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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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."
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents Houston-based Sanchez Energy Corp. in sale of assets for about $345 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A group of four left Katten Muchin Rosenman's office to join Bracewell & Giuliani in Austin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Four lawyers left the Midland office of energy firm Burleson to form Long-Weaver, Manning, Antus & Antus.
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.
"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 represents Houston's Cobalt International Energy in its pending $1.75 billion sale of blocks offshore Angola to Sonangol, Angola's national oil company.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three lawyers leave Jones Day's Hong Kong office to join Baker Botts' Hong Kong office.
For $376.1 million Permian Basin asset sale, Houston-based W&T Offshore handles transaction in-house.
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.
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.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi recently signed an order setting the confirmation hearing in Energy Future Holdings' marathon Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The following includes a list of factors every landowner and his or her attorney should consider when negotiating with a pipeline company.
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.
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.
Baker Botts and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher represent Schlumberger in planned $14.8 billion acquisition of Houston-based Cameron International.
Kirkland & Ellis and Thompson & Knight represent GEP Haynesville in joint venture's $850 million purchase of shale assets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, a former head of the trial section at Bracewell & Giuliani, will join Dentons on Aug. 17 as managing partner of the Houston office.
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.
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.
Mayer Brown, which has an office in Houston, just got approval from the Mexican government to open a Mexico City office.
"This jury made it pretty clear what the value of life is," said Tony Buzbee, of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston.
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.
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.
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.
The "Oracle of Omaha" is grabbing headlines again by spending big on a manufacturer of parts for the energy and aerospace industries.
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.
"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.
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.
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 represents NextEra Energy Partners in its pending $2.1 billion acquisition of Houston pipeline company NET Midstream.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the oil and gas sector's current funk due to low commodity prices, ArcLight Capital Partners is unambiguously open for energy infrastructure business.
International boundaries in oceanic areas are often ambiguous and disputed, particularly in locations that are loaded with oil and gas reserves.
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.
The most notable impact of H.B. 40 is its express prohibition of local fracking bans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Frustrated property owners are increasingly bringing nuisance claims based on bright lights, loud noises, traffic, dust, odors, wastewater and other effects of these activities.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Infighting among creditor groups recently erupted in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by Houston-based Dune Energy and its related affiliates.
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 represents Enterprise Products Partners in its pending sale of offshore pipeline assets to Genesis Energy, which is using Akin Gump.
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, 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 & Giuliani represents Bluescape Resources in investment in Clean Line Energy Partners, which turned to Vinson & Elkins.
The companies said the combination would create the fourth-largest master limited energy partnership, with a $21 billion market capitalization.
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.
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.