Gray Reed & McGraw

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1601 Elm Street
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Dallas, Texas 75201, United States
Contact: Michael Blachly, Director of Client Development
Phone: (214) 237-6370
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Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Unit Operator Pays For a Problem of its Own Making

How many times must an operator suffer for a mistake in a unit declaration? Samson Exploration LLC v. T. S. Reed Properties Inc. makes it twice. (See Hooks v. Samson Lone Star for the first round). The Texas Supreme Court ruled…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Informal Description Dooms Oil and Gas Leases

Conoco Phillips Company v. Ramirez et al is a helpful reminder when preparing a document transferring title: “Family vernacular” is a great way to communicate in wedding toasts and funeral eulogies, not so much in land…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Commercial

Harvey and Climate Change, and Consideration of a Retained Acreage Clause

You’ve seen the headlines. The portrait is complete; the verdict is in; the clock has run down to zero. The devastation of Harvey is “unprecedented” and it’s all because of climate change. That’s not necessarily so, thanks to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Softening a Hurricane’s Blow: Force Majeure and Builder’s Risk

Hurricane Harvey caused severe destruction in Texas with its significant winds and historic rainfall. But Harvey may also prove to be a costly lesson for many project owners and contractors. As Texas begins to focus on recovery…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Hurricane Harvey and Oil and Gas Operations – What To Do

In light of the adverse effects the storm, floods and tornadoes will have on oil and gas production, transportation and processing operations, we offer several bits of advice: Force majeure - Winds and floods are among the…more
 /  Energy & Utilities

Two Storms: Hurricane Harvey And HB 1774

Although insurance claims may be the last thing on the minds of many folks in Texas at the moment, HB 1774, which governs “force of nature” related insurance claims, is currently set to go into effect on September 1, 2017…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Insurance, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

A New Day for Louisiana Oil and Gas Lenders?

Lenders to Louisiana operators are likely to be reconsidering their business practices in light of Gloria’s Ranch v. Tauren et al. A rather ordinary lease termination suit resulted in the lender Wells Fargo being solidarily…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

“Buy American” Law Changes How Texans Buy Iron and Steel

As a result of newly enacted Texas Senate Bill 1289, buying American iron and steel is now a requirement on certain public infrastructure projects in Texas. Promoted by President Trump, passed by the Texas Legislature in May and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Can I “Chip” Away at my Employees’ Privacy?

“Big” Bob Brothers is concerned that his company, Big Brothers Security Systems, is losing out on customers because his salesmen and installation teams are slacking when they are out of the office. Brothers reads a newspaper…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Returning “Power” to the Power of Attorney

A number of years ago John Drane, owner of Drane Plumbing & Supply, executed a Power of Attorney (POA) naming his eldest daughter LaTrina Drane as his attorney in fact. John’s debilitating stroke last weekend risks placing him…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics

Texas Supreme Court Dabbles in Bankruptcy Law

Noble Energy Inc. v. ConocoPhillips Company, a 6-to-3 Texas Supreme Court decision, is a reminder of two things: How parties to a property transaction describe what’s being acquired and what’s being left behind can have grave…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

When is an Unforeseen Condition a “Differing Site Condition”?

Many construction contracts contain some version of a “differing site conditions” clause. It is found in the current version of AIA’s A201 general conditions, as well as in the EJCDC equivalent. It also appears in most state…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Government Contracting

Does Texas Have a New “Rule” in Conveyancing?

Subject-to, reservations-from, and exceptions-to problems have been lurking in the shadows of Texas jurisprudence for a while now, and the courts have been all over the map in recent holdings…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Seismic Expenses are Deductible for the Seismic Shooter

Benjamin Franklin would be relieved. Just when it seems that the taxman always wins, he doesn’t. In CGG Americas, Inc. v. Commissioner the U. S. Tax Court concluded that a taxpayer need not own underlying hydrocarbons in order…more
 /  Energy & Utilities

How Not to Secure an Oil Well Lien in Louisiana

Rozel Operating v. Crown Point Holdings, LLC, et al., reminds one of the need to understand and apply the meaning of terms used in a statute one is attempting to enforce. And imaginative theories don’t work without evidence to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities
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