By issuing In Re: State Farm, the Texas Supreme Court gave lawyers a manual for handling discovery disputes in Texas courts. The opinion lists seven factors for balancing the requesting party’s need for discovery with the responding party’s claim of burden and cost. The factors are: Likely benefit of requested discovery; Needs of the case; […]Read more "Texas Supreme Court Opinion is a Manual for Handling Discovery Disputes"
The Texas Supreme Court, in Lightning Oil v. Anadarko, determined that Anadarko’s drilling would not be a trespass, even though the drilling would penetrate Lightning Oil’s mineral leasehold. A surface owner allowed Anadarko, an energy company, to install a horizontal well. Anadarko did not own the minerals below this surface tract; the well was to […]Read more "Texas Supreme Court Takes Flexible Approach to Subsurface Rights"
In Pinto Tech v. Sheldon, the Texas Supreme Court considered two key provisions relating to a shareholder agreement’s forum selection clause, which provided for exclusive jurisdiction and venue in Delaware. In interpreting this contract, the Court determined that dismissal for filing suit in the wrong court was proper as to some, but improper as to […]Read more "Overlooked Contract Terms Can Have Big Consequences"
For permanent injuries to property caused by nuisance or trespass, the plaintiff must file suit within two years of the first injury, or the claim is barred by limitations. In Town of Dish v. Atmos Energy, the plaintiffs tried to claim that their injuries from noise and odors only started when the last of several […]Read more "Conclusory “Boilerplate” Affidavits Can Not Rescue Nuisance Case from Dismissal"
A landowner claimed that an energy company’s pollution damaged the property, in violation of contract terms and common law nuisance and trespass prohibitions. An arbitration panel agreed, and awarded over $20 million. The energy company tried to vacate the award in court, arguing that only the state agency that regulates contamination from oil and gas […]Read more "Regulation by State Agency Does Not Narrow Landowner Claims"