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Department of Energy Streamlines Small-Scale LNG Export Authorizations

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The Department of Energy has announced a final rule that will expedite the approval process for small-scale exports of natural gas, reports Cadwalader.

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Top 10 Mistakes When Drafting Non-Competes in the Oil Patch

Podcast
Bruce “Chip” Morris of Kane Russell Coleman Logan has posted a new podcast in the firm’s Energy Law Today blog about the top 10 mistakes employers can make—in the oilfield, and beyond—when drafting non-compete agreements.

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5th Circuit: How to Determine Whether a Contract Is (Or Is Not) Maritime

5th Circuit: How to Determine Whether a Contract Is (Or Is Not) Maritime

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The 5th Circuit is sending a signal that it intends to use Doiron to “clean house,” hopefully bringing more uniformity to the maritime contract determination, according to Liskow & Lewis

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Former Energy XXI CEO Agrees to Settle SEC Charges

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The SEC alleged John D. Schiller Jr. maintained an extravagant lifestyle using a leveraged margin account secured by his shares in the oil and gas producer.

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Court Affirms Take-Nothing Verdict for Company Harmed by Texas Ponzi Scheme

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A federal district court judge has affirmed a take-nothing defense verdict for the owner of an Oklahoma City-based company that unknowingly provided services in connection with a mineral royalties Ponzi scheme.

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Webinar: Start-ups Driving Innovation in Upstream Oil & Gas

Webinar, July 31, 10 a.m. CDT
Frost & Sullivan’s Oil & Gas Innovation Council will present a complimentary webinar titled “Start-ups Driving Innovation in Upstream Oil & Gas” on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at 10 a.m. CDT.

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Texas Supreme Court Redefines an Offset Well Clause

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The Court purported to limit its holding to these facts, but the opinion could have far-reaching consequences, according to Gray Reed & McGraw.

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PA Court Rejects Fracking Company’s Appeal In ‘Rule Of Capture’ Decision

PA Court Rejects Fracking Company’s Appeal In ‘Rule Of Capture’ Decision

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A Pennsylvania appeals court rejected a request by a natural gas production company to rehear a case whose outcome could affect drillers across the country, reports WSKG.

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Oil Firm, Once Called ‘Wolf of Wall Street Type’ Company, Sued By SEC for Fraud

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Company brochures said that some of the wells were expected to provide returns of 300 to 500 percent, a number the SEC said conflicted with geologist production estimates, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Texas Court Holds Drop in Oil Prices is Not Force Majeure

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Oil and gas operators should be careful to expressly identify any market-based risks that they want to encompass within force majeure provisions, advises Liskow & Lewis.

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AZA’s Tim Shelby Appointed to Texas State Bar’s Oil & Gas Jury Charges Committee

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Tim Shelby, a partner in Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, was appointed to a three-year term on the State Bar of Texas’ Oil & Gas Pattern Jury Charges Committee.

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Ask and You Shall (Not?) Receive: Retained Acreage Clauses and the Texas Supreme Court

Ask and You Shall (Not?) Receive: Retained Acreage Clauses and the Texas Supreme Court

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Two Texas Supreme Court decisions confirm that retained acreage clauses that vary in language from one instrument to another will likely vary in effect, according to Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law blog.

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Subcontractors Sue Valero Over Explosion at Texas City Refinery

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The workers are seeking damages based on claims that they suffered orthopedic injuries and hearing loss from the accident and are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, reports the San Antonio Business Journal.

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5th Circuit Sets New Test to Determine If Certain Contracts on Navigable Waters Are Maritime

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The Fifth Circuit departed from the six-factor test used in cases like Davis & Sons in favor of a new, stream-lined two-pronged test to determine whether a contract like the one at issue was maritime in nature, according to Duane Morris LLP.

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20 Dismissed Colorado Royalty Cases: Is There a Good-Faith Basis for Filing in District Court?

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Two judges of the District Court for the City and County of Denver dismissed royalty underpayment lawsuits for failure to exhaust administrative remedies before the Commission, reports BakerHostetler.

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Joint Ventures in the Oil and Gas Industry: Upstream Joint Ventures

Joint Ventures in the Oil and Gas Industry: Upstream Joint Ventures

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This Latham & Watkins series explores market trends driving recent joint ventures, as well as structural options, potential challenges, and other considerations related to joint ventures, within both the midstream and upstream spaces.

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Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute Used in Oil & Gas Lease Dispute

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The case involves the dispute over whether a petroleum company’s oil and gas lease had expired.

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Term Royalty Interests Survive the Rule Against Perpetuities in Texas

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The rule provides “that no interest within its scope is good unless it must vest, if at all, not later than twenty-one years after some life in being at the creation of the interest.”

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Pennsylvania, Texas Courts Disagree on Whether Rule of Capture Applies to Fracturing

Pennsylvania, Texas Courts Disagree on Whether Rule of Capture Applies to Fracturing

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A recent Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruling in a case concerning hydraulic fracturing runs counter to a ruling in a similar case by the Texas Supreme Court, reports Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody.

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Energy Company’s Bankruptcy Generating Enron-Sized Legal Fees

Energy Company’s Bankruptcy Generating Enron-Sized Legal Fees

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Total fees for all the professionals probably will hit $1 billion, according to Energy Future Holdings General Counsel Andy Wright.

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