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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – Personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde has again received a rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell for 2014. This rating for both ethical standards and legal ability is the highest available from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. LaGarde first achieved an AV Preeminent rating in 1987. Attorneys earn Martindale-Hubbell ratings only after being nominated and reviewed by other attorneys and members of the judiciary. Commenting on the recognition, Richard LaGarde said, “This rating means a lot because it’s based on the opinions of my fellow attorneys. I personally consider the ratings an important factor when […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – A Texas water district’s audit discovered that an oil company had underpaid royalties to the district. In 2012, Tarrant Regional Water District hired Martindale Consultants, Inc. to determine whether the district had received all the royalties it was due from mineral leases it had signed with Chesapeake Energy. The istrict paid Martindale $35,118 for the audit, and the company found $1,786,769 in underpayments for a period from January 2008 through October 2011. Subsequently, Chesapeake paid the full underpayment amount to the water district. “Oil and natural gas leaseholders should be aware […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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User-friendly website provides interactive resources for small to mid-sized law firms Lisle, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Protexure Lawyers, a competitive professional liability insurance program from AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd., today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website: www.protexurelawyers.com. The website will enable tech-savvy lawyers to get a complimentary insurance quote, manage their account, and renew their coverage with a short form application – online and at their convenience. Plus, they can access online tools, information and resources that will help them grow their business and navigate their insurance options. “We redesigned our website to create […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court will decide a $10 million dispute between property owners and Occidental Permian Ltd. over the valuation of natural gas production. The case questions whether a company can take deductions for the cost of carbon injection from the mineral royalties it pays to property owners. “Deductions for production costs and post-production costs are a common area of dispute between royalty owners and oil and gas producers,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney not involved with the case. “It is extremely important for mineral and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – An error in a noncompete agreement led a Texas court to reject an injunction request. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals ruled that LasikPlus of Texas could not enforce a covenant not to compete against a doctor, formerly employed by the clinic, who planned to open his own practice nearby. They stated that the noncompete agreement did not include language required by statute. “The court’s decision is a reminder that covenants not to compete must be drafted with precision,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business attorney and Austin employment lawyer who […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – A lawsuit accuses J.P. Morgan Chase of double-leasing oil land. Orca Assets G.P. LLC, a small energy-investment company based in Houston, has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Dallas against J.P. Morgan, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation. According to the lawsuit, Orca agreed to lease over 900 acres in south Texas for $3.2 million three years ago. However, before Orca was able to drill for oil on the property, the company learned that the land had already been leased to another company. J.P. Morgan represented the seller, the Red Crest […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2013 – Chesapeake Energy has been sued again over allegedly improper natural gas royalty payments. Several Fort Worth investors and landowners filed suit against the company in state District Court in Fort Worth, saying that Chesapeake deducted costs from their royalty payments, in violation of the terms of their leases. “Chesapeake Energy has faced several lawsuits of this nature,” said Gregory D. Jordan, a prominent oil and gas attorney in Austin. “The complaints arise from alleged deductions from the royalty payments that the company pays to leaseholders. Chesapeake may wish to reconsider the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2013 – A federal judge said Texas law allows oil and gas drillers to “steal” from small landowners. John Preston Bailey, a federal judge in Wheeling, West Virginia, had been asked to dismiss a case in which a West Virginia landowner sued a company that drilled a horizontal well for natural gas. The plaintiff alleged that hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, caused draining of the landowner’s natural gas to the company’s adjacent well. The company’s attorneys cited Coastal Oil & Gas v. Garza Energy Trust, a Texas Supreme Court case that held […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2013 – A well-known Texas investor and philanthropist has been sued in an investment dispute. Ted Skokos is accused