May 1, 2015

DOT announces final rule to strengthen safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail

On April 17, 2015 the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a series of emergency orders designed to help improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail. In its news release announcing the new orders, the DOT stated, “Immediately slowing trains to 40 mph, increasing inspections for wheels and related…

May 1, 2015

TAX STRATEGIES: Can a wealthy, sophisticated investor be defrauded by his lawyers?

Jones Swanson spends a good bit of its commercial litigation group’s energy focused on a particular niche of litigation over tax strategies which have been found by the Internal Revenue Service to have been abusive. No matter how many times we are involved in these cases on behalf of those…

April 7, 2015

Injection wells, fracking, and earthquakes

There are two ways that oil and gas activity can cause earthquakes. The first is the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the high pressure underground explosive activity that can itself provoke lands to shake. The second is the use of waste injection wells, which can trigger geologic faults to shift.

April 1, 2015

Jury reaches verdict in first of many cases brought by Stanford receiver against former Stanford insiders

A jury trial was held last month in federal court in Dallas against Peter Romero, a former U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador and former advisor to R. Allen Stanford. The Romero trial represented the first of a dozen trials scheduled for 2015 and 2016 in cases brought by the Stanford receiver,…