Jason Newman

Partner

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Houston

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Energy Litigation

  • Dismissal of major oil and gas operators from flared gas royalty class action claims in North Dakota
  • Oil and gas producers - received summary judgment in favor of multiple operators in multiple lawsuits over offset well provisions in oil and gas leases
  • Oil and gas producer - lawsuit over proper deductions from royalty payments
  • Oil and gas producer - multiple claims related to anti-assignment provisions in Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas leases
  • Oil and gas producer - multiple top-leasing and title claims related to oil and gas leases in the Eagle Ford Shale
  • Oil and gas producer - lawsuit over preferential right to purchase in joint exploration agreement
  • Oil and gas producer - multiple surface and lease disputes with landowners in various Texas shale plays
  • Oil and gas producer - various lawsuits involving preferential rights to purchase oil and gas properties
  • Oil and gas producer - defended against multiple lawsuits involving foreclosure suits on mineral liens filed on oilfield properties
  • Large independent oil and gas producer - lawsuit involving a top lease and challenge to the property description of a unit designation
  • Refiner - dispute over pricing provision in crude oil contract
  • Private independent energy company - litigation regarding a joint operating agreement and joint venture agreements
  • Large energy corporation - title dispute over an oil and gas lease and joint operating agreement
  • Large foreign energy corporation - dispute over large well proposal for coal bed methane wells in Australia
  • Multiple title and royalty disputes for oil and gas producers in various shale plays
  • Oil and gas producer - dispute over anti-assignment provision in Marcellus shale lease
  • Advised large energy corporation with regard to numerous disputes with foreign government
  • Advised private oil and gas producer with regard to lease termination claims in Texas Panhandle
  • Advised oil and gas producers with regard to multiple contractor disputes
  • Oil and gas producer - lawsuit against contractor over wrongful M&M and mineral liens
  • Oil and gas producer - lawsuit against producer regarding title to Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas lease
  • Advised foreign oil and gas producer with regard to dispute with joint owner under exploration agreement
  • Oil and gas producer - OSHA investigation into fatality at Eagle Ford shale rig
  • Dismissal of non-resident defendant in oilfield fatality lawsuit

Energy Transaction

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of $44 million of West Texas Permian Basin assets
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of multiple Reeves County, Texas oil and gas assets

Regulatory

  • Defended MIPA action before Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Electric utility - multiple disputed rate cases before Texas PUC
  • Enstor, Inc. - various lawsuits and other matters in state court and before the Texas Railroad Commission regarding gas storage facilities
  • Large renewable energy company - representation before the Public Utility Commission involving transmission for wind power
  • Radioactive waste disposal - rate and other regulatory agency disputes before TCEQ regarding the disposal of radioactive waste

Other

  • Trucking Company - prevented enforcement of non-compete agreement against terminal operator
  • Foreign investor - recovered proceeds from sale of Texas oil and gas properties
  • Large private company - insurance dispute with FCIC over crop and drought insurance benefits
  • Commercial real estate company - temporary injunction to prevent eviction from commercial retail property
  • Represented commercial real estate investor in partnership dispute
  • Major electric and gas utility - defense against personal injury and property damage claims, including multiple defense verdicts after trial to jury
  • Major electric and gas utility - appeal from trial court decision granting summary judgment in favor of utility

Representative Reported Cases

  • Mayo Foundation Foundation v. Courson Oil & Gas, Inc., - S.W.3d -, No. 07-16-00022-CV, 2016 WL 5874962 (Tex. App., Oct. 7, 2016); affirming motion for summary judgment of construction on continuous drilling and retained acreage clauses in oil and gas lease
  • Cerny v. Marathon Oil Corp. Cerny v. Marathon Oil Corp., 480 S.W.3d 612, 614-25 (Tex. App.-San Antonio 2015, pet. filed); upheld lower court decision dismissing a family’s nuisance and negligence claims against two oil companies for alleged health and property damage stemming from hydraulic fracturing operations near their home