of breach of contract, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in the lawsuit filed by Arthur Abbey. The lawsuit claims that in 2005 Abbey made a $4 million investment in 3F Therapeutics, a medical device company founded by Skokos, with the parties agreeing that Skokos would get 20 percent of profits after Abbey received capital from his investment. The complaint alleges that profits were taken out before Abbey was paid back. “An investment deal […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2013 – An oil and gas company has filed a lawsuit against a drilling company, alleging breach of a contract to drill three wells. Conquistador Petroleum filed the lawsuit against E&B Natural Resources Management Corp. on April 5, 2013 in Jefferson County District Court. Francesco Galesi is also named as a defendant. Conquistador claims that E&B owes it hundreds of thousands of dollars because it failed to fulfill its contract to drill three wells on a 22-acre property, after one hole was found to be dry. Conquistador claims it invested $600,000 in obtaining […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2013 – Executives at the now-defunct ATP Oil & Gas Corp. have been accused of misrepresenting royalty interests by Macquarie Investments LLC, notes Austin, Texas oil and gas attorney, Gregory D. Jordan. Macquarie Investments LLC, based in Sydney, Australia, filed a lawsuit against Albert Reese, Jr., the company’s Chief Financial Officer, and T. Paul Bulmahn, the board chairman. Leland Tate, the President of ATP, and Keith Godwin, the Chief Accounting Officer, are also named in the suit. Macquarie claims that the ATP executives misrepresented the nature of a $110 million sale of royalty […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2013 – When landowners enter into a lease with an oil and gas company, they should include a clause that the company cannot deduct costs from their royalties. “To protect your royalties, a lease should clearly provide that the driller cannot make deductions based on the costs of processing, transporting or marketing the oil or natural gas,” said Gregory Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “There are numerous examples of provisions that were intended to accomplish this result that have been held in case law to not quite cut it,” notes Jordan. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2013 – American Airlines has settled its lawsuit against Orbitz. The lawsuit over the agency’s method for displaying information about the airline’s fares and schedules had been filed in federal district court in Fort Worth, Texas, where American Airlines’ (American) parent corporation is based. The suit was part of an ongoing dispute between American Airlines and Orbitz over the distribution of travel information. In the lawsuit, American claimed that Orbitz made American’s fares appear higher than they actually were. “This type of litigation often arises when companies are attempting to gain a competitive […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2013 – Texas landowners are suing TransCanada Corp. over the Keystone XL Pipeline. The landowners argue that TransCanada does not qualify as a common carrier and does not have the right to acquire their property through eminent domain to build the oil pipeline. The planned pipeline would transport Canadian tar-sands oil to refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. “These cases involve two important interests in the state of Texas: oil and property rights,” said Gregory D. Jordan, a Texas oil and gas attorney. The landowners argue that TransCanada is not […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2013 – A lawsuit has been filed over a golf-front housing development. The owner of a housing development overlooking a golf course outside of Austin, Texas filed the lawsuit against the owners of the golf course and a neighboring development. The Golden Bear Reserve is a 21-acre housing development that overlooks the Summit Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Its owner, Reserve at Summit Rock, LP, filed suit against Summit Rock Communities LLC and Horseshoe Bay Resort, the owner of the golf course and the neighboring Summit Rock community. The lawsuit alleges […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2013 – Texas residents have filed suit, alleging they are owed hydrocarbon royalty payments. Several Texas residents have filed a lawsuit against two companies alleging they were denied millions of dollars in royalty payments for hydrocarbons produced from a tract of land in Jefferson County, Texas. “Title issues involving ownership of mineral rights and rights to royalty payments can be a complicated area of law. Disputes such as this one, involving the right to receive royalty payments, are not uncommon,” said Texas oil and gas attorney Gregory D. Jordan. In the lawsuit, a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – Chesapeake Energy, the Oklahoma City-based oil and gas producer, has apparently begun reinterpreting contracts with thousands of royalty owners, passing certain costs on to them, even when many lessors believe their leases contain no-cost clauses. Chesapeake claims that other contract provisions allow the company to deduct costs from royalty payments. At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed against the driller by royalty owners. “It largely comes down to the language of the initial lease,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “Royalty provisions in leases can be […]


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