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Rusty Hardin of Rusty Hardin & Associates

Jury Awards $3.7M in Damages, Fees Against Energy Transfer

By Angela Neville |

Last week Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners won a jury verdict in a Houston district court in its breach of contract claim against Energy Transfer Partners. The jury found that Dallas-based Energy Transfer breached its contract with Enterprise by failing to properly maintain the Old Ocean natural gas pipeline so Enterprise could service its broad customer base in the Gulf Coast area. The jury awarded Enterprise $2.2 million in lease payment reimbursements and $1.5 million in legal fees after the four-week trial.

High-tension power transmission towers at twilight in North texas. September 26, 2009. Photo: David R. Tribble via Wikimedia Commons.

Power Play: Bill Pushes Choices for Austin Energy Users

By Angela Neville |

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, recently introduced a new piece of legislation—Senate Bill 1945—that is aimed at opening up municipal electric power providers such as Austin Energy to deregulation.

oil platform

Russian Oil Giant, Seadrill Delay Proposed $4.1 Billion Deal

By Angela Neville |

Recently, the Russian oil company Rosneft, Seadrill and its subsidiary North Atlantic Drilling all agreed to extend the termination date of the framework agreement until May 31, 2017.

JP Energy Cuts Two Midstream Deals

By Angela Neville |

JP Energy Partners recently negotiated two new midstream transactions that promise to bolster the company's current financial position.

Brent Coon is an attorney working on BP litigation -- photographed in Houston, Tx, on 1-14-14.  Photos  by John Everett

BP Oil Spill MDL: Brent Coon Wants His Clients to Opt Out

By Miriam Rozen |

Plaintiffs lawyer says damages paid so far show class settlment not a good deal for the majority of his 10,000 clients.

Akin Gump, Baker & McKenzie on Shale Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker & McKenzie represents Houston's Paloma Resources and its operation Paloma Partners III in sale of Paloma Partners III to Oklahoma company.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Texas House Passes Bill Clamping Down on Local Fracking Bans

By Angela Neville |

The Texas House of Representatives recently approved a bill that gives the state the exclusive power to regulate oil and gas production activities such as fracking.

U.S. Supreme Court.

SCOTUS Rejects Natural Gas Suppliers' Challenge to State Antitrust Laws

By Angela Neville |

In a 7-2 ruling in 'ONEOK v. Learjet', the U.S. Supreme Court held that state antitrust claims against natural gas suppliers, including Dynegy, American Electric Power Company and Oneok, are not pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act.

Tips for Avoiding Overseas Corruption Missteps Amid Oil Downturn

By Thomas Fox |

Oil dipped below the $50-per-barrel threshold. What does this mean for energy companies trying to avoid prosecution for corruption while doing business with countries and companies overseas?

Noble Energy to Pay $73M Settlement, Cut Air Pollution

By Angela Neville |

As part of the recent settlement with several governmental agencies over air pollution problems related to its 3,400 condensate storage tank systems located in the DJ Basin north of Denver, Houston-based Noble Energy agreed to pay a $73 million settlement and also upgrade its pollution control equipment for the storage tanks.

U.S. Supreme Court.

SCOTUS Rejects Natural Gas Suppliers' Challenge to State Antitrust Laws

By Angela Neville |

In a 7-2 ruling in 'ONEOK v. Learjet', the U.S. Supreme Court held that state antitrust claims against natural gas suppliers, including Dynegy, American Electric Power Company and Oneok, are not pre-empted by the Natural Gas Act.

Tips for Avoiding Overseas Corruption Missteps Amid Oil Downturn

By Thomas Fox |

Oil dipped below the $50-per-barrel threshold. What does this mean for energy companies trying to avoid prosecution for corruption while doing business with countries and companies overseas?

oil platform

Russian Oil Giant, Seadrill Delay Proposed $4.1 Billion Deal

By Angela Neville |

Recently, the Russian oil company Rosneft, Seadrill and its subsidiary North Atlantic Drilling all agreed to extend the termination date of the framework agreement until May 31, 2017.

Akin Gump, Baker & McKenzie on Shale Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker & McKenzie represents Houston's Paloma Resources and its operation Paloma Partners III in sale of Paloma Partners III to Oklahoma company.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Texas House Passes Bill Clamping Down on Local Fracking Bans

By Angela Neville |

The Texas House of Representatives recently approved a bill that gives the state the exclusive power to regulate oil and gas production activities such as fracking.

