A new lawsuit in Dallas County District Court pits Alabama-rooted Bradley Arant and Encompass Health Corp. against former Encompass CEO April Anthony, a Dallas millionaire and large figure in the at-home health world who left the company she founded this summer for a competitor.
After four years of heavy litigating, lawyers at Bracewell, Yetter Coleman and Quinn Emanuel are preparing for battle. An upcoming trial between the lawyers’ clients, IBM and KKR-owned BMC, will involve mainframe software, a lucrative project for AT&T and a nine-figure damages model.
A federal district court in Houston has followed the recommendation of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones to dismiss all remaining litigation between French bank Natixis Funding Corp. and GenOn Mid-Atlantic over a $130 million credit arrangement gone south for two coal-fired power plants in Maryland.
Two former top federal prosecutors in Texas landed a $36 million jury verdict in a False Claims Act case in Alabama Friday. Treble damages in the qui tam case, which involved the sale of helicopters to the U.S. Army, could reach more than $100 million. Litigation Writer Natalie Posgate has the names and details.
A federal judge in Fort Worth has deferred until Oct. 8 a temporary injunction hearing in which six United Airlines employees seek to block the airline from terminating or placing them on unpaid leave in light of the employees’ resistance to the airline’s mandatory Covid vaccine policy, which they rejected for religious and medical reasons. A hearing was supposed to take place Friday afternoon, but the parties worked out an agreement instead. The Lawbook has the latest on the case, the names of the lawyers involved and comments from both sides of a case that is attracting national attention.
Gibbs & Bruns lawyers this week secured a $12 million judgment on behalf of a client who co-founded EnVen Energy Corp. and has been embroiled in a dispute with the company over his contractual severance benefits. In addition to the dollar amount obtained, the case has personal significance for a member of the trial team.
Several corporate law firms are getting involved in the litigation surfacing that challenges Texas’ new voting law, which Gov. Abbott signed into law Tuesday. Natalie Posgate has the names and the firms.
A philanthropist and founding partner of Provost Umphrey, Umphrey scored a couple billion-dollar judgments asbestos victims in the 1980s 1990s and then led the Texas litigation team that secured a $15.3 billion settlement in 1998 against the cigarette makers.
While patent litigation tends to steal the headlines, another area of intellectual property law is also gaining traction. Over the last five years, a steady growth in trade secrets cases has been interrupted only during the pandemic. The Lawbook’s Natalie Posgate taps the data and the views of a broad range of experts on the forces behind the surge.
One of the most closely-watched trials of the summer, Epic Games v. Apple, is likely heading toward resolution in the coming weeks. The case is regarded by many as one of the most significant antitrust challenges in recent years. But regardless of the outcome, the case has already attracted attention for the vital role played by diverse women in the trial itself. The Lawbook’s Natalie Posgate profiles two of those women who describe what they both see as a major breakthrough for women litigators.