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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2021 – The state’s high court recently issued a written opinion that provides some clarity in an often murky area of the state’s oil and gas jurisprudence. The case involved a dispute over the costs that a lessee of a mineral lease is entitled to deduct when calculating royalty payments owed to a lessee. It is common for the landowner to provide the right to extract petroleum to a specialized oil and gas company. In turn, the company will provide the landowner with royalty payments. This transaction is usually referred to as an […]


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Harris County, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2021 – On the night of March 5, 2021, seven people were injured in a natural gas line explosion and fire that led to evacuations in northwest Harris County. According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, Comcast workers punctured a gas line. CenterPoint crews arrived to fix the damage and as they were leaving, they struck a high-pressure natural gas line which exploded around 5:30 p.m. resulting in seven people suffering serious injuries. This is unacceptable. If you or a loved one was injured as a result, call our burn injury […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2021 – The case illustrates why both employers and employees must take special care to address important issues raised by the opposing party Late last month, a state appellate court issued a written opinion in a Texas employment discrimination case discussing whether the employee was required to pursue his claim against his employer through the arbitration process. Ultimately, the court concluded that the employee’s decision to file a case in court, rather than pursue arbitration, was permitted. The Facts of the Case The plaintiff was employed as a truck washer and detailer. After […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2020 – Recently, a state appellate court issued an opinion in a Texas oil and gas case discussing when a party’s claim alleging that another caused damage to their leased minerals accrues. Determining when a claim accrues is critical because the accrual date will mark the beginning of running of the statute of limitations. In this case, the parties dispute focused on whether the plaintiff’s action was filed too late. Swift Energy v. Regency Field Services: The Facts of the Case According to the court’s opinion, the case involved damage allegedly caused by […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2020 – Earlier this year, the state’s high court issued a written opinion in a complex Texas business dispute case revolving around whether a Texas court could hear the dispute between the businesses. The case involves business law principles, contract-interpretation issues, as well as jurisdictional matters.  The factual background giving rise to the case is rather complicated. However, to summarize, two businesses entered into an agreement for the provision of healthcare services and products. The agreement involved two distinct contracts that were executed on the same day. When the deal between the two […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July July 20, 2020 – The case illustrates the importance of understanding the terms to an employment agreement as well as the courts’ general philosophy that parties are held to their agreements, notwithstanding any technical deficiencies in a written document. Earlier this year, a state appellate court issued a written opinion in a Texas employment dispute case based around the issue of whether the employee was bound by an arbitration agreement that she signed as a condition of employment. Specifically, the issue was whether the employee could still be bound by the agreement although the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2020 – The case highlights the importance of understanding the terms of a contract to lease, assign or sell mineral rights in Texas Earlier this year, a state appellate court issued a written opinion in a Texas oil and gas case discussing whether a will that purported to transfer “all right, title and interest” in a property included the mineral estates of the property or whether the conveyance was only for the surface estate. Ultimately, the court concluded that the phrase “all right, title and interest” only referred to the surface estate. The […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2019 – Court determines defendant’s reworking of existing wells did not constitute “continuous drilling operations” under terms of an agreement. Contracts involving the right to conduct drilling operations on another’s property can be very complex. Often, these leases require operators to use the land continuously and profitably; otherwise, the rights conferred by the contract will lapse. This is precisely what happened in a recent case between the owners of a mineral estate and the company owning the rights to drill on the land. The case was between HJSA No. 3, L.P. (HJSA) and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2018 – The Texas Supreme Court’s “accommodation doctrine” can force a mineral rights owner to respect the surface owner’s right to make use of the property, but only in cases of extreme hardship. The accommodation doctrine is alive and well in Texas, but it is no larger than it was when the Texas Supreme Court created it in Getty Oil Co. v. Jones, 470 S.W.2d 618 (Tex. 1971). In a recent case, Harrison v. Rosetta Resources Operating LP, the El Paso Court of Appeals ruled that the accommodation doctrine — which gives courts […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2018 – Land owners, Shirley Mae Herbst Adams and William Herbst entered into two lease agreements with two oil companies. The lease agreements stated that if anyone else sank draining wells on property adjacent to theirs Murphy Exploration & Production Co. is required either to pay royalties or drill an offset well. Nothing in the lease specified how close the offset well should be to the adjacent property’s draining well. After the lease was executed, another driller, Comstock Oil & Gas, drilled a well just 350 feet from the boundary of Adams and […]


