The Fifth Circuit ruled late Thursday that Lexington Insurance Co. was not required to indemnify famed trial lawyer John O’Quinn, who died in 2009, and his law firm for the costs of settling a case that accused him of improperly charging his clients for millions and millions of dollars in expenses that had nothing to do with the litigation.
As any judge who has served on a trial court can attest, there are many assignments where the cases come at you so hard and fast that there is barely time to step into the box and take your stance before the next one comes zooming in. And that is true of the “easy” cases. This book is not about those.
What do you get when you combine an innovative and aggressive plaintiff’s bar with sloppy business practices, corner-cutting by contractors and failure to properly compensate day laborers? A thriving labor and employment law practice in the Lone Star state. New data obtained by The Texas Lawbook proves it.
The Houston trial firm’s newly-minted partners are all women.
A Houston jury has awarded a take-nothing defense verdict to three brothers who were accused by two of their other siblings of fraud, securities violations and breach of fiduciary duty of their family business. The case involved money – approximately $30 million – but defense lawyers say the dispute, like many family court battles, went deeper.
For nine years Burlington Resources deducted post-production costs from royalties paid to Amber Harvest for development in the Eagle Ford. Then came the 2015 Chesapeake v. Hyder decision, and now Amber Harvest is asking SCOTX to make Burlington reimburse them. Janet Elliott details their arguments before the court.
It was a defense counsel’s dream. After the plaintiffs rested, defense lawyers presented a motion for judgment as a matter of law to U.S. District Judge Samuel Ray Cummings in Lubbock. And he granted it. But that was only one odd turn in a trial – now blessed by the Fifth Circuit – during which procedure really, really mattered.
A 46-year-old property tax case was finally settled by the Texas Supreme Court. Their ruling in the inter-county dispute, often compared to Dickens’ famously epic litigation, was settled in favor of San Patricio County.
Austin lawyer James C. Harrington will be inducted as a Texas Legal Legend on Oct. 31.
The U.S. Senate has officially confirmed Dallas attorney Jeremy Kernodle as a judge in the Tyler division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, his law firm Haynes and Boone announced Friday. A qui tam and appellate expert, Kernodle fills the vacancy left by Michael H. Schneider, Sr., who retired from the bench in 2016.