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A ship floats amongst a sea of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Navigating the Post-Gulf Oil Spill Insurance and Indemnity Landscape

By Stephany Olsen-LeGrand |

Key decisions in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation have highlighted the evolving legal landscape in assessing liability and financial responsibility in a major accident.

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New Rules Concerning Pipeline Permit Applications

By Mark A. Mathews and Stephanie N. Murphy |

Although the new rules have a limited impact on the applicable Texas law regarding eminent domain, they do require parties to provide the RRC with more specific information in order for an applicant to obtain a pipeline permit.

Opportunities for Texas Lawyers in an Uncertain Texas Economy

By Bill McDonald |

While clients sort out the effects of current commodity prices, lawyers must consider how the drop in oil prices will affect demand for legal services across the state in 2015 and 2016.

A ship floats amongst a sea of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Navigating the Post-Gulf Oil Spill Insurance and Indemnity Landscape

By Stephany Olsen-LeGrand |

Key decisions in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation have highlighted the evolving legal landscape in assessing liability and financial responsibility in a major accident.

Does Texas Clean Air Act Trump Houston Air Quality Law?

By Angela Neville |

That is the question that has been put before the Texas Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear oral arguments in 'BCCA Appeal Group v. Houston' on March 25, 2015.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Two Bills Aimed at Busting City O&G Bans

By Angela Neville |

A group of Texas lawmakers are trying to discourage cities from restricting oil and gas drilling or hydraulic fracturing.

Despite Support, US LNG Exports on Shaky Ground

By Natalie Regoli and Brian Polley |

Despite a renewed and vocal support for LNG exports on Capitol Hill, many proposed export projects—including those in Texas—face significant challenges and uncertain futures if the current energy economic environment continues.

Pennzoil Beats Miller Oil in Trademark Tug of War

By Angela Neville |

Pennzoil-Quaker State Company won its trademark infringement case on Feb. 23, against Miller Oil and Gas Operations in a case involving a long-standing collaboration between the two companies.

Gabriel Salinas, a senior associate with Mayer Brown in Houston

Mexican O&G Sector: Now Open for Business

By Angela Neville |

Now that Mexico has finally opened its energy sector to private investment, U.S. energy companies undoubtedly will be champing at the bit for the chance to tap the country's rich oil and gas reserves.

U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes

5th Circuit Takes Case Away From Judge Lynn Hughes

By John Council |

The appellate court reversed the Houston federal court judge twice after he dismissed a qui tam action against Shell—and this time they ordered the case reassigned to a different court.

ExxonMobil Protests Penalty in Pipeline Spill Case

By Angela Neville |

ExxonMobil Corp. appealed a $1,045,000 penalty imposed by the federal pipeline safety agency against the oil company in relation to a 2011 pipeline failure that caused a 63,000 gallon-oil spill into the Yellowstone River in Montana.

Pennzoil Beats Miller Oil in Trademark Tug of War

By Angela Neville |

Pennzoil-Quaker State Company won its trademark infringement case on Feb. 23, against Miller Oil and Gas Operations in a case involving a long-standing collaboration between the two companies.

Does Texas Clean Air Act Trump Houston Air Quality Law ?

By Angela Neville |

That is the question that has been put before the Texas Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear oral arguments in 'BCCA Appeal Group v. Houston' on March 25, 2015.

Barack Obama.

Obama's Multi-Pronged Plan to Regulate Methane

By Sandra Y. Snyder and Timothy A. Wilkins |

The president's climate change agenda focused first on the largest category of emitters: power plants. The next sector on the administration's radar is oil and gas.

A solitary worker in the oil and gas field stands next to an oil derrick.

Shafted? Laid-Off Workers Sue Drilling Company for Not Giving Advance Notice

By Angela Neville |

The law firm of Baron and Budd is representing a number of former drilling rig workers who were employed by Houston-based Patterson-UTI Drilling Co.

Barack Obama.

