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Our Patient Did WHAT? The Duty of Healthcare Employers to Protect Their Employees From Patient Harassment
Gray Reed Legal Alert
August 15, 2018
Texas Court Divides On Offset Well Case
The American Oil & Gas Reporter
August 2018
Top 10 Cases Texas Energy Cases from the Past Twelve Months
Dallas Bar Association's Energy Law: Review of Oil & Gas Law XXXIII
August 2, 2018
Requesting Exemption from New 25 Percent Tariff on Chinese Goods
Gray Reed Legal Alert
August 2, 2018
Anti-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements: Drawing the Line Between Competitive and Criminal
Build Houston
August/September 2018
Heads Up, Online Retailers! How a Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Sales & Use Tax Changes Everything and Nothing at All in Texas
Gray Reed Legal Alert
July 19, 2018
Cybersecurity for the Construction Industry: Limiting Liability for Data Breaches
Construction Executive
July 19, 2018
Don't Push the National Labor Relations Board's Buttons: "Fight for $15" Campaign Wins in the Fifth Circuit
Gray Reed Legal Alert
July 18, 2018 - The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of fast-food workers participating in the “Fight for $15” campaign, a national movement advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage and other...
Must an Offset Well Clause be Reasonably Calculated to Prevent Drainage? Not in the Eagle Ford, According to the Texas Supreme Court
Gray Reed Legal Alert
June 28, 2018 - On June 1, 2018, the Texas Supreme Court issued a sharply divided opinion in Murphy Exploration & Production Co. — USA v. Adams 1 .   In Murphy , the Court held that an offset well clause did no...
The Extraterritorial Power of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code’s Automatic Stay
Dallas Bar Association's Headnotes
June 26, 2018
Fighting the Four Horsemen of the Workforce Apocalypse
TEXO's InFocus Magazine
Summer 2018
Time to Check Your Employee Arbitration Agreements: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Invalidates Arbitration Agreement Signed Only by Employee, But Not Employer
Gray Reed Legal Alert
June 19, 2018 - In a decision that will have employers checking personnel files to make sure their arbitration agreements are signed by both the employer and employee, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal...
Establishing Personal Liability Without a Guaranty
Build Houston
June/July 2018
Gone, Gone, Gone - Determining How Much Acreage is Truly "Retained" Under Retained Acreage Clauses in Light of Endeavor Energy Resources and XOG Operating
Gray Reed Legal Alert
June 5, 2018 - With its recent holdings in Endeavor Energy Resources v. Discovery Operating and XOG Operating v. Chesapeake Exploration , the Texas Supreme Court has again stressed the importance of closely read...
San Jacinto Justice: The Future Supreme Court Judges Who Won Texas Her Freedom at San Jacinto
Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
Spring 2018
Is Your Construction Business Prepared and Protected for ICE Undocumented Worker Audits?
ForConstructionPros.com
May 29, 2018 - Understand and navigate the government’s amplified focus on undocumented workers to protect your business from escalating fines, jail time, delay damages and back-charges Whatever your political...
"Show Me the Money!": Who is a "Payor" Under the Texas Natural Resources Code?
Gray Reed Legal Alert
May 25, 2018 - In a case of first impression, on April 30, 2018, the Eastland Court of Appeals held that Section 91.402 of the Texas Natural Resources Code (the “Division Order Statute”) does not require an operato...
The Travel Act: Sixty-Year Old “New” Tool in Healthcare Fraud Enforcement
ABA Health eSource
May 2018
Section 232 Investigations: What Steel-Consuming Businesses Need to Know
Gray Reed Legal Alert
May 11, 2018 - In just the first four months of 2018, among a surge in trade complaints filed by domestic steel manufacturers against foreign rivals (a frequency not seen in over 15 years), and after a lengthy inve...
Tax Reform Bill: Takeaways for Healthcare Practitioners
DFW Hospital Council Interlocutor
Spring 2018
Tax Reform Bill: Takeaways for Physicians
Dallas Medical Journal
May 2018
Supreme Court Taps Brakes on Overtime Claims, Helps Employers Against Department of Labor
Gray Reed Legal Alert
April 9, 2018 - On April 3, 2018, the Supreme Court struck a blow for employers against the Department of Labor (DOL) by broadly interpreting overtime exemption rules.   Employees who meet certain work criteria may...
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Takeaways for Healthcare Finance Leaders
HFM Magazine
April 1, 2018 - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) has many taxpayers wondering what its exact effects will be. For healthcare organizations and professionals, there are several important changes. Individua...
