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Texas Oil Company Found Negligent When Dry Hole Drilled 600 Yards from Intended Target

After a full hearing, the arbitration panel accepted our proof that the drilling supervisor was not responsible for navigation of the drilling barge to the correct location. Although the consultant was on board the night of the tow, the contract specifically limited his duties to supervising drilling, and his pay began only after the drilling …

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Bad BOP Parts Make a Good Insurance Recovery

Hall Maines Lugrin represented the operator’s control-of-well insurance underwriters. Our review of the insurance investigation indicated that the defective BOP came from an oilfield rental services company. After scrutinizing the oilfield records, the BOP pipe rams appeared to have been “dressed” with non-OEM packers (non-original equipment manufacturer parts), against recommended oilfield practice, and then delivered …

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Key Cross Examination Turns the Tide on Coverage Lawsuit

Hall Maines Lugrin represented a consortium of London-based energy underwriters on the excess liability policy. The excess underwriters denied the claim, reasoning that the decommissioning obligations were not a legal liability, but part of the energy company’s contractual relationship with the United States. The energy company brought suit in Texas state court for breach of …

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Defense Found Not Guilty in Breach of Oral Partnership Agreement

Hall Maines Lugrin served as lead trial counsel for the defendant. Following a two-week jury trial, the jury found that a partnership had been formed and awarded money damages; but in response to post-verdict motions we filed, the court entered a judgment notwithstanding the verdict in our client’s favor. The court subsequently entered a take-nothing …

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Breach of Contract Claim Turns into Antitrust and UCC Verdict for Petrochemical Manufacturer

Just several months prior to trial, the manufacturer hired Hall Maines Lugrin to evaluate the antitrust claims and serve as lead counsel in the lawsuit. Prior to our involvement, there had been extensive document production and numerous depositions. We worked closely and productively with the client’s prior counsel to effectively and efficiently digest the extensive …

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