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"Construction Alert" Texas Supreme Court Confirms Owners May Bring Negligence Claim Directly Against Subcontractors

Several cases have held that a homeowner cannot sue a subcontractor for defective work because the homeowner’s contract is with the general contractor and not the subcontractor. Those cases left it to the general contractor to…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Residential

Business Litigation Alert: "Cybersecurity Costs Rising: How will the Government Respond?"

A new study reveals that hackers now cost consumers and businesses between $375 and $575 billion worldwide, with North America and Europe experiencing the highest losses. Those numbers are only expected to grow as the U.S…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Environmental Alert: "EPA's Inspector General Says EPA Must Improve Efforts regarding Methane Emissions from Pipelines"

On July 25, 2014, EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued “Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines.” In this report, OIG cited President Obama’s Climate…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation

Environmental Alert: "Clearly Allocate Risk of Change Interpretations in Transactions"

When buyers request that sellers warrant compliance with environmental law, sellers need to appreciate that agency interpretation or agency enforcement discretion may have played a role in the seller’s apparent ongoing…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

Business Litigation Alert: "What You Don't Keep Can Hurt You"

A recent Texas Supreme Court decision has important implications for the policies companies follow in Texas to avoid accusations that they have tampered with evidence or destroyed records improperly. The Supreme Court…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Electronic Discovery, Personal Injury

Environmental Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Causation Standard in Multiple Source Toxic Tort Cases"

The Texas Supreme Court took what appears to be a middle ground in toxic tort cases involving exposure to the same substance from multiple sources. The Court rejected the “but for” standard advocated by the defendant, but also…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Toxic Torts

Texas Supreme Court Unanimously Blocks Contractors' Economic Loss Tort Claims Against Designers

Texas contractors have long tried to directly sue their owners’ professional design firms -- rarely with success -- when faulty plans cause economic losses such as increased costs from delays and disruptions. A few cases in…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Personal Injury

Business Litigation Alert: Texas Supreme Court Update - New Ruling Restrains Minority Shareholder Oppression Claims

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Ritchie v. Rupe, a case that essentially eliminates the continuing viability of claims for minority shareholder oppression in Texas. The case involved a dispute over a…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Environmental Alert: "DC Circuit Says EPA Can Delay Acid Rain Rules, but Vacates EPA’s Inconsistent Aggregation Policy"

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) issued two important air quality decisions during the last week of May. In both cases, the position supported by industry prevailed…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Unpaid Interns and Employee Rights"

Shifting Regulations Expand Rights for Unpaid Workers - Unpaid internships have historically been a rite of passage for college students and young professionals. In the past, unpaid interns had little legal protection…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Environmental Alert: "EPA Proposes Further Controls for Refinery Emissions"

On May 15, 2014, EPA issued a proposed rule that would add additional emission control requirements for storage tanks, flares, and coking units at petroleum refineries. The proposal would also require additional fence line air…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Did They Really Do That?"

General Mills Reverses Binding Arbitration for Facebook Fans - General Mills recently made headlines for its attempt to bind consumers to an arbitration agreement if they “liked” the company’s Facebook page, downloaded…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Environmental Alert: "Supreme Court Reverses DC Court of Appeals; Finds EPA’s Basis for CSAPR to be Reasonable"

The United States Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit regarding EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Texas was one of many entities who argued that CSAPR was not consistent with Clean Air…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Did They Really Say That?"

E-Mails Continue to Be the Modern "Smoking Gun" - The recent financial-collapse and bankruptcy of former mega-law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has captivated the attention of the legal industry, but are there lessons to be…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery, Business Torts, Securities Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Don’t Ignore the Forum-Selection Clause "

Ensuring Litigation Occurs Where You Want It - Companies often include a forum-selection clause in their written agreements to determine where any litigation proceedings will occur. Just as often, however, companies pay…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts
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