High-tension power transmission towers at twilight in North texas. September 26, 2009. Photo: David R. Tribble via Wikimedia Commons.

Power Play: Bill Pushes Choices for Austin Energy Users

By Angela Neville |

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, recently introduced a new piece of legislation—Senate Bill 1945—that is aimed at opening up municipal electric power providers such as Austin Energy to deregulation.

Brent Coon is an attorney working on BP litigation -- photographed in Houston, Tx, on 1-14-14.  Photos  by John Everett

BP Oil Spill MDL: Brent Coon Wants His Clients to Opt Out

By Miriam Rozen |

Plaintiffs lawyer says damages paid so far show class settlment not a good deal for the majority of his 10,000 clients.

SEC Prosecutes Texas O&G Company for Alleged $4.4M Investment Scam

By Angela Neville |

According to the complaint filed by the SEC on April 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, Mieka Energy Corporation of Flower Mound, Texas, and its founder and president, Daro Ray Blankenship, were recently charged with running an investment scheme that bilked at least 60 investors in multiple states out of a total of approximately $4.4 million.

Drilling Operations (North Dakota, July 2012)

Subsurface Trespass and Actual Harm

By Mark C. Rodriguez and Brock Skelley |

Does an unauthorized, yet imperceptible, entry into the core space beneath another's land give rise to an actionable trespass, even if the complaining landowner does not suffer actual harm?

Firm Finance: Gardere Has a Solid 2014

By John Council |

"It was solid performance across the board," said Holland N. O'Neil, chair of the firm's board of directors.

An oil refinery

EPA Strikes Deal Over Renewable Fuel Standard

By Angela Neville |

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to avoid adding fuel to the fire in connection with a lawsuit filed against it in March by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute.

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

Firm Finance: Head Count, Gross Revenue Drop at Strasburger

By John Council |

"It's an interesting way to look at it—2013 was an extremely good year for us," said Dan Butcher, Strasburger's managing partner. "And 2014 was a more normal year for us."

JP Energy Cuts Two Midstream Deals

By Angela Neville |

JP Energy Partners recently negotiated two new midstream transactions that promise to bolster the company's current financial position.

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

Firm Finance: Head Count, Gross Revenue Drop at Strasburger

By John Council |

"It's an interesting way to look at it—2013 was an extremely good year for us," said Dan Butcher, Strasburger's managing partner. "And 2014 was a more normal year for us."

Drilling Operations (North Dakota, July 2012)

Subsurface Trespass and Actual Harm

By Mark C. Rodriguez and Brock Skelley |

Does an unauthorized, yet imperceptible, entry into the core space beneath another's land give rise to an actionable trespass, even if the complaining landowner does not suffer actual harm?

SEC Prosecutes Texas O&G Company for Alleged $4.4M Investment Scam

By Angela Neville |

According to the complaint filed by the SEC on April 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, Mieka Energy Corporation of Flower Mound, Texas, and its founder and president, Daro Ray Blankenship, were recently charged with running an investment scheme that bilked at least 60 investors in multiple states out of a total of approximately $4.4 million.

An oil refinery

EPA Strikes Deal With Oil Industry Groups Over Renewable Fuel Standard

By Angela Neville |

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tried to avoid adding fuel to the fire in connection with a lawsuit filed against it in March by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute.

Firm Finance: Gardere Has a Solid 2014

By John Council |

"It was solid performance across the board," said Holland N. O'Neil, chair of the firm's board of directors.

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

Godwin Lewis' PPP Dip Reflects Successful Conclusion of Litigation

By Miriam Rozen |

This year was very, very good, but work necessarily slowed down after the firm's largest client Halliburton succeeded in federal court in Gulf Coast oil spill MDL, and then settled with majority of the plaintiffs class, said Don Godwin.

Deepwater O&G Projects Attract New High Stakes Bidders

By Angela Neville |

Oil giants Exxon Mobil and BP were outgunned at a recent lease sale for the Block 107 deepwater tract in Walker Ridge area.

(From left) Attorneys Corey F. Wehmeyer, Katy Pier Moore and Paul Santoyo of Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer in San Antonio

Cox Smith Shareholders to Form Energy Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Pending Cox Smith Matthews merger with Dykema was a factor in timing of departure of oil, gas and energy trio who formed Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer.

