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BLM Announces New Hydraulic Fracturing Rules for Oil and Gas Wells on Federal Lands; Industry Trade Associations and the State of Wyoming Immediately File Challenges

On March 26, 2015, the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published its final rule setting new standards for hydraulic fracturing on onshore federal and Indian lands. The final rule, as published in the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting, Indigenous Peoples, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Recent Federal Court Ruling: No ERISA Preemption of Texas Prompt Pay Law Regarding Payment Deadlines; Texas Legislature May Act on Prompt Pay Issues

What's new. A Texas federal district court has ruled that ERISA does not preempt or prohibit application of the Texas Prompt Pay ("TPP") law to Third Party Administrators ("TPAs") of self-funded benefit plans. Judge Lynn found…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Stacy Allen Speaks: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Unpopular Celebrities And The Right Of Publicity

In retrospect, the victories won by former college football stars in their right of publicity lawsuits against Electronic Arts and its hugely popular NCAA Football videogame franchise are hardly surprising. How could anyone…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury

Coming Soon: Your_Brand.Sucks

Discussion about how something "sucks" is no longer reserved for middle school lunchrooms. Soon the Internet will include a new generic top-level domain ("gTLD") for .SUCKS. The goal of this new gTLD—according to its operator,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

SEC Adopts Final Rules Expanding Regulation A, Providing a New Option for Offerings Under $50 Million

On March 25, 2015, the SEC formally adopted its final rule amendments governing the expansion of registration exemptions for public offerings of $50 million or less in any 12-month period under Regulation A of the Securities Act…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Recent Federal Court Ruling on Application of Texas Prompt Pay Laws to Self-Funded, Medicaid and Out-of-State Plans and Their Third Party Administrators

What's new? A Dallas federal district court recently ruled that the Texas Prompt Pay Law does not apply to employer-funded health plans, Medicaid plans, or out of state patients that use Texas providers, or to a Third Party…more
| Health, Insurance

I Can Fly it For Fun–Why Not For Profit? Proposed FAA Rules For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Every week, it seems you hear another business is using unmanned aerial vehicles. So why are you, or your company, still grounded? That could change soon…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Transportation

White House Introduces Discussion Draft of Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Although most states have enacted some form of data privacy and breach notification laws, and certain federal statutory schemes cover specific industry sectors, there are no privacy protections for all personal data. Given the…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bob Latham Speaks: Satire and Democracy

In the past two months, the role of satire in a free society has been front and center, once for tragic reasons and several times for sentimental reasons. The horrifying and outrageous murders at the Charlie Hebdo offices in…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

Texas Adopts Intrastate M&A Dealer Exemption

On February 16, 2015, the Texas State Securities Board voted to formally adopt their proposed Rule 139.27, which provides an exemption from dealer registration for intermediaries providing services solely in connection with…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Development Of Brackish Groundwater For Hydraulic Fracturing Operations: Regulatory And Policy Issues

A. The Brackish Groundwater Resource Opportunity. According to the Texas Water Development Board (“TWDB”), more than 2.7 billion acre-feet of brackish groundwater exists within the State of Texas. Texas has numerous…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

SEC's Proposed Disclosure Requirements for Hedging Transactions by Directors and Employees Would Apply to Issuers of All Sizes

On February 9, 2015, the SEC proposed amendments requiring disclosure in proxy and information statements regarding issuers' policies governing the entrance of employees, officers, and directors into hedging transactions related…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated party transactions, allegations…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Torts, Securities Law

Leases and Bankruptcy

WHEN THE TENANT FILES BANKRUPTCY I. Before the Bankruptcy is Filed. The Bankruptcy Code, found at 11 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq., creates a category of rights known as “executory contracts.” An executory contract, in…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Telecom Bankruptcies: Swimming Against A Tidal Wave

“The news from the telecom industry will remain unrelentingly negative until a cyclical upturn is in sight possibly not until 2003. In the interim the telecommunications sector will be entering a build-buy or be bought phase…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking
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