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Texas Supreme Court Upholds Gas Utility's Rate Schedule Containing a Cost of Service Adjustment Clause

On January 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court held that the Railroad Commission of Texas (the "Commission") has the authority to adopt a gas utility rate schedule providing for automatic annual adjustments based on increases or…more

Public Utilities Commission, Utilities Sector

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IP Litigation Insider

Eastern District of Texas Adopts Model Order for Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art - On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Chief District Judge Leonard Davis, on behalf of the Eastern District of Texas, adopted a model "Order…more

Patent Litigation, Patents, Prior Art

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Stacy Allen Speaks: Looking Back 50 Years At 'N.Y. Times v Sullivan' and the Civil Rights Movement

I recently attended the annual ABA Forum on Communications Law, which included an informative panel discussion marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in N.Y. Times v Sullivan. While we are…more

Actual Malice, Civil Rights Act, Defamation, Libel, Media

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Texas Ninth Court of Appeals Issues Contrasting Opinions Addressing Pipeline Condemnation Authority

Recently, the Texas Court of Appeals for the Ninth District at Beaumont issued two contrasting opinions which provide guidance for the application of the Texas Supreme Court's 2012 decision in Texas Rice Land Partners, Ltd. v…more

Common Carriers, Keystone XL Pipeline, Liquid Natural Gas, Petroleum, Pipelines

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Supreme Court Rebukes EPA's Broad Interpretation Of Its Power To Regulate GHGs And Sends Message For EPA To Carefully Proceed With Its Ongoing GHG Programs

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision,1 affirmed in part and reversed in part the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") greenhouse gas ("GHG")…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Underdog or Underhanded: The Real Issues Behind Aereo

How do you prove someone is breaking the law, if the technology they are using to do so didn’t even exist when the law was written?…more

Aereo, Broadcasting, Cable Television Providers, Copyright, Copyright Infringement

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Railroad Commission Order Clarifies Scope of the Common Carrier Act

Last week, in a 3-0 decision, the Railroad Commission of Texas ("Railroad Commission") overturned a Hearings Examiner's interim ruling that the Common Carrier Act does not apply to a pipeline transporting ethylene. In a case of…more

Common Carriers, Railways

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CMS Releases Long-Awaited Details for Sunshine Act Compliance

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the "Act") was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the purpose of promoting transparency between the medical industry and health care providers. It requires…more

Affordable Care Act, CHIP, CMS, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Texas Supreme Court Upholds Gas Utility's Rate Schedule Containing a Cost of Service Adjustment Clause

On January 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court held that the Railroad Commission of Texas (the "Commission") has the authority to adopt a gas utility rate schedule providing for automatic annual adjustments based on increases or…more

Public Utilities Commission, Utilities Sector

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Conflict Minerals: Dodd-Frank, the SEC's Rule...and Beyond

Designed to reduce funding sources for those perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, SEC

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Standing: How Much Is A Ticket To The Dance?

The purpose of this article is to explain the concept of “standing” in probate and guardianship actions, to discuss how the topic should be raised, and to provide some specificexamples of situations where the standing of a…more

Estate Planning, Standing

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eDiscovery: Tips and Traps (Presentation)

•GHOST/MIRROR: Complete bit by bit copy of a drive. (Not just copying data; actually reproducing the hard drive.) •LEGACY: Information from older systems no longer actively supported and not easily…more

Data Retention, Discovery, Document Productions, Electronically Stored Information, Litigation Hold

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The A.R.T of Franchising Advice - Reminders - Tips - July 2013

National Franchise Expansion – Minimizing Risks - Many of my clients have implemented national expansion plans. By doing so, they have certainly increased their pool of prospective franchisees. However, expansion that…more

Business Development, Franchises, Marketing, Risk Management, Trademarks

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Presumption of Prudence to ESOP Fiduciaries

In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer,1 the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday held that ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) fiduciaries are not entitled to any special presumption of prudence and are subject to the same duty of…more

ERISA, ESOP, FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer, Fifth Third Mortgage Company, SCOTUS