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

Oil Heir Ordered to Pay $28M to His Lawyers

By John Council |

The Fifth Circuit has ordered Albert G. Hill III to pay more than $28 million he owes two Texas law firms in a disputed hybrid contingency fee agreement.

$34.6 Billion Megamerger: Halliburton, Baker Hughes to Form O&G Giant

By Angela Neville |

With both Houston-based companies facing financial challenges caused by the current adverse business climate, Halliburton and Baker Hughes are gearing up to integrate "late in the second half" of 2015.

Deal of the Week: V&E, Latham Work on Houston Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Quantum Energy Partners will initially invest up to $1 billion in oil and gas entity that will be managed by Linn Energy of Houston.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

EPA Targets Fracking Wastewater

By Angela Neville |

The EPA issued a proposed rule that would prevent untreated fracking wastewater from being treated by publicly owned treatment works.

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

RRC Commissioner Touts O&G Exports at Texas A&M Law Event

By Angela Neville |

Railroad Commissioner David Porter spoke at Texas A&M University School of Law's recent energy symposium about a number of issues related to the Texas oil and gas industry.

Wind Energy Faces Strong Head Winds in Austin

By Angela Neville |

In 2005, Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, promoted wind energy and other renewable energy sources by sponsoring Senate Bill 20, which increased Renewable Portfolio Standard goals and helped to jump-start the Texas wind power industry. Now, 10 years later, Sen. Fraser has done an about-face and has filed S.B. 931, which would eliminate Texas' RPS by the end of 2015.

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Ticking Time Bombs in Indemnity and Insurance Obligations

By Bruce Wilkin |

A recent case highlights some dangerous pitfalls to avoid in knowing how indemnity and insurance provisions work together.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

EPA Targets Fracking Wastewater

By Angela Neville |

The EPA issued a proposed rule that would prevent untreated fracking wastewater from being treated by publicly owned treatment works.

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

RRC Commissioner Touts O&G Exports at Texas A&M Law Event

By Angela Neville |

Railroad Commissioner David Porter spoke at Texas A&M University School of Law's recent energy symposium about a number of issues related to the Texas oil and gas industry.

paperwork

Ticking Time Bombs in Indemnity and Insurance Obligations

By Bruce Wilkin |

A recent case highlights some dangerous pitfalls to avoid in knowing how indemnity and insurance provisions work together.

Deepwater O&G Projects Attract New High Stakes Bidders

By Angela Neville |

Oil giants Exxon Mobil and BP were outgunned at a recent lease sale for the Block 107 deepwater tract in Walker Ridge area.

(From left) Attorneys Corey F. Wehmeyer, Katy Pier Moore and Paul Santoyo of Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer in San Antonio

Cox Smith Shareholders to Form Energy Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Pending Cox Smith Matthews merger with Dykema was a factor in timing of departure of oil, gas and energy trio who formed Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer.

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

Godwin Lewis' PPP Dip Reflects Successful Conclusion of Litigation

By Miriam Rozen |

This year was very, very good, but work necessarily slowed down after the firm's largest client Halliburton succeeded in federal court in Gulf Coast oil spill MDL, and then settled with majority of the plaintiffs class, said Don Godwin.

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

Oil Heir Is Ordered to Pay $28 Million to His Lawyers

By John Council |

The Fifth Circuit has ordered Albert G. Hill III to pay more than $28 million he owes two Texas law firms in a disputed hybrid contingency fee agreement.

Schlumberger Agrees to Pay $232M Penalty

By Angela Neville |

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Limited, recently agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $232,708,356 penalty to the United States for conspiring to violate the IEEPA by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with the sanctioned nations of Iran and Sudan.

Conoco Wins Reimbursement for $63M Settlement

By Angela Neville |

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston recently ruled that Noble Energy owes a duty of defense and indemnity to ConocoPhillips with respect to a $63 million settlement related to an environmental claim for damage to an oil field in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Priming Up Two New Pipeline Projects

By Angela Neville |

Not put off by today's challenging oil prices, Delek Logistics Partners recently entered into joint ventures with two other companies to develop two new pipeline projects.

oil

Lessors Development Expectations During Downturn

By David Ammons and Nick Petree |

Lessors who have expectations regarding drilling on their leases will likely become increasingly frustrated with the slow-down in operations.

