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Implied Duties in an Oil and Gas Lease

Implied Duties in an Oil and Gas Lease

One of the fundamental concepts that I learned in my first-year Contract Law course was the nature of “arm’s length transactions.”  Parties that enter arm’s length transactions stand on equal footing.  Each side must independently perform their own due diligence to ensure that the agreement will produce the outcome respectively...

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Tips for Getting Stuck in Traffic

Is it me or is getting stuck in traffic one of the worst ways to begin or end a workday? In 2020, American drivers spent on average 26 extra hours in their car due to traffic. With the pandemic on the downswing and a sense of normalcy beginning, that number...

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Concludes Defendant Waived New Trial Under the General Verdict Rule

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Concludes Defendant Waived New Trial Under the General Verdict Rule

James L. Cowher, II (“Cowher”) was 48-years-old when presented to Dr. Sobhan Kodali, St. Luke’s University Health Network, and St. Luke’s Cardiology Associates (defendants) in July 2016 with complaints of chest pain that radiated into his arms, and was often associated with shortness of breath, dizziness and tingling in his...

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Halloween

Halloween

My grandchildren are all about Halloween. Costume planning starts around when school starts and changes at least 10 times before Halloween – at least! For the 4-year-old, who is the most excited, it has gone from SpongeBob to Jason to Chucky to a police officer and on and on. Right...

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Turn Signal Usage

Turn Signal Usage

Using a turn signal is one of the most fundamental functions to utilize when operating a motor vehicle. It is essential to properly use your turn signal when turning your motor vehicle to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others. Effectively utilizing your turn signal can...

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New Research Links Fracking to Groundwater Contamination in Pennsylvania

New Research Links Fracking to Groundwater Contamination in Pennsylvania

Research scientists from Penn State recently published the results of their investigation into 6,991 groundwater samples in southwestern Pennsylvania and found a potential link between elevated levels of chloride, barium, and strontium in the groundwater and areas with a high density of older, conventional oil and gas wells and coal...

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National Homemade Cookies Day

National Homemade Cookies Day

Saturday, Oct. 1, is National Homemade Cookies Day! Did you know that the average person consumes almost 19,000 cookies in a lifetime? Crazy! The following is a new recipe I found for pumpkin s’mores cookies I plan to try tomorrow in honor of National Homemade Cookies Day! Ingredients needed: ½...

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What is a Private Nuisance?

What is a Private Nuisance?

In our civil justice system, “nuisance” is a term of art used to describe the wrongful invasion of a legal right or interest.  Typically, nuisance lawsuits involve the invasion of property rights.  Owning property entitles you to certain fundamental privileges.  For instance, property owners enjoy: [1] the right to prohibit...

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The Difference Between a Living Will and a Last Will and Testament

The Difference Between a Living Will and a Last Will and Testament

Although these two documents have very similar names, they serve very different purposes.  A living will is a document that expresses the kind of medical treatment that you want or don’t want if you have a terminal condition or you are in a persistent vegetative state.   A last will and...

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Delay Rentals and Paid-Up Leases

Delay Rentals and Paid-Up Leases

If you’re the beneficiary of a “paid-up” oil and gas lease, you may wonder why your neighbors are collecting payments on their non-producing oil and gas rights while you haven’t seen a dime.  Many oil and gas leases provide for a defined “primary term” (e.g. five-year term) during which the...

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