Commercial landlords often allow commercial tenants to construct a buildout tailored to their business (e.g., retail stores, restaurants, redesigning office space, etc.). Such tenants hire general contractors who in turn hire…more
Actually, internships may be a good option for Santa’s non-profit operation – so long as he does not pay a stipend or offer any benefits and clarifies whether interns are unpaid volunteers or paid employees. Paying a “stipend”…more
Soon, the days of having to wait for your online purchase to arrive may be a thing of the past. Nile, giant online retailer of everything from books to breakfast cereal, announced that it intended to deploy a fleet of…more
It was a triumph of hysteria over common sense, a thrashing of science at the hand of ignorance, capitulation to a small but loud minority of NIMBY protestors. The City of Dallas has passed one of the strictest drilling…more
If you furnish labor or materials to an oil or gas well and are not paid, then you should consider filing a mineral lien. Below are the steps to perfect a mineral lien…more
Who, What, Why . . .
Who does it apply to: This one is pretty straight forward. It applies to all employers contemplating any type of holiday gathering for its staff.
What are the legal issues: Holiday parties…more
In Louisiana, in order to have a valid oral transfer of immovable property under Civil Code Art. 1839, two requirements must be met:
Delivery must be actual—physical possession must be in the transferee who claims title,…more
Scoundrels often get away with their crimes by scamming lots of victims for small amounts, so that no one investor can afford to prosecute his claim. Big Rock Investors Association v. Big Rock Petroleum, Inc. was an unsuccessful…more
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…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
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