Cost Reductions: Don't Compromise Safety

By Benjamin Escobar |

Complex and interconnected systems used in exploration, development and production can obscure risk presented by changes in staffing, procedures or equipment.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

New Fracking Rules Passed Without Bigger Setbacks

By Angela Neville |

Despite the push from some local advocacy groups to greatly enlarge setbacks between fracking operations and residences in the city of Mansfield, Texas, the city council recently voted unanimously to keep the current 600-foot setbacks.

Darin Brooks, shareholder, Gray, Reed & McGraw, Houston

Gray Reed Hires Five Lateral Litigators

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gray, Reed & McGraw hired a five-lawyer group, led by Darin Brooks.

Michael Gruber (left) and David Elrod, partners in Dallas' Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank

David Elrod's Firm, Gruber Hurst Join Forces

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas trial firms Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank and Elrod PLLC merged on April 1 to form 30-lawyer trial boutique.

Barry Smitherman, a partner in Vinson & Elkins in Austin

Smitherman Joining Firm With Powerful Energy Practice

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Barry Smitherman, former chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and the Public Utiliities Commission of Texas, will join Vinson & Elkins' Austin office on April 1.

Wind Energy Faces Strong Head Winds in Austin

By Angela Neville |

In 2005, Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, promoted wind energy and other renewable energy sources by sponsoring Senate Bill 20, which increased Renewable Portfolio Standard goals and helped to jump-start the Texas wind power industry. Now, 10 years later, Sen. Fraser has done an about-face and has filed S.B. 931, which would eliminate Texas' RPS by the end of 2015.

$34.6 Billion Megamerger: Halliburton, Baker Hughes to Form O&G Giant

By Angela Neville |

With both Houston-based companies facing financial challenges caused by the current adverse business climate, Halliburton and Baker Hughes are gearing up to integrate "late in the second half" of 2015.

Andrews Kurth Represents Energy Start-up in Equity Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Andrews Kurth represents Independence Resources Management, which secured a $500 million equity investment by a private equity company represented by Vinson & Elkins.

Cost Reductions: Don't Compromise Safety

By Ben Escobar |

Complex and interconnected systems used in exploration, development and production can obscure risk presented by changes in staffing, procedures or equipment.

Priming Two New Pipeline Projects

By Angela Neville |

Not put off by today's challenging oil prices, Delek Logistics Partners recently entered into joint ventures with two other companies to develop two new pipeline projects.

Conoco Wins Appeal Seeking Reimbursement for $63 Million Settlement

By Angela Neville |

The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston recently ruled that Noble Energy owes a duty of defense and indemnity to ConocoPhillips with respect to a $63 million settlement related to an environmental claim for damage to an oil field in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Michael Gruber (left) and David Elrod, partners in Dallas' Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank

David Elrod's Firm and Gruber Hurst Join Forces

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas trial firms Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank and Elrod PLLC merged on April 1 to form 30-lawyer trial boutique.

Barry Smitherman, a partner in Vinson & Elkins in Austin

Smitherman Joining Firm With Powerful Energy Practice

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Barry Smitherman, former chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, will join Vinson & Elkins' Austin office on April 1.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Mansfield Passes New Fracking Rules Without Expanding Setbacks

By Angela Neville |

Despite the push from some local advocacy groups to greatly enlarge setbacks between fracking operations and residences in the city of Mansfield, Texas, the city council recently voted unanimously to keep the current 600-foot setbacks.

Darin Brooks, shareholder, Gray, Reed & McGraw, Houston

Gray Reed Hires Five Lateral Litigators From Beirne, Maynard

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gray, Reed & McGraw hired a five-lawyer group, led by Darin Brooks.

Schlumberger to Pay $232 Million Fine for Dealing With Sanctioned Nations

By Angela Neville |

Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Limited, recently agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $232,708,356 penalty to the United States for conspiring to violate the IEEPA by willfully facilitating illegal transactions and engaging in trade with the sanctioned nations of Iran and Sudan.

Bills: Promoting Green Fracking Through Tax Credits

By Angela Neville |

Two Texas House bills were recently introduced that offer tax credits on a per-well basis for oil and gas drillers that use alternative fracking fluids instead of freshwater during fracking operations.

Oil Prices Down, Trade Secret Disputes Up

By Scott D. Marrs and Scott R. Davis |

Texas has a number of statutes that companies can deploy to protect their trade secrets. Put an action plan in gear now. A trade secret once lost is lost forever.

