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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2016 – The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), an international continuing legal education organization, awarded Colorado Bar Association CLE (CBA-CLE) with the Award of Outstanding Achievement in the publication category for its business law book Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships in Colorado. Attorneys Herrick Lidstone, Jr. and Allen Sparkman, two business law legends in Colorado, have taken a complex subject and written a clear, concise treatise on how to structure a business. The criteria for an ACLEA award include excellence in style, innovation, and content, in addition to the book’s appeal to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2016 – The semi truck in an accident near El Paso rear-ended a car, killing two women. According to the police accident report, a big rig driver was speeding and did not reduce the speed of his truck when the traffic ahead of him slowed down. Subsequently he rammed into the car in front of him. The car was literally run over and was under the truck in crumpled, fiery ball when emergency first responders arrived at the scene at I-10 East and Sunland Park, El Paso. Six other cars, SUVs and pickup […]


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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2015 – Centurion Law Group is continuing its pan-African expansion with the opening of an office in Cameroon. The group will set up operations in Douala, Cameroon’s largest city and the wealthiest business hub in Central Africa. Centurion will extend to clients a range of services in all its practice areas, including arbitration and commercial litigation, corporate and finance law, labor and employment, and oil and gas. The office represents the first move by an international law firm into Cameroon. The Douala office will be staffed with eight lawyers from Cameroon with […]


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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2015 – Following the success of its Summer Associate Program this year, Centurion Law Group has announced that it is welcoming applications for a second program in the summer of 2016 at the firm’s offices in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The deadline for applicants to be considered for the 12-week paid internship is October 31, 2015. Candidates must demonstrate strong legal writing and research skills, an interest in international law, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to adapt to different working environments. Applicants with a command of professional level English and Spanish and […]


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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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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Recently, one man was killed and two were injured when a frozen high-pressure water line exploded at a hydraulic fracking site near Mead, CO. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have begun an investigation. An OSHA spokesperson noted that the oil and gas industry is notoriously dangerous for workers. According to records from the U.S. Department of Labor, the oil and gas sector has had more fatalities in recent years than other sectors traditionally considered dangerous, including manufacturing, construction and agriculture. “The workers were out there trying to […]


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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) August 12, 2014 – Responding to a spate of deaths among North Dakota oil and gas workers, federal safety officials are stepping up their enforcement efforts in the region. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an enforcement emphasis program focused on the Bakken region of North Dakota, where advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies in 2000 have led to a still-continuing boom in oil production. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, 34 oil, gas and construction workers in North Dakota have suffered fatal work-related injuries since […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2014 – In West Texas, two died and nine were injured in an oil well explosion on the morning of April 30. The tragic accident brings two more deaths to a state that has accounted for 40 percent of all oil and gas-related deaths in the United States since 2009. According to Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper, a buildup of pressure led to an explosion while workers with contracting firm Crescent Services were changing a wellhead at a site owned by RKI Exploration and Production at around 8:00 a.m. Amos B. Ortega, 46, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2014 – A Texas man was killed at a Rice Energy Inc. gas drilling site in Belmont County, Ohio. David Zamora, 43, of Victoria, Texas was an employee of subcontractor Lee Specialties Ltd. He was crushed by a piece of heavy equipment on Saturday, April 5. In its statement, Rice Energy did not explain what type of equipment had killed Zamora. No one else was injured. “Relatively speaking, oil and gas drilling is a dangerous occupation,” said Houston personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved with the case. “Nevertheless, workers have […]


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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) 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) 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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Tulsa, OK (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2013 – Christopher S. Heroux, founder of Heroux Partners PLLC, has been named to the 2013 Tulsa Power Attorneys & Legal Professionals. Mr. Heroux will be honored at the awards dinner to be held May 16, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa Hotel. The event is sponsored by the Tulsa Business & Legal News. Mr. Heroux earned his J.D. in 1986, with honors, at the University of Tulsa College of Law. A native of Chicago, he received his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Loyola University of Chicago. Mr. Heroux practices in the areas […]


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