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Bankruptcy Attorney Sid Scheinberg Says Student Loan Discharge a Question of Public Policy
July 24, 2015
With public support for student loan forgiveness gaining momentum, many people drowning in debt have newfound hope. However, says bankruptcy attorney Sid Scheinberg of Godwin Lewis PC in Dallas, true reforms cannot happen
 
Androvett NewsWire: July 23, 2015: Etsy Counterfeiting | Student Loan Discharge | Oil Patent Fight
July 23, 2015
Pay Heed to Etsy Counterfeiting Controversy The prospects for the popular peer-to-peer website Etsy have been in question since an analyst report issued earlier this year claimed that the company was offering millions of
 
Gardere Wynne Sewell’s Carrie Hoffman Discusses improved accommodations for pregnant workers with Phil Hulett and Friends
July 21, 2015
America the Good and the Bad Broadcast July 16, 2015 “When you are talking about employees in manufacturing and blue collar jobs, the issue of accommodation of pregnancy in the workplace has always been one that has
 
ONDA’s Brad LaMorgese Discusses Prenups – and the likelihood celebrity couple Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck had one – with Phil Hulett and Friends
July 21, 2015
Pluto, PreNups, and Heroin Broadcast July 14, 2015 “A lot of times these agreements are drafted where some money will trigger on a deadline so you usually see divorce filings either right before or right after some big
 
North Dakota Appeals Court Affirms Trade Secret Win for Houston Oil & Gas Companies
July 21, 2015
DALLAS – The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the determination by a federal district court in North Dakota that Australia-based Macquarie Bank Ltd. misappropriated confidential information the company
 
BP Settlement Provides Offshore Lessons According to Houston Attorney David Baay
July 17, 2015
The $18.7 billion settlement ending most of the litigation with BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill demonstrates the effectiveness of the federal Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act, says Houston attorney David Baay
 
Importance of Digital Assets in Bankruptcies on Upswing Says Dallas Attorney Frances Smith
July 16, 2015
In a business bankruptcy, the trustee has a fiduciary obligation to creditors to maximize the value of all property, but “the question of what constitutes property in the digital age is proving to be an increasingly
 
Insurance Attorney Amy Stewart Discusses Hack Attack Protection with The Dallas Morning News
July 15, 2015
Hack-attack insurance becomes a must Published July 15 “Getting coverage under traditional policies is becoming increasingly more difficult as insurers use exclusions on traditional policies to push coverage over to
 
Dallas Family Law Attorney Brad LaMorgese Explains Prenups Protect Everyone’s Best Interests
July 15, 2015
The split of celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner the day after their 10th wedding anniversary has sparked questions about the possible existence of a premarital agreement between the two. “That is likely,
 
Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank Adds Two Proven Attorneys in Dallas
July 14, 2015
DALLAS –The Dallas-based law firm Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP has added two respected, high-profile attorneys as partners in one of the largest litigation-focused boutique practices in Texas. Samuel M.
 
Lawsuit Accuses Airlines of Price-Fixing; Plaintiffs Represented by Burns Charest of Dallas
July 13, 2015
A federal class-action lawsuit filed last week in Dallas claims four major U.S. airlines have violated antitrust laws by conspiring to artificially inflate airfares. The lawsuit says Texas-based Southwest Airlines and
 
Dallas Sexual Assault Victim Awarded More Than $21 Million Against Restaurant Owner
July 10, 2015
DALLAS – A young woman who was sexually assaulted in 2011 by the owner of a popular pizza restaurant in Addison, Texas, has been awarded $21.43 million following a four-day bench trial heard in the 193rd District Court
 
Caldwell Cassady & Curry Scores Rare Patent Review Win
July 10, 2015
Companies accused of patent infringement increasingly are turning to so-called “inter partes review” (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board in order to
 
AZA Listed among 10 Boutiques ‘Giving BigLaw a Run for its Money’
July 9, 2015
HOUSTON – The Houston trial law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is one of only 10 boutique firms nationally that are being recognized by the legal news publication Law360 for
 