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Preparing for the 2014 Proxy Season - Process and Expectations

Annual Meeting Timeline: - Stockholder Proposals: ..Generally 120 days before the date on which the previous year’s proxy materials were mailed - Determine Proposal Inclusion/Exclusion: ..Procedural…more

No-Action Letters, Proxy Season, Proxy Voting Guidelines, SEC, Shareholders

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Important Patent Law Changes

The most significant changes in U.S. patent law since 1790 apply to patent applications filed after March 15, 2013. If you have any new inventions or improvements on old inventions that you are considering patenting, or…more

America Invents Act, First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Grace Period, Patent Reform

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Supreme Court Rebukes EPA's Broad Interpretation Of Its Power To Regulate GHGs And Sends Message For EPA To Carefully Proceed With Its Ongoing GHG Programs

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision,1 affirmed in part and reversed in part the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") greenhouse gas ("GHG")…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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New Development Regarding Medicaid STAR+PLUS Network Provider Agreements for Texas Nursing Homes

Beginning this fall, Texas nursing home reimbursement will be converted to Medicaid Managed Care. In preparation for the Medicaid Managed Care rollout, Texas Managed Care Organizations ("MCOs") recently sent out network provider…more

Long-Term Care, Medicaid, Medical Reimbursement, Nursing Homes

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Navigating The Rocky Shoals Of Software Copyrights

Originally published in Chapter 17 of the State Bar of Texas - Advanced Intellectual Property Law. Contents: I. Introduction II. In Which Our Hero is Dashed on the Rocky Shoals of Software Coypright A…more

Android, Copyright, Derivative Works, Galoob, Google

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eDiscovery: Tips and Traps (Presentation)

•GHOST/MIRROR: Complete bit by bit copy of a drive. (Not just copying data; actually reproducing the hard drive.) •LEGACY: Information from older systems no longer actively supported and not easily…more

Data Retention, Discovery, Document Productions, Electronically Stored Information, Litigation Hold

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Presumption of Prudence to ESOP Fiduciaries

In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer,1 the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday held that ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) fiduciaries are not entitled to any special presumption of prudence and are subject to the same duty of…more

ERISA, ESOP, FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer, Fifth Third Mortgage Company, SCOTUS

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A Tale of Equal Pay Laws to Come? How Two New Executive Actions for Federal Contractors Could Eventually Affect All Employers

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum that, according to the White House, are aimed at combating pay discrimination and strengthening the enforcement of equal pay for…more

Barack Obama, Equal Pay, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, Pay Discrimination

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Aviation Flyer - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens - A Defendant’s Initial Impulse Could Be The Riskiest - Providing Information To Expert Witnesses: A Quick Guide To The Proper Procedures And Potential Pitfalls - Lennar…more

ADA, Aviation Industry, FAA, Forum, Forum Non Conveniens

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Hot Employment Topics for 2014 - Part I: The New World of Disabilities Discrimination

This is the first of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part I focuses upon "The New World of Disabilities Discrimination."…more

ADAAA, Disability Discrimination, SCOTUS

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EPA Proposes Approval of TCEQ's Greenhouse Gas Permitting Program

On February 5, 2014, several news outlets reported that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") handed over permitting authority for greenhouse gases ("GHGs") to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ"). …more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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HIPAA Housekeeping - Don't Forget Your Annual Report of Small Breaches

If you are a "covered entity" under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") and suffer a breach of protected health information, one of your first reactions should be to count the number of affected…more

Compliance, Covered Entities, Enforcement, Healthcare, HHS

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Hot Employment Topics For 2014 Part V: Use Of Arrests And Convictions In The Employment Process

This is the fifth of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part V focuses upon "Use of Arrests and Convictions in the Employment Process." One hot topic in 2014 will be the issue of employer…more

Arrest, Background Checks, Ban the Box, Convictions, Criminal Background Checks

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Acquisition Structure Decision Tree: Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas Course

