Baylor University was concerned that it was not in full compliance with federal law relating to complaints of sexual harassment and violence. Baylor also expected litigation. Baylor’s Board of Regents hired the Pepper Hamilton law firm to investigate Baylor’s procedures, policies and other “institutional response” aspects of Baylor’s compliance obligations. Baylor and Pepper Hamilton agreed […]Read more "Baylor Case: Public Statements Can Waive Privilege"
On August 4, 2017, at the 29th Annual Texas Environmental Super Conference, I heard presentations from Patrick Traylor, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and Jeffrey Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”). These federal officials spoke […]Read more "DOJ/EPA Officials Deny Significant Changes to SEP Policy Due to Sessions Memo"
In one paragraph, the Texas Supreme Court reiterated that landowners must allow easement holders to conduct their operations, consistent with the easement that they hold. Landowner Must Allow Access for Regulatory Compliance On July 26, 2017, the Court issued an Order directing a trial court to issue any necessary temporary orders to allow Denbury Green […]Read more
In Longview Energy v. Huff, the Texas Supreme Court determined that Longview’s evidence of revenue that others received due to an alleged breach of fiduciary duty did not entitle Longview to recover. Longview needed to prove ill-gotten profit, not just ill-gotten revenue. Instead of the nearly $100 million found by the jury, Longview gets nothing. […]Read more "Ill-Gotten Revenue Is Not Ill-Gotten Profit; Plaintiff Loses $100 Million Award"
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"
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"