5th Circuit Simplifies Test to Determine if a Service Contract for an Offshore Gas Well Is Subject to Maritime Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion that simplifies the test to determine when maritime law applies to service contracts relating to the production of oil and gas in navigable waters. Under the new two pronged test, a services contract is subject to maritime law when: 1) the contract […]

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Texas Supreme Court May Clarify Scope of PUC Jurisdiction in Contract Disputes

On December 8, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of Oncor Electric Delivery Company (“Oncor”) in a case that resulted in a judgment against Oncor of approximately $500,000 in damages, interest, and attorneys’ fees.  In its appeal, Oncor asserts that the court entering that judgment had no jurisdiction and that only […]

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Texas Statute Could Not Help Engineering Company, Because No Licensed Engineer Provided Services

In order to protect professionals from frivolous lawsuits, a Texas statute provides that lawsuits arising out of the provision of professional services (such as engineering or architecture) must include a certificate of merit.  That certificate must include a sworn statement by a qualified expert as to the negligence or other error committed; failure to file […]

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