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The Circuits are Split: The Ambiguity of a Regulation May Not ‘Foreclose a Finding of Scienter’ in False Claims Act Cases

A split now exists among the circuit courts as to whether a defendant’s assertion of a “reasonable interpretation defense” precludes a finding of a “knowing” mens rea under the False Claims Act (the “FCA”). On May 26, 2017,...more

Kindred Nursing Centers L.P. v. Clark: The Supreme Court Reemphasizes That Arbitration Agreements Must Be Placed on Equal Footing...

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed that the Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”) preempts state laws placing agreements to arbitrate on weaker footing than other types of contracts. In Kindred...more

Potential Changes to the Oil and Gas Lease Protection Package: Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Producers Need to Prepare for New...

The Pennsylvania legislature is actively considering new legislation that, if passed in its current form, would affect how both producers and non-operating joint venture partners report royalty information, and that would...more

Important Changes in Litigating Oil and Gas Cases in Federal Court: What the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules Mean for Oil and...

Many oil and gas disputes are litigated in federal court. In recent years, federal litigation has undergone significant changes in discovery practices and rules. For example, with the increase in electronically stored...more

The Sixth Circuit Holds That an Arbitration Clause in an Expired Contract Still Applies

Does the duty to arbitrate survive the expiration of a contract? The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit recently held “yes.” The Sixth Circuit became the first federal appeals court to examine whether a contract’s...more

“2 Sign or Not 2 Sign:” Which Statute of Frauds Governs Oil & Gas Leases?

In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Superior Court resolved an open question of state law regarding which one of two alternative statutes of frauds apply to oil and gas leases, in the process making clear that for an oil...more

Arbitration/Class Waiver Clauses in Oil and Gas Leases: The Applicability of Concepcion and Italian Colors Restaurant to the...

Class action lawsuits filed against natural gas producers have become increasingly common. For example, in Pennsylvania over the last several years, royalty owners have filed a number of royalty and bonus-payment class action...more

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