Brad LaMorgese of Orsinger Nelson and R. Alan York of Godwin Lewis Quoted in Law360 on Implications of SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling
July 9, 2015
Attorneys Rally Around High Court's Gay Marriage Decision Published June 26 “Today, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the same-sex marriage case in Obergefell v. Hodges, in a 5-4 split opinion. The
 
Hicks Thomas Attorney Eric Grant Quoted in Law360 Story About SCOTUS ACA Ruling
July 9, 2015
Controversial ACA Ruling Bolsters Texas Insured, Backers Say Published June 25 "The court rules that those words mean what the Affordable Care Act’s supporters wanted the statute to say but didn’t have the votes
 
Androvett NewsWire: July 9, 2015: Astros Hack | Airline Price-Fixing | Digital Assets
July 9, 2015
Astros Hack: Is Lawsuit or Prison in the Cards? The baseball world has been buzzing about the federal investigation into whether St. Louis Cardinals employees illegally gained access to a Houston Astros’ database
 
Airlines Accused of Price-Fixing Conspiracy in Dallas Class-Action Lawsuit
July 8, 2015
DALLAS – A group of airline customers has filed a federal class-action lawsuit in Dallas that accuses four major U.S. airlines of violating antitrust laws by conspiring to artificially inflate airfares in order to reap
 
Young v. UPS Changing How Pregnancy is Addressed in Workplace says Gardere’s Carrie Hoffman
July 8, 2015
Issued in March, the Supreme Court’s decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., is forcing employers to change how they view pregnant employees. “In my experience, employers frequently are too quick to
 
USPTO Affirms 5 Credit Card Patents for Morley/REM Holdings
July 7, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has issued a final written decision confirming the patentability of five patent claims covering card-reader
 
Dallas Business Journal Quotes John Teakell in Story Over Possible Airline Collusion
July 7, 2015
U.S. Department of Justice investigating possibility of airline collusion Published July 1 “A lot of times there might be a civil action where they try to obtain fines or monetary penalties,” he said. “Less
 
Nicole Knox Quoted in The Dallas Morning News About John Wiley Price Case
July 7, 2015
John Wiley Price associates’ plea deals a game changer in corruption case Published July 6 If the defense is unable to convince the jury that the cooperating witnesses are lying, the next step is to prove state of
 
High-Profile Corporate Lawyer and Texas State Representative Jason Villalba Joins Gardere in Dallas
July 7, 2015
DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP welcomes prominent attorney and Texas State Representative Jason Villalba as a corporate partner in the Firm’s Dallas office. Mr. Villalba, who joins Gardere from Haynes and
 
Chamblee Ryan Attorney David Walsh Says King v. Burwell May Indicate ADA is Here to Stay
July 7, 2015
While there may be more tinkering with some aspects of the law, the Affordable Care Act has survived multiple challenges, and it seems it will generally remain in effect unless political forces gain the power to make
 
Family Law Attorney Marilea Lewis Cautions More Litigation May Follow Obergefell Ruling
July 2, 2015
Among the Supreme Court’s most anticipated rulings, Obergefell v. Hodges (decided June 26) is truly a landmark case, it by no means resolves all issues raised and will undoubtedly lead to further litigation as a suit
 
Appellate Attorney Chad Ruback Says SCOTUS Has Become Pop Culture Spectator Sport
July 1, 2015
Through the end of the 20th century, U.S. Supreme Court decisions were seldom topics of conversation for most Americans, says Dallas appellate attorney Chad Ruback. Outside of political and legal circles, the entire decades
 
Patent Royalty Case draws comments from Jamil Alibhai of Munck Wilson Mandala
June 30, 2015
Attorneys React To Supreme Court Patent Royalties Case Published June 22 “Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment rests more on stare decisis than interpretation of the Patent Act. Declining to overrule Brulotte, the
 
Law360 Quotes George Brothers Partner Mark Kincaid in Flood Insurance Article
June 30, 2015
4 Kinds Of Insurance Rows To Watch As Texas Floods Subside Published June 23 “Homeowners should consider the cause of flooding, as well. If a policy doesn't have surface water coverage for runoff from adjoining
 
DataQuill Wins $31.5 Million Texas Patent Infringement Verdict against ZTE Corp.
June 30, 2015
MARSHALL, Texas – A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall has ordered the fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices in the U.S. to pay $31.5 million for infringing two technology
 
