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. Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC v. City of Lubbock 498 S.W.3d 53 (Tex. 2016) (Accommodation doctrine extended to severed groundwater estates) held that the accommodation doctrine applies to resolve conflicts between a […]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Richard F. Brown The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you. Phillips v. Carlton Energy Group, LLC, 475 S.W.3d 265 (Tex. 2015) (Proving market value of prospect) held that when the market value of a prospect is measured by lost profits, lost […]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Richard F. Brown The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you. Longview Energy Company, 464 S.W.3d 353 (Tex. 2015) (Value of oil and gas prospect for supersedeas bond) analyzed the appropriate amount of a supersedeas bond when the judgment imposes a constructive […]

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Richard F. Brown The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you. ROCA Resource Company, Inc. v. Devon Energy Production Company, L.P., No. 4:14-CV-085-DAE, 2015 WL 4479118 (W.D. Tex. July 22, 2015), held that breach of the terms of an assignment of overriding […]

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Richard F. Brown The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you. Biltex Enterprises, Inc v. Myers held that a suit for lease termination was a title dispute and that attorney’s fees are not recoverable in trespass to try title. The parties aligned […]

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
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 an opinion delivered by Justice Breyer, Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc. held (7-2) that the Natural Gas Act did not preempt state-law antitrust claims against natural gas traders who manipulated […]

Monday, February 1st, 2016
Richard F. Brown The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you. Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Company, Inc. held that the Texas Railroad Commission does not have exclusive or primary jurisdiction to determine remedies for claims for environmental […]