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Denbury Part II: Big Changes Coming in Texas Pipeline Condemnations ?

Is Denbury’s Green Pipeline a common carrier? That question is alive and well in Texas. In Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd. v. Denbury Green-Texas Pipeline, LLC, the Beaumont court of appeals reversed a summary judgment granted by…more

Appeals, Common Carriers, Oil & Gas, Pipelines, Public Use

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Texas Tax Ruling Favors Frac Trailer Owners

If you were able to keep your frac trailers from the clutches of your avaricious creditors during the past several unpleasant years, you could be in luck. Owners and lessors of frac trailers may be entitled to a refund for sales…more

ALJ, Energy Sector, Fracking, Heavy Equipment, Oil & Gas

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Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

Spurred by the frenzy of mid-century modern furniture of the 1950s and 1960s returning in popularity, a growing number of collectors are investing in and holding vintage furniture. Capitalizing on that craze, N. Stile Sune’s…more

Business Development, Capital Raising, Crowdfunding, Financing, JOBS Act

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Do You Even Meme Bro? The Law of Internet Memes

You know you’ve chuckled at a few of them–the ubiquitous internet meme. But, have you ever wondered whether all this sharing, changing and going “viral” is legal…more

Copyright, Digital Media, Fair Use, Internet, Internet Memes

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What is an Adequate Description For a Mineral Lien ?

Thanks to In re Reichmann Petroleum Corp., we know one that works in Texas: A lien affidavit attaching either a plat or a plat and a Texas Railroad Commission Form W-1 provides an adequate property description for a mineral lien…more

Energy Sector, Liens, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas

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Pipeline Loses Effort To Condemn Private Land

Private property rights advocates scored a big victory in a Texas condemnation case in the ongoing battle between pipelines and landowners over the power of eminent domain. (See our last post for a decision with the opposite…more

Common Carriers, Eminent Domain, Liquid Natural Gas, Petroleum, Pipelines

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Ambiguity Sends An Overriding Royalty Dispute Back To The Trial Court

It must be maddening to non-lawyers that a large segment of an industry can operate in harmony by agreeing that a contract in widespread use means one thing, only to have party-crashers decide it means another…more

Ambiguous, Contract Disputes, Royalties, Trials

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Does it Matter if a Deed Correction is Material?

McCabe Trust v. Ranger Energy LLC, is the consequence of failing to comply with the Texas Property Code when correcting real property conveyances…more

Deeds, Energy Sector, Foreclosure, Mineral Leases, Mortgages

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Tax Cheats Can Go Wild In Dallas Texas

The Washington Post published an article on April 8, 2015 titled “In Dallas, the IRS says it can’t chase tax cheats who owe less than $1 million.” Here is a section of the article..…more

IRS, Tax Evasion

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How to Manage Credit and Collect Unpaid Bills in Today’s Oil Patch

Everybody from the well site to the board room has an opinion about when oil prices will “rebound”. Rather than an opinion, we have a question: How do I collect my money while we’re waiting? This post is a refresher for…more

Energy Sector, Oil & Gas, Royalties, Vendor Contacts

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Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the government’s voluntary settlement program too good to pass up?

The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses are becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen who fit this mold, clients have demanded change…more

1099s, DOL, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors

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Title Troubles In Texas, North Dakota And Montana: Right Of Way v. Fee Conveyance

If you examine titles or read title opinions, this post is for you. I was recently examining instruments for an East Texas title opinion when I came across an instrument that, at first glance, appeared to be an easement…more

Contract Drafting, Easements, Quitclaim Deeds, Title Examination

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Texas Tax Ruling Favors Frac Trailer Owners

If you were able to keep your frac trailers from the clutches of your avaricious creditors during the past several unpleasant years, you could be in luck. Owners and lessors of frac trailers may be entitled to a refund for sales…more

ALJ, Energy Sector, Fracking, Heavy Equipment, Oil & Gas

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What’s To Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Congress has passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and the president is expected to sign it into law. The DTSA allows suits in federal court for misappropriation of trade secrets. Before the DTSA, most litigants would sue…more

Asset Seizure, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Economic Espionage Act, Energy Sector, Ex Parte

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Qualified Domestic Relations Orders: Little-Known Issues Involving Dividend Pass-Through Elections And Same-Sex Spouses

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

ERISA, QDRO, Retirement Plan, Same-Sex Marriage

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What Can I Get From My Lessee if I Ask the Court For It?

