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Denbury Part II: Big Changes Coming in Texas Pipeline Condemnations ?

Is Denbury’s Green Pipeline a common carrier? That question is alive and well in Texas. In Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd. v. Denbury Green-Texas Pipeline, LLC, the Beaumont court of appeals reversed a summary judgment granted by…more

Appeals, Common Carriers, condemna, Oil & Gas, Pipelines

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CO2 is Good

In French vs. Occidental Permian, Ltd. the Texas Supreme Court held that costs associated with injection of carbon dioxide into a reservoir in a tertiary recovery operation were properly deducted from royalties. This case…more

Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Carbon Emissions, Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil & Gas

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A Cost-Free Royalty Clause That Works – Part Two: The Override

Welcome to part two of the hair-splitting decision in Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. v. Hyder. See our prior post about the basic facts…more

Energy, Oil & Gas, Royalties

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Hack Attack?

Breathing a sigh of relief that he neither works for U.S. agencies requiring security clearances nor do his hiring policies require the details of mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests, bankruptcies, Joe Hyre was…more

Best Practices, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Insurance, Data Breach, Employer Liability Issues

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Texas Anti-SLAPP Law: The Expanding Scope of the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act – Part 1

The Texas Anti-SLAPP law is known as the Texas Citizens Participation Act (the “TCPA” found at Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code at § 27.001, et seq.). “If a legal action is based on, relates to, or is in response to a party’s…more

Anti-SLAPP, Attorney's Fees, Citizens Participation Act, Defamation, First Amendment

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Operator Can’t Recover Drilling Costs For Affiliate’s Expensive Rig

In Elm Ridge Exploration Co., LLC v. Engle we are reminded of a little-used provision in the 1989 Model Form Operating Agreement. Article VI.D.1 allows the operator to use its own equipment, but his charges may not exceed…more

Breach of Contract, Business Litigation, Oil & Gas, Operating Agreements, Well Drilling

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Pipeline Loses Effort To Condemn Private Land

Private property rights advocates scored a big victory in a Texas condemnation case in the ongoing battle between pipelines and landowners over the power of eminent domain. (See our last post for a decision with the opposite…more

Common Carriers, Eminent Domain, Liquid Natural Gas, Petroleum, Pipelines

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Ambiguity Sends An Overriding Royalty Dispute Back To The Trial Court

It must be maddening to non-lawyers that a large segment of an industry can operate in harmony by agreeing that a contract in widespread use means one thing, only to have party-crashers decide it means another…more

Ambiguous, Contract Disputes, Royalties, Trials

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Texas Well Integrity Rule Revised

The Texas Railroad Commission has clarified and strengthened Rule 13, relating to requirements for drilling, putting pipe down, and cementing wells. The amendment will go into effect on January 1, 2014…more

Amended Legislation, Fracking, Groundwater, Underground Injection Wells

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North Dakota Good Faith Purchasers: At What Point is Notice Relevant?

The Question - In order to be a good faith purchaser, a party must not have actual or constructive notice of another’s rights. Northern Oil and Gas v. Creighton asked, When should the determination of whether a party has…more

Commercial Leases, Constructive Notice, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas

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The Duhig Rule – State By State

As promised in our last post, here is a state-by-state review of the Duhig Rule - who has adpoted it, who hasn’t, and who might. Texas – Duhig v. Peavey Moore Lumber Company, 135 Tex. 503, 144 S.W.2d 878 (1940) was a…more

Duhig Rule, Energy, Oil & Gas

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Foreseeability and a Business Owner’s Liability for Criminal Acts of Others

Recently we’ve discussed how the foreseeability of the potential harm caused by a person’s actions can make them liable for negligence. Recent horrific events in Garland and Waco, Texas bring up a related question: can a…more

Commercial Property Owners, Criminal Negligence, Liability, Negligence

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Tax Cheats Can Go Wild In Dallas Texas

The Washington Post published an article on April 8, 2015 titled “In Dallas, the IRS says it can’t chase tax cheats who owe less than $1 million.” Here is a section of the article..…more

IRS, Tax Evasion

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How to Manage Credit and Collect Unpaid Bills in Today’s Oil Patch

Everybody from the well site to the board room has an opinion about when oil prices will “rebound”. Rather than an opinion, we have a question: How do I collect my money while we’re waiting? This post is a refresher for…more

Energy Sector, Oil & Gas, Royalties, Vendor Contacts

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Employment Law 101: Jury Duty

Who does it apply to: The Jurors Right to Reemployment Act and the Jury System Improvement Act of 1978 applies to all employers in Texas. These laws protect the employment status of those employees serving jury duty in either…more

Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, Human Resources Professionals, Jury Duty, Non-Exempt Employees

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Title Troubles In Texas, North Dakota And Montana: Right Of Way v. Fee Conveyance

If you examine titles or read title opinions, this post is for you. I was recently examining instruments for an East Texas title opinion when I came across an instrument that, at first glance, appeared to be an easement…more

Contract Drafting, Easements, Quitclaim Deeds, Title Examination

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Deepwater Horizon Settlement Fine-Tuned By Fifth Circuit

The Fifth Circuit has taken steps to fine-tune the interpretation and implementation of the agreement BP negotiated to settle its massive liabilities arising from the April 2010 oil spill following the explosion of the Deepwater…more

Deepwater Horizon, Gulf Oil Spill, Settlement

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Qualified Domestic Relations Orders: Little-Known Issues Involving Dividend Pass-Through Elections And Same-Sex Spouses

As most family law practitioners are aware, ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) do not permit a participant in a retirement plan to assign or alienate his/her interest in that plan to another person. These rules are…more

ERISA, QDRO, Retirement Plan, Same-Sex Marriage

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What Can I Get From My Lessee if I Ask the Court For It?

