Crain Caton & James Names Sarah Patel Pacheco Firm President

Article posted 09/17/2018

HOUSTON, September 17 –Sarah Patel Pacheco, a leading fiduciary litigator, has again been named President of Crain Caton & James (CCJ).  She has been a member of the firm’s executive committee for close to 10 years and practiced law in Houston for over 20 yea ...

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Darlene Payne Smith Panelist at Texas Bar’s 7th Annual Course on Firearms Law

Article posted 09/13/2018

Darlene Payne Smith, shareholder and mediator in the Probate, Trusts and Guardianship and Fiduciary Litigation Practice Areas of Crain Caton & James, will be a panelist at the Texas Bar’s 7th Annual Course on Firearms Law:  What Every Texas Lawyer Needs to Know 201 ...

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Crain Caton & James Congratulates Eight Attorneys Selected for the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers List

Article posted 09/10/2018

We are pleased to announce that eight shareholders were named to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers List.  Super Lawyers is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Texas. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced ...

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New Guidance New Day for FLSA

Article posted 09/05/2018

Shareholder Kim Stuart updates clients on the U.S. Department of Labor’s latest opinion letters addressing significant issues under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Each of these opinions showcases the agency’s pro-business direction under the new ad ...

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Rob Wisner Shares Cherish Our Children International Success

Article posted 08/27/2018

CCJ banking attorney Rob Wisner is the Chairman of the Board of Cherish Our Children International (COCI), which is an organization whose “mission is to create sustainable solutions for the world’s most vulnerable children.”  Through their No More Victims p ...

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Crain Caton & James Attorneys Assist Candor Midstream

Article posted 08/23/2018

Crain Caton & James’ attorneys, led by corporate shareholders Jonathan Bickham and David Griffis, with assistance from real estate shareholder Jason Davis and tax shareholder Larry George, were legal advisers to Candor Midstream in $200 million commitment ...

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Crain Caton & James Attorneys Assist Moda Midstream in Terminal Acquisition

Article posted 08/22/2018

Crain Caton & James and Baker Botts served as legal counsel to Moda Midstream in their acquisition of Oxy Ingleside Energy Center and certain crude oil and LPG infrastructure from Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY).  The companies have entered into a definitive agree ...

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Eight CCJ Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America 2019 List Edition

Article posted 08/15/2018

Eight CCJ Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America 2019 List Edition Crain Caton & James congratulates eight of its lawyers for being named to the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers, a highly regarded peer review publication for the legal profession. The list includes: ...

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New Guidance New Day for FLSA

Article posted 09/05/2018

Shareholder Kim Stuart updates clients on the U.S. Department of Labor’s latest opinion letters addressing significant issues under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Each of these opinions showcases the agency’s pro-business direction under the new ad ...

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The Trump Administration Speaks On Independent Contractors

Article posted 08/16/2018

Attorney Shareholder Kim Stuart summarizes the current trends involving independent contractor status.  On July 13, 2018, the Trump administration issued its first guidance on its views on independent contractors when it issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) entitled &ldq ...

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Court Upholds Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

Article posted 10/15/2018

The State of Oregon adopted a program that assigns a “carbon intensity” value to all transportation fuels.  Those fuels below a certain intensity receive economic credits; those above receive deficits.  The program gives an economic advantage to sellers of l ...

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Supreme Court Should Clarify Clean Water Act Scope

Article posted 10/01/2018

Recent cases illustrate the need for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if the Clean Water Act (CWA) applies to discharges that reach surface water through groundwater.  If it decides the issue, the decision may also clarify the meaning of “point source” in the CWA ...

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Appellate Court Affirms $8.3 Million against Teck for Tribes’ Past UCR Site Costs

Article posted 09/24/2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a trial court’s assessment of approximately $8.3 million in reimbursement of past CERCLA response costs to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (the Tribes) against Teck Cominco Metals (Teck) relating to ...

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California Jury Convicts Plains for Pipeline Leak

Article posted 09/17/2018

After three months of trial and six days of deliberation, a jury in Santa Barbara County, California convicted Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. of one felony and eight misdemeanors for a May 2015 pipeline leak.  The Plains 901 pipeline ruptured near Refugio State Beach in ...

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US Supreme Court Asked to Consider if CWA Citizen Suits Can Address Migration through Groundwater

Article posted 09/10/2018

On successive days, two Petitions for Writ of Certiorari in Clean Water Act (CWA) citizen suit cases were filed with the United States Supreme Court, County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund on August 27 and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners v. Upstate Forever on August 28. Migratio ...

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Suit Alleging ExxonMobil Defrauded Investors regarding Estimated Future Cos

Article posted 09/04/2018

A group of investors filed a securities fraud case against ExxonMobil, Ramirez v ExxonMobil.  The investors base some of the allegations on ExxonMobil’s public statements that, by using a proxy cost of carbon, it accounted for the economic effect of future governme ...

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Environmental Group Serves City of Houston with Intent to Sue Over Sewage Discharges

Article posted 08/27/2018

On July 23, 2018, Bayou City Waterkeeper (“BCW”) served a 60-day notice of intent (“NOI”) to sue to the City of Houston for more than 9,000 self-reported sewage discharge violations. These discharges were largely caused by sanitary sewage overflows. BCW ...

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California Roundup Verdict: Will It Survive Appeals? Could It Happen in Texas?

Article posted 08/24/2018

California Roundup Verdict: Will It Survive Appeals? Could It Happen in Texas? A California jury awarded $289 million, including $250 million in punitive damages, against Monsanto for allegedly causing a school district groundskeeper, DeWayne Johnson, to contract non-Hodgkins ...

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Mid-Level Texas Appeals Court Clarifies Procedures for Challenging TCEQ Tax Exemption Decisions

Article posted 08/13/2018

Mid-Level Texas Appeals Court Clarifies Procedures for Challenging TCEQ Tax Exemption Decisions  The Dallas Court of Appeals, a mid-level Texas appeals court, issued an opinion clarifying the procedures for challenging a TCEQ tax exemption decision, Panda Sherman Power v. ...

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Sovereign Immunity Bars Private Party’s CERCLA Claims against State Agencies

Article posted 08/06/2018

The United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ordered dismissal of claims for contribution or cost recovery against several Texas agencies based on the doctrine of sovereign immunity.  State Agencies Allegedly Arranged for Disposal at the USOR Site The United St ...

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