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EEOC Guidance: Employer Mandated Vaccinations?

On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued further guidance about the employment rules applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic—this time focusing on employer-mandated vaccinations.  The latest […]

Andrea Johnson

Navigating Marijuana Use In The Workplace

Leading up to the 2020 general election, thirty-four states (34) had legalized marijuana for medical use and an additional ten (10) states had legalized the drug for recreational use.  While the federal government has chosen not to enforce federal […]

5 First Day Energy Actions Expected from President Biden

This article discusses what will happen on Day One for the energy industry.  Our analysis is drawn from Biden’s own words, campaign pledges, and written policies—including his Clean Energy Revolution Fact Sheet and Plan for Climate Change […]

Demetri J. Economou

Be Prepared When Accidents Strike

If you work in the construction industry, there’s a good chance that you have heard a heartbreaking story about an accident that occurred at a construction site which resulted in serious injury or death to one or more construction worker(s). Unfortunately […]

OSHRC Provides Clarification For Employers In Machine Guarding Case

Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission provided some needed clarification for construction and manufacturing employers that should make it easier to defend machine guarding cases in the future, particularly where the employee […]

VIDEO: "Oil and Gas Law: In 5 Minutes or Less"

In the latest episode of Oil and Gas Law: In 5 Five Minutes or Less, KRCL's video series covering key legal developments for energy industry professionals, litigation partner Tom Ciarlone discusses a mineral lease dispute that has percolated up to […]

Thomas G. Ciarlone Jr.

SCOTX to Review Mineral Lease Boundary Dispute

In a case with potentially far-reaching consequences, the Texas Supreme Court has agreed to review the Thirteenth Court of Appeals decision in Ellison v. Three Rivers Acquisition LLC, No. 13-17-00046-CV, 2019 WL 613262 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi […]

Thomas G. Ciarlone Jr.

PODCAST: Three New Important Oil-and-Gas Cases

Download the iPhone/iPad app for our podcast at, or the Android app at The podcast is also available on iTunes (, Google Play (, Spotify […]

Thomas G. Ciarlone Jr.

Nuts and Bolts of Funding a Main Street Loan

 A Lender has two choices for funding a Main Street Loan. A Lender may fund a Main Street Loan and then seek to sell a participation interest in said Main Street Loan to the Main Street SPV.  A Lender may condition its extension of credit to […]

Subrogation Claims and Arbitration Clauses in Construction Contracts

In Texas, while an insurer can assert a subrogation claim independently of its insured, the insurer still stands in the shoes of its insured, meaning the insurer’s claims are limited to those the insured could bring and are subject to the same […]