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In Spite Of Department of Justice’s Lenient Approach to Corporate Liability, Texas Supreme Court Upholds Claim against Corporate Officer

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

The national Justice Department (DOJ) has repeatedly assured the U.S. business world that they plan to take a hands-off approach when it comes to corporate liability. Specifically, federal prosecutors have implemented leniency with regard to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), deciding not to prosecute when a corporation voluntarily discloses violation(s) to the government…. Read More »

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Court Rules That Government Contractors May Be Liable Under CERCLA in Toxic Tort Cases

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

A recent decision out of a federal court is important for businesses and insurance companies who could potentially face toxic tort allegations to be aware of. In the case, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contracted with an environmental cleanup firm (“Environmental Restoration, LLC”) to repair draining problems at the Gold King Mine in Colorado,… Read More »

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Claims Filed Under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

This spring, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a legal complaint with the state of Texas against the beef industry, alleging a violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) in conjunction with health claims concerning beef products. Specifically, the organization alleged that brochures published by the industry advertising that beef… Read More »

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Domain Names, Trademark Infringement, and Commercial Litigation

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

When it comes to guarding against trademark and copyright infringement claims, one of the smartest things you can do is to work with an experienced business litigation firm to protect your domain name. You might be surprised at how many companies—even nonprofit corporations—find out that competitors are out in the market using their name… Read More »

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Clarifying Product Liability Law: Manufacturer versus Direct Sales Industries

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

When it comes to product liability laws, which companies can be held liable under state statutes largely depends upon how that state law interprets which companies constitute liable manufacturers and those who are immune from such claims. For example, while Texas’s statute defines a products liability action as any action against a manufacturer or… Read More »

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A Closer Look at Arbitration Clauses in Business Contracts

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

Arbitration clauses have long been a regular part of business contracts because they are assumed to make resolving business disputes easier and cheaper—but is that always the case? Below, we discuss both the advantages and drawbacks to including arbitration clauses in business contracts. The Benefits of Arbitration Clauses One of the main benefits of… Read More »

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Sexual Misconduct Claims & Insurance Defense

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

In March, insurance companies involved in providing Harvey Weinstein with insurance refused to pay for his legal defense involving accusations and sexual harassment and sexual assault. In what may perhaps be a new type of insurance defense case, Chubb Indemnity Insurance Co. and several other units have specifically asked a state supreme court to… Read More »

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Jury Unanimously Clears Michelin in Texas Products Liability Case

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

In February, a Texas jury unanimously exonerated Michelin North America, Inc. in a product liability lawsuit involving the alleged failure of a BF Goodrich “Rugged Trail T/A” tire. This marks the third product liability claim that Michelin has successfully defended within the last three years. The lawsuit was filed in 2014 in the 43rd… Read More »

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The Joint Employer Rule Is Back: How This Will Affect Corporate Liability

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reinstated an Obama-era rule which vastly expanded corporate legal liability; a rule known as the “joint employer” rule. In a nutshell, the rule effectively expands the ability for one business to be held legally liable for the workplace policies at another business, particularly in instances of franchises,… Read More »

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Service of Process on Social Media?

By Colvin, Saenz, Rodriguez & Kennamer L.L.P. |

When a plaintiff files a civil lawsuit in Brownsville or anywhere else in Texas, the Rules of Civil Procedure require that a defendant be personally served with the Complaint. This is known as “service of process.” Unfortunately, service of process can get complicated if there is multi-party litigation or an out-of-state or international party… Read More »

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