Google Acquires Fitbit in a Massive $2.1 Billion Deal

Mergers and acquisitions are common business occurrences involving the consolidation of companies or assets through various types of financial transactions. Mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, tender offers, and more can all dramatically change the face of a well-known business. In fact, Google recently acquired Fitbit in its largest acquisition to date for about $2.1 billion. This comes as the search engine giant aims to grow its presence in the smartwatch and fitness technology industries.


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Florida Real Estate Fraudster is Sentenced for $1.3 Billion Ponzi Scheme

Fraud is, unfortunately, something that affects many businesses and individuals on a fairly regular basis. One type of fraud that has become more prevalent over the years is the Ponzi scheme. The most well-known example in recent memory is the 2008 arrest of Bernie Madoff for operating one of the largest private Ponzi schemes in history, estimated at $64.8 billion.


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Employee Alleges Breach of Fiduciary Duty Over Security Breach

When a breach of fiduciary duty occurs, it can be devastating for those involved. This is because fiduciary and beneficiary relationships require a great amount of trust in order to be successful. Recently, an Estee Lauder employee filed a lawsuit against the company after the security of her 401(k) account was breached occurred. The employee accused the business of breaching its fiduciary duty to her after they failed to report the security breach.


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Two Texas Counties Allege Mishandling of Hurricane Harvey Claims

For many Houstonians, Hurricane Harvey proved to be a storm like no other. Over 27 trillion gallons of rain washed over our city, resulting in 50 inches of rainfall. The rainfall was so heavy, in fact, the National Weather Service had to update the colors used to showcase the severity of the rainfall on its weather charts to properly account for it. As to be expected after a storm like Harvey, many insurance claims for property damage were subsequently filed with insurance companies. Unfortunately, however, many Texans believe both insurance proceeds and local and federal funds designated to help pay these claims were mishandled, some even suggesting an investigation should take place.


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$2.1 Billion in Gene Testing Fraud Billed to US Medicare Program

Today, we are fortunate to have access to many different testing options that screen for various diseases and infections we otherwise may not know about. Genetic testing in particular is utilized to identify changes within the DNA sequence or chromosome structure and measures the results of these changes. For several unsuspecting seniors, however, recommended genetic testing was found unnecessary after a massive fraud scam against the U.S. Medicare program was revealed.


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Dell Technologies Will Pay $7 Million to Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Cases of workplace discrimination seem to appear in the news nearly every week. Unfortunately, this trend is nothing new, as a study from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) shows the agency received 1,889,631 discrimination complaints from 1997 to 2018. In 2017, a majority of these complaints were based on retaliation, race, disability, or sex. […]


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What Questionable Acquisition Tactics Mean for AT&T & CEO Moving Forward

As many know, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are common practices between corporations. The concept of mergers and acquisitions describes the consolidation of businesses and/or their assets through various types of financial transactions. If and when these transactions go awry, it can put the process into question. Recently, AT&T and its CEO had their acquisition tactics […]


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FTC Seeks to Block $1.2 Billion Stewart Title & Fidelity Deal Over Competition Claims

While some view competition among businesses as a negative, competition among corporations is good for both consumers and businesses, often helping with different aspects of the economy. This can sometimes be a difficult line to tread for those involved in acquiring other businesses, as the size of the merger could have an overall impact on […]


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San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association Faces More Challenges

First Amendment rights are a concept most Americans hold in high regard. It can be difficult to imagine not having these certain rights, especially when it comes to advocating for something you believe in. Unfortunately, the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association (SAPFA) has faced many hardships involving the city of San Antonio in the last […]


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Class Action Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google Brings Up New Training Policies

As unfortunate as it seems, age discrimination is becoming more and more prevalent in the workforce as of late. According to a 2017 survey, more than six in ten workers aged 45 and older have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. It’s not just your average corporations either; recently, Google settled an age […]


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Former Silicon Valley Executive Misappropriated $19 Million in Investor Funds According to SEC

While unfortunate, fraud can occur in nearly any business. Funds designated for specific business use can be misappropriated and unnoticed for months or even years given the circumstances. Not even the higher-ups in Silicon Valley are immune to fraudulent activity, as recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) findings in a case against a former venture […]


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Former TABC Employee Claims She Was Fired For Whistleblowing

Wrongful termination claims, though fairly common, can sometimes be complex when it comes to determining their validity. This is because each situation is unique and often requires an experienced eye to see the varying details of the claims being disputed. This was the case for a former Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) employee who filed a wrongful termination claim over a conflict of interest with her employer.


