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“A Discussion of the Pugh Clause: or, How Well Do You Know the Freestone Rider?” presented to PBLA, October 8, 2019

Roger Scales recently presented, “A Discussion of the Pugh Clause: or, How Well do You Know the Freestone Rider?” at the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association (PBLA) monthly luncheon on October 8, 2019.  The full presentation may be accessed here.

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Aderholt Pens Construction Law Update Stemming from the 86th Texas Legislative Session for Texas Bar Journal

September 16, 2019 – HOUSTON – Coats Rose of counsel Ben Aderholt penned the construction law update published in the September 2019 issue of the Texas Bar Journal.  This issue provided updates covering a number of areas of the law based on the developments from the 86th Texas Legislature. 

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Can Tenants use Property without Paying Rent? – Navigating the Minefield of Eviction Procedures in Texas

August 1, 2019 – In his New York Times bestseller “Evicted” Matthew Desmond, a Pulitzer Prize winner, chronicles the link between poverty in middle America and its correlation to evictions.  Desmond walks the reader through the lives of low-income families across America who have suffered through the eviction process. 

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Surface Water in Texas

July 15, 2019 – In Texas, water law generally applies to either groundwater or surface water rights.  Surface water is defined in the Texas Water Code Section 11.021 as “water under ordinary flow, underflow and tides of every flowing river, natural stream, lake, bay, arm of the Gulf of Mexico, and stormwater, floodwater or rain water of every river, natural stream, canyon, ravine, depression, and watershed in the state.” Diffused surface water is water on the surface of one’s land that has not yet entered a ‘watercourse’ and that instead is owned by the owner of the land over which it flows.  

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Three Coats Rose Lawyers Included in the 2019 Chambers USA Legal Guide by Chambers & Partners

F. Christopher WoottenMegan C. RiessHOUSTON – May 29, 2019– Coats Rose, P.C. is pleased to announce that three lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of the Chambers USA Legal Guide.  

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Wealth Preservation & Transfer Planning Newsletter – Q3 2018

Welcome to the Coats Rose Wealth Presentation & Transfer Planning Newsletter Q3 2018 edition, a resource for timely legal analysis of issues affecting personal wealth, estates and financial preservation.  Included in this issue are articles that explore, “Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts,” “Advantages of a Living Trust,” and “New Business Planning Opportunities Under the 2017 Tax Act.”

Read the newsletter in its entirety and learn more here.

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Is Your U.S. Company Required to File Form BE-120 by July 31, 2018?

June 25, 2018 – U.S. Companies That Sold, Purchased or Licensed IP or Professional Services with Foreign Persons or Entities in 2017 Take Note: Form BE-120 is Due July 31, 2018.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) conducts surveys to gather economic statistics related, among other things, to international transactions involving certain covered intellectual property transactions and certain covered professional services with foreign entities.

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Kelly Longwell Advised on Historic Tax Credit Financing of a Behavioral Health Care Center in New Orleans

Coats Rose Director Kelly Longwell provided insight on the financing of a 100-bed health center and addiction treatment clinic and additional commercial tenants in a historic 41,000 square-foot former car dealership in New Orleans.  Her commentary was included in the article, “Behavioral Health Care Center to Make New Home in Historic New Orleans Auto Dealership,” published in The Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits on June 7, 2018.

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New Business Planning Opportunities Under the 2017 Tax Act

Attention Business Owners: There are New Business Planning Opportunities Under the 2017 Tax Act

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) creates a new income tax deduction for individuals, trusts and estates that own pass-through businesses.

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Wealth Preservation & Transfer Planning Newsletter – Q1 2018

Welcome to the Coats Rose Wealth Presentation & Transfer Planning Newsletter, a resource for timely legal analysis of issues affecting personal wealth, estates and financial preservation. Our Wealth Preservation and Wealth Transfer Planning attorneys assist clients in planning and protecting their futures through designing trust and estate planning and administration strategies that are responsive to our clients’ needs, whatever their financial status.

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Aderholt Pens Construction Law Journal Article, “Most Circuits View MacEvoy Rule as Harsh,” Published by the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section

Coats Rose of counsel Ben Aderholt authored the article “Most Circuit Courts View MacEvoy Rule as Harsh” published in the current issue of the Construction Law Journal, published by the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section.

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Kelly Longwell Provides Insight on Disaster Recovery in the Affordable Housing Industry in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma

Coats Rose Director A. Kelton “Kelly” Longwell provided insight on disaster recovery in the affordable housing industry in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma at the Novogradac 2017 Credit and Bond Financing for Affordable Housing Conference in New Orleans in October 2017.

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Aderholt Contributes “Construction Law” Summary to Article on The 85th Session Published by the Texas Bar Journal

Coats Rose of counsel Ben Aderholt contributed to the “The 85th Session” article published in the September 2017 issue of the Texas Bar Journal by authoring the section titled, “Construction Law.”  To read the article, click here.

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Love Thy Neighbor: Negotiating Co-Tenancy Provisions in an Evolving Retail Landscape

Stephanie Lucas Harrison presented “Love Thy Neighbor: Negotiating Co-Tenancy Provisions in an Evolving Retail Landscape,” at the 29th Annual Spring Symposia for the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estate Law CLE Programs on April 21, 2017.  The presentation considered how co-tendancy lease provisions are evolving as retail developments are changing.

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The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

Coats Rose Director, Elizabeth Haecker Ryan, recently contributed to an article regarding how artificial intelligence is significantly impacting the future of the practice of law. Read on to learn how these changes may directly impact your practice.

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The Economic Loss Doctrine as an Obstacle to Claims of Contractual Strangers

reed-rickRichard L. Reed (and Richard L. Reed, Jr.)

The article was first published in the St. Mary’s Law Journal (Vol, 46:3)

The most basic underlying purpose of the economic loss doctrine (or “economic loss rule”) is to separate the application of tort law and contract law.

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Fair Housing Desegregation Policy: Recent Developments and Proposed Site Selection Safe Harbors

By Scott A. Marks

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recently sharpened an old tool, the Fair Housing Act, to address modern racial concentrations in housing.1 The new discriminatory effects fair housing rule extends, for example, to any practice that has the effect of reinforcing or increasing segregated housing patterns, regardless of whether motivated by intentional discrimination.2 Civil rights groups applaud the policy move as an important step in dismantling segregated housing patterns, but real estate industry groups criticize HUD for overstepping its congressional authority.

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Consequential Damages –Waiving Them May be of No Consequence

By Rick Reed
Director
Coats Rose, P.C.

Consequential damages are a serious concern. Consequential damages differ from “direct” or “actual” damages that flow naturally and necessarily from a breach of contract. Examples of direct or actual damages include costs to correct defective work or finish a defaulting contractor’s work.

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A Day Late and Two Million Dollars Short

(How intermediate delay leads to major consequences.)
By Rick Reed

“Time is of the essence.” Is this just ancient, benign legalese? It means being late, even by a day, is considered a material breach of contract.

The Texas Supreme Court shed light a few years ago on just how critical this phrase can be.

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Following the Money

By: Rick Reed

Effective September 1, 2007, the enforcement of contingent payment clauses in certain construction contracts will now be governed by statute. Such clauses are often found in agreements between general contractors and subcontractors, and make payment to the subcontractor “contingent” on the general contractor’s receipt of payment by the owner.

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