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Houston Civil Rights Ordinance Criminalizes Discrimination
July 14, 2014 - By Marcus Fettinger In Houston, it is now a crime (Houston Ordinance No. 2014-530, known as the “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance”) for employers with 50 or more employees to discriminate against indi...
U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes That Certain For-Profit Corporations May Exercise Religious Beliefs
July 14, 2014 - By Pat Souter On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic 5-4 ruling that a closely-held corporation may refuse to offer its employees insurance coverage for certain contraceptive me...
Texas Supreme Court Significantly Limits the Minority Shareholder Oppression Doctrine
By Mark Wigder
July 7, 2014 - In Ritchie v. Rupe No. 11 – 0447 (June 20, 2014), the Texas Supreme Court, over a vigorous dissent, delivered a fatal blow to the Texas common-law cause of action for minority shareholder oppressio...
Language Changes for Borrowers and Guarantors of Secured Real Estate Loans
By Ralph Perry-Miller
July 2, 2014 - In an important development this June, the Supreme Court of Texas handed down an opinion that will affect borrowers and guarantors of secured real estate loans. In Moayedi v. Interstate 35/Chisam R...
Seasonal Workers & Obamacare
June 27, 2014 - by Jason Luter This summer, many of you will be adding temporary employees to assist with your business operations as seasonal demands increase. This year, particularly, we want to make you aware of...
Does Your Property Tax Bill Seem Like a Shock and Awe Campaign?
By Jim Reed
May 15, 2014 - by Jim Reed Gray Reed & McGraw enjoys extensive property tax and property valuation experience, having prosecuted ad valorem disputes for clients for more than 25 years.  Of course, our commercial...
Infographic: The Rules for Taking Images From the Web for Your Own Use
April 21, 2014 - by Travis Crabtree - It is very easy to point, click and save images from the web, but are you using them legally? This infographic provides you with a handy reference guide to ensure the pictures yo...
Trade Secrets in Wellogix v. Accenture
by Sorana Ban, Katarzyna Brozynski, and Jim Reed
April 1, 2014 - The court battle between Wellogix and Accenture regarding stolen and misappropriated Wellogix trade secrets carries on with the U.S. Supreme Court being asked to review the judge’s role in assessin...
Commercial Lease Review (Tenant)
March 19, 2014 - By Lindsey Postula Commercial Leasing 101 Planning for a successful start to your commercial office or retail lease The Process A typical lease review begins with the attorney reviewing t...
Preserve Your Right to a Payroll Tax Refund
January 28, 2014 - By Jason Luter A disagreement between two federal appeals courts regarding whether payroll taxes must be paid on severance payments made to laid-off workers has landed the issue in front of the U....
Obamacare and Seasonal Workers
November 7, 2013 - By Jason Luter, During the holiday season, many employers bring on additional workers, or “seasonal employees,” to assist with increased customer demands.  This year, employers should take note of...
SEC Eliminates the Ban on General Solicitation and Disqualifies Participation by “Bad Actors” in Certain Private Securities Offerings
September 26, 2013 - By Mark Wigder , Gray Reed & McGraw The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) to permit general solicitation and adve...
Same-Sex Marriage Impacts Texas Retirement Plans
September 9, 2013 - By Jason Luter , Gray Reed & McGraw On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Windsor v. United States holding the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“D...
Your Business and the 83rd Legislature
July 11, 2013 - By Stephen Cooney , Gray Reed & McGraw   Our friends in the Texas Legislature recently adjourned its regular legislative session for the 83 rd time.  They filed 5,868 bills and passed around 1,...
Protect Your Trade Secrets – TUTSA
May 30, 2013 - By Sorana Georgiana Ban  and Katarzyna Brozynski, M.D. , Gray Reed & McGraw On May 2, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA). The statute ...