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Texas Appeals Court Finds Copyright Infringement By Government Does Not Constitute a Taking

Nearly everyone understands the concept of copyright. Individuals can obtain copyright protection for books, songs, computer software, and photos, among many other things. Once a copyright is obtained, the holder can seek compensation from individuals that unlawfully use the copyrighted work. This fairly straightforward legal concept was turned on its head recently when a photographer filed a lawsuit against The University of Houston System not for infringing upon his copyright, but alleging the university’s use of his photograph constituted a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights.


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SEC Wants Clearer Guidelines After Elon Musk’s Tweets

Elon Musk is known for many things, including founding Paypal and serving as the CEO of Tesla Motors. In addition to making cars, building spaceships, and investing in a wide variety of technology start ups, Musk is also known for his prolific tweeting. Unfortunately, not everyone likes Musk’s use of the social media platform Twitter, and his tweets have not only created controversy, but they have also led to legal troubles with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Now, the SEC wants clearer guidelines how social media usage can violate federal law.


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Houston Law Firm Files Lawsuit Over Faulty Printer: Here’s What You Need To Know About Warranties

Picture this: you have a really important print job, but as you stand in front of your office printer it starts making strange noises. Before you know it, the printer is jammed and your print job isn’t happening anytime soon. This is a common scenario for anyone that works in an office, which can become incredibly frustrating, particularly if the printer is brand new and fails to operate properly at all. This was the case for a local Houston law firm who became so fed up with printer problems that they filed a lawsuit against HP, Inc. alleging breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of express warranty. While it’s unclear how this office drama will play out, it does serve as an important reminder to business owners about warranties.


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Was There A Breach In Fiduciary Duty In The Taco Cabana Empire?

When Felix Stehling opened the first Taco Cabana restaurants in 1979, he likely didn’t anticipate how quickly the restaurant would grow. While Stehling had a number of successful restaurants and businesses before Taco Cabana, the little taco shack would be the one that cemented him in the culinary history books. Sadly, the current status of the Taco Cabana empire is nowhere near what it used to be, and Stehling’s stepson alleges that’s due to a breach of fiduciary duty.


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New Apartments Fighting Condo Owners Associations

Houston is an unusual city for many reasons, but one of the most visibly apparent reasons is that there are no zoning requirements. This means that grocery stores can go up next to houses, but it also places a higher burden on homeowners and condo owners associations. Because there are no zoning requirements, these organizations are often the only thing standing in between a new development and residents. This is the case for the condominium owners association at the Cosmopolitan apartment complex, which is fighting the development of a 39-story building.


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Southwest and Mechanic’s Union Nearing End of Six Year Long Negotiation Battle

It’s not uncommon for airlines to reschedule or cancel flights. For Southwest Airlines, however, some of the cancellation and rescheduled flights over the past six years stem from a dispute between the company and its Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association. The contentious fight between Southwest and its mechanic’s union appears to be nearing its end according to both parties who have reached a tentative agreement.


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Texas Open Meetings Act Provision Struck Down by Texas Court

The Texas Open Meetings Act (“TOMA”) is included in Chapter 551 of the Government Code. It states that governmental bodies must hold open meetings unless there is an authorized reason for a closed session. Public access to the proceedings and decision-making processes of both local and state governmental entities is an essential element of a properly functioning democracy. […]


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Austin, The Live Music Capital of the World, Struggles With Noise Complaints

Due to the close proximity of businesses, entertainment venues, residential areas, and hotels in a metropolitan area, noise complaints are a common occurrence in a big city. Without clear and defined regulations in place for noise levels – including specific hours of operation for music and entertainment venues – these complaints can be a constant source of friction between business owners and those living in or visiting a city.


