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Dallas Suburb Votes to Ban Fracking, but the Fight is Far from Over
LXBN TV
November 19, 2014
HBA Legal Initiative Series Serves Veterans of all Eras
Houston Lawyer
November 18, 2014
Selected Issues to Consider When Drafting Healthcare Transactions
Dallas Bar Headnotes
November 6, 2014
Facebook Knows How You'll Vote
KTRH Radio
October 29, 2014
Pro Bono Spotlight: Taylor Lamb
State Bar of Texas Blog
October 23, 2014
A Bold Step Toward Solving Texas' Road Woes
Texas Tribune
October 22, 2014
Three Steps to Better Blogging
Everything Matters
October 17, 2014 - Good writing is good writing, right? Yes and no.
Attorney: Texas asbestos decision ‘absolutely not’ gaining traction in other jurisdictions
Washington Examiner
September 29, 2014 - ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Texas defense attorney recently said that as asbestos litigation changes, the laws governing legal causation must also change – and the recent Bostic decision from the Texas Supreme Court is a prime example of that change despite the fact that it is not having a nationwide impact yet.
Baker Botts loses tax partner Dan Kroll to Houston office of Gray Reed & McGraw
Tax Grotto
September 18, 2014 - Gray Reed & McGraw has announced the addition of tax attorney Dan Kroll to the firm’s Houston office.
Gray Reed Scoops Up Baker Botts Partner
Law360
September 17, 2014 - Gray Reed & McGraw has lured a 20-year Baker Botts veteran over to its Houston office to work on joint venture structuring and tax planning, the firm said Monday.  
Workplace Uniform Requirements
KRLD Radio
September 12, 2014 - KRLD's Mitch Carr interviewed Gray Reed's Michael Kelsheimer about the possibility of some stores, like Walmart and Starbucks requiring their employees to purchase workplace uniforms. Click here to listen to the interview.  
Liquor Licensees May Have to Bite the Bullet
Law360
September 11, 2014
Official-Looking E-Mail Will Install Malware On Computers
News 92 FM
September 8, 2014
Austin's Possible New Cell Phone Ban
KTRH Radio
September 2, 2014
Woman Files $123 Million Lawsuit Against Facebook
KRLD Radio
August 22, 2014
Air B-N-B Squatter
KRLD Radio
August 7, 2014
How to Enforce Terms of Service for Online Social Media Promotions and Contests
Bloomberg Social Media Law & Policy Report
August 7, 2014
Timing of Justice's Departure Means Party Committees Choose Candidates
Texas Lawyer
August 5, 2014 - Jim Moseley, who has served as a justice on Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals for 18 years, announced he's leaving the bench on Aug. 21 to join Gray Reed & McGraw as chairman of the 120-lawyer firm's appellate section.
Retiring Dallas Judge To Head Gray Reed Appellate Practice
Law360
August 1, 2014 - Law360, Dallas (July 31, 2014, 8:05 PM ET) -- A Dallas Court of Appeals judge who is retiring in August after 18 years on the bench will join Gray Reed & McGraw PC as the head of the firm’s newly formed appellate section, the firm announced Thursday. Justice Jim Moseley, who announced his retirement in June, had good relationships with several Gray Reed lawyers, and when they called him after he said he’d be stepping down, he was listening. He told Law360 on Thursday that “one thing led to another,” and the firm ultimately made him...
GOP, Democrats vie to Fill Fifth District Court of Appeals Seat
Dallas Morning News
August 1, 2014 - The Fifth District Court of Appeals will lose one of its longtime justices next month when Justice Jim Moseley retires after 18 years on the court.
What to Watch For: Obamacare Appeals
Houston Business Journal
July 31, 2014 - The split decisions surrounding the Affordable Care Act's subsidies reignited the firestorm over the efficacy of Obamacare, but in states like Texas that don't have a state-run health insurance exchange and didn't expand Medicaid, the focus is on the impact of losing the federal tax credits.