Obama's Multi-Pronged Plan to Regulate Methane

By Sandra Y. Snyder and Timothy A. Wilkins |

The president's climate change agenda focused first on the largest category of emitters: power plants. The next sector on the administration's radar is oil and gas.

Seismic Data Firm Stabilizes After Bankruptcy

By Angela Neville |

After experiencing fiscal tremors in recent years, Global Geophysical Services (GGS), a seismic data company in the oil and gas industry, recently completed its balance sheet restructuring and successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Vessels equipped with water cannons try to fight the devastating Deepwater Horizon fire.

High Court: BP's $750 Million Insurance Claim Denied

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court decision denies BP coverage in $750 million insurance policies written for the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Landowner Overpowers Oncor Electric in Easement Dispute

By Angela Neville |

Jury awards landowner Edward K. Clack a $393,165 judgment, plus costs, against Oncor Electric Delivery Company.

Dee J. Kelly Jr., managing partner in Fort Worth's Kelly Hart

Come to Texas, Y'all: Texas Lawyer's Lateral Moves Survey Shows Firm Growth in 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The 19 firms that participated in the Lateral Hiring Survey hired 6 percent more Texas laterals in 2014 than in 2013.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Two Bills Aimed at Busting City O&G Bans

By Angela Neville |

A group of Texas lawmakers are trying to discourage cities from restricting oil and gas drilling or hydraulic fracturing.

Preparing for More Wage and Hour Audits

By Sheila Gladstone |

The DOL's Wage and Hour Division is making good on its repeated signals and threats to crack down on Texas employers who violate FLSA, especially those in the oil and gas, construction and hospitality industries.

Landowner Overpowers Oncor Electric in Easement Dispute

By Angela Neville |

Jury awards landowner Edward K. Clack a $393,165 judgment, plus costs, against Oncor Electric Delivery Company.

Vessels equipped with water cannons try to fight the devastating Deepwater Horizon fire.

High Court: BP's $750 Million Insurance Claim Denied

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court decision denies BP coverage in $750 million insurance policies written for the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Chairman Christi Craddick, Railroad Commission of Texas, Austin

Railroad Commission Chair: Regulations' Impact on O&G Industry

By Angela Neville |

Chairman Christi Craddick, the head of the Railroad Commission of Texas, talks about how state regulations are impacting the Texas oil and gas industry.

Seismic Data Firm Stabilizes After Bankruptcy

By Angela Neville |

After experiencing fiscal tremors in recent years, Global Geophysical Services (GGS), a seismic data company in the oil and gas industry, recently completed its balance sheet restructuring and successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Andrews Kurth managing partner Bob Jewell

Firm Finance: Andrews Kurth Posts Double-Digit Increases in Gross Revenue, Net Income

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue improved by 11.2 percent in 2014 at Andrews Kurth of Houston.

Mark C. Evans, managing partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, Houston

Firm Finance: Bracewell & Giuliani's 2014 Financials Up From 2013

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A hot energy market and busy transactional lawyers helped the Houston firm increase gross revenue by 4.5 percent in 2014 compared with 2013.

O&G Law Update: From Royalty Rifts to Data Disputes

By Angela Neville |

Christopher S. Kulander, Ph.D., director of the Oil and Gas Law Institute at South Texas College of Law, and of counsel at Haynes and Boone in Houston, discusses recent key Texas cases in the oil and gas arena.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

The New Perry: Combining Politics With Pipelines

By Angela Neville |

Moving in a new direction, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gone from the political arena into the business world.

Emily A. Parker, managing partner, Thompson & Knight

Firm Finance: Thompson & Knight Financials for 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue was up only slightly for the Dallas-based firm in 2014, but net income improved by 1.3 percent over 2013.

Christopher S. Kulander, PhD, Director of the Oil & Gas Law Institute, South Texas College of Law, and of counsel at Haynes and Boone in Houston

O&G Law Update: Dealing With Fluid Times in the Oil Patch

By Angela Neville |

Christopher S. Kulander, Ph.D., director, Oil and Gas Law Institute, South Texas College of Law and of counsel at Haynes and Boone, talks about the main legal and regulatory challenges facing the Texas energy sector during this time of volatile oil prices.

