Porter Hedges LLP

Environmental Alert: "TCEQ Announcement Regarding Storage Vessels Subject to New Source Performance Standards for Oil and Gas Production, Transmission and Distribution"

In light of EPA’s final amendments to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Oil and Gas Production, Transmission and Distribution, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality released a statement via email on March…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Business Litigation Alert: "Read Before You Sign"

Simple but Frequently Over-Looked Advice! We have all signed contracts we did not thoroughly review. If we are being honest, we have probably all signed contracts we didn’t even read! While this is never a smart…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Business Litigation Alert: "Legal Considerations During Massive and Quick Layoffs"

Class Action Lawsuit Recently Filed Against Drilling Company for Alleged WARN Act Violations - The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”) requires certain companies who conduct large and quick layoffs,…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Energy & Utilities

Litigation Alert: "Texas Appellate Court Says Pipeline Must Convince Jury of Common Carrier Status in Condemnation Case"

An intermediate Texas appellate court has called for an extensive jury role in the ongoing issue of determining when a pipeline is a common carrier. Common carrier status is critical to the pipeline company’s ability to use…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Environmental Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Declines to Determine Effect of Permit in Subsurface Trespass Case"

The Supreme Court of Texas upheld a jury verdict finding that a landowner did not suffer trespass from a wastewater injection well located on adjacent property. Environmental Processing Systems, L.C., v. FPL Farming Ltd., No…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Residential

Business Litigation Alert: "Know the Terms of the Investment Deal Before You Sign"

Getting all the information upfront is critical - A recent article in The New York Times reveals a story that could happen to any business person. Chip Tate, the owner of the Balcones distillery, was experiencing rapid…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Business Litigation Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Set to Decide High Profile Whistleblower Case

On November 4, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean - a whistleblower protection case that is being closely watched. At issue is whether an employee can be terminated for disclosing…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

Business Litigation Alert: "Protecting Employees from Ebola"

Now that the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States, there is understandable concern about contracting it. Obviously hospitals have a clear responsibility to protect their employees, but what about non-healthcare…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Business Litigation Alert: "When Employees Turn Into 'Hackers'"

Sometimes the Greatest Risk Comes from the Inside - Cybersecurity continues to be an issue that dominates the news. Much has been made of the cyber-risk US companies face from foreign countries and outsiders. However,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Sinks Port Authority's Ship - Port Authority's No Damages for Delay Clause Held Unenforceable"

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an important decision regarding “no damages for delay” clauses in construction contracts. In Zachry Construction v. Port of Houston Authority, the Court found that the owner, the Port of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Government Contracting

"Construction Alert" Texas Supreme Court Confirms Owners May Bring Negligence Claim Directly Against Subcontractors

Several cases have held that a homeowner cannot sue a subcontractor for defective work because the homeowner’s contract is with the general contractor and not the subcontractor. Those cases left it to the general contractor to…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Residential

Business Litigation Alert: "Cybersecurity Costs Rising: How will the Government Respond?"

A new study reveals that hackers now cost consumers and businesses between $375 and $575 billion worldwide, with North America and Europe experiencing the highest losses. Those numbers are only expected to grow as the U.S…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Environmental Alert: "EPA's Inspector General Says EPA Must Improve Efforts regarding Methane Emissions from Pipelines"

On July 25, 2014, EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued “Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines.” In this report, OIG cited President Obama’s Climate…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation

Environmental Alert: "Clearly Allocate Risk of Change Interpretations in Transactions"

When buyers request that sellers warrant compliance with environmental law, sellers need to appreciate that agency interpretation or agency enforcement discretion may have played a role in the seller’s apparent ongoing…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

Business Litigation Alert: "What You Don't Keep Can Hurt You"

A recent Texas Supreme Court decision has important implications for the policies companies follow in Texas to avoid accusations that they have tampered with evidence or destroyed records improperly. The Supreme Court…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Electronic Discovery, Personal Injury
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