EnergyBuzz

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in Big Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Halliburton and Baker Hughes announce agreement for Halliburton to acquire Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Bob Wise

By John Council |

Bob Wise successfully defended no-evidence summary judgment rulings by tossing out the plaintiffs' theories that his electrical company caused a fire through either faulty equipment or a smoking employee.

EnergyBuzz: Opportunities, Challenges in Mexican Energy Reform

By Nicolas Borda |

There are very high expectations for the success of this historic reform. However, there are also a number of challenges, particularly related to its implementation, interpretation and timing.

A solitary worker in the oil and gas field stands next to a pump jack.

Why Innovation, Not Plunging Oil Prices, Caused the $34.6 Billion Halliburton-Baker Hughes Deal

By Scott D. Marrs |

It is easy to assume that the recent drop in oil prices resulted in the Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal, but that is far from the truth.

Houston law school announces oil & gas institute

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

South Texas College of Law wants to better prepare lawyers for oil and gas industry work.

A solitary worker in the oil and gas field stands next to a pump jack.

Why Innovation, Not Plunging Oil Prices, Caused the $34.6 Billion Halliburton-Baker Hughes Deal

By Scott D. Marrs |

It is easy to assume that the recent drop in oil prices resulted in the Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal, but that is far from the truth.

EnergyBuzz: Opportunities, Challenges in Mexican Energy Reform

By Nicolas Borda |

There are very high expectations for the success of this historic reform. However, there are also a number of challenges, particularly related to its implementation, interpretation and timing.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in Big Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Halliburton and Baker Hughes announce agreement for Halliburton to acquire Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Bob Wise

By John Council |

Bob Wise successfully defended no-evidence summary judgment rulings by tossing out the plaintiffs' theories that his electrical company caused a fire through either faulty equipment or a smoking employee.

Attorney Fees Sought in Patent Infringement Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

After a judge dismisses a patent infringement suit, defendants seek reimbursement for attorney fees and costs.

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

Judge Rules Against BP's Motion to Remove Claims Administrator

By Miriam Rozen |

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled against BP's motion in the oil spill litigation to remove the claims administrator.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

EnergyBuzz: Hydraulic Fracturing: Nationwide Results From November Ballot

By Barclay Nicholson and Johnjerica Hodge |

Because Texas courts have yet to address this issue, it is unclear whether it and other cities have the authority to pass bans on hydraulic fracturing.

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Deal of the Week: V&E Works on $437 Million Refinery Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents Alon USA Energy of Dallas in its pending acquisition of the Krotz Springs refinery.

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

Judge Rules Against BP's Motion to Remove Claims Administrator

By Miriam Rozen |

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled against BP's motion in the oil spill litigation to remove the claims administrator.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Hydraulic Fracturing: Nationwide Results from the November Ballot

By Barclay Nicholson and Johnjerica Hodge |

Because Texas courts have yet to address this issue, it is unclear whether it and other cities have the authority to pass bans on hydraulic fracturing.

Attorney Fees Sought in Patent Infringement Suit

By BRENDA SAPINO JEFFREYS |

After a judge dismisses a patent infringement suit, defendants seek reimbursement for attorney fees and costs.

Drilling Down: Wage and Hour Claims in the Oil and Gas Industry

By Brian Jorgensen and Joanne Bush |

Given the high stakes, and the relatively low burden plaintiffs face in obtaining class certification early in these cases, oil and gas employers should examine their current practices for compliance with federal, state, and local laws.

Alistair B. Dawson, a partner in the Houston office of Beck Redden

Litigator of the Week: Defense 'Bolts' Down Victory in Product Liability Case

By Miriam Rozen |

In a defective product case pitting an Anchorage-based oil refinery company against manufacturers and marketers of a valve, Alistair Dawson and James D. Smith won a take-nothing final judgment for their separate corporate defendants.

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The Crude Export Ban May Not Play Much Longer

By Arthur J. Wright and Rebecca R. Seidl |

Domestic consumers are not benefiting from the export ban and U.S. producers may be negatively affected by it.

$650,000 Plaintiff Win but No Attorney Fees in Patent Fight

By Miriam Rozen |

East Texas federal judge decides against awarding attorney fees in patent fight because "jockeying" is not "extraordinary."

5 Misconceptions About MLPs

By Hillary Holmes and James Chenoweth |

An MLP is an attractive vehicle for energy companies because they can conduct activities and invest in growth projects at a lower cost of capital and higher valuation, while retaining full control of the business.

Deal of the Week: Texas Firms Handling $1.5 Billion Cash Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Western Gas partners using Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in its pending purchase of Nuevo Midstream for $1.5 billion.

