Summer disciplinary actions at the State Bar of Texas were scant. Activity reported include four suspensions and one request for reinstatement.
Vinson Woodlee, 68 was charged in the Northern District of Texas with four counts under the federal anti-kickback statute. If convicted on all counts, he could be sentenced to 35 years inprison.
The federal court of appeals ruled that the Natural Gas Act does not allow FERC to issue “tolling orders” solely for preventing its 30-day deadline for rehearing requests from expiring. The decision will have broad impacts across the natural gas and power sectors and it is already impacting rehearing requests under the FPA.
Richard Toussaint, a co-founder of Forest Park Medical Center, is already serving time in federal prison for a different fraud. Bruce Tomaso reports.
A federal judge has ended the federal tax evasion case of Jack Stephen Pursley with a two-year sentence. He also ordered Pursley to pay nearly $2 million in restitution — an amount close to the current-day value of the Vail, Colo. vacation home the government said Pursley bought with repatriated funds during a trial last year. Natalie Posgate has the details of the sentencing and links to previous courtroom coverage.
A Houston businessman fraudulently obtained $1.6 million from the Paycheck Protection Program on several luxury items, including a 2020 Ford F-350, and a few expensive nights at Houston area strip clubs, according to federal prosecutors in Houston.
Months after the COVID-19 pandemic brought business to a screeching halt, companies across the country are eager to reopen and to get back to work. But these employers are facing a completely new set of unknowns when it comes to keeping their employees safe. Kasi Chadwick of Hicks Thomas has the latest guidance.
The governing body of the State Bar of Texas cannot oust its president for his past comments about women lawyers, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, but it has decided to take steps to make sure that no future leaders with a history like Larry McDougal’s could or would be elected again.
State Bar President Larry McDougal issued his third apology Monday for past comments that Black Lives Matter is a terrorist group. His statements came during a multi-hour stare bar board meeting in which more than five dozen Texas lawyers appeared on Zoom to express their outrage about the situation.
With Texas and most states “open for business,” companies are navigating a world where the novel coronavirus is still spreading widely. Adding to the complexity is shifting, often conflicting, advice from different public health agencies on everything from mask-wearing, to the number of isolation days, to the ways the virus spreads most readily. There are no employment laws designed for this situation; there is no ready-made checklist. This article outlines a few of the tough scenarios facing employers.