New Hampshire High Court Affirms $236M Verdict Against Exxon

By Angela Neville |

In its recent appellate decision, the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the trial court's rulings on the merits, affirmed the $236 million jury verdict for the state of New Hampshire and against Exxon Mobil.

Thomas C. Wright, a founding partner in Houston's Wright & Close

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Wealthy Oil Heir's Case

By John Council |

Tom Wright said it's time for Albert Hill III to pay his law firm clients. "We hope that the word from the highest court in the land makes Mr. Hill realize that he owes the judgment,''he said.

Investor Sues Lawyer For Legal Malpractice

By Angela Morris |

A New Orleans company has sued an Austin solo, alleging that he committed malpractice and cost the company a $925,000 investment in one matter and caused it to get sued in another.

Texas Energy Firm Scores One Mexican Oil Block in Recent Auction

By Angela Neville |

Houston-based Fieldwood Energy and its partner Petrobal were one of three successful bidders in the recent auction for oil blocks put on by the Mexican government.

Dee Kelly, founder of Kelly Hart & Hallman, Fort Worth

Remembering Fort Worth Lawyer Dee Kelly

By John Council |

Dee Kelly, who founded Kelly Hart & Hallman in 1979 and became Fort Worth's most recognizable and politically-influential lawyer, died on Oct. 2. He was 86.

Conoco Fights Medical Center, Alleges Insurance Kickbacks

By Angela Neville |

In July, ConocoPhillips responded to a lawsuit filed against it by North Cypress Medical Center Operating Co. by filing its original counterclaim against the medical center in which it stated that "this is a fraudulent medical billing and illegal 'kickback' case."

Sanchez Energy to Sell Eagle Ford Assets to Sanchez Production Partners

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents Houston-based Sanchez Energy Corp. in sale of assets for about $345 million.

Energy Express Hit With Class Action Claiming It Failed to Pay Proper Wages

By Angela Neville |

Energy Express Services, a Houston-based oil field services company, recently got hammered with a federal class action suit in Pennsylvania brought by former employees who allege that the company carried out illegal pay practices.

clocking system

Turbulent Time in the Oil Patch: What to Know When Facing RIFs

By Derek J. Anchondo and Shira R. Yoshor |

As companies deal with the many implications of low oil prices on their revenues, they will invariably consider employee cuts as a way to deal with decreasing budgets.

4 Firms Work on $37.7B Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Energy Transfer Equity of Dallas turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Latham & Watkins for $37.7 billion pending acquisition of The Williams Companies of Tulsa.

Akin Gump Advises Valero in $465M Purchase of Oil Terminals

By Angela Neville |

With the legal assistance of the Houston firm of Akin Gump, Valero Energy Partners is in the process of buying the Corpus Christi Terminal Services Business from a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp. for $465 million.

Unitholders Settle With Crestwood in Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

By Angela Neville |

The Crestwood Midstream unitholders who filed a suit in May against the company's board of directors alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by the company's board of directors in connection with a proposed merger with Crestwood Equity now have announced that they have reached a settlement with the company.

Halliburton Settles With Workers by Paying $18.2 M in Overtime Pay

By Angela Neville |

In one of the largest Department of Labor recoveries of overtime wages in recent years, Halliburton has agreed to pay $18,293,557 to 1,016 employees nationwide.

Enterprise Fights Energy Transfer Partners $535M Jury Award in Pipeline Case

By Angela Neville |

After losing at the trial court level over a business disagreement and being hit with a $535 million jury verdict, Enterprise Products Partners, along with its affiliate Enterprise Products Operating, went on the offensive with its appeal to the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas, seeking to overthrow the judgment awarded to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and its affiliate Energy Transfer Fuel.

Judge Refuses to Throw out $8M Suit Against Lawyers

By Angela Neville |

Defendant Michael Pohl, individually and d/b/a the Law Office of Michael Pohl and defendant Jimmy Williamson and Jimmy Williamson P.C. recently failed to convince a Mississippi federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by a group of public relations professionals whom the attorneys had enlisted to round up possible clients in Mississippi after the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Recent Texas Energy Law in 5 Minutes or Less

By Scott D. Marrs and Brian T. Bagley |

There have been a number of recent developments in Texas energy law. Those developments are synthesized for readers to come up to speed in 5 minutes or less.