EnergyBuzz: Over $1 Billion Pending Pipeline Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Plains All American Pipeline to buy 50 percent interest in the BridgeTex Pipeline Co. from Occidental Petroleum Corp. for $1.075 million.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Two Suits Filed in Response to Denton Fracking Ban

By Miriam Rozen |

A state agency and an oil and gas industry association each filed lawsuits seeking declaratory relief and an injunction to stop the voter-approved fracking ban from being enforced.

Alistair B. Dawson, a partner in the Houston office of Beck Redden

Defense 'Bolts' Down Victory in Product Liability Case

By Miriam Rozen |

In a defective product case pitting an Anchorage-based oil refinery company against manufacturers and marketers of a valve, Alistair Dawson and James D. Smith won a take-nothing final judgment for their separate corporate defendants.

From left, Willkie Farr & Gallagher lawyers Thomas Cerabino, co-chairman, New York City; Michael Piazza, partner, Houston; Angela Olivarez, partner, Houston; Bruce Herzog, partner, Houston; and Steven Gartner, co-chairman, New York City.

Another NYC Firm Opens Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With three partners, Willkie Farr & Gallagher opens office in Houston to expand its energy practice

$650,000 Plaintiff Win but No Attorney Fees in Patent Fight

By Miriam Rozen |

East Texas federal judge decides against awarding attorney fees in patent fight because "jockeying" is not "extraordinary."

Texas Firms Handling $1.5 Billion Cash Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Western Gas partners using Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in its pending purchase of Nuevo Midstream for $1.5 billion.

Deal of the Week: Baker Botts, Porter Hedges Handle Eagle Ford Shale Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Carrizo Oil & Gas bought leasehold and producing interests in the Eagle Ford shale from Eagle Ford Minerals for $250 million.

EnergyBuzz: Ground Transportation and Oceangoing Vessels Increasingly Using LNG as Fuel

By Natalie Regoli and Brian Polley |

One effect of the availability of inexpensive shale gas combined with a global push to reduce carbon emissions is the use of natural gas as a fuel, both in ground transportation and for oceangoing vessels.

Baker Botts, Porter Hedges Handle Eagle Ford Shale Deal

By — Brenda Sapino jeffreys |

Carrizo Oil & Gas bought leasehold and producing interests in the Eagle Ford shale from Eagle Ford Minerals for $250 million.

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Class Counsel Ask Court to Reject BP's Motion to Disqualify Claims Administrator

By Miriam Rozen |

Counsel to the class plaintiffs in the 2010 multidistrict oil spill litigation want a Louisiana federal judge to deny BP's attempt to remove Patrick Juneau as claims administrator of the Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP) because of his alleged conflicts.

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Deal of the Week: Southwestern Energy to Buy Shale Assets

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Porter Hedges represents Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. in its pending purchase of shale assets in West Virginia and Pennsylvania for $5.375 billion.

Houston Lawyers, Firm Sued By PR Providers for Over $8 Million in Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

The plaintiffs claim they helped the lawyers get hired by many seafood restaurants and dealers as well as other BP oil spill claimants from eight states.

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Porter Hedges Opens First Office Outside Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Porter Hedges hires four energy transactions lawyers from Commercial Law Group and opens an Oklahoma City office.

EnergyBuzz: Why an Environmental Law Generalist Won't Fly

By Paul Gosselink |

Each change in environmental law has brought with it an increased need for specialty law practices. Companies looking for guidance need to look at practitioners with a very specific skillset.

Nelson Bunker Hunt, Remembered by His Bankruptcy Lawyer

By Miriam Rozen |

Russell Munsch represented the famously wealthy son of the legendary H.L. Hunt in his bankruptcy, which still ranks as the largest personal Chapter 11 filing in history.

C. Ray Lees

Porter Hedges Opens First Office Outside Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Porter Hedges hires four energy transactions lawyers from Commercial Law Group and opens an Oklahoma City office.

Patrick Juneau

Class Counsel Ask Court to Reject BP's Motion to Disqualify Claims Administrator

By Miriam Rozen |

Counsel to the class plaintiffs in the 2010 multidistrict oil spill litigation want a Louisiana federal judge to deny BP's attempt to remove Patrick Juneau as claims administrator of the Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP) because of his alleged conflicts.

ConocoPhillips Files For Arbitration Against Venezuela National Oil Company

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston-based ConocoPhillips wants compensation for investment in heavy oil projects in Venezuela.

