L.M. Sixel writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.

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CVR Energy settles SEC dispute

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that it settled a case that alleged that the Sugar Land refiner company CVR Energy made inadequate disclosures in regulatory filings about fee arrangements with two investment banks that the company hired to ward off a hostile takeover bid. SCVR En ...

Former ERCOT lawyer joins Haynes and Boone energy practice

A  senior lawyer at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has left the non-profit that manages the electric grid in Texas and joined the law firm Haynes and Boone. Jennifer Littlefield will work out of the Austin office of Haynes and Boone. Littlefield is part of the firm’s energy, power a ...

Barry Smitherman, former Railroad commissioner, leaves Vinson & Elkins law firm

Energy lawyer and former energy regulator Barry Smitherman resigned his partnership at Vinson & Elkins on Friday. Smitherman, who joined the firm less than two years ago and practiced out of the firm’s Austin office, left Vinson & Elkins to “pursue other career opportunities and interests,” ...

Houston-based Tauber Oil Co. reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will pay a $700,000 fine to resolve allegations it violated the Clean Air Act. The government accused the privately-held company of selling a fuel additive that was not registered with the Environment ...

Coats Rose adds three lawyers to energy practice

Houston based law firm Coats Rose added three new oil and gas lawyers to its office in Houston. All three came from the Fort Worth-based firm Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller that closed at the end of the year. Roger D. Scales, who received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law, wi ...

Cameron drops non-compete suit after judge’s ruling

Houston-based Cameron International Corp. dropped a non-compete lawsuit against FMC Technologies Singapore after a federal judge determined Cameron’s non-compete agreement was overly broad and couldn’t be used to stop an ex-Cameron employee from working for Houston-based FMC Technologies. Came ...

Fall in Exxon stock leads employee to sue over company’s 401 (k)

A retired engineer from Exxon Mobil Corp. alleges the giant energy company violated its responsibility to protect employee financial interests by continuing to offer Exxon Mobil stock for its 401(k) retirement plan while knowing the company’s stock was artificially inflated in value, according to a ...

Shareholders sue to stop Spectra merger with Enbridge

Shareholders have filed five separate suits in two weeks against Spectra Energy Corp., alleging the Houston pipeline company is selling itself too cheaply to the Canadian energy firm Enbridge. The all-stock deal, valued at $28 billion was announced in September, is expected to close early next year. ...

Texas couple sue Talisman Energy over Eagle Ford production volumes

Oil and gas royalty owners with interests in the Texas Eagle Ford Shale have sued Talisman Energy USA, alleging the energy company manipulated oil and gas production volumes by as much as 30 percent and shorted them on royalty payments. Eugene and Kimberly Cran of DeWitt County filed the lawsuit las ...

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