Haynes and Boone News

Kit Addleman in Inside Counsel: Full Disclosure

It's been more than a decade since a series of scandals involving companies like WorldCom and Enron made headlines, exposing levels of financial fraud that startled most Americans and put federal regulators into a state of high alert. >>

Seven Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured as “2015 Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers® has recognized seven Texas-based Haynes and Boone, LLP attorneys as “2015 Lawyers of the Year,” three more than last year. >>

Haynes and Boone in Law360: Bid Dropped for Injunction on Houston Gay Worker Benefits

Former Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill, who filed suit in Texas state court against the city of Houston over an ordinance that extends benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees, withdrew his request for a temporary injunction Friday. >>

Recent Publications

American College of Environmental Lawyers Guest Article: Texas Railroad Commission on Track to Address Quakes

Over 30 earthquakes jolted the area in and around the City of Azle, Texas —20 miles north of Fort Worth—last November through January. >>

SEC Provides New Guidance for Accredited Investor Verification under Regulation D

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently published six new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) related to the verification process for accredited investors under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D. >>

Texas Supreme Court Denies Litigants’ Petition to Review the Contours of the Texas Economic Loss Rule

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

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Plan to Reform Risk Management

On August 20, 2014, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention. >>

Nina Cortell in the Texas Lawyer: 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.

Tom Williams in the Texas Lawbook: Haynes and Boone Score a Win for Media Courtroom Rights

Fort Worth’s 2nd Court of Appeals has ruled that local reporters are allowed access to two barred January hearing transcripts associated with a juvenile capital murder case and that State District Judge Jean Boyd abused her discretion in closing the hearings to the media in the first place.

In a 26-page opinion, Justice Sue Walker determined Judge Boyd closed her courtroom “without showing a good cause,” as required in the Texas Family Code, and ordered Judge Boyd to immediately vacate the courtroom closure orders.

Latin Lawyer Guest Article: Raising the Bar

The Texas Supreme Court has recently published for comment rule changes that largely adopt the unanimous recommendations of the Texas Supreme Court task force on international law practice. The reforms address three primary areas: (i) the eligibility of foreign lawyers to sit for the Texas Bar exam (primarily designed for licensed foreign lawyers who have graduated from an accredited law school in their home country and complete an LLM at an American Bar Association accredited law school); (ii) the foreign legal consultant certification for foreign lawyers who wish to solely practice the law of their home country while working in Texas; and (iii) the pro hac vice rule permitting a foreign lawyer to appear in a Texas court proceeding upon application to the judge and with the presence of Texas counsel.