Deal of the Week: $7.8 Billion Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Targa Resources Corp. and Targa Resources Partners to acquire Atlas Energy and Atlas Pipeline Partners.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

EnergyBuzz: Understanding Surface Use by the Oil and Gas Lessee

By Timothy D. Howell and David A. Palmer |

When a severed mineral estate is leased by its owner for drilling and development, disputes may arise as to whether and to what extent the mineral lessee may use the surface.

Houston Lawyers, Firm Sued By PR Providers for Over $8 Million in Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

The plaintiffs claim they helped the lawyers get hired by many seafood restaurants and dealers as well as other BP oil spill claimants from eight states.

Daniel L. Butcher, managing partner of Strasburger & Price in Dallas

Strasburger's Mexican Subsidiary in Joint Venture with Mexican Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Strasburger & Price's Mexican subsidiary in joint venture with Struck, Palafox y Perez Ortega

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Kelly Hart & Hallman Opens Midland Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Lawyers from Midland office of New Mexico firm join Kelly Hart & Hallman to open firm's Midland office.

ConocoPhillips Seeks Arbitration Against Venezuela National Oil Company

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston-based ConocoPhillips wants compensation for investment in heavy oil projects in Venezuela.

EnergyBuzz: $340M Property Deal in Bakken/Three Forks Play

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Natural Resource Partners expects to pay about $340 million for assets in North Dakota.

Deal of the Week: $235 Million Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas-based EnLink Midstream Partners and EnLink Midstream LLC buying pipeline assets including Bridgeline system in southern Louisiana.

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Munsch Hardt Set to Add Lawyers in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Eight lawyers from Harrison Bettis McFarland will join Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Houston on Nov. 1

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Kelly Hart & Hallman Opens Midland Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Lawyers from Midland office of New Mexico firm join Kelly Hart & Hallman to open firm's Midland office.

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EnergyBuzz: Arbitration for Energy Disputes

By Scott D. Marrs and Andrew B. Barton |

Although arbitration itself is not new to the energy sector, the proliferation of shale plays has spawned a surge in complex energy disputes that often cross jurisdictional boundaries.

Donald E. Godwin, chairman and CEO, Godwin Lewis, Dallas

Godwin Lewis Cuts 17 Lawyers Following Successes in Oil Spill Litigation

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The layoffs came in the wake of conference table and courtroom success on behalf of client Halliburton Co. in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation.

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Deal of the Week: $4.41 Billion Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represented Enterprise Products Partners in the Houston master limited partnership's acquisition of general partner and limited partnership interests in Oiltanking Partners.

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Arbitration for Energy Disputes

By Scott D. Marrs and Andrew B. Barton |

Although arbitration itself is not new to the energy sector, the proliferation of shale plays has spawned a surge in complex energy disputes that often cross jurisdictional boundaries.

Donald E. Godwin, chairman and CEO, Godwin Lewis, Dallas

Godwin Lewis Cuts 17 Lawyers Following Successes in Oil Spill Litigation

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The layoffs came in the wake of conference table and courtroom success on behalf of client Halliburton Co. in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation.

Should Texas Fear Legacy Litigation?

By L. Bradley Hancock and Neeraj "Neil" Verma |

Studies have discovered a direct correlation between the proliferation of legacy litigation and a decrease in the rate new wells were drilled, resulting in an economic loss for Louisiana of approximately $10.5 billion dollars as of 2010. Is Texas next?

Looper Ballew Opens New Orleans Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Donald Looper's firm will add four lawyers, including new shareholder Paul J. Goodwine, in New Orleans.

T. Boone Pickens, chair of BP Capital Management, Dallas

T. Boone Pickens Weighs In on Mexico's Energy Reforms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Dallas businessman known for predicting oil prices said anyone who makes accurate predictions is lucky.

Fracking operation in Texas.

Stakeholders Discuss Potential Fracking Ban

By Angela Morris |

There's an "interesting discussion" going on in Denton, which could become the first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking." Denton residents will vote on the ban in November.

Should Texas Fear Legacy Litigation?

By L. Bradley Hancock and Neeraj "Neil" Verma |

Studies have discovered a direct correlation between the proliferation of legacy litigation and a decrease in the rate new wells were drilled, resulting in an economic loss for Louisiana of approximately $10.5 billion dollars as of 2010. Is Texas next?

Deal of the Week: Trio of Firms Involved in $7.6 Billion Deal

By Brenda Sapino jeffreys |

Baker Botts of Houston and two other firms represent Houston-based Dresser-Rand Group in its pending acquisition by Siemens for about $7.6 billion.

Looper Ballew to Open New Orleans Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Donald Looper's firm will add four lawyers, including new shareholder Paul J. Goodwine, in New Orleans.