Buying or selling a closely held business, including the purchase of a division or a subsidiary, can be structured as (i) a statutory combination such as a statutory merger or share exchange, (ii) a negotiated purchase of…more

Acquisitions, Choice of Entity, Closely Held Businesses, Shareholders, Small Business

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Railroad Commission Order Clarifies Scope of the Common Carrier Act

Last week, in a 3-0 decision, the Railroad Commission of Texas ("Railroad Commission") overturned a Hearings Examiner's interim ruling that the Common Carrier Act does not apply to a pipeline transporting ethylene. In a case of…more

Common Carriers, Railways

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eDiscovery: Tips and Traps (Presentation)

•GHOST/MIRROR: Complete bit by bit copy of a drive. (Not just copying data; actually reproducing the hard drive.) •LEGACY: Information from older systems no longer actively supported and not easily…more

Data Retention, Discovery, Document Productions, Electronically Stored Information, Litigation Hold

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Steve Fogle Speaks: Neely II vs. McIlvain

Since 1990, media law practitioners have cited the Texas Supreme Court's ruling in McIlvain v. Jacobs for the proposition that a media defendant's reporting of third–party allegations is substantially true if it accurately…more

Allegations, Common Law Privilege, Media, Third-Party

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Aviation Flyer - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - The United States Supreme Court’s Competing Guidance Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers - Recent French Appeals Court Decision in Concorde Crash Step Forward Towards…more

Airplane Accidents, FAA, Foreign Corporations, Personal Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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A Tale of Equal Pay Laws to Come? How Two New Executive Actions for Federal Contractors Could Eventually Affect All Employers

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum that, according to the White House, are aimed at combating pay discrimination and strengthening the enforcement of equal pay for…more

Barack Obama, Equal Pay, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, Pay Discrimination

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SEC Issues Guidance on Disclosures Made via Social Media

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") recently issued a Report of Investigation (the "Report") in which it provides helpful guidance to public companies regarding their use of social media to disclose material…more

Disclosure Requirements, Form 8-K, Regulation FD, SEC, Social Media

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Hot Employment Topics For 2014-Part VI: Employees' Use Of Marijuana

This is the sixth of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part VI focuses upon "Use of Marijuana in the Workplace." Recent publicity about the enactment of laws in several states legalizing the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Marijuana

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Federal Procedure Update - 2012

I. FEDERAL PROCEDURE - A. Overview of Article. The purpose of this article is to provide summaries and brief discussion of significant recent cases from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Circuit…more

Arbitration, AT&T Mobility, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Class Certification, Disclosure Requirements

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Aviation Flyer - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - The United States Supreme Court’s Competing Guidance Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers - Recent French Appeals Court Decision in Concorde Crash Step Forward Towards…more

Airplane Accidents, FAA, Foreign Corporations, Personal Jurisdiction, SCOTUS

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Presumption of Prudence to ESOP Fiduciaries

In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer,1 the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday held that ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) fiduciaries are not entitled to any special presumption of prudence and are subject to the same duty of…more

ERISA, ESOP, FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer, Fifth Third Mortgage Company, SCOTUS

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IRS Takes New Position on IRA 60-Day Rollover Rule: Bobrow v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2014-21

In light of its recent Tax Court victory in Bobrow v. Commissioner, the IRS is taking a tougher stance on a taxpayer's ability to make more than one tax-free/penalty-free IRA rollover per year. This change in policy will take…more

Income Taxes, IRA, IRA Rollovers, IRS

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Nancy Hamilton's Notes: 18½ Minutes vs. 2 Years: Then and Now

During the Watergate scandal of 1973 and 1974, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, the Nixon White House tapes were the focal point of a media firestorm and the nation's rapt attention,…more

Audits, Email, Federal Records Act, IRS, Lois Lerner

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$3 Million Verdict in Fracking Case - Fluke or the Harbinger of Claims to Come?

