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Here We Go Again: Fractional Royalty or Fraction of a Royalty?

Posted in Royalty Disputes

“Blood may be thicker than water, but oil is thicker than both.”  J. R. Ewing. This family dispute among Ethel’s descendants arose when Ethel’s will employed double fractions in bequeathing royalty interests to her children. Did the instrument create a fixed fractional royalty or a floating fraction of royalty? Straight to the takeaway Don’t like math? Avoid… Continue Reading

Theft of Trade Secrets Nets Large Damage Award

Posted in Litigation

For the sake of conversation let’s say I burgle your trade secrets after failing to close a big deal that would have saved your company. I would be in big trouble, according to a bankruptcy court in In re TXCO Resources., Inc., a case study in treachery and self-dealing in the executive suite worthy of J.R Ewing at… Continue Reading