Preview-microThe collapse in oil prices since June 2014, and the significant drop in those for natural gas, have put tremendous pressures on relationships in the industry. The stresses — between operators and non-operators, lessees and royalty owners, principals and contractors, investors and investees, among others — make legal disputes both more likely and harder to

Since 1982, California law has required contingent fee agreements between a lawyer and a "plaintiff" to meet certain tests. 

Ten years after the law took effect, a California court of appeals held that the law doesn't apply "outside the litigation context."  Franklin v. Appell, 8 Cal. App. 4th 875, 892 (Cal. App. 1992) (involving

Seven hopefuls for pre-trial transfer will hit the argument calendar for the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation this Thursday at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. 

The Panel plans to hear lawyers explain why their respective groups of cases should — or shouldn't – go to a single federal judge so that she or

The seven federal judges on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation have issued the first two transfer orders from their September 30 session in Nashville. 

The Panel sent cases relating to the recall of McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson medicines (think Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl) for children and infants to the Eastern

The wacky world of litigating arbitration issues keeps getting wackier.

Witness today's Ninth Circuit ruling that, no, by golly, a party needn't include in its complaint an explanation of why it doesn't have to arbitrate. 

The defendant, Fastbucks, which franchises "payday loan" stores in California and elsewhere, including its home state, Texas, urged that Golden