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. Hysaw v. Dawkins, 483 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. 2016) (Double fraction conveyances) considered the double-fraction issue in the context of a will-construction dispute and held that the will devised a fraction of […]

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. Aycock v. Vantage Fort Worth Energy, LLC held that a recovery by unleased cotenants for payment of bonus after ratification of the lease must come from the lessor, not the lessee. […]

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. KCM Financial LLC v. Bradshaw examines the nature of the duty owed by the executive and the executive’s lessee to the non-executive in an oil and gas leasing transaction. Two deeds […]

Tuesday, December 8th, 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. Key Operating & Equip., Inc. v. Hegar held that a mineral lessee’s implied surface easement extends to the surface of the entire pooled unit regardless of which tract within the pooled […]

Tuesday, December 8th, 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. Long v. Miken Oil, Inc. held that no tenancy in common exists between two parties when one does not have the present right to possess the property in question. Long held […]

Tuesday, December 8th, 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. Unit Petroleum Co. v. David Pond Well Service, Inc., held that the owner of a wellbore leasehold had no right to designate a proration unit outside the wellbore. In 1984, the […]

Tuesday, December 8th, 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. Graham v. Prochaska applied the “estate-misconception theory” to assume the parties to an old deed did themselves assume the lease royalty would always be 1/8, and therefore the 1950 deed reserved […]