Matthew Pearson, a partner in San Antonio's Gravely & Pearson

Unsigned Contract Leads to $18.8 Million Verdict

By John Council |

After a new jury panel is called a litigant earns a big win in a energy trade secrets trial.

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Energy Buzz: P3's as the Future for U.S. Infrastructure Investment

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley, and Kaitlyn Pennington-Hill |

As the Texas population has grown, and especially with the current energy industry boom, funding has failed to keep pace with the public need for basic infrastructure.

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P3's as the Future for U.S. Infrastructure Investment

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley, and Kaitlyn Pennington-Hill |

As the Texas population has grown, and especially with the current energy industry boom, funding has failed to keep pace with the public need for basic infrastructure.

Matthew Pearson, a partner in San Antonio's Gravely & Pearson

Unsigned Contract Leads to $18.8 Million Verdict

By John Council |

After a new jury panel is called a litigant earns a big win in a energy trade secrets trial.

David Lynch, partner in Houston's Coats Rose

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Texas Law Applies to $1.5 Million Insurance Dispute

By John Council |

Ruling means insured may get a chance to make its insurance company pay for a punitive damage award.

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EnergyBuzz: Observations on Recent Royalty Litigation in Energy

By Timothy D. Howell and David A. Palmer |

Countless variations of "cost-free" and "no deducts" royalty provisions have been included in leases, though questions linger about what language truly yields "cost-free" royalty.

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Texas' Economic Growth and the Changed Legal Landscape

By Katherine Sunstrom |

As the rest of the nation has dealt with an economic downturn over the last several years, Texas has skirted by relatively untouched, prompting growth in the population and economy. The influx of people and capital, however, brings its share of change to the legal community.

Ex-Client Sues, Alleges Conflict of Interest Against Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A former client of Thompson & Knight files a $1 million lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it had a conflict of interest when representing him and a third party in an acquisition.

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Observations on Recent Royalty Litigation in Energy

By Timothy D. Howell and David A. Palmer |

Countless variations of "cost-free" and "no deducts" royalty provisions have been included in leases, though questions linger about what language truly yields "cost-free" royalty.

Texas

Texas' Economic Growth and the Changed Legal Landscape

By Katherine Sunstrom |

As the rest of the nation has dealt with an economic downturn over the last several years, Texas has skirted by relatively untouched, prompting growth in the population and economy. The influx of people and capital, however, brings its share of change to the legal community.

Ex-Client Sues, Alleges Conflict of Interest Against Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A former client of Thompson & Knight files a $1 million lawsuit against the firm, alleging that it had a conflict of interest when representing him and a third party in an acquisition.

Litigator of the Week: Shrinking Damages But Big Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

"It took three years to get to trial. We had eight different docket calls and two continuances," Steven Vangel said about the breach-of-contract case, for which his client won $148,000 in attorney fees on $108,000 in damages.

EnergyBuzz: Differing Results in Recent Nuisance Cases Against Oil and Gas Operators

By Michael J. Mazzone and Mike Stewart |

While headlines often mention "fracking," these disputes actually are over other aspects of oil and gas development, including bright lights, loud noises, and odors from drilling, production, or transportation, rather than the fracking process itself.

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

BP Alleges Claims Administrator Has Disqualifying Conflict

By Miriam Rozen |

"As a matter of law, it was his obligation to get a written waiver for this conflict. He neither sought nor received one," wrote Geoff Morrell, a senior VP for BP's U.S.-based subsidiary, in an emailed statement.

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Deal of the Week: $860 Million Pending Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Trafigura AG of Houston announces an agreement to sell 80 percent of its interest in entity holding South Texas midstream assets to Buckeye Partners for $860 million.

Judge Assigns Lion's Share of Responsibility to BP

By Miriam Rozen |

Trends distinguishing the defendants' positions became clear: BP faces a longer slog; Halliburton and Transocean might face shorter ones.

Differing Results in Recent Nuisance Cases Against Oil and Gas Operators

By Michael J. Mazzone and Mike Stewart |

While headlines often mention "fracking," these disputes actually are over other aspects of oil and gas development, including bright lights, loud noises, and odors from drilling, production, or transportation, rather than the fracking process itself.

Judge Assigns BP Lion's Share of Liability in Oil Spill

By Miriam Rozen |

In his ruling, federal Judge Carl Barbier wrote: "The court finds that the conduct of BP's employees was egregious enough that exemplary or punitive damages would be appropriate. However, in light of Fifth Circuit precedent, the court concludes that BP is not liable for punitive damages."

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

BP Alleges Claims Administrator Has Disqualifying Conflict

By Miriam Rozen |

"As a matter of law, it was his obligation to get a written waiver for this conflict. He neither sought nor received one," wrote Geoff Morrell, a senior VP for BP's U.S.-based subsidiary, in an emailed statement.

