By Andrew Wooley:

The Supreme Court of Texas issued a decision on rehearing in Entergy Gulf States, Inc. v. Summers April 3, 2009. The court’s original unanimous decision in August 2007 that a Texas premises owner can be a statutory employer for workers’ compensation purposes produced a great deal of political heat and a flurry

By Tiffany Delery Davis

In Noble Energy, Inc. v. Bituminous Cas. Co., No. 07-20354, 2008 WL 2232085 (5th Cir. 2008), the Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendant, Bituminous Casualty Company, in an insurance coverage dispute concerning whether Bituminous had a duty to defend and indemnify plaintiff, Noble Energy, Inc., in

By Andrew Wooley

In an opinion filed today in the matter of Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee vs. American Home Assurance Co., the Supreme Court of Texas has authorized liability insurers to use in-house staff attorneys to defend their Texas insureds, so long as there is no conflict of interest between the insurer’s and

By Andrew Wooley:

Supreme Court of Texas decides Superior Snubbing: In a case of substantial importance to the energy industry, the Supreme Court of Texas held that an oilfield service contractor sued by an injured employee of another contractor is entitled to enforce the indemnity provision in a Master Service Agreement between the operator

The Eastern District of Louisiana recently held that insurance claims for damage to a Gulf of Mexico production facility will not support federal court jurisdiction under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.  Accordingly, the district court remanded the case of LLOG Exploration Co. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 2007 WL 854307 (E.D. La. 3/16/07), to

Contributed by  Andrew Wooley

In Via Net v. TIG Insurance Co., the Supreme Court of Texas recently concluded it was not reasonable for a party to believe it was an additional insured under another party’s commercial general liability policy, based only on a certificate of insurance provided by the other party’s insurance broker. After noting