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  • Why the New Minimum Royalty Bill is Constitutional and Good for Pennsylvania
    Opponents of HB 557 argue that the bill is unconstitutional and that it is inherently anti-competitive. These arguments lack merit. It is important to emphasize that HB 557 does not ban or outlaw the practice of deducting post-production costs. The bill simply says that the deductions cannot reduce the net royalty below 12.5%. […]
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  • O’Donnell Joins Houston Harbaugh in Oil and Gas Law Practice Houston Harbaugh is pleased to welcome Brendan A. O’Donnell to our Oil and Gas Law Practice. […] More
  • New Law Permits Employers to Reimburse Employees For Individual Health Insurance Premiums
    The 21st Century Cures Act allows small employers that do not offer any group health plan to their employees to adopt a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement to reimburse employees for premiums they pay for individual insurance policies. […]
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  • Landowners Beware: Warranty Clause in Oil and Gas Lease Can Obligate Landowner to Repay Signing Bonus
    The warranty clause, a fine print item often overlooked and ignored during lease negotiations, can have some serious repercussions for an unwary landowner. […]
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  • West Virginia Supreme Court to Reconsider Landmark Decision in Leggett v. EQT Production Company
    The November 17, 2016 Leggett decision brought much needed clarity and consistency to West Virginia oil and gas law. EQT, however, filed a petition for a rehearing under Rule 25, claiming that the High Court “misapprehended several critical points of law…” […]
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  • What is the gift tax annual exclusion?
    Gifts are subject to a federal tax, but an exemption is available to shelter cumulative gifts within the threshold […]
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