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City Council Gets Ready To Implement Prop B

It’s been over three months since Houston voters approved pay parity between firefighters and police officers and Houston City Council is getting ready to begin implementation. As the legal representatives who helped the Houston Professional Firefighters Association get Proposition B on the ballot, our entire team is very proud to see the measure come to fruition.


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Investigation Reveals Over 300 Sexually Abusive Southern Baptist Church Leaders

Just one week after Catholic Dioceses across Texas released the names of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse, an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News revealed 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers across the country have been accused of sexual misconduct. Over 220 of these individuals have been charged with sex crimes. Nonetheless the Southern Baptist Convention has refused to act and implement protocols that could prevent much of this abuse, and now victims want answers.


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Health Insurance Giant Slammed With $25 Million Verdict For Bad Faith Denial

Insurance is typically a good thing. Policyholders can pay a small premium and receive financial compensation if they end up filing a claim. Without insurance, many people would be unable to pay for car repairs after an accident, a new roof after a storm, or necessary medical treatment. Unfortunately, insurance companies are first and foremost a business, and they sometimes put their own financial interests above their contractual obligations to policyholders.


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Beer Companies Pabst and MillerCoors Go To Court Over Partnership Dispute

Many individuals and businesses choose to create partnerships. Partnerships can help grow a business, combine resources, and bring together intelligent minds. As beneficial as partnerships can be, there can also be partnership disputes. Partnership disputes are common with businesses of all sizes, and some of the country’s largest beer companies are heading to court over one such dispute.


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Fiduciary Duty Could Change With New SEC Rules

A fiduciary duty is the highest duty imposed by law, and while there are many types of fiduciary relationships, the definition is very broad. Generally speaking, a fiduciary duty exists between a fiduciary and a trustee. The fiduciary is expected to act in the best interest of the trustee. This relationship applies to lawyers and clients, doctors and patients, and legal guardians and their wards. However, these are all very different relationships, so a one size fits all approach to the handling of a fiduciary duty can often lead to litigation. But, the definition of fiduciary duty could see some changes in the near future when it’s applied to brokers and investors.


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Types of Employment Discrimination

Workplaces can be extremely tense environments. While these environments can be shaped into more positive atmospheres, tense work environments are usually the basis of employment litigation. Many people think employment discrimination is just discriminating based on the color of someone’s skin, but there are many types of employment discrimination that create hostile work environments, prevent growth of hardworking employees, and lead to extensive litigation.


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Are Ridesharing Services Safe For Women?

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have hit the transportation industry by storm. These convenient rides are popular all over the country, but many are wondering if these services do enough to protect women from violence. Several high profile cases, including one in Houston, have left many women with the impression that ridesharing services just aren’t safe for them.


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Anti-Prop B Signs Placed Near Site of Fatal Fire

Houston firefighters have been fighting for Prop B to make it onto the November ballot. Mayor Sylvester Turner strongly opposed the proposition despite Houston firefighters obtaining more than enough signatures to get it on the ballot per the city’s election laws. With the help of Feldman & Feldman, Prop B successfully made it onto the ballot, so voters get to decide whether or not firefighters deserve pay parity with police officers. This long fought battle took a somber tone when an Anti-Prop B sign was placed just 25 yards from the site of the deadly Southwest Inn fire that claimed the lives of five firefighters and injured dozens more.


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Feldman & Feldman Is Proud To Support Houston Firefighters On Proposition B

Texas early voting starts this week, and Houstonians have a lot of important decisions to make. In addition to voting for candidates, Houstonians will be voting on a number of propositions that will have huge implications for the city. Feldman & Feldman has proudly assisted the Houston Professional Firefighters Association (HPFFA) in its effort to get its “Proposition B” pay initiative on the November ballot.


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Five Ways To Prevent Employment Litigation

Running a business is no small feat. Whether you own a small mom and pop company or employ thousands of employees, you are going to face legal issues that can jeopardize your business. In addition to a wide variety of business litigation issues, companies can also face employment litigation. Employment litigation can be damaging in many ways. Not only can it be expensive, but it can also tarnish a company’s reputation and take a serious blow at the morale of current employees. However, there are many steps companies can take to prevent employment litigation.