Gardere Attorney Randy Gordon Contributes to Houston Chronicle Article Over Sysco Merger Decision
June 30, 2015
Federal judge rules against Sysco merger with US Foods Published June 23 It's not uncommon for companies to give up a merger at this stage, said Randy Gordon, chair of antitrust and trade regulation at Gardere Wynne Sewell,
 
Dallas White-Collar Defense Attorney John R. Teakell Selected to National Association of Distinguished Counsel
June 26, 2015
DALLAS – Dallas white-collar and criminal defense attorney John R. Teakell, founder of The Law Office of John R. Teakell, has been selected for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC), an
 
Houston Attorney Mark Thibodeaux Cautions that Health Care Data is Vulnerable to Cyberattack
June 25, 2015
Cybercriminals are committing identity theft by targeting Americans’ health records, which sell on the black market for 10 to 20 times more than credit card numbers. Houston attorney Mark Thibodeaux advises health care
 
Gardere Lobbying Team Earns Top Ranking on Texas Lawyer Lobbying Scorecard
June 24, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas – The Government Affairs Practice Group at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP has once again topped the Texas Lawyer Lobbying Scorecard after representing more clients and reporting more compensation than any other
 
AZA Named Among Top US Patent Firms in International IP Guide
June 24, 2015
HOUSTON – Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA is recommended as one of the top seven U.S. plaintiff patent firms by the London-based intellectual property magazine Intellectual Asset
 
Extreme Rain Leads to Flood-Related Losses Says Austin Insurance Attorney Mark Kincaid
June 24, 2015
Insurance expert Mark Kincaid is advising business owners to brace for battle when they seek payment from their insurance companies for flood losses. “Unfortunately, business owners sometimes assume they have coverage
 
Bad Weather Policies Needed Year Round Says Dallas Employment Attorney Mark Shank
June 23, 2015
The record rainfall and resulting floods that have plagued Texas and surrounding states in recent weeks should prompt business owners and managers to consider their bad weather policies and practices. “Employers may
 
Houston Attorney Joe Ahmad Says Pied Piper Lawsuit Would End Differently in Texas
June 22, 2015
It’s a good thing Pied Piper, the fictional California-based tech company at the center of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” wasn’t founded in Texas, says executive employment lawyer Joe Ahmad of
 
Rice University Wins Summary Judgment Ruling in False Imprisonment Lawsuit
June 19, 2015
HOUSTON – A false imprisonment lawsuit against Rice University and a university police officer has been tossed out of court following a ruling by the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston. The appeals court found in June
 
Androvett NewsWire: June 18, 2015: Workplace Weather Policies | Health Care Data Vulnerability | Distressed Energy Assets
June 18, 2015
Reining In Bad Weather Policies The record rainfall and resulting floods that have plagued Texas and surrounding states in recent weeks should prompt business owners and managers to consider their bad weather policies and
 
US Appeals Court Rules for Black Teacher in Texas Discrimination Lawsuit against Frisco ISD
June 16, 2015
DALLAS – A former high school teacher from Texas has won a major victory in his racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the Frisco Independent School District following a ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit
 
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer John Teakell Contributes Chapter to Book Offering Insights to Defendants
June 15, 2015
DALLAS – Noted white-collar and general criminal defense lawyer John R. Teakell of Dallas is a featured author in a new book highlighting trends in state and federal criminal defense law along with thoughtful guidance
 
AZA Again Ranked Among Top Commercial Litigation Firms in Chambers USA
June 15, 2015
HOUSTON – The Houston trial law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, again has earned recognition among the nation’s top commercial litigation firms in the 2015 edition of Chambers
 
Dallas’ Deborah Hankinson Selected to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
June 11, 2015
DALLAS – Noted Dallas appellate attorney, mediator and arbitrator Deborah Hankinson has been selected to the 2014-2015 listing of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. This is the third Lawdragon 500 selection
 
Driver Shortages Roil the Trucking Industry Says Dallas Attorney Peyton Inge
June 11, 2015
The nation’s unemployment rate continues to hover just over 5 percent, but one occupation is facing a growing demand and a shrinking workforce. The trucking industry has a current shortfall of some 35,000 to 40,000
 