It s been said that if you don’t ask for what you want you’ll get what you deserve. Mr. Hooks took that truism to heart. Hooks v. Samson is about more than the discovery rule (See last week). Here are the other claims at…more

Mineral Leases, Most-Favored Nations, Oil & Gas, Royalties

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Non-Operators Shake Off The JOA Tar Baby

Non-operators have had a lot in common with Br’er Rabbit ever since 2006, when the Texas Supreme Court surprised the industry in Seagull Energy E & P, Inc. v. Eland Energy, Inc. Their tar baby is the ruling that, absent a…more

Assignments, Joint Operating Agreement, Oil & Gas, Successor Liability

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The 1956 Model Form JOA Does Not Apply To Future Leases

I learned to drive on an old, black, stick-shift, straight-six, no-radio, no-A/C automobile manufactured the year after the AAPL’s first Form 610 - Model Form Operating Agreement was created. The ’57 Chevy is now considered a…more

Contract Drafting, Joint Operating Agreement, Leases, Oil & Gas

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Hold On To Your Insurance … Federal Court Certifies Deepwater Horizon Questions To Texas Supreme Court

BP’s woes from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf continue. The federal Fifth Circuit in In re: Deepwater Horizon, withdrew an opinion of a three-judge panel and certified questions for consideration by the Supreme Court…more

BP, Commercial General Liability Policies, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf Oil Spill, Insurers

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Deepwater Horizon Settlement Fine-Tuned By Fifth Circuit

The Fifth Circuit has taken steps to fine-tune the interpretation and implementation of the agreement BP negotiated to settle its massive liabilities arising from the April 2010 oil spill following the explosion of the Deepwater…more

Deepwater Horizon, Gulf Oil Spill, Settlement

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Don’t Be A Target: Mitigating Liability From Cyber Attacks

During the holiday season, Bullseye, a big box retailer, was the victim of a cyber attack that compromised the credit and debit card information (including PIN and CVV codes) of nearly 40 million of its customers. The attack…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Target

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Confusing Expiration Labels Cost Texas Restaurants

All restaurants have to deal with the issue of throwing away food at the end of the day. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a powerful environmental action group and the Harvard Food Law and Policy…more

Resorts & Restaurants, Restaurant Industry

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Have You Considered Parking In Your Restaurant Lease?

Shockingly, many restaurant leases fail to account for parking. More often, the landlord considers whether there is enough parking before entering into the restaurant lease negotiations, but they don’t account for it in their…more

Commercial Leases, Contract Negotiations, Parking Lots, Restaurant Industry

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Fracking, Trigger Warnings, and a Safe Room

First, an apology. I have brought shame to my own self and this blog for failing to invoke trigger warnings about activities I will mention again, after the appropriate trigger warning. (I had no idea there were so many.)…more

CCST, Contamination, Earthquakes, Energy Sector, Fracking

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Defendants Saved by Louisiana Subsequent Purchaser Rule

Another Louisiana court has ruled that the Subsequent Purchaser Rule applies to damages following a mineral lease. In Bundrick v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. it is the 3rd Circuit. The Rule: An owner of property had…more

Contaminated Properties, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas, Property Damage, Subsequent Purchasers

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5th Circuit Blocks Punitive Damages in Maritime Case

In McBride v. Estis Well Service, LLC, the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that punitive damages are not available to seamen under the Jones Act or under general maritime law. In those cases, recovery is limited…more

Appeals, Jones Act, Offshore Drilling, Oil & Gas, Pecuniary Losses

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How to Manage Credit and Collect Unpaid Bills in Today’s Oil Patch

Everybody from the well site to the board room has an opinion about when oil prices will “rebound”. Rather than an opinion, we have a question: How do I collect my money while we’re waiting? This post is a refresher for…more

Energy Sector, Oil & Gas, Royalties, Vendor Contacts

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Mixed Result In A Louisiana Legacy Pollution Case

The Dietz family sued several lessees for injunctive relief and restorative damages arising out of leases on two non-contiguous tracts in Acadia Parish. In Dietz, et al. v. Superior Oil Company, et al the trial court granted…more

Contaminated Properties, Groundwater, Oil & Gas, Premature Claims, Ripeness

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Closely-Held Shareholder Derivative Actions are Alive and Well in Texas

After 30 years of running his family-owned business, Hillbilly Oil Co., Jed Clampett decided to retire in 2013. The board of directors elects Jethro Bodine as Hillbilly’s President and Elly May as Vice President. Both Jethro and…more

Board of Directors, Business Judgment Rule, Closely Held Businesses, Corporate Officers, Derivative Suit

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Hydrocarbon Exposure Reconsidered

You might recall previous entries discussing the $2.9 million Dallas County verdict and judgment in Parr v. Aruba. Not all similar suits have the same result. Michael and Myra Cerny sued Marathon Oil Corp. and Plains…more

Hydrocarbons, Negligence, Oil & Gas, Toxic Exposure

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