Paid Sick Leave Required By Law? Austin is "Keeping It Weird"
Gray Reed Legal Alert
March 14, 2018 - In February 2018, the Austin, Texas City Council approved an ordinance requiring employers with at least five employees to offer paid sick leave to employees who work at least 80 hours in a year. The...
Top 10 Texas Oil and Gas Cases of 2017—Part 3
Houston Association of Professional Landmen Newsletter
March 2018
The Toughest Bar in Texas: A Look at the Lawyers and Future Supreme Court Judges who Fought at the Alamo and San Jacinto
Texas Bar Journal
March 2018
Remain Calm, All Is Well: The State of Independent Executor Removal Law in Texas
Texas Bar Blog
March 1, 2018
"Buy American" Law Changes How Texans Buy Iron and Steel
NASPD Pipeline Magazine
First Issue 2018 - As a result of newly enacted Texas Senate Bill 1289, buying American iron and steel is now a requirement on certain public infrastructure projects in Texas. Promoted by President Trump, passed by the...
Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Executors and Trustees
Texas Lawyer Magazine
March 2018
Game Changer? New Sex Discrimination Case Regarding Sexual Orientation
Gray Reed Legal Alert
February 28, 2018 - Discrimination based on sex is illegal.  Does that include sexual orientation?  It depends on where you live.  In Texas, discrimination based on sexual orientation may be inappropriate, but it is not...
Tax Reform Bill: Takeaways for Real Estate Businesses and Investors
Gray Reed Legal Alert
February 13, 2018 - The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 signed on December 22, 2017, will have significant effects upon taxpayers in the real estate business and owners of real estate. Major changes to the Internal Revenue...
Protecting Yourself in a Volatile Labor Market
Build Houston
February/March 2018 - Texas is a hot-bed for construction. In 2016, according to the Virtual Builders Exchange , Texas was second only to New York in construction expenditures, spending $44.4 billion. And there is no sig...
Top 10 Texas Oil and Gas Cases of 2017—Part III
Dallas Association of Professional Landmen Newsletter
February 2018
This Land is Your Land This Land is My Land - Farmout Agreements in Bankruptcy
Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law
Spring 2018
The Storm After the Storm
C&R Magazine (Restoration Industry Association)
February 2018
Top 10 Texas O&G Cases in the First 11 Months of 2017
Landman Magazine
January/February 2018
Tax Reform Bill: Takeaways for Healthcare Practitioners
Gray Reed Legal Alert
January 24, 2018 - The new tax reform bill signed by President Trump at the end of 2017 (the “Tax Act”) has many taxpayers wondering what its exact effects will be. For healthcare professionals, doctors included, there...
Hand Over the File or Else: Does a Successor Fiduciary Control the Attorney-Client Privilege?
REPTL Reporter Volume 56, No. 1
Winter 2018 - I. Introduction It is a tale as old as time.  A fiduciary and a beneficiary do not get along.  Recognizing the potential for difficulty, the fiduciary retains an attorney to advise him.  But tha...
Top 10 Oil and Gas Cases—Part I
Houston Association of Professional Landmen Newsletter
January 15, 2018
Top 10 Texas Oil and Gas Cases of 2017—Part II
Dallas Association of Professional Landmen Newsletter
January 8, 2018
Private Equity Investment in Ancillary Healthcare Providers
Chicago Medicine
January 2018
Your Dirty Laundry is Our Business
Collaborative Divorce Houston
December 13, 2017
Don’t Mess With Texas Construction...Until You Know the Rules
Construction Executive
December 4, 2017
“Buy American” Law Changes How Texans Buy Iron and Steel
Build Houston
December/January 2018
Top 10 Texas Oil and Gas Cases of 2017—Part I
Dallas Association of Professional Landmen Newsletter
December 2017
Current Trends in Private Equity Investment in Ancillary Healthcare Providers
ABA Health eSource
December 1, 2017 - The U.S. healthcare system has recently experienced events that would ordinarily cause those considering private equity investments in the industry to be hesitant to do so. A new Administration, unce...
