In the latest episode of our energy law podcast, learn about offset wells and liquidated damages as unenforceable penalties; the arrival of anti-SLAPP in the oil patch; and the Texas Supreme Court’s warning to mineral purchasers: buyer beware.
The second quarter of the year has seen abundant activity at the intersection of the energy industry and the law. These are some of the highlights.
Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court declined to extend the “latent occupational disease” discovery rule to a plaintiff whose exposure to frac fluid ultimately caused skin cancer, reversing the Thirteenth (Edinburg) Court of Appeals. “Latent Occupational Disease” Rule in Multi-Injury Cases In Schlumberger Technology Corporation v. Pasko, the plaintiff alleged he contracted skin cancer as […]
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 […]
Last week, the Supreme Court “giveth and taketh away” in a case involving the sale of a ranch, critically including subsurface mineral interests. Specifically, in Kinsel v. Lindsey, the Court clarified that it has not recognized a cause of action for tortious interference with an inheritance. While leaving the issue open for future consideration, the Court, citing […]