FCC Again Takes Aim at Net Neutrality
KTRH Radio
July 22, 2014
Border Immigration Crisis
El Pais - Spain
July 21, 2014
Anti-Fracking Petition Will Go To Denton Voters in November  
KUHF Radio
July 17, 2014
EEOC Pregnancy Guidelines
KRLD Radio
July 16, 2014
Civil Rivalry
Alcalde Magazine (UT Alumni)
July 14, 2014 - Longhorns and Sooners don’t always get along. But in Houston, they’re building something special.
SCOTUS Rulings Protect Privacy, Property
KTRH Radio
June 26, 2014
Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far on Medical Malpractice in Texas?
Houston Business Journal
June 19, 2014
Netflix and Verizon Battle over Buffering
KTRH Radio
June 9, 2014
LXBN Leaders: For Charles Sartain, Writing Towards an Industry Means Being Educational – and Opinionated
LXBN
June 6, 2014
Accountable Care Organization Waivers: Addressing Fraud and Abuse Compliance Issues in the Shared Savings Program
AHLA Fraud & Abuse
May 12, 2014
Be Careful When You Review Products Online
KTRH Radio
May 9, 2014
Will this be the next Ashby high-rise case?
Houston Business Journal
May 6, 2014
Hospital-Physician Employment Agreements and Medical Staff Bylaws
AHLA MedStaff News
May 5, 2014
Seven Ways to Manage the Credit of a New Customer in Construction and Oil and Gas
Business Credit Magazine
May 2014
Ashby High Rise Lawsuits
Big State Home Buyers
April 22, 2014 -     On Monday, April 21, the trial judge heard oral arguments about whether to grant the injunction to prevent the developer from beginning construction.  The parties filed additional letter briefs after the oral hearings.  In an interview with Brian Spitz from Big State Home Buyers, Daryl Bailey from Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. discusses issues and answers questions related to the      Ashby High-Rise law suits and a River Oaks law suit     that sought similar injunctive relief which was not granted. Watch the video, and click     here     to see the full article.    
Franchise Dining Deals Get Supersized in Development Boom
Law360
April 21, 2014
Thirteen Workers First to File Case Under City’s New Wage Theft Law
Houston Chronicle
April 16, 2014
Bauer Business Focus: David Gair On Avoiding 'IRS' Telephone Scammers
Houston Public Media
March 28, 2014 - The approach of Tax Day regularly brings a jump in phone fraud activity . Individuals claiming to represent the IRS call taxpayers demanding money for unpaid taxes.
Hospital Employment of Physicians: What Should A Physician Consider?
Texas Orthopaedic Association Newsletter
March 11, 2014
UHLC Arrival Awards Honor Four Immigrants
University of Houston Law Center News
March 7, 2014
International Tax Committee COGs Comment Project
Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report
March 3, 2014 - Gray Reed Houston tax attorney Austin Carlson collaborated on the first ever International Tax Committee COGs comment project. It was recently published in Bloomberg Daily News and you can see it here .
Sharks R Us drop their briefs to pick up tongs at the rodeo
Houston Business Journal
February 28, 2014
Physicians Assistants
Texas Orthopedic Association Newsletter
February 2014
Physicians and Compounding Pharmacies: Liability Issues Related to ...Such Ventures
American Health Lawyers Association
December 26, 2013
Dallas City Council Passes Draconian Drilling Ordinance
KRLD Radio
December 17, 2013
Council Gives Wage Theft Ordinance Unanimous Passage
Houston Chronicle
November 21, 2013 - Houston City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt an ordinance aimed at deterring companies from stealing workers' wages and ensuring the city does not hire firms that do, though supporters acknowledged the measure's limited reach.
Bauer Business Focus: J. Wayne Ballew On Venezuela After Hugo Chávez
KUHF Radio
November 15, 2013
Member Spotlight
State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section
November 13, 2013 - Gray Reed & McGraw's Sofia Adrogué is a Member (Partner) of Gray, Reed & McGraw, P.C.  She is a Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation “International Award Recipient”; a “Mujer Empresaria del Año” (Executive Women of the Year), Sucesos Newspaper & Solo Mujeres Magazine; a “Woman of Influence,” National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; a “Texas Super Lawyer,” Texas Monthly Magazine; a Texas’ Lawyers Top “40 Under 40”; a National Diversity Council “Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas”; a “TBOY Blazing Star,” Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce; a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber Hall of Fame Inductee; a Texas Executive Women “Woman on the Move”; a Houston  Chronicle Channel 11 “Texas Legend”; a Houston Jaycees “Outstanding Houstonian”; a Texas Jaycees “Outstanding Texan” and a U.S. Jaycees “Outstanding Young American.”
