The Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo has rejected a jury verdict in favor of Hunt Cimarron, in a hard-fought controversy over a West Texas mineral lease. The intermediate appellate court determined that the lease had come to an end by operation of its own terms. More particularly, Hunt Cimarron argued that the full leasehold […]
A jury verdict out of Oklahoma may be a harbinger of what’s on the horizon for the many battles being waged in courthouses across the country between operators of horizontal wells and the vertical drillers who say their wells have been damaged—or destroyed—by hydraulic fracturing. Also, the Fifth Circuit puts the kibosh on a pipeline […]
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 […]
A member of KRCL’s Energy Practice Group, trial lawyer Tom Ciarlone, was the subject of the first installment of Law360’s new “Expert Analysis” series, What I Learned In My First Year, featuring attorneys’ true-life tales from the earliest days of their legal careers. You can read the article by clicking here.
Yes, there’s an app for that! We’re excited to announce the release of custom iOS and Android apps for our podcast, Energy Law Round Up. Get the latest news and developments in oil-and-gas law pushed directly to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Download the iPhone/iPad app today by clicking here (http://tinyurl.com/energyios), or the Android […]
In this week’s episode of our energy law podcast, find out about new guidance for calculating royalties on federal oil and gas leases, the BLM’s termination of restrictive Obama-era fracking rules, and a cautionary tale for operators who might mistakenly assume that they have a security interest in the oil they sell to downstream purchasers.
Halliburton Settles With the SEC On July 27, 2017, Halliburton agreed to settle a cease and desist proceeding brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), charging it with violating the books and records and internal accounting controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). To settle, Halliburton agreed to pay $29.2 million and […]
Current court interpretations of the “anti-Slapp” law, and how they affect employers in the energy sector and elsewhere. An adorable baby was born in 2011. This baby is called the Texas anti-SLAPP law,[i] or the Texas Citizens Participation Act (“TCPA”).[ii] The birth was attended to by then-Governor Perry who brought the swaddling law to eagerly-awaiting, yet diverse, […]
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 […]
Available now for download is our firm’s complimentary white paper, Oil & Gas Law: 2017 Midyear Update. Click here, or on the image below, to access our informative, 25-page summary of some of the most critical legal developments in the industry so far this year.