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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 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) 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) 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) 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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