IRS Rev. Proc. 2013-14 Significantly Expands Grounds For Equitable Innocent Spouse Relief
State Bar of Texas' Texas Tax Lawyer Newsletter
November 12, 2013 - Various forms of relief for "innocent spouses" are found in the Internal Revenue Code; but only § 6015(f) relieves filers from responsibility for underpayments of tax shown on the face of a jointly-filed income tax return (as distinguished from audit deficiencies later determined by the IRS). Section 6015(f) provides for "equitable relief" if, based on the facts and circumstances, it would be inequitable to hold the individual liable for such taxes.
$2B Texas Water Vote Sets Stage for Infrastructure Push
Law 360
November 5, 2013 - Texas voters Tuesday approved a $2 billion infusion of state cash into a revolving loan fund for water infrastructure projects that will launch long-pending projects into reality and jump-start a flurry of development.
US Senators Soon To Vote On Dead-End Anti-Discrimination Law
KUHF Radio
November 5, 2013
Gray Reed Reaffirms a $900,000 Jury Verdict
Texas Lawbook
November 5, 2013 - The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston upheld a Harris County jury decision last week that a local school district violated one of its ex-peace officer’s rights under the Texas Whistleblower Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
The Mobile Wallet
Money for Lunch Radio Show
October 17, 2013
Dallas to Houston in Just 90 Minutes
KERA Radio
October 9, 2013 - Imagine waking up in Dallas, going to Houston for lunch, and being back in Big D for a 3 p.m. meeting. Transportation planners say it’s not only possible, it could be an option in just a few years -- thanks to a fast-moving Texas company that plans to deploy fast-moving trains. 
Temporary Restraining Orders and Temporary Injunctions
The Advocate
October 8, 2013 - The State Bar of Texas published an article written by Gabe Vick in the most recent volume of “The Advocate,” which is the quarterly report of the State Bar’s Litigation Section. Read the article here .
Five Ways to Avoid Turbulence in the Cloud
Baylor Business Review
October 3, 2013 - The leader of a business considering a journey into the unsettled world of cloud computing could take a lesson from a pilot. Those who fly rely on flight dispatchers to help them avoid turbulence. That’s because the dispatcher’s vantage point, equipment and training provide a vision the pilot lacks. See more here .
Co-Author, Legislative Update 2013
State Bar of Texas Texas Bar Journal, Volume 76
September 13, 2013
The Clean Energy Company Bankruptcy: Here to Stay?
ABI Technology and Intellectual Property Committee Newsletter
08/2013
Detroit Files Bankruptcy
KRLD-AM
July 25, 2013
Texas Rivals OPEC in Oil Production
KTRH-AM Radio
July 15, 2013 - Gray Reed & McGraw attorney J. Wayne Ballew discusses with KTRH Radio the combination of factors fueling the growth of oil production in Texas.
Two Healthcare Worlds Colliding
Synergy
July/August 2013 - Dallas healthcare attorney Pat Souter weighs in on peer review and human resource issues in the medical field .
Caught Short When Your Dinner Tab Arrives ... Now What?
Dallas Observer
June 27, 2013 - We've all heard that if you don't have money to pay for your dinner they'll hand you an apron and put you to work washing dishes. This antiquated scenario is charming enough, but let's say you leave your wallet on the coffee table on your way out the door. After a full meal and a bottle of wine you reach for the cash and you've got nothing. Your guest also has nothing.
