Monday, June 19th, 2017
Richard F. Brown The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you. North Shore Energy, L.L.C. v. Harkins, 501 S.W.3d 598 (Tex. 2016) (per curiam) (Option to lease and geophysical trespass) is a contract interpretation case which held that the option contract granting […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Richard F. Brown   The following is not a legal opinion.  You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you.   EnerQuest Oil & Gas, LLC v. Plains Exploration & Prod. Co., 981 F.Supp.2d 575 (W.D. Tex. 2013) held that surface facilities are not necessary for a well to be […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Richard F. Brown   The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of some significance to you.   In Vortt Exploration Company. Inc. v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., 787 S.W.2d 942 (Tex. 1990), Chevron and Vortt both owned mineral rights in a tract of land. They negotiated […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Richard F. Brown   The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you.   In Villareal v. Grant Geophysical, Inc., 136 S.W.3d 265 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2004, pet. denied), the San Antonio Court of Appeals determined Texas law requires actual physical entry or […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Richard F. Brown   The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you.   In re XTO Resources I, LP, 248 S.W.3d 898 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 2008, no pet), holds that reserve estimates, recoverable gas reserve estimates, projected future revenues, and the location […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Richard F. Brown   The following is not a legal opinion.  You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you.   In re EOG Res., Inc., No. 02-13-00440-CV, 2014 WL 580178 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Feb. 12, 2014, no pet.) held that Lessee’s geologic and seismic data was privileged trade secret […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Richard F. Brown   The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you.   Lazy M Ranch, Ltd. v. TXI Operations, LP, 978 S.W.2d 678 (Tex. App.—Austin 1998, pet. denied) considers the consequences of unauthorized mineral exploration outside a permitted area. TXI and […]