American Carbon Registry’s Proposed Changes for Carbon Credits

Many states have fallen behind when it comes to plugging abandoned oil wells. Not only can they not keep up with wells as they are abandoned, they do not even know of all of the orphaned wells within their borders. Producers themselves currently lack the economic incentives to plug the wells, even though they may […]

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Insurers Have No Duty to Defend Insured Absent a Request for Coverage

In general, an insurance company has a duty to defend a policyholder when they are subject to litigation. However, as evidenced by a recent case in the Fifth Circuit, this duty is not unlimited. The policyholder must notify the insurance company of the lawsuit and specifically, request the insurance company defend them in the litigation. […]

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Fit for Human Consumption: Regulations Surrounding the Food Industry

The food industry is a tightly regulated one, as producers and manufacturers supply products that could conceivably cause harm to the people who buy them. There are times when food producers, often inadvertently, may fail to comply with regulations. These situations can lead to recalls of their products. There may be legal repercussions too, as […]

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West Virginia vs. EPA: A Recap and What it Means

In a decision that effected a major change to the federal government’s ability to regulate, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gasses rules. In its interpretation of a section of the Clean Air Act, the Supreme Court applied a legal principle that could impact far more government […]

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Texas Companies Face Legal Repercussions for Abortion Travel Reimbursement Policies

There is much uncertainty in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade. Many states either have trigger laws or have passed new statutes to restrict abortion, as the Court has now left the matter up to states to decide. Some companies are trying to step […]

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Why Employers Should Not Wait to Demand Arbitration

The Supreme Court has shown a willingness to give effect to an arbitration agreement in its rulings over the years. However, the Court’s rulings are based on its interpretations of the Federal Arbitration Act as opposed to a general preference for arbitration over litigation. The Court recently showed that it would strike down court-made rules that may […]

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MehaffyWeber Earns Complete Defense Verdict for Highway Contractor Client

After a two week jury trial in Kleberg County (Kingsville, TX), Mike Magee and Brian Armstrong received a complete defense verdict in a negligence/death case for their client, Hunter Industries, Ltd. (“Hunter”). In February 2017, two young men were driving together on a clear afternoon in Refugio County on US 77 when their vehicle ran […]

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It’s a Global World: Product Stewardship

For a variety of reasons (e.g., consumer/shareholder demands, laws regulating chemical use, potential liabilities, corporate ESG/sustainability policies), concern about chemicals in the supply chain have increased over the last few years. In response, some businesses have launched product stewardship initiatives, demanding their suppliers confirm compliance with a wide range of state, federal, and international laws […]

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