Porter Hedges LLP

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

IP Alert: "Filing a Patent Complaint May Have Become More Difficult"

Effective December 1, 2015, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 84 and its Appendix of Forms were repealed, including Form 18, which provided a generic complaint for patent infringement. Previously, a direct infringement claim…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Employment Alert: "The New Overtime Rule Affects 4 Million Workers - Are Yours Included?"

This week, the Department of Labor published its final rule updating the Fair Labor Standard Act's overtime regulations. The new regulations will extend overtime protection to millions of employees. As a result, employers must…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Law Firms Victim to Data Breaches"

Recently, reports surfaced that multiple law firms have fallen victim to data breaches, prompting class action litigation against the firms for exposing their clients' information. Law firms house a great deal of highly…more
| Law Practice Products & Services, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
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