Halliburton Agrees to $1.1 Billion Payout in BP Oil Spill MDL

By Miriam Rozen |

"From the beginning, BP has acknowledged its role in the accident, worked to meet its commitments in the Gulf, and called on Halliburton and others to do the same. This settlement marks the very first time—despite three years of official investigations and litigation implicating the company—that Halliburton has acknowledged that it played a role in the accident," wrote Geoff Morrell, a senior VP for BP's U.S.-based subsidiary in an email.

Macy Reasoner Stokes, a partner in Baker Botts in Houston

Winning Women: Macey Reasoner Stokes

By John Council |

"She had stellar academics: summa cum laude at Yale," former Chief Justice Tom Phillips said about his former law clerk, Macey Reasoner Stokes.

Erica Harris, a partner in Susman Godfrey in Houston

Winning Women: Erica Harris

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Susman Godfrey partner Erica Harris won a trademark infringement suit involving the color yellow.

Deal of the Week: Partnership Starts with $450 Million Initial Investment

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Quantum Energy Partners of Houston and Tug Hill of Fort Worth form a partnership and use Texas firms for the work.

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EnergyBuzz: Bidding on Pemex Joint Ventures

By Scott D. Marrs and James E. Rogers |

Successfully navigating this new landscape will require a firm understanding of the nuances of this legal framework and its associated bidding system.

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EnergyBuzz: Bidding on Pemex Joint Ventures

By Scott D. Marrs and James E. Rogers |

Successfully navigating this new landscape will require a firm understanding of the nuances of this legal framework and its associated bidding system.

Deal of the Week: $850 Million Cash Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

On Aug. 18, Cameron announced a definitive agreement to sell the division to Ingersoll-Rand for $850 million, subject to closing adjustments.

Deal of the Week: Steel Deal for $600M Cash

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

K&L Gates represented Trinity Industries of Dallas in its purchase of assets of Meyer Steel Structure of Memphis in a $600 million cash deal.

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EnergyBuzz: Mexico's Energy Reform to Tackle Declining Production

By Natalie Regoli and Brian Polley |

The decline is commonly attributed to insufficient operational capabilities and capital of the state-owned oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) which prevents it from producing from the country's deepwater and shale resources.

Deal of the Week: Steel Deal for $600M Cash

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

K&L Gates represented Trinity Industries of Dallas in its purchase of assets of Meyer Steel Structure of Memphis in a $600 million cash deal.

Deal of the Week: $850 Million Cash Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

On Aug. 18, Cameron announced a definitive agreement to sell the division to Ingersoll-Rand for $850 million, subject to closing adjustments.

Energy/Electricity Lawyers Leave Andrews Kurth for Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The group's clients include Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, the Texas Association of Manufacturers and Sam Houston Race Park.

BP Oil Spill Litigation: How Much Has BP Paid Plaintiffs Lawyers So Far?

By Miriam Rozen |

The BP oil spill litigation remains far from resolved and final, and the same remains true of the plaintiffs' lawyers' fees, despite earlier expectations for a $600 million payday.

 Mikal Watts of Watts Guerra Craft in San Antonio

No Wrap-Up Yet on Federal Criminal Probe of Mikal Watts

By Miriam Rozen |

"Mikal is a good lawyer, and people know he is a good lawyer. While the investigation is unfortunate, he continues to carry out his duties to his clients," Robert McDuff, a solo criminal defense lawyer who represents Mikal Watts, wrote in his email.

Bracewell, Weil on $70 Billion Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A massive energy deal sizzles during the dog days of summer.

Deal of the Week: $825 Million Cash Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Strasburger & Price partner Garney Griggs of Houston led his firm's team representing longtime client Warren Equipment Co.

BP Oil Spill Litigation: How Much Has BP Paid Plaintiffs Lawyers So Far?

By Miriam Rozen |

The BP oil spill litigation remains far from resolved and final, and the same remains true of the plaintiffs' lawyers' fees, despite earlier expectations for a $600 million payday.

Energy/Electricity Lawyers Leave Andrews Kurth for Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The group's clients include Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, the Texas Association of Manufacturers and Sam Houston Race Park.

 Mikal Watts of Watts Guerra Craft in San Antonio

No Wrap-Up Yet on Federal Criminal Probe of Mikal Watts

By Miriam Rozen |

"Mikal is a good lawyer, and people know he is a good lawyer. While the investigation is unfortunate, he continues to carry out his duties to his clients," Robert McDuff, a solo criminal defense lawyer who represents Mikal Watts, wrote in his email.