Pro bono: Weil, Gotshal partner Sylvia Mayer (pictured) and other lawyers at large firms in Texas discuss their colleagues' good works with senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys and research editor Jeanne Graham. See the charts breaking down how much pro bono work firms do.
Not compensable: The Texas Supreme Court nixes fees for a guardian ad litem post-settlement. Senior reporter John Council hears from the lawyer for Ford Motor Co., which fought the award
Judge sues: A former Houston judge has filed a defamation suit and seeks a TRO. Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys has the story.
Subpoena struggle: Senior reporter John Council examines why the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a five-figure sanction against Denton solo Evan Stone.
What's next?: A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to part of a Texas barratry law, writes reporter Angela Morris.
Texas Public Information Act: The State Bar is suing Attorney General Greg Abbott over his ruling that calls for the Bar to release copies of bank statements and checks to a Texas Lawyer reporter.
Reasonable royalty analysis: A Southern District federal judge has excluded the royalty testimony of a patent plaintiff’s damages expert.
Litigator of the week: A Houston lawyer has won $38 million in damages for his client in a patent infringement case.
Keeping up: Three legal developments demand lawyers’ attention, writes E. Thomas Bishop.
Mid-Continent: Don D. Martinson says appellate courts have limited the ruling in 2007’s Mid-Continent Insurance Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. to its facts.
Independent counsel: When is a policyholder entitled to choose its counsel to defend a suit, rather than simply accepting the defense lawyer selected and controlled by its insurer? Robert J. Cunningham examines the issues.
Law tech: Legal information and the young-adult book phenom “The Hunger Games” — discuss.
Appellate law: One area of law practice has a certain level of predictability that lends itself to fixed-fee agreements, writes David R. Weiner.
Lawyerspeak: Not. Funny. At. All. But the improv troupe was so bad, contributor Joey Asher learned loads about public speaking.