Haynes and Boone News

Sean McKenna in FierceHealthPayer: Anti-Fraud: Home Care, Hospice Fraud Trends to Watch

Monitoring home healthcare and hospice claims is a program integrity priority due to continuing fraud, abuse and general noncompliance involving such benefits. How can payers fight these trends? FierceHealthPayer: Anti-Fraud spoke to Sean McKenna, J.D., to find out. >>

Ron Breaux in Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report: Views on Lessons Learned from Payment Card Breaches

Payment card breaches at Target Corp. (245 PRA, 12/20/13) and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. (37 PRA, 2/25/14) have heightened congressional, consumer and company interest in data security issues. >>

Casa Mañana Selects Karen Denney for 2014 Outstanding Service Award

FORT WORTH – Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Karen Denney has been chosen by Casa Mañana, Inc. (“Casa”) to receive the 2014 Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County, for her volunteer work with Casa. Casa is a non-profit theatre that produces children’s and Broadway theatre and provides children’s theatrical education classes. >>

Recent Publications

Society for Human Resource Management Guest Article: BYOD Has Its Risks

Recently HR and IT professionals have become well-acquainted with the term “BYOD” (short for bring your own device), the practice whereby employers permit employees to use their own personal mobile devices—typically smartphones or tablets—for business-related tasks. >>

DOJ and FTC Release a Joint Antitrust Policy Statement Encouraging Companies to Share Cyber Threat Information

In a joint policy statement released on April 10, 2014, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) officially encouraged companies, including direct competitors, to share cyber threat information with one another when it announced that “properly designed sharing of cyber threat information should not raise antitrust concerns.” >>

Court Rules that FTC has Authority to Regulate Corporate Cybersecurity

Beleaguered companies suffering from data breaches got more bad news when a federal judge held that the United States Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has the authority to regulate corporate cybersecurity practices. >>

Purvi Patel’s Industry Recognition Continues With Addition of Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honor

DALLAS – Haynes and Boone, LLP Trademark Chair and Partner Purvi Patel has been designated as a Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree, recognizing her as one of 42 innovators, deal makers and influential leaders who excel in their respective companies and industries and show dynamic leadership in their communities.

Patel was the youngest ever to be made partner in the firm’s history and today successfully manages the firm’s nationwide trademark practice. In this role, she counsels Fortune 500 companies and high growth ventures on the protection of their valuable brand investments, and has been consistently recognized in the legal industry for her talents. She has successfully expanded a fledgling practice and represents Fortune 10 companies as well as emerging brands.

Haynes and Boone Advises Alta Mesa Eagle in $173 Million Sale

HOUSTON – In its continued service to clients involved in major shale plays, Haynes and Boone, LLP energy lawyers recently advised an Alta Mesa Holdings, LP subsidiary, Alta Mesa Eagle LLC, in its sale of Eagle Ford oil and gas properties for a sale price of $173 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

The Haynes and Boone deal team was led by Houston Partner Buddy Clark and included Houston Associate Austin Elam.

In Trademark Battle Against Former U.S. Marketing Agent Haynes and Boone Prevails for Chinese IP Firm

In a dispute litigated from California to Oregon to the People’s Republic of China, Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers have successfully defended a Chinese IP Firm’s trademark against the claims of its former U.S. marketing partner.

The latest victory for firm client AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office (AFD China) came March 28 after a three-day trial in an Oregon federal district court when a jury decided the former marketing agent, AFD USA, had no right to claim ownership of the “AFD” mark because AFD China was the first to use it in U.S. commerce.

Haynes and Boone’s National Real Estate Practice Expands With the Arrival of Anthony W. Pierotti in Orange County

IRVINE – Longtime real estate practitioner Anthony W. Pierotti is bringing a Southern California component to the growing national Haynes and Boone, LLP real estate practice.

Pierotti joins the firm’s Orange County office as a partner with more than 26 years of experience in the sector, fortifying the resources available to Haynes and Boone clients doing deals in one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets. Pierotti’s recruitment is further evidence of Haynes and Boone’s commitment to a full-service presence in Southern California through its fast-growing Orange County office.