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Primer on the Texas Law of Oil and Gas

The revised fourth edition of Primer on the Texas Law of Oil and Gas by Joseph Shade has been published and is now available on the new titles shelf in the law library. This book, designed for both students and attorneys desiring an overview of Texas oil and gas law, covers ownership issues such as the rule of capture, correlative rights doctrine, oil and gas leases, title and conveyances, conservation, pooling, and contracts among other topics. The author makes a difficult and important subject that encompasses a mixture of contract and property law easy to grasp byproviding enough information (arranged in outline format) for one to obtain a basic understanding of Texas oil and gas law while using examples and illustrations to help the reader to follow key concepts.  A glossary of oil and gas terms, a sample oil, gas, and mineral lease  form, and technical supplement are included in the appendices.

Some Thoughts About Bloomberg Law

Today, I thought I'd discuss some cool aspects about Bloomberg Law (or BLaw), the latest attempt to compete against the West/LexisNexis duopoly's control of online legal research. Before I begin, however, I should make some clarifications, especially considering my critique of Lexis Advance when it was first released.First of all, I have not delved too deeply into Bloomberg Law yet; accordingly, these are very superficial comments. Secondly, BLaw is not being rolled out as a replacement for a far superior Bloomberg product and, therefore, I have nothing to compare it to (other than competitor products). Similarly, because Bloomberg doesn't have an older product for me to have developed an appreciation of, I really don't have any attachment that might lead me to examine BLaw more closely and more passionately. In other words, although I am in favor of more competition in the online legal research service market, I am not emotionally invested in BLaw and don't really…