Attorney Tom Fox Cautions Soccer Sponsors Should Be Mindful of FCPA
June 10, 2015
In the days since the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of more than a dozen officials of FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, a light has begun to shine on soccer’s global sponsors, ranging
 
Dallas Attorney John Teakell Says Civil Rights Questions Remain in Mass Biker Arrests
June 9, 2015
More than two weeks after the deadly biker gang-related shooting at a Waco restaurant, a majority of the 177 people arrested remain in jail with bail set at $1 million. Dallas criminal defense attorney John Teakell of The
 
San Antonio Express-News Interviews Insurance Coverage Lawyer Amy Stewart on Cyber Insurance
June 9, 2015
Data breach insurance can be tricky Published May 22 No standardized policy has materialized yet, though. The coverage levels and terms therefore vary widely, Stewart said. On the positive side, though, negotiation is
 
Citizens Super PAC Gives Power to Everyday Citizens Says Co-Founder Chris Gober
June 9, 2015
Citizens Super PAC, the recently launched crowdfunding website for political advertising, is designed to offer a voice to the growing number of Americans who feel disenfranchised by the country’s current political
 
Audrey Mross from Munck Wilson Mandala Reacts to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Against Abercrombie & Fitch
June 9, 2015
Attorneys React to High Court’s EEOC v. Abercrombie Ruling Published June 1 ‘Employers are on notice that they cannot avoid reasonable accommodation of applicants’ and employees’ religious practices
 
Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank partner Michael Lang in The Dallas Morning News on Firm’s U.S. Supreme Court Win
June 9, 2015
Supreme Court extends authority of bankruptcy judges Published May 27 Michael Lang, a partner at Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank in Dallas, said the Supreme Court rejected the argument because Sharif and his lawyers
 
Law360 Quotes Don Puckett of Skiermont Puckett LLP and Matt Anderson of Munck Wilson Mandala on the Supreme Court’s Induced Infringement Ruling
June 8, 2015
Attorneys React to High Court’s Induced Infringement Ruling Published May 27 ‘In recent years, the Supreme Court has substantially modified patent law making it easier to invalidate patents — Alice,
 
Sayles Werbner’s Mark Werbner Quoted in The Wall Street Journal on his Patent Case Victory at U.S. Supreme Court
June 8, 2015
Supreme Court Rules Against Cisco in Patent Case Published May 26 ‘This decision restores the common-sense notion that patents approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are presumed valid,’ said Mark
 
Houston’s AZA Named 2015 Best in Texas Litigation
June 5, 2015
Houston-based Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has earned selection as the Litigation Department of the Year for 2015 among similarly sized law firms by the publishers of Texas Lawyer
 
$16.5 Million Settlement Reached in Crude Oil Commodities and Antitrust Litigation
June 4, 2015
NEW YORK – Two London-based companies and certain employees involved in trading West Texas Intermediate crude oil (WTI) and oil futures have agreed to pay $16.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the defendants of
 
Dallas Law Firm Simon, Ray & Winikka Adds Three Partners
June 4, 2015
DALLAS – Increasing its capacity to provide exceptional service for business clients in Texas and throughout the U.S., Dallas’ Simon, Ray & Winikka LLP (SRW) is adding highly accomplished courtroom veterans
 
Androvett NewsWire: June 4, 2015: Waco Biker Arrests | Political Crowdfunding | FIFA FCPA Concerns
June 4, 2015
Civil Rights Questions Follow Mass Biker Arrests More than two weeks after the deadly biker gang-related shooting at a Waco restaurant, a majority of the 177 people arrested remain in jail with bail set at $1 million. Dallas
 
Androvett Legal Media & Marketing Adds Kaitlyn Piazza as Summer Intern
June 2, 2015
DALLAS – Androvett Legal Media & Marketing is pleased to announce that Kaitlyn Piazza is joining the firm as its summer intern for 2015. Ms. Piazza is a student at the University of North Texas, where she is
 
