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Electrifying the Courtroom Haynes and Boone has also earned accolades for its use of technology to bolster attorney-client communication, including developing its own software which allows clients to digitally access information on documents, status and cost of their cases. The firm supports the incorporation of technology into law practice, both in the office and the courtroom. In fact, Haynes and Boone attorneys have served as consultants for local courthouses looking for digital enhancement, advised companies struggling to update Luddite codes of conduct to cover employees’ social media use and represented technology start-ups as part of the firm’s venture capital practice. IN THE NEWS April 2017 Trans Transacation Hayne & Boone represented Trans Energy, Inc. on a trans- action that, in 2017, was awarded the 2016 “Out-of-Court Restructuring Deal of the Year” by The M&A Advisor . As part of the transaction, Trans Energy was able to close a sale in 2016 for $3.58 a share, netting in excess of $200 million. March 2017 Drill, Baby, Drill Haynes and Boone represented Chevron Corporation in its winning bid to explore a deep water block in the Gulf of Mexico in association with a consortium consisting of Mexico’s state oil company, Pemex, and Japan’s Inpex Corporation. This marked the first time that Pemex participated in a bidding process with private international oil companies for a block in Mexico. Sex Slave Show Settlement Haynes and Boones won dismissal of a suit that stemmed from a television series titled 8 Minutes , which was filmed primarily in Houston and followed a pastor and a support team as they attempted to help victims of human trafficking find a way out of the sex trade. Representing the creators of the television show, Haynes and Boone persuaded a federal judge to dismiss all of the claims brought by three women who voluntarily participated in the production of the show and signed releases of claims. February 2017 First Fracking Fight In a case closely followed by the oil and gas community, a Texas appellate court reversed a $2.9 million judgment against Haynes and Boone client Aruba Petroleum Inc. and held that the plaintiffs failed to establish that the company’s natural gas operations constituted an intentional nuisance. The suit stemmed from drilling and production activity in the Barnett Shale in Texas. The plaintiffs’ lawyers claimed the suit was the first fracking trial in the nation—even though most of the evidence presented at trial did not concern hydraulic fracturing. Reality of VR A Dallas federal jury returned a large verdict for Haynes and Boone clients ZeniMax Media Inc. and idSoftware in a high-profile trial followed closely by the technology industry. ZeniMax sued Oculus VR Inc. in 2014, claiming the defendant unlawfully infringed its copyrights and trademarks and violated a non-disclosure agreement pursuant to which ZeniMax shared breakthrough virtual reality technology with Oculus. The jury deliberated for two and a half days before finding Oculus liable for copyright and trademark infringement and for breach of the non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax.
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