In a highly anticipated verdict reached on April 22, 2014, a Dallas County Court at Law jury awarded the Parr family $2.925 million against Aruba Petroleum on a nuisance claim arising out of drilling in the Barnett Shale in Wise…more

Fracking, Fracking Bans, Nuisance, Oil & Gas, Property Damage

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International Taxation

INTRODUCTION - A. Foreign Persons - Doing Business or Investing in the U.S.. Foreign persons who plan to do business in the United States or invest in a new or existing U.S. business entity are faced with a myriad…more

Foreign Investment, International Tax Issues

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Quench My Thirst: Water Rights in the Context of Water Treatment Technologies

Introduction - •35,000 wells hydraulically fractured in the U.S.Annually •Over one million wells have been hydraulically fractured since its introduction in the 1940s •90% of all wells drilled in the U.S…more

Fracking, Technology, Waste Treatment Facilities, Water, Water Rights

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IP Litigation Insider

Eastern District of Texas Adopts Model Order for Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art - On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Chief District Judge Leonard Davis, on behalf of the Eastern District of Texas, adopted a model "Order…more

Patent Litigation, Patents, Prior Art

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Enterprise Data Security For The Securities Lawyer

Assuring cybersecurity has become a necessity for businesses across all industries. Cybercrime — with over $1 trillion in annual profits — is now the most lucrative illegal global business. Any business with computers and…more

Cyber Crimes, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Fiduciary Duty, Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act

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2013: Year of the Mega Breach Cybersecurity Awareness Month - A Good Time for a Crisis Audit

Already this year, hackers have perpetrated seven "mega breaches" (breaches involving over 1 million records each), compromising and exposing over 112 million total records. The average size of a data breach in the U.S. this…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Hackers

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Aviation Flyer - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens - A Defendant’s Initial Impulse Could Be The Riskiest - Providing Information To Expert Witnesses: A Quick Guide To The Proper Procedures And Potential Pitfalls - Lennar…more

ADA, Aviation Industry, FAA, Forum, Forum Non Conveniens

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Higher Education Risk Management Conference: Establishing International Programs: Risks and Due Diligence

Globalization: -- Reshaping the world in the past several decades: .. continued growth of multinationals .. increased cross-border workers and consumers .. increased imported goods and services --…more

Due Diligence, Global Economy, Risk Management

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Texas Case Law Update – Judge Dismisses Putative Class Action Over Home Equity Modifications

In an ongoing effort to update our financial institution clients about developments in Texas jurisprudence that may impact them, we bring to your attention a recent decision of particular importance to mortgage and home equity…more

Dismissals, Home Equity Modifications, JPMorgan Chase, Loans, Mortgages

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Southern Crushed Concrete that Texas Clean Air Act Preempts City of Houston Land Use Ordinance

On February 15, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the rulings of both a trial court and lower appellate court and found in favor of Southern Crushed Concrete in holding that a City of Houston ordinance placing location…more

Air Quality Standards, Clean Air Act, Permits, Preemption

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Using Letters Of Credit For Tenant Credit Enhancement

I. Introduction. Cash security deposits (typically in the amount of one or two month’s rent) have been the traditional form of tenant credit enhancement required by commercial landlords. However, in instances where…more

Automatic Stay, Credit Enhancements, FDIC, Landlords, Letter of Credit

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Federal Procedure Update - 2012

I. FEDERAL PROCEDURE - A. Overview of Article. The purpose of this article is to provide summaries and brief discussion of significant recent cases from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Circuit…more

Arbitration, AT&T Mobility, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Class Certification, Disclosure Requirements

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IP Litigation Insider

Eastern District of Texas Adopts Model Order for Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art - On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Chief District Judge Leonard Davis, on behalf of the Eastern District of Texas, adopted a model "Order…more

Patent Litigation, Patents, Prior Art

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SEC Issues No-Action Letter Regarding Treatment of Certain Unregistered M&A Broker-Dealers

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Trading and Markets (the "Staff") recently issued a no–action letter (the "Letter")1 that provides significant new guidance with respect to the involvement of…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, SEC, Transaction-Based Compensation

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Seventh Circuit Upholds Method to Fund Transmission Expansions to Carry Renewable Energy