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San Antonio Firefighters Win Placement for Ballot Initiative

Feldman & Feldman is representing the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association (SAPFA) with regard to the San Antonio First Initiative, successfully gaining placement for the initiative on the November ballot. Recently, the city had restricted SAPFA’s free speech in promoting the initiative, but despite this, SAPFA was successful in getting the initiative in front of voters this fall. On August 16th, 2018, the San Antonio City Council voted to put the San Antonio First Initiative on the November ballot for voters to decide its fate.


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The Differences Between the Texas and U.S. Constitutions

While many people learn about the U.S. Constitution in school, few give it much thought outside of school, and even fewer give the Texas Constitution any thought at all. While the U.S. Constitution applies to the federal government with the states being subordinate, the Texas Constitution (and all state constitutions) sets in writing what the state government can and cannot do with the counties being subordinate.


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Feldman & Feldman File Lawsuit On Behalf Of San Antonio Firefighters

This past April, members of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association (SAPFA) had a special delivery for the city clerk’s office. SAPFA members and their president delivered over 100,000 signatures in support of several petitions they named the “San Antonio First Initiative.” Unfortunately, the city violated citizens’ first amendment rights by restricting SAPFA from exercising its constitutional right to free speech. Feldman & Feldman has filed a lawsuit on behalf of SAPFA to protect their free speech rights under the Texas Constitution.


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Why Sexual Assault Victims Should File A Civil Lawsuit

There are few things in life as violating as a sexual assault. Victims not only suffer physical injuries, but also suffer from extreme mental turmoil. Emotions and memories from the event can haunt victims for the rest of their lives and affect every relationship they have or try to establish. While nothing can take away the physical and emotional pain from the assault, victims can pursue compensation in a civil lawsuit, allowing them to take back control of their lives.


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Everything You Need To Know About The Texas Whistleblower Act

As a government employee, what do you do if you discover your employer, a government agency or organization, is breaking the law? While you might feel compelled to report your employer to the authorities, you may be equally worried it could cost you your job. Fortunately, government employees who alert authorities to wrongdoings by their employers are offered numerous protections under the Texas Whistleblower Act.


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Feldman Demands Whistleblower Report

For the first time, we are hearing publicly from HISD’s former internal audit executive. Richard Patton said the district retaliated against him after he reported possible corruption by putting him on leave for five months during an investigation, just to bring him back for several weeks and then fire him by not renewing his contract.


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Feldman & Feldman Files Watchdog Suit against HISD After Retaliation

The chief audit executive of the Houston Independent School District has sued his employer, claiming that he was unfairly suspended. According to the seven-page lawsuit filed by Richard Patton, he was suspended with pay for nearly five months after he went to the district’s police chief and the FBI to report several violations within the district. Patton claimed that his suspension was retaliation for those actions.


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Houston Woman Announces Lawsuit Against Liberty County Constable

Just over two years ago, Joyce Smith was almost arrested for doing her job. Smith says she was forced over her desk, and then nearly handcuffed and arrested at Harris County Writ Towing and Storage in north Houston, because she wouldn’t release an impounded car to Liberty County Precinct 1 Constable Timothy Allison. A car Allison believed was unlawfully towed.


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Constable Sued For Towing Confrontation

Originally Published by Click2Houston Things can get heated when someone’s vehicle gets towed. Employees at the Harris County Writ Wrecker Yard tell Local 2 that’s exactly what happened when a Liberty County constable went to pick up his truck. The accusations include a threat and a confrontation and now the whole ordeal is the focus […]


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Rusty Hardin Trial Win Named Texas’ Top 2010 Business Law Verdict

Trial partners, Cris Feldman and Rusty Hardin, win Texas’ largest verdict in 2010. A $2.8 million breach of contract verdict won by attorneys from Houston’s Rusty Hardin & Associates, P.C., against Stewart Title Guaranty Co. has been named as Texas’ top business law verdict of 2010.

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