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Fracking Strategies

Advancements in the technology for the development of shale gas resources are expected to open doors to exploitation of shale gas reserves worldwide. In that context, we look at the scope of protection and the issues...more

Business Litigation Report -- May 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Cloud Computing Is a Hot Topic… in Business and the Courtroom - Noted With Interest: ..Garlock: Lifting the Veil on Asbestos Trust Claims - Practice Area...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 2014: After giving its final approval to their version of the state budget just after...

Conflicting Budgets - After giving its final approval to their version of the state budget just after midnight Saturday morning, the Senate took a long weekend, not returning to Raleigh until Wednesday. The budget...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - May 2014: After a very busy first two days of session last week, the General Assembly...

Another Hectic Week - After a very busy first two days of session last week, the General Assembly returned to Raleigh this week with a fully packed agenda. Among other things, they took up fracking, regulatory reform,...more

Explore - Insights from the DLA Piper Mining Sector

In This Issue: - Editorial - About our Mining Sector - Seismic Shift - A Whole New Ball Game – Coal Sales in China - OHADA – What Foreign Investors Need to Know - Breaking the Drought – the...more

Texas Court Of Appeals: Providing "Treasure Map" To Potential Investors Without Non-Disclosure Agreement Does Not Destroy Trade...

A Texas Court of Appeals upheld a jury's determination that a seismic map of an underground natural gas field retained its trade secret status, despite the fact that the owner gave the map to the alleged misappropriator and...more

Are Patent Trolls Now Targeting the Energy Industry?

Case Numbers Are on the Rise - Based on our informal survey and analysis of patent lawsuits, energy companies will see both an increase in lawsuits filed by “patent trolls” and will find that a decreasing percentage of...more

Royalties from Horizontal Well Should Be Allocated Based on Productive Portion of Well, Not Its Entire Length

On December 20, 2013, the San Antonio Court of Appeals issued a decision concerning the proper construction of a contract used to allocate royalties from a horizontal well that traverses two separate properties. The decision,...more

Explore - Insights from DLA Piper Mining Sector (Global)

In This Issue: - Editorial - About our mining sector - Take or Pay Contracts, a double-edged sword - Africa Rising - Protect, Respect and Remedy – Human Rights and the Mining Industry - Mine Your Own...more

Seismic Data Held by a Board: A Warning Before You Look

Caution should be exercised when requesting, reviewing or sharing seismic data held by a regulatory authority, as demonstrated by the latest decision in a series of lawsuits commenced by Geophysical Service Incorporated...more

Seismic Map Is At The Center Of Trade Secret Case

The ”tradition” of stealing a prospect generator’s maps – and getting caught at it – is alive and well. Lamont et al v. Vaquillas Energy Lopeno Ltd et al is the second recent Texas case on theft of trade secrets and, like the...more

Prospect Generator Is Vindicated

The prospect generator’s worst nightmare is presented in Southwestern Energy Production Co. v. Berry-Helfand and Muncey. I will over-simplify the facts: Hefland and Muncey toil for years generating James Lime prospects in a...more

Texas Makes It Easier To Protect Trade Secrets

Many years ago, in the days of cheap oil and cheaper natural gas, The Superior Oil Company often hired geologists and engineers away from Mobil Oil. ...more

I Thought We Broke Up Years Ago! Why You Should “Throw Out” Trade Secrets As Soon As A Business Relationship Ends

The Fifth Circuit’s affirmance last week of a $44.4 million trade secrets award in the Wellogix v. Accenture case is a weighty reminder of the power of circumstantial evidence in trade secrets cases, and the importance of...more

Contracting Issue: Ownership of IP Created During Performance of Services

Contracts for proprietary seismic data acquisition for oil and gas exploration frequently include a clause providing that all intellectual property developed during the seismic contractor's performance of acquisition services...more

Quebec Government Announces Forum On Mining Royalties, March 15th, 2013

Québec Minister of Finance and Economy Nicolas Marceau and Québec Minister of Natural Resources Martine Ouellet announce that a forum on mining royalties will be held on March 15th, 2013 in Montréal, during which the mining...more

Innovation Can Eliminate Dependence on the PTC

What if technology existed for renewable energy which negated the need for the production tax credit (PTC)? What if this technology existed, but wasn’t being introduced to the market? Through our groundbreaking...more

Two Significant Cases Impacting the Oil and Gas Industry in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, Reed Smith won two recent appellate court decisions for the oil and gas industry. In Katzin v. Central Appalachia Petroleum, LLC, No. 135 M.D.A. 2011, 2012 PA Super. 10 (Pa. Super. Ct. Jan. 19, 2012), the...more

Shell Oil Co. v. Ross: Texas Supreme Court Opinion on the Statute of Limitations Favors Operators over Royalty Owners

In December 2011, the Texas Supreme Court issued its latest decision on the statute of limitations and fraudulent concealment exception. In the case, Shell entered into a mineral lease with the Ross family in 1961. Under the...more

PA Tax Law News -- February 2012

In This Issue: Governor’s Budget Proposal Maintains Capital Stock/Franchise Tax Phaseout But Asks Retailers to Pay More Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Enacted Property Tax Reassessments...more

Renewables Update - March 2011

A legal update of issues relevant to those involved in the renewables and energy sectors...more

Energy Industry Updates for October 2010

Legal News is part of our ongoing commitment to providing legal insight to our clients and our colleagues. In this issue, we focus on the following topics: -- Offshore Wind Hits Land -- FERC Clarifies Order on...more

Trends in Cleantech Investing

“Cleantech” has become a buzzword for venture capitalists over the past few years. In fact, many if not most venture capital and private equity firms have decided to devote considerable time and resources to this burgeoning...more

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