Farmout Agreements in Bankruptcy: Lessons Learned from the VNR Bankruptcy
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
December 2017
Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals Pass Emergency Relief Orders in Hurricane Harvey’s Wake
Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1
Fall 2017
Bankruptcy
SMU Annual Texas Survey - Volume 3
2017
Softening a Hurricane's Blow: Force Majeure and Builder's Risk
Build Houston
October/November 2017
Texas Groundwater Law from Its Origins in Antiquity to Its Adoption in Modernity
Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1
Fall 2017
Hydraulic Fracturing Law and Practice
LexisNexis
2017 Edition
Top 10 Texas O&G Cases of 2017 (So Far)
September 25, 2017
What Employers Need to Know About IRS Temporarily Allowing Access to Retirement Funds
Houston Business Journal
September 18, 2017
A Lifeline from the Taxman: IRS Temporarily Broadens Access to Retirement Funds for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Gray Reed Legal Alert
September 11, 2017 - On August 30, the IRS issued Announcement 2017-11 (the “Announcement”), which indicates that 401(k) plans and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can allow access to those funds through loans...
Softening a Hurricane's Blow: Force Majeure and Builder's Risk
Gray Reed Legal Alert
September 1, 2017 - Hurricane Harvey caused severe destruction in Texas with its significant winds and historic rainfall. But Harvey may also prove to be a costly lesson for many project owners and contractors. As Texas...
Two Storms: Hurricane Harvey and HB 1774
Gray Reed Legal Alert
August 30, 2017 - Although insurance claims may be the last thing on the minds of many folks in Texas at the moment, HB 1774, which governs “force of nature” 1 related insurance claims, is currently set to go into e...
Ain’t No Easy Answers: D&O Insurance Proceeds in Bankruptcy
Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice, Volume 26, Issue 4
August 2017
“Buy American” Law Changes How Texans Buy Iron and Steel
August 25, 2017 - As a result of newly enacted Texas Senate Bill 1289, buying American iron and steel is now a requirement on certain public infrastructure projects in Texas. Promoted by President Trump, passed by the...
Texas Supreme Court Ruling Requires Careful Analysis of Mineral Deeds
Gray Reed Legal Alert
August 9, 2017 - On June 23, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Wenske v. Ealy .  The issue in this case was whether a deed passed the entire burden of a non-participating royalty interest to the gr...
ICE Is Coming For Undocumented Workers - How To Prevent Corporate Frostbite
Build Houston
August 1, 2017
You Can’t Sue Me: Preclusion of Claims Against Professionals
ABI Journal 8, 28-29, 69-70
August 2017
When Does a Gas Dedication Create a Real Property Interest? A Post-Sabine Analysis of Covenants Running with the Land
Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law
Summer 2017
Texas Nuisance Law Clarified
Dallas Bar Association's Headnotes
July 24, 2017
Special Focus Peer Review Committees: The Evolution of Traditional Peer Review to Improve Efficiency and Performance
Dallas Medical Journal
July 2017
ICE Is Coming For Undocumented Workers: How To Prevent Corporate Frostbite
TEXO Magazine
Summer 2017
Legislative Update: Significant Bills of the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session Affecting Real Estate Lending and Other Commercial Matters
Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Section Report
June 23, 2017
Judicial Profile: Hon. Rodney Gilstrap
The Federal Lawyer
June 2017
Doctors’ Defense in Medical Staff Hearings and Appeals:  An Overview for Attorneys and their Physician Clients
Physician Law: Evolving Trends & Hot Topics 2017
June 21, 2017
Why Menchaca Changes Nothing for Appraisal Law
Law360
June 6, 2017
Special Focus Peer Review Committees: The Evolution of Traditional Peer Review to Improve Efficiency and Performance
Becker's Hospital Review
June 2, 2017
The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
KenMor Magazine
Spring 2017
The Common Law System Has Really, Terribly, Horribly, Gotten These Cases Wrong
Published for the 2017 State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference
June 1, 2017
Case Brief – TC Heartland LLC V. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
Gray Reed & McGraw Legal Alert
May 31, 2017 - On May 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in TC Heartland, reversing the Federal Circuit’s longstanding interpretation of the federal patent venue statute and adopting ...
ICE Is Coming For Undocumented Workers: How To Prevent Corporate Frostbite
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association Green Magazine
May 30, 2017
Paving the Way for Economic Growth: Reforming the Notorious U.S. Tax System
Texas Lawbook
May 18, 2017 - (Originally published by Texas Lawbook) The debate surrounding tax reforms has always been in a constant state of flux. The U.S. tax system stands in urgent need of reform, as we are facing numerous...
AVOID THE BATTLE, WIN THE WAR: Why What You Say, How You Say It, and When You Say It Matters
NASPD Pipeline Magazine
May 16, 2017 - “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War. From handshake deals to seemingly perfectly papered transac...