A recent Seventh Circuit opinion, Illinois Commerce Commission v. FERC, represents a significant victory for the future of renewable energy. The decision, authored by Judge Richard Posner, upholds the method Midcontinent…more

FERC, MISO, Multi-Value Projects, Renewable Energy, Wind Power

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Drafting Tips: Securities Lending Authorization Agreements

Securities lending is a type of transaction in which an entity ("Lender") with a large portfolio of securities (e.g., a pension fund or endowment) lends its securities to a borrower ("Borrower") in exchange for collateral (often…more

Collateral, Credit Agreements, Debt Securities, Investment, Lending

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New Pleading Requirements, Expedited Actions, Dismissal of Baseless Claims, Oh My!

In response to a legislative mandate to reduce the expense and delay of litigation in smaller cases, the Texas Supreme Court promulgated new Texas Rules of Civil Procedure…more

Dismissals, Expedited Actions Process, Frivolous Lawsuits, Pleadings

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Deference (And Related Issues)

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised…more

Legal Writing, Legislative Process

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SEC Issues No-Action Letter Regarding Treatment of Certain Unregistered M&A Broker-Dealers

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Trading and Markets (the "Staff") recently issued a no–action letter (the "Letter")1 that provides significant new guidance with respect to the involvement of…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, SEC, Transaction-Based Compensation

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SEC Issues No-Action Letter Regarding Treatment of Certain Unregistered M&A Broker-Dealers

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Trading and Markets (the "Staff") recently issued a no–action letter (the "Letter")1 that provides significant new guidance with respect to the involvement of…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, SEC, Transaction-Based Compensation

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The A.R.T of Franchising Advice - Reminders - Tips - July 2013

National Franchise Expansion – Minimizing Risks - Many of my clients have implemented national expansion plans. By doing so, they have certainly increased their pool of prospective franchisees. However, expansion that…more

Business Development, Franchises, Marketing, Risk Management, Trademarks

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Impact of Government Shutdown on HHS

Health care providers and health care companies are required to work with federal regulatory agencies on a daily basis. As a result, many are wondering exactly how the government shutdown will impact their businesses. The…more

CMS, FDA, Government Shutdown, HHS, HRSA

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Drafting Tips: Securities Lending Authorization Agreements

Securities lending is a type of transaction in which an entity ("Lender") with a large portfolio of securities (e.g., a pension fund or endowment) lends its securities to a borrower ("Borrower") in exchange for collateral (often…more

Collateral, Credit Agreements, Debt Securities, Investment, Lending

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Supreme Court Rules Class Certification Requires Evidence of Damages Supported by a Valid Legal Theory

Effectively equates "rigorous analysis" with "merits analysis" - On March 27, 2013, in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that district courts must perform a "rigorous analysis" of…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Comcast v. Behrend, Damages

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Hot Employment Topics For 2014 Part II: After The Defense Of Marriage Act? Implications For Employee Benefits

This is the second of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part II focuses upon "The Aftermath of the Demise of the Defense of Marriage Act." The United States Supreme Court in 2013 struck down…more

DOMA, Employee Benefits, Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, SCOTUS

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Supreme Court Rebukes EPA's Broad Interpretation Of Its Power To Regulate GHGs And Sends Message For EPA To Carefully Proceed With Its Ongoing GHG Programs

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision,1 affirmed in part and reversed in part the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") greenhouse gas ("GHG")…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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“Procedural and Evidentiary Issues in Condemnation Cases: What Gets in and What Doesn’t?”

