Postcards, a blog from the Austin American-Statesman, writes that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Supreme Court to vacate its ruling in Severance v. Patterson, a suit that challenges the Texas Open Beaches Act. A letter from Abbott’s office asked the court to “dismiss the case and vacate its prior ruling, saying property owner Carol Severance has no standing to pursue her legal challenge after selling her last Galveston home,” the story says.
The U.S. House and Senate each passed patent reform bills that “would change the U.S. patent system from a first-to-invent system into a first-to-file system,” reports The National Law Journal, a Texas Lawyer affiliate. The story says the bills the two chambers passed have differences and must be reconciled, and there is “lingering controversy about whether the patent office can keep all its fees and about provisions allowing for new patent challenges.”
Marketing consultancy firm Robert Denney Associates Inc. of Wayne, Pa., tracked trends and issued a report that says seven practice areas are growing most rapidly in terms of fees, billable hours, and recruiting or hiring, reports the New Jersey Law Journal, a Texas Lawyer affiliate. The seven areas are: health care, energy, financial services, regulatory, white-collar crime, labor and employment, and intellectual property.
-- Angela Morris