A federal judge in Houston has ruled that a tech company based in San Francisco should face trial in a lawsuit brought by victims of human trafficking who allege they were pimped through use of the company’s sales platform. This story appeared in the Houston Chronicle.
Evan Young and Jason Villalba helped draft pending legislation to create complex business litigation courts in Texas. Last week, The Texas Lawbook interviewed them.
Jason Villalba: When you are dealing with billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are on the line, you don’t want to be rolling the dice. There needs to be a judicial ecosystem in place that better handles these types of cases. Having predictable outcomes is crucial in these large business disputes. Texas needs something like Delaware Chancery Courts to put us on the same global scale.
Corporate executives and a handful of their lawyers want to create a new specialized court system that focuses only on complex commercial disputes similar to the chancery courts in Delaware – but with a Texas twist. The proposed Texas business court would have appointed judges, juries and its own business appellate court. It also has opponents who argued that there is nothing wrong with the current civil court system and judges elected by citizens. The Texas Lawbook has both sides arguments and in-depth details of the business court proposal.
A federal jury in East Texas awarded Plano-based property management software company ResMan with a $152 million verdict after finding a former customer improperly accessed ResMan’s software to develop its own rival product with a third party. The verdict is the conclusion of only one of two trials in the case, the first of which resulted in a mistrial due to a Covid-19 outbreak. Natalie Posgate has the details.
Burke Bogdanowicz may be only a month in existence, but it turns out that the firm’s office space has a storied history as the filming location for the final boardroom scene in the 1987 film RoboCop. The lawyers learned this last week when a Netflix crew and the writer of RoboCop paid their office a surprise visit. Founding firm partners Aaron Burke and Rob Bogdanowicz detailed the experience for The Lawbook.
Dallas trial lawyer Mark Werbner, who was a pupil of the great Jim Coleman, partnered for two decades with Dick Sayles and then practiced the past two years at Winston & Strawn, has started his own law firm. Werbner, who made global headlines in 2014 when he led an historic billion-dollar jury victory against a Middle Eastern bank accused of aiding terrorists, plans to do more plaintiff’s litigation and white-collar criminal defense work.
After three hours of deliberation, a Marshall, Texas federal jury of three men and four women found Samsung Display Company infringed on two smartphone screen display patents owned by an Irish company. The prevailing side spoke with Natalie Posgate about how they won the case.
A Fort Worth federal judge has dismissed a securities fraud class action against Arlington-based Six Flags Entertainment Corp. after finding the allegations of two anonymous employees unreliable — allegations that essentially anchored the plaintiffs’ entire case.
Weil’s Dallas office is starting its Monday having gained another lawyer in the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice. The lateral hire reflects on a current trend of litigation boutiques losing their partners to elite national firms.
If you’re an intellectual property lawyer, you might still be thinking of the VLSI v. Intel trial and the whopping $2.175 billion judgment that the jury rendered for VLSI. Beyond the fact that Waco jurors can get down with giving plaintiffs big bucks, what else did we learn? A handful of IP experts weighed in on their biggest takeaways.