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3rd Circuit ruling says no to severance taxes based on index pricing

A new Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal decision bars the Louisiana Department of Revenue from imposing severance taxes on crude oil production based...

Contractor barred from suing Valero for chemical burn injuries

A contractor injured when chemicals spilled on him at a Louisiana Valero Energy Corp. oil refinery in May 2018 can’t sue the company or...

Oil and gas firm Vanguard back in bankruptcy

Blaming volatility in the oil and gas markets, Vanguard Natural Resources has returned to bankruptcy for the second time in two years. The exploration and...

Roundup ruling unlikely to impact Louisiana production plant—for now

Though the recent verdict of a San Francisco federal jury linking Roundup weed killer to cancer was the second in the U.S. in less...

Texas bankruptcy trustee wants south Louisiana industrial firms to return $5.3 million

A Houston bankruptcy trustee is coming after 17 south Louisiana industrial firms, seeking to claw back payments made by Montco Oilfield Contractors Inc. in the...

Court OKs directional drilling engineers as independent contractors

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has overturned a lower court’s decision and found that directional drilling engineers can be classified as independent...

Shell agrees to $2.2 million fine for 2016 Gulf spill

A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay a $2.2 million civil fine to the federal government to settle charges that the...

Key maritime attorneys join Jones Walker

Key attorneys from maritime law firm Fowler Rodriguez—including trial lawyer George  Fowler III—have joined Jones Walker's New Orleans, Houston and Miami offices. Fowler, Edward LeBreton...

East West Copolymer trustee seeks return of $85K paid to DEQ

The bankruptcy trustee for East West Copolymer wants the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to return nearly $85,000 in fees the now defunct company...

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