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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

How to Avoid Getting Popped: Top 10 Texas Firework Laws

Sure, fireworks are fun, but it’s important to be cautious and careful. We covered firework laws in the 2008 and 2014, but a few things have changed. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you need to be aware of before lighting…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Concealed Carry Permits & Regulatory Reporting Requirements: Who Decides?

How do subjective decisions of government officials, when it comes to issuing any kind of permit, affect private citizens? What are the risks of making any sort of “ownership database” publicly accessible?…more
| Constitutional Law

Texas Comptroller Prevails in Tax Exemption Claim

A fight over the Texas sales tax drew industry-wide attention when the trial judge commented from the bench that he was inclined to exempt purchases of casing, tubing, pumps and related services from Texas state sales tax. His…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Taxation

How to Circumvent “No Damages for Delay” Clauses

Most commercial construction contracts contain a “No Damage For Delay” Clause and most contractors mistakenly believe they are Kings X for any potential claims related to delay caused by an owner or original contractor…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Government Contracting

A Development in Trade-Secret Cases

The big trade-secret case, Southwestern Energy v. Berry-Helfand, has been worked over by the Texas Supreme Court. Highlights: - Lack of certainty in damages does not preclude recovery. - A “Flexible and…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Intellectual Property
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