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Daily Round-Up (Aug. 27, 2014)

By Razvan Ungureanu on August 28, 2014


Published Opinions:

1) In re Heritage Consolidated, LLC, No. 13-10969 - Mineral Liens - The opinion explores contractors' and subcontractors' mineral liens under Texas statutory law.  The court explains that it is possible for a single laborer to be both a contractor and a subcontractor for work performed on a well, and thus to secure mineral liens against both contracting and non-contracting mineral interest owners: "For example, the owners may collectively enter into an agreement that makes one owner the well operator, and gives that owner-operator the power to contract with laborers.  The laborers would then be contractors with respect to the contracting owner-operator, but subcontractors with respect to the other owners."  At one point, the opinion cites Scalia and Garner's recent book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.

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