EnergyBuzz

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.

C. Ray Lees

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.

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.

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.

Business people shaking hands in the office, finishing a meeting

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.

Bracewell, Weil on $70 Billion Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Deal of the Week: Lawyer Flies Solo in $278 Million Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

It's not his first time being the only attorney on a deal on behalf of his client.

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EnergyBuzz: Akin Gump Partner Leads Two Half-Billion Dollar Energy Deals in Three Weeks

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Looking back, it was a lot of fun. I love what I do, and I love negotiation with reasonable business people and lawyers, and it was fun," said Michael Byrd, partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Houston.

Kenedy Ranch Rights Earned in 1960s as Fee Now at Stake in Lawyer's Family Feud

By Angela Morris |

"The underlying case has to do with a partnership. There are a lot of parties. Who owns what in that partnership is the underlying case," said Alberto Alarcon, who represents a centenarian lawyer, his wife and a partnership.

Teamwork works together to build a gear system

EnergyBuzz: Akin Gump Partner Leads Two Half-Billion Dollar Energy Deals in Three Weeks

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"Looking back, it was a lot of fun. I love what I do, and I love negotiation with reasonable business people and lawyers, and it was fun," said Michael Byrd, partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Houston.

Kenedy Ranch Rights Earned in 1960s as Fee Now at Stake in Lawyer's Family Feud

By Angela Morris |

"The underlying case has to do with a partnership. There are a lot of parties. Who owns what in that partnership is the underlying case," said Alberto Alarcon, who represents a centenarian lawyer, his wife and a partnership.

Lawyer Flies Solo in $278 Million Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

It's not his first time being the only attorney on a deal on behalf of his client.

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Rule-Making Petition Against TCEQ Halted

By Miriam Rozen |

The appeals court ruling concluded that if no explicitly stated right exists under applicable Texas laws for individuals to seek judicial review of a state agency's denial of a rule-making petition, then no such request trumps the state agency's presumed qualified immunity in those situations.

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EnergyBuzz: $3 Billion Energy Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents QR Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which turned to Latham & Watkins for the $3 billion deal.

BP in Texas MDL: Ohio Isn't Home

By Miriam Rozen |

"BP is not incorporated in Ohio, nor is its principal place of business there. Moreover, plaintiffs' allegations about a few supposed business activities in Ohio do not come close to making this an 'exceptional case' in which BP could be said to be 'at home' in Ohio," argues BP in its memorandum.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Texas Fracking Lawyers Watch National Developments

By Miriam Rozen |

Tom Phillips said his clients or others who object to fracking bans will probably follow a two-pronged legal strategy.

John K. Schwartz, of counsel, Locke Lord, Austin

Litigator of the Week: John Schwartz

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's about just a little bit of money on a kilowatt-by-hour basis, but a whole lot of money when you add it all up," said Schwartz, who is of counsel in the Austin office of Locke Lord.

Pipeline Dispute Ends in Gusher of a Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

Beyond just the high dollar award, the case is generating interest because it raises the question of whether a company can participate in a preliminary discussion of a joint venture of any sort and still avoid partnership obligations under Texas law.

Deal of the Week: $715 Million E&P Deal for East Texas Acreage

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jackson Walker and DLA Piper get East Texas deal done.

Deal of the Week: $715 Million E&P Deal for East Texas Acreage

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jackson Walker and DLA Piper get East Texas deal done.

Pipeline Dispute Ends in Gusher of a Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

Beyond just the high dollar award, the case is generating interest because it raises the question of whether a company can participate in a preliminary discussion of a joint venture of any sort and still avoid partnership obligations under Texas law.

John K. Schwartz, of counsel, Locke Lord, Austin

Litigator of the Week: John Schwartz

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's about just a little bit of money on a kilowatt-by-hour basis, but a whole lot of money when you add it all up," said Schwartz, who is of counsel in the Austin office of Locke Lord.

BP in Texas MDL: Ohio Isn't Home

By Miriam Rozen |

"BP is not incorporated in Ohio, nor is its principal place of business there. Moreover, plaintiffs' allegations about a few supposed business activities in Ohio do not come close to making this an 'exceptional case' in which BP could be said to be 'at home' in Ohio," argues BP in its memorandum.

Fernando Cano-Lasa, of counsel, Squire Patton Boggs, Houston

Squire Patton Boggs nabs former oil and gas in-house counsel

By Miriam Rozen |

Cano-Lasa also recognized that as a Pemex-trained lawyer, he had skills that would help newcomers understand "the legal implications" of the business opportunities in Mexico.

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EnergyBuzz: $3 Billion Energy Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents QR Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition by Breitburn Energy Partners of Los Angeles, which turned to Latham & Watkins for the $3 billion deal.

Will Plaintiffs Pursue Class Actions to Fight Fracking?

By Miriam Rozen |

More than 500 people turned up at Denton City Hall about a citizen-led petition—signed by 1,900 voters—to ban fracking.

Locke Lord partner David Patton

New Chair for the State Bar's Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section: Membership at All-Time High

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Patton said of his major goals for his one-year term as chairman is to launch an oil and gas seminar that will feature women panelists both to recognize successful women lawyers in oil and gas law and to encourage more women to choose the area.

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EnergyBuzz: Key Questions Need Answers in DOE Shake Up of LNG Permit Process

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley and John McGregor |

DOE's proposal is an unexpected departure from a regulatory posture thought to have been settled.

Teamwork works together to build a gear system

With a Possible $500 Million 'ETP' Judgment Looming, Appellate Teams Gear Up

By Miriam Rozen |

"I would think it's going to be an expensive appeal, because there are many, many legal issues for both sides," said Jeff Levinger, a solo in Dallas, who represented Enbridge Inc.

Will Plaintiffs Pursue Class Actions to Fight Fracking?

By Miriam Rozen |

More than 500 people turned up at Denton City Hall about a citizen-led petition—signed by 1,900 voters—to ban fracking.

David Gerger, managing partner of the new Houston office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Hires White-Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer David Gerger to Run New Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gerger said he and the other lawyers from Gerger & Clarke will have access to and support from an "incredible group of lawyers" at Quinn Enamuel.

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Determining Damages in Nuisance Claims

By Jonathan B. Shoebotham |

These nuisance cases expressly distinguish between a recovery for "discomfort and loss of enjoyment" as contrasted to damages for personal injuries or disease.

Deal of the Week: $1 Billion Energy Joint Venture

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Tribe Loses Suit to Keep Oil and Gas Drilling Off 'Aboriginal' Land

By John Council |

The tribe did not seek monetary relief but sued to force the government to protect the tribal land from drilling.

EnergyBuzz: Spin-Off of Houston Energy Company

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Related to the spinoff, Paragon executed debt financing of about $1.73 billion, and entered into an $800 million revolving credit facility.

Locke Lord partner David Patton

New Chair for the State Bar's Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section: Membership at All-Time High

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Patton said one of his major goals for his one-year term as chairman is to launch an oil and gas seminar that will feature women panelists both to recognize successful women lawyers in oil and gas law and to encourage more women to choose the area.