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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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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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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
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Business interruption (BI) insurance can cover companies for losses for business disruptions that relate to events like fires and power outages. But will it protect your company from losses stemming from the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic? The answer, explained V&E partner Michael Charlson, likely depends on the particulars of your specific policy. Charlson says that…

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March 25, 2020
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Although the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus (or “COVID-19”) within most U.S. workplaces is uncertain, employers should still review their emergency preparedness plans in response to the potential threat. “Now is the time for employers to evaluate emergency procedures and consider employment-related obligations that may arise in the event that a worker becomes ill,”…

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March 11, 2020
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What did antitrust enforcement look like in the energy sector in 2019? It was limited to the Federal Trade Commission seeking relief in a single transaction and the Department of Justice obtaining two additional guilty pleas in a previously announced investigation. But make no mistake, antitrust enforcement activity in the sector is as high as…

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March 9, 2020
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The Federal Trade Commission seeks public comment related to its future role in restricting the use of non-compete clauses in employer-employee contracts.

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March 3, 2020