Coppell Independent School District’s election system discriminates against the area’s largest ethnic group by preventing proper representation on the school board, a lawsuit filed Thursday in Dallas federal court alleges.
Over the course of the past year, there have been two major gun law developments affecting employers in Texas.
On Aug. 8, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation that Mississippi employees who were fired for storing guns in their cars may bring a wrongful discharge claim against their former employers. Texas employers should take note that local courts could reach the same holding.
Additionally, on Jan. 1, 2016, Texas’ new “open carry” law went into effect. Given these legal developments, employers should review their relevant policies to ensure compliance.
The SEC claims that Leon Cooperman and his $5 billion New York hedge fund used confidential, non-public information when they purchased large quantities of Atlas Pipeline Partners stock in 2010. Atlas is now owned by Houston-based Targa Resources.
A consortium of more than 55 Texas and national business groups have filed a federal lawsuit in East Texas against the U.S. Department of Labor in an attempt to overthrow the government’s new overtime rule that would make more than 4 million American workers eligible for overtime pay.
No matter how egregious the intellectual property infringement, old fashioned cease-and-desist letters can backfire, leading to online campaigns against a business, a panel of experts said last Tuesday. The lesson: When possible, appearing reasonable can nip problems in the bud.
Corporate general counsel in Texas and across the U.S. predict they will hire more lawyers who specialize in civil litigation and governmental regulatory matters during the next year to help meet increased demand, according to a new survey conducted by Texas-based Norton Rose Fulbright. One big culprit? Businesses suing other businesses over contract disagreements. The Texas Lawbook has exclusive details.
Houston lawyers from Latham & Watkins and Vinson & Elkins filed an S-1 late last week for The Woodlands-based Smart Sand, Inc., which provides sand for hydraulic fracturing to exploration & production and oilfield service companies such as EOG Resources and Weatherford.
A federal jury in Tyler ruled Thursday that Apple illegally used source code owned by a Plano-based patent holding company on several models of its iPhones and iPads. Fort Worth IP lawyer Ed Nelson convinced an eight-person jury to award $22.1 million in damages to Cellular Communications Equipment, which the jury said owns a valid patent on unique source code that combines hardware components and specifically designed software instructions to allow advanced buffering technology on smart phones and handheld devices.
JP Morgan Chase Bank is trying to stop seven former employees from going forward with a nationwide collective action lawsuit that alleges bank employees are forced to work off the clock. The employees signed arbitration agreements as part of their jobs, which included a promise not to join any collective action lawsuits, according to a petition that JP Morgan Chase filed this week in federal court in Houston.
The employees agreed to settle individual claims through arbitration, a confidential and increasingly common process that keeps employees from spilling corporate secrets in a public courtroom. The employees asked the arbitration service to allow them to participate in the collective action, citing their rights under a federal labor relations law that allows employees to join together to improve their wages and working conditions, according to the bank’s petition to the court. The Houston Chronicle has full details.
In recent years, the value of privately held professional sports franchises has become particularly newsworthy. Analysts, investors and fans have an interest in watching team owners buy and sell teams and in learning the going prices for their teams.