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Podcast: Royalty Underpayment Class Actions; Duties of the Mineral Executive; and Anti-Pooling Clauses

In the latest episode of our energy law podcast, we discuss troubling developments at the intersection of class actions and consumer protection laws in royalty underpayment cases; the Texas Supreme Court's latest pronouncements on the duties of executive […]

Thomas G. Ciarlone Jr.

Failure to Launch: Eminent Domain Breaks Down in the Texas Legislature

Eminent domain proceedings in Texas are a complex process governed by multiple constitutions, laws, and regulations.[1] Through this process the Texas government, its agencies, and authorized private entities acquire land to advance initiatives relating […]

Energy-Related Bankruptcies on the Rise: Protecting Oil & Gas Royalty Interests

With the recent uptick in energy-related bankruptcies expected to continue for the foreseeable future (in one prominent example, industry giant Weatherford has just filed for Chapter 11 protection), oil and gas royalty owners need to be on alert. Because […]

Goodbye Steel and Aluminum Tariffs! (For Mexico and Canada Metals)

In a recent KRCL Energy Practice Group seminar, I discussed the genesis and impact of metal tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. These Trump Tariffs have had a tremendous impact on energy infrastructure construction and midstream activities throughout […]

Demetri J. Economou

Podcast: Royalty Class Actions and Farmout Agreements

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

Thomas G. Ciarlone Jr.

Texas Supreme Court to Mineral Purchasers: Buyer Beware!

In the latest episode of our energy law podcast, learn about offset wells and liquidated damages as unenforceable penalties; the arrival of anti-SLAPP in the oil patch; and the Texas Supreme Court's warning to mineral purchasers: buyer beware […]

Thomas G. Ciarlone Jr.

Can Consent Be Withheld Arbitrarily in the Oil Patch?

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in a case that has the potential to alter the landscape of the industry. In Barrow-Shaver Resources Co. v. Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc., the parties had entered into a farmout agreement that gave […]

Thomas G. Ciarlone Jr.