Smith Energy $8.5 Million Win Precedes Defendant's Bankruptcy

By Miriam Rozen |

Oil-patch tradition: lose litigation, file bankruptcy, and thereby stay the civil lawsuit.

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Texas Has Second-Best Legal Job Market in US

By Angela Morris |

"Booming oil production and a strong mining industry have made Texas one of the strongest economies in the nation, and that is driving legal employment," according to The National Jurist magazine.

Agency Proposes Changes to Board Certification Requirements

By Angela Morris |

Hal Moorman, chairman of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, said, "What we are trying to look at is: What is realistic for someone who practices in the area?"

A solitary worker in the oil and gas field stands next to an oil derrick.

Shafted? Laid-Off Workers Sue Drilling Company for Not Giving Advance Notice

By Angela Neville |

The law firm of Baron and Budd is representing a number of former drilling rig workers who were employed by Houston-based Patterson-UTI Drilling Co.

O&G Law Update: From Royalty Rifts to Data Disputes

By Angela Neville |

Christopher S. Kulander, Ph.D., director of the Oil and Gas Law Institute at South Texas College of Law, and of counsel at Haynes and Boone in Houston, discusses recent key Texas cases in the oil and gas arena.

Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX). Toyota hearing. February 23, 2010. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Barton's Bill Presses for Allowing Crude Oil Exports

By Angela Neville |

Plunging petroleum prices are prompting some Texans in Congress to advocate removing restrictions on exporting crude oil that have been in place since the 1970s oil crisis.

Smith Energy $8.5 Million Win Precedes Defendant's Bankruptcy

By Miriam Rozen |

Oil-patch tradition: lose litigation, file bankruptcy, and thereby stay the civil lawsuit.

Emily A. Parker, managing partner, Thompson & Knight

Firm Finance: Thompson & Knight Financials for 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue was up only slightly for the Dallas-based firm in 2014, but net income improved by 1.3 percent over 2013.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

The New Perry: Combining Politics With Pipelines

By Angela Neville |

Moving in a new direction, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gone from the political arena into the business world.

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What Oil Companies May Need to Know About Bankruptcy

By Trent L. Rosenthal |

The 1980s saw a steep decline in the price of oil, and with that came an unprecedented boom in bankruptcies.

<b>CLEAN AIR PUSH:</b> The EPA on June 2 announced a proposed rule to cut carbon dioxide emitted by power plants—namely those fired by coal, as seen above—by 30 percent nationwide by 2030.

EPA's Clean Air Act Plan: Clean Power or Power Play?

By Angela Neville |

Once again, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sparking controversy.

Deal of the Week: Sidley Austin Advises Midland Company in Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts represents EnLink Midstream Partners in acquisition of Coronado Midstream Holdings.

Glenn L. Pinkerton, partner, Sidley Austin, Houston

M&A Expert: Maybe More Mergers Later This Year

By Angela Neville |

Glenn Pinkerton, an energy lawyer and merger specialist with Sidley Austin, gives his predictions concerning the outlook for M&A activity in Texas in light of today's low oil prices.

Rusty Hardin of Rusty Hardin & Associates

Rusty Hardin to West Texas Jurors: Rich Men Need Justice Too

By Miriam Rozen |

In an oil patch dispute, settled in a West Texas court, the famed Houston litigator Rusty Hardin wins an $8.5 million judgment for his client Smith Energy, owned by wealthy philanthropist Lester Smith.

Drilling Company Hits Pay Dirt With Record Verdict in Kendall County

By Angela Neville |

A jury in Kendall County, Texas, sent a strong message to large insurance companies about the negative consequences of underpaying claims to their policyholders.

Anthony 'Tony' Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston

Litigator of the Week: Tony Buzbee Wins $29 Million Verdict for Oil Field Worker's Family

By Miriam Rozen |

The family sued his employer after the worker died in an explosion that occurred allegedly because a defective battery was heated to extend its life.

