Alexandra Ashcroft Crawley

Alexandra Ashcroft Crawley

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

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Freedom to Contract Prevails in New Mexico

Is freedom to contract a good thing for everybody? First Baptist Church of Roswell v. Yates Petroleum Corp. says yes, and confirms that the public policy in New Mexico is freedom to contract. In this case, it was to avoid...more

8/27/2014 - Contract Disputes Interest Payments Oil & Gas Royalties

Distributions From A Texas Trust Deemed Separate Property

Conventional wisdom is that a spouse’s earnings from separate property are community property. But it’s not that simple. In Benavides v. Mathis a Texas court denied wife Leticia’s claim to one-half of the income derived from...more

3/11/2014 - Community Property Divorce Estate Planning Separate Property Trusts

Surface Owner’s Regulatory Taking Claim Denied

In Walton v. City of Midland, the surface owner of a 35 acre tract within the city limits of Midland, Texas, contended that a provision in a city permit for an oil or gas well was a regulatory taking because it required the...more

12/4/2013 - Energy Exploration Inverse Condemnation Oil & Gas Takings

A Favored-Nations Clause Gone Awry

Oh, how a simple Favored-Nations clause in an oil and gas lease can get complicated, with large financial consequences! In BP America Production Company v. Zaffirini, BP paid Solis a $1,300 per acre bonus for a lease covering...more

11/26/2013 - BP Mineral Leases Most-Favored Nations Oil & Gas

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