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Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech Company, has opened a new location in Kansas City, Missouri to help lawyers develop effective SEO and marketing plans for their law firms. Kansas City, MO (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2018 – Kansas City lawyers can meet with Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) team members to discuss search engine optimization (SEO) strategies, pay-per-click marketing, website design, branding and more. The new Kansas City location is part of Custom Legal Marketing’s effort to give law firms a local exclusive marketing partner. As Missouri’s biggest city, Kansas City is an increasingly competitive legal market with a large […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing topped a field of over 6,000 entrants to receive a Platinum Hermes Award for design excellence for the new website of McCormack & Erlich, San Francisco employment lawyers. This is the second award Custom Legal Marketing has won for its work on the McCormack & Erlich website, Mcelawfirm.com. Earlier this year, CLM won a Muse Award for inspiring achievement in design and advertising. One highlight of the McCormack & Erlich website is a compelling, interactive presentation of workplace sexual harassment issues. The site walks the fist-time visitor […]


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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has opened a strategy center in Wilmington, Delaware, to help attorneys competitively market their firms in an effective and efficient manner. Wilmington, one of the most populous cities in the state, has enormous potential for attorney marketing. As the population continues to increase, competition for legal clients is also bound to get tougher. Custom Legal Marketing’s search engine marketing solutions can help lawyers compete in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware. Additionally, Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) offers attorneys a No Competition Guarantee which means […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2018 – Data is king in marketing, and Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has it in spades with its new report and analytics lounge. Launched in January, the Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) Lounge integrates with multiple services and allows law firms to see their entire marketing campaign in a single dashboard. “Law firms deserve to see a clear picture of where their marketing dollars are going,” said Custom Legal Marketing Co-Founder Jason Bland. “CLM has always championed transparency in all its work for its clients.” Indeed, CLM built their original lounge […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2018 – International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th to recognize the many contributions women have made throughout history and to shine a light on women’s rights issues. For Custom Legal Marketing and 13 year old parent company, Adviatech, the value of women in the workplace is no secret nor is it a controversial topic for the San Francisco based company. While many tech companies struggle to answer uncomfortable questions about the gender makeup of their employees, Custom Legal Marketing boasts a 60 percent female workforce. What policies were implemented by […]


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Corpus Christi, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2017 – Alex R. Hernandez Jr. secured a not guilty jury verdict in the State of Texas v. Andre Dantzler Case No. 14-11-28356-A, Victoria County, Texas. The case involved the alleged theft of over $500,000 in oil field services equipment to which the defendant denied any involvement with the theft. In the jury trial it was proven that another party had actually taken the equipment and took it over the period of several months. Mr. Alex R. Hernandez Jr. opened and closed his arguments to the jury that the whole conspiracy theory […]


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Bigger Law Firm Magazine guides its readers through adapting to the latest in legal marketing and technology in the newest print issue. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2017 – Dexter Tam takes on link building in the feature article, describing the necessity of link connections through Search Engine Optimization (SEO) that leads to higher rates on Google search engine results pages. SEO includes website content, promotion and links, noting that some links are more valuable than others due to their origin and domain authority. Staying proactive with link building can lead to further success for a firm; […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2017 – The Texas Supreme Court issued a decision in a closely watched case regarding whether trespass occurred when an oil and gas production company drilled horizontally through another party’s mineral interest to produce oil and gas from a lease held by the driller. The state high court upheld the opinions of the lower courts and stated that trespass did not occur. “Horizontal drilling raises unique legal issues, and until the Texas Supreme Court decided this case, it was not entirely clear that a surface estate owner could drill through a subsurface estate […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2017 – The Texas Supreme Court considered competing arguments over a property deed that granted oil and gas interests and gave rise to opposing royalty claims. The case involves a 55-acre tract that was purchased by the Wenske family, with the previous owners retaining a one-quarter non-participating royalty interest (NPRI). The property was subsequently purchased by the Ealy family, with the Wenskes reserving three-eighths of the minerals. The Wenskes say the Ealys are solely responsible for the cost of the NPRI, but the lower court sided with the Ealys, holding that each of […]


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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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