Farmout Agreements: Navigating the Wild West of the Bankruptcy World
Gray Reed & McGraw Legal Alert
May 15, 2017 - While farmout agreements are commonplace in the oil & gas industry, the treatment of farmouts in bankruptcy is far from certain. A farmee can suffer disastrous consequences as a result of a farmor’s ...
ICE Is Coming For Undocumented Workers: How To Prevent Corporate Frostbite
Construction Executive
May 9, 2017
San Jacinto Justice: The Republic Supreme Court Jurists Who Won Texas Independence
29 Appellate Advocate 319
Spring 2017
Special Focus Peer Review Committees: The Evolution of Traditional Peer Review to Improve Efficiency and Performance
MedStaff News
May 1, 2017
In the Land of Structured Dismissals, the Code’s Priority Scheme is Still King: The Supreme Court Resolves the Circuit Split in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp.
May 2017
ICE is Coming for Undocumented Workers, How to Protect Your Business
Landscape Management
April 19, 2017
When Does a Gas Dedication Create a Real Property Interest? A Post-Sabine Analysis of Covenants Running with the Land
Section Report of the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
Winter 2017
Midstream Contracts: Squaring Off Over Midstream Agreements
Oil & Gas Investor
March 2017 - Do midstream covenants run with the land, or are they executory contracts?  A mere two years ago, few pondered the legal characterization of gas dedications contained in the thousands of gathering, p...
Midstream Agreements in a Stressed Environment
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
February 2017 - COVENANTS RUNNING with the land or executory contracts? A mere two years ago, few pondered the legal characterization of gas dedications contained in the thousands of gathering, processing and transp...
Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the Government's Voluntary Settlement Program Too Good to Pass Up?
TIPRO Target Newsletter
February 2, 2017
Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the Government's Voluntary Settlement Program Too Good to Pass Up?
Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL) February Newsletter
February 2, 2017
Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the Government's Voluntary Settlement Program Too Good to Pass Up?
Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL) February Newsletter
February 1, 2017
Becoming a Texan: a Checklist for New Residents
Dave Perry Miller New Resident Packet
January 12, 2017 - Before adding “y’all” to your vocabularly, purchasing exotic cowboy boots, deciding which truck to buy and adjusting your calendar for Friday night football games, make these legal adjustments during...
Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the Government's Voluntary Settlement Program Too Good to Pass Up?
Landman Magazine
January 3, 2017 - The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses are becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen who fit this mold,...
New Overtime Regulations Frozen – to Death? What You Need to Know About the Overtime Rule Injunction Issued Nov. 22, 2016
Gray Reed & McGraw Legal Alert
November 23, 2016 - New Overtime Regulations Frozen – to Death? What you need to know about the overtime rule injunction  issued Nov. 22, 2016 by Marcus Fettinger and Michael Kelsheimer On March 13, 20...
Lend Me Your Ear: An Update on the Syngenta Corn Case for Indiana Corn Farmers
Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation Newsletter
November 14, 2016
A Brave New World of Overtime Compliance
KenMore
Fall 2016 - Businesses have struggled with complying with overtime laws since the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) went into effect in 1938. Plaintiffs’ lawyers have capitalized on this confusion in recent year...
Making the Move
Texas Bar Journal
November 1, 2016
Selected Causes of Action Unique to the Oil and Gas Industry
Texas Business Litigation (ALM 2016 ed.)
October 17, 2016
IRS Launches Renewed Attack on Valuation of Family Businesses - A Seismic Shift for Estate and Gift Tax Valuations
Gray Reed & McGraw Legal Alert
August 25, 2016 - Taxation by Executive Fiat IRS Launches Renewed Attack on Valuation of Family Businesses A Seismic Shift for Estate and Gift Taxations By Norm Lofgren, Gray Reed & McGraw Unable to acco...
Final Rule Implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act Provides Health Care Specific Anti-Discrimination Mandates
American Health Lawyers Association
July 15, 2016 - Final Rule Implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act Provides Health Care Specific Anti-Discrimination Mandates   Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 1557) m...
Routine Payroll Tax Delinquencies have become Stepping Stone to Criminal Prosecutions
Tax Alert
July 11, 2016 - Tax Alert: Payroll Delinquencies have become Stepping Stone to Criminal Prosecutions by Tom Rhodus A routine payroll tax investigation may now require a tax lawyer’s advice at the earliest...
The Main Chorus: Accountability
Texas Lawyer
July 5, 2016 - The Main Chorus: Accountability by Gene R. Besen The days of individual executives avoiding responsibility for corporate fraud through the payment of massive corporate penalties (paid w...