6 hrs ago
I Thought We Broke Up Years Ago! Why You Should "Throw...
The Fifth Circuit's affirmance last week of a $44.4 million trade secrets award in the Wellogix v. Accenture case is a weighty reminder of the power of circumstantial evidence in trade secrets cases, and the importance of getting rid of your collaborator's trade secrets after a co-development or joint venture project ends.
11 hrs ago
Appeals Court Upholds Age Limit To Carry Handguns
The Associated Press 5/21/13 Austin- A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law that says 18-20-year-olds cannot receive a concealed handgun license.
Tue May 21, 2013
Supreme Court Defers to U.S. Agencies In Determining Their Own Jurisdictions
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of deferring to administrative agencies in determining the scope of their own jurisdiction, issuing a 6-3 decision that featured a sharp dissent from Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.
Broadcasting & Cable
Supremes Uphold Chevron Deference to FCC Interpretation of its Authority
The Supreme Court Monday held that a court must give Chevron deference to an agency's interpretation of an ambiguity in a statute over the limits of its authority.
Mon May 20, 2013
Insurance Journal West
Court Nixes Mississippi Property Owners' Greenhouse Gases Damages Suit
A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and landowners who alleged that emissions by energy companies contributed to global warming, which intensified Hurricane Katrina, which, in turn, damaged their property.
Mississippi Business Journal
Fred Banks wins Inns of Court award
Fred L. Banks Jr., senior partner at Phelps Dunbar and former presiding justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, was recently honored with the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award at the 2013 Judicial Conference of the Fifth Circuit in Fort Worth, Texas.
Wed May 15, 2013
Enron: The real story behind Jeff Skilling's big sentence reduction
Last week brought reports of a deal to chop as much as a decade off the prison term of Jeff Skilling, the former Enron CEO and convicted fraudster.
The Mississippi Press
Court dismisses lawsuit by Coast land owners who claim energy emission led indirectly to Katrina
A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Mississippi coastal landowners who alleged that emissions by energy companies contributed to global warming, which intensified Hurricane Katrina, which, in turn, damaged their property.
Tue May 14, 2013
Court Cuts Down Award in Raytheon Age Discrimination Case
Middle-aged workers took a hit during the economic downturn, with many being laid off from long-held positions.
Mon May 13, 2013
Houston Policeman's Killer Set to Die Loses Appeal 5/13/13
The Associated Press 5/13/13 Houston- A federal appeals court has refused to stop the scheduled execution this week of a man convicted of killing a Houston police officer 14 years ago this week.
Fri May 10, 2013
Lawyers Weekly USA
ERISA plan could sue special needs trust
An ERISA plan could sue a special needs trust in order to obtain reimbursement for medical costs borne on behalf of a plan beneficiary injured in an automobile accident, the en banc 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.
Thu May 09, 2013
Ex-N.O. cop appeals judge's refusal to set bond
A former New Orleans police officer has appealed a judge's refusal to free him on bond while he awaits a retrial on charges he shot and killed a man without justification outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Wed May 08, 2013
Enron's Skilling could see 10-year sentence cut
Associated Press/David J. Phillip, File - FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2006, file photo former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling, left, leaves the federal courthouse with his attorney Daniel Petrocelli, right, after being sentenced to 292 months in federal prison.
Skilling's Reduced Sentence Won't Change White-Collar Prosecutions
After multiple rounds of appeals and years of litigation, the government came to an agreement today with Jeffrey Skilling, the former CEO of Enron, that will reduce his sentence by up to ten years.
Working Hard Or Hardly Working? The Definition Of "Rest"...
An often contentious issue in maritime litigation involving both personal injury and property damage is whether the wheelman in charge of a towing vessel that exceeds 26 violated the so-called "twelve-hour rule." According to 46 U.S.C. 8104 , "an individual licensed to operate a towing vessel may not work for more than 12 hours in a consecutive ... (more)
Agreement could reduce former Enron CEO's sentence by 10 years
A Houston judge will rule in June on whether to reduce convicted former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's sentence from 24 years to a period between 14 years and 17 and-a-half years.
Sun May 05, 2013
Graves named Trailblazer of the Decade
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James Graves claps during the Mississippi Trailblazers awards ceremony Saturday night.
Sat May 04, 2013
Schlegel, King win judgeships in Jefferson, Orleans
Scott Schlegel, a former Jefferson Parish prosecutor, will be sitting on the 24th Judicial District bench after decisively defeating Hilary Landry for the seat left open when Judge Robert Murphy was elected last fall to the Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Jefferson Parish's former top attorney loses law license for three years
Former Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson, right, arriving at federal court with his attorney, Ralph Whalen.
Fri May 03, 2013
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Fred L. Banks, Jr., to Receive the 2013 American Inns of Court...
The Honorable Fred L. Banks, Jr., has been selected to receive the prestigious American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the 5th Circuit.