Traditional eminent domain trial work is unique. Liability, in the true sense of the word, is not at issue, and very often there is only one simple question for the jury to answer – what amount of money will adequately and…more

Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure

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New Law Necessitates Online Privacy Audits and Updates - What You Need to Consider Now If You Have a Website, Online Service or Mobile App

As online businesses and technologies evolve, so do the laws affecting them. On January 1, 2014, a new law amending the California Online Privacy Protection Act ("CalOPPA") went into effect. See CAL. BUS. & PROF. CODE §§…more

Audits, CalOPPA, Internet, Mobile Apps, Privacy Laws

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Aviation Flyer - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens - A Defendant’s Initial Impulse Could Be The Riskiest - Providing Information To Expert Witnesses: A Quick Guide To The Proper Procedures And Potential Pitfalls - Lennar…more

ADA, Aviation Industry, FAA, Forum, Forum Non Conveniens

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CLO Market: The Volcker Rule and Risk Retention

Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) are a type of Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) created by pooling large commercial loans and debt instruments. This pool is divided into various tranches with different risk–return…more

Banking Sector, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Collateralized Loan Obligations, Dodd-Frank, Investors

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IP Litigation Insider

Eastern District of Texas Adopts Model Order for Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art - On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Chief District Judge Leonard Davis, on behalf of the Eastern District of Texas, adopted a model "Order…more

Patent Litigation, Patents, Prior Art

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EEOC Issues New Guidance On Religious Accommodations

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") recently issued new guidance concerning religious workplace accommodations. The first document, titled Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and…more

EEOC, Reasonable Accommodation, Religion, Religious Clothing, Title VII

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Conflict Minerals: Dodd-Frank, the SEC's Rule...and Beyond

Designed to reduce funding sources for those perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, SEC

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$3 Million Verdict in Fracking Case - Fluke or the Harbinger of Claims to Come?

In a highly anticipated verdict reached on April 22, 2014, a Dallas County Court at Law jury awarded the Parr family $2.925 million against Aruba Petroleum on a nuisance claim arising out of drilling in the Barnett Shale in Wise…more

Fracking, Fracking Bans, Nuisance, Oil & Gas, Property Damage

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Business Immigration Ethics

In This Presentation: Issues: - Who is the client(s)? - Which rules apply? – It depends on who files the grievance. - What are the attorney’s ethical obligations? - What is the “public interest”? -…more

Compliance, E-2, Ethics, Immigrants, Visas

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Important Amendments to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure: Electronic Filing, Service by Email, New Response Deadlines, and Sensitive Data Restrictions

Effective January 1, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court enacted important amendments to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. These amendments are not limited to the well–publicized mandate for electronic filing. Lesser–known revisions…more

Data Protection, Deadlines, E-Filing, Email, Service of Process

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Supreme Court Rebukes EPA's Broad Interpretation Of Its Power To Regulate GHGs And Sends Message For EPA To Carefully Proceed With Its Ongoing GHG Programs

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision,1 affirmed in part and reversed in part the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") greenhouse gas ("GHG")…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Environmental Policies, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The Accommodation Doctrine Revisited: A Question of "Fairness to Both Parties"

As Texas holds tight to its position as the nation's number one oil and natural gas producing state, the Texas Supreme Court's decision to revisit the over forty-year-old accommodation doctrine, which requires oil and gas…more

Barnett Shale, Duty to Accommodate, Existing Use, Fracking, Horizontal Wells

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Private Entity Access To Capital Markets - Through Rule 144A For Life Offerings

Many privately or family owned entities may believe access to U.S. capital markets is foreclosed due to burdensome and cost prohibitive regulatory requirements. With interest rates at historical lows and a robust supply of…more

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Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Seek Sanctions For Frivolous Patent Suits

The Supreme Court issued decisions in two cases yesterday that will make it easier for defendants to seek sanctions against non-practicing entities or any other entity for abusive patent litigation. In Highmark Inc. v. Allcare…more

Attorney's Fees, Highmark v. Allcare, Octane Fitness v. ICON, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Recent Case on Safe Harbor Provisions in Swap Agreements

Bankruptcy cases are the proving ground for interpreting the boundaries for ISDA safe harbor provisions under the United States Bankruptcy Code. Michigan State Housing Development Authority v. Lehman Brothers Derivative Products…more

Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Bankruptcy, ISDA, Liquidation, Safe Harbors

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Here's a Tip You Can Share: Federal District Court Strikes Down DOL Regulations Restricting Use of Tip Pooling Arrangements

