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Farmers' Class Action Against Syngenta may Answer Legal Questions
Ag Professional
February 26, 2015 - Although the increasingly vocal debate over the labeling of food containing genetically modified (GM) organisms has captured most of the public and agricultural community's recent attention, two other controversies working their way through the court system may have an equally significant impact on farming and coexistence: (1) potential liability traced back to farmers because of unintentional contamination of neighboring fields with pollen from GM plants and (2) trade-related implications of exports containing comingled GM crops that do not have approval in other countries. [1] These two issues are front and center in the class action filed over Syngenta's GM corn Agrisure Viptera that contains the MIR 162 genetic trait. [2] In its December 11, 2014 decision, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation held that based on the common questions of fact, the claims of more than 1,300 farmers from across the United States who filed lawsuits against Syngenta should be centralized into a single class action in the District of Kansas. [3] The co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs includes Gray, Ritter & Graham's Don Downing; Gray Reed & McGraw's William Chaney; Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton's Scott Powell; and Stueve Siegel Hanson's Patrick Stueve. [4]
The Top Three Obstacles for Construction Producers
Insurance Business America
February 25, 2015 - Given the complications inherent in servicing construction and contractor clients, the majority of producers in the space are highly specialized. As such, they are accustomed to the detailed risks and intricate policy language attached to construction contracts and insurance coverage. However, experts from national wholesaler Partners Specialty Group (PSG) told Insurance Business America there are a few areas making life difficult for producers in the construction space.
Five Ways to Protect your IP in a Startup
Houston Business Journal
February 24, 2015
Corn's Price Drop Subject of Suit
El Campo News-Leader
February 4, 2015 - Farmers in Wharton County and nationwide are joining a GMO corn lawsuit claiming China’s refusal to buy U.S. genetically-modified corn caused prices to fall. Syngenta Ag, a Swiss-based agribusiness that markets seeds and agrochemicals globally, produced two genetically modified seeds, Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade, which were marketed in the U.S. beginning in 2010.    
Agency as an Affirmative Defense
Dallas Bar Headnotes
January 27, 2015
Super Bowl Betting Pools May Be Illegal
KTRH Radio
January 26, 2015 - This is the week when everyone in the office joins in that Super Bowl betting pool.  But what seems like harmless fun to most people is actually against the law here in Texas.  "It's illegal," says Dallas-based attorney Cleve Clinton . "Now, realistically and practically, is anybody going to do anything about"  He tells KTRH that Texas law has such a broad definition of gambling, that technically any betting pool violates state law.  Whether or not the state chooses to enforce that depends on a few factors.  "The first thing you really want to look at is how big of a pool are we talking about, the second thing is who's running it, and the third, will someone profit by it," says Clinton.
Regional farmers join Syngenta suits; Parties want compensation for MIR 162 damages
Grand Forks Herald
January 19, 2015 - Northern Plains farmers are getting into the legal fray over Syngenta’s alleged premature release of a genetically modified (GM) corn variety. The commercial release to U.S. farmers allegedly led to China stopping imports of U.S. corn and distillers grains from November 2013 through much of 2014.
You Saw What? Where? About Whom? Improper Use and Disclosures of Protected Health Information Through Social Media
AHLA Newsletter
January 19, 2015 - The use of social networking applications to exchange personal and professional information has become commonplace today. While many believe that societal acceptance lies mainly with high school-age and college-age groups, in reality, all ages have embraced this technology as a way to interact with others on a regular basis.
Texas Firms Have Optimistic Outlook for 2015
Texas Lawyer
December 25, 2014 - Despite declining oil prices, Texas law firm leaders are bullish about their firms' growth prospects for 2015. "We're all scratching our heads right now, watching energy prices fall so quickly," said Marvin Nathan, president and founding shareholder of 17-lawyer Nathan Sommers Jacobs in Houston. "It's causing some shock waves in Houston and probably throughout the rest of the country." Read more:
More Energy, More Deals, More Disputes
JAMS Newsletter
December 22, 2014
Twenty States Climb Aboard Syngenta GMO Corn Class Actions
December 19, 2014 - Law360, Los Angeles (December 18, 2014, 8:37 PM ET) -- Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota and 17 other states have joined class actions in Kansas and Missouri filed by corn farmers, grain exporters and others who accuse Syngenta Corp. of “tainting” the U.S. corn supply with genetically modified seed before China gave import approval. The three firms that filed their complaints in November amended them on Thursday to include the 20 states, which represent 86 percent of the corn planted in the U.S. this year, they said in a joint statement Thursday. The other states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Contributing Author - Bankruptcy Treatise
Bloomberg Law
December 19, 2014
Are Facebook Threats Protected Speech?
KTRH Radio
December 2, 2014
Dallas Suburb Votes to Ban Fracking, but the Fight is Far from Over
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
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
September 11, 2014
Official-Looking E-Mail Will Install Malware On Computers
News 92 FM
September 8, 2014
Subcontractors Secure a Victory in Federal Court
Energy and the Law
September 3, 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
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
June 6, 2014
Accountable Care Organization Waivers: Addressing Fraud and Abuse Compliance Issues in the Shared Savings Program
American Health Lawyers Association Fraud & Abuse, Vol. 3, Number 2
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
American Health Lawyers Association MedStaff News, Vol. 16, Number 1
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
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
Ten Things to Axe From a Brief
Texas Lawyer
February 10, 2014
Physicians and Compounding Pharmacies: Liability Issues Related to the Prescribing and Investing in Such Ventures
American Health Lawyers Association Physician Organizations, Vol. 16, Number 2
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
Detroit Files Bankruptcy
July 25, 2013
Texas Rivals OPEC in Oil Production
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
National Association of Medical Staff Services 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, Vol. 16, Number 1
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
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
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
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
National Association of Medical Staff Services Synergy
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. 
Editing Someone Else’s Draft
The College Bulletin
March 1, 2013
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
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.