Texas Center for Legal Ethics Announces 2015 Pope Award for Integrity and Professionalism
June 2, 2015
AUSTIN – The Texas Center for Legal Ethics (TCLE) is proud to announce that Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit will receive the 2015 Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism
 
Sayles Werbner Dallas Attorneys Earn Chambers USA Litigation Rankings
June 1, 2015
DALLAS – Accomplished trial attorneys Richard “Dick” Sayles and Mark Werbner of Dallas’ Sayles Werbner are being recognized among the state’s top courtroom litigators in the 2015 edition of
 
AZA Named 2015 Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer Newspaper
June 1, 2015
HOUSTON – In recognition of the firm’s trial successes in 2014, Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, has earned selection as the Litigation Department of the Year for 2015 among
 
Joe Ahmad of Houston’s AZA Discusses When a Secret Shouldn’t Remain a Secret
May 28, 2015
Companies should take steps to ensure that confidential information remains confidential, but they can’t do anything to discourage or retaliate against an employee who provides information to the U.S. Securities and
 
Austin Law Firm Weisbart Springer Hayes Adds Trial Lawyer Matt C. Wood
May 28, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas litigation boutique Weisbart Springer Hayes LLP has added experienced trial and appellate lawyer Matt C. Wood, who joins the firm from the Austin office of Baker Botts LLP. Mr. Wood has
 
Attorneys at Dallas’ Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett Win 2 of Texas’ Top Verdicts for 2014
May 26, 2015
DALLAS – Attorneys from Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC, a nationally recognized trial law firm, won two of the largest verdicts in Texas last year, according to the publishers of VerdictSearch. The
 
AZA’s $11.4 Million Verdict in False Accusations Case Ranked Top Texas Jury Award of 2014 for Intentional Torts
May 22, 2015
HOUSTON – The $11.4 million jury verdict won by Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, for Houston technology company Function One Consulting Group LLC has been ranked as Texas’ top
 
Houston’s Lanier Law Firm Named Tops in Litigation for 2015
May 22, 2015
The Lanier Law Firm has been named the 2015 Litigation Department of the Year among mid-sized firms based on its stellar track record in trials during the past year. The annual honor presented by Texas Lawyer newspaper
 
Rebecca English Named Assistant Vice President of Operations for MCS Valuations
May 21, 2015
PLANO, Texas and SANDY, Utah – MCS Valuations, LLC (MCSV), a nationwide provider of appraisals, broker price opinions, and other valuation-related products to the financial services industry, has named Rebecca (Becky)
 
Attorney Peyton Inge Looks at Federal Agency’s Crack Down on Unsafe Trucking Operation
May 21, 2015
Dallas trucking defense attorney H. Peyton Inge IV says the recent federal shutdown of a Darlington, S.C.-based trucking operation is a reminder to all carriers of the importance of complying with hours-of-service and
 
Fort Worth Truck Accident Lawyer Steve Laird Earns Master’s in Trial Advocacy
May 20, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth truck accident lawyer Steven C. Laird is now one of the rare attorneys to earn a Master of Laws Degree in Trial Advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law, an exclusive
 
Nine Gardere Practices and 24 Attorneys Receive Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
AUSTIN/DALLAS/HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm maintained a strong rankings presence in 2015 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, with nine practice groups
 
Kendall Law Group’s Matthew Scott Discusses Working Conditions in Nail Salons
May 20, 2015
Recent reports of unsafe working conditions and illegal substandard wages faced by nail salon workers are further evidence of the potential for harm to these service industry employees, says labor and employment attorney
 
Attorney Jeffrey Simon Claims Texas Asbestos Bill Still Hurts Victims
May 19, 2015
Texas legislators made key improvements to a bill that could negatively impact asbestos victims, but the bill should still give Texans who have been exposed to asbestos ample cause for concern, says Jeffrey Simon, a name
 
National Oilwell Varco Scores $395K from Mud King over Stolen Trade Secrets
May 18, 2015
HOUSTON – Houston-based National Oilwell Varco LP (NYSE:NOV), the worldwide designer and manufacturer of oil and gas drilling and production equipment, has won nearly $400,000 from Mud King Products Inc. after a
 
Amtrak Tragedy Highlights Lack of Federal Rail Oversight Says Dallas Attorney Brent Walker
May 18, 2015
The Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia ultimately may prove to be the latest example of an industry that lacks effective governmental oversight in maintenance, operator training and passenger safety. “While
 
Catastrophic Injury Attorney Ron McCallum Says Train Speed Remains Engineer’s Responsibility
May 18, 2015
As the investigation proceeds into the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the question on everybody’s mind is whether the disaster was caused by human error, an equipment malfunction or other unknown factors.
 
