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Business Litigation Alert: "Will Texas Change the Recovery of Attorneys' Fees in 2017?"

The general rule in Texas is that litigants must pay their own attorneys’ fees. Texas only allows the recovery of attorneys’ fees where it is authorized by statute, called for in the contract between the parties, or – in rare…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

Business Litigation Alert: "Starting a New Business? Include These Five Provisions in Every Formation Agreement"

The ultimate success of a business often rests on the ability of its owners to make sound decisions up front - an ounce of prevention, if you will - and avoid bigger problems that might arise later. This principle particularly…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Employment Alert: "Employers Must Use New Form I-9 as of January 22, 2017"

We wanted to remind you that the federal government (U.S. Customs and Immigration Service) has promulgated a new Form I-9 – the form used by employers to verify employment eligibility of new employees by reviewing specified…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Business Litigation Alert: "U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Broader Reach of Insider Trading Laws – What Does this Mean for Businesses?"

In December 2016, the U. S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the closely watched insider trading case Salman v. US, ruling that if someone leaks confidential information to a friend or family member with the goal of…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Securities Law

Business Litigation Alert: "To Protect Yourself from a Business Divorce - Agree to a Prenup"

When a business breaks up, it can often be very similar to the dissolution of a marriage. One prime example of this is the case of TransPerfect Global, Inc. (TransPerfect), a very successful language translation company…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Nationwide Injunction Blocks the Department of Labor's Overtime Rule

Last week, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations intended to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The regulations would have entitled millions of…more
| Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Lesson Learned from Wells Fargo - What Your Board of Directors Needs to Know"

According to recent news reports, Wells Fargo management created an aggressive sales culture that encouraged employees to create thousands of fake accounts. News reports also suggest that the Board took no action regarding the…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Employment Alert: "Federal Protection of Trade Secrets - the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016"

Earlier this year, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA"), a comprehensive amendment of existing legislation that previously addressed economic espionage and now provides for a private federal civil cause of…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Business Litigation Alert: "SEC Launches Investigation Into Exxon's Accounting and Climate Change Practices"

In the face of dropping oil prices, the SEC has launched an investigation into how Exxon Mobil Corp. has valued its assets. While the value of competitors' assets have dropped dramatically since oil prices have plunged, Exxon…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Securities Law

Bussiness Litigation Alert: "When It's Time for the Next Generation to Take Over - Lessons from Viacom, Inc."

What happens when a company's strong, charismatic leader can no longer run the day-to-day operations due to failing health, personal issues, or the like? If the business has a transition plan in place, the company has been…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Business Lessons from the Database Hack of the Houston Astros"

Christopher Correa, a former scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, was recently sentenced to almost four years in prison for hacking the Houston Astros player-personnel database. While it seems far-fetched that hacking would make…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Opinion Impacts General Contractor's Statutory Indemnity Rights Against Manufacturers of Construction Products"

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an important decision regarding the ability of general contractors to seek indemnity from manufacturers of defective products. In Centerpoint Builders GP, LLC v. Trussway, Ltd., the Court…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability

"Texas Supreme Court Update: Arbitration Review Under the Texas Arbitration Act - Are Common Law Grounds for Review Dead?"

In Hoskins v. Hoskins, et al, (2016 WL 2993929) the Texas Supreme Court held that the sole grounds available to set aside an arbitration award under the Texas Arbitration Act (“TAA”) are found in Section 171.008 of the TAA,…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

IP Alert: "A Victory for Patent Owners - Relaxation of the Standard for Enhanced Damages"

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated, combined decision in Halo v. Pulse Electronics and Stryker v. Zimmer, relaxing the standard for awarding enhanced damages in patent litigation under 35 U.S.C. § 284…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Business Litigation Alert: "The Panama Papers: Implications for Business"

The recent press around the "Panama Papers" leads to some serious considerations for businesses that engage outside counsel. As many of you know, the story centers on the leak of 11.5 million internal documents from the…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Privacy
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