Law360 interviewed lawyers at firms offering alternative billing, who offer tips for successfully using new fee structures. According to the story: “Firms tend to run into trouble when they rush in and offer a contingency fee or success-based bonus on a complex case without first stopping to map out, in detail, how they expect the litigation to go, what resources they will need to employ and exactly what success will look like, attorneys said.”
The Fort Worth Star-Telegramreports a judge in Tarrant County this week extended a temporary restraining order preventing a gas-drilling company from drilling in Southlake. XTO Energy already had announced it would withdraw its plans to drill, because the city refused to allow two more drilling locations. A neighborhood group had sued XTO Energy but says it will drop the suit once the company leaves, according to the article.
In court filings in federal court in Dallas, the Golf Channel says “$5.9 million received from companies run by indicted financier R. Allen Stanford was for media services and not proceeds from an alleged Ponzi scheme as the receiver for Stanford’s businesses claims,” reports Bloomberg news.
Grits for Breakfast criticizes a bill that passed the Senate yesterday that takes money from dedicated fees meant to pay juries and to fund indigent defense and diverts the cash to balance the state’s budget. Grits lists several other dedicated fees being diverted from the purposes they were set up to fund.
National Football League players are back to work today after a federal judge earlier this week lifted the league’s player lockout in an antitrust class action, according to Law360. An NFL statement “said that as of 8 a.m. Friday, players can use team facilities for physical examinations, rehabilitation and medical treatment, teams can hand out playbooks, coaches can meet with players and voluntary off-season workout programs can begin,” the story says.
-- Angela Morris