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Government Proposes Fines for Gas Pipeline Company

Aug 2016 01

The federal agency that regulates oil and gas pipelines has proposed to fine one of the Williams companies $1.6 million dollars for its violations of federal regulations that caused an October 2015 explosion at a gas compressor stations in Louisiana.

County Sues Gas Company to Force Safety Measures

Jul 2016 26

In another example of the oil and gas industry’s lack of concern about safety and the consequences of its profit-making activities, Los Angeles County has been forced to sue Southern California Gas Company.

Wyoming Oilfield Worker Dies After 76-Foot Fall

Jul 2016 21

An oilfield worker was killed on an oil rig near Midwest, Wyoming on July 14, 2016. According to the initial investigation, Dennis McCulloch fell 76 feet from a workover rig and died instantly.

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Jul 2016 21

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The Act was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and creates a legal claim in federal court for theft or misappropriation of trade secrets.

Oil Rig Death in Gillette, Wyoming

Jul 2016 15

An oilfield worker was killed on an oil rig near Gillette, Wyoming on July 7, 2016. According to investigators, the derrick on an Anschutz Company well site moved unexpectedly, and struck and killed 25 year-old Joshua Adams. Mr. Adams was working for…

Corporate Coverup of Cancer-causing Chemicals

Jul 2016 07

July 11, 2016 UPDATE: In the punitive damages phase of the trial, the jury awarded an additional $500,000 against DuPont based on its actual malice in continuing to dump chemicals into the Ohio River even after it had become aware of its cancer-causing…

Three Workers Burned and Two Killed in Separate Oilfield Tragedies

Jul 2016 04

Three workers were burned and one was killed when a well site operated by XTO Energy exploded, engulfing the rig and the workers in a devastating fire. The explosion occurred on June 18, 2016 at the XTO well site outside of Watford City, North Dakota.

Trademark Protection for Disparaging Names Still in Question

Jun 2016 29

Federal law places certain limits on the types of words, phrases, or symbols that may be registered as trademarks. This limitation was recently used to cancel the “Redskins" federal trademark registration. The United States Court of Appeals for the…

Bob Schuster Wins Largest Personal Injury Settlement in North Dakota History

Jun 2016 18

After three years of litigation, Bob Schuster settled the case of a Bakken oil field worker injury in North Dakota for $20,000,000, as reported in pleadings filed in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In October, 2011, a tanker truck driver suffered…

Successful Trademark Infringement Case

Jun 2014 30

Bob Schuster and Brad Booke, along with Kris Koski of Cheyenne, Wyoming, have just successfully completed their representation of a Jackson, Wyoming restaurant known as “Bon Appe Thai,” in a federal court trademark infringement action against a Salt Lake…