Seismic Data Producer Targets Three O&G Companies With Copyright Claims

By Miriam Rozen |

Geophysical Service Inc., a Calgary, Canada-based producer of seismic data, filed lawsuits in Texas federal courts against Hunt Oil Co., ConocoPhillips, and Anadarko Petroleum. In three complaints, GSI alleges the three oil & gas exploration companies infringed on its copyrights by obtaining its valuable seismic data from a Canadian regulatory agency.

Thomas Wilson

International Law Section Launches Human Rights Committee

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Committee may recommended amendments to Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct in regards to giving advice to clients doing business in countries with civil rights issues.

Benjamin Torres-Barron

Mexico's Upcoming Oil Auction Offers Opportunities for Lawyers, U.S. Companies

By Angela Neville |

Due to take place Sept. 30, the second auction for offshore oil blocks will offer five groups of shallow water fields in Mexico, according to the Mexico's energy department, the National Hydrocarbons Commission.

Government to Pay $1.5M in Attorney Fees in FLSA Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The U.S. Department of Labor has agreed to pay $1.5 million to a Corpus Christi company and its owner after the Fifth Circuit sanctioned the federal government for bad faith in suit alleging the company violated overtime laws.

From left: Sara Burgin, Kevin Collins, Matt Paulson and Whit Swift, all partners in the Austin office of Bracewell & Giuliani

Bracewell Adds Four Environmental Partners in Austin

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group of four left Katten Muchin Rosenman's office to join Bracewell & Giuliani in Austin.

Lawyer Sued Over Ponzi Scheme Resigns

By John Council |

The high court order concluded that Gregory G. Jones decision to resign in lieu of discipline by the State Bar of Texas was in the best interest of the public and the legal profession. The Sept. 8 order cancels Jones' law license, orders him to surrender his bar card, and requires him to pay $30,000 in restitution to two former clients before he can seek reinstatement as an attorney.

U.S. Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C.

Baker Hughes Sues IRS for $17.6M in Restitution

By Angela Neville |

Baker Hughes recently sued the IRS in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division) seeking a $17.65 million refund in taxes.

Energy Tech Company Loses $71M Patent Case

By Angela Neville |

TDE Petroleum Data Solutions,recently a patent infringement lawsuit that it brought against AKM Enterprise d/b/a Moblize involving its patent on its technology for monitoring oil wells.

Bankruptcy Battle Brews Between Energy Companies

By Angela Neville |

EnerVest Energy, the creditor, and Chevron USA, the interested party, are fighting the efforts of debtor Dune Energy and its affiliates to obtain a release from the bankruptcy judge of all claims against them and their estate property, including their remaining assets.

EPA Proposed Rule Could Resurrect Confusing Test for Air Permitting

By George C. Hopkins, Eric Groten and Jay Rothrock |

The principal question is whether "adjacent" should have its ordinary meaning of "nearby" or proximate, or if it should include consideration of "functional interrelatedness." This definition would be used in EPA's Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review, and Title V permit program regulations.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Cheniere Energy Agree to New Gas Transportation Project

By Angela Neville |

In light of the increase in natural gas production, it's not surprising that a Kinder Morgan pipeline division, Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, recently agreed to partner up with a Cheniere Energy affiliate, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, to move natural gas to the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project in South Texas.

Congressman Joe Barton

House Energy Panel Approves Barton's Bill to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban

By Angela Neville |

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, recently delivered the attached opening statement at the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power's markup of HR 702, a bill to adapt to changing crude oil markets.

Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue

Lisa Blue Wants Former Client's Indictments to Stand

By John Council |

"Repeatedly, Hill has conjured a conspiracy from absolutely nothing at all," Lisa Blue said in an amicus brief she filed against former client, wealthy Dallas oil heir Albert Hill III.

Group Leaves Burleson to Form Firm in Midland

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Four lawyers left the Midland office of energy firm Burleson to form Long-Weaver, Manning, Antus & Antus.

Chesapeake Settles Oil Royalty Clash With Bass Brother, Other Plaintiffs

By Angela Neville |

A drawn-out squabble over millions of dollars in oil royalties fought out in a Dallas federal court recently concluded with Chesapeake Exploration and a large group of mineral rights owners, including oil billionaire Edward Bass.

Heir Seeks Judge Recusal for 'Shocking' Comment

By John Council |

"You know, I am from limited means. All this was new to me. Even in families like mine where people don't have much, they get into disputes," U.S. Magistrate Renee Toliver said during a hearing involving wealthy Dallas oil heir Albert G. Hill III.

