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Does Texas Have a New “Rule” in Conveyancing?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Subject-to, reservations-from, and exceptions-to problems have been lurking in the shadows of Texas jurisprudence for a while now, and the courts have been all over the map in recent holdings....more

Denial of Surface Access is Sufficient to Trigger Broadly Worded Force Majeure Clause in Oil and Gas Lease

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a decision interpreting the force majeure clause of an oil and gas lease, the Seventh District Court of Appeals of Ohio in Haverhill Glen, LLC v. Eric Petroleum Corporation, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8030, ruled that the...more

Land Owners Could Be Paying Proposed Severance Tax

by Barley Snyder on

Whether or not the latest natural gas severance tax proposal gets passed into law in Pennsylvania, House Bill 542 contains some interesting language land owners who have signed lease agreements with energy companies need to...more

An Oil Patch Morality Play – Part 1

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You are selling properties. The buyer thinks you own the deep rights but you know your long-time partner owns them. You attend the closing. You don’t tell the buyer that he’s got the ownership wrong. You are protected by a...more

Understanding Mineral Rights and the Impact on the Value of Your Property

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The United States is one of a handful of countries in which private real property owners can hold and own subsurface mineral rights. In a majority of countries, only the government can own and benefit from these rights. ...more

Re-establishing production after mechanical failures to save a lease

by GableGotwals on

A recent trend in oil and gas litigation is top lessees seeking termination of base leases. While these lawsuits typically target marginally producing leases, operators may be equally “termination conscious” when a profitable...more

An Unusual Way To Hold an Oil and Gas Lease

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Here is what we believe is an unusual situation: A gas unit is formed. The gas well ceases to produce. Another gas well produces from an oil unit, but the lease at issue is not included in the oil unit. Is the lease...more

Texas Mineral Deeds Survive the Statute of Frauds

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

According to Mr. Bumble, the law is an ass. I disagree (Know a lawyer who’s an ass? That’s another conversation). In Davis v. Mueller the law was not an ass, per se, but as applied by the Texas Supreme Court it showed little...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for February 2017. Commercial Law...more

Does it Matter if a Deed Correction is Material?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

McCabe Trust v. Ranger Energy LLC, is the consequence of failing to comply with the Texas Property Code when correcting real property conveyances....more

Estimates from Common Metering System are Insufficient to Maintain Oil and Gas Lease

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Recently, the Seventh District Court of Appeals of Ohio in Joseph and Anna Lang v. Weis Drilling Company, et al., Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-88213, held that estimates derived from a common metering system are insufficient to...more

Mineral Lease Prevails in Louisiana Royalty Dispute

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Prevails over what, you ask? In Gladney v. Anglo-Dutch Energy, LLC, a conditional allowable from the Office of Conservation didn’t supersede lease royalty obligations....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The FHLB Boston’s $5.9 billion MBS case against Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Credit Suisse, is back in Massachusetts state court—a result of the Supreme Court’s Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage case that held that Fannie Mae’s...more

Have You Reviewed Your Lease Maintenance Processes Lately?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You might conclude that the but-for-the-grace-of-God-that-could-be-me nightmare presented in In re: RPH Capital Partners is instructive only for lawyers. If so, you would be mistaken. The lesson: If you want to win the...more

TXO v. Vela Remembered in a Gas Royalty Case

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Westport Oil & Gas Company, L.P. v. Mecom et al. presented this question: Was the lease royalty based on a gas purchase agreement formula or on the royalty clauses’s market value at the well provision? Spoiler alert:...more

The Rule Against Perpetuities is Alive and Enforceable in Oklahoma

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Today we venture into Oklahoma, to be instructed on the Supreme Court’s treatment of the Rule Against Perpetuities. First, the Rule: No property interest is good unless it must vest, if all, not later than 21 years after...more

Green Energy Can Complicate Real Estate Foreclosures

by Snell & Wilmer on

A quick drive through almost any newer residential community in the Southwest will show that a lot of residents are embracing “Green Energy” or renewable energy by placing solar panels on their properties. While most people...more

Option Contract Ruling Reversed by Texas Supreme Court.

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

North Shore Energy v. Harkins interpreted an Option Agreement between landowners and a producer over a 400 acre tract. In football they would say the Texas Supreme Court pancaked the plaintiff. In the law, some would call it...more

Louisiana Partition Agreement: You Can’t Trade What You Don’t Own

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Square Mile Energy LLC v. Pommier considered this language in a Louisiana partition agreement: “N.B: Included in this transfer are any and all mineral rights, when available, to Roxanne and all surface rights.” Did this...more

FHA Issues Final Guidelines on PACE Assessments

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued final guidance in the form of Mortgagee Letter 2016-11 regarding the subordination of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. As...more

What is Title Insurance, Really?

All real estate buyers should consider purchasing title insurance. The premium is approximately $4.00 for every $1,000 of the purchase price. Some see this as an added cost to the deal.  But the cost is well worth the value...more

Title Suit Booted for Failure to Join Parties

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Longoria v. ExxonMobil is like throwing a big party but failing to invite all the right guests. The Longorias – 59 of them – sued producer-defendants over ownership of 9,200 acres in Brooks County, Texas, acquired in the...more

Midstream Contracts Remain in Doubt in Bankruptcy

by King & Spalding on

By now, both producers and midstream companies are aware of the Bankruptcy Court decisions in the Sabine bankruptcy proceedings (i) rejecting the gas gathering agreements as executory contracts and (ii) determining that the...more

June 2016: Energy Litigation Update

Bankruptcy Judge’s Decision in Sabine Oil & Gas Alters the Relationships and Value Allocations Between Oil Producers and Midstream Companies. The hottest area in restructuring in 2016 is oil and gas. In the first five months...more

Have You Got the Right EPCs?

by Reed Smith on

We were reading in the Property Week (27th May edition) just how unreliable an EPC rating can be. This matters because from 2018 when new minimum energy efficiency regulations (MEES) start to apply, investors won’t be able...more

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