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Fifth Circuit Upholds “Subsequent Purchaser Rule” For Mineral Leases

Posted in Mineral Leases, News
On April 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held in Guilbeau v. Hess Corp. (Docket No. 16-30971) that Louisiana’s subsequent purchaser rule applies to rights arising under mineral leases.  The ruling surely comes to the relief of the oil and gas industry concerned over uncertain liability to third parties… Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Issues State of Emergency for Coastal Louisiana

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On April 18, 2017, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a State of Emergency for Coastal Louisiana. Proclamation No. 43 JBE 2017 outlines the national importance of the Louisiana coastline and many continuing threats it faces and specifically identifies alleged damage caused by the energy industry.  In response to the deteriorating coastline, the Louisiana Coastal Protection… Continue Reading

Two Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett Lawyers Scheduled to Speak at HAPL’s 48th Annual Technical Workshop

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Mike Fussell and David Rogers are scheduled to speak at the Houston Association of Professional Landmen’s (HAPL) 48th Annual Technical Workshop on Tuesday, April 18.  They will give a “Multi-State Case Law Update” and address cases covering issues that attorneys and landmen practicing in the area of oil, gas and mineral law should be aware… Continue Reading

James D. “Doug” Rhorer Recognized as a Leader in Law by New Orleans CityBusiness

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Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC is pleased to announce that James D. “Doug” Rhorer has been recognized as a member of the “Leadership in Law Class of 2017” by New Orleans CityBusiness. Doug practices in the areas of oil and gas law, construction law and general commercial litigation.  He has successfully… Continue Reading

Gordon Arata and Montgomery Barnett to Merge

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New Orleans, LA – The law firms of Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC and Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P. announce their merger to become Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC, effective March 1, 2017.  Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett will have offices in New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and Houston. For nearly half a… Continue Reading

Blake Arata

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All of us at Gordon Arata are saddened by the passing of Blake Arata.  Blake dedicated his life to practicing law in the firm he co-founded in 1970 and loved.  For over half a century, Blake was renowned as one of the premier oil and gas attorneys in the State of Louisiana.  He handled complex… Continue Reading

Gordon Arata Announces New Members

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Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC is pleased to announce that Amy Duplantis Gautreaux, Paul B. Simon and Margaret “Peggy” Welsh have become members of the Firm. Amy Duplantis Gautreaux focuses her law practice on oil and gas title examination, unitization and related oil and gas and commercial transactions.  Her experience encompasses analyzing all… Continue Reading

Gordon Arata Lawyers Continue to Help Lead the South Louisiana Women’s Energy Network Board in 2017

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Amy Gautreaux and Peggy Welsh will remain in their positions on the 2017 Women’s Energy Network Board of Directors for the South Louisiana chapter. Amy will continue serving as the Public & Industry Relations Director for Lafayette and Baton Rouge and Peggy will continue in her role as the Membership Director.  Kelly Perrier will serve… Continue Reading

Cynthia Nicholson Quoted in New Orleans CityBusiness

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Cynthia Nicholson was quoted recently in the New Orleans CityBusiness article, “Offshore independents struggle with decommissioning requirements”.  The article pinpoints independent oil producers struggle to survive given the challenge of complying with new federal requirements to financially guarantee their costly responsibility to decommission offshore infrastructure after it is no longer useful and profitable.  Cynthia discusses… Continue Reading

Certain Legal Deadlines Suspended in Louisiana Due to Flooding

Posted in Legal Updates, News
In the wake of the devastating floods that have affected south Louisiana, the State of Louisiana and the federal district courts in Louisiana have suspended certain legal deadlines. Following his declaration of a state of emergency, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an amended Executive Order on August 17, 2016 (amending a previous executive order of… Continue Reading

Cynthia Nicholson and Peck Hayne Recognized for Their Years of Support to PLANO

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Gordon Arata is pleased to announce that on Monday, June 20, Cynthia Nicholson and Peck Hayne received the Professional Landmen’s Association of New Orleans’s Special Award in recognition for their many years of support to the organization, including most recently in connection with their efforts in negotiating a new lease form for the Louisiana State… Continue Reading

Mike Fussell Elected to the Board of the American Petroleum Institute – Acadiana Chapter

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The Firm is pleased to announce that Lafayette member Mike Fussell has been elected as a Board Member to the American Petroleum Institute (API) – Acadiana Chapter. Mike will serve on the Board whose mission is to provide continuing education to local members employed in the drilling, production, transmission, transportation and refining of oil and… Continue Reading

Gordon Arata Announces New Member

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Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC is pleased to announce that Kelly Dussel Perrier has been elected member of the Firm.  Ms. Perrier practices in the areas of oil, gas and energy litigation and commercial litigation, focusing on environmental claims commonly referred to as “legacy litigation.”  She has also represented many independent oil and… Continue Reading

Three Gordon Arata Lawyers to Help Lead the South Louisiana Women’s Energy Network Board in 2016

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Kelly Perrier will serve as President of the South Louisiana Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network.  Amy Duplantis Gautreaux and Peggy Welsh have been appointed to sit on the board.  Amy will take on the role as the Baton Rouge and Lafayette Public & Industry Relations Director and Peggy will serve as the Membership Director.… Continue Reading

APPROVAL OF NEW STATE LEASE FORM DELAYED

Posted in Legal Updates, News
On November 12, 2015, the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board requested comments by December 4th regarding its to the current State Lease form, which has been in use for oil and gas leases from the Mineral Board since 2000. Gordon Arata attorneys closely reviewed the proposed form and requested an extension of the December… Continue Reading

BOEM Proposes Major Changes to its Financial Security Requirements for the OCS

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On September 22, 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) made available for review proposed guidelines on the procedures and criteria that the BOEM will use to determine the financial ability of oil and gas companies operating on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to carry out their obligations and the potential need for additional… Continue Reading

Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

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Employers who rely upon contract workers should be aware of the most recent guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.  In short, the DOL considers the definition of “employee” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to be broad, and warns that “most workers are employees under the FLSA’s broad definitions.”  Workers who are classified… Continue Reading

The Cost of FRACKLOGGING

Posted in Fracking, News
Much has been written and said recently about a hot new trend in the oil and gas industry known as Fracklogging.  “Fracklog” is the catchy new expression for the backlog of US shale wells that have been drilled but not yet completed or fracked.  More commonly referred to as “drilled but uncompleted” or “waiting on… Continue Reading

Refrac Obligations Under Model Form JOA-How Will Louisiana Courts Interpret?

Posted in Fracking, News
In this period of depressed oil and gas prices, many companies are considering refracturing and/or reworking older wells to gain production at lower costs than from drilling new wells. Refracking allows companies to extract more hydrocarbons from already existing wells by recompleting the well. Nowadays, companies have better technology and are more efficient in their… Continue Reading

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide: U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Interstate Pipeline and Gas Companies Can Be Sued in State Court under State Antitrust Laws

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On April 21, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing state law to address gas industry practices that many in the industry previously believed were the exclusive domain of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., No. 13-271, 2015 WL 1780926 (U.S. Apr. 21, 2015), a group… Continue Reading