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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 22, 2013 – A nurse has sued her former employer, saying she was fired for reporting patient neglect. Susan J. Rapp, a licensed vocational nurse who worked for Maxim Healthcare Services Inc., has filed a lawsuit against the company. Rapp claims that she was terminated after she reported another nurse’s neglect of a patient to her supervisors. Maxim Healthcare is an in-home health care provider. “The State of Texas has stringent laws to protect healthcare workers from certain forms of retaliation,” said Austin employment attorney Gregory D. Jordan. “One goal is to protect patients […]


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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) January 28, 2012 – During the recent recession, those not laid off from work were often required to put in more time on the job, for the same pay or even less. Many of those workers are now taking legal action, suing their employers under state and federal wage and overtime laws. Filings of such lawsuits were up 32 percent in 2011 over 2008 levels. “Overtime laws exist to protect workers from being unfairly taken advantage of,” commented Austin overtime attorney Gregory D. Jordan. “Some employers believe they can get away with bending or breaking […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2012 – Austin non-compete attorney, Gregory D. Jordan, suggests that anyone seeking to enforce, or break a non-competition agreement, should consult an attorney familiar with the new Texas case law. Jordan notes that “for approximately 20 years before 2006, Texas courts generally held that non-compete agreements were seldom enforceable. Given Texas Supreme Court decisions in 2006, 2009 and 2011, it’s a whole new ballgame now.” In 2006, the Texas Supreme Court decided Alex Sheshunoff Management Services, L.P. v. Johnson. In 2009 the court decided Mann Frankfort Stein & Lipp Advisors, Inc. v. Fielding, […]


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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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2012 – Texas-based RiceTec Inc. sold defective hybrid seeds to farmers, according to a lawsuit filed in Arkansas. The lawsuit has now been joined by farmers in Texas and Louisiana. The litigation began when RiceTec sued a Greene County, Arkansas farmer for not paying his bill. The farmer had purchased RiceTec long-grain rice seeds, which he claimed were of inferior quality, as they did not mill properly and failed to produce promised yields. That farmer countersued, and several other farmers have since joined the lawsuit. “In business litigation such as this, breach of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – The Texas Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Shell v. Ross. The ruling stated that an oil and gas company did not have to reimburse a royalty owner for incorrect payments, because the statute of limitations had lapsed. The decision overturned a jury verdict of $72,000 in favor of the royalty owner. “This case is a wake-up call for all royalty owners,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “Even though Ross was in the right, the court ruled that he waited too long to act even […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2012 – Stevens Transport, a refrigerated transport company based in the Dallas area, will pay $50,000 in settlement for a disability lawsuit filed in federal court, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit alleged that the company refused to hire a paraplegic man because of his disability. The man had applied for positions in management. “The EEOC only files lawsuits against employers in a very small percentage of the matters in which employees file charges of discrimination,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment lawyer. “The pursuit of this […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2012 – “A recent Texas Supreme Court oil and gas case shows the importance of quickly looking into suspect royalty payments if an owner feels he or she is being underpaid. In Shell Oil v. Ralph Ross a royalty owner learned the hard way about not taking action on royalty payments within the statute of limitations. The Rosses were owed a one-sixteenth royalty along with the State of Texas as part of a pooling and unitization agreement with Shell. The Court found that even though Shell had underpaid Ross, Ross could not collect […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2012 – A popular Mexican food restaurant chain in Texas faces allegations of violating federal employment laws. Wait staff claim they were denied overtime pay, forced to give tips to ineligible employees, and required to pay for broken items and “walked tabs”. These practices allegedly occurred for years before a lawsuit was filed by the wait staff in early February 2012. “These actions, if true, are illegal under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Austin employment lawyer Gregory D. Jordan. “I have handled many of these cases for both employers and employees over […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2012 – Breaching contractual obligations can have devastating consequences. Sometimes a large claim may signal the potential demise of a company. In Trinity Structural Towers Inc. v. Suzlon Wind Energy Corp., Trinity alleges that Suzlon failed to follow through with its purchases of structural towers as set out in their 2008 supply agreement. The amount at stake is quite large and may indicate a serious problem with Suzlon. The agreement at issue allegedly provides that Suzlon was to buy $377.3 million wind towers through 2011. The parties amended the original 2008 agreement to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2012 – Leslie v. Veteran’s Land Board is a very recent Texas Supreme Court case that clarifies some of the confusion about the obligations that executive rights holders owe to mineral rights owners who lack executive rights. In instances where mineral or royalty interests have been separated from the right to execute a lease, whoever holds the right to execute a lease is called the executive rights holder. Other mineral or royalty owners who do not have the right to execute a lease are called non-executive interest holders. “The Leslie case fires a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2011 – The Texas Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the case of Safeshred, Inc. v. Louis Martinez, III. At issue in the case is whether an employer can be held liable for punitive damages if it fires an employee for refusing to engage in an illegal act. Austin employment lawyer Gregory D. Jordan represents Martinez in this case. Texas has long recognized that an employer cannot fire an employee for refusing to commit an illegal act. This exception to the employment at will doctrine has become known as the Sabine Pilot […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2011 – Restaurant disputes are almost never as lengthy as the one South Congress Café has been embroiled in with the City of Austin for more than six years. At the heart of the lawsuit are an outdoor deck and the neighborhood’s lack of parking. The café built the deck on the only outdoor space that was marked for on-site parking for restaurant patrons. They also constructed the deck without the mandatory permits. The restaurant and its owners, Trudy’s Texas Star Inc., do not dispute this. But they do say they tried to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2011 – A recent Texas oil and gas lawsuit pits two parties against each other over land and mineral rights. Red Boot Production Co. says that it owns oil and gas leases on 38 acres of land. Red Boot claims to have the mineral rights under a Beaumont Irrigation Co. canal on the property. Samson Lone Star (and the other defendants) allegedly has two wells close to the canal. Red Boot says that Samson has used these wells to get gas and gas condensate from under the canal without any right to do […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2011 – Recent headlines show that having oil and gas on your property can be a mixed blessing. In Jefferson County, residents were planning on an increase in their incomes based on drilling by BP and Cimarex Energy on their 156.68 acre tract. Seven people filed a lawsuit alleging that the companies refused to pay a one-sixteenth reserved royalty interest of all the oil produced on their land. The residents say an oil and gas lease has been in existence on their land since 1933. Two wells have already been drilled, and the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2011 – The Texas Supreme Court recently reversed years of established precedent and held that an employer’s grant of stock options to an employee served as ample consideration to support a non-compete agreement. With this ruling, the court changed long-standing Texas law that effectively held that a noncompete agreement would not be enforceable if the only consideration for it was money or other financial incentives such as stock options. Previously, Texas courts provided that the consideration for a noncompete agreement must “give rise” to the employer’s interest in restraining the employee from competing. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2011 – The Supreme Court of Texas recently decided that a party can have the benefits of arbitration under the Texas Arbitration Act without giving up their right to have an unfavorable decision reviewed by the courts. In mid May, the Court decided this in NAFTA Traders Inc v. Quinn, thus aligning the state with others such as California, New Jersey, and Alabama to allow easier and expanded judicial review of arbitration awards in conjunction with state statutes. “This is a dramatic change in Texas Law,” said Austin business litigation attorney Gregory D. […]


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