Fort Worth O&G Company Opts for Bankruptcy

By Angela Neville |

Quicksilver Resources, an oil and gas producer that is headquartered in Fort Worth, is one of the most recent examples of Texas energy businesses being hit hard by depressed oil and gas prices.

PDC Energy Settles for $37.5 Million in Class Action

By Angela Neville |

After years of hard-fought litigation, a case pitting PDC Energy against a group of investors who claimed they were "duped" into approving a cash-out merger of their interests in 12 O&G limited partnerships for a fraction of their true value was finally resolved.

Houston Lawyer Too Busy for Arbitration Sued

By John Council |

Fred Hagans said his energy company client sued Daniel Woods and his law firm after they dropped it as a client a week before an arbitration hearing, which led to a $3.8 million being levied against it.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

New Federal Fracking Rules Spark Litigation

By Angela Neville |

Two oil and gas industry groups wasted no time digging in and suing the federal government over its new effort to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands.

State Bills Would Stop Cities' Regulation of O&G Operations

By Angela Neville |

The recent passage of these bills has opponents complaining that if they do become law, Texas cities could end up with drilling operations right next to homes, day care centers or hospitals.

PDC Energy Settles for $37.5 Million in Class Action

By Angela Neville |

After years of hard-fought litigation, a case pitting PDC Energy against a group of investors who claimed they were "duped" into approving a cash-out merger of their interests in 12 O&G limited partnerships for a fraction of their true value was finally resolved.

Houston Lawyer Too Busy for Arbitration Sued

By John Council |

Fred Hagans said his energy company client sued Daniel Woods and his law firm after they dropped it as a client a week before an arbitration hearing, which led to a $3.8 million being levied against it.

Trade Secrets in the Oil Patch: Oil Prices Down, Trade Secret Disputes Up

By Scott D. Marrs and Scott R. Davis |

Texas has a number of statutes that companies can deploy to protect their trade secrets. Put an action plan in gear now. A trade secret once lost is lost forever.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

New Fracking Fuss Over Federal Rules for Public and Tribal Lands

By Angela Neville |

Two oil and gas industry groups wasted no time digging in and suing the federal government over its new effort to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands.

Another Chapter 11 Casualty: Fort Worth O&G Firm Quicksilver Resources

By Angela Neville |

Quicksilver Resources, an oil and gas producer that is headquartered in Fort Worth, is one of the most recent examples of Texas energy businesses being hit hard by depressed oil and gas prices.

Robert G. Reedy, managing partner, Porter Hedges, Houston

Firm Finance: Porter Hedges Sees Huge Revenue Growth

By John Council |

The Houston law firm brought in $74 million in 2014, posting the second best year in the firm's 37- year history, said managing partner Rob Reedy.

7 Key Steps to Ensure Compliance in Staff Reductions

By Stephen J. Roppolo |

Particularly at risk for reductions are thinly capitalized producers operating in the shale plays of Texas, as employers try to assess the damage of the downturn and plan for the future.

Deborah Williamson, managing director, Cox Smith Matthews, San Antonio

Firm Finance: Gross Revenue, Net Income Decline at Cox Smith

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Average revenue per lawyer and profits per partner were unchanged in 2014 compared with 2013.

Joe Cohen, a partner in Houston’s Beirne, Maynard & Parsons

Treasure Map Leads to High Court Victory

By John Council |

A colorful seismic 'treasure map' helped guide Joe Cohen's clients to a rich gas reserve and a recent victory before the Texas Supreme Court.

Atmos Has No Duty to Disclose Raw Gas Use to Customers

By Angela Neville |

Unprocessed natural gas is sometimes negatively referred to as a "raw gas cocktail" because of its potential problems when used as a residential energy source, such as possible release of carbon monoxide emissions from unburned gas.

Bill: Use O&G Revenue to Fix Damaged Roads

By Angela Neville |

According to Senate Bill 1788, introduced by State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) on March 13, Texas counties owning lands that produce oil and gas revenue would be allowed to keep the royalty payments generated from the minerals under their property and dedicate that money to repairing damaged roads, particularly highways torn up from oil field activity.

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

5th Circuit Gives Chemical Board Subpoena Power in Deepwater Horizon Probe

By Angela Neville |

The Fifth Circuit on March 12 rejected rehearing its decision rendered on Sept. 18, 2014, which upheld five administrative subpoenas that the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board issued against Transocean Deepwater Drilling Inc. following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Green Fracking Promoted Through Tax Credits in House Bills

By Angela Neville |

Two Texas House bills were recently introduced that offer tax credits on a per-well basis for oil and gas drillers that use alternative fracking fluids instead of freshwater during fracking operations.

