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Energy Litigation

Energy Litigation

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The energy industry, both in Texas and globally, has come to rely on Porter Hedges for our attorneys’ remarkable level of experience in every aspect of the industry, from oil and gas exploration and production to electric power to alternative/sustainable energy. We have represented the interests of energy clients as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court and international arbitration. These disputes can involve virtually any aspect of energy company operations, including:

  • Joint operating agreements
  • Purchase and sale agreements and merger agreements
  • Preferential rights to purchase
  • Royalty and pricing issues
  • Take or pay, title, leasehold and land disputes, including subsurface damages, tort and insurance defense arising from oil and gas operations
  • Unitization agreements
  • Derivative contracts for oil and gas swaps and options
  • Environmental matters in connection with oil and gas operations
  • Exploration agreements
  • Gas balancing, marketing, plant accounting, purchase and sales

With decades of work in the industry, we have the experience to settle, try, mediate, or arbitrate controversies to the right conclusion in any forum, efficiently and cost-effectively. Our lawyers know when it is best to litigate and when to pursue negotiation or alternative dispute resolution to settle. We understand the business as well as the legal issues at risk, and we advise clients on the course of action that best protects their interests.

Just a few among the many types of litigation we have successfully resolved for our clients are:

  • Allegations of theft of trade secrets and confidential information
  • Alleged RICO violations
  • Claims of fraud
  • Claims of breach of fiduciary duty
  • Claims of U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) violations
  • Claims of securities and common law fraud Drainage claims
  • Drainage claims
  • Antitrust claims
  • Claims of manipulation of electricity prices
  • Damages caused by faulty products.
  • Breach of contract for purchase of product
  • Claims of tortious interference
  • Claims resulting from pipeline damage
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Summer 2015"How Royalty Owners 'Won' The Battle in Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. v. Hyder But Are Still Losing the Post-Production Costs War," Oil, Gas & Energy Resources, Law Section Report, State Bar of Texas
08/29/12“Surface Access & Use Issues,"  25th Annual Energy Law Institute, South Texas College of Law
09/02/09"Surface Damages in Texas: An Oil & Gas Litigator's Guide to Defending Surface Damage Claims," 22nd Annual Energy Law Institute, South Texas College of Law - Continuing Legal Education
2009"Surface Damages in Texas: An Oil & Gas Litigator's Guide to Defending Surface Damage Claims," Advanced Oil & Gas Short Course, University of Houston Law Foundation (Houston, TX - 02/09; Dallas, TX - 02/09; Austin, TX - 04/09)
2005-08"Current Ethical Issues for the Oil and Gas Lawyer," University of Houston Law Foundation - Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course
11/11/04"Ethical Considerations and Malpractice Prevention in an Oil and Gas Practice," University of Texas 3rd Annual Gas & Power Institute

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