless and a trial tactic for a related case.…

Looper Reed Reaffirms a $900,000 Jury Verdict

Looper Reed Reaffirms a $900,000 Jury Verdict

The case involves an ex-school district police officer in Houston who claimed his whistleblower, due process and freedom of speech rights were violated by his former employer and the two…

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…