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Back to the Bulgarian Bad Guy, So Say the Justices

My blogging sensei Cordell Parvin says the title should always inform the reader of the content. Mea culpa on this one; I couldn’t resist the alliterations. Some time back I reported on Carlton Energy Group et al v…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Business Torts

Assigning By “Stratigraphic Equivalent”? Be Careful

How many of your mineral conveyances are described like this: … all of Sellers’ right, title and interest in and to (a) the oil, gas and other minerals in, to and under the lands … ONLY INSOFAR as such oil, gas and other…more
| Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

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

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 language…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

So You Might Sell Your Business Someday. Do You Need a Broker?

After a lifetime of pouring time and energy into growing and expanding, Pawlenty Energy, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are ready to sell their business and retire. Having never sold anything of this magnitude, JR and Sue Ellen have…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Personal Guaranties: What? Me Worry?

Franklin, a Senior at Fraternal State, is finally moving off campus to his own apartment with four of his buddies. Before Owen Ohner, the landlord, will approve their lease, he requires a personal guaranty from all the parents…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

Fueling Freedom: Explaining the Value of Fossil Fuels

Which of these statements makes sense to you: A. “Never before have the rulers of a society intentionally driven it backwards to scarcer, more expensive, and less efficient energy.” B. “Communism is the optimal…more
| Energy & Utilities

Control-of-Well Insurance: The Words of the Policy Control

Gemini Insurance Company at al v. Drilling Risk Management Inc construed control-of-well and redrill/extra-expense provisions in an insurance contract. The question and the rule - The question was whether an insurance…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Insurance

When Can Employee Policies Be Amended?

Thinking about changing an employee policy in Texas? Kubala v. Supreme Production Services, Inc. says you can do it (almost) whenever you want. Want to make employees arbitrate their disputes? You can do that too…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Labor & Employment Law

Title Suit Booted for Failure to Join Parties

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
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Employee Embezzlement: 4 Tell-Tale Signs

Having started as a bookkeeper and worked his way (fifteen years later) to become controller of the Bunz in the Oven family owned business, Swendoll Hugh felt underpaid and under-appreciated by Bertha Bunz and her highly…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Successfully Selling Your Business: Top 6 Potential Pitfalls

Among the growing number of business owners looking to sell their business, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are in the market to sell their darling Pawlenty Energy. This month, Tilting the Scales highlights a variety of issues is its…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Securities Fraud – a Lesson for Promoters

We discussed SEC v. Arcturus et al last week and promised more. Here it is. Did defendants commit securities fraud? It doesn’t matter. Violations of Sections 5 of the Securities Act and 15.A of the Exchange Act are…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Securities Law

When is a Joint Venture a Security?

Parvizian controlled Arcturus and Aschere, buying and selling interests in drilling projects. Each project had a managing venturor which supervised the project. Each venture included a confidential information memorandum, PPM,…more
| Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Securities Law

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Nuisance Law

Gardiner v. Crosstex North Texas Pipeline LLC, has brought clarity to Texas nuisance law. It took the Texas Supreme Court 54 pages; we have it in under 600 words…more
| Energy & Utilities, Personal Injury

Wyoming Federal Court Strikes Down BLM Fracking Rule

U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl in State of Wyoming et al v. U.S. Department if Interior et al. struck down Bureau of Land Management regulations applying to hydraulic fracking on federal and Indian lands. He concluded…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Indigenous Peoples, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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