Androvett NewsWire: May 14, 2015: Train Derailment | Energy Investment | Nail Salon Safety
May 14, 2015
Speed Control Remains Engineer’s Responsibility As the investigation proceeds into Tuesday night’s Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the question on everybody’s mind is whether the disaster was
 
Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett Partner Jeffrey Simon Discusses the Impact of H.B. 1492 on Asbestos Victims with Law360
May 13, 2015
Texas Bill Aims To Raise Bar On Asbestos Claims Published May 8 This bill gives asbestos manufacturers exactly what they want: delay,’ said Jeffrey Simon of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC. ‘And when your
 
Rice University, Campus Police Officer Win Texas Supreme Court Ruling
May 12, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Supreme Court recently concluded that Rice University’s police officers are “officers of the state” for purposes of reviewing whether the officers are entitled to official
 
Cab Cams Could Help, Hurt Trucking Company Says Attorney Peyton Inge
May 8, 2015
Dallas trucking defense attorney H. Peyton Inge IV says Swift Transportation’s decision to install driver-facing cameras in company-owned tractor-trailers is a double-edged sword in the push to maximize driver safety.
 
Dallas Mesothelioma Attorney Jeffrey Simon says ‘Hypocritical’ House Bill Potentially Devastating for Asbestos Victims
May 7, 2015
DALLAS and AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas House of Representatives will vote Friday on legislation that benefits asbestos manufacturers and penalizes victims who are dying from exposure to asbestos. If the bill passes, victims
 
ONDA Family Law’s Ryan Kirkham Published in Dallas Medical Journal
May 7, 2015
Medical Practice Valuation in the Event of Divorce in Texas Published May 2015 Another component to value is especially critical to medical practice: the intangible asset 'goodwill.' Goodwill represents the value of a
 
Deans & Lyons Dallas Trial Attorneys Michael Lyons, Brian Lauten Earn Best Lawyer Honors
May 6, 2015
DALLAS – The Dallas-based trial firm Deans & Lyons, LLP, is pleased to announce that co-founder Michael Lyons and firm partner Brian Lauten have been named to D Magazine’s 2015 list of the Best Lawyers in
 
Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Honored Among Best in Dallas by D Magazine
May 4, 2015
DALLAS – Four Munck Wilson Mandala LLP attorneys have been named among Dallas’ best attorneys in 2015 based on their outstanding work in labor & employment law, commercial litigation and corporate law. The
 
As Internet Upends Music Biz, Pop Stars Turning to Trademark Law Says Amanda Greenspon
May 4, 2015
Count 2015 as the year pop music intersected with trademark law in a big way. Pop star Taylor Swift surprised many when she filed a raft of trademark applications seeking to protect and potentially monetize certain lyrics,
 
Houston Chronicle, KPRC Feature John Thomas of Trial Firm Hicks Thomas on Hotel Pool Electrocution Case
April 30, 2015
Family settles in pool electrocution lawsuit Published April 27 "They went through one of the most horrific experiences anybody can imagine," said Duran's lawyer, John B. Thomas. "Raul was a hero because he saved his
 
Rusty Hardin Featured in Texas Lawyer for Representation of Enterprise Texas Pipeline
April 30, 2015
Jury Awards $3.7M in Damages, Fees Against Energy Transfer Published April 27 "A pipeline operator cannot ignore its responsibility to maintain a pipeline just because it's not to its economic benefit when others have a
 
Colgate-Palmolive Hit with $13 Million Mesothelioma Verdict in California
April 29, 2015
DALLAS and LOS ANGELES – Attorneys from Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC, a nationally recognized trial law firm, have won a $13 million jury verdict on behalf of a 73-year-old woman who contracted
 