Intellectual Pursuits
Docket Call
Summer 2013 - Gray Reed and McGraw member David G. Henry was recently featured in Baylor Law School's Docket Call . Henry, an '86 BU Law grad, focuses his practice on Patent Litigation Prosecution and Defense; Patent and Trademark Strategic Planning, Prosecution and Licensing; and Trademark and Trade Secret Litigation.
IRS Controversy: What's The Potential Fallout?
WFAA TV, KRLD Radio, KUHF Radio, KTRH Radio
May 28, 2013 - After lawmakers question the IRS over the undue scrutiny the agency put on conservative groups that filed for tax-exempt status during the 2012 elections, they'll want to take action -- to hold people accountable and eventually consider legislation to amend any systemic problems that led to this kind of political discrimination. Norm Lofgren , a Member and tax attorney at Gray Reed & McGraw, was interviewed by a number of radio and TV media on the effects this recent controversy will have.
Physician Acquisitions and Mergers: Recent Developments in Light of Heightened Federal and State  Governmental Enforcement
American Health Lawyers Association's Physician Organizations
April 2013 - As a result of various market conditions and reimbursement initiatives, the healthcare industry has witnessed increased activity in the area of physician consolidation. It is not uncommon for providers to attempt consolidation through the means of acquisitions, mergers, and other joint venture relationships. This activity may be based upon numerous reasons, such as meeting competition from larger independent physician groups or hospital-controlled physician practices or providing a broader geographic base for payor contracting purposes. Also, consolidation may be for the purpose of coordination of care, economies of scale, or being in a position to quickly and effectively address changes in the delivery of healthcare.
Why BMC Sale Could Affect Jobs In Houston
KUHF-FM Radio
May 13, 2013 - BMC Software, which is headquartered in West Houston, has agreed to be bought by a private equity group for nearly $7 billion. It's a big change for a local company that may have fallen behind when it comes to an internet business model.
Safeguards Discussed For Preventing Social Media Distortion Of Markets
KUHF FM Radio
May 1, 2013 - A recent false report about explosions at the White House, posted on social media and picked up by news web sites, caused an immediate drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. So now, additional safeguards are being discussed.
Now That the SEC Likes Facebook, Companies Need to Up Their Social Media Game
Houston Business Journal
April 29, 2013
Law School Graduates Sue Law Schools for Misrepresenting Their Job Placement Results
KTRH FM Radio
April 25, 2013 - Job openings for attorneys has recently been on the decline. Some law school graduates have joined in class-action lawsuits, alleging that law schools lured them in with misleading reports of success. Gray Reed attorney Cleve Clinton discusses with KTRH Radio's Matt Patrick on whether the graduates have any claims.
Questions Surface on Candidate's Residency in McAllen Election
The Monitor
March 25, 2013 - Three months before banker Sonia A. Falcon launched her campaign for McAllen City Commission District 6, she voted during the November 2012 general election — from District 3. Falcon’s ballot application, public records and voter data from the Hidalgo County Elections Department offer conflicting information about Falcon’s residency. The big question: Where does Falcon actually live?
Litigation, Regulation, Pollution and Risk Management in the Energy Market
World Risk & Insurance News
March 15, 2013
Mobile Devices and Their Use in Healthcare: Medical Staff Policies and Procedures to Avoid Pitfalls
Synergy, National Association of Medical Staff Services
March 1, 2013 - The proliferation of mobile devices in our society has resulted in their use becoming commonplace in most every personal and professional venue. The universe of mobile devices includes such small units as iPhones, Android phones and BlackBerries as well as larger devices such as iPads, tablets and notebooks. The healthcare industry is not immune from this phenomenon. 
Keeping Your Online Promotion Legal
Visibility Magazine
February 27, 2013 - You have read that user generated content contests, online sweepstakes and other interactive promotions are great branding ideas?  While easy to do and effective, have you thought about the legality of it all?  
The Copyright Alert System
KRLD Radio
February 27, 2013 - Travis Crabtree was interviewed on KRLD Radio on an overview and analysis of the controversial Copyright Alert System, created in order to curb illegal sharing of music, movies, or television shows.
Are "90 Day Probationary Periods" For New-Hires Required by Law?