Joe Cohen, a partner in Houston’s Beirne, Maynard & Parsons

Treasure Map Leads to High Court Victory

By John Council |

A colorful seismic 'treasure map' helped guide Joe Cohen's clients to a rich gas reserve and a recent victory before the Texas Supreme Court.

Atmos Has No Duty to Disclose Raw Gas Use to Customers

By Angela Neville |

Unprocessed natural gas is sometimes negatively referred to as a "raw gas cocktail" because of its potential problems when used as a residential energy source, such as possible release of carbon monoxide emissions from unburned gas.

Bill: Use O&G Revenue to Fix Damaged Roads

By Angela Neville |

According to Senate Bill 1788, introduced by State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) on March 13, Texas counties owning lands that produce oil and gas revenue would be allowed to keep the royalty payments generated from the minerals under their property and dedicate that money to repairing damaged roads, particularly highways torn up from oil field activity.

7 Key Steps to Ensure Compliance in Staff Reductions

By Stephen J. Roppolo |

Particularly at risk for reductions are thinly capitalized producers operating in the shale plays of Texas, as employers try to assess the damage of the downturn and plan for the future.

Deborah Williamson, managing director, Cox Smith Matthews, San Antonio

2014 Firm Finance Numbers for Cox Smith Matthews

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Average revenue per lawyer and profits per partner were unchanged in 2014 compared with 2013.

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

5th Circuit Gives Chemical Board Subpoena Power in Deepwater Horizon Probe

By Angela Neville |

The Fifth Circuit on March 12 rejected rehearing its decision rendered on Sept. 18, 2014, which upheld five administrative subpoenas that the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board issued against Transocean Deepwater Drilling Inc. following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Robert G. Reedy, managing partner, Porter Hedges, Houston

Porter Hedges Sees Huge Revenue Growth

By John Council |

The Houston law firm brought in $74 million in 2014, posting the second best year in the firm's 37- year history, said managing partner Rob Reedy.

EOG Resources Wins Appeal in O&G Royalty Dispute

By Angela Neville |

EOG Resources, one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas companies in the U.S., won an appeal on March 5 before the Second Court of Appeals, in a dispute over oil and gas royalties.

More O&G Bankruptcies Follow Crashing Crude Prices

By Angela Neville |

Two Houston-based O&G companies sought relief from their financial challenges by filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy lawsuits this week.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

High Court Finds Executive in O&G Lease Negotiations Met Good Faith Duty

By Angela Neville |

Even though executive right holders Steadfast Financial and Range Production failed to latch on to market-rate oil and gas royalties in their lease negotiations, they did not self-deal nor breach their duty of good faith duties, court says.

Jerry Clements

Firm Finance: Gross, Net Up at Locke Lord in 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

In last year before a big merger, Locke Lord's gross revenue improved by 3.3 percent over 2013, and its net income jumped 7.6 percent.

John Minor Wisdom U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit building, New Orleans, LA.

Request to Restore Natural Gas Theft Case Denied

By Angela Neville |

The Fifth Circuit ruled on March 6 that a Texas federal judge on Feb. 11, 2013, properly dismissed the claims by Pemex Exploracion y Produccion against various buyers related to U.S. sales of natural gas condensate allegedly stolen from Pemex in Mexico.

John Minor Wisdom U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit building, New Orleans, LA.

Fifth Circuit Denies Pemex's Request to Resuscitate Natural Gas Theft Case

By Angela Neville |

The Fifth Circuit ruled on March 6 that a Texas federal judge on Feb. 11, 2013, properly dismissed the claims by Pemex Exploracion y Produccion against various buyers related to U.S. sales of natural gas condensate allegedly stolen from Pemex in Mexico.

Jerry Clements

Firm Finance: Gross, Net Up at Locke Lord in 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

In last year before a big merger, Locke Lord's gross revenue improved by 3.3 percent over 2013, and its net income jumped 7.6 percent.

From Crashing Crude Prices to Chapter 11: More O&G Bankruptcies

By Angela Neville |

Two Houston-based O&G companies sought relief from their financial challenges by filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy lawsuits this week.