Dallas Insurance Coverage Attorneys Amy Stewart, Tarron Gartner-Ilai Named to D Magazine 2015 Best Lawyers List
April 29, 2015
DALLAS – Amy Elizabeth Stewart, Managing Principal of the Dallas insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law, and firm Principal Tarron Gartner-Ilai have earned selection to D Magazine’s 2015 listing of the Best
 
Gardere Partner Michael Haynes Publishes Bankruptcy Protection Article in Oil & Gas Financial Journal
April 28, 2015
Protection Against Operator Bankruptcy Published April 27 In short, filing a memorandum of operating agreement in the applicable county records and with the appropriate secretary of state is a simple and inexpensive way to
 
Deans & Lyons Law Firm Adds Trial Attorney Eric Policastro in Dallas
April 28, 2015
DALLAS – The Texas trial law firm Deans & Lyons, LLP, is pleased to announce that accomplished trial attorney Eric Policastro has joined the firm in Dallas. “Eric is an aggressive and talented young trial
 
Charla Aldous Earns Spot among D Magazine’s 2015 Best Lawyers in Dallas
April 28, 2015
DALLAS – For the 10th straight year, practicing attorneys in North Texas have named Dallas trial lawyer Charla Aldous to D Magazine’s exclusive list of The Best Lawyers in Dallas. She earned selection to the 2015
 
Godwin Lewis’ Michelle May O’Neil Discusses Economics of Divorce With Dallas Business Journal
April 27, 2015
Dallas divorce lawyers expect business boom if gay marriage is legalized Published April 25 “They are in an absolute conundrum to know what to do with themselves from a legal perspective,” O’Neil said.
 
Enterprise Products Wins Breach of Contract Verdict Against Energy Transfer Partners in Houston
April 27, 2015
HOUSTON – A Houston district court jury has found that Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) breached its contract with competitor Enterprise Products Partners LP by failing to maintain the Old Ocean natural
 
‘Anti-Poaching’ Is Not Good Business Policy Says Attorney Audrey Mross
April 27, 2015
Companies aiming to retain high-quality employees should consider only proper means of doing so, says labor and employment attorney Audrey Mross at Dallas’ Munck Wilson Mandala, and not the tactics that have led to
 
Tom Fox Commentary on Oversees Corruption Issues Published in Texas Lawyer
April 27, 2015
Tips for Avoiding Overseas Corruption Missteps Amid Oil Downturn Published April 22 At this point, energy companies face two increasing compliance risks. The first is that companies will attempt to reduce their costs by
 
Eleven Gardere Attorneys Named to D Magazine’s 2015 Best Lawyers in Dallas List
April 27, 2015
DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that 11 Firm attorneys have been selected by their peers to D Magazine’s annual listing of the Best Lawyers in Dallas. The complete list of honorees is
 
Gardere Receives Dallas ISD Superintendent’s Award for Annual MLK Jr. Oratory Competition
April 24, 2015
DALLAS – Dallas Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Mike Miles presented Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP with the 2015 Superintendent’s Award at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 23. The Firm was
 
Personal Injury Attorney Scott Callahan Comments on Blue Bell Recall for Houston Press, KTRK
April 24, 2015
The Blue Bell Recall: How Bad Is It? Published April 22 Even with doing a voluntary, product-wide recall, Blue Bell is at risk of third-party lawsuits. "They have to consider civil lawsuits by customers, investors,
 
Gardere Partner Blogs on the Enforceability of Confidentiality Agreements for Fuel Fix
April 24, 2015
Commentary: Is your confidentiality agreement enforceable? Published April 21 Simply entering into a CA may not be enough to protect such information. Recently, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that a CA was
 
Five Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank Partners Featured Among Best Lawyers in Dallas
April 24, 2015
DALLAS – Five attorneys from the Dallas-based law firm of Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP have earned spots in D Magazine’s 2015 listing of The Best Lawyers in Dallas. The firm formed earlier this
 
Simon Ray & Winikka Founders Named Among Best Lawyers in Dallas
April 24, 2015
DALLAS – Once a year, the publishers of D Magazine ask Dallas attorneys to identify who they believe are the city’s top lawyers, and all three founding partners from Simon Ray & Winikka LLP made the list of