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David Bell in Bloomberg BNA Social Media Law and Policy Report: Group Files Lawsuit Over Ownership of Twitter Account With 175,000 Followers

An Occupy Wall Street corporation is the rightful owner of the @OccupyWallStNYC Twitter account and its more than 175,000 followers, and an activist should be fined $500,000 for “hijacking” it, a complaint filed Sept. 17 alleged (OWS Media Group, Inc. v. Wedes, N.Y. Sup. Ct., No. 159126/2014, complaint filed, 9/17/14). >>

Haynes and Boone in Law360: RSUI Should Pay $8M Post-Hurricane Award, Texas Court Told

Apartment manager The Lynd Co. on Thursday defended in Texas Supreme Court an appellate win that awarded it $7.5 million in coverage from insurer RSUI Indemnity Co. for damage caused during Hurricane Rita in 2005, saying that under the four corners of its policy, the insurers couldn’t avoid paying up. >>

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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. >>

Haynes and Boone Partner Liza Mark Featured as Speaker for Inaugural China America Legal Forum

SHANGHAI – Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Liza Mark recently discussed the strategic considerations Chinese companies should think about when accessing the U.S. capital markets at the inaugural China America Legal Forum: Law and Economy Management of Legal Risk for International Business, a conference offering insight into the business and legal cultural differences between the U.S. and China.

Mark was joined on her panel by the general counsel of the China National Aviation Holding Company (Air China) and the legal director of the Shanghai Aerospace Industry (Group) Co. At the forum, Mark met Chinese corporate leaders and experts in the legal field, exchanged ideas and shared experiences on the international legal risk for Chinese companies going abroad.

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...

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.