Southwest Collector Connector, American Collectors Association of Texas
Winter 2013 - Michael Kelsheimer discusses with the American Collectors Association of Texas on whether 90 day probationary periods are required by law. 
US Airways Lands $11 Billion Merger With American
February 15, 2013 - American Airlines and US Airways announce plans to merge -- a deal that would create the world's largest airline.  Gray Reed attorney Joe Acosta weighs in on what we will expect to see throughout this process.
Dallas' Inaction on Fracking Regs Driving Away Drillers
Law360
February 12, 2013 - XTO Energy Inc. shelved its plans to drill for natural gas in Dallas last week, saying the city’s indecision on how to regulate urban drilling has made it impossible to move forward, and experts say continued rulemaking delays add to an already bleak picture for fracking in the city.
Recent Litigation Involving Disney Land and Lance Armstrong
KPRC 950 AM  Radio
February 12, 2013 - Cleve Clinton was interviewed on a second family who has come forward with claims that a Disneyland character ignored their children because of the color of their skin.  Clinton was also interviewed on the recent lawsuit against Lance Armstong by a Dallas promotions company demanding he repay $12 million in bonuses and fees it paid him for winning the Tour de France.
Houston's Bullish Energy Sector: What Will Happen in 2013
KUHF-FM Radio and KTRH-AM Radio
February 8, 2013 - Houston continues to receive incredibly encouraging signs that the Oil & Gas/Energy sector is expanding and growing. ExxonMobil is building a huge complex in North Houston, Phillips 66 is building International HQ in West Houston, and seven other major construction projects are on-going in West Houston's Energy Corridor. Now we hear that Phillips 66 just reported a $1.3 billion fourth quarter profit. Gray Reed & McGraw Oil & Gas attorney J. Wayne Ballew shares his insight into the market and what we can expect for 2013.
How to Make a Trust Last for Your Heirs
Dallas Morning News
February 4, 2013 - Norm Lofgren, a Member at Gray Reed & McGraw, was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News on "How to Make a Trust Last for Your Heirs".
Informed Consent and Avoiding Liability by Accepting Responsibility
The Collaborative Roadmap, The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
Winter 2013
NLRB Confirms That Comments Posted On Social Media May Be Entitled To Protection
KRLD Radio
January 22, 2013 - KRLD Radio interviews Travis Crabtree as he explains the NLRB's recent rulings on firing employees for their social media conduct.
Gray Reed Attorney Jeff Leach Sworn in as a Texas State Representative
January 8, 2013 - Gray Reed attorney Jeff Leach made the Dallas Morning News front page today! As a newly elected State Representative, Leach was sworn in on the House floor yesterday, with his wife Becky and their 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte, assisting.
The Regulation of Online Commercial Speech in the Form of Endorsements
Digital Thought Leadership, an ExecSense eBook
2012 - Travis Crabtree was recently chosen by ExecSense to author an eBook Chapter on “The Regulation of Online Commercial Speech in the Form of Endorsements.” This digital eLearning publication is now available for instant download at amazon.com by clicking here .  This chapter is part of a forthcoming book entitled “Straight from the Top: What Your Marketing Team Needs to Know Regarding the First Amendment."  Mr. Crabtree’s chapter provides practical tips on how to comply with the FTC Online Endorsement Guidelines in light of today’s sophisticating online marketing through Facebook, Twitter, celebrity endorsements, offering discounts for “likes” or “retweets,” affiliate marketing and concludes with a concise take away section with actual policies you can implement today.
Building a Practice on Dallas' Appetite for Restaurants
The National Law Journal
December 18, 2012 - Matthew Sanderson is the lawyer version of a foodie. The shareholder at 120-attorney Gray Reed & McGraw in Dallas has built a career advising start-up and established restaurants, and he's in the right place to do it: The Dallas-Ft. Worth area has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. metropolitan area.