Baker Botts, Norton Rose Fulbright on $1.75B Angola Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts represents Houston's Cobalt International Energy in its pending $1.75 billion sale of blocks offshore Angola to Sonangol, Angola's national oil company.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Abbott To Establish Energy Task Force Between Texas and Mexico

By Angela Neville |

During his recent visit to Mexico, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Texas and Mexico's intent to establish an energy task force, which will foster discussions on energy reform as developments in the energy industry proliferate at home and across the border.

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

Fifth Circuit Certifies BP Class, Rejects Another

By John Council |

"In this case, our court returns—not for the first time, and likely not for the last—to the events related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill," wrote Fifth Circuit Senior Judge Patrick Higginbotham.

Texas Supreme Court Declines to Hear Drilling Rights Case

By Angela Neville |

In the wake of a recent decision handed down by the Fourth Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Texas recently rejected hearing a petition for injunctive relief related to a lawsuit concerning a subsurface trespass case between Lightning Oil Company and Anadarko E&P Onshore.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Suit Claims Landowners' Injuries From Blast Due to Fracking

By Angela Neville |

Cody Murray and members of his family, who were injured in a severe water well explosion in August 2014, recently filed a lawsuit in Dallas County alleging that two oil and gas companies' drilling and extraction activities near their home in Jack County, Texas, caused the explosion.

Westport to Enter Into $351M Merger With Fuel Systems

By Angela Neville |

Canadian-based Westport Innovations' pending merger with Fuel Systems Solutions, which is headquartered in New York, will create a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company.

Gaines West, president of West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry in College Station

Court Denies Lawyer Disqualification Effort

By Angela Morris |

Waco's 10th Court of Appeals recently denied a group of litigants' effort to have College Station lawyer Gaines West, his firm and another lawyer disqualified for allegedly switching sides to represent an opponent.

Chairman Christi Craddick, Railroad Commission of Texas, Austin

Railroad Commissioner Outlines Energy Policy Trends

By Angela Neville |

Texas railroad commissioner Christi Craddick recently spoke at the State Bar of Texas Public Utility Law Section's annual meeting and seminar in Austin about emerging policy initiatives impacting the Texas oil and gas sector.

Joanne Du and Phillip Georgiou, partners, Baker Botts, Hong Kong

Baker Botts Hires Three Lateral Partners in Asia

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Three lawyers leave Jones Day's Hong Kong office to join Baker Botts' Hong Kong office.

Three Firms Work on $376M Permian Basin Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

For $376.1 million Permian Basin asset sale, Houston-based W&T Offshore handles transaction in-house.

Judge Affirms $3.7M Overtime Award for Native Oilfield Drivers

By Angela Neville |

U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle upheld a jury's $3.7 million verdict awarded to former company drivers for Native Oilfield Services for disputed overtime wages under the FLSA to its employees.

Could Crude Oil Exports Become a Reality?

By Natalie Regoli and Brian Polley |

Why all the attention? In a word: shale. The shale revolution, driven largely by rapid technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques over the past decade, has increased U.S. oil production to record levels.

Judge Seeks to Wind Up Energy Future's Bankruptcy

By Angela Neville |

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi recently signed an order setting the confirmation hearing in Energy Future Holdings' marathon Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

10 Tips for Negotiating Pipelines Deals for Landowners

By Mary Barkley |

The following includes a list of factors every landowner and his or her attorney should consider when negotiating with a pipeline company.

Judge Approves $225M Settlement With Exxon in Pollution Case

By Angela Neville |

N.J. Judge Michael J. Hogan recently approved New Jersey's $225 million settlement with Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. that resolves the state's claims for natural resource damage against Exxon.

Breach-of-Contract Suit Against Former In-House Lawyer Will Proceed

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

An opinion from the First Court of Appeals in Houston affirms a trial judge's ruling that denies Charlotte Rutherford's request to dismiss the cause of action with Texas' Anti-SLAPP statute.

Houston Energy Companies in $14.8B Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher represent Schlumberger in planned $14.8 billion acquisition of Houston-based Cameron International.

Three Firms Work on Shale Asset Purchase

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Kirkland & Ellis and Thompson & Knight represent GEP Haynesville in joint venture's $850 million purchase of shale assets.

