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Androvett NewsWire: September 11, 2014: Liability Questions | Panhandler Gift Ban | Manhattan Development
BP Ruling Raises New Questions on Liability Last week, a federal judge ruled that energy giant BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, an opinion BP says it will appeal. However, the court’s findings still could have a significant impact on regulatory exposure, contractual risk allocation and insurance
 
Androvett NewsWire: August 21, 2014: Arab Bank Trial | Robin Williams Estate | Offshore Bond Rules
Werbner Representing Victims Against Arab Bank The long-awaited federal trial against Arab Bank has begun in a New York courtroom where terrorism victims are attempting to hold the bank responsible for its alleged role in providing material support to the terrorist group Hamas, including cash payments for the families of suicide bombers. “Money is the
 
Androvett NewsWire: August 7, 2014: Remote Access Risks | Fast Food Security | Tackling Inversions
Protecting Against Remote Access Hackers A government report last week warned businesses about the risks of allowing employees and others to log into their computer systems remotely. If hackers discover a company has remote access software, then they can use programs to ferret out log-in credentials. “One safeguard against this is to require
 
Androvett NewsWire: July 24, 2014: McDonald’s Deaths | Trucking E-Logs | Leveraged Lending
McDonald’s Faces Trial Over Students’ Deaths Jurors in Bryan, Texas, this week are being asked to decide whether fast food giant McDonald’s should be held liable for the 2012 deaths of two students from nearby Blinn College. Denton James Ward, 18, of Flower Mound was beaten to death in the McDonald’s parking lot across the street
 
Androvett NewsWire: July 10, 2014: Twitch Growth | Software Protection | Efficient E-Discovery
Twitch’s Growth Raising Legal Questions It may be the fastest-growing video platform on the planet, but legal questions about its operations are being raised just as rapidly. Although its estimated 45 million monthly users absorb more bandwidth than Facebook, Amazon or Hulu, and Google is rumored to be trying to buy it for $1 billion, there is a good
 
Androvett NewsWire: June 19, 2014: Redskin Trademark | Kasem Lessons | Medical Data Breaches
Redskins on Defense After Trademark Canceled The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled decades-old federal trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins team name this week, saying that the term “redskin” is disparaging to a substantial group of Native Americans. While the action does not prevent the NFL team from using the name, it
 
Androvett NewsWire: June 5, 2014: Emission Limits | Accounting Fraud | Drones on Hold
No Easy Answers on Limiting Carbon Emissions The release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited proposal for limiting carbon emissions from power plants leaves Texas “between a rock and a hard place,” says environmental attorney Scott Deatherage of the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. “The last time Texas
 
Androvett NewsWire: May 22, 2014: OK to be ‘Unhappy’ | Kill Switches | TxDOT Condemnations
Protecting Workers’ Rights to be Unhappy The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employers may not create policies broadly forbidding behavior such as “negativity” or “gossip.” The NLRB concluded that a hospital violated federal law by requiring workers to represent the hospital in a “positive and professional
 
Androvett NewsWire: May 8, 2014: Serious Patent Fight | Big Data Threats | Safety Litigation
Comedian Takes Patent Troll Lawsuit Standing Up Popular comedian and top-rated iTunes podcaster Adam Carolla is going on the offensive to defend himself in a suit filed against him in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by so-called patent troll Personal Audio Inc. The company claims Carolla is infringing its patent for podcasting
 
Androvett NewsWire: April 17, 2014: Oil Shipping Liability | Drones Grounded | Same-Sex Marriage
Oil by Rail Raises Liability, Safety Issues The U.S. shale boom has produced more oil than existing pipelines can carry. So trains are rushing to carry crude to refineries, which brings its own set of challenges. Safety shortcomings can become horrific disasters such as last year's deadly accident in Quebec where an entire village was devastated by a
 
Androvett NewsWire: April 4, 2014: Political Contributions | Civil Justice | Increased Speed Limits
Right to Political Contributions is Protected While many Americans advocate limiting the amount of money being infused into the political process, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is a reminder that the government's ability to reduce the amount of money in politics is limited by the First Amendment. In the
 
Androvett NewsWire: March 20, 2014: Malaysia Airlines | Tesla Sales Model | Smokey's Royalties
Malaysia Airlines Families May Turn to Courts Lawsuits are being threatened by the relatives of passengers on the still-missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The plane's March 8 disappearance has confounded international investigators while many of the 239 passengers' relatives have remained at a Beijing hotel waiting on answers. Dallas attorney Mark S.
 
Androvett NewsWire: March 6, 2014: Workplace Bracketology | Dashcam Justice | Offshore Challenges
Workplace March Madness Pools Are a Sure Bet "Selection Sunday" is right around the corner and the NCAA basketball tourney, with its ubiquitous brackets, is about to tip. An estimated 25 percent of employees at U.S. businesses will be wagering large sums of money in March Madness office pools. While some employers worry about lost productivity as workers
 
Androvett NewsWire: February 20, 2014: Clean Air | Corporate Apologies | Judicial Primaries
Supreme Court to Hear EPA Air Regs Case On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to require air permits for greenhouse gases emitted by large new and modified industrial pollution sources, such as power plants and factories. Industry groups and several states argue that, as written,
 
Androvett NewsWire: February 6, 2014: Keystone Oil Pipeline | Child Abuse Claims | Credit Card Security
Child Welfare Paramount in Molestation Claims There are few Family Law scenarios more difficult than the accusation of child molestation by one parent against the other. Even more complicated are decades-old accusations, such as those that continue to haunt Woody Allen. "It is difficult to prove a negative, and so we rely on investigations to help uncover
 
Androvett NewsWire: January 23, 2014: Josh Brent Evidence | Keystone Pipeline | Offshore Oil Rules
Josh Brent DUI Details Valuable for Civil Case The same evidence that helped convict former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent of intoxication manslaughter in the single-car crash that killed his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown also could be used against the club where Brent was drinking if a civil lawsuit follows, says Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Steven
 
Androvett NewsWire: January 9, 2014: Online Defamation | Pot Tourism | MLK Competitions
Can Texas Courts Ban Web Falsehoods? After hearing arguments today, the Texas Supreme Court is set to rule whether state courts can order the removal of false and defamatory statements from the Internet, says Houston appellate lawyer Martin J. Siegel, who argued the case for the plaintiff. "A person can damage someone else's reputation in a couple of
 
Androvett NewsWire: December 19, 2013: Juror Misconduct | Burger Battle | 2013 Legal Wrap-Up
Juror Googling: Avoid Criminalizing It A move in Great Britain to criminalize juror information-gathering outside the courtroom is an overreaction and one we would do best to avoid in the U.S., says white-collar criminal defense attorney and jury analyst Kimberly Priest Johnson of Dallas' Priest Johnson PLLC. Judges routinely admonish jurors to avoid such
 
Androvett NewsWire: December 5, 2013: Snapchat Landmines | Astroturfing Crackdown | Arbitration Appeals
All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses a Lawsuit Snapchat, the smartphone app that allows users to send and receive photos that self-delete, is all the rage among teens and others looking to share photos that might not help get them into Harvard. But users who send photos that might be used in litigation need to be aware that they still could be doing
 
Androvett NewsWire: November 21, 2013: HealthCare.gov Security | Email Curfew | High School Spirit
Obamacare' Website Security Issues Concerns are growing that the HealthCare.gov website has security flaws that could put consumers' personal information at risk. In congressional hearings this week, experts said the complexities of the government-run site may create opportunities for identity theft and fraud, and compromise the security and privacy of