Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

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

Contact: Michael Blachly

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This is Why You Need a Will

Let’s talk title disputes, especially ones between those with record title and those claiming title by possession: - They are complicated (There were 229 defendants in today’s case) - They happen when there is a lot of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning, Real Estate - Commercial

Website Operator Not Liable for UGC; Also, Sun Rises in the East

Last month, the Sixth Circuit ruled that website operators are not liable for content provided by others (User Generated Content or UGC) because of Section 230 immunity under the Communications Decency Act in the Jones v. Dirty…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury

The Non-Binding Agreement – Louisiana Edition

No. In 2008 as the Haynesville Shale was being developed at breakneck speed, companies rushed to lease and landowners banded together in groups in order to obtain the best terms. Landowner Mr. Walsworth joined the “Go Getters”,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Facebook Demands Court Order for Local Threats – Internet Privacy Always Sounds Good In Theory

This weekend The Houston Chronicle reported Facebook did not turn over information requested by local authorities in response to death threats. People have been criticizing social media companies for turning over data to…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Privacy

Frac(k)ing, Parr v. Aruba, and Minority Oppression

WHAT IS IT, FRACING OR FRACKING? Having gone back-and-forth over how to spell the process, I’ve figured it out…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Personal Injury, Securities Law

Are Personal Injury Damages Avaiable in a Nuisance Case?

As promised, on May 22, today’s post is a study of the personal injury issues raised by the defendants in Parr v. Aruba. In this post we raise the question and discuss what the parties believe the answer should be…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Toxic Torts

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Sure, fireworks are fun, but be cautious and careful. Below are Texas’ Top 10 fireworks laws (but remember, laws may vary county to county) reposted from our July 2008 blog…more
| Criminal Law

Are Oil and Gas Producers Protecting the Environment?

In their search for Utopia, some opponents of oil and gas drilling ignore innovation … What’s harmful now will forever be that way…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Affluenza – Is It Contagious?

Taking advantage of his car dealership owning parents being on vacation in the Bahamas, Cache Bar, a minor, invites his high school buddies over to liberate his parents’ locked libation cabinet. Well lubricated, Cache builds…more
| Criminal Law, Family Law

Supreme Court determines Aereo violates copyright – back to the drawing board

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Aereo violates copyright law by retransmitting over-the-air programming without authorization. This will shut down the controversial start-up or force them back…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Perils of “Other Provisions” in the Model Form JOA

Scriveners, when you add those “Other Provisions” in Article XVI of your model from JOA’s, are you sure that the document remains internally consistent, that no “Other Provision” conflicts with the form?…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Last-Minute Wills….What Counts?

Monitoring his emails and gazing at the sights on Elafonisi beach in Crete, attorney Al B. Wise receives a desperate 4:30 a.m. (Texas time) email from his best client Betty Makit Williams – “Going under Slim Cutter’s knife in…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Operator Wins JOA Fight

MDU Barnett Ltd. P’ship v. Chesapeake Exploration Ltd. P’ship is at least three things: - The culmination of an unhappy relationship between an operator and non-operators. - What happens when joint owners’ interests…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Personal Injury, Business Torts

Is the Internal Revenue Service Lying?

Do you remember the controversy where the IRS was accused of targeting and unfairly auditing the Tea Party? In an article Sunday from CNN’s Political Ticker by Sara Fischer, the IRS has claimed that it is unable to…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Taxation

Do we really have a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights”?

The IRS announced the adoption of a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” Tuesday. I have listed the rights below along with my commentary. Just like our U.S. Constitutional Rights, these “rights” are and will be watered down…more
| Constitutional Law, Taxation
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