FUELING WORK -  M&A may have slowed in 2022, but Texas lawyers practicing in the energy sector told Law.com’s Brenda Sapino Jeffreys they have remained busy, particularly with renewables, energy transition and infrastructure projects, and with investors raising money for the sector, they expect demand to remain strong in 2023. The bottom line is this: Even though M&A may have been a little slower in 2022 than in 2021, project development demand has been strong. “When people talk about energy M&A being down, that’s mostly referencing traditional oil and gas being down. Midstream M&A has been very active this year … driven on the buy side [by] the desire to consolidate, and on the sell side [by] a bunch of private equity companies that have been getting long in the tooth,” said Bill Swanstrom, co-chair of the energy practice group at Locke Lord.

DEPRIVATION OF INDEPENDENCE - A recent report from the Government Accountability Office showed an overwhelming majority of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) judges feel their independence is being threatened by political appointees, Law.com’s Brad Kutner reports. The report comes after calls from Congress to review the administrative court’s transparency in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Arthrex. That ruling found the PTO director has final say over PTAB decisions because the director is the agency’s only presidentially appointed principal officer. The report, released just ahead of the holiday weekend, found 75% of PTAB judges believe “oversight practiced by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) directors and PTAB management has affected their independence.”

ON THE RADAR - Printing company Multi-Color Corp. was hit with a $15 million breach-of-contract lawsuit Tuesday in Ohio Southern District Court in connection with the company’s partial acquisition of WS Packaging Mexico, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican printing label company. The suit was brought by Baker & Hostetler on behalf of Ricardo Martinez-Porte, who founded WS Packaging. The plaintiff alleges that Multi-Color Corp. improperly removed him as chairman and sidelined him from the company in order to consolidate WS Packaging with a separate Mexican subsidiary. Counsel have not yet appeared for the defendant. The case is 1:22-cv-00768, Martinez-Porte v. Muti-Color Corporation. Stay up on the latest deals and litigation with the new Law.com Radar


EDITOR’S PICKS

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

More From ALM

With this subscription you will receive unlimited access to high quality, online, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry. This is perfect for attorneys licensed in multiple jurisdictions or for attorneys that have fulfilled their CLE requirement but need to access resourceful information for their practice areas.
View Now
Our Team Account subscription service is for legal teams of four or more attorneys. Each attorney is granted unlimited access to high quality, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry along with administrative access to easily manage CLE for the entire team.
View Now
Gain access to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys with our 2 bundle options! Our Compliance bundles are curated by CLE Counselors and include current legal topics and challenges within the industry. Our second option allows you to build your bundle and strategically select the content that pertains to your needs. Both options are priced the same.
View Now
June 20, 2024
Atlanta, GA

The Daily Report is honoring those attorneys and judges who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession.


Learn More
June 27, 2024
New York

Consulting Magazine identifies consultants that have the biggest impact on their clients, firms and the profession.


Learn More
July 11, 2024
New York, NY

The National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers recognizes U.S.-based law firms performing exemplary work on behalf of plaintiffs.


Learn More

Shipman is seeking an associate to join our Labor & Employment practice in our Hartford, New Haven, or Stamford office. Candidates shou...


Apply Now ›

Company Description CourtLaw Injury Lawyers is an established Personal Injury Law Firm with its primary office located in Perth Amboy, New J...


Apply Now ›

East Brunswick Law firm concentrating in plaintiff's personal injury, employment law, medical malpractice and worker's compensation seeks an...


Apply Now ›
04/29/2024
The National Law Journal

Professional Announcement


View Announcement ›
04/15/2024
Connecticut Law Tribune

MELICK & PORTER, LLP PROMOTES CONNECTICUT PARTNERS HOLLY ROGERS, STEVEN BANKS, and ALEXANDER AHRENS


View Announcement ›
04/11/2024
New Jersey Law Journal

Professional Announcement


View Announcement ›