It s been said that if you don’t ask for what you want you’ll get what you deserve. Mr. Hooks took that truism to heart. Hooks v. Samson is about more than the discovery rule (See last week). Here are the other claims at…more

Mineral Leases, Most-Favored Nations, Oil & Gas, Royalties

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The 1956 Model Form JOA Does Not Apply To Future Leases

I learned to drive on an old, black, stick-shift, straight-six, no-radio, no-A/C automobile manufactured the year after the AAPL’s first Form 610 - Model Form Operating Agreement was created. The ’57 Chevy is now considered a…more

Contract Drafting, Joint Operating Agreement, Leases, Oil & Gas

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Hold On To Your Insurance … Federal Court Certifies Deepwater Horizon Questions To Texas Supreme Court

BP’s woes from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf continue. The federal Fifth Circuit in In re: Deepwater Horizon, withdrew an opinion of a three-judge panel and certified questions for consideration by the Supreme Court…more

BP, Commercial General Liability Policies, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf Oil Spill, Insurance Industry

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Deepwater Horizon Settlement Fine-Tuned By Fifth Circuit

The Fifth Circuit has taken steps to fine-tune the interpretation and implementation of the agreement BP negotiated to settle its massive liabilities arising from the April 2010 oil spill following the explosion of the Deepwater…more

Deepwater Horizon, Gulf Oil Spill, Settlement

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Confusing Expiration Labels Cost Texas Restaurants

All restaurants have to deal with the issue of throwing away food at the end of the day. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a powerful environmental action group and the Harvard Food Law and Policy…more

Resorts & Restaurants, Restaurant Industry

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Have You Considered Parking In Your Restaurant Lease?

Shockingly, many restaurant leases fail to account for parking. More often, the landlord considers whether there is enough parking before entering into the restaurant lease negotiations, but they don’t account for it in their…more

Commercial Leases, Contract Negotiations, Parking Lots, Restaurant Industry

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Can Reworking a Saltwater Disposal Well Maintain a Lease?

Should the sufficiency of reworking operations under the cessation-of-production clause of an oil and gas lease be limited to the producing well? Crystal River Oil and Gas, LLC et al v. Patton was a suit to terminate an oil and…more

Contract Terms, Lease Termination, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas, Oil Wells

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Mineral Lease Prevails in Louisiana Royalty Dispute

Prevails over what, you ask? In Gladney v. Anglo-Dutch Energy, LLC, a conditional allowable from the Office of Conservation didn’t supersede lease royalty obligations…more

Appeals, Contract Terms, Energy Sector, Gas Royalties, Mineral Leases

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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

Breach of Contract, Confidentiality Agreements, Damages, Discovery, Misappropriation

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How to Manage Credit and Collect Unpaid Bills in Today’s Oil Patch

Everybody from the well site to the board room has an opinion about when oil prices will “rebound”. Rather than an opinion, we have a question: How do I collect my money while we’re waiting? This post is a refresher for…more

Energy Sector, Oil & Gas, Royalties, Vendor Contacts

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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

Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Industry, Contractors, General Contractors

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Protecting Information in the Competitive Bidding

Growth in the DFW metroplex is booming, and the City of Flourish is one of the driving forces. Unfortunately, the City has had a difficult time keeping up its infrastructure with the growing population. Recently the City…more

Competitive Bidding, Federal Contractors, Proposed Legislation, Public Information

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