Paul Yetter was a thriving young partner at Baker Botts in 1997 when he faced a decision: Drop a big client or leave one of the most prestigious corporate firms in Texas. He chose the later and this year Yetter Coleman, now a highly-respected 50-lawyer boutique in Houston, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Texas Lawbook recently interviewed Yetter about the firm’s successes and challenges during the past quarter century, why he thinks Yetter Coleman survived and thrived and what still lies ahead.
There were few surprises in the races for district judge seats in the state’s biggest counties, where Democrats have steadily made inroads in recent years. Three judges who were recently appointed to their seats by Gov. Greg Abbott were soundly rejected by voters.
Both sides touted the ruling as a win in press releases and statements to reporters. The Nov. 4 ruling means it will cost Fox at least $4.1 billion to exercise its option to purchase an 18.6 percent stake in the online sports betting company.
Litigation Roundup: VLSI, Intel Face Off in Another Jury Trial, Waco JP Can’t Shake Sanction, Baker Botts Draws Malpractice Suit
In this edition of Litigation Roundup, Texas reaches a tentative settlement with Colorado and New Mexico in a nearly decade-old lawsuit over use of the Lower Rio Grande River’s resources, two major tobacco companies say Texas owes them about $8.6 million in taxes paid under protest, and another trial between VLSI and Intel kicks off.
In opening statements in state court in Dallas, lawyers for the family of Gabriel Vela say EnLink Midstream cut corners in its rush to expand the plant. Defense lawyers say Vela’s actions led to his death.
A team from Alavi Anaipakos successfully represented oil field products manufacturer G&H in a post-grant review challenge before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The ruling could impact nearly a dozen patent infringement lawsuits pending against other manufacturers.
The lawsuit alleges that District Attorney Greg Willis “treats many female employees as objects that, without their consent, must gratify his sexual impulses and personal vanity.”
Litigation Roundup: Botched Surgeries Net Big Jury Verdicts, FedEx Hit With $366M in Damages, Full Fifth Circ. to Hear Reporter’s Arrest Suit
In this week’s edition of Litigation Roundup, juries in Dallas and Tarrant County doled out damages to individuals permanently injured in separate botched surgeries, FedEx is slammed with nine-digit damages in a racial discrimination and retaliation case and the entire Fifth Circuit votes to rehear a lawsuit over a citizen-journalist’s arrest in Laredo.
About 75 lawyers attended in-person or online a CLE that delved into enforcement priorities at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth Regional Office, what impact recent Fifth Circuit decisions could have on SEC actions, and how to navigate clients through uncertain times during an increase in rulemaking initiatives.
A federal jury in Detroit listened to 15 days of testimony and arguments and then deliberated nearly 10 hours before ruling Wednesday that Ford Motor Co. misused Versata’s trade secrets and the carmaker to pay Austin-based Versata Software $105 million in damages. The nine-digit verdict is the largest courtroom victory for Houston-based Mitby Pacholder Johnson, a three-partner litigation boutique formed earlier this year. The Texas Lawbook has the inside story.