Duane Morris LLP: U.S. Supreme Court Issues Significant Forum-Selection Decision

There has been confusion in the courts over the years regarding the appropriate mechanism to enforce forum-selection clauses, which are now routinely included in many commercial and personal contracts. Such clauses typically require any dispute between contracting parties to be resolved in the particular...

Norton Rose Fulbright Fracking Blog: House Democrats Request Hearing On Induced Seismicity

By Barclay Nicholson Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, issued a letter to their Republican counterparts requesting a joint hearing on the issue of seismic...

ICE Arrests, Indicts 32 in Immigration RICO Case

"A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement Thursday began arresting 32 defendants charged with racketeering and immigration violations throughout Texas and Louisiana. ... According to court documents [ indictment 1 | indictment 2 ], two employment referral businesses operating out...

Texas Federal Judge Imposes Maximum $2 Million Fine On Felony Pollution Counts

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — (Mealey’s) A Texas federal judge on Feb. 5 imposed fines totaling more than $2 million on convictions stemming from oil/water separation tanks that had been operated without the required covers for nearly 10 years, polluting the air and causing the deaths of migratory...

Small Town Texas Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Immigration Fraud

"The man hired eight years ago to launch the Jarrell Police Department is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday, accused of using his post to collect money from people in the country illegally. Federal charging documents say Andres Tomas Gutierrez took payments ranging from $10,000 to $40...

Limit Use of ICE Detainers: Barbara Hines

"Compliance with the ICE detainer system is a destructive policy for our community for many reasons. While ICE touts Secure Communities as a tool to target immigrants with serious criminal histories for deportation, the evidence starkly contradicts this claim. These detainers do not differentiate...

Vandeventer Black LLP: U.S. Supreme Court Establishes Enforceability Of Forum-Selection Clauses

By James Rixey In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court established that contractual forum-selection clauses deserve near absolute deference and should be enforced in all but the most exceptional cases when deciding transfer of venue under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) [ enhanced opinion available...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: OSHA: Coming to a Drilling Site Near You

By Lindsay M. Bouffard and David E. Dick In an effort to reduce fatalities in the oil and gas industry, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) created an Oil and Gas Regional Emphasis Program . This program, implemented in 2012, applies to all worksites in Texas, among other states....

Texas Federal Court Is Latest To Strike Down State Prohibitions On Same-Sex Marriage

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia of the Western District of Texas struck down the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling was the latest in a series of federal rulings handed down in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675...

State Net Capitol Journal: U.S. High Court Refuses To Hear Gun Control Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court disappointed gun-rights advocates last month by refusing to hear three lower court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state gun-control laws. Petitioners, which included the National Rifle Association, were seeking to overturn laws they contend are in conflict with the...

Border Lawman Tells Texas Politicians to ‘Shut Up’ About the Border

"Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, who’s held his post for 14 years, is the chief law enforcement officer in Brewster County, the largest in the state—five times the size of Rhode Island, three times the size of Delaware and 500 square miles larger than Connecticut. It also has the...

Fifth Circuit Erodes Protection for Texas Homesteads Sold After Filing

Expanding upon its decision in Matter of Zibman , 268 F.3d 298 (5th Cir. 2001) [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Fifth Circuit has ruled that the proceeds from sale of a Texas homestead lose their exempt character if they are not reinvested within six...

DLA Piper: Avoiding Multimillion-Dollar Liability For De Facto Partnership Breach Under Texas Law: One Useful Tip

By Ileana Blanco After a lengthy trial, a Dallas jury has found that a de facto partnership existed between Energy Transfers Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. “to market and pursue a pipeline project to transport crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.”...

Michigan Federal Judge Is 6th To Strike Down Prohibition On Same-Sex Marriage In Wake Of United States v. Windsor

On March 21, Senior U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan struck down MCLS Const. Art. I, § 25 , an amendment to the Michigan Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage, Deboer v. Snyder, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37274 ( E.D. Mich. Mar...

Texas Teachers Face Deportation

"A few years ago, a school district in Texas found itself with a booming immigrant population and few teachers who spoke Spanish. So they started an ambitious recruitment program that brought in 260 teachers – from Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela – to meet their growing demand. Now...

Babst Calland: Gateway Royalty to Pay Utica Shale Landowners for Rights to Future Royalties

By Jason M. Zoeller Gateway Royalty, LLC , a royalty acquisition company based in Carrollton, Ohio, has raised $58.5 million to pay Utica shale play landowners for rights to their future royalty payments. Gateway’s goal is to invest in a broad range of oil and gas royalties across the eastern...

Violence, Poverty Push Central American Refugees to U.S.

"After six years of steep declines across the Southwest, illegal crossings have soared in South Texas while remaining low elsewhere. The Border Patrol made more than 90,700 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley in the past six months, a 69 percent increase over last year. The migrants are no...

Texas Supermarket Chain Pays $43K to Settle I-9 Discrimination Case

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Mexico Foods LLC, aka El Rancho Corp., a supermarket chain based in Garland, Texas, resolving claims that the company engaged in discrimination during the employment eligibility verification process in violation of the Immigration and Nationality...

Judge Denies Monitoring, Future Medical Expenses In Criminal Pollution Case

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — (Mealey’s) Compensation for future medical expenses, court-ordered medical monitoring and relocation from allegedly polluted properties is not justified by the evidence, the Texas federal judge sentencing CITGO Petroleum Corp. for criminal pollution violations said...

As Honduras Unravels, U.S. Struggles to Cope with Refugees

"On Saturday a group of 61 men, women and children walked across the Hidalgo International Bridge near McAllen to seek political asylum. At least 48 of the immigrants were fleeing Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world. The men, women and children who arrived in the Rio Grande...

Texas Immigration Jail Overcrowded; 90% of Detainees Not Criminals

"Recent contract documents reveal the Texas Port Isabel Detention Center is subjecting the average 1115 people it locks up each night to overcrowding, and that 90 per cent of them have no criminal records . On February 11 and 12, 2014 representatives from several private prison firms visited the...

USCIS Stakeholder Engagement with Nebraska, Texas Service Centers on June 19, 2014

"Business Community Engagement Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Central) Nebraska Service Center 1301 W. Highlands Boulevard, Lincoln, NE 68521 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement with the Nebraska and Texas...

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an Air Force base in San Antonio, officials said Friday...

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in US custody—has brought more and more shelters...

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians, social workers, and the nation as a whole." ...