Under federal and state wage-and-hour laws, tipped employees present unique compliance challenges for employers, particularly those in the restaurant and other service industries. Recent cases illustrate the potential risk. Any…more

DOL, Regulation, Restaurant Industry, Tip-Pooling, Tips

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Hot Employment Topics For 2014- Part VII: Same-Sex Workplace Harassment-The Hazards of a "Boys Will Be Boys" Policy

This is the seventh and last of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part VII focuses upon "Same-Sex Workplace Harassment." The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently…more

Anti-Harassment Policies, Civil Rights Act, Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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DOJ and SEC Release Much-Anticipated Guidance on FCPA

In recent years, corporations in the United States and around the world have seen record levels of enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), resulting in billions of dollars of civil judgments and numerous…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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Texas Case Law Update – Judge Dismisses Putative Class Action Over Home Equity Modifications

In an ongoing effort to update our financial institution clients about developments in Texas jurisprudence that may impact them, we bring to your attention a recent decision of particular importance to mortgage and home equity…more

Dismissals, Home Equity Modifications, JPMorgan Chase, Loans, Mortgages

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British Bankers Association No Longer Administering LIBOR

Effective as of February 1, 2014, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) Benchmark Administration Ltd. took over as the new administrator of LIBOR. A new administrator to replace the British Banker's Association (BBA) is one of the…more

British Bankers' Association, Libor, UK, Wheatley Review:

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Texas Public Information Act: Uniform Trade Secret Act Broadens the Scope of Protection

The 83rd Texas Legislature recently enacted Senate Bill 953 and created the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act ("TUTSA") in Chapter 134A of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. For companies wishing to defend their corporate…more

Public Disclosure, Public Records, Trade Secrets, UTSA

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SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation and Issues Disqualification Rules for "Bad Actors" in Certain Private Offerings

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted new rules to implement certain requirements of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer…more

Accredited Investors, Disqualification, Dodd-Frank, Form D Filing, General Solicitation

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DOJ and SEC Release Much-Anticipated Guidance on FCPA

In recent years, corporations in the United States and around the world have seen record levels of enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), resulting in billions of dollars of civil judgments and numerous…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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Here's a Tip You Can Share: Federal District Court Strikes Down DOL Regulations Restricting Use of Tip Pooling Arrangements

Under federal and state wage-and-hour laws, tipped employees present unique compliance challenges for employers, particularly those in the restaurant and other service industries. Recent cases illustrate the potential risk. Any…more

DOL, Regulation, Restaurant Industry, Tip-Pooling, Tips

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Requests for Evidence

8 CFR § 103.2(b)(8) - Evidence of eligibility or ineligibility. If the evidence submitted with the benefit request establishes eligibility, USCIS will approve the benefit request, except that in any case in which the…more

Evidence, Immigrants, Requests for Evidence, USCIS

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Aircraft Transaction Basics - A Business Development Opportunity

This paper will describe the basics of aircraft transactions, including aircraft sale, purchase and ownership issues and how current aviation practitioners can expand their practice area to include aircraft transactions, pull in…more

Aircraft, Aircraft Sales, Aviation Industry, Brokers, Business Ownership

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Jackson Walker's VIA Media Postcard - November/December 2012

In This Issue: - Paul Watler's Perspective: One of the few places of refuge from the political campaign advertising onslaught was public television and radio. That may change depending on a little-noticed First Amendment…more

Advertising, First Amendment, Libel, Political Contributions

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Perils of PERM

- A Plethora of Pitfalls: • Precise Drafting • A reason for everything • Keep a handle on time • Harmonize ETA 9141 and ETA 9089 • Essential information in the recruitment • Normal, Foreign and Business…more

Compliance, PERM, Prevailing Wages

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Affairs of State: When States Are Creditors: Why § 525 Matters and Should Be Expanded

One of the pillars of a debtor’s fresh start is the anti-discrimination provisions of § 525 of the Bankruptcy Code, which codifies the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Perez v. Campbell. The Court held that two state statutes…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Consumer Bankruptcy, Debt, Debtors, FCC

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President Issues an Executive Order on Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an ExecutiveOrder on cybersecurity designed to defend the nation's critical infrastructure. By passing Congress — which could not agree on a legislative proposal — the…more

Barack Obama, CISPA, Cybersecurity, DHS, Electricity

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New Pleading Requirements, Expedited Actions, Dismissal of Baseless Claims, Oh My!

