Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

1601 Elm Street Suite 4600
Dallas, Texas 75201, United States

Contact: Michael Blachly

  • (214) 237-6370

Consider The Retained Acreage Clause

Have you ever wondered about the original purpose of the retained acreage clause? According to Professor Kramer, it was “to prevent the lessee from losing those portions of a lease that had productive wells thereon if the rest…more
| Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial

How to get the IRS to pay your legal fees

What can you do when the IRS is misbehaving and it directly affects you? You will have to fight them, but the law allows you to recover your litigation costs if you win. As many know, the IRS has had a very…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Taxation

Getting Pictures Off the Internet – Not Easy To Do

I love college basketball.  Given that my Missouri Tigers haven’t given me much to talk about, I thought we could discuss the efforts by this upset Duke fan to have her image removed from the Internet captured during the Miami –…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

When To Use Letters of Intent In Buying a Restaurant

Letters of intent can be confusing. Are they contracts? Are they binding? When should they be used? It’s important to know when to use letters of intent because they can be valuable tools that can save time and money. We receive…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

5th Circuit Blocks Punitive Damages in Maritime Case

In McBride v. Estis Well Service, LLC, the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that punitive damages are not available to seamen under the Jones Act or under general maritime law. In those cases, recovery is limited…more
| Civil Procedure, Maritime Law

5 Most Popular eMediaLaw Posts of 2014

This was one of the more interesting stories of the year – does the photographer who set up everything to allow for a monkey to take a selfie own the copyright to that selfie?  This year we learned that no, the photographer does…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property

Frackers v. Anti’s – Scoring update

The box scores after election day showed frackers 4, anti’s 4. Courtesy of a gubernatorial grand-slam by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, hydraulic fracturing is now banned throughout the entire state of New York…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Want to get paid like Darryl Strawberry?

The IRS is auctioning off a deferred compensation arrangement Darryl Strawberry had with the Mets. Minimum bid is $550,000 for a payment stream that is estimated to be well over $1 million. Get your bid in by January 20th if…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Top 10 Legal Mistakes For Start-Ups

1. You Haven’t Lawyered Up. OK, that may be a little dramatic, but the worst case scenario is that you have a handshake deal with your co-founders. After all, we are all buds, this won’t go wrong. Even if it never goes…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Securities Law

Sony vs. N. Korea – Let Capitalism Fight Totalitarianism!

Cyber terrorism, North Korea, Sony, extortion, free speech, The Interview, international relations, journalistic ethics, cyber security… can it get any better than this?…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, International Law & Trade

An Invitation to Investors Risks Losing Control of Your Business

Cleve and I recently discussed how a business owner’s divorce might result in losing control of the business. While loss of business control by marital divorce is a real threat, many business owners lose their companies through…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

Will Over-Serving Your Guests Ruin Your Holiday (Legally Speaking)?

The middle of the holiday season means more than just busy shopping malls. It is also the time when many people host holiday parties. After attending Mora Rounds’ holiday party and consuming several adult beverages, Bitu Tipsy…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Does My Business Need Riot Insurance?

Broken windows, looting and fires were some of the lasting images from the Ferguson, Missouri riots. And if you looked at those pictures closely, you may have noticed that a substantial number of the damaged businesses were…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Commercial

A Little-Used Doctrine Saves a Lease

Would this scenario keep you up at night? Your lease does not produce from May through August because a leak in a heater-treater makes it impossible or impractical to produce the well. Problems such as access to the site during…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Commercial

Listen to the Words In the Injunction Battle

In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Offshore, LLC, the surface and 1/6 of the minerals of the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area is owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 5/6th of the minerals is owned by the…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Business Torts
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