Haynes and Boone News

Haynes and Boone in Law360: Hess Says Rivals' Well Contamination Suit is Time Barred

Hess Corp. asked a Texas federal court Wednesday to toss a suit seeking $1.7 million in damages for alleged negligence in drilling oil and gas wells in the Eagle Ford Shale that contaminated other nearby wells, saying the claims are time barred. >>

Jeff Civins in Law360: $3B Texas Pollution Case Puts Punitives In Play For Gov't

A Texas county’s unsuccessful quest for a $3 billion penalty against International Paper Inc. for allegedly polluting a river with toxic waste has defense attorneys concerned that the government is showing a new willingness to seek severe punitive damages against companies over sites that have already been remediated. >>

Recent Publications

Federal Circuit Strikes Down Business Method Patent Based on Early-Stage Motion to Dismiss

Judicial rulings on the patent-eligibility of software and business method patents under section 101 of the U.S. Patent Act have run heavily against patent owners since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 19, 2014 ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. ___, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). >>

Department of Justice $5 Million Gun-Jumping and Sherman Act Section 1 Settlement Highlights Risks of Improper Premerger Coordination

Last week, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the latest in a series of “gun-jumping” enforcement actions over the past several years. >>

Bloomberg BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report: The Impact of Chinese State Secrecy Laws on Foreign-Listed Companies

Foreign listed China-based companies and multinationals with significant operations in China should take note of the conflict involving the audit work papers underlying the financial statements of Chinabased companies listed overseas and China’s State Secrecy Laws. >>

Chapter 11 Plan for Haynes and Boone Client HRSN Wins Approval; Reorganized Network Launches

HOUSTON – Root Sports Southwest successfully launched Nov. 17 following confirmation of the plan of reorganization for Haynes and Boone, LLP client Houston Regional Sports Network, L.P. (HRSN). Root Sports Southwest is the exclusive broadcaster of the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur confirmed the plan of reorganization filed jointly by HRSN, the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets on Oct. 30, over the objection of Comcast. The confirmation battle was led by Houston Partners Charles A. Beckham Jr. and Henry Flores in contentious confirmation hearings throughout October involving an array of interested parties.

Haynes and Boone Completes Expansion To Third Floor Of Historic 30 Rock

NEW YORK - Haynes and Boone, LLP proudly announces it has completed expansion to a third floor at 30 Rockefeller Plaza - a move that provides the firm with an additional 38,193 square feet of space at the iconic New York address. The firm now occupies a total of 113,000 square feet – the entire 24th, 25th and 26th floors, making Haynes and Boone the largest law firm housed at 30 Rock.

The expansion follows a period of remarkable growth for the firm in New York. What began in 2004 with a single New York-based lawyer is now an operation with nearly 100 who service clients across a wide range of practice areas.

Haynes and Boone in Law360: Shelbourne Hands Related Control of Chicago Spire Site

The Related Cos. LP has taken over the site of the stalled Chicago Spire project, after bankrupt real estate developer Shelbourne North Water Street LP handed over the deed rather than continuing what had been a lengthy court battle.

It was a relatively low-key conclusion to a long-running fight over what had been slated to be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 150 stories, but that never got past the digging of the foundation.

Judge Orders More Than $250K Fee Award for KTRK in Anti-SLAPP Matter

AUSTIN - A Harris County judge awarded Haynes and Boone, LLP client KTRK Television, a Houston ABC affiliate, more than $250,000 in attorneys’ fees after the station won an anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation (anti-SLAPP) appeal against the plaintiff.

Haynes and Boone Austin-based Partner Laura Prather and Of Counsel Catherine Robb represented KTRK Television in the matter.