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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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Judge Dismisses Exxon’s Lawsuit, Letting Multi-State Fraud Investigation Continue

Judge Dismisses Exxon’s Lawsuit, Letting Multi-State Fraud Investigation Continue

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A U.S. district judge in New York on Thursday dismissed Exxon’s lawsuit claiming officials in New York and Massachusetts conspired with environmental groups in planning the securities-fraud probe.

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An Indemnity Agreement Means What it Says

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Parties can write an agreement to indemnify one another against claims they later assert against each other. To do so, the parties must expressly and specifically state that intention, writes Charles Sartain of Gray Reed.

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Political and Economic Realities Hamper Efforts to Reopen U.S. Waters to Offshore Drilling

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A post on the website of Haynes and Boone calls attention to an apparent failure to acknowledge economic realities of oil and gas leasing and operating in the Outer Continental Shelf.

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Houston Trial Lawyer Courtney Ervin Joins Hicks Thomas as a Partner

Houston Trial Lawyer Courtney Ervin Joins Hicks Thomas as a Partner

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Trial lawyer Courtney Ervin has joined commercial litigation boutique Hicks Thomas LLP, the firm announced.

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Global Warming Public Nuisance Actions Will Stay in Federal Court

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The cities claim that the companies, despite knowing of the risks associated with climate change and global warming, continued to produce and sell their products to the public that uses fossil fuels.

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FERC has Options if Court of Appeals Shuts Down Operating Interstate Pipeline

FERC has Options if Court of Appeals Shuts Down Operating Interstate Pipeline

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A Pierce Atwood article discusses a ruling that raises the possibility that a court will vacate certificates of public convenience and necessity authorizing the construction and operation of some functioning gas pipelines.

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Landman Contract Defeated by the Statute of Frauds

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Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law blog describes a contract case in which an oil and gas landman found out that the contract he signed with a purported agent for a client was unenforceable.

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On-Demand: The Current (and Future) State of Oil and Gas M&A

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has posted an on-demand webcast that discusses what the firm has been seeing and expects to see in the future in regard to mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas industry.

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Exxon’s Response to Climate-Change Case: Sue the Lawyers

Exxon’s Response to Climate-Change Case: Sue the Lawyers

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One expert asks: Does Exxon really need these depositions or is Exxon seeking the depositions to harass mayors and city attorneys into dropping their lawsuits?

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Deans & Lyons Represents Family of Man Killed in Oklahoma Gas Well Explosion

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The family of one of five workers killed in the Jan. 22 gas well explosion near Quinton, Oklahoma, has hired the Texas trial law firm Deans & Lyons, LLP.

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Chevron Fights California Cities’ Climate-Change Lawsuits With ‘Creative Lawyering’

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Adding foreign companies to the litigation is a tactical maneuver to keep the dispute out of state court, where the cities have more favorable prospects, and force it into federal court, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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Does the Insurance Policy Incorporate the Service Contract by Reference? An Examination of In Re Deepwater Horizon

Does the Insurance Policy Incorporate the Service Contract by Reference? An Examination of <i>In Re Deepwater Horizon</i>

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A Steptoe & Johnson article takes a look at the way additional insured coverage under an insurance policy is analyzed when there is an underlying drilling contract limiting the additional insured coverage to the scope of the liability assumed in the service contract.

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Can Emails Establish an Easement in Texas?

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Charles Sartain, in a discussion involving a Texas case concerning a disagreement over the negotiation of the payment for a pipeline easement, addresses the issue of whether emails can create a contract.

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Fifth Circuit En Banc Simplifies Rule for Identifying Maritime Contracts in the Oilfield

Fifth Circuit En Banc Simplifies Rule for Identifying Maritime Contracts in the Oilfield

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The Fifth Circuit en banc has handed down an historic re-working of the test for determining whether oilfield contracts are maritime or non-maritime in nature, according to a Baker Donelson post.

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Answers Demanded Following Deadly Oklahoma Rig Explosion

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As this incident moves from the recovery of the victims to the cleanup and investigation stage, a prominent Texas trial lawyer says the industry must use this tragedy as a signal to take stock of their safety procedures.

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Royalty Owners Seek Class-Action Status Against Talisman Energy USA

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The lawsuit charges that from Jan. 1, 2013, to June 1, 2016, Talisman failed to report, account for and make royalty payments based on its lease agreements.

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