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Echoes from the Gunn? Aggravated States and Demand Letters

A gunshot that cracks the silence of an old west desert canyon creates an echo coming from all directions. A Supreme Court decision can make similar reverberations throughout the legal world. Last year, just such a sound was…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contribution are Unconstitutional

On April 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that aggregate contribution limits, those limits placed on an individual’s overall direct contributions during a two-year election cycle, were…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

What do "Abacus Guy," Mom, and Computers That Say "Stop!" Have in Common? They May be Unpatentable Abstract Ideas.

Nine Justices of the Supreme Court and three oral advocates held over 100 spectators at bay for just over an hour as they debated—of all things—patents. Yesterday’s case, Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, was not a first. Four times…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

White House: Natural Gas, Landfills, and Mining Need to Reduce Methane Emissions

Continuing its 2014 “pen and phone” strategy emphasizing Executive Branch action, on March 28, 2014, the White House issued its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The plan outlines regulatory actions and…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Texas Environmental Update

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated community…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

First Texas GHG Permit Upheld by EPA's Environmental Appeals Board

On March 14, 2014, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) within EPA issued an order denying review of the first petition for review of a Texas greenhouse gas (GHG) prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permit…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms The Path to Business Judgment Review In Controlling Stockholder Transactions

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its eagerly-awaited decision in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., No. 334, 2013 (Del. March 14, 2014). The Court affirmed the Chancery Court's holding (Strine, C.) that the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Torts, Securities Law

Copyright Co-Authorship: Be Prepared to Weather the Storms

The recent Third Circuit decision in Brownstein v. Lindsay, --- F.3d ----, 2014 WL 306240 (3rd Cir. Jan. 29, 2014) clarified important issues related to the statute of limitations for co-ownership claims, as well as to a federal…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Obama Directs Initiative to Update FLSA Overtime Regulations Likely to Tighten White-Collar Classifications

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to update the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing which "white collar" employees qualify for overtime…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Texas Environmental Update

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated community…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Award in Favor of British Natural Gas Investor in Argentina

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court upheld a $185 million arbitration award obtained by the United Kingdom's BG Group PLC against the Republic of Argentina, pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty. The Court…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Partnership Verdict in Dallas: You May be Married and Not Know it

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury found that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise) had entered into a partnership with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) to jointly develop a crude oil pipeline from Cushing,…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

The Supreme Court Extends the Sarbanes Oxley Act Whistle-Blower Protections

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the whistle-blower protections of Section 806 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act apply to employees of privately held companies that are contractors or subcontractors of a public company…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Texas Environmental Update - February 28, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated community…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Second Circuit Reinforces High Pleading Burden for Director Duty of Oversight Claims

In Welch v. Havenstein, No. 13-2648-cv, 2014 WL 322055 (2d Cir. Jan. 30, 2014) (summary order), aff’g In re SAIC Inc. Derivative Litigation, 948 F. Supp. 2d 366 (S.D.N.Y. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Securities Law
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