IRS Temporarily Expands Eligibility for Misclassified Worker Settlement Program
February 25, 2013 - By Jason Luter , Gray Reed & McGraw Multiple factors are used to determine if an individual worker is an employee or an independent contractor.  The determination generally is made based on wheth...
Should LLCs convert to S corporations?
(The deadline to make the S corporation election is March 15)
February 22, 2013 - By Jennifer Gurevitz  and Tom Rhodus , Gray Reed & McGraw For the past ten years, the limited liability company (“LLC”) was the entity of choice for most businesses due to the ease of administra...
Opportunity For Retroactive 2012 Gift From IRA To Charity
But You Must Act Before February 1, 2013
January 25, 2013 - Opportunity for Retroactive 2012 Gift from IRA to Charity: But You Must Act Before February 1, 2013   By Norm Lofgren and Jennifer Gurevitz The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ...
The Supreme Court Blesses Arbitration Clauses in Non-Competes
December 19, 2012 - Litigants Can Arbitrate Non-Competes under the Federal Arbitration Act But is it Always a Good Idea? By Joe Virene and Jonathan Hyman , Gray Reed & McGraw Non-competes are governed ...
Act Now to Avoid Paying More Taxes
Gray Reed Legal Update
December 6, 2012 - By Jason Luter , Gray Reed & McGraw One of the implications of the so-called “fiscal cliff” is higher income taxes beginning January 1st, 2013.  Of course, no one knows what Congress and the Pres...
Are You Prepared for a Software Audit? You Better Be
Gray Reed Legal Update
October 16, 2012 - It is a little ironic that in the high tech software world, your liability sometimes comes down to whether you saved the receipt. If you face an audit and don't have the records to support all of the...
IRS Unsuccessful in Attack on Gifts of Family Limited Partnership Interests
July 19, 2012 - The United States Tax Court recently established new parameters for qualifying gifts as annual exclusion gifts. Under current law, a person has a right to give away up to $13,000 of assets each year,...
Q&A on the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Healthcare Reform
July 12, 2012 - On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care reform legislation (see Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on He...
The Dangers of Misclassifying Landmen: Is The Government's New Settlement Program Too Good To Pass Up?
July 5, 2012 - The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses have become a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen that fit this mold,...
Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on Healthcare Reform
June 28, 2012 - In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The debate centered on the constitutionality of two provisions of the ACA: the highly-publicized...
Year End Brings Fiduciary Liability Risk for 401(k) Plans
December 14, 2011 - By Terry Sabom As a result of new U.S. Department of Labor requirements, employers sponsoring 401(k) plans will be receiving communications from their "service providers" (mutual funds, investment...
Not All Pension Plans Are Created Equal
July 25, 2011 - As a series of high-profile states, cities, and large corporations across the country are being forced to shut down their traditional pension plans, the opposite trend is occurring in retirement plan...
Is It Really "Loser Pays" in Texas? The Latest Tort Reform Law Explained in Plain English
June 16, 2011 - By Tamara Wall There was a lot of press and hand-wringing over the passage of the Texas Legislature's latest version of tort reform. Like many contentious issues, a lot of misinformation accompanied...
Take Action Now to Prevent Your Website Being Associated with a Porn Site
April 4, 2011 - After much debate, the international body in charge of governing domain names, ICANN, has authorized pornography-based websites to register with a top-level domain of .xxx as opposed to the more comm...
Recent Amendments to the FCA
August 25, 2010 - Health Care Reform Places Affirmative Duty on Providers to Refund Overpayments From Federal Health Care Programs Health care reform raises many difficult issues for health care providers. Risks that...
Health Care Reform Places Affirmative Duty on Providers to Refund Overpayments from Federal Health Care Programs
July 2010 - Health care reform raises many difficult issues for health care providers. Risks that now accompany a failure to make timely repayment of overpayments place particularly difficult burdens upon provid...
Restructuring Debts In and Out of Court
June 30, 2010 - There are many reasons why a company may become financially distressed. Once it reaches a point of insolvency, however, management may consider a restructuring of the company's financial obligations ...
