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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2017 – The lawsuit of a man who claims he was wrongly denied a job because of his age is headed back to Texas federal court. A Fifth Circuit panel sent the case back to district court, saying Phillip Haskett plausibly alleged that Cinco Energy Management Group declined to hire him due to his age. “Both federal and Texas state law protect people age 40 or older from age discrimination in employment,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan. “It is unlawful for an […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire)November 18, 2016 – Oil and gas royalty owners have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas against Talisman Energy USA Inc., claiming the company shorted royalty payments and manipulated production volumes. Eugene and Kimberly Cran, residents of DeWitt County, Texas, filed suit over their interests in the Eagle Ford Shale. In 2010, Talisman acquired leases and wells under a 50/50 joint venture agreement with Statoil, an energy company based in Norway. In July 2013, the agreement was revised to allow Talisman to operate half of the wells in the Eagle Ford joint venture and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2016 – A call center company has been sued by a Plano, Texas merchant services provider over an alleged breach of contract. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, on Aug. 11, by Pivotal Payments Inc. (Pivotal) against Taking You Forward LLC (TYF). Pivotal claims it is owed more than $109,000, including $25,000 in consequential damages. “Consequential damages go beyond the terms of the contract itself, when the plaintiff claims that the defendant’s breach caused additional costs or lost profits,” commented Gregory D. […]


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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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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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2016 – A breach of contract lawsuit has been filed by a Texas energy company, alleging that two defendants misrepresented the ownership of real estate. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 26 by Cogent Energy Solutions in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The defendants are Granite Peak Development LB and CLH LLC. The suit claims that Cogent, which develops assets to store and transport crude oil, relied on defendants’ claims that they owned property in Wyoming, and borrowed millions of dollars in order to build an oil rail […]


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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) July 30, 2015 – A federal appeals court ruled that a general release of claims in a Texas employment lawsuit did not serve to waive a separate wage-hour claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In the case of Bodle, et al. v. TXL Mortgage Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit under the FLSA regarding overtime wages. In a previous case filed in Texas state court, employer TXL had alleged that Ambre Bodle and Leslie Meech violated their noncompetition covenants by […]


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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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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) January 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 19, 2014 – A Texas restaurant company and its construction arm recently filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a licensee. Domco Inc., which operates El Tiempo restaurants in the Houston area, and MKWW Management Inc., an affiliated construction company, filed the lawsuit against Liquid Gold Hospitality Group LLC and five Liquid Gold managers. Liquid Gold entered into a contract to operate a number of new El Tiempo restaurants, but construction delays prevented the restaurants from opening on schedule. Domco alleges that Liquid Gold breached their license agreement. “License agreements are usually complex documents. […]


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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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