Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Richard F. Brown The following is not a legal opinion. You should consult your attorney if the case may be of significance to you. ExxonMobil Corp. v. Lazy R Ranch, LP ExxonMobil Corp. v. Lazy R Ranch, LP, 511 S.W.3d 538 (Tex. 2017) (Discovery rule on soil and groundwater contamination), held that there is nothing […]

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 Exxon Mobil Corp. v. United States held that the federal government shared liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) for the cleanup costs incurred in response to an administrative settlement by a private contractor for the contractor’s wartime production wastes. Predecessors of Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Exxon”) owned and […]

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 […]

Friday, September 4th, 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.   Or yx Energy Company v. Shelton, No. 12-94-00045-CV, 1996 WL 288125 (Tex App. – Tyler May 31, 1996,   ) is a surface damages case based on excessive use of […]