Lydia T. Protopapas, partner, Winston & Strawn, Houston

Does Cheap Oil Mean More Bankruptcy Work?

By Angela Neville |

Texas Lawyer asked Lydia Protopapas, a longtime bankruptcy attorney and partner with Winston & Strawn, to discuss whether today's volatile oil and gas prices will translate into more bankruptcy cases being filed in Texas in the future.

Tim Shelby, a partner in Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing in Houston

Will the Oil Price Drop Spur More Litigation?

By Angela Neville |

Tim Shelby, a successful litigator and partner with AZA, shares his views about whether cheap oil prices will spawn more Lone Star litigation.

New Reporter Has One Focus: Energy

Reporter Angela Neville has joined the Texas Lawyer staff to increase energy law coverage for the new expanded "EnergyBuzz" section.

Mark C. Evans, managing partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, Houston

Firm Finance: Bracewell & Giuliani's 2014 Financials Up From 2013

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A hot energy market and busy transactional lawyers helped the Houston firm increase gross revenue by 4.5 percent in 2014 compared with 2013.

Glenn L. Pinkerton, partner, Sidley Austin, Houston

Musings of an M&A Expert: Maybe More Mergers Later This Year

By Angela Neville |

Glenn Pinkerton, an energy lawyer and merger specialist with Sidley Austin, gives his predictions concerning the outlook for M&A activity in Texas in light of today's low oil prices.

Lydia T. Protopapas, partner, Winston & Strawn, Houston

As Oil Prices Go Down, Will Lawyers' Workload Go Up?

By Angela Neville |

Texas Lawyer asked Lydia Protopapas, a longtime bankruptcy attorney and partner with Winston & Strawn, to discuss whether today's volatile oil and gas prices will translate into more bankruptcy cases being filed in Texas in the future.

Sidley Austin Advises Midland Company in Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts represents EnLink Midstream Partners in acquisition of Coronado Midstream Holdings.

Tim Shelby, a partner in Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing in Houston

A Litigator's Perspective: Oil Price Drop's Impact on Lawyers' Work Volume

By Angela Neville |

Tim Shelby, a successful litigator and partner with AZA, shares his views about whether cheap oil prices will spawn more Lone Star litigation.

Baylor University Bears Down on Oilman, Companies in Fraud Claim

By Angela Neville |

This month, Baylor University intervened in a civil lawsuit against Texas oilman Orville Duane Gaither and his two companies alleging fraud in connection with his companies' management of oil and gas production from property owned by the university in Wood County.

Houston Lawyer Sued for Calling No Witnesses

By John Council |

Energy CEO alleges in legal malpractice case that a lawyer promised he was indemnified in a fraud suit—an assumption that stuck the businessman with $300,000 in exemplary damages.

Tim Powers, Haynes and Boone partner in Dallas, MP as of Jan. 1, 2015

Haynes and Boone Opens Denver Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With three lateral hires, Haynes and Boone opens an office in Denver.

Deal of the Week: Baker Botts, Latham Work on $18 Billion Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas-based energy companies announce definitive merger agreement.

EnergyBuzz: Thinking Outside the Barrel: How the Price of Oil Impacts Litigation

By L. Bradley Hancock and Christopher D. Johnsen |

Historically, litigation has experienced ebbs and flows in connection with the price of oil. Largely this has been dependent upon the impact oil price has on cash flow, and the leverage it can have on a company's profit and loss statement.

Litigator of the Week: After Blow Up: $10.8 Million to Oil Well Owners Against Insurer

By Miriam Rozen |

Courts had never addressed questions about due care and diligence of wells before a blowup in terms of insurance coverage, said Michael Orlando, plaintiffs counsel.

<b>CLEAN AIR PUSH:</b> The EPA on June 2 announced a proposed rule to cut carbon dioxide emitted by power plants—namely those fired by coal, as seen above—by 30 percent nationwide by 2030.

EPA's Clean Air Act Plan: Clean Power or Power Play?

By Angela Neville |

Once again, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sparking controversy.

