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Duane Morris LLP: D.C. Circuit Ruling Has Potential Implications for Natural Gas Pipeline and LNG Projects Under FERC Environmental Review
Posted on 8 Jul 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected certain portions of an environmental analysis conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or "Commission"). This turn of events is likely... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Court Reaches Decision on Lease Forfeiture Action
Posted on 1 Sep 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael K. Reer On August 14, 2015, the Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals issued a decision in Armstrong v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. , deciding that the plaintiffs may not pursue an action seeking lease forfeiture based on the nonpayment... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Appellate Court Adopts Fixed ‘Look Back’ Period For 1989 Dormant Mineral Act
Posted on 23 Sep 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

In the recent 7th District Court of Appeals case of Eisenbarth v. Reusser , 7th Dist. Monroe No. 13 MO 10, 2014-Ohio-3792 [ enhanced opinion available to subscribers ], the court determined that the “look back” period for the 1989... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Major Oil and Gas Lease Busting Case for Review
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater The Ohio Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction over Hupp v. Beck Energy , an important Ohio case involving the interpretation of oil and gas leases. The case involves a challenge by landowners in Monroe County to a standard form... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Decision Results in Victory for Oil and Gas Producers
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Babst Calland

By Jason M. Zoeller An Ohio trial court issued a decision in Marshall v. Beekay Company . The case involved an action seeking declaratory judgment as to leasehold rights for formations below the Germantown Sand Formation. The court ruled that there... Read More

BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Cement Testing Data
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP on Dec. 5 filed a motion in the multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana federal court for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill, seeking sanctions against Halliburton... Read More

Recent California Decisions Favor Solar Developers Over Environment
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

By Laura Mulry, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School April 2011 was an eventful month for massive solar projects in California and their unlikely opponent: the desert tortoise. As climate change, overpopulation, and development place... Read More

Land Owner Concedes Strict Liability Claim in Compressor Station Case
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Babst Calland

Penn State Marcellus Shale Law Blog reports that the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently granted in part and denied in part Texas Eastern Transmission, L.P.’s motion to dismiss and or strike a personal injury complaint... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Court Rules Seneca Has Rights On Game Land
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Matthew L. Lambach On January 27 th , 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overruled in part and sustained in part the preliminary objections of Seneca Resources Corporation (Seneca) to a complaint filed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission... Read More

Babst Calland: Ohio Trial Courts Issue Additional Rulings on the Dormant Mineral Act
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael T. Altvater | Two Ohio trial courts issued new decisions on Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”) addressing an unsettled issue of law concerning whether the 1989 or 2006 version of the DMA should apply to current disputes... Read More

Dallas Men Indicted for Alleged Participation in Oil and Gas Ponzi Scheme
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by Jordan D. Maglich

Two Dallas men were indicted for their participation in a $485 million oil and gas Ponzi scheme. Brendan Coughlin, 46, and Henry Harrison, 47, both of Dallas, were charged with one count of conspiracy and ten counts of mail fraud in connection with the... Read More

Will Lawsuits Related to Shale Gas Drilling be the 'Next Big Thing?'
Posted on 14 Sep 2011 by Gregg Lawson

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance... Read More

California Court Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Property Assessed Clean Energy Program
Posted on 22 Sep 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP A federal court in California recently issued a decision, California ex rel. Harris v. Fed. Hous. Fin. Agency, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96235 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 26, 2011) , partially... Read More

Marcellus Shale - Anticipating Toxic Torts
Posted on 7 Jun 2011 by Babst Calland

One of our litigation attorneys, Kathy Condo, has a practice focused on handling the defense of large toxic tort litigation. Recently, she shared with our team an article from The West Virginia Record ( Jan. 20, 2011 ) in which a statewide group known... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Good Faith Test of Production in Paying Quantities
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma , Nathaniel I. Holland On Monday, March 26, 2012, in T.W. Phillips Gas & Oil Co. v. Jedlicka , No. 19 WAP 2009, 2012 Pa. LEXIS 627 (Pa. Mar. 26, 2012) [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], the Pennsylvania... Read More