Former professional baseball player and sports nutrition vendor Neiman Nix lost his appeal of a case he filed in Texas against Major League Baseball — arguing that the league’s ban of a growth hormone discriminated against his business selling products that included it. It’s a case he’d filed, and lost, elsewhere. And that was the problem, the Fifth Circuit said.
Five Tips Female Attorneys Need to Hear Today (And Every Day) to Thrive in Sports Law
We’ve come a long way in women’s collegiate sports, and I’ve enjoyed seeing similar strides for women in sports and entertainment law. Today, there are so many more exciting opportunities. Women are handling sports-related litigation, negotiating the next big sports contract or serving as general counsel or chief legal officer. Here are my five tips for female attorneys interested in pursuing a career in sports law.
P.S. — Spring Fundraising Warms Up, Pro Bono for In-House Lawyers — Updated
This edition of P.S. highlights three upcoming fundraising events, one award, an opportunity to learn from in-house lawyers focused on pro bono and a thank you to a major Texas Lawbook Foundation donor.
Updated – Texas Court Rules PUC Price-Setting During Winter Storm Uri Unlawful
The Texas Public Utility Commission emergency rules in February 2021 that increased electric rates to $9,000 per megawatt-hour in response to the demand for power because of Winter Storm Uri were “invalid” and must be reexamined, a Texas appeals court ruled Friday. The Austin Court of Appeals ruled that PUC board members issued two unlawful rules — an “operation of executive fiat” — that allowed ERCOT to increase the emergency price of electricity 650 percent for five days. The decision, according to legal experts, could be a multibillion-dollar victory for some retail power companies.
The Evolving Landscape of Business Email Compromise Litigation — A Focus on Texas
Business email compromises remain one of the most prevalent internet-related crimes, with businesses and individuals suffering massive financial losses. This article examines how Texas law handles disputes between companies that have been defrauded by a third-party and the interaction of the contract law.
Austin City Attorney Anne Morgan Doing Legal Work ‘That Makes the World a Little Bit Better’
Anne Morgan and the 60 lawyers in her office are analyzing about 2,000 pieces of proposed legislation being considered by lawmakers in the Texas Capitol. All this while handling the legal matters that come with one of the nation’s fastest growing cities. This is the first in a series of articles about the attorneys leading Texas’s major metros.
Diamond Sports Group Files $8B Restructuring in SDTX
The operator of the Bally Sports Networks has hired Porter Hedges, Paul Weiss and Wilmer Cutler to lead the company through Chapter 11 bankruptcy and restructuring.
Midland Jury Rejects FLSA Overtime Claim Against Oilfield Services Co.
A trial team from Munsch Hardt successfully fended off the claims levied against client Flowco Production Solutions. Instead of raising the highly compensated employee exemption commonly seen in cases involving oilfield services, they told the jury these plaintiffs were exempt from overtime under the administrative employee exemption.
CDT Roundup: 21 Deals, 17 Firms, 165 Lawyers, $11.6B
CERAWeek, the prestigious Houston energy confab, wrapped up last week. One of the more significant observations emerged from former Goldman Sachs analyst Arjun Murti, now a partner at Veritan. He thinks, for instance, it’s time for the term “energy transition” to transition from a political Rorschach test to something more universal, understandable and verifiable. Claire Poole reflects on a few of his other observations in this week’s CDT Roundup, along with the usual rollcall of deals and dealmakers who reported for duty during last week.
Litigation Roundup: OAG Gets Deadline in Whistleblower Suit, Omni Hit with $25M Verdict in Sex Discrimination Suit
In this edition of Litigation Roundup, a Dallas lawyer secures a $29 million jury verdict in a talc case and the Texas attorney general gets a deadline to respond to a request from whistleblowers to reinstate their case pending before the Texas Supreme Court.