Netflix CEO in Hot Water Over Facebook Post
KTRH Radio
December 12, 2012 - Gray Reed attorney Travis Crabtree was interviewed on KTRH Radio Houston on the Netflix CEO who possibly violated SEC law when he made a facebook post.  Netflix and its chief executive, Reed Hastings, have been warned by regulators over a 43-word post that Mr. Hastings made to his Facebook page in July, in which he said subscribers had watched one billion hours of video the previous month. The Securities and Exchange Commission, concerned that the post may have violated a rule requiring a company to announce material information to all investors at the same time, warned that it may file civil claims or seek a cease-and-desist order. 
Coventry Health Care Inc. Settles Governmental Claims of Unauthorized and Improper Access to the Medicare Beneficiary Database
Practice Group Alert, American Health Lawyers Association 
December 4, 2012 - Gray Reed attorney Pat Souter was published in the American Health Lawyers Association's December 2012 issue of Practice Group Alerts on "Coventry Health Care Inc. Settles Governmental Claims of Unauthorized and Improper Access to the Medicare Beneficiary Database". 
Mobile Devices and Their Use in Healthcare: Medical Staff Policies and Procedures to Address the Pitfalls of Their Use
MedStaff News, American Health Lawyers Association
December 1, 2012 - Gray Reed & McGraw healthcare attorney Pat Souter was publish in the November 2012 issue of the American Health Lawyers Association's MedStaff News on "Mobile Devices and Their Use in Healthcare: Medical Staff Policies and Procedures to Address the Pitfalls of Their Use."
Artist Turns Private Cell Phone Photos, Texts from Sugar Land into Book
KHOU - TV
November 28, 2012 - Gray Reed attorney Travis Crabtree was interviewed on KHOU-TV in Houston on the publishing of a book that contains dozens of private cell phone pictures and texts from old cell phones. The people who posed for the photos and sent the texts probably have no idea they've been made public. New York artist Kyle M.F. Williams said he recently paid $80for 44 Razr phones on eBay. He initially planned to create a sculpture with the phones, but that didn’t’ work out. Williams then turned the phones on and browsed through them, finding nude photos, sexually-charged texts and even pictures of drugs. The artist turned them into a book that is now selling on amazon.com.
BP To Pay Largest Criminal Settlement In US History
KUHF Radio
November 15, 2012 - The Justice Department and BP have agreed to $4.5 billion dollar settlement over the oil company's 2010 oil rig explosion. The federal government has also charged two BP managers with manslaughter. The deal is part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the massive oil spill.
From Silverware Theft to Fights in Bars, The Legal Low-Down for Restaurant Owners
Dallas Observer
November 8, 2012
The View with a Latina Perspective
The Houston Lawyer
November/December 2012
Forget Paris - There Is Now Teeth in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking Claims
Messaging News
October 30, 2012
The Law of Using Images from the Web on Your Blog
eMedia Law Insider
October 23, 2012 - The DOs and DON'Ts about using images on your blog or website. Not only is simply copying something from the web a moral issue, it can get you into legal trouble.
Aderholt Profiled By University of Houston-Downtown
University of Houston-Downtown "Success Stories"
October 19, 2012 - Gray Reed & McGraw attorney Ben Aderholt was profiled in the September edition of the University of Houston-Downtown's Success Stories .
University General Health Moves Forward with Expansion Plans
Houston Business Journal
October 19, 2012
What Obamacare Now Means for Employers
Financial Executive
October 16, 2012 - Jennifer Gurevitz and Patrick Souter , attorneys in Gray Reed & McGraw's healthcare and tax sections, were published in the Sept. 2012 edition of Financial Executive magazine on "What Obamacare Now Means for Employers."
Adrogue Profiled as Notable Rice University Graduate
Houston Chronicle
October 9, 2012 - Gray Reed & McGraw attorney Sofia Adrogue was profiled in the Oct. 6 issue of the Houston Chronicle as a "Notable Rice University Graduate."  
Companies Fighting Back Against Bad Online Reviews
KHOU-TV
October 5, 2012 - A company can spend years building up its reputation, but a bad review online can destroy it in a matter of minutes. Gray Reed & McGraw attorney Travis Crabtree , interviews with KHOU 11 in Houston on how some businesses are now fighting back and what it could mean if you post incorrect information.