Fifth Circuit Allows $46M Energy Contract Dispute to Continue

By Miriam Rozen |

The Fifth Circuit reversed a Houston trial judge and allowed Houston-based International Energy Ventures Management to continue to pursue a $46.5 million breach-of-contract dispute against Hong Kong-based United Energy Group, which purchased BP's Pakistani oil and gas assets in 2011.

Jury Awards $70M Verdict in O&G Fraud Case

By Angela Neville |

A jury in Fisher County handed down a $70 million verdict in connection with a case involving allegations by two groups of investors, including Lowry Hunt of Mansfield's L.W. Hunt Resources and Richard Raughton of Fort Worth, who claimed that they were conned out of sizable profits from West Texas oil and gas production leases.

Fourth Court OKs Drilling Through Rival's Mineral Estate

By Angela Neville |

The Fourth Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC in a subsurface trespass case brought by Lightning Oil Co.

Fifth Circuit Resurrects Nuisance Case for O&G Drilling

By Angela Neville |

The Fifth Circuit recently dealt with an appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas involving a nuisance suit brought by several homeowners in Parker County, Texas, claiming that Devon Energy Corp. carried out oil and gas drilling activities in their neighborhood that were noisy and disruptive and inhibited their use of their land.

Texas Attorneys Discuss Newly Adopted SEC Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules and Address O&G Clients' Concerns

By Miriam Rozen |

The Securities and Exchange Commission finally adopted this month long-debated pay ratio disclosure rules. Texas Lawyer asked three Texas lawyers, David Kirkland of Baker Botts, Amy Curtis of Thompson & Knight and Stephen Jacobson of Vinson & Elkins, all of whom advise the O&G industry, to respond to questions about the SEC's new rules.

Paul R. Bessette

Third Circuit Rules on Behalf of Former O&G CEO in Investor Fraud Case

By Angela Neville |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit entered a permanent injunction forbidding the group of former limited partners of SemCrude from proceeding in state court in their shareholder derivative lawsuit against SemCrude.

Plains Hit With Shareholders' Class Action Over Pipeline Spill

By Angela Neville |

Plaintiff Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund and other members of the class brought the shareholders' lawsuit against Plains in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in the wake of the May 19, 2015, oil spill that occurred after an onshore pipeline operated by Plains ruptured.

Timothy Lee

$400M Fraud Case Against JPMorgan Remanded

By Angela Neville |

Orca Assets is suing JPMorgan Chase Bank, alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract in relation to six oil and gas leases and seeking approximately $400 million in lost profits.

Glenn Ballard

Houston Litigator Glenn Ballard Set to Join Dentons

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Glenn Ballard, a former head of the trial section at Bracewell & Giuliani, will join Dentons on Aug. 17 as managing partner of the Houston office.

Bank of America Claims Akin Gump's Legal Fees Excessive

By Angela Neville |

In the application, the law firm is seeking total compensation of $973,628 for its work on the case during this period. In addition, the firm is seeking $20,000 for expense reimbursement.

Baker Hughes Accuses Small Family Business of Trademark Infringement

By Angela Neville |

Alleging trademark infringement, Baker Hughes Inc. is suing Thor's Oil Products Inc.—a company with one employee—contending that the North Dakota family business is using the Texas oil services giant's trademark-protected brand names for its products used in hydraulic fracturing.

Francisco Mendez, partner, Mayer Brown, Mexico City and Houston

Mayer Brown Opens Mexico City Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Mayer Brown, which has an office in Houston, just got approval from the Mexican government to open a Mexico City office.

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

Litigator of the Week: Tony Buzbee Nets $159M Jury Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

"This jury made it pretty clear what the value of life is," said Tony Buzbee, of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston.

Geoffrey Newton

Updated: Energy Future Sells Oncor to Hunt for Over $12 Billion

By Angela Neville |

Energy Future Holdings' trump card to help it move beyond its current Chapter 11 bankruptcy woes appears to be its prized asset, Oncor Electric Delivery.

Houston Lawyers in Fight Over Contingency Fees

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Hamilton G. Rucker seeks more than $3.1 million as his share of contingency fees, alleging that co-counsel in Deepwater Horizon litigation have "made it clear" they won't honor fee agreements.

Mexican Offshore Worker Nonsuits Houston Lawyer

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Mexican offshore worker nonsuited Hosuton lawyer Jason Webster from a suit alleging that he was "illegally and unethically solicited" in connection with a personal injury suit stemming from a deadly 2007 mobile offshore oil platform accident.

