One of our more popular posts of the year was the recent Online Marketers’ Guide to Online Privacy. It focuses mostly on U.S. law with some mention of of the E.U. Safe Harbor issues…more
You won’t get what you don’t ask for. That’s a given.
Take Wade Oil & Gas, Inc. v. Telesis Operating Company, Inc., et al, for example. Wade, an oil and gas properties broker, entered into a contract with Telesis in which…more
In Walton v. City of Midland, the surface owner of a 35 acre tract within the city limits of Midland, Texas, contended that a provision in a city permit for an oil or gas well was a regulatory taking because it required the…more
The Western District of Wisconsin recently issued a decision that makes the parsonage exemption unconstitutional as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.
This ruling is controversial and hotly…more
With the short Thanksgiving week, I thought we would touch on a few interesting stories developing over the last couple of weeks.
Photographer gets $1 million+ verdict from AFP and Getty for copied Twitpics -
Oh, how a simple Favored-Nations clause in an oil and gas lease can get complicated, with large financial consequences! In BP America Production Company v. Zaffirini, BP paid Solis a $1,300 per acre bonus for a lease covering…more
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
I’ve hesitated to write this post because the law is always changing and you can’t cover it all in one blog post (thank goodness for linking). I did a presentation to the Houston Interactive Marketing Association this week…more
Wanting to comply with the latest edict of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and give a recently released felon a break, Awft N. Cawssius ignored Pa Roll’s answer of “yes” to whether he had been convicted of a crime in…more
Amon Fire and B.A. Ware have been hunting buddies since high school and have hunted with each other many times. The two men head out one crisp November day to go turkey hunting, as they are bound and determined that this year’s…more
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
On September 13th the IRS issued a new revenue procedure that significantly changes equitable innocent spouse relief.
I have excerpted part of the article which discusses the significant changes.
There is a ”Rorschach” way to examine your thinking about the controversy over fossil fuels and global warming.
Psychologists use the Rorschach test to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional…more
Vestiges of the early Haynesville Shale land rush remain.
Imagine: The lease is about to expire. Lessee (Mecom) offers lessor (Henderson) $90 per acre for an extension, telling him, “I could extend for two more years…more
Last week, the Supreme Court of Texas heard oral arguments on whether a party can use a pre-suit deposition to identify an anonymous blogger. The petitioner tried to use a pre-suit subpoena to force Google to identify a blogger…more
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