Porter Hedges LLP

Employment Alert: "Responding to the Skyrocketing Rate of Wage and Hour Claims"

It is no secret that wage and hour cases are on the rise. As several news sources have recently reported, this issue is of particular concern in the oil and gas industry. According to the Federal Judicial Center, in 2015 there…more
| Energy & Utilities, Labor & Employment Law

Energy Alert: Bankruptcy Court Rejects Midstream Contracts

In a highly anticipated ruling being carefully watched by both distressed upstream producers of natural gas and the pipelines that gather the gas, Judge Shelly Chapman of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Business Litigation Alert: "Will There Be a Jump in Cyber Attacks in 2016? Survey Says... Yes"

Last year, we saw some major cyber breaches affect millions of Americans (remember the June 2015 hack of the federal Office of Personal Management that impacted over 20 million Americans?). Unfortunately, cyber-attacks do not…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

IP Alert: "Are Your IP Assignments Effective?"

Many assignments of intellectual property are ineffective for failing to actually convey title as the parties intended. U.S. law is clear that only individuals may be inventors, who then may assign their inventions to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Business Litigation Alert: "The Danger of Emails - A Cautionary Tale for the New Year"

Martin Shkreli was a lightning rod for controversy during the time he served as the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, but it’s his actions from a previous company that are now landing him in serious legal hot water, and his own…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Is Your Board of Directors Providing Sufficient Oversight for Cyber Attacks?"

Last month, we discussed the recent federal court decision that allows whistleblowers to sue board members directly for retaliation. Now, it seems as though board members are assuming a bigger role in managing another corporate…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Construction Alert: "Personal Liability for Fraudulent Pay Applications"

A false notarized payment application signed by a Contractor and submitted to an Owner may make both the Contractor and the person who signed the false application personally liable for damages suffered by the Owner…more
| Construction Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Court Ruling Allows Whistleblower to Sue Board Members"

A recent ruling in California federal court (here) broadens legal protections for whistleblowers and expands who can be held liable in retaliation cases. In the case, Wadler v. Bio-Rad Labs., Inc., a federal judge ruled that…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Business Litigation Alert - "Fraud Alert: Even Lawyers Get Scammed"

Law Firms Lose Millions in Wire Transfer Scheme - Unfortunately, it has become all too easy for companies and individuals to become the victims of fraud, and law firms are not immune from this risk…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Business Litigation Alert: "Expanding Whistleblower Protection - Recent Senate Bill Represents Big Changes"

A new bill unanimously passed the U.S. Senate in July that could make it significantly more difficult for general counsel when considering whether to self-report antitrust issues. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Deflategate and Litigation - Lessons for Businesses"

Whether or not you’re a New England Patriots fan, the news about “Deflategate” seemed to be everywhere, along with opinions regarding the severity (or lack thereof) of the punishment…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery, Labor & Employment Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Worker Misclassification - Contractor vs. Employee"

On-Demand services – like Uber and TaskRabbit – are surging in popularity. However, at least one issue is currently restraining the on-demand economy: worker misclassification. …more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

Litigation Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Affirms Protection for Business Property Owners"

The Supreme Court of Texas, interpreting Chapter 95 of the Texas Civil Practices & Remedies Code, affirmed that business property owners have broad protections against suits for injuries claimed by contractors, subcontractors or…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury

News Alert: "Treasury Department Issues MLP Proposed Regulations on Qualifying Income"

On Wednesday (May 6th, 2015), the Treasury Department published proposed regulations under Section 7704(d)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code that define qualifying activities of publicly-traded partnerships with respect to…more
| Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Business Litigation Alert: "The Blue Bell Recall - How to Effectively Handle a Very Public Crisis"

Since the beginning of April, Blue Bell has been making headlines, and not for a new flavor of ice cream. The Texas-based ice cream giant decided to recall all products from store shelves following a listeria outbreak…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Products Liability
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