Although the New Year is still young, there are already many legal developments to report in the oil and gas sector. In no particular order, this is a cross-section of what has emerged at the intersection of the law and the energy industry thus far in 2018.
At the end of the year, I like to take stock—in summary form—of the leading decisions impacting the energy industry. Historically, this has been for my own personal reference, or something I share inside our firm with my partners. Since this crib sheet of sorts has been well received by my colleagues, I figured there […]
The Texas courts have continued to evaluate the nature and extent of liability that property owners have for the acts of independent contractors. As indicated in a new opinion from the Eastland Court of Appeals, this is highly relevant for owners, operators, and drillers. By way of background, the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code […]
Earlier this year, we brought you our first quarter update on major developments in oil and gas law in Texas and throughout the country. Now, we are back with our second quarter update. We began 2Q17 with a discussion of the intersection of the oil patch with class actions and the Fair Labor Standards Act; the federal […]
My experience in prosecuting trade secret and non-compete cases has shown me, time and time again, the advantages of company-owned cell phones for employees (especially for oilfield service companies, among which workers frequently migrate), as opposed to a “Bring-Your-Own-Device” policy. When I last blogged about this issue, I mentioned that such advantages include company costs […]
We see this scenario all too often – invoices were marked “net 30 days” and, for the entire shale boom, they were always paid timely or at least within the next month. But now your customers are asking for net 60, 90, even 120 day schedules, which your company simply cannot float. With some customers, […]