In response to a legislative mandate to reduce the expense and delay of litigation in smaller cases, the Texas Supreme Court promulgated new Texas Rules of Civil Procedure…more

Dismissals, Expedited Actions Process, Frivolous Lawsuits, Pleadings

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Proposed Building Code Amendment is Harsh Reflection of Glaring Controversy

In what came as a complete surprise to many in the development industry, an otherwise low-profile City of Dallas board, the Building Inspection Advisory, Examining and Appeals Board, met on July 11 to recommend approval of a…more

Building Codes, Local Ordinance, Proposed Legislation

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Drafting Tips: Securities Lending Authorization Agreements

Securities lending is a type of transaction in which an entity ("Lender") with a large portfolio of securities (e.g., a pension fund or endowment) lends its securities to a borrower ("Borrower") in exchange for collateral (often…more

Collateral, Credit Agreements, Debt Securities, Investment, Lending

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Southern Crushed Concrete that Texas Clean Air Act Preempts City of Houston Land Use Ordinance

On February 15, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the rulings of both a trial court and lower appellate court and found in favor of Southern Crushed Concrete in holding that a City of Houston ordinance placing location…more

Air Quality Standards, Clean Air Act, Permits, Preemption

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Hot Employment Topics For 2014- Part VII: Same-Sex Workplace Harassment-The Hazards of a "Boys Will Be Boys" Policy

This is the seventh and last of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part VII focuses upon "Same-Sex Workplace Harassment." The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently…more

Anti-Harassment Policies, Civil Rights Act, Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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Paul Watler Speaks: Can't Handle the Truth? The Truth Defense in the Texas Supreme Court

A decades-long string of libel opinions by the Texas Supreme Court in favor of media defendants came to a resounding halt this summer. In Neely v. Wilson, the Court reversed summary judgment for an Austin television station. At…more

Affirmative Defenses, Libel

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Shedding Light on Whether Electricity is a "Good:" In re Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative, Inc.

The question of whether electricity qualifies as a "good" under the Bankruptcy Code's administrative priority provisions has sparked varied rulings from bankruptcy courts. The recent case of In re Southern Montana Electric…more

Administrative Priority, Chapter 11, Debtor-Creditor, Electricity, Goods

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Important Amendments to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure: Electronic Filing, Service by Email, New Response Deadlines, and Sensitive Data Restrictions

Effective January 1, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court enacted important amendments to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. These amendments are not limited to the well–publicized mandate for electronic filing. Lesser–known revisions…more

Data Protection, Deadlines, E-Filing, Email, Service of Process

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Hot Employment Topics For 2014- Part VII: Same-Sex Workplace Harassment-The Hazards of a "Boys Will Be Boys" Policy

This is the seventh and last of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part VII focuses upon "Same-Sex Workplace Harassment." The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently…more

Anti-Harassment Policies, Civil Rights Act, Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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The Texas Supreme Court Affirms TCEQ's Discretion to Deny Contested Hearing Requests on Water-Quality Permits

On August 23, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court issued a significant decision affirming the administrative discretion of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("the Commission") to decide whether or not to grant a downstream…more

Environmental Claims, Environmental Policies, Farms, Water

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New Law Necessitates Online Privacy Audits and Updates - What You Need to Consider Now If You Have a Website, Online Service or Mobile App

As online businesses and technologies evolve, so do the laws affecting them. On January 1, 2014, a new law amending the California Online Privacy Protection Act ("CalOPPA") went into effect. See CAL. BUS. & PROF. CODE §§…more

Audits, CalOPPA, Internet, Mobile Apps, Privacy Laws

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