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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

The Shale Bankruptcy Boom Moves Midstream

The shale boom has given rise to another, less welcome boom: the bankruptcy boom. Thirty-five exploration and production (“E&P”) companies sought bankruptcy protection between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015, and this...more

The Shale Play Today - Second Quarter 2016

In This Issue: A National Energy Plan: Should We Have One? Do We Have One? If So, Is It Working? Before ultimately answering the questions posed in the title above on a National Energy Plan, in full disclosure it...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the month of April 2016

by Dentons on

Conventional - April 21, 2016 – The Alberta government announced the technical formulas that will be used to calculate royalties and payout cost allowances on oil, natural gas, propane and butane starting in 2017....more

“Production in Paying Quantities”: Louisiana Appellate Court Decides When and What Should be Considered in Determination

by Liskow & Lewis on

The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal, in Middleton, et al. v. EP Energy E&P Company, L.P., et al., concluded that, in considering whether mineral leases terminated for failure to produce in paying quantities, a fact...more

Washing Out a Lessee By Email

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Behold Mr. Clean. Even he can’t remove a pesky stain as skillfully as the landman who framed the conversation in a way that washed out a lessee. See Anadarko Petroleum Corporation v. TRO-X, LP Did the lessee retain any...more

My Compliments to DTE

by Clark Hill PLC on

DTE acts quickly and reasonably to settle Milford bypass case. Since I previously wondered whether DTE was engaging in chicanery by providing a construction document that identified the proposed location of the easement...more

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