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It was cause for celebration for Vinson & Elkins partners Matt Stammel and Jim Thompson. On July 1, 2020, after a six-day trial, Judge Marvin Isgur of the Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court handed a complete victory to V&E client Gavilan Resources. Judge Isgur even took the unusual step of reading his lengthy opinion…

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September 11, 2020
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What might happen if China or Russia attacked the nation’s electricity grid? The answer to that question is at the heart of an executive order issued by President Trump on May 1. Foreign adversaries are increasingly looking for ways to exploit weaknesses in the country’s bulk-power system (“BPS”) – the large interconnected electrical system that…

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August 14, 2020
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It wasn’t just another day in court for Pat Mizell. On August 1, 2019, the V&E partner stood before U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in a courtroom in Austin, Texas. Attorneys Tony McDonald, Josh Hammer and Mark Pulliam had sued Mizell’s client, the State Bar of Texas, claiming it is unconstitutional for an attorney to…

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August 5, 2020
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In the recently decided cattle-feeding dispute, Bonsmara Natural Beef Company, LLC v. Hart of Texas Cattle Feeders, No. 19-0263, the parties asked the Texas Supreme Court to “wrangle issues regarding the effect of forgoing an interlocutory appeal and the availability of their chosen forum for arbitration.”

V&E Arbitration Update

July 24, 2020
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In United States v. Moore-Bush,1 the First Circuit recently held that the government does not need a warrant to place a pole camera outside of a defendant’s home.

The V&E Report

July 7, 2020
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Recently Victoria’s Secret captured headlines that had nothing to do with the retailer’s famous fashion show. Victoria Secret’s parent company, L Brands, and private equity firm Sycamore Partners (“Sycamore”) exchanged lawsuits after Sycamore sought to walk away from its pending acquisition of the lingerie company. Sycamore claimed that Victoria’s Secret had experienced a “material adverse…

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June 29, 2020
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A former federal prosecutor, a veteran compliance officer, and a partner at an elite global law firm. It may sound like a dream team for defending companies facing government investigations, but in fact, it’s one man: Mike Ward. Ward, who joined V&E’s San Francisco office as a partner earlier this year, has an uncommonly varied…

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June 4, 2020
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A recent bench ruling in In re Pace Industries, LLC1 by Judge Walrath for the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Court”) has validated a chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by certain debtors in the jointly administered cases of Pace Industries, LLC and certain of its affiliates, in spite of the fact that they were filed in contravention of an explicit bankruptcy-filing blocking right held by certain equity holders as set forth in the applicable corporate governance documents.

V&E Restructuring & Reorganization Update

May 18, 2020
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With increasing frequency, district and circuit courts across the country are grappling with whether class certification is appropriate when the proposed class contains — or may contain — uninjured persons or entities.

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May 6, 2020
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Does five against two make for a fair fight? The respondents in a recent arbitration didn’t think so. Catic USA (“Catic”) is an aviation-focused California corporation owned by a Chinese parent company. After an arbitration panel handed an unfavorable opinion to Catic following a dispute with its investors, the corporation sought relief in court. The…

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April 23, 2020
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How do you win over a jury in a $100 million case centered on the world of natural gas pipelines? Just ask V&E partners Jim Thompson and Phillip Dye. Last summer, Thompson and Dye notched an impressive victory on behalf of longtime and significant V&E client Antero Resources in a contract dispute case against gas…

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April 3, 2020
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What looks like a courtroom and also happens to be one of the most popular arbitration venues in Houston? It can be found on the 24th floor of Vinson & Elkin’s headquarters: a 5,500-square-foot space complete with a mock courtroom, smaller breakout rooms, a food service area, and a reception area. The unique space, which…

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March 31, 2020