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The Supreme Court of Texas has put attorneys in the crosshairs for making statements aimed at publicizing clients’ cases rather than advancing the claims solely through judicial proceedings. Despite the high court’s ruling, Texas lawyers still have plenty of options for maintaining their public profiles without commenting on the cases they are handling. Need help […] The post Texas High Court Ruling Imperils Attorneys for Public Statements appeared first on Muse Communications.…
Three recent developments demonstrate that both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and courts around the country are continuing to scrutinize employer agreements that in any way restrict employee mobility. First, in January 2021, the Antitrust Division of the DOJ filed its first criminal indictment against two outpatient medical care facilities alleging that as competitors, the two companies engaged in a conspiracy to suppress competition between them by agreeing not to solicit each other’s senior-level employees.  See U.S. v. Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC and SCAI Holdings, LLC, No. 3-21-cr-0011-L, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas,…
Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court, in Aerotek, Inc. v. Boyd et al., No. 20-0290 (Tex. May 28, 2021), reversed the Dallas Court of Appeals and found that an employer conclusively established that four employees signed and therefore consented to arbitration agreements using the employer’s computerized hiring application that required the employees’ digital signatures. Like many employers, Aerotek uses a computerized hiring application for onboarding.  The system automatically sends a welcome email to the successful candidate with a hyperlink to navigate to the hiring application’s online account registration page.  Once there, the candidate creates a unique user ID and password…
According to the plaintiffs in U.S. Pastor Council et al. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et al., No. 4:18-cv-00824-O, In the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, who filed a motion for summary judgment on this issue last week, the answer should be yes. In U.S. Pastor, the plaintiffs contend that Bostock’s interpretation of Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against bisexual employees (as opposed to homosexual or transgender employees specifically referenced in Bostock)as long as the employer regards bisexual behavior or orientation as equally unacceptable in a man or woman.  In support of their…
    The Fifth Circuit’s recent opinion in Olivarez v. T-Mobile USA, Incorporated; Broadspire Services, Incorporated, No. 20-20463 (May 14, 2021) is interesting for two reasons.     First, it provides a useful analysis regarding whether, in disparate treatment cases under Title VII or the ADA, a plaintiff must establish all elements of a prima facie case under McDonnell Douglas to survive a Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal.     In Olivarez, the Court, citing to Swierkiewicz v. Sorema N.A., 534 U.S. 506 (2002), said no, but its analysis belies this conclusion.  Under Swierkiewicz, as interpreted by the Fifth Circuit, to avoid a 12(b)(6) dismissal,…
Congratulations to everyone who just passed the bar exam. That’s quite an accomplishment. If you’re going into private practice, much of your success or failure will be determined by how much business you can develop. Now is the time to build the habits you’ll need to bring in clients later in your career. Read on […] The post Hallelujah, You Just Passed the Bar! Now What? appeared first on Muse Communications.…
Welcome to the newest member of the Muse Communications family: Hallett & Perrin, P.C. Hallett & Perrin is a 36-lawyer full-service law firm, with expertise in a wide array of industries, including construction, energy, hospitality, and healthcare. We will be helping the firm showcase its deep bench of talent and thought leaders via its website, […] The post Welcome, Hallett & Perrin, P.C. appeared first on Muse Communications.…
We are excited to welcome our newest client: The Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, PLLC. Carol A. Wilson has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1992 and she has skillfully litigated and tried complex divorce, property division, and child custody cases for more than 30 years. […] The post Welcome, The Law Office of Carol A. Wilson, PLLC appeared first on Muse Communications.…
With our pandemic quarantine nearing an end (fingers crossed), more and more law firms are looking to step back in to the marketing game in anticipation of increased legal demand. For those who get their business from referrals (as opposed to advertising and search engine results), I always recommend taking these two steps to figure […] The post Looking to Juice Your Legal Marketing? First, Take These Two Steps appeared first on Muse Communications.…