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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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In case your parlance needs updating, the term sologamy refers to a marriage to yourself. Apparently unaware of this trend, the Federal Circuit recently explained that “[a] statute saying that ‘a person may marry any person who is older than 16 . . . “would not, by virtue of the ‘any person’ language, authorize marriage to oneself…”

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March 19, 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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How deeply ingrained is corruption within Latin America’s economy? Headlines paint an alarming picture: In recent years, business and government officials from Mexico to Peru to Brazil have been implicated in high-profile bribery scandals. A survey last year by the watchdog group Transparency International found that 53% of people surveyed in the region believed that…

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February 28, 2020
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A recent dispute between the state of Georgia and a nonprofit group had the markings of a compelling Supreme Court case: a history of disagreement in the lower courts, a state government as a petitioner and a potential nationwide impact. But for V&E counsel Josh Johnson, Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org would prove special for an additional…

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January 14, 2020
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When Jennifer Collins, the dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, was offered a $900,000 gift by the Stanton Foundation to be used to launch a First Amendment clinic, she wanted to seek the advice of some of the country’s leading First Amendment litigators. On her short list: V&E partner Tom Leatherbury. “Tom was the…

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December 20, 2019