Haynes and Boone News

Micah Skidmore in Texas Lawbook: TX Supreme Court Hears BP, Transocean $500 million Dispute

BP and Transocean take their bitter, protracted half-billion-dollar battle over who pays for pollution-related liabilities arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to the Texas Supreme Court this week. >>

Laura Prather in Law360: EBay To Seek Sanctions Over Dropped Patent Re-Exam Suit

Landmark Technology LLC on Monday dropped a suit claiming that eBay Inc. "maliciously" challenged the validity of its e-commerce patents in re-examinations, but eBay said it will still seek to have Landmark sanctioned under a law barring suits that target constitutionally protected activity. >>


Recent Publications

The SEC Continues its “Broken Windows” Initiative with Charges of Late Filings of Ownership Reporting and Rule 105 Violations

In the last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission has announced charges in two separate investigations related to its “Broken Windows” initiative, signaling that the Commission’s focus on what some may characterize as “minor violations” will continue. >>

Law360 Guest Article: Takeaways For Texas Contractors Post-Barzoukas

The Texas Supreme Court denied a petition for review stemming from the Houston Court of Appeals’ Barzoukas v. Foundation Design Ltd. decision.[1] The case is significant because of its application of the economic loss rule (under Texas law) in the context of an owner-subcontractor dispute. >>

Top U.S. Antitrust Division Officials Provide Guidance Regarding Compliance Programs

Two top officials of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division have spoken publicly in the last week about corporate compliance programs. >>

Weathering the Storm: Eleventh Circuit Vacates Four-Year-Old 363 Sale Order Based on Bad Faith Filing of an Involuntary Bankruptcy Case

On August 15, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit entered a Memorandum Opinion in the Wortley v. Chrispus Venture Capital, LLC case (In re Global Energies, LLC, “Global”) unwinding a section 363 sale order entered in 2010 by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida based on a finding of bad faith in the filing of an involuntary bankruptcy case in 2010. >>

Texas Supreme Court Adopts Changes to International Law Practice

AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court has recently issued its final approval for a set of reforms to the state’s international law practice rules that had been recommended by a task force chaired by Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Larry Pascal.

The order issued effective Oct. 1 incorporates various revisions made after a public comment period and contains the final version of the rules.

Haynes and Boone in Opportunity Houston: The Houston-Mexico Connection

Houston and Mexico have always had a great relationship when it comes to trade, but now that relationship stands to get even stronger, especially for the energy industry...

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Currently, more than 3,700 energy-related establishments are located within the Houston metropolitan area, according to the Greater Houston Partnership. That includes more than 500 exploration and production firms and more than 150 pipeline transportation firms.

Texas Lawyer Cites $500 million Judgment in Naming Nina Cortell as One of Its Winning Women 2014

After winning a verdict for $319 million in damages against a Houston pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners turned to a Haynes and Boone, LLP team led by appellate partner Nina Cortell to help convince the judge to enter a judgment in line with the jury's findings.

ETP's confidence in Cortell and her team paid off. On July 29, Judge Emily Tobolowsky of the 298th District Court in Dallas awarded ETP more than $500 million in her final judgment in Energy Transfer Partners v. Enterprise Products Partners, a dispute over whether the parties had entered a partnership to build a pipeline.

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Win Judgment Holding Texas School Finance System Is Unconstitutional

AUSTIN – State District Judge John Dietz today issued a final judgment holding the state’s school finance system unconstitutional on several grounds, giving Haynes and Boone, LLP client Texas School Coalition a groundbreaking victory in the long-running dispute over funding requirements.

All the school district plaintiff groups succeeded on their claims. Judge Dietz held that the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs had proven that the current school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional statewide property tax and fails to sufficiently fund Texas schools at the level required to provide a constitutionally adequate education.