Haynes and Boone News

Haynes and Boone in Law360: PTAB Sides With Google, Finds Cloud Patent Invalid

Google Inc. has earned a win before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with the panel ruling that nearly all the claims of a cloud-storage technology patent owned by Whitserve LLC are obvious because of the combined disclosures of prior art. >>

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Repeat Recognition as Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has once again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listing, with seven firm attorneys featured in the Tops of Texas honors. >>

Haynes and Boone Fort Worth Welcomes Former SEC Enforcement Attorney Shoshana Thoma-Isgur

FORT WORTH – Haynes and Boone, LLP has bolstered its impressive securities talent base with the addition of Partner Shoshana Thoma-Isgur, a widely respected corporate practitioner and former Fort Worth Securities Exchange and Commission (SEC) enforcement attorney. >>

Recent Publications

CFTC Relief Permits Commodity Pools to Use General Solicitation

On September 9, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) issued CFTC Letter No. 14-116 (the “CFTC Letter”) providing exemptive relief allowing commodity pools to use general solicitation in certain types of private offerings, including offerings of private fund interests. >>

Weathering the Storm: Is TMT Procurement the Death Knell for Debtor in Possession Financing in the Fifth Circuit or Just a Pebble in the Ocean?

On September 3, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit entered an opinion vacating various orders of the United States Bankruptcy Court and District Court for the Southern District of Texas in the bankruptcy cases of TMT Procurement Corporation and its affiliated debtors. >>

Delaware Court of Chancery Applies Board-Friendly Standard to Dismiss Claims Challenging Controlling Party Takeover

Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery recently applied the business judgment standard of review at the pleading stage to dismiss a complaint challenging a cash-out merger involving a controlling stockholder.   >>

Texas Lawyer Guest Article: Differing Results in Recent Nuisance Cases Against Oil and Gas Operators

Over the past few months, a number of nuisance lawsuits against oil and gas companies have made the news. >>

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.

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.