Michael B. Bennett


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Energy Disputes

  • Represented investor in lawsuit against joint venture partner over multi-million dollar investment in oil and gas properties in Texas shale plays
  • Represented working interest and overriding royalty interest owner in dispute with operator under joint operating agreement and related agreements concerning offshore prospect in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Advised E&P company in connection with litigation risks under joint operating agreement, amendments, and related agreements for development of Gulf of Mexico prospect
  • Defended oilfield service company in lawsuit over alleged breach of agency agreement
  • Defended offshore drilling contractor in lawsuit over alleged breach of agency agreement
  • Represented E&P company in dispute over exercise of force majeure clause in drilling contract with offshore drilling contractor
  • Represented Middle East based contractor in dispute with U.S. services company over breach of subcontract and services agreement

ERISA and Employee Benefits Matters

  • Defended Fortune 500 company in multi-week arbitration concerning termination of a supplemental retirement plan for international expatriate employees
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in class action lawsuit challenging partial termination of and modifications to welfare benefit plans
  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in internal investigations involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty related to pension plans
  • Ongoing representation and advising of multiple clients in disputes with medical providers
  • Representation of clients in numerous suits alleging improper termination of medical and disability benefits
  • Represented employer-sponsored self-funded benefit plans of Fortune 500 companies in disputes with providers of medical services concerning remedies available to providers for services provided. Litigation involved unresolved issues relating to the scope of ERISA preemption  

Private Equity

  • Defended private equity firm in lawsuit by operator of oil and gas prospect alleging breach of obligation under joint operating and exploration agreements to finance development activities and seeking forfeiture of working interests held by company in which firm had portfolio investment
  • Represented private equity firm in resolution of dispute over breach of non-compete agreement by former owner of portfolio oilfield services company
  • Defended private equity firm in lawsuit by former owner of portfolio energy company in which former owner alleged fraud in connection with sale of former owner’s interest in company prior to private equity firm’s acquisition

Investigations and Investigation-related Litigation

  • Represented audit committee of oilfield service company in investigation to evaluate the extent of employee participation in a multimillion-dollar theft by a company officer
  • Defended suit by FCPA whistleblower against oilfield services company

Product Liability Litigation

  • Defended group of petrochemical and agricultural chemical companies in mass tort lawsuit alleging injuries from exposure to technical grade pesticides
  • Defended product liability lawsuits involving consumer product of motor oil and consumer products company

Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Multistate defense of personal injury claims involving antipsychotic medication
  • Multistate defense of personal injury claims involving anti-inflammatory medication
  • Defended pharmaceutical company in consumer class action under state consumer protection statute involving anti-inflammatory medication
  • Defended multiple state and class actions involving RICO and antitrust claims concerning marketing of thyroid medication

Other Complex Business Litigation

  • Defense through trial and arbitration hearing, respectively, of two “Sabine Pilot” wrongful termination cases (alleged termination for refusal to perform an illegal act) involving allegations of accounting fraud