Jordan | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

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 24, 2014 – Two recent cases show that covenants not to compete must be carefully drafted in order to be enforced as written by Texas courts. “In order to be enforceable under Texas law, the limitations in noncompete agreements must be reasonable,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin non-compete agreement attorney. Jordan works extensively with non-competition agreements and who handles employment and business litigation. A Texas court recently refused to enforce a noncompete agreement because its geographic restriction was considered too broad.  In Morrell Masonry Supply v. Coddou, a plaster salesman was employed by […]


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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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2014 – A worker at a Subway restaurant outside of Austin, Texas has filed a class action lawsuit against his employer over its practice of paying employees with prepaid Visa cards, which may be subject to fees. Jake Branson filed the lawsuit on his own behalf and on behalf of other Subway employees after his paper checks were replaced with prepaid Visa cards. He found that using an ATM to withdraw cash from the cards could result in a $1.75 fee, that checking the balance of the card cost $1.00, and that a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – A Texas water district’s audit discovered that an oil company had underpaid royalties to the district. In 2012, Tarrant Regional Water District hired Martindale Consultants, Inc. to determine whether the district had received all the royalties it was due from mineral leases it had signed with Chesapeake Energy. The istrict paid Martindale $35,118 for the audit, and the company found $1,786,769 in underpayments for a period from January 2008 through October 2011. Subsequently, Chesapeake paid the full underpayment amount to the water district. “Oil and natural gas leaseholders should be aware […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2014 – A former police chief has settled a lawsuit against the city of Jasper, Texas and other defendants, having claimed that he was discriminated against because of his race. Rodney Pearson, the first African-American police chief of Jasper, filed the lawsuit. He claimed that Jasper Mayor Mike Lout, also the owner of a local radio station, portrayed Pearson as a “thief” in an attempt to stoke racial tension against him. Pearson’s employment was terminated in June 2012 after a recall election removed three black city council members and elected a white majority. […]


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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) January 31, 2014 – An error in a noncompete agreement led a Texas court to reject an injunction request. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals ruled that LasikPlus of Texas could not enforce a covenant not to compete against a doctor, formerly employed by the clinic, who planned to open his own practice nearby. They stated that the noncompete agreement did not include language required by statute. “The court’s decision is a reminder that covenants not to compete must be drafted with precision,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business attorney and Austin employment lawyer who […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – A lawsuit accuses J.P. Morgan Chase of double-leasing oil land. Orca Assets G.P. LLC, a small energy-investment company based in Houston, has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Dallas against J.P. Morgan, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation. According to the lawsuit, Orca agreed to lease over 900 acres in south Texas for $3.2 million three years ago. However, before Orca was able to drill for oil on the property, the company learned that the land had already been leased to another company. J.P. Morgan represented the seller, the Red Crest […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – A former legal secretary has filed an employment lawsuit against a Houston-based law firm. The employee, Lenora Phelps, claims that she was harassed and then terminated by her employer, Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee PC, after she took medical leave. The plaintiff claims that she took medical leave in late 2011 under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to seek treatment for a respiratory condition, and when she returned to work she was subjected to an “insulting and hostile” work environment before the firm terminated her employment late in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2013 – Chesapeake Energy has been sued again over allegedly improper natural gas royalty payments. Several Fort Worth investors and landowners filed suit against the company in state District Court in Fort Worth, saying that Chesapeake deducted costs from their royalty payments, in violation of the terms of their leases. “Chesapeake Energy has faced several lawsuits of this nature,” said Gregory D. Jordan, a prominent oil and gas attorney in Austin. “The complaints arise from alleged deductions from the royalty payments that the company pays to leaseholders. Chesapeake may wish to reconsider the […]


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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) September 20, 2013 – A well-known Texas investor and philanthropist has been sued in an investment dispute. Ted Skokos is accused of breach of contract, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in the lawsuit filed by Arthur Abbey. The lawsuit claims that in 2005 Abbey made a $4 million investment in 3F Therapeutics, a medical device company founded by Skokos, with the parties agreeing that Skokos would get 20 percent of profits after Abbey received capital from his investment. The complaint alleges that profits were taken out before Abbey was paid back. “An investment deal […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2013 – An oil and gas company has filed a lawsuit against a drilling company, alleging breach of a contract to drill three wells. Conquistador Petroleum filed the lawsuit against E&B Natural Resources Management Corp. on April 5, 2013 in Jefferson County District Court. Francesco Galesi is also named as a defendant. Conquistador claims that E&B owes it hundreds of thousands of dollars because it failed to fulfill its contract to drill three wells on a 22-acre property, after one hole was found to be dry. Conquistador claims it invested $600,000 in obtaining […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2013 – Executives at the now-defunct ATP Oil & Gas Corp. have been accused of misrepresenting royalty interests by Macquarie Investments LLC, notes Austin, Texas oil and gas attorney, Gregory D. Jordan. Macquarie Investments LLC, based in Sydney, Australia, filed a lawsuit against Albert Reese, Jr., the company’s Chief Financial Officer, and T. Paul Bulmahn, the board chairman. Leland Tate, the President of ATP, and Keith Godwin, the Chief Accounting Officer, are also named in the suit. Macquarie claims that the ATP executives misrepresented the nature of a $110 million sale of royalty […]


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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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2013 – A wrongful termination lawsuit has been filed by a former professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). The professor, Susan Mills, alleges that her position was wrongfully terminated as part of broader staff reductions. Mills, a tenured English professor, was given notice approximately one year ago that her position would be cut, along with 87 other members of the faculty. The university had claimed that its separation from Texas Southmost College created a need to eliminate positions. However, Mills alleges that the university began hiring instructors in her department […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2013 – American Airlines has settled its lawsuit against Orbitz. The lawsuit over the agency’s method for displaying information about the airline’s fares and schedules had been filed in federal district court in Fort Worth, Texas, where American Airlines’ (American) parent corporation is based. The suit was part of an ongoing dispute between American Airlines and Orbitz over the distribution of travel information. In the lawsuit, American claimed that Orbitz made American’s fares appear higher than they actually were. “This type of litigation often arises when companies are attempting to gain a competitive […]


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