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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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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) 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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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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