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Employers: Don’t Get Trumped by Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Last week Emma Grant’s line cook and 25 other undocumented employees at her bar-b-que restaurant Emma Grant’s Bar-B-Que were working the lunch shift when it was raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, apparently…more
| Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Give Me the Ring Back! Written Promises Around Engagements

On Valentine’s Day, Zack takes Kelly, his high school sweetheart who goes to a different college, to the Max for a romantic dinner. At the end of the meal Zack says, “Kelly, I want us to promise each other that after college…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

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
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Award for Nuisance From Gas Wells Squelched

It was a bad day for the Parrs in Aruba Petroleum v. Parr. The trial court judgment was against the operator for intentional nuisance. The Parrs recovered $2.9 million for pain and suffering and mental anguish and for loss of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Oil and Gas Arbitration – Did the Parties Get What They Bargained For?

First, a promise: I won’t report on another arbitration case until there is more to say than “business as usual”. Second, an opinion: Arbitration is still the right forum in many situations. Third, remember: An award and a…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

What Price For a Louisiana Servitude?

According to Enterprise Te Products Pipeline Company v. Avila, it is the value of the expropriated property, even if it is as little as 33 cents each to the landowners. This seemingly small case must have had big potential for…more
| Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Oil Industry Custom and the Model Form JOA: A Debate

We begin with an existential question: “The philosophy behind all of the model form agreements is that aggressive drilling under the JOA should be promoted and rewarded. Agree or disagree? …more
| Energy & Utilities

Super Bowl Office Betting – Does it Cross the Line?

Riding her beloved Packers late-game win against the Dallas Cowboys, Allfer Funn, owner of Con Genial, is polishing her cheese head hat and dusting off her Super Bowl Squares Pool from last year in anticipation of the Big Game…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law

Oh, My Website Has to be ADA Compliant. Wait, What?!?!?

Dr. Nole Specs created a website for his successful optometry practice. Over the holidays, Dr. Specs received a threatening letter from Mo Dougherty, a plaintiff’s lawyer. Dougherty’s letter claims Specs’ website is not ADA…more
| Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law

It’s Now Easier To Be a Common Carrier Pipeline in Texas

We now know what it takes to establish common carrier pipeline status in Texas. According to the Texas Supreme Court in Denbury Green Pipeline Texas LLC v. Texas Rice Land Partners Ltd., all that is required is a reasonable…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities

The Constructive Notice Doctrine in Action

Today’s “pay attention” edition begins with a quiz. What is the most important thing to read carefully: a. Speed limit sign in small-town (insert name of Southern state). b. Itinerary for that dream vacation, the one…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

2016 – A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy

Let’s look back at a cavalcade of crooks, criminals and miscreants who met up with justice in 2016. We do it to be reminded of the others who will be lurking in the 2017 shadows…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, Securities Law, Taxation

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
| Labor & Employment Law

Have You Reviewed Your Lease Maintenance Processes Lately?

You might conclude that the but-for-the-grace-of-God-that-could-be-me nightmare presented in In re: RPH Capital Partners is instructive only for lawyers. If so, you would be mistaken. The lesson: If you want to win the lawsuit,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

TXO v. Vela Remembered in a Gas Royalty Case

Westport Oil & Gas Company, L.P. v. Mecom et al. presented this question: Was the lease royalty based on a gas purchase agreement formula or on the royalty clauses’s market value at the well provision? Spoiler alert:…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential
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