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett to Buy Precision Castparts in $37.2B Deal

By Angela Neville |

The "Oracle of Omaha" is grabbing headlines again by spending big on a manufacturer of parts for the energy and aerospace industries.

Chesapeake Seeks Second Chance With SCOTX

By Angela Neville |

The dispute between Chesapeake and the mineral estate owners in the Hyder family centered on whether the oil and gas lease negotiated among the parties allowed for Chesapeake to deduct postproduction costs from the mineral estate owners' overriding natural gas royalties.

George P. Bush

First Online O&G Lease Sale Scores Nearly $20M

By Angela Neville |

"We broke tradition and then broke records," said Jim Suydam, General Land Office spokesman, concerning the Texas agency's recent launch of its innovative and lucrative online sale of oil and gas leases.

Ken Paxton

Texas AG Gears Up to Fight EPA's New Clean Power Plan

By Angela Neville |

Power plan or power play? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency takes the position that the goal of the agency's new Clean Power Plan, which was recently announced by President Obama and the EPA, is to improve the environment and human health by cutting significant amounts of carbon pollution from electric power plants.

Sean Gorman (left) and Peter Scaff

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: No-Go for $6.4 Billion Togo Oil Suit

By John Council |

Houston lawyers Sean Gorman and Peter Scaff had very different reasons for why their energy company clients couldn't be sued in Texas over a failed $6.4 billion oil production agreement with the tiny African republic of Togo.

Locke Lord Team Works on $2.1B Pipeline Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Locke Lord represents NextEra Energy Partners in its pending $2.1 billion acquisition of Houston pipeline company NET Midstream.

Irate Investors Bring Class Action Suit Against Helix Energy

By Angela Neville |

A group of riled-up shareholders of Helix Energy Solutions Group recently filed a class action against the Houston-based energy company that provides specialty services to the international offshore energy industry.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Primer for Energy Executives

By Scott D. Marrs and Nicholas D. Stepp |

Energy companies operating internationally face more than down-hole problems. Every energy executive and board member should be aware of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act's reach.

Fifth Circuit Resurrects Former Tesoro Exec's Whistleblower Case

By Angela Neville |

Wallace, a former vice president of Tesoro Corporation, alleges that he was axed by his employer for reporting suspected fraudulent accounting practices used by the company's management and board of directors.

ArcLight Launches $5.5B Fund for Energy Infrastructure Investments

By Angela Neville |

Despite the oil and gas sector's current funk due to low commodity prices, ArcLight Capital Partners is unambiguously open for energy infrastructure business.

oil platform

Overcoming Legal Challenges Related to Energy Exploration in Gulf

By Angela Neville |

International boundaries in oceanic areas are often ambiguous and disputed, particularly in locations that are loaded with oil and gas reserves.

$820M Mexican Pipeline to Carry Gas From Texas to Mexican Power Plants

By Angela Neville |

As part of the country's initiative to provide natural gas supplies to fuel its electric power plants in Northern Mexico, it is launching the La Laguna Pipeline project. The proposed pipeline will stretch for 465 kilometers (289 miles) between El Encino in the state of Chihuahua and La Laguna in Durango, and connect a pair of CFE power plants.

Fracking operation in Texas.

House Bill 40: The Texas Legislature's Response to Denton's Fracking Ban

By Mark C. Rodriguez and Brock Skelley |

The most notable impact of H.B. 40 is its express prohibition of local fracking bans.

Oil Heir Al Hill III Asks CCA to Dismiss Fraud Case

By John Council |

Albert G. Hill III is again arguing that he was selectively prosecuted for mortgage fraud by then-Dallas County DA Craig Watkins as a favor to Hill's former lawyer Lisa Baron Blue.

Class Certification Granted in Halliburton Securities Fraud Case

By Angela Neville |

The plaintiffs in this case have traveled a long and winding road–including two treks to the U.S. Supreme Court—in their quest to be compensated for what they allege are fraudulent actions by Houston-based Halliburton Company.

Matthew R. Pearson

Litigator of the Week: $20.2M Judgment in Oil-Patch Dispute

By Miriam Rozen |

In "Shale Exploration v. Eagle Oil & Gas," filed in Harris County's 152nd District Court, the dispute concerned lease information about an oil and gas prospect in North Dakota.

