You’re Not From Texas…But a Texas Court Wants You Anyway! Frequently Asked Questions About Litigating in Texas

We often collaborate on trial teams with lawyers from around the country.  Here are some of the questions we are routinely asked as we move through the life-cycle of a lawsuit.  Obviously, there are unique features to every case, or particular local rules, which may result in a different answer than is given here.  However, … Read More

FAA Legal Interpretation Presents Problems for Ride Sharing Websites and the Pilots Who Use Them

In an August 13, 2014 legal interpretation letter, the FAA challenges the legality of general aviation “ride sharing” websites such as Airpooler.com, and it raises important issues for pilots relating to potential FAA enforcement actions and problems with insurance coverage. Airpooler.com is a website designed to facilitate “ride sharing” between private pilots and passengers, essentially … Read More

The Death of Minority Shareholder Oppression Claims in Texas?

Bad news for minority shareholders in Texas.  On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court delivered the opinion in the case of Ritchie v. Rupe, which is available here.  In one of the most important business law cases decided by the Texas Supreme Court in recent memory, the Court ruled (in a 6-3 decision) that: (1)   There is no common … Read More

Texas Supreme Court Issues New “Spoliation” Rules with Implications for Company Document-Retention Policies

Earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court issued a key decision on a subject every business owner and executive should know about: the duty to preserve company documents and the consequences for failing to do so.  A court, in some circumstances, can hold a company that has destroyed or failed to preserve documents responsible for … Read More

Fifth Circuit Clarifies the “Active Participation” Exception to the Internal Revenue Code’s Farming-Syndicate Rules

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down some good news for individual cattle ranchers and farmers wishing to take advantage of S corporations for tax purposes, yet seeking to avoid having their business operations classified by the IRS as an impermissible tax shelter.  In Burnett Ranches, Ltd. v. United … Read More