Rusty Hardin of Rusty Hardin & Associates

Rusty Hardin to West Texas Jurors: Rich Men Need Justice Too

By Miriam Rozen |

In an oil patch dispute, settled in a West Texas court, the famed Houston litigator Rusty Hardin wins an $8.5 million judgment for his client Smith Energy, owned by wealthy philanthropist Lester Smith.

Thinking Outside the Barrel: How the Price of Oil Impacts Litigation

By L. Bradley Hancock and Christopher Johnsen |

Historically, litigation has experienced ebbs and flows in connection with the price of oil. Largely this has been dependent upon the impact oil price has on cash flow, and the leverage it can have on a company's profit and loss statement.

Baylor University Bears Down on Oilman, Companies in Fraud Claim

By Angela Neville |

This month, Baylor University intervened in a civil lawsuit against Texas oilman Orville Duane Gaither and his two companies alleging fraud in connection with his companies' management of oil and gas production from property owned by the university in Wood County.

Tim Powers, Haynes and Boone partner in Dallas, MP as of Jan. 1, 2015

Haynes and Boone Opens Denver Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With three lateral hires, Haynes and Boone opens an office in Denver.

Baker Botts, Latham Work on $18 Billion Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas-based energy companies announce definitive merger agreement.

Houston Lawyer Sued for Calling No Witnesses

By John Council |

Energy CEO alleges in legal malpractice case that a lawyer promised he was indemnified in a fraud suit—an assumption that stuck the businessman with $300,000 in exemplary damages.

EnergyBuzz: Kinder Morgan Agrees to $3 Billion Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Bracewell & Giuliani represents Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. in pending acquisition of Hiland Partners.

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This Scientific Development Could Impact Fracking Litigation

By Jon Shoebotham and Ricky Raven |

If true, this new technology could provide a forensic tool for litigants to prove—or disprove—that hydraulic fracturing has impacted a water supply.

Deal of the Week: Four Firms Work on Energy Partnership Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins, Latham & Watkins, Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld each have a piece of a deal involving Marlin Midstream Partners, NuDevco Midstream Development and Azure Midstream Energy.

Thompson & Knight Adds Lawyer in Mexico City

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Luis Gomar moves to Thompson & Knight from Strasburger & Price.

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EnergyBuzz: Fracking Litigation to Watch in 2015

By Mark C. Rodriguez and Brock Skelley |

These cases have given rise to significant arguments concerning the preemption of local bans by state regulation.

Mike Pierce, partner, Pierce Chapman Skrabanek Bruera, Houston

Litigator of the Week: $16.7 Million Final Judgment in Jones Act Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Mike Pierce said he won by concentrating first on defendants' alleged failure to pay maintenance and care for a seaman.

Four Firms Work on Energy Partnership Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins, Latham & Watkins, Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld each have a piece of a deal involving Marlin Midstream Partners, NuDevco Midstream Development and Azure Midstream Energy.

From left: Houston solos Jeffrey J. Tompkins and Christopher Nunnallee

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Energy Dispute Gets New Lease on Life

By John Council |

Houston solos Jeff Tompkins and Chris Nunnallee will soon refile a lawsuit they hope will settle a father/son dispute over a profitable oil and gas lease. But first they had to convince Houston's Fourteenth Court of Appeals to give them a second chance.

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Fracking Litigation to Watch in 2015

By Mark C. Rodriguez and Brock Skelley |

These cases have given rise to significant arguments concerning the preemption of local bans by state regulation.

Litigator of the Week: $16.7 Million Final Judgment in Jones Act Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Mike Pierce said he won by concentrating first on defendants' alleged failure to pay maintenance and care for a seaman.

Indictments Reinstated Against Wealthy Dallas Heir

By John Council |

Dallas Fifth Court of Appeals revives fraud cases against wealthy oil heir who alleges he was indicted by the D.A. as a favor to his former attorney Lisa Blue.

Barclay Nicholson, partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston

Legal Strategies to Counter Fracking Bans

By Miriam Rozen |

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Barclay Nicholson offers his take on the timely topic.

