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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2016 – A former assistant manager for a Texas convenience store is being sued by her ex-employer for leaving before her employment contract expired. According to the lawsuit, Kelley Rieves started working for the Buc-ee’s store in Cypress, Texas as an assistant manager in 2009, signing employment contracts that ran through August 2013. However, Buc-ee’s claims that Rieves left the company in July 2012, with a year remaining on her contract. The company claimed that Rieves owed $67,720 in retention pay that was paid to her contingent on her completing her contract. “Retention […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2016 – An energy services company has filed a countersuit in Texas state court against an oil leaseholder, claiming the leaseholder raised frivolous claims to divert attention from its history of nonpayment. In the original suit, 1776 Energy Partners LLC claimed that Riley Exploration LLC breached a master services agreement that obligated Riley to maintain, develop and, if necessary, renew leases for certain Texas oil and gas producing properties. 1776 claimed that Riley failed to exercise an extension option and let the leases expire. Riley’s countersuit alleges that the original claims are groundless […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2016 – A federal jury awarded nearly $9.3 million to a San Antonio-based oil company in a breach of contract lawsuit. After a two-week trial, federal jurors found for U.S. Enercorp LTD against Ringo Shapiro and two companies owned by him. The jury award was for $9,291,570.06, including $3 million in punitive damages. The jury concluded that the defendants intentionally interfered with Enercorp’s Montana oil leases. “The jury in this case awarded punitive damages apparently in part because they found that the defendants intentionally interfered with a contract,” said Gregory D. Jordan of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – A Travis County jury found that a manager in the city of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department was unlawfully retaliated against after she complained that she experienced discrimination because of her gender and national origin. However, the jury rejected her claims that she was denied a raise and a promotion because of discrimination. Mapi Vigil, who is from Nicaragua, has worked for the city of Austin for over 20 years and currently supervises about 30 staff members as a managing engineer. The jury awarded her $751,000, but the amount she will receive […]


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Johannesburg, South Africa, (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2016 – Centurion Law Group, the pre-eminent pan-African law conglomerate, is pleased to announce the hire of three new attorneys. The lawyers will help build on Centurion’s high-profile energy practice and extend the group’s reach across the continent. Collectively, the three lawyers have over two decades of corporate oil and gas experience with law firms and operators in the United States, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Peru. Their corporate experience is matched by their extensive academic achievements in the field of energy law. Adaku Abimbola Ufere is a member of the Nigerian Bar […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2016 – A recent case in a Texas appeals court shows the importance of addressing mineral rights unambiguously when surface rights are partitioned. In the case of Hosek v. Scott, the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio, Texas, upheld the trial court’s judgment that ownership of the minerals under a tract of land did not revert to the surface owners after the expiration of a period of time during which the mineral interests remained undivided. “To protect the interests of the parties, it is essential that a partition of surface or mineral […]


