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Chesapeake Royalties Trial to Open Sept. 8 in Dallas
September 4, 2015
Fort Worth businessman Ed Bass and a group of other mineral owners already have won a significant victory against Chesapeake Energy for underpayment of royalties. Now, they’re going before a judge and jury to find out just how much. On Sept. 8, the parties will convene in U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade’s Dallas courtroom for trial in a case
Houston Attorney Tom Fox Looks at Latest FCPA Target: Wall Street Internships
September 2, 2015
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. recently agreed to pay $14.8 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by providing student internships to relatives of officials with a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund. This is the first FCPA enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission to crack down on the hiring
Trademark Attorney Amanda Greenspon Says Thawing Cuba Relations Put Focus on IP Protection
August 28, 2015
As relations rapidly normalize between the United States and Cuba, many U.S. businesses already are looking ahead with a focus on protecting their intellectual property in Cuban markets, and cracking down on counterfeiters and pirated merchandise. As in other international markets, businesses should be taking steps to ensure that trademarks, including
Former NOV Employee Convicted of Felony Theft by Houston Jury
August 28, 2015
HOUSTON – A jury has found former National Oilwell Varco, L.P., (NOV) employee Royce G. Binnion Jr. guilty of first-degree felony theft for a long-running scheme in which he submitted fake invoices to his employer to steal more than $1 million he either took in cash or used to buy himself an odd assortment of items ranging from a police radar gun to
China Explosion Reignites Chemical Storage Concerns in Texas Says Attorney Ron McCallum
August 27, 2015
The recent explosion at a chemical plant in Tianjin, China, has left 114 dead and reignited concerns about chemical storage in Texas, where memories of the fatal 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West still linger. Earlier this year, following the Texas Legislature’s approval, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that increases chemical storage
Compliance Consultant Thomas Fox Presents FCPA Master Class Training in Houston
August 26, 2015
HOUSTON – Noted Houston corporate compliance consultant and author Thomas Fox is leading a two-day FCPA Master Class training session to bolster the knowledge of lawyers and other practitioners who guide companies on doing business overseas legally and ethically. The training in Houston on Sept. 10-11 will provide attendees with the nuts and bolts
Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer Schneider Earns Texas, National Honors
August 26, 2015
HOUSTON – Noted criminal defense attorney Stanley G. Schneider, acclaimed for winning landmark decisions and getting wrongful convictions overturned, has been selected Houston Lawyer of the Year in his practice area by The Best Lawyers in America. Separately, he also earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from Texas Lawyer newspaper. Mr. Schneider,
Austin Attorney Lino Mendiola Discusses Changes Coming to State Agency IT Contracts
August 26, 2015
The state of Texas has tougher procurement rules that take effect Sept. 1 thanks to agency scandals that sparked reforms in the last Legislature. The result means greater competition and more scrutiny on technology contracts. This pivot will benefit large tech companies with managers trained to respond quickly to bid requests, and it will burden startups
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