Court Reinstates $2.8 Million Punitive Award Against Lawyer

By John Council |

Fort Worth's Second Court of Appeals raised an exemplary damage award against a lawyer to $2.8 million and referred their opinion to the State Bar for consideration.

Two businessmen shaking hands.

Deal of the Week: Firm Cements $1.4 Billion Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jeffrey Chapman, a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner in Dallas, and New York partner Joerg Esdorn lead deal team for Lone Star Funds.

Businessman looking over city with words

EnergyBuzz: What Were the Largest Energy IPOs in Texas During 2014?

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Energy companies were more than a third of Texas initial public offerings in 2014.

Former V&E Managing Partner Joins Greenhill & Co. in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Joseph Dilg, who practiced at Vinson & Elkins of Houston for 38 years, joins Greenhill & Co. in Houston.

Barclay Nicholson, partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston

Legal Strategies to Counter Fracking Bans

By Miriam Rozen |

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Barclay Nicholson offers his take on the timely topic.

Court Reinstates $2.8 Million Punitive Award Against Lawyer

By John Council |

Fort Worth's Second Court of Appeals raised an exemplary damage award against a lawyer to $2.8 million and referred their opinion to the State Bar for consideration.

Two businessmen shaking hands.

Firm Cements $1.4 Billion Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jeffrey Chapman, a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner in Dallas, and New York partner Joerg Esdorn lead deal team for Lone Star Funds.

Indictments Reinstated Against Wealthy Dallas Heir

By John Council |

Dallas Fifth Court of Appeals revives fraud cases against wealthy oil heir who alleges he was indicted by the D.A. as a favor to his former attorney Lisa Blue.

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EnergyBuzz: In the Wake of Cyber Breaches, How Secure Are U.S. Energy Companies?

By Scott D. Marrs and Martin D. Beirne |

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy released cybersecurity guidelines for the oil and gas industry. Energy companies now suffer more breaches than banks.

EnergyBuzz: Should Courts Extend Oil and Gas Leases For the Length of Time They Are in Litigation?

By Scott D. Marrs and Brit T. Brown |

In almost every case where a lawsuit is filed regarding the validity of an oil and gas lease, the lessee/operator is put in a Catch 22.

Deal of the Week: V&E, Clifford Chance Handle $2.5 Billion Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents Australia-based Woodside Petroleum in pending purchase of LNG projects from Apache Corp. of Houston for $2.5 billion.

A solitary worker in the oil and gas field stands next to an oil derrick.

Should Courts Extend Oil and Gas Leases for the Length of Time They Are in Litigation?

By Scott D. Marrs and Brit T. Brown |

In almost every case a lawsuit is filed regarding the validity of an oil and gas lease, the lessee/operator is put in a Catch 22.

MLP GC Moving to Norton Rose Fulbright

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Stephanie Hildebrandt will join Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner in February.

EnergyBuzz: Will Oil Price Drop Trigger Change for Firms?

By Miriam Rozen |

O&G lawyers identify the biggest three consequences of the price drop on their firms' practices.

Business people shaking hands in the office, finishing a meeting

V&E, Clifford Chance Handle $2.5 Billion Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents Australia-based Woodside Petroleum in pending purchase of LNG projects from Apache Corp. of Houston for $2.5 billion.

Will Oil Price Drop Trigger Change for Firms?

By Miriam Rozen |

O&G lawyers identify the biggest three consequences of the price drop on their firms' practices.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

High Court Case of First Impression Involves Fracking, Defamation Claims and Anti-SLAPP Law

By Miriam Rozen |

Fracking opponents, pinning arguments on the state's anti-SLAPP statue, want natural gas drilling companies' defamation allegations against them dismissed.

Deal of the Week: Porter Hedges, Baker Botts Work $500 Million Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts represents Houston-based The Energy & Minerals Group in equity commitment for Oklahoma City company.

Two businessmen shaking hands.

Porter Hedges, Baker Botts Work $500 Million Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts represents Houston-based The Energy & Minerals Group in equity commitment for Oklahoma City company.