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New York, New York (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2015 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating investor losses from oil, gas and energy stocks, master limited partnerships (“MLPs”) and funds, including those listed below. Over the last year, these investments have fallen 50% and more, and many are cutting their distributions to investors so that they are no longer high-yield, income investments. Many income-seeking investors, particularly retirees, were advised by their brokers and financial advisors to invest in these stocks and funds because there were supposedly safe and secure income-generating investments, similar to bonds, with modest risk. Many […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2015 – An employment discrimination lawsuit has been filed against chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride. Carl R. Titus, a six-year employee of the company, filed a six-count lawsuit July 10 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division. The lawsuit alleges hostile work environment, color discrimination, race discrimination, disparate impact employment discrimination, disparate treatment employment discrimination, retaliation and failure to promote. The lawsuit cites the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. “Racial discrimination in employment is prohibited by both U.S. and Texas law,” said Gregory D. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2015 – A Texas appeals court ruled against a subsurface mineral rights holder in an oil and gas case. In the case of Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC, the Fourth Court of Appeals held on Aug. 19 that Anadarko, which held surface rights, could drill through Lightning’s subsurface leasehold estate to reach the minerals under a nearby property for which Anadarko held the subsurface rights. “At issue in this case was whether a surface estate owner controls the earth beneath the surface estate, when the mineral rights are controlled by […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – A Texas consulting firm was awarded about $6.8 million in a contract dispute. Dallas County District Judge Eric V. Moye awarded Bain Consulting LLC that amount after a jury found Talon Transaction Technologies Inc. liable for breaching a contract to pay commissions to Bain for finding new customers for Talon’s health care payment system. The judge rejected Talon’s argument that the award should be cut to about $1.5 million, because the jury improperly calculated the damages to Bain based on future commissions. “As with many business litigation matters, the core dispute […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2014 – A Texas jury awarded $2.78 million in a lawsuit over natural gas royalties that has lasted for years. The Zapata County jury handed down the verdict for damages and attorney fees against Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and a subsidiary, and for Wahatoya, Ltd. and Betsy Mecom, the owner of Los Corralitos Ranch. Wahatoya and Mecom alleged that Anadarko and its subsidiary, Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP, failed to pay appropriate royalties on more than 100 wells located on their land in South Texas. “Lawsuits over oil and gas royalties can be […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2015 – First-quarter reports for 2015, released by US oil producers in mid-April, showed record losses across the energy sector – as industry insiders and analysts had been predicting since January. Meanwhile, falling profits hit close to home, spurring large-scale employee layoffs and priming the local legal arena for an influx of market-driven litigation. Civil litigator Pete T. Patterson, who represents both businesses and individuals within the oil and gas industry, has followed the turbulent market closely over the past ten months in anticipation of broad-scope legal backlash. Oil prices reached multi-year lows […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2015 – A federal jury in Texas has returned a $58.7 million verdict for a technology firm in a business lawsuit. After a four-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the jury found for Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. (TAOS) and against Intersil Corp. on claims of breach of contract, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement, “When merger and acquisition talks break down, accusations like these are not uncommon,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin, Texas business litigation attorney. Jordan is not involved in the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2015 – A Texas appeals court has ruled on an oil and gas royalty lawsuit, stating that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by dismissing a landowner’s lawsuit against a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp. The Seventh Court of Appeals held that the lawsuit against XTO Energy Inc. was properly dismissed because plaintiff Richard Crawford, a landowner in the Barnett Shale, did not add 44 adjacent landowners to the suit. “The interests of adjacent landowners may come into play in litigation related to oil and gas royalties,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – A Texas man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, claiming that he was fired because of his age. Odell Hyden filed suit against Hagemeyer North America Inc., in the Houston Division of the Southern District Court of Texas. “Age discrimination in employment is prohibited by both federal and Texas state law,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan, “but its proof often requires circumstantial evidence. Employers sometimes try to disguise age discrimination by alleging that a long-term productive employee is […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – On October 15, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an oil and gas royalty dispute. In the case, Steadfast Financial LLC v. Bradshaw, the owner of an executive right was sued by the owner of a nonparticipating royalty interest. The owner of the interest claimed that the owner of the right did not obtain a high enough royalty interest in a new lease. At issue is whether the executive-rights owner had a duty to secure the going royalty rate. “A central issue in this case is the extent of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court has heard arguments in Hooks v. Samson Lone Star, a case of alleged fraud in mineral royalties. The lawsuit concerns an issue of major importance in the Texas oil and gas industry. In the case, plaintiff and landowner Charles Hooks accuses Samson Lone Star, an oil and gas partnership, of withholding royalties. Hooks claims that Samson violated the terms of a lease of his land by drilling another well on adjacent property without paying Hooks additional royalties. Samson argues that the statute of limitations has passed for […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – The drilling of horizontal wells has become more common in Texas, creating challenges in oil and gas law and raising questions for royalty owners. This is particularly true regarding so-called “allocation wells,” which traverse the boundary of two or more leases, where the leases have not been pooled and there is no agreement among the royalty owners about production sharing. “Allocation wells raise several important legal questions — including whether such wells should be permitted in the first place,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “If the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2014 – The U.S. oil and gas boom has lasted almost five years so far, and signs of a bust have not yet been spotted.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oil and gas industry in Texas created more than 20,000 jobs in the past year alone. New Mexico recorded 2013 as its highest-production year to date, and current 2014 performance suggests that the state may well top itself again. Investment opportunities have soared along with the industry. Richard LaGarde is the founder of LaGarde Law Firm, which is based […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2014 – An appeals court upheld a judgment against an oil and gas giant that backed out of a deal to buy Texas leaseholds. Chesapeake Energy lost its appeal of a $121 million judgment in a lawsuit filed by Preston Exploration and two other parties, who said they had finalized a deal to sell over 500 leaseholds to the company. In continuing bad news for Chesapeake, a Texas school district and newspaper filed separate lawsuits against the company, alleging underpayment of royalties. Houston attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved in the lawsuits, […]


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