Merger Forms $113B Energy Alternative Asset Manager

By Angela Neville |

Under the terms of the agreement, Ares will provide $2.55 billion in consideration, the majority of which will be in the form of Ares Operating Group Units.

Unhappy Crestwood Midstream Unitholders Sue Board for Lowballing Company in Merger

By Angela Neville |

A number of Crestwood Midstream unitholders are not pleased with what they allege are breaches of fiduciary duty by the members of the company's board of directors in connection with a proposed merger with Crestwood Equity.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C.

5th Circuit Upholds Texas Air Quality Flex Permit Program

By Angela Neville |

Created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment, the EPA was put in the posture in this case, Environmental Integrity Project et al v. EPA, of defending the state implementation plan (SIP) that it had formerly fought against in 2012 in the earlier case, Texas v. EPA.

Ridgewood Energy Develops $1.9B Fund for Deepwater Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

By Angela Neville |

Ridgewood Energy Corporation is ready to take plunge once again by putting together its third private equity fund to bankroll finding and developing new oil reserves in the deepwater areas of the Gulf of Mexico.

Insurance Coverage for Nuisance Claims in the Oil Patch

By Vincent E. Morgan and Tamara D. Bruno |

Frustrated property owners are increasingly bringing nuisance claims based on bright lights, loud noises, traffic, dust, odors, wastewater and other effects of these activities.

Suit Sparks Brawl Over $589K in Attorney Fees

By Angela Neville |

In something of a hollow victory, two Texas oil companies recently won a jury trial in a landman case fought in Dallas County, yet the jury failed to award the winning parties their respective attorney fees that together total approximately $600,000.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Attorney Wins 'Old Fart' Discrimination Ruling

By John Council |

"What the court honed in [on] was that the [supervisor] was going to get rid of the old farts. And sure enough he did,'' Alfonso Kennard said of his plaintiff client's age discrimination victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

More Firms, Lawyers Sued Over Lawsuits in Deadly Offshore Accident

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Mexican offshore worker alleges that he was solicited by a "runner" working for lawyers whom he hired to represent him in personal injury suit stemming from the accident.

Mexico's Energy Reform: A Look From Inside the Learning Curve

By Gabriel Ruiz |

While the interest of the companies in Mexico's oil and gas potential is real, the opening process coincides with difficult world economic challenges, particularly depressed oil and gas prices and the concomitant impact on the oil and gas industry.

Fierce Lender Feud in Dune Energy Bankruptcy

By Angela Neville |

Infighting among creditor groups recently erupted in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by Houston-based Dune Energy and its related affiliates.

Kachina Seeks Rehearing in Gas Compression Fees Case

By Angela Neville |

Seeking another bite at the apple with the Texas Supreme Court after its recent loss, Kachina Pipeline recently filed a motion for rehearing in the case.

Andrews Kurth, Akin Gump Handle $1.5B Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Andrews Kurth represents Enterprise Products Partners in its pending sale of offshore pipeline assets to Genesis Energy, which is using Akin Gump.

Class Action Suit Against Exxon Subsidiary Alleges Gas Royalty Rip-Offs

By Angela Neville |

A group of natural gas royalty owners in Western Pennsylvania are fighting mad and accusing Texas-based XTO Energy, Exxon Mobil Corporation's subsidiary, of messing around with their royalty payments.

WPX Energy to Buy RKI Exploration for $2.75 Billion

By Angela Neville |

WPX Energy, a publicly traded domestic energy producer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with operations in the western United States, recently entered into an agreement to acquire privately held RKI Exploration & Production for $2.35 billion plus the assumption of $400 million of debt.

Bracewell, V&E Work on Renewable Energy Deal

By —Brenda sapino jeffreys |

Bracewell & Giuliani represents Bluescape Resources in investment in Clean Line Energy Partners, which turned to Vinson & Elkins.

Marathon Petroleum to Acquire MarkWest in $21B Merger

By Angela Neville |

The companies said the combination would create the fourth-largest master limited energy partnership, with a $21 billion market capitalization.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes Agree to DOJ Delayed Review

By Miriam Rozen |

If antitrust regulators' objections foil a proposed merger between the oil field service industry giants, Halliburton might owe Baker Hughes a $3.5 billion breakup fee.

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BPZ Resources Sells Off $8.5M in Assets

By Angela Neville |

The heavy price decline in the oil and gas industry since last summer has caused and will continue to cause significant financial pain for many companies in this volatile sector.