What Does Health Care Reform Mean For Physicians?
April 19, 2010 - Last month we saw historic changes made to our nation's health care system when President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended by the Health Care a...
Offshore Anti-Abuse and Foreign Provisions in the HIRE Act
March 31, 2010 - The President recently signed into law the "Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010" (the HIRE Act, P.L. 111-47). The HIRE Act includes a comprehensive set of measures to reduce offshore ...
SEC Adopts Enhanced Proxy Disclosure Rules for the 2010 Proxy Season
March 9, 2010 - By Mark Wigder and Paul Leitner, Gray Reed & McGraw As companies begin preparing their 2010 proxy statements and other periodic reports, they should be aware that the SEC has recently adopted amen...
Who Pays for the Well After the Lease Terminates? Wagner & Brown v. Sheppard - The Rest of the Story
December 11, 2009 - By Charlie Sartain and Josh Weaver, Gray Reed & McGraw Wagner & Brown, Ltd. v. Sheppard* is well-known for its holding that termination of an oil and gas lease for land that was part of pooled uni...
Do You Own Your Company Name (and Can You Even Use It)?
August 29, 2009 - Imagine After significant planning and exhaustive efforts to gather seed money, you are finally ready to start up your new business in Texas. You have come up with a clever name for your company, an...
IRS Announces "Quiet Disclosures" No Longer Accepted
August 28, 2009 - Voluntary disclosures have been with us for many, many years. It is a procedure by which a person who has committed a tax crime, either failure to file tax returns or income tax evasion, or any of th...
A Guide to Buying Distressed Assets
August 18, 2009 - Many people are looking for companies, real estate, and assets that, for any number of reasons, are "distressed," which normally means priced at less than market value. However, how do you determine ...
Document Retention: The 800 lb. Gorilla
June 10, 2009 - Document retention is a matter of growing importance for both lawyers and clients, but could be characterized as an 800 lb gorilla in the corner of the room that no one wants to talk about. Lawyers a...
Oil and Gas Operator Liability Addressed in Recent Texas Supreme Court Rulings
April 27, 2009 - The Texas Supreme Court has issued two important and related opinions affecting mineral owners and their lessees. In Exxon Corporation v. Emerald Oil & Gas Co., L.C.,2  the Court held that a private ...
2009 Changes to COBRA: What Employers Need to Know
March 19, 2009 - Whether you think the federal stimulus package is a great idea or a bad one, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 became law on February 17, 2009.  Of the many changes made by the Recov...
Alert Regarding "Compliance Services" Solicitation
March 9, 2009 - Recently, an entity calling itself “Compliance Services” with an address in Austin, Texas, mailed solicitations entitled “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement” to numerous Texas business entities. Th...
About Face: Significant Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act that Affect Your Business Right Now
March 4, 2009 - In the fall of 2008, President Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (the “Amendments”) which became effective January 1, 2009, and make changes to the Americans with...
A-Rod v. Employee Drug Testing?
March 2, 2009 - You are in your office before the day starts reading an article in the paper about Alex Rodriguez’ impressive baseball career when your assistant bursts in announces that an employee you sent out to ...
A Guide to Employee Terminations
February 26, 2009 - By Brent Dyer and Cleve Clinton, Gray Reed & McGraw Most employers know that Texas is an “employment at-will” state, meaning that—unless there is an employment agreement guaranteeing employment fo...
Dallas County Ordinance Targets Apartment Complexes
February 9, 2009 - In January 14, 2009, the Dallas City Council passed Ordinance Number 27548 1 to amend certain provisions of the Dallas City Code pertaining to apartment complexes.  The ordinance links crime rates to...
Justice Dept Challenges Offshore Private Banking
December 3, 2008 - Federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service are getting serious about pursuing Americans who have parked money in offshore bank accounts.  Last month, the government disclosed the indictment...